Creating Instructional Videos to Scaffold Learning

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Within the short span of a decade, video tutorials have quickly become a common and pervasive aspect of how we share, consume, and communicate information online.  From yoga and guitar lessons, to cooking and home repair, viewers can learn all sorts of new skills through instructor-led online videos.  […]

2nd Issue of Technology for Teaching ejournal now available

The Reinert Center invites you to read the second issue of our ejournal Technology for Teaching. Technology for Teaching is a semi-annual publication from the Instructional Developer team in Saint Louis University’s Reinert Center. Each issue will explore innovative ways technology might be used in teaching. It is available online at

New Resource Guide

A new resource guide on integrating technologies into assignments has been posted to the Reinert Center website [LINK]. If you want to talk with someone about integrating technology into assignments in your own classes, you may request a teaching consultation by completing this form (LINK). If you have ideas for resource guide topics you would […]

Recommendations on how to create videos to encourage student engagement

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center At the first Association for Computing Machinery conference on “Learning @ Scale,” researchers Guo and Rubin presented an empirical study on how video production techniques from videos affects student engagement (2014).  Their study analyzed viewing data from 6.9 million video watching sessions gathered from four EdX MOOC courses […]

Teaching Online: A 24 X 7 Job

by Sandy Gambill, Senior Instructional Developer, Reinert Center When working with professors to develop online courses, the questions I get asked most often have to do with student contact. How will I communicate with my students? How will I keep this from becoming a 24 x 7 job? These are certainly valid concerns, especially when […]

Incorporate Active Learning Strategies Using Little Known Features of Campus Technologies

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Incorporating active learning strategies into a course’s design can improve students’ recall of course information, improve academic performance, reduce cognitive load, and promote student engagement (Bonwell & Eison, 1991; Mayer & Moreno, 2003; Prince, 2004).  Although there are a number of University-supported academic resources available to faculty, knowing […]

Access and Inclusion in Online Teaching

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center This past weekend (April 1-2), the Reinert Center hosted an Online Teaching and Learning Institute (OTLI) for accelerated courses. This two-day intensive workshop was designed for faculty with minimal teaching experience in an online format. Participant-driven conversations explored effective teaching practices for any discipline, with special emphases given […]

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 […]