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Teaching at SLU

This section provides links to resources that may be useful to those new to teaching at Saint Louis University.

Ignatian Pedagogy

Ignatian pedagogy is an approach to teaching that derives from the practices and traditions of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. The elements of Ignatian pedagogy - context, experience, reflection, action, and evaluation - are essential to the Jesuit educational mission and to effective teaching and learning. The Reinert Center offers workshops and one-on-one consultations to facilitate the intentional integration of Ignatian pedagogical principles into both on-ground and online courses.

Course Syllabus Content

Consistent with the University’s Course Syllabus Policy, all course syllabi must contain nine required components, though academic units may require additional components. In addition to required components, instructors are encouraged to consider a set of Recommended Syllabus Components, as well as other considerations. Information about required and recommended syllabus components (including approved language for syllabus statements on topics like disability accommodations and Title IX concerns) may be found on the Provost’s website here. The Reinert Center team is available to discuss any aspect of syllabus design.

Acting on Concerns about Students

Depending on the kind of concern you have about students, there are a variety of options for how you support the student and when/how to involve others on campus who also can provide support. Click here to learn more about available resources.

Disability Services Resources for Faculty

The office of Disability Services, which is part of the Student Success Center, has prepared some general resources for faculty on working with students who have disabilities. You can find out more my going to their webpage, Resources for Faculty. You may also wish to talk with someone in the Reinert Center about making course content more accessible. If so, you may schedule a consultation here.

Multicultural Calendar

Faculty who wish to be aware of dates for religious holidays and cultural and and heritage occasions may wish to consult SLU's Cross Cultural Center.

Campus-Wide Learning Technologies

Faculty and graduate students teaching courses at SLU have many learning technologies at their disposal, but there are several key applications that have been adopted campus-wide. The University's campus-wide learning/course management system is Blackboard Learn 9.x. Here, you will find access to other applications, as well, including the University's lecture capture tool (currently, Tegrity) and an exam-creation tool (Respondus). Technical support for these tools is handled by ITS. However, pedagogical support for these and many other learning technologies is available through the Reinert Center. To learn more about these technologies, click here.

In the Reinert Center, our approach to technology is rooted in the firm belief that instructional goals and learning outcomes should drive technology adoption. If you're an instructor, wondering whether to use a particular technology or questioning how technology might help you engage your students better and better achieve your instructional goals, the Reinert Center's instructional developers can help. To discuss ways you might meaningfully integrate technology into your classes, contact us.

Teaching International Students at SLU

Instructors seeking support for teaching international students at SLU have a variety of resources available to them, including pedagogical support through the Reinert Center and language-focused support through the University's English as a Second Language program, among others.