A new resource guide on Building the Journal Tool in Canvas has been posted to the Reinert Center website [LINK]. If you want to find more information on Canvas at SLU, visit this webpage. If you have ideas for resource guide topics you would like to see posted, share them here (LINK).
As a part of the Reinert Center's ongoing commitment to supporting equitable educational experiences, we are launching a new set of resources devoted to "Decentering" teaching and learning. Our first video, "Introduction to Decentering Teaching and Learning" can be viewed [HERE]. Look for more resources and articles in the weeks and months ahead.
by Sandy Gambill, Sr. Instructional Developer, Reinert Center If you want a break from true crime podcasts this summer, here are a couple of recommendations for podcasts that deal with timely teaching and learning issues. Are there educational podcasts you’re loving lately? Please feel free to tell us about them in the comments. Dead Ideas… Continue reading Teaching Podcasts for Your Summer Enjoyment and Edification
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
The Course Design Institute is a two-week immersive experience that will spark new ways of thinking about your course, empower you to prioritize what matters most to you, and help you to create clear learning paths for students. Most CDI participants leave with 80-90% of their courses designed. Grounded in research and based on a… Continue reading Course Design Institute Registration Open
by Eric Royer, Instructional Developer, Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning In the near future, we hope for a return to regular, or semi-regular, in-person instruction, albeit with some modifications and social distancing guidelines remaining in place. Planning, now, for a shift back to fully in-person teaching is important, yet many of us are… Continue reading When we return, what follows?
The Reinert Center has created a new Resource Guide to help faculty when drafting recommendation letters. The guide offers a few framing thoughts as well as a strategies to help faculty work against implicit bias and stereotypes when writing letters for students. Avoiding Racial and Gender Bias When Writing Recommendation Letters Although the guide is… Continue reading New Resource Guide
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
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
By Sandy Gambill, Sr. Instructional Developer, Reinert Center When spring break started on March 9, 2020, students were asked to report their travel plans to the university, and quarantine after visiting countries on the CDC warning list. It was unthinkable that ten days later they would be moving out of residence halls, while instructors made… Continue reading It’s Been A Year