Using Ground Rules to Support a Diverse Learning Environment

by Elisabeth Hedrick-Moser, Instructor  When I was a college student, and before I thought about it more intentionally, I thought “diversity” in education was really code for “politically correct,” or just a way to prevent or correct racism or stereotyping.  I’ve since learned that diversity is, in itself, a positive force for education. Think about […]

Dealing with Classroom Management Challenges

by Dipti Subramanium, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Reinert Center Classroom management challenges are not uncommon; they are something that all instructors face at different levels and times. Below are some tips to address some common issues. Dominating students: While dominating students are often eager, knowledgeable, and help keep the discussion going, they could also hinder other students […]

OTLI 2015 Recap

On June 1st through June 4th, faculty from across the University attended the 6th annual Online Teaching and Learning (OTLI) Institute at The Learning Studio in Des Peres Hall.  The four-day institute provided an opportunity to explore effective teaching practices and pedagogy for teaching.  Members of the Reinert Center facilitated discussions on course design, assessment […]

Framing Assignments for Clarity

by Jerod Quinn, Instructional Developer I have known for a long time that I like to ramble when I talk, but it has been a recent discovery of mine that I also like to ramble when I write. While that’s not inherently a bad thing, it has been adding some undesirable tension between me and […]