Online Teaching Courses
Participants enrolled in the Certificate in University Teaching Skills are required to take three online courses (also referred to as online seminars) in the following sequence:
- September 10 - 21: Teaching Philosophy (closed)
- October 1 - 12: Course Design (registration closes 9/26)
- October 29 - November 9: Learning Technologies
Book Discussion Group: Bandwidth Recovery
Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism and Social Marginalization
To compliment our theme for the year, “Teaching and Justice,” The Reinert Center will host a book discussion based on the 2017 book, Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism and Social Marginalization.
In Bandwidth Recovery, author Cia Verschelden presents how cognitive resources for learning can be compromised by economic insecurity, discrimination and hostility towards nonmajority groups. Recognizing that these students are no different than their peers, Verschelden offers a set of strategies and interventions to rebuild the available cognitive resources necessary to help students succeed in college and reach their full potential.
The book includes several evidence-based strategies that build upon students’ strengths, values, and experiences in order to promote student self-efficacy and growth. Well researched and insightful, Bandwidth Recovery is intended for those who have an interest in creating learning environments where all students have a chance to succeed.
The first 10 participants who commit to participate in the book discussion can receive a free copy of the book. Participants will be required to meet for two discussions; one on October 10 and another on November 7, from 3:00 - 4:30, in Verhaegen Hall 219. Please click here to register.
Beyond Because: Teaching Students to Think Critically in Writing Assignments (Praxis Workshop)
Flannery Burke, September 18, BSC 352/353, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
This workshop will describe how to use writing assignments and rubrics to inspire and reflect student critical thinking. It will include basic historical thinking skills that will be most applicable to fields in the humanities and social sciences.
Accommodation Workshop: Attendance
James Fortney and Matt Sullivan
September 19, BSC 352/353, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
September 26, LRC 113, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
This one-hour interactive workshop (offered twice) will focus on providing attendance accommodations for students with disabilities. It is open to any instructor who would like to learn more about this specific accommodation and discuss the important process of providing it in their courses.
Teaching Essentials Series
Each workshop in this series presents a fundamental teaching strategy or technique that could be in any teacher's toolbox. After a brief introduction about the why's and how's of the teaching strategy, participants will draft a lesson plan, assignment, or project that will put the tool to work immediately. This series is especially beneficial for those who are new to teaching or who want to refresh their teaching essentials.
- Facilitating Group Discussion, September 24, 3 - 4:00 p.m., Des Peres Hall 213
- Designing a Meaningful In-Class Activity, November 12, 3 - 4:00 p.m., Des Peres Hall 213
Registration for Teaching Essentials is requested by following this link.
Effective Uses of Film and Other Narrative Visual Media in Subject Courses (Praxis Workshop)
Vincent Casaregola, October 2, BSC 352/353, 1:30 - 3:00
This praxis workshop will explore using film and visual media more effectively, both as vehicles for bringing a wider range of material to students and also as opportunities to consider the implications of what is learned in the context of real-world scenarios. While usually associated with arts and humanities courses, narrative films can be used to envision the issues involved in any number of fields, including business, education, social sciences, and sciences. In these cases, film becomes a means not so much of delivering information as a way to explore the implications of what has been learned as it applies to actual situations in the world beyond the classroom.
From Coverage to Learning: Re-envisioning Lecture (Praxis Workshop)
James Fortney, October 12, BSC 352/353, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
This workshop will focus on the challenge of “content coverage,” or the pressure many instructors feel to teach a lot of information during a single class session. Participants will consider this challenge in the context of their own courses and develop strategies for organizing, preparing, and delivering content in ways that support student learning.
Strategies for a Successful Flipped Classroom (Praxis Workshop)
Chris Grabau, October 30, BSC 352/353, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
This interactive workshop will present course design and teaching strategies related to the flipped classroom. Attendees will investigate how to utilize flipped classroom strategies in order to best support course objectives, teaching methodologies, assessment strategies, and student learning.
Lessons from Cognitive Science for the Classroom (Praxis Workshop)
Lisa Willoughby, November 9, BSC 352/353, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Remembering loads of information and thinking critically during the learning process is second-nature to some. For the rest of us, we need a little help. This session will highlight several approaches from the cognitive sciences that are designed to support critical thinking and memory enhancement among learners. Session attendees will be given opportunities to share ideas on how such approaches could be tailored to benefit learning among students in their courses.