Why Won’t Students Read for Class?

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center This question arises frequently in conversations with faculty from all disciplines and at all levels of teaching.  Although we’re quick to blame our attention-deficit culture – they’re too busy texting! – the fact is many students don’t do the reading for our classes because we haven’t actually taught them […]

Closed Books Exams: Relic or Relevant?

by Sandy Gambill, Instructional Designer, Reinert Center ProfHacker, a blog about “teaching, technology, and productivity” in the Chronicle of Higher Education, never fails to make me think. This week, coming off midterm exam period at SLU, they have me thinking about closed book exams. Are closed book exams still relevant in a world where memory […]

Can creative thinking be taught?

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center This was the underlying question at Dr. Russell Carpenter’s workshop last week on Applied Creative Thinking.  Dr. Carpenter’s work suggests it can, and his recent book, Teaching Applied Creative Thinking, helps us to better understand how we might do so.  As I’ve reflected on the workshop and on the […]

Piloting New Technologies in the Classroom

by Michael Lewis, Associate Vice President for Faculty Development, Associate Professor of Chemistry This past summer I was offered the opportunity to pilot the use of a chemistry molecular drawing application for iPads in the course, Principles of Organic Chemistry II.  The application itself, ChemDraw, is not new; it is the standard in the field of Organic […]

The Art and Science of Learning

  by Gina Merys, Assistant Director, Reinert Center During the 2013-2014 academic year the Reinert Center is focusing on the theme, The Art and Science of Learning.  During both the fall and spring semesters, we will be offering programs and events highlighting approaches to and research on knowledge making.  We will focus on a broad […]