Posts by Nicole Anderson Ellis

The Empathy Project: FI Professor Examines First Year Experience

“[T]he Empathy Project is a collaborative, project-based learning assignment in which students design a test of human empathy and pitch it to a hypothetical business,” explains Focused Inquiry Professor Micol Hutchison in an article in the latest issue of the peer-reviewed Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning.   In the article, “The Empathy Project: Using a Project-Based Learning Assignment…

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VCU’s Own Cherry Blossom Festival

No need to visit DC to celebrate this harbinger of spring or savor traditional Japanese culture.  This Sunday, April 3, from 12:30-4:30 VCU’s Japanese Student Association is hosting its 2nd Annual VCU Cherry Blossom Festival in the Student Commons Plaza.  Entertainment will include traditional drumming by VCU taiko club, featuring FI Professor Paul Yoon.  Join us!

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FI Professor Designs Essay-Grading App

“The idea came to me while watching reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” explained Professor DeSucof, a tenured member of the Focused Inquiry faculty team.  “I was trying to grade synthesis essays and watch at the same time, and realized it would be soooooooooo much easier if I could focus completely on the show.” And…

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By Teaching, They Learn: FI Students’ Serving St. Joseph’s Villa

In the first century AD, Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger observed, “Docendo discimus,” or “by teaching, we learn.” In 2016, Focused Inquiry Professor Elizabeth Kreydatus is letting her students experience this first hand.  As part of a service learning section, these first year VCU students mentor teens from St. Joseph’s Villa, a non-profit serving Richmond…

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More Praise for VCU’s Shrinking Grad Gap

This time it’s the Education Trust’s latest report that lists VCU among the nation’s top public university’s successfully narrowing the graduation rate gap between minority and white students.  To read the full report, click here: “Rising Tide: Do College Grad Rate Gains Benefit All Students?” You may remember that a report published by the The…

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