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New CIRCLE Fellow Discusses TIES Initiative

January 19, 2017 | Gillian Parrish

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The Teaching Center and CIRCLE are pleased to announce 2016-2018 CIRCLE Fellow: Julie Bugg, Assistant Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences. A collaboration between The Teaching Center, and the Center for the Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning and Education (CIRCLE), and the Office of the Provost, the two-year fellowship supports Washington University STEM faculty in designing […]

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Blackboard Performance Issues

January 17, 2017 | Teaching Center Staff

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Washington University Information Technology Update from WashU-IT (2:49 pm, 01/18/17): The Blackboard Service experienced a partial outage Tuesday, 1/17/2017.  We believe all features are fully restored and available for use. Thank you for your patience. Update from WashU-IT (5:43 pm, 01/17/17): The Blackboard Service experienced a partial outage today. This caused major delays across the platform for […]

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Emergency Procedures Posted in Classrooms

January 12, 2017 | Gillian Parrish

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Over the winter break, a reference guide for emergencies was posted in all University-Managed Classrooms. This guide was designed to provide basic information about what to do in an emergency while teaching in the classrooms. It was developed by a committee convened by the Office of the Provost. Before the semester begins, we recommend that instructors review […]

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New Log-in & Updates in Blackboard

January 11, 2017 | Teaching Center Staff

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Blackboard has a new URL and look! The new blackboard log-in page may be found at blackboard.wustl.edu. Please update any bookmarks in your computer’s browsers. The old URL will direct you to the new log-in page. You may also note some minor changes in look and functionality. The new theme was designed for improved user accessibility and […]

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Transparency in Assignments

January 11, 2017 | Gillian Parrish

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Transparency in teaching is currently a topic of conversation in higher ed, as this learner-centered approach increases student engagement, confidence, and success. This Chronicle article, “The Unwritten Rules of College,” provides history on the idea and practice of helping students learn how to learn by making the 1) purpose, 2) process and 3) evaluation of assignments explicit. For more […]

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Trying Out Your Own Assignments

January 5, 2017 | Gillian Parrish

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As you look towards the new year and refine your syllabi and course assignments for the coming semester, you might consider  “Doing Your Own Assignments First” from time to time, as suggested in a recent post in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s blog “Pedagogy Unbound.” Benefits of this practice range from identifying teachable moments in problem solving and in the development […]

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Classroom Help for Faculty

January 4, 2017 | Teaching Center Staff

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Welcome back, faculty! The Teaching Center’s classroom-services staff is here to help make the start of the semester go smoothly for you. If you would like to schedule training on the classroom-multimedia system, or if you need classroom support (including Blackboard support) while you are teaching, please call us at (314) 935-6810 (M-F, 8:00 am – 5:00 […]

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Blackboard Support for Faculty

December 14, 2016 | Teaching Center Staff

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The Teaching Center provides Blackboard support for faculty. If you need assistance with your Fall 2016 course during finals week, or if you would like assistance setting up your Spring 2017 course, please contact us, stop in Eads 105, or call (314) 935-6810. You will also find help-sheets and other helpful information in the Blackboard section […]

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Crafting a Compelling Syllabus

December 12, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

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A well-crafted syllabus is a lot more than an outline of the course—it can be a chance to spark students’ interest in the course material and sense of ownership of their learning. In this article in New Directions for Teaching and Learning, “The Syllabus: A Place to Engage Students’ Egos,” Mark Canada provides tips for syllabus […]

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Julie Stanton Talk on Metacognition

December 7, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

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The Innovations in Undergraduate Education Speaker Series continued with a recent talk on November 14, “Metacognition: How Undergraduates Self-Regulate to Learn Biology”—by Julie Stanton, PhD, (Assistant Professor of Cellular Biology, University of Georgia). Stanton began by defining metacognition as “awareness and control of thinking for the purpose of learning,” noting research suggesting that active-learning pedagogies […]

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