Occasionally, we offer what we call "institutes," which are multi-session and/or multi-day hands-on learning experiences, on topics of interest to a broad range of educators. Sessions are structured sequentially, and involve both structured learning time and unstructured work time, so that participants can learn from one another, not just from Center staff or facilitators. Examples of recently-developed institutes include the Online Teaching and Learning Institute, the International Educators Institute, and the Winter Institute.
The next offered session of the CTTL's Online Teaching & Learning Institute, or OTLI, has been designed to fit into full-time faculty members' schedules for one week this summer (2013). OTLI will take place from 9 AM to 4 PM the week of July 29, Monday through Friday. Seating is limited to 12 full-time SLU faculty members. Registration for the summer session is required and opens on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 and lasts until the 12 seats are filled. To register for this summer's OTLI, please click here.
OTLI includes daily meetings and facilitated conversations about online teaching and learning, collaborative and independent work time, individualized instructional-design consultations, and much more. To see what past summer Institute schedules have looked like, please click here. Please note that the summer 2013 session of OTLI, however, lasts only one week.
Please note: Registration is limited to 12 full-time SLU faculty members, fills up early, and preference is given to those who have not already gone through the Institute, are planning to teach an online or blended course in the near future, and for full-time professors who hail from a variety of departments, schools, and programs at Saint Louis University so as to foster an interdisciplinary cohort interested in exploring effective practices and pedagogy for teaching online.
During summer Online Teaching & Learning Institutes, the week-long program includes immersive, on-campus workshops, facilitated conversations, and collaborative, independent, and/or self-directed work time. The summer version of OTLI leverages face-to-face and online workshops and presentations to assist full-time faculty at Saint Louis University in transitioning or creating courses from traditional, in-person classrooms to blended (hybrid) or online learning environments. The Institute is particularly well-suited for faculty who will be teaching online or in blended courses during the academic year immediately following the Institute experience, as participants will leave the Institute with an online course designed and at least partially constructed in SLU Global.
This two-week on-campus experience is intended to bring together educators from across the globe to engage in a multi-national conversation on teaching and learning at the university level, and to learn about American higher education practices and pedagogies. Participants are introduced to key cultural values and learning theories that underpin American university education, as well as practical strategies for designing and delivering courses consistent with American pedagogies and best practices. Ideally, participants share practices from their own cultures and leave with a better understanding of what international faculty and students need for success in the United States. The Institute is designed to engage participants in interactive learning experiences, and to provide access to cultural events, local attractions, and university and/or high school classes, while in St. Louis. Ultimately, the Institute facilitates participants' ability to reflect critically upon the similarities and differences between the United States' and their cultures' beliefs, values, and goals for education. For more information about the International Educators Institute please visit the site page.
This annual event is a full-day series of workshops and presentations, typically held on the Thursday before spring classes begin. The Winter Institute has a different focus each year. The upcoming 2013 Winter Institute will focus on Engaging All Learners. Past Winter Institutes include: Writing to Learn at a Jesuit Institution and Teaching at a Jesuit Institution: Informing Our Practice.