Focus on Teaching & Technology Conference: October 24-25, 2013

by Michaella Thornton, Assistant Director for Instructional Design, Reinert Center  Fall brings some of my favorite things: pumpkin spice lattes, apple picking with friends, settling into the fall semester, and the annual, regional higher ed conference hosted by the University of Missouri-St. Louis’s Center for Teaching and Learning: the Focus on Teaching & Technology Conference. […]

I’ve Been MOOC’ed

by Jerod Quinn, Instructional Designer, Reinert Center By now you have likely heard of Massive Open Online Courses known as MOOCs. They are university-level courses, often taught by experts in the discipline or field, that have open enrollment, with tens of thousands of students in a single class. Massive amounts of hype have surrounded MOOCs […]

Towards a Turn it Off Day?

Last fall I saw Alex Soojung-Kim Pang give a talk on Contemplative Computing. The one thing that has really stuck with me is his advice to never watch a screen loading. I can’t say I always follow this advice, but I do find myself thinking of it every time I’m cursing Blackboard or a streaming […]

Teaching at a Jesuit Institution: Thoughts for Those New to SLU

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center Four years ago this week, I came to SLU from what some might call a highly secular institution.  At that time, I had no personal experience with Jesuit institutions, no real sense of what the educational mission of the Jesuits entailed.  I did not know the long tradition of […]