Book Review- Robot Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center The rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning brings the promise of increased productivity, efficiency, safety and access to a wealth of new information; however, these technologies also raise difficult questions about the nature of work.  What jobs, skills and labor will be needed when most […]

Book Review: Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusive Excellence

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Staff in the Reinert Center are continually researching and developing resources to support inclusive teaching and learning at Saint Louis University. You can access the current inclusive teaching resources available on our website by clicking here [LINK]. A goal of this ongoing work is to share resources that […]

Podcasts on Teaching

Are you interested in learning more about teaching this summer, but not necessarily interested in reading another book? Consider these educational podcasts you can listen to in the car, at the gym, or on the beach. Leading Lines: http://leadinglinespod.com/ Vanderbilt’s podcast on educational technology has episodes ranging from digital literacy, active learning in a Big […]

Book Review: Academic Ableism

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center As you settle into summer break, consider adding Jay Dolmage’s recent book on disability and higher education to your reading list. Academic Ableism (2017) offers a fresh and informed perspective on the historically complicated relationship between disability and higher education. Dolmage, an Associate Professor of English at the […]

Reflection on Growth and Fixed mindsets: A Praxis Workshop Follow-up

by Yang Li, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center A reflection on the Praxis workshop, “Harnessing Mindsets to Improve Student Success,” facilitated by Dr. Michelle Sabick on January 30, 2018. The first time I heard about growth and fixed mindsets was in my first graduate level course. I was taught to become a change leader for a […]

Book Review: Feminist Pedagogy in Higher Education

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center What is feminist pedagogy and how can it advance our commitment to social and gender justice? Feminist Pedagogy in Higher Education (Light et al., 2015) invites scholars from a variety of disciplines to explore this question from both theoretical and practical perspectives. The editors of the volume synthesize […]

Accommodation and Course Design

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center A recent article from ChronicleVitae discusses the benefits of focusing on accommodation when writing or revising syllabi for a new semester. David Goobler (2017) argues, “We’re wrong to think of accommodations as exceptions that detract from our normal way of doing things. Accommodating students is our normal way […]

Book Review: The Slow Professor

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center If you are looking for an interesting (and motivating) book to dig into before the semester begins, I recommend picking up a copy of The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy (Berg & Seeber, 2016). The authors challenge the frantic pace of pedagogical and […]

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 […]