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. […]

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 […]

Closed Books Exams: Relic or Relevant?

by Sandy Gambill, Instructional Designer, Reinert Center ProfHacker, a blog about “teaching, technology, and productivity” in the Chronicle of Higher Education, never fails to make me think. This week, coming off midterm exam period at SLU, they have me thinking about closed book exams. Are closed book exams still relevant in a world where memory […]

Piloting New Technologies in the Classroom

by Michael Lewis, Associate Vice President for Faculty Development, Associate Professor of Chemistry This past summer I was offered the opportunity to pilot the use of a chemistry molecular drawing application for iPads in the course, Principles of Organic Chemistry II.  The application itself, ChemDraw, is not new; it is the standard in the field of Organic […]

Focus on Teaching & Technology Conference: October 24-25, 2013

by Michaella Thornton, Assistant Director for Instructional Design, Reinert Center  Fall brings some of my favorite things: pumpkin spice lattes, apple picking with friends, settling into the fall semester, and the annual, regional higher ed conference hosted by the University of Missouri-St. Louis’s Center for Teaching and Learning: the Focus on Teaching & Technology Conference. […]

I’ve Been MOOC’ed

by Jerod Quinn, Instructional Designer, Reinert Center By now you have likely heard of Massive Open Online Courses known as MOOCs. They are university-level courses, often taught by experts in the discipline or field, that have open enrollment, with tens of thousands of students in a single class. Massive amounts of hype have surrounded MOOCs […]