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 […]

A Few Texts for Teaching To and Within the Jesuit Catholic Mission

We frequently get asked for recommendations on books to help people learn more about mission-focused teaching and Ignatian pedagogy. The following is a short list of five texts that can help anyone from novice to expert learn a little bit more in this area of teaching. Bergman, Roger. Catholic Social Learning: Educating the Faith That […]

Book Review: Democracy and Education Reconsidered

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center John Dewey’s seminal Democracy and Education is arguably one of the most influential books on education published in the twentieth century. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of its publication, a recent volume proposes “ways of revising Dewey’s thought in light of the challenges facing contemporary education and […]

What We’re Reading Lately: About Online Teaching and Learning

Online Learning Journal Volume 2, Issue 4 – December 2016 https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/read/online-learning-journal/ The Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan C) recently published a special issue of the seven best research papers presented at The 2016 American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group (SIG) on Online Teaching and Learning.  Research topics include Culturally Responsive Teaching Knowledge and Practices […]

A Review of Recent Articles from The Teaching Professor

by Sandy Gambill, Senior Instructional Developer, Reinert Center The Reinert Center maintains an institutional subscription to The Teaching Professor newsletter so it is available for free to anyone with a slu.edu email address. Here is an overview of articles you may have missed this summer that might be useful as you plan for classes to […]

Teaching Center Work as “After Pedagogy”: A Personal Reflection

by Gina Merys, Associate Director, Reinert Center Last Fall, I had the pleasure of reading After Pedagogy: The Experience of Teaching, by Saint Louis University’s own Paul Lynch, Ph.D. (Associate Professor in the Department of English), and to discuss it on a panel created in its honor. What follows here is an adaptation of my […]

Book Review: Small Changes in Teaching

by Sandy Gambill, Sr. Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Often when we think about course design or learning new teaching practices, it’s easy to become paralyzed by the seemingly enormous task. That’s why the recent James M. Lang series on Small Changes in Teaching in the Chronicle of Higher Education is compelling as a reminder that sometimes […]

Student-Teacher Narratives: Teaching at the Intersection of Identities

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center        Reading personal narratives about teaching is a powerful way to reflect on the more visceral dimensions of our work. I am particularly drawn to narratives that attend to matters of difference in teaching, as both a topic of inquiry and an embodied presence in our classrooms. […]

Book Review: Best Practices for Flipping the College Classroom

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Best Practices for Flipping the College Classroom by Julee B. Waldrop & Melody A. Bowdon (Eds.) Although there are a number of resources to offer tips and strategies for implementing the flipped classroom instructional method, evidence to show how the flipped approach can support college-level learning outcomes can […]

Designing and Facilitating Group Work

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center I recently taught an undergraduate course on small group processes, with an emphasis on the role of communication in the development of the ‘work’ done by group members. It was an exciting opportunity for me to consider interdisciplinary perspectives on small groups (i.e., the content of selected readings […]