Tag: Active learning

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

Integrating Active Learning / Pinned

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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Monopoly Board

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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


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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STEM FIT participants talking together


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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Jan Duchek

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Article on OPAL Published in Journal of College Science Teaching

June 8, 2016 | Gillian Parrish


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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Clickers in Gina's class

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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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Bio 3191 Groupwork

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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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Feb 13, 2014 - Students in class in Ridgely Hall. James Byard/WUSTL Photos

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Applying Critiques Beyond Art Courses

April 13, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Resources for Teaching

In this last month of the semester, we look for ways to help our students consolidate and articulate their learning. In this Tomorrow’s Professor post, Joanna Inman discusses how the art critique can serve in non-art courses not only as a model for assessing student-learning but as an active-learning method in itself. Inman writes with non-art courses and projects in […]

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STEM Faculty Institute on Teaching: Applications Still Being Accepted

April 8, 2016 | Teaching Center Staff

Announcements / Evidence-Based Strategies

The 2016 STEM Faculty Institute on Teaching will take place June 14-16 on the Danforth Campus. The institute is open to full-time faculty in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The application deadline is Friday, March 28, 2016. Applicants will be informed of the status of their application by Friday, April 1, 2016. We hope to achieve […]

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