Bob Hansman leads tour of north St. Louis, April 2016

Making The City The Classroom

May 24, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Events / Resources for Teaching

Professor Bob Hansman has spent the past 25 years living and working in low-income African-American neighborhoods in St. Louis. His City Faces project, which began as an art-based program and transformed into mentoring, tutoring, and other services, has long offered opportunities for Washington University students to serve and learn from the St. Louis community. In […]

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Clickers in Gina's class

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Integrating Active Learning with Clickers: Tips from a Faculty Workshop

May 20, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

Integrating Active Learning / Resources for Teaching

How do you work on a problem with 200 students at once? How can you find out what 200 students are thinking? You ask them to “click”! A group of faculty discussed integrating active learning with clickers in a workshop led by Shawn Nordell and Beth Fisher of The Teaching Center. “Clickers,” or Classroom Response […]

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Remembering Jim Davis

May 12, 2016 | Teaching Center Staff


The Teaching Center joins the Washington University community in remembering the leadership, kindness, and humor of James Davis, professor emeritus of political science, who died on April 29, 2016. A beloved teacher and colleague, Jim was the director of The Teaching Center between 1996 and 2001. Under Jim’s leadership, The Teaching Center expanded its classroom […]

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Lessons on Flipping the Classroom

May 9, 2016 | Bryn Lutes

Evidence-Based Strategies

The Chronicle of Higher Education has published a collection of articles, “Guide to the Flipped Classroom” that offers some lessons learned by faculty. The “flipped” classroom has existed for decades. The simplest explanation of a flipped classroom is that the students do classwork at home and homework in class. For instance, students may watch a lecture […]

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Catalysts for Change 2016

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Catalysts For Change Turns Six Years (And Going Strong)

April 29, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

STEM Education

“Catalysts for Change” just passed its sixth year of providing exciting STEM programming for St. Louis-area girls. The idea for “Catalysts” was sparked students in the “Women in Science” Focus course. Together with Gina Frey (Florence E. Moog Professor of STEM Education, Chemistry Department, and Executive Director of The Teaching Center) and Barbara Baumgartner (Senior Lecturer, Women, […]

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Bio 3191 Groupwork

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Facilitating Group Work: Tips from a Junior-Faculty Workshop

April 19, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

Integrating Active Learning

A group of junior faculty delved into a productive discussion of the benefits and challenges of “Incorporating and Facilitating Group Work” at a faculty workshop led by Gina Frey on April 1, 2016. Gina began the discussion by asking the participants their rationale for including group work in their courses. Several faculty noted that many […]

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Feb 13, 2014 - Students in class in Ridgely Hall. James Byard/WUSTL Photos

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Applying Critiques Beyond Art Courses

April 13, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Resources for Teaching

In this last month of the semester, we look for ways to help our students consolidate and articulate their learning. In this Tomorrow’s Professor post, Joanna Inman discusses how the art critique can serve in non-art courses not only as a model for assessing student-learning but as an active-learning method in itself. Inman writes with non-art courses and projects in […]

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There’s Still Time to Cultivate Metacognition in Your Course

April 9, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Resources for Teaching

At this point in the semester, we know if our students have been learning our courses’ concepts and skills. But have we helped them grow as reflective learners who are able to identify how they are learning in order to improve their study processes and final products? As we enter these last weeks of the semester, we still have time […]

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STEM Faculty Institute on Teaching: Applications Still Being Accepted

April 8, 2016 | Teaching Center Staff

Announcements / Evidence-Based Strategies

The 2016 STEM Faculty Institute on Teaching will take place June 14-16 on the Danforth Campus. The institute is open to full-time faculty in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The application deadline is Friday, March 28, 2016. Applicants will be informed of the status of their application by Friday, April 1, 2016. We hope to achieve […]

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Participants at the 2015 Recognition Reception for Graduate and Postdoc Professional Development Programs

Recognition Reception Honors Participants in Professional Development Programs

April 1, 2016 | Gillian Parrish


At our annual Recogn​ition Reception, The Teaching Center will honor all graduate students and postdoctoral appointees who have completed one of our professional development programs in 2015-2016. Remarks and recognition will begin at 3:45. The reception will provide an opportunity to learn about Teaching Center programs and the insights and achievements of graduate students and […]

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