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Graduate Student Spotlight with Tyler Gahrs from Germanic Language and Literatures

January 28, 2020 | 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 always try to make sure that I engage the students where they are and help find a way for their interests to come to […]

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Using a Different Approach to Foster Student Recall

January 27, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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The cramming-and-forgetting cycle is all too common in student learning. One professor recently decided to implement a new approach to encourage long-term retention of material. Kirk Fischer, an associate professor of accounting at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, in Texas, decided to change his “Survey of Accounting” course by replacing its three midterm exams with weekly […]

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Five Ways to Make Your Classroom More Accessible This Semester

January 6, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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This post by guest author, Lacy Murphy, PhD student in Art History and Archeology, is the outgrowth of a Summer 2019 internship as Accessibility Liaison where she collaborated with Betha Whitlow, Visual Resource Center, Libby Lessentine and Heather Stout, both formerly of Disability Resources, and Dr. Meg Gregory, The Center for Teaching and Learning, to […]

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Adding Virtual Guests to the Classroom: Why it works, and how: Teaching Tips

January 6, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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By Robert Mark Morgan, Teaching Professor in Drama (Design) and Director of the Beyond Boundaries Program, Washington University in St. Louis As myself and my WashU colleagues are currently designing their syllabi for the spring semester and beyond, you may think of a colleague in some distant city who the students should really hear from […]

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Computer Science Professor Emphasizes Diligence in Learning

December 17, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“I hope students come away from my class with the sense that they can get better at computing. It’s not a mystery; it’s something that can be understood with time, diligence, and attention,” said Bill Siever, Teaching Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University […]

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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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