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: Teaching Metacognitive Skills

Wednesday, February 17 | Online - Adobe Connect | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register » | Organizer: Terri Tarr and Presenters: Terri Tarr, Anusha S Rao

Metacognition refers to how learners think about and monitor their own knowledge, a process which has been shown to improve students’ learning. 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 instructor modeling of reflection, student self-reflection, visual organizers, formative assessments, and more.

Writing a Teaching Statement

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

Thursday, February 18 | Campus Center 409 | 2 - 5 p.m.
Register » | Organizer: Pratibha Varma-Nelson and Presenter: Brian Coppola

Friday, February 19 | Campus Center 405 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Register » | Organizer: Pratibha Varma-Nelson 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.

Spring 2016 Graduate Student 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 Graduate Student 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.

Graduate School is not a career... so what are you doing to prepare for one?

Friday, February 19 | Campus Center 308 | 3 - 4:15 p.m.
Register » | Organizer: Pratibha Varma-Nelson and Presenter: Brian Coppola

This event is part of the 2016 Spring Colloquium on Teaching but open to all.

The department of chemistry at the University of Michigan has developed two programs aimed at improving the career professional development experience of graduate students and postdocs. The CSIE|UM and CALC|UM programs target future faculty and future industry/private/public sector employment, respectively. Both programs provide a combination of project-based work in addition to seminar/workshop types of activities.

Planning and Implementing Formative Assessments

Friday, February 26 | UL 1125M | 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Register » | Organizer: Terri Tarr and Presenters: Terri Tarr, Anusha S Rao

Planning in-class or online activities to monitor students’ learning to provide formative feedback and improve one’s teaching is an important aspect of sound course design and delivery. Classroom assessment techniques (C.A.Ts) are examples of such activities which can be incorporated at various points during a course. This workshop will begin with a brief overview of different types of C.A.Ts, including examples from various disciplines. Next, participants will work through a guided activity to identify and adapt C.A.Ts appropriate to their course topics and schedule. Finally, participants will complete the planning section of a C.A.Ts course plan designed to help document the impact of C.A.Ts on their students’ learning and their own teaching practices. This will be a hands-on workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring their course syllabus, textbook, and laptop to fully participate in the activities.

CN Chat Luncheon

Thursday, March 3 | UL 1125M | 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Register » | Organizer: The CTL and Presenters: Ali Jafari, Mengyuan Zhao

Join this lunch discussion to explore the innovative use of CN Post, included in all IU Canvas courses ( As a complement to Canvas tools, the CN Post can be used to effectively engage students through social, global, and informal leaning. User surveys show that CN Post enhances student learning experiences and outcomes in both face-to-face and online courses. This is the first session offered in the series; monthly luncheon sessions will introduce innovative tips for using the CN Post and open up opportunities for informal discussions between CN Post users and newcomers interested in learning its pedagogical application. All teaching faculty are invited to join. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP before Feb. 29th.

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:

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.

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Understanding Public Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure

Thursday, February 25 | Hine Hall 206 | 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Register » | Organizer: Verna McDowell and Presenter: Mary Price, David Scobey, Scott Peters

Public scholarship and community-engaged research are strategies for faculty work on engaged campuses. Our own campus guidelines now include "public scholar" and "public scholarship." But what do these terms mean for faculty as well as for members of promotion and tenure committees? How does one best document and evaluate the quality and impact of public scholarship? Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA) is one of several national associations that have focused attention on public scholarship, including making recommendations for criteria and evidence of quality in public scholarship--particularly in the humanities, arts, design fields, and social sciences.

Join Drs. Scobey and Peters in a conversation regarding the results of national work coordinated by Imagining America that describes a continuum of public-engaged practice and scholarly products. This session will include case study examples from other campuses to illuminate discussion and will feature local work undertaken this year by the IUPUI Public Scholarship Faculty Learning Community (FLC). To learn more about the FLC, visit: IUPUI FLC

Audiences: Junior faculty with an interest in doing publicly-engaged work, members of promotion and tenure committees, faculty administrators, and graduate students.

Recommended Reading

The teaching demonstration: What faculty expect and how to prepare for this aspect of the job interview

Smith, M. K., Wenderoth, M. P., & Tyler, M. (2013). The teaching demonstration: What faculty expect and how to prepare for this aspect of the job interview. CBE Life Sciences Education12(1), 12–18.

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