Teaching Today's Students, Teaching with Technology

Teaching Strategies to help combat Zoom fatigue

by Christopher Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Using video platforms like Zoom has quickly become a standard way to connect with colleagues, friends, or family.  However, it is becoming apparent that video meetings can be both mentally and physically draining.  Often referred to as “Zoom fatigue,” these exhausting feelings can have an impact on our… Continue reading Teaching Strategies to help combat Zoom fatigue

Teaching and Justice, Teaching with Technology, Tips on Teaching

Navigating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

by Eric Royer, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning My disciplinary research and teaching area of expertise is in human rights and post-conflict transitions. Students in my classes are often exposed to genocides and mass killings, humanitarian crises, and child trafficking rings linked to conflict minerals. These topics, as well as the… Continue reading Navigating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

Engaging All Learners, Instructional Continuity, Teaching with Technology

Digital Storytelling as a Pandemic Community-Building Mechanism

by Eric Royer, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Since our shift to remote and now dual-mode teaching, students have become more adept at using our course sites to access materials and complete course activities. They’re also more comfortable using Zoom and other tools to collaborate, engage, and meet key learning outcomes. At the same time, countless… Continue reading Digital Storytelling as a Pandemic Community-Building Mechanism

Inclusive Teaching, Instructional Continuity, Teaching with Technology, Tips on Teaching

Don’t Forget: Breakout Rooms Require Community, Too

by Eric Royer, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning In our push to accommodate the needs of students participating in online, hybrid, and remote learning formats, Zoom breakout rooms are consistently promoted as a viable tool to engage and connect students with content, each other, and course activities. The format has even… Continue reading Don’t Forget: Breakout Rooms Require Community, Too

Inclusive Teaching, Instructional Continuity, Learning Spaces, Teaching with Technology

A Model for Pandemic Era Course Design

by Sandy Gambill, Sr. Instructional Developer, Reinert Center As we face the uncertainty of the fall semester, it is hard to see how our instructional time with students won’t change.  We may go through the entire semester without transitioning to remote learning, as we were forced to in the spring. Even if that proves to… Continue reading A Model for Pandemic Era Course Design

Instructional Continuity, Teaching with Technology

Resources for Creating Asynchronous Courses Elements

Working asynchronously in a remote teaching and learning situation means that the instructor and the students are not required to meet simultaneously in order to participate in the course fully or to fulfill the learning objectives of the course. Despite not meeting together at the same time, students and instructors continue to interact regularly and… Continue reading Resources for Creating Asynchronous Courses Elements

From the Director, Teaching with Technology

Instructional Continuity

Given the increase in coronavirus cases in the US and abroad, we find ourselves in an unusual circumstance that asks us to act with concern and consideration toward everyone in our community and with a commitment to finding new ways to create and experience knowledge. At its most basic definition, “instructional continuity” means 1) that… Continue reading Instructional Continuity