CTL Lecture Series: Leah Jamieson

Engineering Education Research: The Growth of a Discipline

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | Campus Center Theater | 4:30 - 7 p.m. 
Register»  | Organizers: Pratibha Varma-Nelson and Angela Briel | Presenter: Leah Jamieson

Engineering education research is emerging as an identifiable discipline, with engineering education departments, programs, and centers of excellence and a growing community of engineering education researchers around the globe. It is bringing together decades, and even centuries, of experience in teaching engineering with more recent learning from education and social-behavioral sciences research to delve into critical questions such as:
•    Who studies engineering and why?
•    What are engineering ways of thinking, knowing, and doing?
•    How do students of all ages learn engineering?
•    How do we assess engineering education practice and learning?
•    How do engineering education systems evolve?
•    How do we connect engineering education research with engineering education practice?

A reception will be held outside the theater from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. The lecture will start immediately after.

This talk will explore the engineering education research agenda that grew out of the National Engineering Education Research Colloquies sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation in 2006.  The talk will also look at the university and the professional infrastructure that go into the creation, growth, and recognition of a new field, and will summarize the opportunities and challenges for engineering education from a survey of engineering faculty committees, department chairs, and deans in the United States.

About the speaker:
Leah Jamieson is the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering at Purdue University, Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and holds a courtesy appointment in Purdue’s School of Engineering Education. She served as the 2007 President and CEO of the IEEE, electrical and computer engineering’s 400,000-member global professional society.  She is co-founder and past director of the EPICS – Engineering Projects in Community Service Program.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI.

CTL Workshops 

Canvas: Assignments and Grading

Thursday, April 1, 2015 | Online - Adobe Connect | 12 - 12:50 p.m. 
Register»  | Organizer: Tom Janke | Presenters: Cordah Pearce

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | Online - Adobe Connect | 11 - 11:50 a.m.
Register»  | Organizer: Tom Janke | Presenters: Cordah Pearce

Friday, May 15, 2015 | Online - Adobe Connect | 12 - 12:50 p.m.
Register»  | Organizer: Tom Janke | Presenters: Cordah Pearce

In this webinar, Cordah Robinson will demonstrate how the Assignments tool and Grades tool present graded activities to students and how instructors can use these tools to record grades and communicate with students about their competency and progress.

Introduction to Taskstream, IU’s New ePortfolio Platform

Thursday, April 2, 2015 | Online - Adobe Connect | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Register»  | Organizer: Amy Powell | Presenters: Lynn Ward, Susan Kahn, Mark Alexander

This session will offer a brief introduction to electronic portfolios and then focus on Taskstream, IU’s new ePortfolio platform. Presenters will highlight capabilities and features of both the Directed Response Folio (Taskstream’s guided assessment ePortfolio) and the WebFolio (Taskstream’s presentation portfolio) and show how they intersect with Canvas, IU’s new learning management system. This introductory webinar will help instructors and programs decide whether ePortfolios would help to strengthen teaching and learning in their context and identify which training workshop(s) would be appropriate next steps in getting started with Taskstream.

Teaching Metacognitive Skills

Thursday, April 2, 2015 | UL 1126 | 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Register»  | Organizer: Terri Tarr | Presenters: Anusha S Rao, Terri Tarr

Metacognition refers to how learners think about and monitor their own knowledge, a process which has been shown to improve students’ learning and increase transfer of knowledge. Metacognitive skills involve assessing the demands of a task, evaluating one’s own knowledge and skills, planning an approach, monitoring one’s progress, and adjusting strategies as needed to complete the task. Participants will learn how to blend metacognitive skill instruction with content instruction by using strategies such as student self-reflection, instructor modeling of reflection, reciprocal teaching, visual organizers, formative assessments, and more.

Canvas: Communication Strategies

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | Online - Adobe Connect | 12 - 12:50 p.m.
Register»  | Organizer: Tom Janke | Presenters: Madeleine Gonin

Thursday, May 7, 2015 | Online - Adobe Connect | 2 - 2:50 p.m.
Register»  | Organizer: Tom Janke | Presenters: Madeleine Gonin

Canvas offers instructors many ways to communicate with their students. In this webinar, Madeleine Gonin from the CITL and Kim Murday of IT Training will discuss best practices for using the following tools: the inbox, announcements, chat, discussions, and notifications. Participants will then be able to determine which communication options best meet their needs.

Prerequisites: A basic understanding of Canvas is required. Participants should have attended a First Look workshop, read the Instructor Quickstart guide, and/or watched the instructor videos available at

Canvas: Quizzes and Tests: Level I

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | Online - Adobe Connect | 12 - 12:50 p.m.
Register»  | Organizer: Tom Janke | Presenters: Cordah Pearce

In this webinar taught by CITL consultant Cordah Robinson and Kim Murday of IT Training, participants will learn about the basics of using the Quizzes tool, including how to create a quiz, specify settings, and add individual questions. Participants will also learn how to use Question Groups to organize and randomize questions, as well as the range of response options for quizzes.

