Tag: Active learning

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POGIL Takes Center Stage at Presidential Debate

November 4, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Pinned / STEM Education

Thanks to a keen-eyed student who works in CIRCLE, Vitoria Gaboardi (2019), we have proof that POGIL is central to democratic STEM education! Reprinted from the fall edition of the POGIL newsletter: Where in the World is the POGIL Water Bottle?   The POGIL water bottle made an appearance at the second presidential debate at Washington University in […]

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Fall Clicker Community Meeting

October 25, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

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The fall Clicker Learning Community meeting was held on September 29, 2016, and 15 faculty from two schools and seven departments attended. Washington University has had a Clicker Learning Community for three years. The community was started through our AAU grant and meets approximately two-three times a year to discuss strategies for integrating active learning […]

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Student using a clicker in Gina Frey's Chemistry classroom

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Tools to Facilitate In-Class Polling

September 8, 2016 | Bryn Lutes

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Tools to facilitate in-class polling In-class polling by any means (clickers, online polling programs, Google forms, or even colored pieces of paper) is a straight-forward way for instructors to gather real-time feedback, identify gaps in preparation or understanding, and then flexibly adjust instruction. Read more about why you might use polling in the classroom. Here […]

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“The Landlord’s Game” Teaches a New Generation About Inequality

July 18, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Inclusive Teaching & Learning / Pinned

As part of the Modern Segregation program initiative in American Culture Studies, Michelle Repice (lecturer in American Culture Studies and Assistant Director in The Teaching Center) teaches a popular course, “Home, Bittersweet Home,” which provides a multi-disciplinary lens on the history of home ownership in America. The course uses a case-study approach that is designed […]

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Carl Wieman: Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education

July 8, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

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In this talk, “Taking a Scientific Approach to Science and Engineering Education,” Carl Wieman (Department of Physics and Graduate School of Education, Stanford University; Nobel Prize Winner in Physics), discussed transforming education, guided by insights from research on teaching and learning. Please follow this link to the website of The Center for the Integrative Research on […]

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Highlights from STEM FIT 2016

June 29, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

Evidence-Based Strategies / Integrating Active Learning / STEM Education

Faculty from 8 colleges and universities in 13 STEM disciplines all came together to learn about evidence-based teaching during STEM FIT 2016. This faculty institute on teaching focused on strategies for incorporating active learning into the STEM classroom to improve student learning and strategies for creating a more inclusive STEM classroom. Faculty discussed and tried […]

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Article on OPAL Published in Journal of College Science Teaching

June 8, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

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The Teaching Center’s Observation Protocol for Active Learning (OPAL) is the focus of an article in the May 2016 issue of the Journal of College Science Teaching. OPAL was developed by The Teaching Center as a part of the AAU-supported programs aimed at improving undergraduate STEM education. However, the tool can be applied in courses in all disciplines to create a visual […]

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Integrating Active Learning with Clickers: Tips from a Faculty Workshop

May 20, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

Integrating Active Learning / Resources for Teaching

How do you work on a problem with 200 students at once? How can you find out what 200 students are thinking? You ask them to “click”! A group of faculty discussed integrating active learning with clickers in a workshop led by Shawn Nordell and Beth Fisher of The Teaching Center. “Clickers,” or Classroom Response […]

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Catalysts for Change 2016

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Catalysts For Change Turns Six Years (And Going Strong)

April 29, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

STEM Education

“Catalysts for Change” just passed its sixth year of providing exciting STEM programming for St. Louis-area girls. The idea for “Catalysts” was sparked students in the “Women in Science” Focus course. Together with Gina Frey (Florence E. Moog Professor of STEM Education, Chemistry Department, and Executive Director of The Teaching Center) and Barbara Baumgartner (Senior Lecturer, Women, […]

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Facilitating Group Work: Tips from a Junior-Faculty Workshop

April 19, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

Integrating Active Learning

A group of junior faculty delved into a productive discussion of the benefits and challenges of “Incorporating and Facilitating Group Work” at a faculty workshop led by Gina Frey on April 1, 2016. Gina began the discussion by asking the participants their rationale for including group work in their courses. Several faculty noted that many […]

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