Tag: Group work

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Using Student Teamwork Effectively: Teaching Tips

October 15, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Teaching Tips

By Emily Boyd, Ph.D., Teaching Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, McKelvey School of Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis Have you ever asked students to work on a project or assignment in teams and seen their eyes roll all the way from the back of the classroom? I have. Many […]

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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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High-Impact Practices in Teaching

June 5, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Research has shown that high-impact teaching practices greatly benefit students, but there are many barriers that prevent these practices from being applied in the classroom, writes Richard F. Vaz, professor of interdisciplinary and global studies and director of the Center for Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in a recent Inside Higher Ed op-ed. In the […]

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Study: Obstacles to Innovative Teaching in STEM

March 22, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Faculty members say that a busy schedule often prevents them from implementing more innovative teaching in their STEM courses, according to a study from the University of Virginia’s Center for Teaching Excellence cited in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. In the study, Hannah Sturtevant, a postdoctoral research associate at the center, and Lindsay […]

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A Model for Project-Based, Interdisciplinary Learning

February 12, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“To develop coursework that mirrors the world beyond campus, faculty members must climb out of their disciplinary silos and engage in open-ended exploration alongside their students,” writes reporter Beth McMurtrie in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The story looks at JMU X-Labs, a four-year-old program at James Madison University that combines […]

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English Literature Professor Highlights Technology in the Humanities

January 29, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight / Teaching at WashU

“I want students to go away from my classes with a more capacious understanding of what it might mean to be a lower-case ‘c’ critic of literature,” said Melanie Micir, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Washington University in St. Louis. Micir teachers undergraduate and graduate courses at the university on modern and […]

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How Assessment for Learning Can Improve Students’ Content Mastery

December 17, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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Assessment for Learning (AfL), or “formative assessment,” is a common theme in the U.S. educational landscape but it’s often overlooked in higher education. In a recent Faculty Focus article, Dr. Cathy Box, director for Teaching and Learning at Lubbock Christian University, explains AfL and how it can be used in the classroom to improve student learning […]

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Public Policy Fellow Brings Campaigning to the Classroom

November 13, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight / Teaching at WashU

“Students, whether on the policy or political side, have an ability to make an impact,” said Thomas Irwin, Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis. Irwin, a veteran in Missouri politics, teaches a one-credit course in the fall, “Just Do It! Running […]

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‘Don’t Be Scary,’ Higher Ed Teacher Urges Professors in His New Book

November 8, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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Joshua Eyler, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University, has some advice for teachers: “Don’t Be scary.” Eyler in his soon-to-be-published book, “How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching,” uses scientific insights to give nuanced teaching tips. A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights five […]

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Five Ways to Facilitate Equal Group Work

October 1, 2018 | Emily Wasserman

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In a recent Faculty Focus article, “Students Riding on Coattails during Group Work? Five Simple Ideas to Try,” Li-Shih Huang, Ph.D., discusses strategies for improving group work in the classroom. Huang gives five tips for promoting a balance of work among group members. Two tips include designing a group project in which students work in […]

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