Occasionally, we offer what we call "institutes," which are multi-session and/or multi-day hands-on learning experiences, on topics of interest to a broad range of educators. Sessions are structured sequentially, and involve both structured learning time and unstructured work time, so that participants can learn from one another, not just from Center staff or facilitators. Examples of recently-developed institutes include the Online Teaching and Learning Institute, the International Educators Institute, and the Winter Institute.
The Online Teaching & Learning Institute (OTLI) brings full-time SLU faculty members who teach or are preparing to teach online together; facilitates participant-driven workshops and conversations about creating collaborative learning environments online, online learning theory, authentic and traditional assessment methods, and much more; and provides dedicated work-time for full-time teaching faculty who are interested in designing or re-designing an online or blended course to be taught at Saint Louis University following the Institute experience. The Institute also gives participants many opportunities for individualized or group consultations with the Center's Instructional Designers (IDs), in addition to giving faculty across Saint Louis University a chance to learn how other professors and disciplines approach online teaching and learning.
The next offered session of OTLI has been designed to fit into full-time faculty members' schedules for five three-hour Friday sessions during the spring 2014 semester (January 24 and 31; February 7, 14, and 21 from 1-4 p.m.). Registration for the spring 2014 Institute is now closed; if you'd like to be placed upon the waitlist, please email Michaella Thornton at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- To see what past summer Institute schedules have looked like, please click here.
- To see what past 5-Friday Institute schedules have looked like, please click here.
Important to note: Each session of OTLI is capped at 12 participants to maintain the quality of attention and high level of interaction within the Institute. Furthermore, registration fills up early (so you may be placed on a waitlist), and preference is given to those full-time teaching faculty members who have not already gone through the Institute, are planning to teach an online or blended course in the next two semesters, and represent a cross-section of faculty from different departments, schools, and programs at Saint Louis University so as to foster an interdisciplinary cohort interested in exploring effective practices and pedagogy for teaching online.
The Institute is particularly well-suited for faculty who will be teaching online or in blended courses during the academic year immediately following the Institute experience, as participants will leave the Institute with an online course designed and at least partially constructed in Blackboard Learn, formerly SLU Global.
This two-week on-campus experience is intended to bring together educators from across the globe to engage in a multi-national conversation on teaching and learning at the university level, and to learn about American higher education practices and pedagogies. Participants are introduced to key cultural values and learning theories that underpin American university education, as well as practical strategies for designing and delivering courses consistent with American pedagogies and best practices. Ideally, participants share practices from their own cultures and leave with a better understanding of what international faculty and students need for success in the United States. The Institute is designed to engage participants in interactive learning experiences, and to provide access to cultural events, local attractions, and university and/or high school classes, while in St. Louis. Ultimately, the Institute facilitates participants' ability to reflect critically upon the similarities and differences between the United States' and their cultures' beliefs, values, and goals for education. For more information about the International Educators Institute please visit the site page.
This annual event is a full-day series of workshops and presentations, typically held on the Thursday before spring classes begin. The Winter Institute has a different focus each year. The upcoming 2013 Winter Institute will focus on Engaging All Learners. Past Winter Institutes include: Writing to Learn at a Jesuit Institution and Teaching at a Jesuit Institution: Informing Our Practice.