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Two-Week Principles Courses

Participants enrolled in the Principles Certificate are required to take three online courses. Online courses are asynchronous, last two weeks each, and must be taken in order. Information about online course requirements and descriptions are detailed here.

  • Teaching Philosophy: January 22 - February 2 (closed)
  • Course Design: February 12 - 23 (closed)
  • Learning Technologies: April 2 - 15

Registration is required

Praxis Workshops

At its most basic meaning, praxis is the combination of theory and practice. All certificates in the Certificate in University Teaching Skills Program require participants to attend several Praxis Workshops. Designed specifically with the objectives of the certificate program in mind, the Reinert Center's Praxis Workshops are interactive sessions during which an expert facilitator designs a learning experience around a particular pedagogical topic that creates the opportunity for participants to explore a new idea, or an established idea in a new way.

  • January 30: Academic Integrity, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., in person
  • Climate Change: How Behavior and Anxiety Impact Class Climate, February 7, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Zoom
  • Flipped Classroom Strategies, February 20, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Zoom
  • Experience/Reflections/Action: Ignatian Pedagogy and Active Learning, March 20, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., in-person
  • Active Learning for Large Classes, April 4, 1:30 - 3:00 a.m., in-person

Registration is required

Online Courses: Spring 2024

The Reinert Center supports instructors for the full continuum of teaching online including: preparing to teach online for the first time, online course design, assessment of online courses, as well as strategies and techniques for effective online teaching. Below is our current list of full, online course offerings. These courses can be used for credit in our Online University Teaching Skills Certificate or they may be taken by individuals not enrolled in the certificate.

Registration is Required

March 19 - April 12: Introduction to Distance Teaching

The Introduction to Distance Teaching is a fully-online asynchronous course that provides a pedagogical foundation for Saint Louis University faculty who are new to the online teaching environment. The course 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.

*This timeline includes break for Easter Break*

April 9 - 16: Rubric Construction, It’s a Process

This course is a week-long asynchronous experience that will allow participants to intentionally apply a specific process for rubric construction for online courses. This course is open to any university instructor interested in constructing or revising an assignment rubric including but not limited to rubrics for online discussion. By the end of the course, participants will be able to distinguish the differences among analytical, holistic and single point rubrics; discern which rubric type would best suit the intention of their assignments; construct a rubric to apply to the assignment for which it was designed and assess their rubrics with the rubric for rubrics. 

Prerequisites: Introduction to Distance Teaching AND Assessing the Online Student

Using Art to Teach Challenging DEI Topics in Any Discipline

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 4-5:15 pm, Pere Marquette Gallery, 240 DuBourg Hall

Have you been wondering how you can effectively use art in your class discussions about topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, even if your field is not in the arts? This session will introduce you to a method to use art to broach issues regarding inequities, race, racism, gender, faith, and sexism in your classes. Using an approach that the Art History program developed called Artful Observation, Dr. Cathleen Fleck will lead you in a process of visual thinking strategies that can allow any instructor to take an artwork–or a visual prompt of any kind–and help students have challenging discussions. Learning this visual focus can help you move away from a standard lecture format and turn images into cues for productive conversations. All graduate students and part-time and full-time faculty are invited to attend. Please come ready to participate!

Registration is requested

Inclusive Teaching Bookclub

Friday, March 1, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

The Reinert Center invites faculty interested in developing more inclusive online teaching practices to participate in a book club to read and discuss Creating Inclusive Online Communities by Sharla Berry, Ph.D. You can learn more about the book at Dr. Berry’s website. It is also available on Amazon.

The club will have a one time Zoom discussion from Noon to 1:00 pm on Friday, March 1. The first five faculty to register below will receive a copy of the book, courtesy of the Reinert Center. For more information, email mary.cook@slu.edu. 

Registration is required