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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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Levi-Montalcini on the Walk of Fame

April 7, 2017 | Beth Fisher

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As reported in The Source, Nobel laureate and neurobiologist Rita Levi-Montalcini, who conducted research at Washington University in St. Louis from 1947-1977, was inducted posthumously into the St. Louis Walk of Fame on April 6, 2017. A professor emeritus of biology in Arts & Sciences, Levi-Montalcini died at the age of 103 in 2012. Founder of the […]

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Register for Summer 2017 POGIL Workshop

March 24, 2017 | Teaching Center Staff

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Looking for ways to enliven your teaching approaches? Who needs the beach? July is time for POGILing! With the view that “knowledge is personal,” POGIL takes a student-centered, team-based, active-learning approach in which key concepts and process skills (such as collaboration and critical thinking) are taught through interaction and discovery. POGIL has  changed their course structure […]

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Blackboard: Current Issues

March 23, 2017 | Beth Fisher

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For updates on all current issues, please go to https://blackboard.wustl.edu/announcements/ SafeAssign Blackboard is reporting that, due to a high paper load, instructors using SafeAssign are currently experiencing significant delays when requesting reports. In addition, as of 5/8/2017, instructors are receiving error messages when they attempt to “Direct Submit” papers to SafeAssign. For assistance with this issue, […]

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Applying Cognitive Science in the Classroom

March 13, 2017 | Gillian Parrish

Evidence-Based Strategies

Applying insights from cognitive-science research is one of the core things we do at The Teaching Center, including through workshops for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. Faculty Focus recently explored this topic in a trio of posts by Maryellen Weimer, PhD. (Links to each article below are arranged in order of publication date.) Weimer provides insight into […]

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Upcoming Talks on Reproducibility in Scholarly Communication

March 10, 2017 | Gillian Parrish

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On Wednesday, March 22, University of Virginia psychologist Brian Nosek will give a talk entitled “Improving Openness and Reproducibility in Scholarly Communication.”  In order to safeguard the integrity of and public trust in scientific research, Nosek is working through his nonprofit, the Center for Open Science (COS), to shift academic culture to open access, open data, […]

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The Many Meanings of Silence in the Classroom

March 6, 2017 | Gillian Parrish

Inclusive Teaching & Learning

In our extroverted culture, it can helpful for us to remember that our students’ silence in the classroom means different things at different times. In “Silence in Teaching and Learning: Perspectives of a Nepalese Graduate Student,” Krishna Bista, Professor of Education, University of Louisiana, provides insight on “patterns of silence” in the classroom. Informed by […]

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Blackboard Outage

February 28, 2017 | Gillian Parrish

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Update, 4:31 pm, 2/28/2017 Additional features are now functioning again, and testing of the system continues. For the most current status updates, please go to blackboard.wustl.edu. Update, 3:05 pm, 2/28/2017 The Blackboard Service is operating at this time, but all features are not yet restored. Original Post 11:55 am, 2/28/2017 Washington University is currently experiencing a Blackboard […]

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