Introducing the Taskstream Directed Response Folio

Friday, April 17, 2015 | UL 1125M | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Register»  | Organizer: Amy Powell | Presenter: Lynn Ward

The Directed Response Folio, or DRF, is the segment of Taskstream’s ePortfolio most similar in function to the assessment capabilities of the Oncourse ePortfolio. The DRF can be organized according to programs, standards, or course sequences; enables construction and use of rubrics for feedback and grading; and provides extensive analytics and reports.

Equally important for many IUPUI ePortfolio projects, the DRF supports student learning and development through feedback from peers and external commenters. Students can also submit their WebFolios as assignments within the DRF framework, allowing programs to capture developmental progress by saving work at designated stages. Come learn more about decisions you’ll need to consider in creating a Directed Response Folio. This workshop assumes some experience with or basic understanding of ePortfolios. Experience with the Matrix tool in the Oncourse ePortfolio may be helpful.

Introducing the Taskstream WebFolio

Friday, April 17, 2015 | UL 1125M | 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Register»  | Organizer: Amy Powell | Presenters: Mark Alexander, Amy Powell

Feedback from early IUPUI experiments with WebFolio, the presentation tool in Taskstream, is very positive. This hands-on introductory workshop offers you the chance to step through the process of creating your own WebFolio with guidance in personalizing the design templates; adding text, photos, links, media files and other content; adding and rearranging pages and tabs; and saving and publishing your ePortfolio. The workshop will include a brief overview of all of Taskstream’s capabilities and ways in which the WebFolio can work with or exist independently of the Directed Response Folio. Bring your laptop and some favorite photos, videos, links, and/or papers so you’ll have material at hand as you create your WebFolio.

First Look at Canvas Webinar - IT Training

Thursday, April 30, 2015 | Online - Adobe Connect | 3 - 3:50 p.m.
Register»  | Organizer: Tom Janke | Presenter: Kimmaree Murday, M Leach

Friday, May 8, 2015 | Online - Adobe Connect | 12 - 12:50 p.m.
Register»  | Organizer: Tom Janke | Presenter: Kimmaree Murday, Lauren Easterling

In this webinar, jointly offered by CTL and IT Training, we will explore and discuss the structure of Canvas, IU’s new learning management system. The presentation will give instructors an understanding of the interactivity of Canvas tools and how that influences how courses are set up. Participants will learn about the following Canvas tools: Home, Calendar, Syllabus, Assignments, and Settings. 

Partner Opportunities

VoiceThread Workshops

Interested in VoiceThread? Find out more about the totally web-based application that allows you to place collections of media like images, videos, documents, and presentations at the center of an asynchronous conversation. A VoiceThread allows people to have conversations and to make comments using any mix of text, a microphone, a web cam, a telephone, or uploaded audio file.

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Dr. Greg Lindsey to Keynote at Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase and Symposium

IUPUI celebrates another successful year of campus and community engagement at the 11th Annual Robert G. Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase and Symposium, with various activities from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM, on Tuesday, April 14, at the IUPUI Campus Center-Lower Level Auditorium.

This year's theme is Strengthening Partnerships to Enhance Quality of Life in Indianapolis. The event begins with a keynote “Counting for Your Community: University-Community Partnerships to Advance the Common Good” by Dr. Greg Lindsey, former Associate Dean of IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Professor, University of Minnesota. In this keynote, Dr. Lindsey will reflect on the distinctive contributions university-community partnerships can make to the common good, and the characteristics of sustainable, effective partnerships. 

Community partners and the campus community are welcomed to attend this free event. For planning purposes, we request RSVP by Tuesday, April 7th. For more information or questions, please contact Mansi R. Singh, Communication Specialist, at

IUPUI Research Day

The IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research invites you to IUPUI Research Day 2015. This open house celebrates the cutting-edge and multifaceted research and scholarly activities of IUPUI.

Research Day provides an opportunity for the IUPUI faculty, staff, and students, their academic, industrial, and governmental partners, and the broader community, to come together and learn more about the research enterprise at IUPUI, to explore new collaborations, and to lay the foundation for new partnerships.

To register or for more information:

Center for Service and Learning Grants and Scholarships

CSL Dissemination Grants
Application Deadline: Through April 2015 or until funding is exhausted. 

About: The Center for Service and Learning has designated funds for small dissemination grants between $500 and $750. These grants are available to support faculty and instructional staff in disseminating work associated with civic and community engagement in higher education, particularly work that builds the knowledge base related to service learning pedagogy, community-university partnerships and community-based participatory research/collaborative inquiry.

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Recommended Readings

In Defense of a Liberal Education

1. Zakaria, Fareed (2015). In defense of a Liberal Education. New York, New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.  More information  »  

2. Zakaria, F. (2015, March 26). Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous. The Washington Post. Retrieved from

This is not an article against STEM education but it is making an argument in favor of a liberal education.

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