CTL Workshops  

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

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.

Collaborative Learning

Friday, March 4 | UL 1125M | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 
Register » | Organizer: Anusha S. Rao and Presenters: James Gregory, Anusha S. Rao

Collaborative learning is associated with higher academic achievement and student engagement, in both face-to-face and online learning environments, and has been found to have a positive impact on a wide variety of students. In this session, participants will learn the basics of designing collaborative learning tasks, evaluating collaborative learning, and dealing with common problems associated with collaborative learning. Additionally, specific collaborative learning techniques appropriate for discussions, problem-solving, and writing will be discussed and modeled. Strategies for both online and face-to-face settings will be addressed.

Teaching@IUPUI: Creating a Syllabus

Thursday, March 10 | UL 1125M | 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Register » | Organizer: Terri Tarr and Presenters: James Gregory, Terri Tarr

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. By examining syllabi from various disciplines, this online mini-workshop will offer tips and considerations for effective syllabus design, show example syllabi, and include time for questions and discussion.

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:

E.C. Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching

E.C. Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching

Join faculty from across the state of Indiana in a discussion of teaching and learning at the 2016 E.C. Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching in the IUPUI Campus Center. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Randy Bass, Vice Provost for Education and Professor of English at Georgetown University. His talk is entitled "Liberal Education Re-Bound: Designing Learning in the Emerging Digital Ecosystem." This year's plenary speaker is Dr. Stephen Fox, Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing at IUPUI. His talk is entitled "Audiences, Purposes, and Projects: Making Writing Assignments Matter."  Visit for more information about the speaker, view the schedule, and register for a faculty-led workshop.

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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