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

Instructional Continuity

The Role of Metacognition During Times of Disrupted Learning

by Eric Royer, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center The pandemic has, once again, disrupted teaching plans and learning arrangements as we embark on a new semester. Recent work has focused on the ways in which instructors can be flexible with their course designs or show more care and grace to students, but how can we assist… Continue reading The Role of Metacognition During Times of Disrupted Learning

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

Uncategorized

Managing an Uncertain Start to Spring 2022

by Eric Royer, Instructional Developer The Omicron variant surging throughout the United States -- leading to a dramatic uptick in positive cases, even among fully-vaccinated individuals -- has already disrupted planning for the start of new spring semester. There may be instances where some of your students are attending virtually for the first few weeks.… Continue reading Managing an Uncertain Start to Spring 2022

Decentering Teaching, Inclusive Teaching

Centering Trauma in Your Teaching Toolbox

by Eric Royer, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Pandemic teaching has exposed many of us to the human and emotional dimensions of teaching. During the height of school closures and lockdowns, we witnessed, first-hand, the challenges our students’ faced when caring for sick loved ones or younger siblings, working multiple jobs to balance a job loss… Continue reading Centering Trauma in Your Teaching Toolbox

Resources, Reviews

Book Recommendations: Winter Break Reading List

As the fall semester comes to an end, winter break may offer a nice opportunity to find a good book to renew thoughts about teaching and course design.  Below are three lesser-known recommendations enjoyed by Reinert Center staff.  Hopefully one of these may spark your interest.   Power to the Public:  The Promise of Public Interest… Continue reading Book Recommendations: Winter Break Reading List

Inclusive Teaching, Teaching with Technology

The “Do Nots” of Inclusive Online Teaching

by Eric Royer, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning The Worst Lecture Ever is a faux series of 50-minute online lectures created by Lindsay Masland, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Associate Director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Appalachian State University. While the video description clearly offers… Continue reading The “Do Nots” of Inclusive Online Teaching