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Tom Janke Leaving IUPUI 

Tom Janke, Assistant Director, IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), has announced he is leaving IUPUI to assume the role of Director of the Center for Academic Technology at Butler University. Tom’s last day with us will be Tuesday, January 19th

During his nearly fifteen-year tenure with the CTL Tom has proven himself an invaluable colleague in supporting instructional technology, including guiding faculty through their transition to both Oncourse and Canvas (non-trivial tasks, to be sure!)  In addition to these types of major technology initiatives, Tom has also consistently shared his leadership and knowledge on a wide variety of other projects, not just within the CTL but across all the teaching centers, UITS, and other campus-specific and university-wide groups. Tom has also served as a Co-PI on an NSF funded project to develop cyber Peer-Led Team Learning (cPLTL) -- a cyber adaptation of PLTL -- and has made several presentations at the local and national level on this topic.

His collegiality and great sense of humor will be missed. 

Please join us for a farewell open house in his honor at the CTL on Tuesday, January 19th from 3 - 5 p.m.  The CTL is located within the IUPUI University Library, room 1125. For more information please call (317) 274-1300.

CTL Workshops  

Note: Attendance at any CTL workshop or event will count towards professional development required for University College’s Gateway Teaching Academy.

Teaching@IUPUI Webinars Spring 2016

Teaching@IUPUI is an ongoing series of online mini-workshops focused on foundational teaching skills. Designed for new faculty, adjunct faculty, graduate students, and those looking for a refresher on good teaching practices, the workshops consist of brief presentations 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. Recordings of past Teaching@IUPUI webinars are available on the Center for Teaching and Learning website for you to access anytime.

Upcoming live sessions are listed below. Click on each webinar title for description and registration.

Lecturing with the Learner in Mind | Wednesday, January 20, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Slide Show Presentation Best Practices | Thursday, January 28, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Introduction to Classroom Assessment Techniques | Wednesday, February 10, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Teaching Metacognitive Skills | Wednesday, February 17, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Creating a Syllabus | Thursday, March 10, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Documenting Your Teaching | Thursday, March 31, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Evidence-based Instructional Practices in STEM | Wednesday, April 13, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Teaching@IUPUI: Lecturing with the Learner in Mind

Wednesday, January 20 | Online - Adobe Connect | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register » | Organizer: Terri Tarr and Presenters: James Gregory, Anusha S Rao 

Among the most basic forms of teaching practice, the effective lecture can still prove difficult to master. Composing and delivering lectures with student needs in mind, however, can help to increase student engagement and content retention. This online mini-workshop will offer ideas and considerations for creating lectures that help students achieve learning goals, with time for questions and discussion.

Writing a Teaching Statement (two dates)

Thursday, February 18 | Campus Center 409 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Register » | Organizer: Angela Briel and Presenter: Brian Coppola

Friday, February 19 | Campus Center 405 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Register » | Organizer: Angela Briel and Presenter: Brian Coppola

A teaching statement 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.

About the speaker:
Dr. Brian P. Coppola is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan. He currently serves as the department’s Associate Chair for Educational Development and Practice, and also as the Associate Director for the University of Michigan-Peking University Joint Institute, in Beijing, China. Dr. Coppola 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.

2016 TA Spring Colloquium on Teaching

Friday, February 19 | Campus Center 308 | 12:45 - 4 p.m.
Register » | Organizers: James Gregory and Anusha Rao and Presenters: James Gregory, Anusha Rao, Douglas Jerolimov, Brian Coppola

Reflecting on one’s teaching is an essential skill that graduate students should develop to improve their teaching and to prepare to write a teaching philosophy for an academic job search. This year’s Spring Colloquium on Teaching will begin with a structured reflection activity focused on attendees’ teaching experiences this past fall semester. This activity will be followed by an interactive discussion entitled “Graduate School is Not a Career... So What are You Doing to Prepare for One?” led by Brian Coppola, Professor of Chemistry and Associate Departmental Chair for Educational Development and Practice at the University of Michigan. Professor Coppola has helped graduate students professionalize for both academic and industry positions through the CSIE|UM and CALC|UM programs at the University of Michigan.

Canvas Information and Workshops 

New Canvas Interface
On December 28th Canvas updated with a new user interface, offering a more modern design and improved navigation.  The new interface maximizes screen space, which is especially helpful on mobile devices. Learn more at

View complete listing of Canvas Workshops

Learn how to use Canvas, IU's new Learning Management System, at your own pace or in a guided tutorial. The Center for Teaching and Learning, along with IT Training, offers a wide variety of workshops and webinars to help faculty set up Canvas sites for summer and fall semesters.  

