The Notebook Blog Style Guide: Information for Guest Bloggers

The following information is meant to provide guest bloggers with guidelines as they write their contributions.  If you have been invited to contribute and have questions, please contact Mary Cook, at 314-977-3944 or


  • At SLU: faculty, graduate students, staff, administrative leaders
  • Beyond SLU: other teaching centers, other faculty/instructional development professionals, others interested in pedagogical development and/or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), other higher education instructors

Main Goals / Purpose

  • Highlight teaching experiences, strategies, lessons, and scholarship of SLU faculty and graduate students
  • Share the work and scholarship of the Reinert Center with the broader SLU teaching and learning community
  • Disseminate concrete, practical, evidence-based teaching and learning strategies for faculty and graduate students at SLU, first and foremost, and others in higher education


SLU faculty and graduate students, Reinert Center staff and Faculty Fellows, invited guest bloggers based on themes, topics, and expertise


The Notebook publishes new content at least once weekly (typically on Wednesdays). Guest bloggers may contribute at other times, as well.

Content and Form

  • Suggested length: 500-1000 words
  • Citation style: APA
  • Multimedia: images, podcasts, and videos are welcome; we use Vimeo as our video hosting service, and can embed videos and podcasts into the blog posting
  • Copyright: please be mindful about copyright and intellectual property, and include only material in the public domain or to which you have ownership rights. (If you’re looking for interesting images to include, consider Creative Commons material with share-alike attribution rights.)
  • A short bio and photo of blogger will be included at the end of each blog posting – contact Mary Cook if you need to submit a photo or have one taken. Recommended photo file size is less than 2 megapixels. (Don’t know what that means? Send us your photo file and we can help you adjust the size. Larger photo files are easier to edit.)

Comment Moderation

By default, blog postings for The Notebook are set to allow comments from readers.  However, if a guest contributor prefers not to read, moderate, and/or respond to comments, we can set specific blog posts to not allow comments — just let us know.