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
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
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
by Victoria Carter, Graduate Assistant, Reinert Center As we settle into mid-semester, we should reflect, “Do my students feel like they belong in my class?” This is something that we should be thinking about often. But, with all the moving pieces that come with teaching, it can slip our minds. There are many aspects of… Continue reading Creating an Inclusive Classroom
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
by Gina Merys, Acting Director, Reinert Center As a way to mark the 500th anniversary of Ignatius of Loyola’s conversion, the Society of Jesus will be celebrating an Ignatian year (May 2021-July 2022). The Reinert Center has chosen to mark this important year by focusing on Ignatian Pedagogy as our theme for the academic year.… Continue reading The Reinert Center Celebrates the Ignatian Year
In the spirit of the Reinert Center’s focus on Ignatian Pedagogy, two Resources Guides have been posted to help you reflect on ways to get to know your students. The Ignatian Pedagogical framework helps articulate how a deeper reflection on the conditions of teaching and learning can prompt a more spiritual and person-centered educational experience.… Continue reading New Resource Guides
The Reinert Center has several ways to provide various kinds of pedagogical support for teaching amid tragic events. Please see our resource guides on Student and Faculty Well-Being (we frequently add new resources, so check back often), and you can make an appointment for an individual consultation to discuss your specific teaching situation.
A new resource guide on Five Things to Know When Setting Up Your Canvas Course has now been posted to the Reinert Center website. If you want to find more resource guides we offer, visit this webpage. If you have ideas for resource guide topics you would like to see posted, share them here (LINK).
by Eric Royer, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center Fall 2021 marks our transition to Canvas as SLU’s new Learning Management System (LMS). Working in a new LMS will likely require more of your time and patience. You’ll need to learn or grow comfortable with new tools. You’ll need to rethink the design of your course, how… Continue reading Teaching with Canvas