Teaching with Technology

Incorporate Active Learning Strategies Using Little Known Features of Campus Technologies

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Incorporating active learning strategies into a course’s design can improve students’ recall of course information, improve academic performance, reduce cognitive load, and promote student engagement (Bonwell & Eison, 1991; Mayer & Moreno, 2003; Prince, 2004).  Although there are a number of University-supported academic resources available to faculty, knowing… Continue reading Incorporate Active Learning Strategies Using Little Known Features of Campus Technologies

Teaching with Technology

Access and Inclusion in Online Teaching

by James Fortney, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center This past weekend (April 1-2), the Reinert Center hosted an Online Teaching and Learning Institute (OTLI) for accelerated courses. This two-day intensive workshop was designed for faculty with minimal teaching experience in an online format. Participant-driven conversations explored effective teaching practices for any discipline, with special emphases given… Continue reading Access and Inclusion in Online Teaching

Teaching with Technology

Extending Discussions Online

by Jerod Quinn, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center “Leading a productive discussion, one that engages students and enhances their understanding, may be the most complex and challenging task in teaching.” - J. Henning, “Leading Discussions: Opening Up the Conversation.” No matter what else happens in my classes, I have the bad habit of equating my effectiveness… Continue reading Extending Discussions Online

Teaching Today's Students, Teaching with Technology

Data Literacy Tools for the Classroom

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

Teaching Today's Students, Teaching with Technology, Tips on Teaching

What’s on our minds: How current events can help inform our approach to teaching and serving students

by Chris Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center With the recent events in Ferguson, many educators have been looking to find useful resources to help teach about race, racism, inequality, and justice. In response, Marcia Chatelain, a historian of African-American life and culture at Georgetown University, created the Twitter hashtag, #Fergusonsyllabus. Since the hashtag's creation, there… Continue reading What’s on our minds: How current events can help inform our approach to teaching and serving students