Tag: Innovative Approaches

How Technology is Changing Higher Ed: NYT Report

February 25, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

Improving Teaching and Learning /

Technology is slowly but surely changing the higher education landscape, according to a recent piece in The New York Times. The article focuses on institutions across the country that are implementing innovative technologies to improve learning. Institutions were historically “very risk-averse” to changing their approaches, said Gordon Jones, founding dean of the Boise State University College […]

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Part to Whole: Inverting the top-down approach to design thinking: Teaching Tips

February 21, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

Teaching at WashU / Teaching Tips

By Jonathan Hanahan, Assistant Professor of Design at Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis Design is increasingly a bridge to all forms of culture. For a long time, design was an add on to more accepted professions; designers help hide the messiness and project a clear and controlled […]

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Sam Fox School Launches Interdisciplinary Workshop Series

February 11, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

Teaching at WashU

Every Friday at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, students, faculty, and staff explore new concepts outside the studio through a new workshop series. The series, “Fox Fridays,” is a way for students to collaborate across disciplines and experiment with new tools, processes, and technology that […]

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Environmental Studies Professor Highlights Real-World Experience in Learning

February 5, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight /

“As instructors, we have responsibility to help students learn content, but if we can do that at the same time as providing resources to our community, it’s all the better,” said Beth Martin, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies at Washington University in St. Louis and Interim Director of the Washington University Climate Change Program. Professor […]

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Using a Different Approach to Foster Student Recall

January 27, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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The cramming-and-forgetting cycle is all too common in student learning. One professor recently decided to implement a new approach to encourage long-term retention of material. Kirk Fischer, an associate professor of accounting at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, in Texas, decided to change his “Survey of Accounting” course by replacing its three midterm exams with weekly […]

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Adding Virtual Guests to the Classroom: Why it works, and how: Teaching Tips

January 6, 2020 | Emily Wasserman

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By Robert Mark Morgan, Teaching Professor in Drama (Design) and Director of the Beyond Boundaries Program, Washington University in St. Louis As myself and my WashU colleagues are currently designing their syllabi for the spring semester and beyond, you may think of a colleague in some distant city who the students should really hear from […]

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Helping First-Year Students with Project-Based Learning

September 30, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

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There are many good reasons to use project-based learning in class, but some instructors might shy away from using this approach with first-year students. However, instructors can successfully implement project-based learning in courses for first-year students by focusing on a few key areas, writes Beth McMurtrie in a recent newsletter article from The Chronicle of Higher […]

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French Professor Accentuates Interdisciplinary Interests in Education

August 26, 2019 | Emily Wasserman

Faculty Spotlight /

“I hope my students take away a love of culture and a curiosity about other people’s perspectives that will inspire them to explore further, travel further, think circumspectly, and have the courage to put themselves in situations in which their informed perspectives can have an impact in whatever professional venue they choose,” said Tili Boon […]

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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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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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