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 […]

Teaching Podcasts

Looking for an easy way to get in some professional development during your summer travels? Teaching in Higher Ed is a free podcasting site with episodes on topics ranging from How to Take a Break to Eliciting and Using Student Feedback. Teaching in Higher Ed http://teachinginhighered.com/episodes/

Assessing Higher-Order Thinking

by Kelly McEnerney, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center The tendency for students to become consumed with grades at the expense of learning is all too common. It is evidenced in certain questions students ask, such as “do we need to know this?” or “will this be on the exam?” Whatever the response, it then influences students’ […]

Promoting student self-assessment in the classroom

by Dipti Subramanium, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Reinert Center The idea of student self-assessment is not something that we always think to incorporate into our teaching practices. However, being intentional about involving students in their own learning process is an integral part of a learning cycle as well as effective teaching. Why involve students? Integrating student self-assessment has […]