Tips on Teaching

Mentoring Undergraduate Students

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Instructor-student interaction is often regarded as “the most important factor in student motivation and involvement” (Chickering & Gamson, 1987, p. 3). This interaction occurs inside and outside of the classroom, in face-to-face and virtual teaching situations, through various learning activities, formal advising meetings, and informal mentoring conversations. Instructor-student… Continue reading Mentoring Undergraduate Students

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Wait, What? Questions to Facilitate Dialogue, Discussion and Reflection

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center In 2016, James Ryan, Dean of Harvard University’s School of Education, gave a commencement speech on how asking (and answering) good question can help evoke empathy, understanding, and curiosity.  During his speech, Ryan presented “5 essential questions” that are to serve as a guide for inquiry throughout a… Continue reading Wait, What? Questions to Facilitate Dialogue, Discussion and Reflection

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Designing Independent Study Courses

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center A few years ago, I designed and facilitated an independent study course for an undergraduate student in my department. She needed a more focused, self-directed study of qualitative research methods before beginning her senior thesis project the following semester. I was impressed by her ability to articulate goals… Continue reading Designing Independent Study Courses