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Past Events sponsored by the Reinert Center

This section is an archive for major Reinert Center events and guest speakers, as well as information and materials from those events. Note: Not all materials from an event will be available for public distribution here; we only post or link to materials that are in the public domain and/or for which we have permission to distribute publicly from the presenters themselves.

Winter Institute: Thinking Critically, Thinking Creatively about Teaching

Jan. 7, 2016

As part of our year-long series of programming on Thinking Critically, Thinking Creatively, the day-long institute will be framed by a plenary panel and interactive workshop on philosophies of teaching in the morning and concurrent sessions on Classroom Research, Pedagogical Innovations, and Field and Community Work in the afternoon.

Learning in an Age of Distraction: Listening and Questioning Strategies to Promote Critical Thinking

May 5, 2015

In this interactive workshop with Dr. Deandra Little, director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and associate professor of English at Elon University, we explored and applied a heuristic framework for listening and generating questions that can promote meaningful discussion in a variety of contexts inside and outside of the classroom. Participants considered and examined habits of listening, and the role of questions in individual and group interactions while considering ways this framework also might be adapted into other areas of our work with students and colleagues.

For additional information, click here. 

4th Annual Learning Studio Symposium

April 24, 2015

Highlights how/why Innovative Teaching Fellows teach in the Learning Studio and to allow space and time for Fellows to engage in a reflective conversation with the broader faculty community about what they have learned, or are in the process of learning, about what's possible in the Learning Studio. Presenting Innovative Teaching Fellows include: Kimbery Druschel, Anne Stiles, Jintong Tang, and Ann Wainscott. 

Videos of the presentations are available at our Vimeo channel.

Intergroup Dialogue

April 9-12, 2015

Participants in this multi-day event focused on the use of dialogic pedagogy in a broad range of educational settings in support of the University's goals of creating more inclusive learning environments.

Pedagogical Exercises Institute

March 13, 2015

During this day-long institute, participants will increase and deepen their knowledge of Ignatian Pedagogy as an extension of Ignatian spirituality and connected to contemporary contemplative practices. Through multiple interactive sessions, participants will engage in mindful strategies focused on critical thinking and deeper learning that may be adapted to a variety of disciplines and pedagogical purposes.

For the full schedule, click here.

Winter Institute 2015: Teaching Today's Students in Multiple Formats

January 8, 2015

As part of our year-long series of programming on Teaching Today's Students,the day-long institute was framed by a short keynote and Q&A session in the morning entitled, "Lessons from the Online Classroom, for Every Classroom," by Rita-Marie Conrad. The keynote was followed by multiple break-out sessions, and then after lunch, and a second round of break-outs, a workshop from Dr. Conrad on engaging today's students in multiple ways. 

For the full schedule, click here.
To listen to the keynote by Dr. Conrad, click here

Diversity Workshops with Mark Orbe

Mark Orbe, Ph.D., November 14, 2014

Dr. Orbe did two separate events on diversity. The first, Diversity and ‘Higher Education': Preparing Students to Make a World of Difference, was an interactive keynote that sought to provide a foundation to faculty members to prepare students for a future whereby contemporary cultural issues - both locally and globally - are interwoven within course content. The afternoon workshop, Engaging Taboo Topics in the Classroom: The Power of Dialogic Moments, provided faculty participants with an opportunity to reflect on how engaging taboo topics in the classroom can serve as a means to address multiple cultural and global perspectives.

For additional information, click here

Social Identity Differences, Diversity & Divisions: Taboos, Teachable Moments & Transformation

Karla D. Scott, Ph.D., May 6, 2014

This interactive workshop explored the concept of social identities and how changing demographics of the country and Saint Louis University create challenges for our campus community. Using SLU artifacts, participants examined how everyday lived experiences of inclusion and exclusion create opportunities for teachable moments in both classroom and co-curricular contexts. Activities encouraged mindful reflection on "the work we do at SLU" and how it supports the university mission mandate to transform society.

