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HHMI Grant to Support Student Success in STEM

June 8, 2017 | Beth Fisher

STEM Education

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has just announced that Washington University is one of 24 institutions that will receive  a $1 million grant to support student success in STEM, as a part of the HHMI Inclusive Excellence Initiative. The Washington University initiative will be led by Regina F. Frey (the Florence E. Moog Professor of STEM Education, Chemistry; co-director […]

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STEM FIT Symposium on Teaching and Learning in STEM

June 2, 2017 | Beth Fisher

STEM Education

The inaugural STEM FIT Symposium: Conversations on Teaching and Learning in STEM took place on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. At this regional symposium, STEM faculty discussed their recent pedagogical innovations and best practices in integrating evidence-based teaching in STEM. The symposium began with a plenary by Mark McDaniel, PhD, Professor, Psychological […]

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Study Sheds Light on Learning in General Chemistry

May 16, 2017 | Beth Fisher

Research on Teaching and Learning

A new study published in the Journal of Chemical Education (JCE) suggests that students who struggle in introductory STEM courses may do so because they have not acquired a working knowledge of abstract concepts that underlie examples presented in the course. As reported in the Washington University Record, these findings “are important because they may help to explain […]

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Alternative Blackboard Log-In

May 9, 2017 | Beth Fisher

Announcements

9: 20 am This issue has been resolved. You may now log on at  https://blackboard.wustl.edu. ************************************   8:50 am WashU IT has reported that we are currently experiencing an outage on the Blackboard landing page (Blackboard.wustl.edu, bb.wustl.edu). WashU IT is actively working to resolve the issue. Until this issue is resolved, please log on at https://wustl.blackboard.com. Teaching […]

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New AAAS Course on Course Design

May 3, 2017 | Beth Fisher

Course Design

Teaching Center staff have recently worked with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to create an online course, Designing an Undergraduate STEM Course. The course was developed by Gina Frey (Executive Director and Florence E. Moog Professor of STEM Education, Chemistry) and Beth Fisher (Director of Academic Services). This course helps participants learn […]

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Faculty members from across Washington University in St. Louis gathered for IDEA FIT, Inclusion and Diversity to Engage All from the Faculty Institute on Teaching, part of The Teaching Center, at Siegle Hall on the Danforth Campus in St. Louis Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Priscilla Song (right) of Anthropolgy talks during the session Designing Inclusive Materials and Assignments. Photo by Sid Hastings / WUSTL Photos

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Faculty Institute on Inclusive Teaching

May 1, 2017 | Teaching Center Staff

Inclusive Teaching & Learning

Inclusion and Diversity to Engage All Faculty Institute on Teaching (IDEA FIT) is a two-day institute that offers faculty from across the disciplines an opportunity to learn about and develop evidence-based strategies that can foster inclusion in teaching and learning. The 2017 institute took place on May 24-25. Supported by the Office of the Provost, IDEA […]

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Denise Leonard Named Associate Director

April 30, 2017 | Teaching Center Staff

Announcements

Denise Leonard, PhD, has been named Associate Director for Graduate-Student and Postdoc programs at The Teaching Center. Denise joined The Teaching Center in 2013 as a postdoctoral research scholar (a dual appointment with the Department of Biology) and was appointed Assistant Director in 2014. As Associate Director, Denise will lead the development of our professional-development […]

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Encourage Feedback via Student Evals

April 28, 2017 | Beth Fisher

Resources for Teaching

It’s not too late to encourage your students to complete the online course evaluations. Send them an email to let them know that their feedback will help you refine the course for future semesters, and thank them for their thoughtful responses. For additional ideas, please see our resources page, Encouraging Students to Provide Feedback via […]

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The Distracted Classroom

April 27, 2017 | Beth Fisher

Research on Teaching and Learning

In his Chronicle of Higher Education column, James Lang (professor of English and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College) reports on research suggesting that digital devices can be distracting precisely because they appeal to a desire to engage in the pleasurable pursuit of “information foraging.” In addition, he reflects on implications of research […]

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Open Positions at The Teaching Center

April 17, 2017 | Beth Fisher

Announcements

Come grow with us at The Teaching Center! We are currently inviting applications for two Assistant Directors in Academic Services. The Assistant Directors work collaboratively with colleagues to develop and provide interactive programs on evidence-based teaching. The primary focus of these positions is on graduate-student and postdoc programs—including workshops, consultations, and symposia—as well as a […]

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