New Workshop Series: First Wednesday Brown Bag

Mark Your Calendars for the First Wednesday Brown Bag Series!

Starting September 5th, the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Gateway to Graduationwill cosponsor a brown bag discussion to fall on the First Wednesday  of each month.  The purpose of this series is to provide faculty with a forum to discuss common teaching challenges and to consider constructive, evidence-based solutions to those challenges. Each session will focus on a particular topic, be discussion-based, and provide resources related to the topic. The sessions are designed for faculty with all levels of experience.  Feel free to bring your lunch. Coffee and popcorn will be provided.  This semester’s topics are:

Working with Unprepared (and Underprepared!) Learners

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | UL 1116 | Noon- 1 p.m.
Register»   | Organizers: Sarah Lang and David Sabol

Have you observed students showing up unprepared to learn – not having completed assignments or reading – therefore not participating in discussion or activities? How about students who seem to start out at the bottom of the curve and stay there despite what they feel are their best efforts? Whether you are dealing with these challenges now or have in your past, we invite you to share your questions, insights, and experiences and work together to formulate strategies to encourage better learner preparation.

Promoting Academic Integrity

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 | UL 1116 | Noon- 1 p.m.
Register»   | Organizer: Jennifer Beasley

Description: Faculty play a critical role in creating a climate of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility. In this brown bag session participants will discuss strategies they have used to promote academic integrity in learning environments and strategies you can employ to prevent plagiarism and cheating.

Managing Disruptive Behavior and Promoting Civility

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 | UL 1116 | Noon- 1 p.m.
Register»   | Organizer: Lisa Contino

Description: Have you experienced disruptive student conduct such as off topic chatter, unwarranted challenges to authority, or other uncivil behavior that interferes with the learning experience?   Whether you are dealing with these challenges now or have in your past, we invite you to share your questions, insights, and experiences and work together to formulate strategies to promote civility.

Engaging and Motivating Learners

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 | UL 1116 | Noon- 1 p.m.
Register»   | Organizer: Lisa Contino

Description: Have you observed learners dozing off, distracting themselves with technology, avoiding answering questions, missing class, reading outside material or exhibiting other signs of disengagement or inattention? Whether you are dealing with these challenges now or have in your past, we invite you to share your questions, insights, and experiences and work together to formulate strategies to promote student engagement.


CTL Events

Oncourse Gradebook

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 | UL 1125M | 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Register»   | Organizer & Presenter: Erich Bauer

This workshop is designed for novice to intermediate Oncourse users.

Today’s students are beginning to expect to have up-to-date access to information regarding their grades. In this workshop we will go over the basics of creating and using the Oncourse Gradebook. At the conclusion of the workshop, attendees will have an opportunity to receive individual support. 


Teaching@IUPUI: Assessing Learning Efficiently

Thursday, August 30, 2012 | Online - Adobe Connect Meeting Room | 12 - 1 p.m.
Register»   | Organizer: Sarah Lang | Presenters: Jennifer Beasley

Evaluating learner performance is one of the most important and time-consuming tasks of teaching. How can this process be made more effective for learners while more efficient for the instructor? This workshop will provide participants with tools to assist in making the evaluation and feedback process more effective, more objective, and more likely to result in learning. In particular participants will discuss methods for assessing learning formally and informally, providing feedback, and strategies for time efficient grading including the use of rubrics.

This webinar is part of the Center for Teaching and Learning’s online workshop series, Teaching@IUPUI. Tailored for faculty new to IUPUI, each online workshop serves as a forum to learn new strategies and hone teaching practices. Grounded in current research, these workshops address various teaching topics and provide participants with strategies that can make instruction more effective and efficient as well as introduce participants to teaching and learning resources available on campus.

To view recordings of our previous offerings, check out the Teaching@IUPUI webpage


CourseNetworking Overview

Friday, August 31, 2012 | Online - Adobe Connect Meeting Room | 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Register»   | Organizer: Tom Janke | Presenters: Ali Jafari & Sarah Zike

This webinar will provide a discussion and demonstration of how CourseNetworking, or the CN, can be used in your courses.  This includes a presentation and discussion of pedagogy and how this new social networking tool can benefit learning and increase student engagement in a new, entertaining social network.  Real-life examples will be discussed and will conclude with Q & A.  The webinar will be moderated by Ali Jafari, professor of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI campus.

