New Resource Guide

A new resource guide on Problem Based Learning is now available [Problem Based Learning Resource Guide]. If you want to talk with someone about collaborative assignments or projects 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 […]

New Resource Guide Available

A new resource guide on Capstone Projects has been posted to the Reinert Center website [LINK]. If you want to talk with someone about capstone projects, or other high-impact practices, 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 […]

First Person Video and Learning

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Video tutorials have become an increasingly popular way to effectively learn new tasks.  In a recent study on Google customer trends, 7-10 of all YouTube viewers use the platform to seek help with everything from work, studies, or hobbies (O’Neil-Hart, 2017 However, when demonstrating certain tasks, the perspective […]

The Power of “Constructive Controversies”

by Debra Lohe, Director, Reinert Center Transformative learning necessarily involves change — in knowledge, in perspective, and ultimately, in behavior. Key to this process is the idea of perspective transformation. There are many ways to link course learning to opportunities for students to shift their perspectives, about themselves and about others. Helping students transform their […]

Interleave Practice to Transform Learning

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center The sequence in which information or skills are rehearsed can have an influence on recall, memory, or mastery of learning.  Interleaving is an approach to learning where several related items are mixed together in a single study session.  “When practice is interleaved rather than blocked, the practice of […]

Selecting and Providing Information

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Transformative learning theory encourages instructors to question the meaning and purpose of information they provide to learners (Cranton & King, 2003). This requires a process of critical self-reflection on course content that can occur before, during, and after we teach. During the design phase of a course, for […]

New Resource Guide Available

A new resource guide on Collaborative Assignments and Projects has been posted to the Reinert Center website [LINK]. If you want to talk with someone about collaborative assignments or projects 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 […]

Creating Instructional Videos to Scaffold Learning

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Within the short span of a decade, video tutorials have quickly become a common and pervasive aspect of how we share, consume, and communicate information online.  From yoga and guitar lessons, to cooking and home repair, viewers can learn all sorts of new skills through instructor-led online videos.  […]

Students-as-Producers: Exploring the Transformative Power of Student-Driven Assignments

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center Last week, the Reinert Center held its annual Winter Institute, a day-long series of workshops and presentations focused on some aspect of our annual theme. This year, the focus of the event was Transformative Learning: Students as Producers. Dr. Derek Bruff (Vanderbilt University) kicked off the day with an […]

The Power of “Disorienting Dilemmas”

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center As regular readers of this blog know, the Reinert Center is spending the academic year focused on the theme of transformative learning. We’re offering a set of workshops and web-based resources that can help faculty and graduate students to create transformative learning experiences for their students. However, we also […]