Presentation at iTeach 2014

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Registration Open for iTeach 2016

November 19, 2015 | Teaching Center Staff


The 2016 iTeach faculty symposium on teaching will take place on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at the Knight Center, on the Danforth Campus. The symposium brings together faculty from across the disciplines to exchange ideas on teaching, during a plenary and sixteen interactive sessions, as well as breakfast, lunch, and a concluding reception.

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Blackboard Walk-In Help Now Available

November 18, 2015 | Bryn Lutes


In response to the high level of interest for in-person assistance with Blackboard, we have created a walk-in help desk for faculty and staff using Blackboard. Come and visit us on level A of Olin Library, inside the Arc (Olin Library Technology Center). The help desk is staffed by graduate students who have completed Blackboard […]

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Writing comments on a TPS statement

TPS Reading Week: Dec. 8th-11th

November 17, 2015 | Teaching Center Staff

Announcements / Resources for Teaching

Registration is now open for feedback sessions during Teaching Philosophy Statement (TPS) Reading Week. As we head towards the winter break, now is a great time to get feedback on your TPS! Graduate students and postdocs are invited to sign up for a time to get feedback and discuss plans to write, revise, or refine […]

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New CIRCLE Fellows Focus on Intro STEM Courses

November 12, 2015 | Teaching Center Staff


The Teaching Center and CIRCLE are pleased to announce the 2015-2017 CIRCLE Fellows. Daniel Giammar, Walter E. Browne Professor of Environmental Engineering, Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering Jay Turner, Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Programs, Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering Mairin Hynes, Lecturer, Physics A collaboration between The Teaching Center, and the Center for […]

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Laptops and writing


Designing Effective Writing Assignments: Questions to Consider

November 4, 2015 | Michelle Repice

Teaching with Writing

Unclear assignments can lead to unclear writing. It is sometimes only as you are grading papers or essay exams that you realize your assignment or prompt may not have been as clear as it could have been. For this reason, the end of a semester–when you are reviewing student work–can be an opportune time to revise your assignments. Whether you are revising […]

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Rick Moog Kicks Off AAU Speaker Series

November 1, 2015 | Teaching Center Staff


The AAU STEM Education Initiative project team, CIRCLE, and The Teaching Center are co-sponsoring a new speaker series, Innovations and Evidenced-based Pedagogies in Undergraduate STEM Courses. The series will begin on November 17 at 4:00 pm in Wilson 214 with a talk by Rick Moog, Professor of Chemistry at Franklin and Marshall College and Director of The […]

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AAU STEM Education Initiative Conference Roundtable

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AAU STEM Education Initiative Network Conference

October 26, 2015 | Teaching Center Staff

STEM Education

More than 100 faculty from 36 AAU-member universities convened at Washington University October 13–14, 2015 to discuss their efforts in improving undergraduate STEM education. The two-day event, co-sponsored by the American Association of Universities and The Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE), provided the chance for focused dialogue on transforming courses […]

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Student discussion

Leading Discussions: Tips from a Junior-Faculty Workshop

September 17, 2015 | Gillian Parrish

Integrating Active Learning

Yesterday’s first junior-faculty workshop of the academic year, “Leading Effective Discussions,” led by Gina Frey, drew faculty from disciplines ranging from business to music and physics to think through the challenges and opportunities of classroom discussions. True to its topic, the workshop took the form of a lively discussion. We brainstormed in small groups and then reconvened […]

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Registration Open for UMSL Teaching and Technology Conference

September 16, 2015 | Teaching Center Staff


The “Focus on Teaching and Technology” conference includes sessions on topics such as helping students learn complex concepts in science, integrating case studies to develop students’ critical thinking skills, implementing collaborative learning, and developing creative approaches to assignments. Many sessions also focus on implementing targeted technology to address a range of pedagogical needs, including cultivating writing skills, developing foreign […]

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Media Multi-Tasking: Effects on Students’ Attention

September 11, 2015 | Teaching Center Staff

Research on Teaching and Learning

Does multi-tasking improve or impair attention? The findings of a laboratory-based study (reviewed below) illuminate the relationship between the use of devices and the potential for distraction. The researchers in this study set out to test whether undergraduates who are “heavy media multi-taskers” might have an improved ability, relative to peers who are “light media multi-taskers,” to filter […]

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