How Do I Get My Students to Read the Assignment?

by Kim Levenhagen PT, DPT, WCC, Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training This has been a problem for me since my early years of teaching: I would come to class after assigning a reading ready for a robust conversation in the classroom.  Then, I would pose a softball of a question to the class to […]

Make Office Hours Great Again

by Mitch Lorenz, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center The focus on effective teaching within the classroom can overshadow the importance of effective teaching outside of the classroom. Interactions with students outside of class can take many forms, from the post-class clarification to the awkward public run-in, but the most structured outside of class interactions occur during […]

One Key to Pedagogical Success: Questions and Enduring the Awkward Silence

by Kenneth L. Parker, Steber Professor in Theological Studies At the beginning of each academic year, I have to relearn the same lesson: enduring the awkward silence after a question has been asked. At the start of my career this “skill” seemed unendurable. It felt far easier to fill the empty void of fifty or seventy-five […]

Communicating Engagement, Engaging Communication

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center The term “engagement” continues to be fashionable in conversations about teaching, research, and the role of service in higher education. It often functions as a buzzword, referenced here and there to signify a thing we value and strive to achieve in our work. And yet, we are rarely […]

New Resource Guide: Making Student Work Public Online

The Reinert Center has a series of brief resource guides designed to provide quick information on topics related to teaching.   Our latest resource guide, Making Student Work Public Online, addresses some of the major considerations needed when using online platforms for student assignments. As more assignments go online, it is important for faculty to know some of the ethical and […]

Effective Classroom Demonstrations

by Kelly McEnerney, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center As pedagogical tools for engaging students, demonstrations serve a useful role in the classroom, particularly when used to introduce concepts that are difficult to convey in words. To extend this point, imagine a classic example of a child learning to tie shoes. Take a few seconds to formulate […]

Creating Significant Learning Experiences: Takeaways from the Annual National Workshop

by Sandy Gambill, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Now in it’s 2nd edition, L. Dee Fink’s Creating Significant Learning Experiences has impacted many instructors’ decisions around course design. I recently had the opportunity to attend the annual workshop offered by Fink and Associates on applying the course design model they have developed.  Here are two elements […]

Using Ground Rules to Support a Diverse Learning Environment

by Elisabeth Hedrick-Moser, Instructor  When I was a college student, and before I thought about it more intentionally, I thought “diversity” in education was really code for “politically correct,” or just a way to prevent or correct racism or stereotyping.  I’ve since learned that diversity is, in itself, a positive force for education. Think about […]

Dealing with Classroom Management Challenges

by Dipti Subramanium, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Reinert Center Classroom management challenges are not uncommon; they are something that all instructors face at different levels and times. Below are some tips to address some common issues. Dominating students: While dominating students are often eager, knowledgeable, and help keep the discussion going, they could also hinder other students […]

Framing Assignments for Clarity

by Jerod Quinn, Instructional Developer I have known for a long time that I like to ramble when I talk, but it has been a recent discovery of mine that I also like to ramble when I write. While that’s not inherently a bad thing, it has been adding some undesirable tension between me and […]