How Do I Get My Students to Read the Assignment?

by Kim Levenhagen PT, DPT, WCC, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training This has been a problem for me since my early years of teaching: I would come to class after assigning a reading ready for a robust conversation in the classroom.  Then, I would pose a softball of a question to the class to […]

Teaching History As the “Great Unknown”

by Doug Boin, Assistant Professor, History There’s a cliche among people outside the historian’s guild: History is about names and dates, memorization of facts, and the knowledge of content crammed into textbooks. Ten years ago, there were probably some truths to this cliche, back in the era before YouTube and Wikipedia. These days, the same […]

Trick or Treat

by Steve Sanchez, Assistant Provost Since this blog entry was due on Halloween, I thought it might be appropriate to share a “treat” from recent research conducted by SLU’s Office of Institutional Research (OIR) on the experiences of SLU undergraduates.  The “trick” part of all this is regularly and intentionally acting on the research data […]

Creative Critical Thinking

By Mary R. Vermilion, Ph. D., Assistant professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology In thinking (critically and creatively, of course) about the issues of critical and creative thinking, I have come to the conclusion that they are intrinsically tied. I will elaborate on this idea later. First, however, I want to discuss the particular issues surrounding […]