Fostering Self-Regulated Learning

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center So many of our frustrations with “today’s students” stem from their not-yet-well-developed ability to function as self-regulated learners.  We could debate the reasons – cultural, generational, developmental – why many undergraduates have not yet cultivated a strong sense of self-regulation in their approach to education, but it may be […]

From Cheating to Learning

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center It’s easy to assume that student cheating and violations of academic integrity norms are on the rise.  With students’ increasing use of technology and the increasingly blurry lines around re-use of existing creative works in our broader culture (just look at musical “sampling”), many worry that students’ understanding of […]

I’ve Been MOOC’ed

by Jerod Quinn, Instructional Designer, Reinert Center By now you have likely heard of Massive Open Online Courses known as MOOCs. They are university-level courses, often taught by experts in the discipline or field, that have open enrollment, with tens of thousands of students in a single class. Massive amounts of hype have surrounded MOOCs […]

Review: The Teaching Professor Newsletter and Successful Group Projects

by Gina Merys, Assistant Director, Reinert Center I often hear the laments of faculty about not having enough time to keep up with the current research in their disciplines, much less time to read about teaching and learning.  While one of the best parts of the summer months is that it can be a time […]

Actively Engaging Students in Reading & Discussion: Article Review

by Michaella Thornton, Assistant Director for Instructional Design Encouraging students to actively engage in (and complete) a course’s readings can sometimes feel like a Sisyphean task, especially if class discussions are dependent on students’ comprehension and ability to analyze, critique, and synthesize the readings throughout the semester. So, how do we, as teachers and instructional […]

What is Transformational Teaching, and How Do I Do It?

by Debie Lohe, Director, CTTL Here in the Reinert Center, we talk a lot about teaching that transforms – that is, teaching that changes people, altering fundamentally the way learners understand themselves and others, the way they engage in and contribute to their larger world. But transformation is a tall order (especially for those of […]

Tapping into the Collective Wisdom of the Best Blended Course Design Practices

By Michaella Thornton, Assistant Director for Instructional Design For four years I have taught blended, accelerated, and linked first-year composition courses at another learning institution.  Despite having several years experience teaching face-to-face college-level writing and online educational technology courses before teaching a blended course, I had to teach myself a lot about the educational nuances […]

The Art and Science of Creating Learning Environments – The Third Teacher book

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Designer One of the frequent conversations that occur when talking with faculty about the Learning Studio is the relationship between classroom space and technology.  While cameras, video walls, projectors, and other educational technology can be successfully utilized to help provide new approaches for teaching and learning, another component to teaching with […]

What’s On Our Minds Lately: The Instructional Design Team

by Sandy Gambill, CTTL Instructional Designer Vine Link: http://vine.co/ If you have an iPhone or iPad, you must download an video app called Vine, but be warned, it’s addictive. Vine, which was recently purchased by Twitter, lets you record and share 6-second video clips. You can pause in recording simply by touching your screen. What […]

CTTL Announces the Publication of A Guide for Beginning Teachers

The Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning (CTTL) is pleased to announce the publication of A Guide for Beginning Teachers, an e-book from Drs. James H. Korn, Mary Stephen, and Jason Sikorski.  Both Korn and Stephen both have a rich history with the SLU and with the Center, and it is our pleasure to […]