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 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.
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 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. Past Winter Institutes have focused on The Art and Science of Learning, Engaging All Learners in the 21st Century, Writing to Learn at a Jesuit Institution, and Teaching at a Jesuit Institution: Informing Our Practice.