Center for Teaching Excellence

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600 Forbes Avenue 20 Chatham Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
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    Improving Understanding and Learning

    The Academic Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee has described five dimensions of a Duquesne education.

    Understanding and Knowledge

    The first dimension of a Duquesne education focuses on understanding and knowledge.  At every level of learning, the educational process necessarily includes the acquisition of new understanding and knowledge.  Children learn that C+A+T spells cat; college students learn that C+A+T means course acquisition techniques, and faculty learn that C+A+T stands for classroom assessment techniques,.  We all grow in acquiring new understanding and knowledge.

    For Faculty

    Explore Classroom Assessment Techniques

    Do you know if your students are learning the information, knowledge and understanding that you are trying to teach?  Sometimes we discover after testing students that they do not understand the material.  Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) are a great way to measure student learning and improve your instruction throughout the course.  A properly used CAT acts as a low-stakes (non-graded) classroom activity that will help you to give useful feedback to your students.  Excellent CATs include Minute Papers, Student Generated Test Questions, and Memory Matrixes.

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    For Students

    Explore Course Acquisition Techniques

    Do you ever feel like your study of course materials is unproductive?  Do you feel like you can’t acquire the material that you are trying to learn?  If you feel this way, your study habits are not brain friendly.  Educators have been studying ways to make learning more brain friendly through understanding how the brain works.  The good news is that the research shows that you can increase your interest in any course and do things to increase your acquisition of knowledge.

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