Brian Coppola visiting IUPUI next month

Dr. Brian P. Coppola is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan. He 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. Moving to Ann Arbor in 1986, he joined an active group of faculty in the design and implementation of a revised undergraduate chemistry curriculum. His recent publications range from mechanistic organic chemistry research in 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition reactions to educational philosophy, practice and assessment.

Dr. Coppola was selected as part of the first group of Carnegie Scholars affiliated with TheCarnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's CASTL program (Carnegie Academy on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning). In 1999, Dr. Coppola received the Amoco Foundation Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; and in 2002 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2003, he received the Kendall-Hunt Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award from the Society for College Science Teachers. In 2004 he was named the State of Michigan Professor of the Year in the CASE/Carnegie US Professor of the Year program; in 2006, he received the American Chemical Society’s James Flack Norris Award for work that has impacted the field of chemistry education. In 2009, he was selected as the CASE/Carnegie US Professor of the Year (for doctoral institutions).

He is a member of the editorial boards of The Chemical Educator, The International Journal of Science Education, the Journal of Science Education and Technology, and the Journal of Chemical Education. He is an Associate Editor for The Journal for Research in Science Teaching, and he is the editor in chief of The Hexagon, the quarterly publication of Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity.

Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Tuesday, April 17 | UL 1126 | 1:30 - 4 p.m.
Register » | Presenter: Brian Coppola

A statement of teaching philosophy 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.

Discipline-Centered Instructional Development and Educational Assessment

Wednesday, April 18 | UL 1126 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Register » | Presenter: Brian Coppola

On the first day of their new positions as professors, individuals have been incredibly well prepared to carry out a narrow range of activities, namely, how to design, implement, and assess discovery research. Ever since the publication of “Scholarship Reconsidered,” in 1990, the Academy has been wrestling with how (comparably incredibly) underprepared new faculty members are for the breadth of their responsibilities. As an advisor to departments and individuals who were thinking about pursuing faculty lines in discipline-centered education, I settled on a “top ten” list of the recurring questions that came up in these discussions.

In the first part of this session, I will use this “top ten” list as the basis for a presentation/discussion. In the second part of this session, I will guide participants through an exercise in designing educational evaluation for an instructional outcome from their own teaching. In preparation, participants should think about a tangible outcome or artifact from student learning in one of their classes, such as a paper, proposal, or project, along with the instructional goal the instructor has in mind for what is accomplished in this task.

Doing Real Work, Not Homework

Wednesday, April 18 | UL 1126 | 1 - 2:30 p.m .
Register » | Presenter: Brian Coppola

An important goal in higher education is to inspire leadership, independence, and creativity. Mastery of the subject matter needs to be contextualized in the development of the social and societal skills that will advance and create new ideas. In order for the student’s work to have this higher value, it needs to integrate all of these goals. Isolated academic exercises (traditional “homework”) are limited in what they can accomplish. The more authentic a task is (“real work”), the better it can capture the complexity of real world situations.

We have defined a set of attributes for “real work,” and this presentation will feature designs that we have created, in university-level chemistry instruction, for (a) the use of authentic texts, (b) a balance of team and individual work, (c) a balance of convergent & divergent assignments, (d) peer presentation, review, & critique, (e) use of instructional technologies (by students), and (f) use of student-generated instructional materials.

Spring Break Online Teaching Workshops

Are you going to be in town for Spring Break? The Center for Teaching and Learning will be offering workshop options that week that you won’t want to miss. These workshops are geared toward faculty interested in or new to teaching online. See below for details.

Web Content Delivery

Wednesday, March 14 | UL 1130 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Register » | Presenters: Tom Janke and Brian Krohn

Adobe Presenter (registration closed, no more seats available)

Wednesday, March 14 | UL 1130 | 1 - 3 p.m.
Presenter: Erich Bauer

Learning Activities

Thursday, March 15 | UL 1130 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Register » | Presenter: Lorie Shuck

Web Conferencing

Thursday, March 15 | UL 1126 | 1 - 3 p.m.
Register » | Presenter: Randy Newbrough

Upcoming Events

Original Test and Survey Migration Infosession

Monday, March 19 | UL 1125M | 2 - 3 p.m .
Register » | Presenter: Tom Janke

This infosession will cover the details you need to know in order to successfully transfer your Oncourse Original Test and Survey assessments to the new Test tool. The deadline for the Original Test and Survey's retirement is fast approaching. CTL staff can assist you in the migration process. Come to this session and find out how.

Using Softchalk

Wednesday, March 21 | UL 1125M | 2 - 4 p.m .
Register » | Presenter: Lorie Shuck

SoftChalk is a lesson building tool that allows instructors to create engaging web-based modules, without any knowledge of HTML. Attend this hands-on workshop to learn how you can use SoftChalk to create professional web pages to deliver content and online activities to your students.

Visit to see examples and learn how instructors are using SoftChalk.

IUPUI ePortfolio Symposium

Friday, March 23 | UL 1126 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Register » | Presenters: Debra Runshe and Mark Alexander

The IUPUI ePortfolio Symposium features a mixture of presentations by colleagues currently using ePortfolios and members of the ePortfolio team demonstrating new opportunities.

CTL Partner Events

Introduction to the Collaborative Classroom

Wednesday, March 21 | ES 1117 | 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Register »

University Information Technology Services (UITS) has installed a new Collaborative Classroom at IUPUI with plans for more of these types of classrooms in the works.

In this session, participants will get an overview of the room and the technology that is available in the room that fosters student group work and the ability to share that work with other groups in the class.

You will hear from a faculty member who has been using the classroom for her course as she leads you through some of the activities that she uses with her students.

There will also be a panel of students who have participated in activities in the room and will share their experiences of what it is like to have class in this type of classroom.

The session will end with a question and answer period.

The Last Lecture

Friday, March 30 | Basile Auditorium, Eskenazi Hall | 2 - 3 p.m.
Register » | Presenter: James A. Lemons, M.D

The Last Lecture Series offers the university community the opportunity to hear reflections on life's lessons and meaning from a current or retired IUPUI colleague of exceptional merit. Each speaker will share the wisdom gained from past experiences and distill a life of inquiry, reflection, and service into important guidance for successive generations.

James A. Lemons is Hugh McK. Landon Professor of Pediatrics emeritus and past director of neonatal-perinatal medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He has developed major research programs in fetal and neonatal metabolism with continuous NIH funding and other grant support for over 30 years. Under his leadership, the neonatal-perinatal section has burgeoned and acquired a faculty with unrivaled, internationally recognized clinical, teaching, and research accomplishments in stem cell biology, fetal and neonatal metabolism, clinical and translational research, and international health care research. His areas of focus include women's and children's issues, and he remains actively engaged in supporting the School of Medicine's ongoing partnership with the Riley Mother and Baby Hospital of Kenya in Eldoret, Kenya, which he was instrumental in establishing.

Lemons will present The Last Lecture, "The Unanticipated Consequences of Love", from 2 - 3 p.m., Friday, March 30, 2012, in the Basile Auditorium, Eskenazi Hall, Herron School of Art & Design.

A reception and chat with Dr. Lemons will follow the lecture from 3:00-4:00 p.m. For additional information,

Brain Rules for Teaching

Friday, April 6 | University Place Hotel and Conference Center | 9 a.m.
Register » | Presenter: Dr. John Medina, Author of Brain Rules

Dr. John J. Medina, a developmental molecular biologist, has a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School” -- a provocative book that takes on the way our schools and work environments are designed. His l a test book i s a must-read for parents and early-childhood educators: “Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five.” Medina is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University.

This event is co-sponsored by IU School of Medicine, University College, FACET and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

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