For additional information, click here

3rd Annual Learning Studio Symposium

April 16, 2014

Highlights how/why Innovative Teaching Fellows teach in the Learning Studio and to allow space and time for Fellows to engage in a reflective conversation with the broader faculty community about what they have learned, or are in the process of learning, about what's possible in the Learning Studio. Presenting Innovative Teaching Fellows include: Drs. Palash Bera, Daniel Bustillos, Robert Cole, Mary Gould, Ajlina Karamehic-Muratovic, Shawn Nordell, Bobbi Shatto, and Alyssa Wilson.

Videos of the presentations can be found here

Winter Institute 2014: Art & Science of Learning

January 9, 2014

As part of our year-long series of programming on the Art & Science of Learning, the day-long institute was framed by a keynote in the morning on effective teaching from the perspective of cognitive science by SLU associate dean, Donna LaVoie. The keynote was followed by multiple break-out sessions, and then after lunch a workshop on assessing non-traditional projects, led by Reinert Center staff members Debie Lohe and Gina Merys. 

For the full schedule, click here.

Applied Creative Thinking: Innovative Approaches for Teaching and Learning

Russell Carpenter, October 10, 2013

Dr. Russell Carpenter, of Eastern Kentucky University, facilitates this interactive workshop, which will introduce the idea of applied creative thinking while distilling research on creativity and whether creative thinking can be taught. More information can be found here

Deepening Student Learning: A Workshop on Critical Reflection

Patti Clayton, Ph.D., May 7, 2013

Critical reflection is essential for deep learning and is a hallmark of Jesuit education. However, students often need to be taught how to engage in meaningful reflection, and even when faculty and staff create opportunities for reflection, the results are not always satisfying. In this interactive workshop, Dr. Patti Clayton will share a research-grounded model for critical reflection and engage participants in a hands-on workshop to enhance understanding of the features of critical reflection. Participants will leave with practical strategies for deepening students' critical reflection, both in and out of class.

For more information, please click here.

2nd Annual Reinert Center Learning Studio Symposium

April 19, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., Learning Studio, Des Peres Hall 213

Highlights how/why Innovative Teaching Fellows teach in the Learning Studio and to allow space and time for Fellows to engage in a reflective conversation with the broader faculty community about what they have learned, or are in the process of learning, about what's possible in the Learning Studio.

Our faculty facilitator for this event will be Dr. Flannery Burke, History. Presenting Innovative Teaching Fellows include: Drs. Beccy Aldrich (Occupational Therapy), Jennifer Agnew (School for Professional Studies), Nathaniel Rivers (English), Paul Lynch (English), and Tom Stewart, J.D. (Law).

Videos of the presentations can be found here

Globally Engaged: A Conversation Series for Fostering Global, Online Learning

This three-part conversation series is sponsored by the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning and Information Technology Services at Saint Louis University and is funded by a Bringing Theory to Practice seminar grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Conversations during the spring 2013 semester sought to address the following questions:

  • What is a globally-engaged online or blended learning environment? Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 3:30-5 pm; Busch Student Center, Room 256
  • Why foster a globally-engaged classroom online and how to best use learning technologies at SLU to bridge the distance? Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 3:30-5 pm; BSC 253
  • How do I create online or blended global learning opportunities in my course(s)? Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 3:30-5 pm; DuBourg Hall, Pere Marquette Gallery

Additional details available here.

Caring for the Whole Student (And Maybe Even Yourself): A One-Hour Conference 

Darina Sargeant, Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
Stuart Slavin, School of Medicine
Sue Tebb, Social Work

January 30, 12-1 p.m., LRC 107/108
February 1, 12-1 p.m., Allied Health Building 2033
February 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m., BSC 251A

Developmentally, both undergraduate and graduate students are at a point where they need to explore the dimensions of wellness to lead healthy, authentic, and well-balanced lives. The purpose of this event is to share techniques used by three teachers. In this one-hour conference, you'll hear three short keynote talks and engage in discussion with colleagues from across the campus. The mini-conference will be offered three times for your convenience. 

