WashU’s Fossett Laboratory launches easy-to-use apps for active learning

May 5, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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Washington University’s Fossett Laboratory for Virtual Planetary Exploration has developed an iOS and Android app that allows students to explore geological structures through their phones. The app, GeoXplorer, was first envisioned in 2016 and has since been developed across several platforms by Dr. Phil Skemer, Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at WashU, Dr. […]

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Mental Health Awareness Event for Grad Students and Postdocs from Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

May 1, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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Did you know May is Mental Health Awareness Month? The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, May 6 at 2:00 PM ET called “Mental Health Matters: Finding Space in a University Setting.” The speakers will highlight personal mental health stories, as well as provide insights on processes […]

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Center for Teaching and Learning Reading Communities Host ‘How Humans Learn’ Author Josh Eyler

April 13, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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Josh Eyler, PhD, director of faculty development at the University of Mississippi and author of “How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching,” recently spoke at a joint virtual meeting of the Faculty Reading Community and Grad Student & Postdoc Reading Community at Washington University in St. Louis. The reading groups, which […]

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Q&A from Supporting Students’ Mental Health in an Online Class with Habif Health and Wellness

April 8, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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The Center for Teaching and Learning and Habif Health and Wellness hosted a virtual conversation, “Supporting Students’ Mental Health in an Online Class,” on Monday, April 6. In the session, staff from Habif’s Mental Health Services (MHS) emphasized strategies for supporting students’ mental health in this new online environment. Staff also provided a brief update about […]

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Tips for Being More Inclusive in Online Teaching

April 8, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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“As you lead a class discussion or a meeting on Zoom, it’s all too easy to lose people in the process. But the principles of inclusive teaching can help you reach students in a virtual classroom, just as in a physical one,” said Kelly A. Hogan, associate dean of instructional innovation at the University of North […]

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WashU History Professor Describes Transition to Online Teaching

April 4, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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Peter Kastor, chairman of the History Department at Washington University in St. Louis, recently wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post describing how his department transitioned to online teaching. Twenty six faculty members had to make the switch, Kastor said, and the process was not easy. “I began teaching through online education last week … even […]

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Resources for Online Teaching: Faculty Focus

March 20, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Focus included resources for online teaching in its latest newsletter. Check out the newsletter to access a free program for taking your teaching online and articles including “Eight Steps for a Smoother Transition to Online Teaching,” “Advancing a New Mindset About Curriculum Design,” and “Five Ways to Promote Student Autonomy in Online Discussions.”

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Guide to Online Instruction from The Chronicle of Higher Education

March 18, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently released a free guide for how to keep teaching during the coronavirus pandemic. The guide offers advice and resources for moving classes online. Articles include “Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start,” “How to Be a Better Online Teacher,” and “4 Lessons for From Moving […]

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Sample Qualtrics Accessibility and Online Classroom Technology Survey for Students

March 12, 2020 | Meg Gregory

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The Center for Teaching and Learning has put together a template of a Qualtrics Accessibility and Online Classroom Technology Survey for Students that can be sent to students to find out their readiness to use various online classroom tools, as well other information that can be helpful in determining the appropriate teaching methods for your […]

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Teaching Continuity Website Launched

March 12, 2020 | Meg Gregory

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Website link: teachingcontinunity.wustl.edu The Teaching and Learning Continuity Team at WashU has launched a website with a robust set of resources for those transitioning to online teaching and learning. These resources are for faculty and students at WashU and will be useful as we transition to an online teaching format through April 30th. Please feel […]

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