Engaging All Learners, Teaching with Technology

Call for Innovative Teaching Fellowship Applications and Learning Studio Open Forums

by Michaella (Hammond) Thornton, Assistant Director for Instructional Design, Reinert CTTL

The Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce the next call for applications to teach in the Learning Studio, an experimental, technology-rich classroom located in Des Peres Hall, for the Fall 2013 semester through the Center’s Innovative Teaching Fellowship program. The call opens on Tuesday, September 4 and closes on Monday, October 1.

The Learning Studio is a state-of-the-art teaching space designed by a team of faculty and students as part of the Herman Miller Learning Studio Research Project. The Learning Studio provides flexible furniture combined with a range of innovative technologies and features. Using the instructional design assistance provided by the staff of the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning and the unique features and technologies in the room, faculty teaching in the space will experiment with new teaching strategies to create engaging and interactive learning experiences designed especially for today’s learners.

Full-time SLU teaching faculty interested in developing innovative instructional approaches that effectively optimize the use of the features and technologies in the Learning Studio are invited to apply for an Innovative Teaching Fellowship. A required pre-submission consultation with the Instructional Design staff of the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning is needed before faculty members apply for the fellowship; faculty who are considering applying for the fellowship are also encouraged to attend one of the following open forums scheduled for previewing the Learning Studio (Note: All forums take place in Des Peres Hall, Room 213):

  • Monday, September 10 from 3-4 pm
  • Tuesday, September 18 from 10:30-11:30 am
  • Wednesday, September 19 from 4-5 pm
  • Tuesday, September 25 from 10:30-11:30 am
  • Wednesday, September 26 from 5-6 pm

Currently, we are accepting fellowship applications for teaching in the Learning Studio during the Fall 2013, with course reduction and instructional design to occur in Spring 2013. The Fellowship includes funding for a one-semester and one-course reduction in teaching load to allow the recipient time to redesign an existing course (or to design a new course) to be taught in the Learning Studio in the semester immediately following the course release. Applications containing creative ideas for using and assessing the Learning Studio space and technologies to support student learning will receive priority in the selection process. Priority consideration is also given to applicants who have not previously received the Fellowship.

To download application forms, visit the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning’s website. To learn more about the Learning Studio, please click here.

Applications for the Fall 2013 fellowships should be emailed to Michaella Thornton at mhammon8@slu.edu or turned in to Room 209C in Des Peres Hall no later than 5 p.m. Monday, October 1, 2012. Questions? Please email Michaella or call, 314-977-1910.