Event Summaries

2014 Learning Studio Symposium

PrintOn Wednesday April 16, Innovative Teaching Fellows presented at the Paul C. Reinert, S.J. Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning’s 3rd annual Learning Studio Symposium.  Past and current Innovative Teaching Fellows shared their experiences with course redesign and with teaching in the the Learning Studio – Saint Louis University’s award-winning, state-of-the-art teaching space designed by a team of faculty and students as part of the Herman Miller Learning Spaces Research Program.

Faculty who presented at the Symposium included:

  • Robert Cole, Ph.D., Educational Studies, presented on how he incorporated Twitter and other technology in order to demonstrate how students in his course for preservice teachers will incorporate technology in their teaching.

  • Shawn Nordell, Ph.D., Biology, shared the ways the Learning Studio resources helped facilitate her students in conducting original animal behavior research with digital technology for the analysis, storage, and distribution of their research.

  • Ajlina Karamehic-Muratovic, Ph.D., Sociology, presented on a collaborative research project she ran through her entire course on The Sociology of Mental Health.

  • Bobbi Shatto, Ph.D., MSN, RN, CNL Nursing, showed how she incorporated a flipped classroom model in order to assist students in the Transition to Practice Program utilize technology to help bridge the gap between the classroom and the real world.

  • Palash Bera, Ph.D., Decision Sciences and Information Technology Management, discussed how the studio afforded an opportunity to work with large amounts of data in a collaborative working environment for a highly technical Business Intelligence course.

  • Daniel Bustillos, JD/Ph.D., Health Care Ethics, presented on the successes and challenges of incorporating film in an introductory honors course on medical ethics course.

  • Mary Gould, Ph.D., Communication, discussed how creating an immersive learning environment for students helped facilitate working with an outside non-for-profit company in her Digital Storytelling: Community Media Production course.

  • Alyssa Wilson,Ph.D., Social Work, reflected on her investigation of the effects of exposure-based learning in a Principles and Concepts of Behavior Analysis course.

After the symposium, attendees met to talk more about the Innovative Teaching Fellowship to as well as teaching in the Learning Studio.  Cookies were provided by the Sweet Potato Project, which was featured as part of a student project in Dr. Mary Gould’s communication course.

Upcoming videos from the symposium will be posted on the Reinert Center Vimeo page.

For more information about the Innovative Teaching Fellowship and the Learning Studio, visit the CTTL website.  The next call for applications will be announced in late August, 2014.