Tag: Student learning

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Does Reading on Computer Screens Affect Student Learning?

July 13, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Pinned / Research on Teaching and Learning

A recent article, “Does Reading on Computer Screens Affect Student Learning?,” in The Chronicle of Higher Education* raises questions on how reading on screens may be impacting student engagement with the material. Studies cited focus on student attention and retention of information. The article includes some of the perks of online texts, such as hyperlinks and lower costs, as […]

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Evidence Assertion Slide Example from Michael Alley's Craft of Scientific Presentations website

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In PowerPoint, It’s the Headline that Makes the Difference

June 16, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

Evidence-Based Strategies / Research on Teaching and Learning

PowerPoint and teaching – love it or hate it – is a prevalent combination in our classrooms. We all have seen the default slide format: a short, topical title with a bullet list of text and/or a figure underneath. But is this the best format for your students learning? That is the question that the […]

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Introducing Shawn Nordell

June 14, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

STEM Education

The Teaching Center is excited to welcome Shawn Nordell, Senior Associate Director for Faculty Programs. Shawn joins us from a recent appointment at the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University. Prior to Brown, Shawn spent 16 years as a faculty member in the Department of Biology at Saint Louis University, where she […]

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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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White Rabbit

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There’s Still Time to Cultivate Metacognition in Your Course

April 9, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Resources for Teaching

At this point in the semester, we know if our students have been learning our courses’ concepts and skills. But have we helped them grow as reflective learners who are able to identify how they are learning in order to improve their study processes and final products? As we enter these last weeks of the semester, we still have time […]

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Reflective Writing Can Help Students Link Course Content to Their Lives

March 15, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Teaching with Writing

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, co-authored by Peter C. Brown and Washington University Psychology department professors Mark McDaniel and Henry “Roddy” Roediger, helped to kick-start a teaching experiment with surprising outcomes. With the intention of helping students  to consolidate learning and clarify misconceptions, Professor Allison Vaillancourt of the University of Arizona applied McDaniel and Roediger’s […]

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Summer Faculty Institutes on Teaching

March 14, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

Events

This summer, Washington University full-time faculty have the chance to join their colleagues at one of two Faculty Institutes on Teaching (FIT), presented by The Teaching Center: Inclusion and Diversity to Engage All FIT (IDEA FIT), May 25-26 and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics FIT (STEM FIT), June 14- 16. These institutes offer extended opportunities […]

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Making Every Minute Count

February 5, 2016 | Gillian Parrish

Resources for Teaching

The first five minutes of class can slip away in course logistics or setup, with students’ attention split between listening and their iPhones. To help students transition to the class session, James M. Lang offers in The Chronicle of Higher Education a handful of approaches that can immerse students in learning from the start.

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AAU STEM Education Initiative Conference Roundtable

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AAU STEM Education Initiative Network Conference

October 26, 2015 | Teaching Center Staff

STEM Education

More than 100 faculty from 36 AAU-member universities convened at Washington University October 13–14, 2015 to discuss their efforts in improving undergraduate STEM education. The two-day event, co-sponsored by the American Association of Universities and The Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE), provided the chance for focused dialogue on transforming courses […]

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