What’s on our minds: How current events can help inform our approach to teaching and serving students

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center With the recent events in Ferguson, many educators have been looking to find useful resources to help teach about race, racism, inequality, and justice. In response, Marcia Chatelain, a historian of African-American life and culture at Georgetown University, created the Twitter hashtag, #Fergusonsyllabus. Since the hashtag’s creation, there […]

Channeling Student Motivation

by Elisabeth Hedrick-Moser, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center Student motivation can be an elusive creature.  Many of us have come up with the perfect lesson plan to convey the most exciting subject matter that our discipline offers…only to look out upon a sea of lifeless faces.  Yet, when we step out into the sunshine and see […]

Beginning with Accessibility

by Jerod Quinn, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center I had a paradigm shifting experience a couple of years ago. I dabble in web development and have built a number of websites over the years for friends, companies, and for my own projects. My friend Jay asked if I could build a basic website where he could […]

Teaching without Talking

by Gina Merys, Assistant Director, Reinert Center In a recent article, “The Silent Professor,” Joseph Finckel reflects on his experience teaching on a day when he had lost his voice. Of course, the experience of teaching without a voice is not a singular one; most of us have dozens of examples of teaching while ill […]

Using the Pomodoro Technique to Help You and Your Students Be More Productive

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center The Pomodoro Technique can be a useful approach to help dedicate time and energy to a specific task.  Developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980’s, the technique has become a popular method to set goals, boost productivity, and improve concentration. Named after Cirillo’s tomato shaped timer, the technique […]

Tips for Sustaining Collaborative Learning

by Dipti Subramaniam, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Reinert Center Implementing collaborative learning in the classroom is an exciting process. However, one can quickly learn that incorporating new efforts can be a daunting task for many instructors, especially for first timers. Here are four useful tips for sustaining collaborative learning in the classroom: 1. Plan Think about when […]

Reimagining What You Already Use

by Jerod Quinn, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center The summer can offer a little extra time to look around at what’s going on in the greater teaching and learning community. And because of my personality, I am drawn to new technology like a mosquito to a bug zapper. That may be why I have been thinking […]

“You say Tomato, I say Tomato…”

by Sandy Gambill, Senior Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Are you spending some time reflecting on your spring semester and wondering why the group projects you spent so much time designing fell short of your goal? We may think we’re designing collaborative projects where students are working together towards a common goal, however, students often view […]

One More Thing Before Summer

by Jerod Quinn, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center I’m going to hold off declaring that summer is officially here for just one more moment. I know the residence halls are empty, the grades are all turned in, dissertations have been defended, and that course evaluations are arriving in our mailboxes. But before officially diving headfirst into […]

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 […]