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. […]

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 […]

Before the Break: Teaching Considerations for this Summer

by Michaella Thornton, Assistant Director for Instructional Design Late April to mid-May is often a frenetic time of year for faculty, students, and staff (admittedly, my mind often wanders to a beach much like the one pictured here in Venice Beach).  The semester is winding down, culminating projects are well underway, and time is fleeting […]

Teachers and Students as Curators of Networked Learning

by Michaella Thornton, Assistant Director for Instructional Design, Reinert CTTL First, a brief, lively video explanation of what digital media curation is: What is Curation? from Percolate on Vimeo. There’s an exciting movement underway regarding the tried-and-true textbook.  The Internet, digital scholarship, open-access journals, academic crowd-sourcing, and on-going debates about providing equitable, affordable, and timely […]

2nd Annual Learning Studio Symposium

Full-time faculty members are cordially invited to the Paul C. Reinert, S.J. Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning’s 2nd Annual Learning Studio Symposium from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, in room 213 in Des Peres Hall.  Refreshments will follow the symposium in the first-floor International Lounge in Des Peres Hall. Interested attendees are invited to register online […]

What’s Globally-Engaged Online and Blended Learning?

by Michaella Thornton, Assistant Director for Instructional Design On Tuesday, February 26 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Busch Student Center, Room 256, Saint Louis University faculty, staff, and students are cordially invited to explore and identify existing globally-centered organizations, resources, teaching practices, and learning experiences available at SLU. Participants will have an opportunity to consider […]

Teaching for the First Time: 15 Tips

by Erin Solomon, Divya Subramaniam, and Dipti Subramaniam from the CTTL It’s the beginning of a new semester, and in honor of the 15th anniversary of the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL), we, the CTTL Graduate Assistants, would like to present 15 tips for anyone who may be teaching for the first time.  While […]

Renewing Praxis & Pedagogy: Upcoming CTTL Events

by Michaella Thornton, Assistant Director for Instructional Design We talk a lot about renewal in the Center, largely because faculty development creates a unique opportunity for all of us to discover what works in higher ed, what we hope to improve or accomplish when working with students, and how to feel re-engaged and re-energized with […]