Teaching Students to be Good Communicators: Flying by the Seat of My Pants

by Mike Lewis, Associate Professor, Chemistry I spent the last part of last week at the Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society.  A fourth year PhD student came to the conference with me, and she gave two oral presentations.  One was on a project she has been talking about for a while – she has […]

Habits of Thought and Practice: Examining the Lecture (Part 3 of 3)

by Katie Beres, Instructional Liaison In the first two posts in this three-part series, I examined the habit of thought related to preparing and conceptualizing the lecture experience. I shared that a major shift in my habit of thought for preparing my lecture time was to prepare for my lecture apart from any technology or tools […]

What Are We “Flipping” in the Flipped Classroom?

by Elena Bray Speth, Biology Department One of the newest trends in instructional design is the “flipped classroom”.  Started in K-12 as a must-do-to-be-current practice, brought to public fame by initiatives like Khan Academy, talked about in pretty much every online forum on education, the flipped classroom approach involves delivering lectures outside of class, mainly through […]

Habits of Thought and Practice: Examining the Lecture (Part 2 of 3)

by Katie Beres, Instructional Liaison In my previous post, I described the process of separating learning from the tools and activities used to facilitate the learning experience in a class. This second post will build on the learning strategies chosen to facilitate the learning for the lecture. The content of a lecture is driven by what […]

Habits of Thought and Practice: Examining the Lecture (Part 1 of 3)

by Katie Beres, Instructional Liaison Growing as instructors requires reflecting on our habits: habits of thought and practice. I define a habit as an internalized behavior or thought process. For many of us, we were taught with lecture as a primary learning strategy. Lecture is a habit that many of us are revisiting as we […]

Culture Shock in the College Classroom: It’s Not Just for International Students

by Debra Lohe, Director With the growing number of international students in American universities, we hear a lot about the “culture shock” they experience in the classroom.  Expectations for everything from classroom participation to faculty-student interactions to collaborative learning to writing and academic integrity may differ greatly from their home countries, and students often are […]

Call for Innovative Teaching Fellowship Applications and Learning Studio Open Forums

by Michaella (Hammond) Thornton, Assistant Director for Instructional Design, Reinert CTTL The Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce the next call for applications to teach in the Learning Studio, an experimental, technology-rich classroom located in Des Peres Hall, for the Fall 2013 semester through the Center’s Innovative Teaching Fellowship program. […]

Teaching at a Jesuit University: A Brief Introduction

by Debra Rudder Lohe, Director, Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning If you’re new to the context of a Jesuit institution, you are probably wondering, What’s a Jesuit? And how does a Jesuit university differ from other kinds of schools? And perhaps even more important, for many, is the question, What do the religious […]

Getting the Most from Your Faculty Liaison Librarian

by Martha Allen, Faculty Liaison Librarian, Pius XII Memorial Library If you do not know your department’s faculty liaison librarian or have not met with your faculty liaison librarian in a while, the beginning of the academic year is a perfect time to create new relationships and revisit old ones. What does a faculty liaison […]

Social Media in the Classroom: Beyond the Hype

By Jerod Quinn, Instructional Designer for the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning As an instructional designer in the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, I have been exploring the use of social media in the classroom during the spring 2012 semester. I’ll admit, it can be a little overwhelming to sort through the […]