Biology’s Rebecca Benard receives Wittke Award for commitment to students

Provost William A. “Bud” Baeslack surprises Rebecca Benard with Wittke Award in class.

A biology instructor who believes books and lectures aren’t enough has won a 2015 Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Rebecca Benard, who came to Case Western Reserve University in 2009, distinguished

Biomedical Engineering Professor Colin Drummond’s mix of real world into classroom earns him Wittke Award

Colin Drummond

Among the thick white binders that line a bottom shelf in Colin Drummond’s office is one filled with current events—news articles the biomedical engineering professor uses to pepper his courses with context to draw

Passion for teaching leads art history’s Elina Gertsman to earn Diekhoff Award

Elina Gertsman

The first time Elina Gertsman stepped into a classroom as a teaching fellow in graduate school, she was terrified. But that feeling was soon replaced with another. “At the end of that session, I was

Next UCITE session to focus on using group work effectively in classroom settings

The practice of having students work in groups in educational settings keeps growing—partly driven because students have to share resources or are working on projects too large to handle individually, and also because new

CWRU active learning initiative featured by “EDUCAUSE Review”

At Case Western Reserve, pushing teaching and learning past their usual bounds is critical. EDUCAUSE Review reinforced this commitment by publishing a key paper on the efforts taken at Case Western Reserve to foster

Nominate an outstanding faculty member by Feb. 16 for John S. Diekhoff Award

The deadline to nominate a faculty member for the John S. Diekhoff Award is Feb. 16. This award recognizes individuals who have been outstanding in teaching or mentoring graduate students. All faculty members who teach

Learn how to ”make ideas stick” at Nov. 6 UCITE session

People spend large chunks of time in classes during their formal education and yet, after it is all over, they tend to remember only a few things here and there. This raises the question

UCITE to host session on presentation skills

The ability to make an effective presentation is an important skill. Apart from simply a way to influence how others view you, preparing a good presentation helps sharpen an idea, deliver a more concise

UCITE to offer session on Professor Emeritus Dave Kolb’s learning styles, cycles

In 1984, David Kolb, professor emeritus at the Weatherhead School of Management, published his learning styles and learning cycle model now used worldwide. The cycle comprises four stages of learning: concrete experience, reflective observation,

UCITE to host session on close reading

Given the rapid growth in knowledge, it is inevitable that the amount of information that we expect students to learn in courses has also grown, unless instructors are very vigilant in limiting it. This tends to place