Extending Discussions Online

by Jerod Quinn, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center “Leading a productive discussion, one that engages students and enhances their understanding, may be the most complex and challenging task in teaching.” – J. Henning, “Leading Discussions: Opening Up the Conversation.” No matter what else happens in my classes, I have the bad habit of equating my effectiveness […]

Data Literacy Tools for the Classroom

by Rebecca Hyde, Research & Instruction Librarian, Associate Professor, Pius XII Memorial Library “Data literacy” is used to mean many different things, but I recently came across a simple definition that really resonated with me: Data literacy is “the ability to interpret, evaluate, and communicate statistical information” (Beauchamp 2015). I like this broad definition because it encompasses […]

Tools of the Reflective Trade

by Jerod Quinn, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Even though reflection can be a valuable tool for teaching and learning, it’s only valuable if you actually do it. I’m a “process” minded person by training and by nature, so I’m usually searching for tools to add practical application to important theories. I wanted to take some […]

What’s on our minds: How current events can help inform our approach to teaching and serving students

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center With the recent events in Ferguson, many educators have been looking to find useful resources to help teach about race, racism, inequality, and justice. In response, Marcia Chatelain, a historian of African-American life and culture at Georgetown University, created the Twitter hashtag, #Fergusonsyllabus. Since the hashtag’s creation, there […]

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

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Designer, Reinert Center As a part of the Instructional Design team at the Reinert Center, we encounter a lot of interesting artifacts related to teaching and learning.  From new and exciting commentary on pedagogy to the latest trend in educational psychology, the amount of information found by the ID team creates […]

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

by Jerod Quinn, CTTL Instructional Designer. In my line of work as an instructional designer, I get to be exposed to new ideas and tools all the time. Some of those ideas manage to grab my attention and take hold of it. Here are three that I have come across in the last few months […]

Wikipedia Editing In the Classroom

by Dr. Judith Ogilvie, Biology Wikipedia provides an opportunity for students to enrich their understanding of course material while mastering fun, new technology and serving the worldwide community of Wikipedia users. I had recently read an article about editing Wikipedia in the classroom when several students approached me about taking my Developmental Biology Course for […]

Teaching a Flipped Class for the Second Time

by Michael Lewis, Associate Vice President for Faculty Development,  Associate Professor of Chemistry Last year I taught the course Principles of Chemistry II using a flipped classroom approach.  This was my first time teaching the course in this manner, after having taught the course once using a traditional format.  The class was relatively large with about […]

Teaching with Technology Forum

The Reinert Center has started a new series aimed at helping faculty and graduate students consider ways to incorporate technology into the classroom. Each semester, we’ll offer three short sessions focusing on one teaching issue or strategy involving technology. Seating is limited and advanced registration is required. Register online here: http://tinyurl.com/lnuw7l6 The sessions for this […]

Blog posts as critical reflection tools (Yes, really.)

by Amber Hinsley, Assistant Professor, Communication As a professor in the Department of Communication, you could say I’m in the business of communication. My classes tend to focus on journalism writing and developing digital skills, but regardless of the course topic all of my undergraduate students create blogs that they use to publish various assignments. […]