Mentoring Undergraduate Students

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Instructor-student interaction is often regarded as “the most important factor in student motivation and involvement” (Chickering & Gamson, 1987, p. 3). This interaction occurs inside and outside of the classroom, in face-to-face and virtual teaching situations, through various learning activities, formal advising meetings, and informal mentoring conversations. Instructor-student […]

Common Rhetorical Patterns of Writing

by Gina Merys, Associate Director, Reinert Center This past week, the Reinert Center facilitated the 2017 Culturally Responsive Teaching Institute. As part of that institute, participants began to grapple with what it means to live and learn through another culture and language. Because even the ways we think are structured through the filter of culture, […]

Wait, What? Questions to Facilitate Dialogue, Discussion and Reflection

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center In 2016, James Ryan, Dean of Harvard University’s School of Education, gave a commencement speech on how asking (and answering) good question can help evoke empathy, understanding, and curiosity.  During his speech, Ryan presented “5 essential questions” that are to serve as a guide for inquiry throughout a […]

Designing Independent Study Courses

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center A few years ago, I designed and facilitated an independent study course for an undergraduate student in my department. She needed a more focused, self-directed study of qualitative research methods before beginning her senior thesis project the following semester. I was impressed by her ability to articulate goals […]