Jesuit/Ignatian, Tips on Teaching

Reflection Tools for Teaching

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

Tips on Teaching

Making Exams More Meaningful for Students

by Eric Royer, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Exams are a common way to assess and evaluate student learning. Despite this, instructors often experience a mismatch between their expectations and individual student outcomes, with some students not performing as expected or others feeling unprepared to demonstrate the type of learning that’s expected of them. This problem… Continue reading Making Exams More Meaningful for Students

Inclusive Teaching, Tips on Teaching

Keeping Track of Your Course When Sick

by Christopher Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center The spread of the Omicron variant offers an important moment to consider how to prepare for when instructors get sick.  Preparing in advance can minimize disruption, relieve stress (for both instructor and student), and offer calm consistency. Designing for Consistency Consider designing your course using a simple, efficient,… Continue reading Keeping Track of Your Course When Sick

Resources, Tips on Teaching

Midterms as a Point for Student Introspection

by Eric Royer, Instructional Developer Midterms are more than just an opportunity to assess student learning; they provide an invaluable point for student introspection. Through in-class polls, reflective assignments, or surveys, students have an opportunity to provide feedback, both affirming and critiquing their course learning experiences as well as our teaching strategies and approaches in… Continue reading Midterms as a Point for Student Introspection

Teaching and Justice, Teaching Today's Students, Tips on Teaching

Bursting the Busywork Bubble

by Robert Cole, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Well, it’s that time of year. As we move closer to graduation we are administering and grading exams, final projects and presentations. We will also soon receive notification that our course evaluations are available. Course evaluations often provide an opportunity to take stock and identify if changes need… Continue reading Bursting the Busywork Bubble

Teaching and Justice, Tips on Teaching

Wise feedback to reduce stereotype threat and to support your classroom community

by Christopher Grabau, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Offering constructive feedback on student performance can offer important opportunities for social and intellectual development.  However, research has found that students do not always understand how teachers critique their work and may misconstrue comments as overly negative.  This misunderstanding can reinforce negative stereotypes and undermine teacher/student trust.  Wise… Continue reading Wise feedback to reduce stereotype threat and to support your classroom community

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