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CTL Workshops  

Note: Attendance at any CTL workshop or event will count towards professional development required for University College’s Gateway Teaching Academy.

Concept Map Assignments for STEM and the Humanities

Thursday, February 4 | UL 1125 | 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Register » | Organizer: Douglas Jerolimov and Presenters: Douglas Jerolimov, Pratibha Varma-Nelson

Concept map assignments help students graphically represent and organize complex ideas and processes—and also help instructors to assess higher-order student learning. This workshop will guide faculty in the creation of a concept mapping assignment. Participants will be introduced to the ways in which concept mapping assignments facilitate student learning, to the benefits and drawbacks of concept mapping assignments, and to the ways in which one might use effectively and efficiently employ concept maps in face-to-face and online courses. Before coming to the session, participants should select and think about a topic their students may organize through a concept map.

Teaching@IUPUI: Introduction to Classroom Assessment Techniques

Wednesday, February 10 | Online - Adobe Connect | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register » | Organizer: Terri Tarr and Presenters: Terri Tarr, Anusha S Rao

Classroom assessment techniques provide faculty with feedback on what, how much, and how well their students are learning. Instructors can use this feedback to modify their teaching to improve student learning. Students can use it to learn more effectively. In this introductory-level session, participants will learn how to implement the “minute paper,” “muddiest point,” “think-pair-share,” and other quick ways to assess and enhance learning. Questions and discussion will be encouraged.

Teaching@IUPUI: Teaching Metacognitive Skills

Wednesday, February 17 | Online - Adobe Connect | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register » | Organizer: Terri Tarr and Presenters: Terri Tarr, Anusha S Rao

Metacognition refers to how learners think about and monitor their own knowledge, a process which has been shown to improve students’ learning. Metacognitive skills involve assessing the demands of a task, evaluating one’s own knowledge and skills, planning an approach, monitoring one’s progress, and adjusting strategies as needed to complete the task. Participants will learn how to blend metacognitive skill instruction with content instruction by using strategies such as instructor modeling of reflection, student self-reflection, visual organizers, formative assessments, and more.

Writing a Teaching Statement (two dates)

Thursday, February 18 | Campus Center 409 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Register » | Organizer: Angela Briel and Presenter: Brian Coppola

Friday, February 19 | Campus Center 405 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Register » | Organizer: Angela Briel and Presenter: Brian Coppola

A teaching statement is a discipline-centered argument about one's instructional practices. As with any other professional argumentation, the essay ought to have a thesis (or claim), and a coherent text that focuses on providing evidence that warrants the claim. In this workshop, participants will prepare an outline for their personal teaching statement. In preparation, participants should think about one sentence: a global statement about student learning that represents your most significant instructional goal.

About the speaker:
Dr. Brian P. Coppola is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan. He currently serves as the department’s Associate Chair for Educational Development and Practice, and also as the Associate Director for the University of Michigan-Peking University Joint Institute, in Beijing, China. Dr. Coppola received his B.S. degree in 1978 from the University of New Hampshire and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984.

Spring 2016 Graduate Student Colloquium on Teaching

Friday, February 19 | Campus Center 308 | 12:45 - 4 p.m.
Register » | Organizers: James Gregory and Anusha Rao and Presenters: James Gregory, Anusha Rao, Douglas Jerolimov, Brian Coppola

Reflecting on one’s teaching is an essential skill that graduate students should develop to improve their teaching and to prepare to write a teaching philosophy for an academic job search. This year’s Spring Graduate Student Colloquium on Teaching will begin with a structured reflection activity focused on attendees’ teaching experiences this past fall semester. This activity will be followed by an interactive discussion entitled “Graduate School is Not a Career... So What are You Doing to Prepare for One?” led by Brian Coppola, Professor of Chemistry and Associate Departmental Chair for Educational Development and Practice at the University of Michigan. Professor Coppola has helped graduate students professionalize for both academic and industry positions through the CSIE|UM and CALC|UM programs at the University of Michigan.

Graduate School is not a career... so what are you doing to prepare for one?

Friday, February 19 | Campus Center 308 | 3 - 4:15 p.m.
Register » | Organizer: Angela Briel and Presenter: Brian Coppola

This event is part of the 2016 Spring Colloquium on Teaching.

