by Eric Royer, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center A recent article discussing office hours in the Chronicle of Higher Education had me thinking about how this dedicated time to meet with students is such a vital, yet underutilized student support in our course learning environments. Students can ask questions or talk candidly about problems affecting their… Continue reading Reconstituting Office Hours
by Eric Royer, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Hope can be found everywhere in our daily lives. We’re hopeful for a better world -- one that’s devoid of societal injustices, political divisions, and economic malaise. We hope for a rewarding career and strong relationships with family and friends. We’re hopeful for a returned sense of normalcy… Continue reading Embodying Hope in the Classroom
by Robert Cole, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center I was recently scrolling through my social media feed and happened upon a proclamation that the individual making the post was no longer calling class participation, participation. That instead he was calling it engagement. And then, he went on to delineate several facets of what engagement meant in… Continue reading Participation, Engagement, and Grading – Oh my!
The Reinert Center has launched a new option for its long running Certificate in University Teaching Skills. Faculty and graduate students can now earn an Online University Teaching Skills Certificate. The certificate requirements include workshops in areas such as engaging students online, and assessing online learning, and a capstone project involving a self assessment of… Continue reading Reinert Center Offers New Certificate Option for Online Teaching
by Gina Merys, Director, Reinert Center Welcome to the 2022-2023 academic year! This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Reinert Center. We have many things planned for year, some of which celebrates this milestone, but most of which showcases what we have done best throughout our 25-year history—supporting instructors in the teaching tips, techniques,… Continue reading Welcome Back
A new resource guide on Considerations for Culturally Responsive Online Course Design has now been posted to the Reinert Center website. If you want to find more resource guides we offer, visit this webpage. If you have ideas for resource guide topics you would like to see posted, share them here (LINK).
by Eric Royer, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center As we close out spring semester, taking time to reflect and rejuvenate are important aspects of the teaching cycle. This down time may also afford you an opportunity to read a good book or listen to a podcast (or series) to renew your thoughts and passion about teaching… Continue reading What We’re Reading and Listening To this Summer (and Beyond)
by Gina Merys, Director, Reinert Center Over the last few years, and especially during the course of this academic year, we have found ourselves in the continuous challenge of pursuing the incredible joys and triumphs of teaching and learning within a reality that is profoundly filled with trauma, loss, tragedy, anxiety, and sorrow. We grapple… Continue reading Resources on Student and Instructor Well-Being
by Sandy Gambill, Sr. Instructional Developer, Reinert Center While Canvas makes it easy to post course content, it also has a range of tools that can extend and expand upon learning. Here are three of these tools. Learning Analytics Formative evaluation is a powerful method of gathering feedback from students during the semester so you… Continue reading Advanced Canvas Tools
by Christopher Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Now that the semester is underway, it may be difficult to find space to reflect on teaching. Below are three simple suggestions you may want to consider incorporating into practice this year. Each suggestion offers space for self-reflection but also models research-supported best practices for teaching. If… Continue reading Reflection Tools for Teaching