New Workshop Series Begins Tomorrow: 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 Graduation will 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

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.

Faculty Writing Circle Organization Meeting

Wednesday, September 14, 2012 | UL 1126 | 1p.m. - 2 p.m.
Register» | Organizers: Jennifer Beasley

Again this academic year, the Center for Teaching and Learning is sponsoring an organizational meeting for individuals interested in becoming involved in a faculty writing circle.

At this meeting we will discuss further the concept of faculty writing circles and assist you in organizing your circle, setting meetings dates and times, expectations, etc.<

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

Program Review and Assessment Committee (PRAC) Grants

Due By: Friday, October 12, 2012
For more information»

The Program Review and Assessment Committee (PRAC)* invites individuals or groups to submit proposals for initiatives that support:

• the continued development of school/department assessment plans that focus on enhancing student learning and/or

• assessment of program effectiveness in connection with preparing the self-study for program review.

We are especially interested in strategies that are consistent with IUPUI's Principles of Undergraduate Learning and that integrate assessment of generic knowledge and skills with assessment in the major. Budgets for the proposed work should not exceed $2500. Please contact a PRAC member in your school for consultation in the proposal development process.

For complete proposal guidelines see The deadline for fall grants is Friday, October 12, 2012.

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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