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2021 Winter Institute

January 21, 2021

The Reinert Center’s Annual Winter Institute will be offered virtually via Zoom this year. As a continuation of our focus on community, featured guest James Lang will both present on the work of his newest book, Distracted: Why Students Can’t Focus and What You Can Do About It as well as facilitate an additional workshop on his previous work, Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning. Each of these sessions get to the heart of how we can support student learning in our courses despite and because of new formats in teaching by discussing concrete strategies and techniques.  

We hope you will join us for this day of revitalization before the semester is fully underway. 

For additional details and registration information, follow this link to the Winter Institute webpage: LINK

Getting Started for Spring Presentation Series

This series includes three interactive presentations, all of which can be accessed via the Zoom link below. These presentations will not be recorded. 

January 22:  Building Community within your Course
10:00 a.m. CST, Facilitators: Christopher Grabau and Eric Royer
This interactive presentation will present and discuss pedagogical strategies and technical tools to help build a sense of community within your course.  Attendees will learn basic equitable and inclusive practices for Day One that can help build community within remote, hybrid, and online teaching.

January 25:  Establishing and Maintaining Community within your Course
10:00 a.m. CST, Facilitators: Christopher Grabau and Eric Royer
This interactive presentation explores strategies and tools for establishing and maintaining a community of learners in your course. Attendees will discuss concrete pedagogical strategies in order to establish an inclusive learning environment.  This presentation will also address research-informed best practices for using university-supported technologies to maintain a community within your course.

January 26 : (Re)establishing Community Using Ice-Breaker Activities
10:00 a.m. CST, Facilitator: Gina Merys
This interactive presentation will discuss types of icebreakers, effective times to implement them, as well as how to develop course specific icebreakers.

Series Zoom Link: https://slu.zoom.us/j/98060911299?pwd=cXBQSi9HblJDaUZEVmtsWFpDVmcvUT09
Meeting ID: 980 6091 1299, Password: 465902

Praxis Workshops     

All Praxis workshops will be offered virtually again this semester. They will be offered asynchronously via Blackboard, and we will be running two or three Praxis workshops simultaneously. Each Praxis will be available for approximately 3-4 weeks, and participants will have to complete various activities for each in order to earn credit. Registration is required.     

Set One (Opens February 8)     

  • Strategies for a Successful Flipped Classroom, Chris Grabau- Reinert Center     
  • Teaching Accelerated Schedule Courses, Heather Bednarek- Business     
  • Creating Rubrics, Robert Cole- Reinert Center     

Set Two (Opens March 19)    

  • Critical Thinking in the Classroom, Richard Harvey- Psychology     
  • Creating Class Community Virtually, Nancy Weaver- Behavioral Science     

To register for any of these Praxis Workshops, please follow this link.     

Online Cours​es (CUTS only)

These online courses are available for Principles Certificate participants only. They will continue to be offered asynchronously via Blackboard, and have to be taken in order.   

  • Teaching Philosophy, February 22 – March 5   
  • Course Design, March 22 – April 2 
  • Learning Technologies, April 12 - 23 

To register for the online courses, please follow this link

Introduction to Online Teaching 

The Introduction to Online Teaching is a fully-online asynchronous seminar that provides a pedagogical foundation for Saint Louis University faculty who are new to the online teaching environment. The seminar provides faculty an opportunity to gain the experience of an online “student” and to experience a fully-online course that has been designed to align with the University’s Online Course Design Rubric while developing a plan for an online course.

Current available sections:

  • March 1 - March 15 

For additional details, please see our webpage
Click Here to Register 

Instructional Videos

The following is a list of asynchronous instructional videos created by the staff of the Reinert Center. We are continuing to develop more videos, so check back often for new offerings. 

Fostering Asynchronous Discussions

Using Panopto to Create Interactive, Pre-Recorded Content

Creating Accessible Online Learning Environments

Using Zoom Breakout Rooms for Synchronous Group Work

Effective Practices for Lesson Capture