Designing Courses to Account for Digital Readiness

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center In the past, much attention was paid to a “digital divide” between learners who had and used digital devices versus people who did not.  While the ownership of digital devices continues to grow exponentially, research in how digital technologies impact learning is needed.  Recently, a number of studies […]

Undergraduate Participation in Research: A High Impact Practice

by Mitch Lorenz, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center This week, a resource guide related to undergraduate involvement in research is being added to our collection of pedagogical materials on our website [link]. This brief overview includes links to articles detailing how undergraduate students benefit from participation in undergraduate research and ways to improve student involvement in […]

New Resource Guide

A new resource guide on assessing affective learning has been posted to the Reinert Center website [LINK]. If you want to talk with someone about assessing affective learning in your own classes, you may request a teaching consultation by completing this form (LINK). If you have ideas for resource guide topics you would like to see […]

Autonomy, Structure, and Support

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Self-determination theory (or SDT) is a theory of motivation that articulates the inherent (or intrinsic) factors needed in order for person to exhibit self-motivating and self-determined behaviors.  SDT founders, Edward Deci and Richard Ryan propose there are three intrinsic “nutriments” or behaviors that are not only important for […]

Affective Learning

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center When defining transformative learning, Jack Mezirow (1997) argues it is “an active process involving [the] thought, feelings, and disposition” of the learner (p. 10). By drawing attention to the more affective dimensions of teaching and learning, he gives authority to many of the things we hope our students […]

New Resource Guide

A new resource guide on integrating technologies into assignments has been posted to the Reinert Center website [LINK]. If you want to talk with someone about integrating technology into assignments in your own classes, you may request a teaching consultation by completing this form (LINK). If you have ideas for resource guide topics you would […]

Intentional Change

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center George Slavich and Philip Zimbardo suggest that a variety of instructional methods, ranging from experiential learning to problem-based learning, “share important underlying characteristics and can be viewed as complimentary components of a broader approach to classroom instruction called transformational teaching” (Slavich & Zimbardo, 2012, p. 569). One of […]

Beginning Anew, Renewing Our Commitments

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center New academic years are filled with promise. All choices are open to us. We aim high, sure that the hectic pace of the old year has passed and we can finally achieve our most aspirational goals. It doesn’t take long for the calendar to fill and our best hopes […]

What is Transformational Teaching, and How Do I Do It?

by Debie Lohe, Director, CTTL Here in the Reinert Center, we talk a lot about teaching that transforms – that is, teaching that changes people, altering fundamentally the way learners understand themselves and others, the way they engage in and contribute to their larger world. But transformation is a tall order (especially for those of […]