Carl Wieman: Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education

Carl Wieman: Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education
In this talk, “Taking a Scientific Approach to Science and Engineering Education,” Carl Wieman (Department of Physics and Graduate School of Education, Stanford University;White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, 2010-2012; Nobel Prize Winner in Physics), will discuss transforming education, guided by insights from research on teaching and learning. Research on how people learn […]

CIRCLE Fellow to Present at 2016 STEM FIT

CIRCLE Fellow to Present at 2016 STEM FIT
CIRCLE Fellow Megan Daschbach, Lecturer in Chemistry, will present at the 2016 STEM Faculty Institute on Teaching. Drawing from her CIRCLE Fellowship project, Daschbach will offer an interactive lecture, “Insights from the Field: Integrating Clickers into General Chemistry.” STEM FIT, which provides three days in the summer for STEM faculty to focus on refining their teaching, […]

Reflective Writing Can Help Students Link Course Content to their Lives

Reflective Writing Can Help Students Link Course Content to their Lives
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 suggestion […]

Registration Open for POGIL Summer Workshops

Registration Open for POGIL Summer Workshops
The POGIL Project has announced that registration is open for the POGIL Summer 2016 Regional Workshops.  The Central Region POGIL Workshops will take place July 18–20 at Washington University. The registration deadline is 4/15/2016. POGIL (Process-Oriented, Guided-Inquiry Learning) takes a student-centered, team-based, active-learning approach in which students learn key concepts and process skills such as collaboration […]

Rick Moog Sojourns at CIRCLE

Rick Moog Sojourns at CIRCLE
CIRCLE is delighted to be hosting Rick Moog, professor of chemistry at Franklin & Marshall College and director of the Process Oriented Guided Learning Inquiry (POGIL) Project during his sabbatical year. With the view that “knowledge is personal,” POGIL takes a student-centered, team-based, active-learning approach in which key concepts and process skills (such as collaboration […]

Welcoming New 2015-2017 CIRCLE Fellows

Welcoming New 2015-2017 CIRCLE Fellows
The Teaching Center and CIRCLE are pleased to announce the 2015-2017 CIRCLE Fellows. Daniel Giammar, Walter E. Browne Professor of Environmental Engineering, Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering Jay Turner, Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Programs, Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering Mairin Hynes, Lecturer, Physics A collaboration between The Teaching Center, and the Center for […]

AAU STEM Network Conference: October 13 & 14

AAU STEM Network Conference: October 13 & 14
This conference, co-sponsored by the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE), will take place October 13-14, 2015 at Washington University. The purpose of the conference is to develop a network among AAU member-institutions that are focused on improving STEM education. The conference will feature presentations […]

Providing Pre-lecture Material Can Boost Student Learning

Providing Pre-lecture Material Can Boost Student Learning
A new study by Washington University Professor of Psychology Mark McDaniel, PhD, and recent Washington University Psychology department graduate, Dung Bui PhD, found that students retain more when they are prepared before lecture with pre-lecture outlines and diagrams that show relationships between the concepts that will be discussed. Such materials can help students organize the […]

Navigating a Parallel Universe in CIRCLE’s New e-Book

Navigating a Parallel Universe in CIRCLE’s New e-Book
“Pedagogy is complex . . . and needs to be thought about from various points of view,” and other reflections on CIRCLE’s new e-book appeared in a recent story in Ampersand, Washington University’s Arts & Sciences newsletter. The book, Integrating Cognitive Science with Innovative Teaching in the STEM Disciplines, recently published by the University Libraries with funding from the […]

CIRCLE Conference e-Book Available Now

CIRCLE Conference e-Book Available Now
We are pleased to announce the release of Integrating Cognitive Science with Innovative Teaching in STEM Disciplines, an e-book available now on iTunes and on Amazon. The book focuses on innovations in higher education in a variety of STEM fields and features discussions of research by cognitive and learning scientists and discipline-based STEM education researchers who […]

Tavis Smiley Interviews Mark McDaniel

Tavis Smiley Interviews Mark McDaniel
Radio host Tavis Smiley interviews Mark McDaniel, CIRCLE co-director and expert on human learning and memory, who offers back-to-school tips for optimal studying. In the interview, which is part of Smiley’s “Five Things You Should Know About…” series, McDaniel shares evidence-based advice on learning that is useful for students and teachers alike, including: · the danger of regarding […]

CIRCLE Conference 2014: Integrating Cognitive Science with Innovative Teaching in STEM Disciplines

CIRCLE Conference 2014: Integrating Cognitive Science with Innovative Teaching in STEM Disciplines
This national conference bridges the gap between learning theory and STEM education by featuring cutting-edge research on innovations in higher education in a variety of STEM fields – biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, and psychology – and pertinent research from cognitive and educational psychology. scholarly research on cognitive psychology and STEM education, this conference will produce […]