Tag: Improving Teaching

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Helpful Hints to Improve Student Study Habits

April 18, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Studying, even among students in higher education, can remain an elusive skill. Part of the reason is because some students never learned properly how to study, according to a recent Washington Post article. The story includes interviews with education professionals such as Henry Roediger III, professor of psychology and brain science at Washington University in St. […]

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Cognitive Science Tips for Student Memorization

April 15, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Teaching professionals sometimes worry that emphasizing rote memorization detracts from deeper thinking in learning, but memorization is an important part of increasing knowledge and expertise, writes Michelle Miller, professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Northern Arizona University, in a recent Faculty Focus story. In the article, Miller gives tips based on cognitive science […]

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Easier Isn’t Always Better When it Comes to Studying: Opinion

April 8, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“Effective learning requires a lot of hard work, and students–much like all humans–prefer things to be easy,” writes James M. Lang, professor of English and director of the D’Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College, in a recent op-ed in The Chronicle of Higher Education. In the article, Lang focuses on interleaving, or studying […]

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Tips for Creating a Supportive Classroom

April 2, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Inclusive Teaching & Learning /

Twenty percent of college students nationwide report ““symptoms indicative of clinical or subclinical PTSD,” according to a 2008 study, “Prevalence, Type, Disclosure, and Severity of Adverse Life Events in College Students” (Smyth et al., 2008) cited in a recent Faculty Focus article. The study points to the need for faculty to be cognizant of challenges […]

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Six Themes to Promote Student Learning

March 29, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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Tyler Griffin, Ph.D., associate professor at Brigham Young University, recently shared his “six A’s” for promoting deep and lasting learning in courses in a Faculty Focus article. The big-picture themes include: Adjustments, or making minor tweaks to a course to improve student learning; Audience, or getting to know more about students and why they’re taking […]

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How to Prep for a Course You’ve Never Taught

March 27, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Inclusive Teaching & Learning /

Professors, especially junior professors, sometimes get asked to teach a class that is outside their area of expertise. Faculty can prepare themselves to teach theses courses by asking and answering a series of questions, an anonymous assistant professor working toward tenures, “Junior Prof,” writes in a recent blog post on Inside Higher Ed. The question […]

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Strategies for Flipped Instruction Time Management

March 25, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning / Integrating Active Learning /

Time management can be daunting for some instructors while teaching a flipped course, but there are steps faculty can take to make sure that class sessions are well-organized, writes Robert Talbert, associate professor in the Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University and the author of Flipped Learning: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty, in a […]

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Advantages of Student-Led Classroom Discussions

March 14, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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There are many discussion styles in the classroom but a student-led approach could be the best one to stimulate conversation, writes Peter Wayne Moe, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and the director of the Writing Program at Seattle Pacific University in a recent Faculty Focus article. In the story, Moe cites an example of student-led discussion […]

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Practical Tips for More Engaging Teaching

March 12, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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“If you want people to be interested, committed, and willing to devote effort to learning, mastering, and using skills for the long haul, then you can’t avoid the initial step of stimulating excitement,” said psychologist Todd Kashdan, as quoted in a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “How to Make Your Teaching More […]

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Education Professor Underscores Memory in the Classroom

March 6, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight / Teaching at WashU

“A lot of people in education think about information retrieval as a neutral event, but that’s wrong. Every time you retrieve an event, you strengthen memory,” said Andrew C. Butler, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education and of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Butler, who teaches while running a lab at […]

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