by Rebecca Hyde, Research & Instruction Librarian, Associate Professor, Pius XII Memorial Library “Data literacy” is used to mean many different things, but I recently came across a simple definition that really resonated with me: Data literacy is “the ability to interpret, evaluate, and communicate statistical information” (Beauchamp 2015). I like this broad definition because it encompasses… Continue reading Data Literacy Tools for the Classroom
by Elisabeth Hedrick-Moser, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center Dan Berrett’s recent Chronicle article traces “the day the purpose of college changed” to the day that Ronald Reagan suggested that, in a time of economic downturn, “there are certain intellectual luxuries that perhaps we could do without.” From this day in 1967, Barrett traces a change in… Continue reading The Purpose of College: Career-making or Soul-making?
by Gina Merys, Associate Director, Reinert Center In a recent article, "The Road to a Project-Based Classroom," Gintaras Duda explains how he has moved from lecture to projects in his quantum mechanics course. The course he describes is one that has gone through three iterations as it has evolved into the wholly project-based class that… Continue reading Taking Another Look at the Project-Based Class
by Kenneth L. Parker, Steber Professor in Theological Studies In the spring of 1991, I returned to teaching after more than five years as a Benedictine monk. The monastery had been founded in China in the 1920s, and when exiled after the Chinese Revolution, the community had relocated to the Mojave Desert in California. During my… Continue reading Learner-Centered Pedagogy: The Fear of Losing Control
by Debie Lohe, Director, Reinert Center This spring, we’re continuing to focus on our theme for the year, Teaching Today’s Students. The theme provides an opportunity to highlight the most important element of context – our students – and to explore the many aspects of who “today’s students” are and what is needed to “teach”… Continue reading Teaching Today's Students: The Conversations Continue
by Kelly McEnerny, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center An expert guitarist might hear Tom Petty’s “Free Falling” and be able to discern patterns related to a chromatic scale and relate those patterns to other songs – I recently learned from a colleague and professional musician that The Kingsmen’s “Louie Louie” shares the same pattern as “Free… Continue reading Teaching Students to Think like Experts
by Elisabeth Hedrick-Moser, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center Skeptical that your students did the reading? Chances are you’re probably right to be. Studies show that on any given day, about 1/3 of the students will have read the assignment (Hobson 2). Eric Hobson’s IDEA paper*, “Getting Students to Read: Fourteen Tips,” offers a diagnosis of student… Continue reading Moving from “Why Aren’t They Reading?” to Creating a Culture of Reading