Canvas: IU's New Learning Management System

Opportunities to Learn Canvas

The Center for Teaching and Learning is ready to help IUPUI faculty learn Canvas. To learn more about Canvas at IU, visit There are ample Canvas resources currently available to faculty and more will be offered, soon.  See the list below for current offerings. Canvas consultations can be scheduled by contacting the Center for Teaching and Learning at 317-274-1300 or by emailing

Canvas Training Resources:

Save the Date! May 2

Distilling Your Message: Communicating Scientific Research to All

Friday, May 2, 2014 | Emerson Hall 304 | 8 - 9:30 a.m.
Register» | Organizer: Terri Tarr and IUSM OFAPD Presenters: Faculty from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University

Award-winning actor Alan Alda once said, "Communication is not something you add on to science, it is the essence of science."

In this interactive lecture, faculty members from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University will provide the tools necessary to translate your scientific reasearch for any audience.

Participants will practice finding common ground with an audience, speaking at different levels of complexity for different audiences, and answering questions about their work. 

Small Group Sessions

In addition to the lecture at 9am, experts from the Center will provide small group consultation sessions at 9:45am,12:30pm, and 2:45pm.

Space is limited!

Attendance at the morning plenary is a prerequisite to participate in one of the small-group sessions.  If you are interested in participating in a small group session, you must register both for this lecture and for your chosen small group session.

This event is open to all faculty, postdocs, fellows, and learners throughout the IUSM and IUPUI community.


Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | University Library 1126 | 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Register» | Organizer: Terri Tarr and Presenters: James Gregory, Lauren Easterling

A statement of teaching philosophy is a brief narrative describing values, goals, and beliefs regarding both teaching and learning. It may be required as part of a job application, a promotion and tenure dossier, a teaching award nomination, or even for a course website. This workshop will address ways to document and reflect on one’s teaching as well as provide strategies for drafting and revising a teaching philosophy statement. This will be an active participation workshop; each participant should bring a copy of his or her current statement for discussion and review. If any participants don’t have a statement, the presenters will help them get started. The workshop will officially last 1.5 hours, but the presenters will be available for half an hour afterward to discuss further questions.

Teaching@IUPUI: Creating a Syllabus

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | Online - Adobe Connect Meeting Room | 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Register» | Organizer: Terri Tarr and Presenter: James Gregory

A syllabus is often the first impression that students form of a course, and it serves both faculty and student as a guide to and contract for the semester. A well designed and personalized syllabus can help faculty set the proper tone while simultaneously helping them avoid having to repeatedly answer basic student questions about expectations, policies, and deadlines. This online mini-workshop will offer tips and considerations for effective syllabus design, with time for questions and discussion at the end.

This webinar is part of the Center for Teaching and Learning’s online mini-workshop series focused on foundational teaching skills, Teaching@IUPUI. Designed for new faculty, adjunct faculty, graduate students, and those looking for a refresher on good teaching practices, the workshops are short, with a brief presentation interspersed with opportunities for interaction and questions. Grounded in current research, the workshops address various teaching topics and provide participants with strategies and resources to make instruction more effective, efficient, and enjoyable. Sessions are scheduled with the time of semester in mind, to keep topics relevant for faculty needs at that time.

Quality Matters - Applying the QM Rubric

Friday, April 25, 2014 | Campus Center Room 306 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Register» | Organizer and Presenter: Lauren Easterling

Indiana University has subscribed to Quality Matters (QM) as a tool and process for the design, development, and ongoing review of online courses, especially those that are part of the IU Online initiative. The Applying the QM Workshop is QM's flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses. It is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors who wish to understand more about the QM Rubric and process of course review.

This workshop will introduce faculty and staff to the QM Rubric and Process, sharing best practices for online course design. The QM Rubric is a research-based set of standards that can be used during the course design process. The QM Process is a peer review process that eventually will review many IU Online courses, with the goal of achieving QM Recognition for mature online courses in the near future. Also, the APPQMR is the pre-requisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer.

This workshop will be offered at IUPUI face-to-face from 9am until 4pm, with occasional breaks. Participants will have one hour for lunch, and are free to bring their own lunch or take advantage of the many options in the IUPUI Campus Center. To receive the QM certificate of completion for this workshop, participants must be present for and participate in the entire workshop.

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Gateway to Graduation Third Annual Critical Thinking Symposium: Putting Critical Thinking into Practice

Monday, May 12, 2014 | Campus Center Room 450C | 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Register» | Organizer: Gateway to Graduation Program and Presenter: Stephen Brookfield, Distinguished University Professor of the University of St Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Students report that learning to think critically is something that happens incrementally as they are exposed to ever more inconvenient information, contradictory data, and difficult questions.  This process begins simply and non-threateningly by focusing on ideas and information that is far removed from students' own experiences, but then gradually shifts the focus to their own ideas. 

In this all day event participants will start by learning about some of the teaching approaches and activities that students across the disciplines say help them to think more critically.  We will go through a series of exercises, from very simple scenario analyses to quite complex critical conversation protocols, that replicate in one day the journey that students take over a semester to put their own reasoning under close scrutiny.    

About the speaker: Currently a Distinguished University Professor of the University of St Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Stephen Brookfield has written and edited fifteen books on adult learning, teaching, leadership, critical theory, and critical thinking, five of which have won the World Award for Literature in Adult Education  (in 1986, 1989, 1996, 2005 and 2011). He has also authored over 100 chapters in edited books, published over 70 articles in refereed journals, and delivered over 40 papers that were published in juried conference proceedings.

Seminar with Dr. Stephen Brookfield is free for all IUPUI faculty and $125 for non-IUPUI faculty.

If you are a non-IUPUI faculty, click here to pay the registration fee. Don't forget to register at the link below also.  Click here to register.  To get a discounted rate on lodging click here for the Gateway to Graduation Group discount!

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