The department of chemistry at the University of Michigan has developed two programs aimed at improving the career professional development experience of graduate students and postdocs. The CSIE|UM and CALC|UM programs target future faculty and future industry/private/public sector employment, respectively. Both programs provide a combination of project-based work in addition to seminar/workshop types of activities.

Canvas Information and Workshops 

New Canvas Interface
On December 28th Canvas updated with a new user interface, offering a more modern design and improved navigation.  The new interface maximizes screen space, which is especially helpful on mobile devices. Learn more at https://kb.iu.edu/d/aapp

View complete listing of Canvas Workshops

Learn how to use Canvas, IU's new Learning Management System, at your own pace or in a guided tutorial. The Center for Teaching and Learning, along with IT Training, offers a wide variety of workshops and webinars to help faculty set up Canvas sites for summer and fall semesters.  

Upcoming workshops:

Oncourse to Canvas Migration Support

If you have been teaching in Oncourse and are ready to make the move to Canvas, here are some resources you may find helpful:

CEG Proposals Due Today

2016 Curriculum Enhancement Grant Proposals Due Today

The Curriculum Enhancement Grant (CEG) initiative provides faculty with technical and instructional support, time, and funds to implement projects to improve student learning and success at IUPUI and IUPU Columbus. In addition, the grants enable faculty competitiveness for external educational or curricular improvement grants and increase faculty involvement in pursuing the scholarship of teaching and learning. Individual faculty members can apply for up to $5,000. Teams of two or more faculty working on two or more courses can apply for a maximum of $10,000 per proposal. Teams of three or more faculty working on three or more courses can apply for a maximum of $15,000 per proposal. The grants are open to IUPUI and IUPU Columbus full-time faculty. See the 2016 Curriculum Enhancement Grant (CEG) Request for Proposals for more information. The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, January 29, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

EC Moore Keynote Speaker Announced

Georgetown's Randy Bass to Keynote March Symposium

The E.C. Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching brings the Indiana higher education community together to explore the tools and techniques that encourage student learning. The symposium offers an opportunity to discuss current trends and issues in teaching and seeks to foster collaboration across disciplinary and institutional lines. This year’s symposium will feature a plenary talk by Dr. Stephen Fox of IUPUI entitled Audiences, Purposes, and Projects: Making Writing Assignments Matter; Dr. Randy Bass of Georgetown University will deliver the keynote: Liberal Education Re-Bound: Designing Learning in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem.

Registration for the symposium is now open.

Partner Opportunities

RISE Course Development and ePortfolio Grants

Rise Course Development Grants

Interim Executive Vice Chancellor Kathy Johnson is committed to increasing course offerings that respond to the RISE to the IUPUI Challenge. Faculty are encouraged to apply for a $2,500 grant for professional development or summer support to develop a new course or to redesign an existing course in line with RISE criteria. An initial amount of $2,000 will be disbursed at the beginning of the grant period, and the remaining $500 will be disbursed upon submission of the final report. The RISE Curriculum Development Grant Request for Proposals is available here.

RISE ePortfolio Grants

The RISE Program and the ePortfolio Initiative are pleased to announce a new collaboration that will offer two grants of up to $5,000 to support the development of RISE courses that include a reflective electronic portfolio or electronic Personal Development Plan (ePDP). RISE experiences and ePortfolios are a natural partnership:  the RISE to the IUPUI Challenge initiative aims to engage students more deeply in their learning and to contribute to their intellectual and professional development; ePortfolios, including ePDPs, have similar aims. Experience at both IUPUI and other campuses has shown that, when carefully incorporated into such high-impact educational practices as those embodied in RISE, reflective electronic portfolios can be an effective strategy for enhancing student learning and engagement, as well as for documenting, assessing, and improving the effectiveness of the high-impact practice. The RISE ePortfolio Grant Request for Proposals is available here.

The submission deadline is February 12 for summer 2016 grant support. More information about both RISE grants is available on the IUPUI RISE Program web site.

Recommended Reading

What a Million Syllabuses Can Teach Us

Karaganis, J. & McClure, D. (2016, January 22). What a Million Syllabuses Can Teach Us. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://nyti.ms/1UgJmXs


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