“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 […]

Connecting the Dots of Practice: How One Program Improved a Collaborative Wiki Assignment

by Kim Levenhagen, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy A year ago my colleagues and I in the Program in Physical Therapy piloted a wiki project to thread concepts from earlier and current coursework.  We have continued with this project, albeit with some improvements.  This project stretches the students to scaffold previously learned information in order to […]

Teaching Metacognition through Critical Reflection: Strategies and Tools

by Katie Beres, Instructional Liaison, CTTL Dr. Patti Clayton facilitated a workshop for the SLU community on May 7 on the topic of critical reflection. As a follow up to her workshop this article provides a summary of various metacognitive activities (including Clayton’s DEAL model) to support student learning. What are metacognitive activities? Metacognitive activities […]

2nd Annual Learning Studio Symposium Recap

by Michaella Thornton, Assistant Director for Instructional Design It is an inspiring and instructive privilege to be able to peek inside others’ classrooms to experience how others teach, hear how and why teachers make the choices they do for students, learning goals and objectives, and respective disciplines, and to consider how such possibilities may be […]

Continuing the Tradition of The Notebook with a Twist: The CTTL’s Weekly Blog

While The Notebook may be new to some of our readers, our weekly web log, or blog, was first the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning’s quarterly newsletter. Then as now, The Notebook will still chronicle the Center’s perspectives on pedagogy, teaching with technology, instructional development, the people involved in our programs, services, and resources, […]

Transforming Teaching and Learning at SLU for 15 years: Or is it 20?

by Debra Rudder Lohe, Director Greetings from the newly-christened Paul C. Reinert, S.J. Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning.  Officially, this year marks the 15th anniversary for the Center (formerly, the Reinert Center for Teaching Excellence), but the fact is, we’ve been transforming teaching at Saint Louis University even longer than that. Twenty years ago, […]

Congratulations 2012 CUTS Recipients!

by Dr. Gina Merys, Assistant Director for Faculty and Graduate Student Development The Center honored a record number of 50 Certificate in University Teaching Skills recipients at our Spring Ceremony on Friday, 4 May.

Collaborative Learning in Action: The Online Teaching and Learning Institute

It’s a popular question for the contemporary academic — How do I transfer a face-to-face, traditional classroom experience to an online or blended setting? This summer the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning explored this question by hosting its first Online Teaching and Learning Institute (OTLI) from May 21 through June 1. Nine full-time […]