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Takeaways from the 2019 POD Network Conference

December 4, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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The Educational Development team from the Center for Teaching and Learning at Washington University in St. Louis recently attended the 2019 POD Network Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The conference helps higher education professionals connect with one another and share research and best practices in teaching and learning. POD Network, which was founded in 1976, provides […]

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Graduate Student Postdoc Spotlight with Kendra Smith from Psychological & Brain Sciences

December 2, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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The Graduate Student Postdoc Spotlight features interviews with graduate students and postdocs doing innovative teaching work at WashU. Look out for future installments of this monthly column on our website. “I try to make sure students feel like they belong and have an enjoyable experience learning,” said Kendra Smith, a graduate student in the Department […]

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How to Give Better Feedback in the Classroom

November 19, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“Feedback can be a powerful force in college classrooms, and there are ways to make the experience of providing and receiving it even stronger,” write Holly Fiock, instructional designer in the College of Education at Purdue University, and Heather Garcia, instructional design specialist at Oregon State University Ecampus, in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher […]

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Registration Open for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Seminar

November 15, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Registration is now open for the graduate student and postdoc Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Seminar. SoTL is is a field of study dedicated to systematic and reflective inquiry of the effects of one’s teaching practices on student learning. SoTL incorporates knowledge from educational and cognitive psychology research, and it leads to the dissemination […]

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How to End a Course: Teaching Tips

November 11, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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By Eric Fournier, Ph.D., Director of Educational Development at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Senior Lecturer in International and Area Studies, Washington University in St. Louis Imagine an evening concert with a firm midnight curfew.  The opening number grabs the crowd’s attention. The middle part of the show is filled with improvised riffs, extended […]

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Implementing Practical Tips for Teaching

November 8, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“Students from different walks of life converge in a classroom for learning. They have different capabilities and personalities, adding to the diversity that comes with learning institutions. As such, if you want to be an effective teacher, you need to formulate and implement creative and innovative strategies that are practical and meet the needs of […]

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Graduate Student Postdoc Spotlight with Siera Stoen from Physics

November 4, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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The Graduate Student Postdoc Spotlight features interviews with graduate students and postdocs doing innovative teaching work at WashU. Look out for future installments of this monthly column on our website. “Really consider the climate of your classroom and the language you’re using when you talk to students. How an instructor responds to students sets the […]

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Center for Teaching and Learning Unveils 2019 Emerson Award Honorees

November 4, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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The Center for Teaching and Learning at Washington University in St. Louis has announced the 2019 Emerson Award honorees. Each year, Emerson recognizes teachers throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area with an Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes educators for their leadership in and passion for teaching, their contributions to student learning, and their […]

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Marketing Professor Highlights Real-World Experience in Learning

October 31, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“Just as I like to see how things play out in research, I like to see how they play out in teaching. Giving students course material with real-world applications makes it stick,” said Elanor Williams, Associate Professor in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Williams teaches a course, “Consumer Behavior,” […]

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Professor Jesse Stommel on Trusting Students and Teaching in Higher Ed

October 29, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“Why ­aren’t there departments of higher-education pedagogy? Why aren’t there for-credit classes being offered in higher-education teaching and learning?,” said Jesse Stommel, senior lecturer in digital studies at the University of Mary Washington and co-author of “An Urgency of Teachers: The Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy” (Hybrid Pedagogy, 2018), in a recent interview in The Chronicle […]

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