Thinking Critically, Thinking Creatively: Considerations of a Theme

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center As we welcome new faculty and students to campus, the Reinert Center is gearing up for its focus this year on Thinking Critically, Thinking Creatively. This theme will inform some of our regular programs, including workshops in our Certificate Program, our annual Winter Institute, and our Teaching with Technology […]

The Reinert Center Welcomes New Staff

The Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning enthusiastically announces the newest members of our staff. Instructional Developer: James Fortney James has been teaching undergraduate courses on communication, identity, and difference for nearly a decade. Prior to joining the Center, he was faculty in the Department of Communication Studies at Western Washington University. He also […]

Embracing Challenging Students

by Mitch Lorenz, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center Following thoughtful class design, lecture preparation, online class portal updating, and first day of class clothing selection comes the time when we, as teachers, must step into the classroom and actually interact with students. Regardless of the degree of preparation, unexpected problems may arise as students begin to […]

New Resource Guide: Making Student Work Public Online

The Reinert Center has a series of brief resource guides designed to provide quick information on topics related to teaching.   Our latest resource guide, Making Student Work Public Online, addresses some of the major considerations needed when using online platforms for student assignments. As more assignments go online, it is important for faculty to know some of the ethical and […]

Effective Classroom Demonstrations

by Kelly McEnerney, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center As pedagogical tools for engaging students, demonstrations serve a useful role in the classroom, particularly when used to introduce concepts that are difficult to convey in words. To extend this point, imagine a classic example of a child learning to tie shoes. Take a few seconds to formulate […]