Preparing Our Students for the Future

by Kim Levenhagen PT, DPT, WCC, Assistant Professor in the Program in Physical Therapy In 2013, Hart Research Associates conducted an online survey of employers’ priorities for hiring today’s graduates.  This detailed analysis provided recommendations on changes that need to occur in education and educational assessment practices.  A brief summary of It Takes More Than a […]

Irrelevant or Engaged?

by Elisabeth Hedrick-Moser, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center When Nicholas Kristof declaimed in his New York Times column that “Some of the smartest thinkers on problems at home and around the world are university professors, but most of them just don’t matter in today’s great debates,” he, unsurprisingly, unleashed some backlash from the academic community. Kristof’s […]

Why Are Concepts So Hard?

by Shawn Nordell, PhD, Associate Professor, Biology “Conceptual understanding” is a learning objective commonly seen in primary, secondary and post-secondary courses as well as throughout the educational literature.   Indeed, there is an emphasis in many disciplines to design a curriculum that promotes students’ conceptual understanding within a discipline rather than simple procedural knowledge or rote […]

Reflections on the Winter Institute

Last week, the Reinert Center hosted its annual Winter Institute, a day-long series of workshops focused on our theme for the year, The Art and Science of Learning.  In spite of the snowy morning, approximately 75 faculty and graduate students turned out to learn more about how learning works and how they can structure engaging, […]

“Teaching” an Upper Level Lab Course

by Michael Lewis, Associate Vice President for Faculty Development and Associate Professor of Chemistry I’m currently teaching an upper-level lab course, Biochemistry Laboratory I.  The course is required for Biochemistry majors, and given current demand for the course from students in the program, these are the only students in the course; we do not have the room […]

Can creative thinking be taught?

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center This was the underlying question at Dr. Russell Carpenter’s workshop last week on Applied Creative Thinking.  Dr. Carpenter’s work suggests it can, and his recent book, Teaching Applied Creative Thinking, helps us to better understand how we might do so.  As I’ve reflected on the workshop and on the […]

The Art and Science of Learning

  by Gina Merys, Assistant Director, Reinert Center During the 2013-2014 academic year the Reinert Center is focusing on the theme, The Art and Science of Learning.  During both the fall and spring semesters, we will be offering programs and events highlighting approaches to and research on knowledge making.  We will focus on a broad […]