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 […]

Teaching International Students

by Gina Merys, Associate Director, Reinert Center As we look ahead to the fall semester, and the arrival of the first official cohort of INTO students arriving in our classrooms, the summer is a good time to think about making changes to courses in order to promote learning for all of our students. The book, […]

Start Small: Tips for Fostering Effective Class Discussion

If you’re looking for small ways to enhance class discussions – whether in online or on-ground courses – you might find our two newest resource guides of interest. The tips presented in the Fostering Discussion in Face-to-Face Classes may apply to a wide range of discussion types.  Those provided in Fostering Discussion in Online Classes […]

What Teaching at Saint Louis University has Taught Me

by Lenin Grajo, Assistant Professor, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy The reflections shared in this post were edited from the reflection I gave during the recently concluded Spring Certificate Ceremony of the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning.  At the end of this month, I will conclude four amazing years teaching in the Department […]

The Love and Joy of Learning

by Kenneth L. Parker, Steber Professor in Theological Studies In October 1985, I entered a Benedictine monastery in the Mojave Desert to prepare for a life of prayer and reflection. The previous 25 years had been spent in some kind of structured education. I had been formed to earn grades, complete requirements for degrees, and master […]

Establishing Credibility in the Classroom: Day One Tips

by Mitch Lorenz, Graduate Student, Psychology My first teaching assignment fell into my lap unexpectedly at the institution where I received my Master’s degree. This seemed like good fortune and a great opportunity to gain some teaching experience. I was excited to transition from student to teacher but, after a brief period of elation, reality […]

Portfolios as Tools for Reflection

by Gina Merys, Associate Director, Reinert Center This past weekend (March 18-19), the Reinert Center co-hosted our annual Academic Portfolio Retreat. Over a two day period, invited facilitator, Dr. Marilyn Miller led 25 faculty members through writing a beginning draft of each of the sections of their academic portfolio for tenure and/or promotion. Attending this […]

Designing Effective Lesson Plans

by Kelly McEnerney, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center Imagine you will be teaching a class next week without textbook-prescribed course modules, chapters, and PowerPoint slides that dictate what students should know and how learning should take place. In such a case, what would you use to structure class time? In the absence of the textbook script, […]

Is Your Flip Flopping?

by Sandy Gambill, Sr. Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Have you put in countless hours recording lectures for a flipped classroom, only to find the model isn’t working as well as you had hoped? Perhaps the students don’t seem engaged during classtime or are complaining about the amount of work expected outside of class. Technology is […]

Communicating Engagement, Engaging Communication: Part 2

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Earlier this fall, I posted a short entry in The Notebook about the role of communication in developing and sustaining classroom engagement. I described engagement as a “potentially inventive conversation between communities with differences,” wherein members work together to generate new ways of thinking and talking (Deetz, 2008, […]