Tips on Teaching

Theatre Activities to Support Student Learning

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Theatre can be a powerful tool for learning. I have used a variety of performance-based activities in my own teaching to help engage students in understanding and applying course concepts. Often, these activities take the form of impromptu scenarios where students are asked to think (and act) critically… Continue reading Theatre Activities to Support Student Learning

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Reviewing the Characteristics of Effective Teachers

by Gina Merys, Associate Director, Reinert Center The August/September 2017 issue of The Teaching Professor Newsletter reviewed two recent studies that looked at the most important teacher characteristics as identified by students. While the studies do not reveal solid evidence about any characteristic’s direct bearing on student learning, one of the studies (Gerhard, 2016) does… Continue reading Reviewing the Characteristics of Effective Teachers

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Incorporating Principles in Cognitive Psychology to Improve Student Learning

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center At the 2017 STEM FIT Symposium at Washington University in St. Louis, Mark McDaniel, PhD, Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences, co-director of CIRCLE, and co-author of Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (2014), presented a plenary address on how research in cognitive psychology can support effective teaching… Continue reading Incorporating Principles in Cognitive Psychology to Improve Student Learning