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 […]

Towards a Turn it Off Day?

Last fall I saw Alex Soojung-Kim Pang give a talk on Contemplative Computing. The one thing that has really stuck with me is his advice to never watch a screen loading. I can’t say I always follow this advice, but I do find myself thinking of it every time I’m cursing Blackboard or a streaming […]

Call for Innovative Teaching Fellowship Applications and Pre-Application Workshops

The Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce the next call for applications to teach in the Learning Studio, an experimental, technology-rich classroom located in Des Peres Hall, Room 213. The call begins on Monday, August 26 and closes on Wednesday, October 2, when applications are due. For a comprehensive overview […]

Student Motivation in Online and Flipped Courses

by Sandy Gambill, Instructional Designer Many of the ideas we’ve posted this summer for motivating students in a traditional face-to-face class can be applied in online or flipped courses, but you may need to build in some additional structure to foster engagement and help students accept the shift in the balance of power that occurs […]

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

by Michaella Thornton, Assistant Director for Instructional Design Penn State University’s “Faculty Self-Assessment: Preparing for Online Teaching” and “Web Learning @ Penn State” developed by the Faculty Engagement subcommittee of Penn State’s Online Coordinating Council Links: https://weblearning.psu.edu/FacultySelfAssessment/ AND http://weblearning.psu.edu/resources The summertime is a great time to reflect on the course design process, especially if you […]

Tapping into the Collective Wisdom of the Best Blended Course Design Practices

By Michaella Thornton, Assistant Director for Instructional Design For four years I have taught blended, accelerated, and linked first-year composition courses at another learning institution.  Despite having several years experience teaching face-to-face college-level writing and online educational technology courses before teaching a blended course, I had to teach myself a lot about the educational nuances […]

The Art and Science of Creating Learning Environments – The Third Teacher book

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Designer One of the frequent conversations that occur when talking with faculty about the Learning Studio is the relationship between classroom space and technology.  While cameras, video walls, projectors, and other educational technology can be successfully utilized to help provide new approaches for teaching and learning, another component to teaching with […]

Eating My Own Words: Reflection on Using a Blog in Class

by Jerod Quinn, Instructional Designer, CTTL I warned my students this past semester that there would be a certain level of ambiguity inherent in my “introduction to technology” class. I was not going to walk them through using every application we discuss, but I would instead expect them to “figure it out” on their own. […]