This week, over 100 La Salle educators came together for two days to learn, discuss, and continue improving classroom instruction for students. The 5th Annual Summer Institute included a diversity of topics and interactive workshops, where professors became the students and learned new tools and strategies for the classroom.

The first day of the Institute primarily focused on new developments in instructional strategies. Topics ranged from Universal Design to a “Teach-In” that occurred earlier this year to ways of using the University’s fantastic Art Museum in different disciplines.

One of the most powerful moments of the day came when a group of panelists shared their experiences taking La Salle students off campus and into underseen sections of Philadelphia. Students have worked with the nearby nonprofit Face to Face, interviewed members of immigrant and refugee communities, written for a hyperlocal community newspaper, and even gone into prisons to learn side by side with inmates. Throughout each panelist’s remarks, the trademarks of a Lasallian education and the unique experiences that the university offers were evident.

Panelists

Panelists, Andy Lafond, Huntly Collins, Sara Shuman, and Jack Downey sharing about the learning experiences they’ve facilitated for students outside of the classroom.

The second day of the Summer Institute focused on cutting-edge instructional technology. La Salle educators learned multiple ways to more deeply utilize our learning management system, Canvas, a trainer from Microsoft was on hand to let us in on the newest updates, and professors shared about the innovative ways they’ve been using tech, such as business simulations, student blogging, and geo mapping. The day was capped off by a raffle with great prizes, and participants were already looking forward to the next institute in January.

While the conclusion of a school year is often a time for a bit of well-deserved rest and relaxation, it was inspiring to see so many educators excited and already looking forward to the fall semester. We’re looking forward to it too, and the continuous push to make a La Salle education more engaging, more innovative, and more purposeful for students.

Have any feedback for the Instructional Design team or ideas for the next institute? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at idteam@lasalle.edu!