Engaging All Learners

Why Won’t Students Read for Class?

by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center This question arises frequently in conversations with faculty from all disciplines and at all levels of teaching.  Although we’re quick to blame our attention-deficit culture – they’re too busy texting! – the fact is many students don’t do the reading for our classes because we haven’t actually taught them… Continue reading Why Won’t Students Read for Class?

Teaching with Technology

Closed Books Exams: Relic or Relevant?

by Sandy Gambill, Instructional Designer, Reinert Center ProfHacker, a blog about “teaching, technology, and productivity” in the Chronicle of Higher Education, never fails to make me think. This week, coming off midterm exam period at SLU, they have me thinking about closed book exams. Are closed book exams still relevant in a world where memory… Continue reading Closed Books Exams: Relic or Relevant?

Teaching with Technology

Piloting New Technologies in the Classroom

by Michael Lewis, Associate Vice President for Faculty Development, Associate Professor of Chemistry This past summer I was offered the opportunity to pilot the use of a chemistry molecular drawing application for iPads in the course, Principles of Organic Chemistry II.  The application itself, ChemDraw, is not new; it is the standard in the field of Organic… Continue reading Piloting New Technologies in the Classroom