CourseNetworking beta, or the CN, is an academic social networking site that connects teachers and students from IU with others around the world based on shared interests and class subjects. The CN complements learning management systems such as Oncourse by providing new learning outcomes outside the classroom. CourseNetworking was created by Ali Jafari, IUPUI professor of computer and information technology at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology.


Transferring Multiple Files in Oncourse Resources using WebDav

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 | Online - Adobe Connect Meeting Room | 12 - 1 p.m. 
  | Organizer and Presenter: Mark Alexander

This workshop is designed for all Oncourse users.

Many people are not aware that it is possible to quickly transfer entire folders into the Resouces section of Oncourse. Attend this workshop to learn how to use a File Transfer Program - FTP to transfer files from you computer into your course site.


Promoting Academic Integrity with Oncourse and

Thursday, September 6, 2012 | Online - Adobe Connect Meeting Room | 2 - 3:30 p.m. 
  | Organizer and Presenter: Mark Alexander

Join us for an interactive online workshop that will include strategies to help prevent plagiarism before it happens in your class. One strategy discussed will be the use of “Turn It In” as a teaching tool for encouraging academic integrity. We will also go over the mechanics of using “Turn It In” and the program’s integration within Oncourse. Specifically during the session you will learn how to link “Turn It In” to one of your course assignments, discuss how to filter and review the reports, and techniques for communicating about issues of plagiarism with your students. 


Scientific Writing from the Reader’s Perspective

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 | Riley Outpatient Center Auditorium | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. |Register»

Organizers: Terri Tarr (CTL) & Krista Hoffman-Longtin (IUSM) | Presenter: George Gopen

As competition for external funding becomes more challenging, getting one's scholarly work successfully published is more important than ever. Dr. George Gopen's approach is based on a single idea: learning to write for the reader allows the writer to control what readers learn.

More about Dr. Gopen’s original approach to scientific writing can be found in his article, The Science of Scientific Writing.

About the speaker: Dr. George D. Gopen is a Duke University Professor of the Practice of Rhetoric. Professor Gopen received both his J.D. and his Ph.D. in English from Harvard University.

Dr. Gopen is a pioneer in the mastery of scientific writing. His scientific clients have included the NIH, the FDA, Bristol-Myers Squib, Bayer, and Duke University School of Medicine.

This event is sponsored by the IU School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, the Department of Emergency Medicine, the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning.

The Center for Teaching and Learning is sponsoring a limited number of people for the workshop.

Call for Proposals - Advancing Learning with Technology Symposium

The IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is accepting proposals  for the 2012 Advancing Learning with Technology Symposium (ALT) which will take place on Friday, November 9, 2012  from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the IUPUI University Library. If there are faculty in your academic unit who have interests that align with the learning technology themes below, please forward this announcement and encourage them to submit a proposal to present. 

The keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Andrew Ng, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, and a co-founder of Coursera, a nonprofit organization working with top universities to offer courses to anyone in the world, for free.   The program will include 50-minute breakout sessions (possible formats include panel and roundtable discussions, lecture-discussion, interactive workshops, etc.) and poster presentations.

We especially encourage exploring these and similar questions, but proposals need not be limited to these topics:

• How are you using instructional technology to facilitate student engagement and collaboration?
• How are you incorporating gaming and simulations in the curriculum?
• What are the best practices to incorporate mobile learning platforms in the classroom?
• How are you using virtual worlds to conduct authentic learner-based experiences?
• What strategies are you using to increase student learning and success in an online format?
• How are you assessing the impact of technology on student learning?

Proposals   must be submitted no later than September 14th.

For more information, please contact Mark Alexander at:


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CTL Partner Events

17th Annual FACET Associate Faculty and Lecturers' Conference

Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10, 2012 | Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre Hotel 
Register and for more information»

Associate faculty and lecturers mark your calendars for the 17th Annual FACET Associate and Lecturers’ Conference. The state-wide conference sponsored by the IU Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) is designed specifically for associate faculty and lecturers to connect you to teaching resources and pedagogy.  Speakers from across Indiana will share their teaching strategies, techniques and tips. A variety of workshops and discussion forums will offer practical strategies and give faculty a chance to exchange their best practices with each other.

This is a free event however,  c onference participation is limited .   If interested in attending please complete the 2012 Nomination Form for IUPUI Faculty located at:  and return it to your IUPUI campus contact, Jennifer Beasley, IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning, UL 1125, IUPUI.

For additional information or questions regarding registration contact Jennifer at   or (317) 278-9694.

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