Winter Institute: Engaging All Learners in the 21st Century

Date: January 10, 2013

As part of our year-long series of programming on Engaging All Learners, the day-long institute was framed by a keynote in the morning on engaging multiple identities on the university campus and ending with a workshop on tokenism, both by invited guest, Nina Ha, Ph.D. We also had 3 break-out sessions led by SLU faculty and staff on a variety of topics including cultural contexts, inclusive teaching, and reflective learning. 

Beyond Lecture Capture: Interactive Uses for Tegrity

Date: November 14, 2012

While technologies such as Tegrity are especially adept at providing rewindable learning artifacts of past lectures for students, there are many more active, learner-centered applications and research-based pedagogical strategies professors can use both inside and outside of the classroom. Join us for this 90-minute workshop, where participants will actively investigate, discuss, and share additional ways to leverage Tegrity in the classroom, including but not limited to having students create bite-sized tutorials and/or individual or small-group presentations, showcasing ways professors and students may give formative feedback on projects and writing assignments, exploring the collaborative note-taking and bookmarking features of Tegrity, building student-created digital resource libraries, and much more. For more info, contact Michaella Thornton at

A Day with Neil Fleming
Date: October 5, 2012

This day included two workshops by Neil. The first, How Does Learning Work? An Update on Learning, Fleming addressed the question, How does learning work?, providing a look at what brain-based research suggests and invited participants to consider how this information might transform their teaching practices. The second workshop, From Teaching to Learning, focused on the paradigm shift "from teaching to learning" and the importance of this shift for higher education today. Fleming focused on concrete teaching strategies instructors can use to improve student learning.

Reinert Center Celebration
Date: August 31, 2012

This fall marked our 15th anniversary as a comprehensive teaching center, as well as our first semester operating under our new name. So, to celebrate, we threw a party! Festivities included some remarks about the Center from our director, Debie Lohe, one of our long time advisory board faculty members, Darina Sargeant, and Associate Vice President Paaige Turner. To hear an audio recording of their remarks, click here. To see pictures from the party, click here. To see the photo collage we created of the last 15 years, as well as the individual photos from the collage click here

Online Teaching and Learning Institute. This immersive program has both face-to-face and online components and will take place over a two-week period. Faculty who completed the Institute received a Certificate in Online Teaching and a copy of Engaging the Online Learner, by Rita-Marie Conrad & J. Ana Donaldson.

High Impact Teaching Practices: Co-Sponsored Workshop with College of Arts and Sciences
Date: February 7, 2012

Presenters: Drs. Donna LaVoie, Janet Kuebli, Bryan Sokol, and Debie Lohe

Writing to Learn, a year long a series of programs focused on the place of writing in the teaching and learning process.

What Matters to Student Success: The Promise of High Impact Practices. George Kuh. May 8, 2012

Caring for the Whole Student: Understanding Theories of Intellectual and Social Development. Michele DiPietro

Communicating Inclusivity. Brenda J. Allen

Teaching at a Jesuit Institution: Informing our Practice

Spring 10 Spotlight Series featuring Richard Harvey, Anneke Bart, Kim Levenhagen and Pete Salsich.

Creating a Community of Respect: Civility Inside the Classroom and Out. Peggy Cohen

Mediated Culture/Mediated Education. Michael Wesch

Web 3.0: Transformations in Communication and Education. Michele Jackson

Critical Reflection. Patti Clayton

Emerging Educational Technologies and Neomillennial Learning Styles. Chris Dede

Learning Preferences. Neil Fleming

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Kathleen McKinney

Empowering International Students: Best Practices. Hemla Singaravelu

Video Response and Social Networking Tools. Jonathan Smith

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