Upcoming workshops:

Oncourse to Canvas Migration Support

If you have been teaching in Oncourse and are ready to make the move to Canvas, here are some resources you may find helpful:

CEG Proposals Due Soon

2016 Curriculum Enhancement Grant Proposals Due January 29

The Curriculum Enhancement Grant (CEG) initiative provides faculty with technical and instructional support, time, and funds to implement projects to improve student learning and success at IUPUI and IUPU Columbus. In addition, the grants enable faculty competitiveness for external educational or curricular improvement grants and increase faculty involvement in pursuing the scholarship of teaching and learning. Individual faculty members can apply for up to $5,000. Teams of two or more faculty working on two or more courses can apply for a maximum of $10,000 per proposal. Teams of three or more faculty working on three or more courses can apply for a maximum of $15,000 per proposal. The grants are open to IUPUI and IUPU Columbus full-time faculty. See the 2016 Curriculum Enhancement Grant (CEG) Request for Proposals for more information. The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, January 29, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

EC Moore Keynote Speaker Announced

Georgetown's Randy Bass to Keynote March Symposium

The E.C. Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching brings the Indiana higher education community together to explore the tools and techniques that encourage student learning. The symposium offers an opportunity to discuss current trends and issues in teaching and seeks to foster collaboration across disciplinary and institutional lines. This year’s symposium will feature a plenary talk by Dr. Stephen Fox of IUPUI entitled Audiences, Purposes, and Projects: Making Writing Assignments Matter; Dr. Randy Bass of Georgetown University will deliver the keynote: Liberal Education Re-Bound: Designing Learning in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem.

Registration for the symposium is now open.

Partner Opportunities

"I Would Like a Dash of Equity and a Pinch of Diversity with My Science Please": A Critique of the Next Generation Science Standards

Friday, January 22 | University Library Lilly Auditorium | 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Register » | Organizers: James Gregory and Anusha Rao and Presenters: James Gregory, Anusha Rao, Douglas Jerolimov, Brian Coppola

On January 22nd, Dr. Alberto J. Rodriguez, Mary Endres Chair in Elementary Teacher Education at Purdue University, will visit IUPUI to give a keynote address. His talk offers a critique of the Next Generation Science Standards, focusing specifically on the lack of voice and representation from marginalized populations (e.g. teachers, students, and minoritized groups) in this current wave of science education reform. Dr. Rodriguez has been a central voice, pushing for equity in science education reform efforts with his critique of the National Science Education Standards in 1997 and his most recent published critique of the Next Generation Science Standards in 2015.


This event is jointly sponsored by the (ES)2 Research Program, the STEM Education Research Institute (SERI), and Benjamin Banneker Association.


ePortfolio for Instructors: Taskstream (Webinar)

Thursday, January 28 | Online - Adobe Connect | 1 - 2 p.m.
Webinar Access » | Organizer: IT Training and Presenter: Lynn Ward

Taskstream Learning Achievement Tools (LAT) is a cloud-based electronic portfolio platform that can be used for many purposes, including learning outcomes assessment (assessment portfolios), self-representation (e.g., showcase portfolios, career portfolios), and promoting deep learning and metacognition (e.g., learning portfolios, developmental portfolios). In this session, you’ll learn about the core features of the Taskstream LAT platform and how they can be used to engage students in meaningful portfolio work.

What you'll learn:

  • How to create a Taskstream account
  • How you and your students can create presentation portfolios and web sites
  • How you or your department can use the directed response folio (DRF) to facilitate learning and assessment
  • How Taskstream can be integrated with the Canvas LMS

RISE Course Development and ePortfolio Grants

Rise Course Development Grants

Interim Executive Vice Chancellor Kathy Johnson is committed to increasing course offerings that respond to the RISE to the IUPUI Challenge. Faculty are encouraged to apply for a $2,500 grant for professional development or summer support to develop a new course or to redesign an existing course in line with RISE criteria. An initial amount of $2,000 will be disbursed at the beginning of the grant period, and the remaining $500 will be disbursed upon submission of the final report. The RISE Curriculum Development Grant Request for Proposals is available here.

RISE ePortfolio Grants

The RISE Program and the ePortfolio Initiative are pleased to announce a new collaboration that will offer two grants of up to $5,000 to support the development of RISE courses that include a reflective electronic portfolio or electronic Personal Development Plan (ePDP). RISE experiences and ePortfolios are a natural partnership:  the RISE to the IUPUI Challenge initiative aims to engage students more deeply in their learning and to contribute to their intellectual and professional development; ePortfolios, including ePDPs, have similar aims. Experience at both IUPUI and other campuses has shown that, when carefully incorporated into such high-impact educational practices as those embodied in RISE, reflective electronic portfolios can be an effective strategy for enhancing student learning and engagement, as well as for documenting, assessing, and improving the effectiveness of the high-impact practice. The RISE ePortfolio Grant Request for Proposals is available here.

More information about both RISE grants is available on the IUPUI RISE Program web site.

Recommended Reading

Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class

Lang, J. (2016, January 11). Small changes in teaching: The first 5 minutes of class. Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from 

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