Designing and Facilitating Group Work

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center I recently taught an undergraduate course on small group processes, with an emphasis on the role of communication in the development of the ‘work’ done by group members. It was an exciting opportunity for me to consider interdisciplinary perspectives on small groups (i.e., the content of selected readings […]

Creating Significant Learning Experiences: Takeaways from the Annual National Workshop

by Sandy Gambill, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Now in it’s 2nd edition, L. Dee Fink’s Creating Significant Learning Experiences has impacted many instructors’ decisions around course design. I recently had the opportunity to attend the annual workshop offered by Fink and Associates on applying the course design model they have developed.  Here are two elements […]

Reinert Center Pilots New Program on Culturally Responsive Teaching

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center Next week, the Reinert Center will launch a pilot for a new program focused on helping SLU faculty and graduate student instructors design and teach courses in ways that are culturally responsive.  While the particular emphasis for the pilot is on engaging international students more inclusively, the concepts of […]

Book Review: Teaching Intensive and Accelerated Courses: Instruction That Motivates Learning

by Sandy Gambill, Reinert Center, Instructional Developer Teaching Intensive and Accelerated Courses: Instruction That Motivates Learning by Raymond J. Wlodkowski and Margery B. Ginsberg July is traditionally a time for the beach and BBQs. It’s also traditionally the time both teachers and students question their decisions to be in the classroom instead of the swimming […]

Summer Reading List

by Jerod Quinn, Instructional Developer I have the good fortune to be in a place where there is an abundance of great reading and research available for my profession, instructional development. My co-workers point me towards exciting new ideas in the field along with keeping a list of the foundational writings. And with all that […]