Brian Coppola events this week

Discipline-Centered Instructional Design and Assessment

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

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 | Basile Auditorium - Eskenazi Hall | 1 - 2:30 p.m .
Register »   | Presenter: Brian Coppola | Organizer: Rhonda Huisman

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.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and University Library.

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 The Carnegie 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.


Upcoming Events

Adobe Day Faculty Focus Presentation: Teaching Online with Captivate and Connect Training

Thursday, April 19 | Campus Center Room 264 | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register »   | Presenter: Brian Krohn

As part of the  IUPUI Adobe Day  event on April 19th, the Center for Teaching and Learning will be hosting a Faculty Focus presentation in the Campus Center room 264. Other Adobe Day activities will be occurring between 10 AM and 3 pm in the Campus Center Atrium. Watch for future announcements regarding the Adobe Day event.

The faculty focus presentation will feature IUPUI Professor Brian Krohn and an Adobe Connect Education specialist. If you can't make the session in person, you will have the option to attend online via Adobe Connect. Food will be available to session registrants who are able to attend in person.

Professor Krohn is from the IUPUI Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management department will highlight his powerful approach to teaching online using Captivate and Adobe Connect’s training and curriculum components. Participants will learn how Captivate can be used to promote learning through self-assessment with directed feedback and added engagement. He will also showcase how using Captivate and Connect training together can manage learner progress.

This event can also be attended online via Adobe Connect. If you'd prefer to attend virtually please register for that online session.  Lunch will be provided for attendees in the face-to-face session.


Submitting Final Grades

Thursday, May 3 | Adobe Connect Online Meeting Room | 12 - 12:30  p.m.
Register »  | Presenter and Organizer: Tom Janke

This brief online workshop will guide you through the process of using Oncourse to submit your final grades with the SIS Grade Roster tool. For the greatest benefit, participants should have course grades calculated and displaying accurately in the Oncourse Gradebook's Course Grades page prior to the workshop.

This online workshop will be held in an Adobe Connect meeting room. The meeting room's address will be sent to workshop registrants a day or two before the workshop. To participate in the online workshop, you will need a high speed internet connection and a computer with working speakers. You are encouraged to use at least a 1024x768 monitor screen resolution.


Introduction to IUPUI’s Presentation Maker

Friday, May 11| UL 1130 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m .
Register »   | Presenter: Debra Runshe | Organizer: Mark Alexander

Students can now use simple tools in Oncourse to create attractive, flexible showcase portfolios that take the form of personal academic/professional web sites. Combined with the capabilities of existing ePortfolio tools, the new Presentation Maker is likely to be appealing to students and faculty for many purposes. This session will feature a hands-on demonstration of the new environment and lessons from faculty colleagues who are piloting the new tool.

CTL Partner Events

Adobe Day   at IUPUI

April 19, 2012   | IUPUI Campus Center | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Organizer: UITS 

Join us as Adobe and Indiana University partner for the second annual Adobe Days at IU Bloomington (April 17) and IUPUI (April 19). IU Adobe Days will showcase Adobe creative tools, teaching and learning technologies, and more.



LGBT mini-grants available for Fall 2012 programming

Application »

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Faculty/Staff Council at IUPUI is awarding multiple mini-grants up to $500 for faculty, staff and students who wish to promote or enhance knowledge, tolerance, sensitivity and/or develop understanding of LGBT issues and/or the LGBT community through the development of co-curricular academic programming. 

Examples are, but not limited to, developing curriculum integrating LGBT topics, attending or hosting LGBT-focused event(s), purchasing LGBT-related film/media or books, paying LGBT-focused speaker honorariums/fees and supporting LGBT-focused research.

Deadline for Fall 2012 Programs is 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 20th. Award notifications by May 4th.

Please email questions or comments to


2012 Critical Thinking Symposium

May 7-8, 2012
Register »   | Organizer: Kate Thedwall

Please accept our invitation to the 2nd Annual IUPUI Gateway to Graduation Critical Thinking Symposium.  We are thrilled that Gerald Nosich, Ph.D., nationally known critical thinking expert, will be returning to IUPUI.  He is the author of Reasons and Arguments  (Wadsworth, 1982). His second book, Learning to Think Things Through: A Guide to Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum, has recently been released in its fourth edition (Pearson, 2011).  This book has been used extensively with high schools, community colleges and at colleges and universities globally.

Over 100 IUPUI faculty spent two days with Dr. Nosich in May, 2011.  His presentation was transformative to faculty who attended.  Since his visit, two faculty communities of practice have formed, many faculty have created interdisciplinary assignments in their Themed Learning Communities and Gateway (first-year) classes. Because his impact was so powerful, we are establishing this Critical Thinking symposium as a regional event with invitations going to all of the surrounding states.  Faculty from colleges, universities, high schools, professional units and business will be in attendance.  Please join us for this very important work. 

The two day event is free for IUPUI and IUPU Columbus faculty and these faculty may be eligible for a professional development stipend.

The registration fee for participants not employed by IUPUI or IUPU Columbus is $225. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and snack for the two days. The fee for this two day symposium is minimal in relation to the impact it will have on teaching at your school/ and your students’ learning outcomes.

To register or for more information click on the link below to register.  We look forward to your participation in this exciting work.

 For questions or more information contact Kate Thedwall, director, Gateway to Graduation Program at 317-278-6480 or

**Please note that if you attended the 2011 event you should register for day two. All new registrants should register for both days.**

Nanotechnology Discovery Summer Camp for High School Students

June 11-15, 2012 or June 25-29, 2012
Register »   | Organizer: Center for Research and Learning

The IUPUI Nanotechnology Discovery Academy (INDA) Summer Camp is a week-long day camp (June 11-15, 2012 or June 25-29, 2012) that provides a unique opportunity for high-school students entering their sophomore, junior, and senior years to explore the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology on the IUPUI campus. Nanotechnology concerns the control of matter in the nanometer scale: one nanometer is one billionth of a meter, or 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. This cutting-edge field is becoming an essential part of science, engineering, medicine, and many other disciplines. The camp fee ($295) covers all camp materials and supplies, and includes daily lunch and the cost of one IUPUI course credit. Need-based scholarships may be available; housing and transportation unavailable. APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 7, 2012

Participating high-school students will work with world-renowned faculty mentors to:
- Discover innovative technologies
- Gain hands-on laboratory experience
- Engage in research and learning activities
- Earn one college-credit hour

For questions, contact   or (317) 274-8880.

Nanotechnology Discovery Summer Camp for High School Teachers

July 16-20, 2012
Register »   | Organizer: Center for Research and Learning

The IUPUI Nanotechnology Discovery Academy (INDA) Summer Program is a week-long day workshop (July 16-20, 2012) that provides a unique opportunity for high-school teachers to explore the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology on the IUPUI campus and its impact on innovative STEM education. This cutting-edge field rapidly is becoming an essential part of science, engineering, medicine, and many other disciplines. APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 7, 2012

Participating teachers:

  • Will earn 45 Professional Growth Points (PGP)
  • Will also receive a stipend of $500 or earn one graduate-credit hour in Engineering and Technology

Participating teachers will work with faculty mentors to:

  • Gain hands-on laboratory experience
  • Discover innovative technologies
  • Learn about new frontiers of STEM
  • Engage in daily research and learning activities
For questions, contact   or (317) 274-8880

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