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Theatre Professor Emphasizes Student Creativity in Learning

July 11, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight / Teaching at WashU

“You can’t take a student where they want to go, but you can show them the way. College is the beginning of that journey,” said Robert Mark Morgan, Teaching Professor in the Department of Performing Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and Director of the Beyond Boundaries Program. Morgan teaches set design classes and […]

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Six Tips for More Successful Teaching

July 8, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning

There are six themes that can help instructors in higher education improve their teaching, writes Mary Clement, EdD, in a recent Faculty Focus article. The themes include: “Study the knowledge base of teaching and learning,” or exploring books, articles in pedagogical periodicals, newsletters, conferences, online resources, and your school’s center for teaching and learning to learn […]

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Language Teaching Fair from WUSTL Language Departments and The Teaching Center

July 1, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Interested language faculty across departments are invited to come together to discuss language teaching at WashU and to learn from one another on Thursday, August 22 from 1:30-5 PM on the Danforth Campus. The event is co-sponsored by WUSTL Language Departments and The Teaching Center. Events at the Language Teaching Fair will include: Group Work […]

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First Steps in Backwards Course Design

June 24, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“In order for instruction to be both meaningful and measurable, it is important that instructors begin their course/curriculum design process with outlining the course level student learning outcomes,” writes Vicki Caruana, Ph.D., associate professor of education at Mount Saint Mary College in New York, in a recent Faculty Focus article. In the story, Caruana outlines steps […]

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Call for Applications: POD Conference Grant for Grad Students and Postdocs

June 24, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Are you a graduate student or postdoc who is interested in a career in educational development or as teaching faculty? Do you work with graduate and professional students and postdocs who may be interested in these careers? The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network’s Special Interest Group in Graduate student, Professional student, and Postdoctoral fellow […]

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How to Implement Handheld Technology During Lectures

June 18, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Digital Pedagogies / Improving Teaching and Learning /

Many faculty and staff incorporate handheld technology into lectures, or apps on smartphones and tablets that are meant to draw students into discussion and help them actively engage with the material. However, some teachers overlook key steps in implementing technology in the classroom. A recent Faculty Focus article gives tips for incorporating handheld technology during lectures. The […]

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Ten Helpful Grouping Techniques for the Classroom

June 17, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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There are ten easy ways to group students in the classroom to facilitate conversations and encourage diverse perspectives, Dr. Tolulope (Tolu) Noah, associate professor in the Liberal Studies/Undergraduate Education program at Azusa Pacific University, writes in a recent blog post on The Scholarly Teacher. In the post, Noah gives techniques for putting students into informal groups for […]

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Tackling Job Interviews at Teaching-Centered Colleges

June 13, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Many candidates for faculty positions at teaching-centered colleges encounter during interviews the question, “What is your five-year plan?” A recent advice column in The Chronicle of Higher Education gives tips for answering this question. First, it’s important to do your homework and determine where the school is on the spectrum of research and teaching, writes Karen Kelsky, […]

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Students’ Perspective on Inclusive Teaching

June 10, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Students can offer good perspective on inclusive teaching, which involves creating welcoming educational environments for diverse learners. Ayat Husseini and Anna DeVault, two undergraduates who co-authored a recent pedagogical article with faculty (Cook-Sather et al. 2014; Cook-Sather and Felten 2017) offer their perspective on inclusive teaching in a recent Faculty Focus story. “One of the […]

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