Embodiment and Teaching

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center I was 23 years old when I taught my first undergraduate course at the University of Utah. My age, I feared, would prevent me from being taken seriously by my students and potentially undermine my credibility as a teacher and scholar. In an attempt to thwart such ageism, […]

Incorporating Principles in Cognitive Psychology to Improve Student Learning

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center At the 2017 STEM FIT Symposium at Washington University in St. Louis, Mark McDaniel, PhD, Professor, Psychological & Brain Sciences, co-director of CIRCLE, and co-author of Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (2014), presented a plenary address on how research in cognitive psychology can support effective teaching […]

Mentoring Undergraduate Students

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Instructor-student interaction is often regarded as “the most important factor in student motivation and involvement” (Chickering & Gamson, 1987, p. 3). This interaction occurs inside and outside of the classroom, in face-to-face and virtual teaching situations, through various learning activities, formal advising meetings, and informal mentoring conversations. Instructor-student […]

Common Rhetorical Patterns of Writing

by Gina Merys, Associate Director, Reinert Center This past week, the Reinert Center facilitated the 2017 Culturally Responsive Teaching Institute. As part of that institute, participants began to grapple with what it means to live and learn through another culture and language. Because even the ways we think are structured through the filter of culture, […]

Designing Independent Study Courses

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center A few years ago, I designed and facilitated an independent study course for an undergraduate student in my department. She needed a more focused, self-directed study of qualitative research methods before beginning her senior thesis project the following semester. I was impressed by her ability to articulate goals […]

Using This Summer to Transform Your Teaching and Learning

by Yang (Emily) Li, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center Transformational learning is a reflection process to rethink life changes and events and gain new meaning out of our classroom, community and society (Alexander, 2007). For teachers who are designing courses for higher educational institutions, one transformational learning strategy is including multicultural reading material in classroom discussion. […]

Teaching on/and Sexual Violence

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center From March to November 2017, the freestanding blog “Conditionally Accepted” will feature a series of weekly posts about sexual violence and higher education. Published first on the Inside Higher Ed website, authors are invited to contribute intersectional perspectives and personal accounts of sexual violence across institutional contexts (e.g., […]

Resource Guide: Two Paths to Student-Created Rubrics

by Gina Merys, Associate Director, Reinert Center Using rubrics to aid in the assessment of written assignments can be an inclusive teaching practice, when students have access to that rubric before beginning a project. Including students in the creation of that rubric can increase students’ agency in their learning as well as enhance the rubric’s […]

Giving Students Agency: A Resource Guide

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Feeling a sense of agency, or “the intention and capability to take action with respect to one’s learning,” can be an empowering experience for students (Clarke et al., 2016, p. 30). However, many instructors find it challenging to design courses that give students multiple opportunities to act in […]

Discovering Student Metacognitive Learning Strategies Using the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Understanding college student’s internal motivations toward learning can provide useful insight when both designing and teaching a course.  While there are a growing number of tools designed to investigate student motivations towards learning, the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ) offers a social cognitive perspective to investigate metacognitive […]