CTL Workshops

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

Global Learning at the Course Level

Friday, April 8  |  UL 1125M  | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): James Gregory  and Presenter(s): James Gregory, Leslie Bozeman

This workshop will equip faculty to define global learning outcomes for their courses and to incorporate into their courses global issues relevant to their disciplinary context. In addition, participants will draft plans for implementing and assessing global learning outcomes. The workshop will last two hours, and will be a joint offering between the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning and the IUPUI Office of International Affairs.

Teaching@IUPUI: Evidence-based Instructional Practices in STEM

Wednesday, April 13  | Online - Adobe Connect  | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): Anusha S Rao, Douglas Jerolimov

Evidence-based instructional practices are research-supported methods of teaching that foster high levels of student learning and retention in STEM fields. These active learning strategies are rooted in principles of how people learn and may be successfully adapted to different disciplines. This webinar will focus on two such evidence-based instructional practices, Peer Instruction and Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Using examples drawn from different disciplines, participants will be equipped to implement a Peer Instruction or PBL strategy for an assignment in a course of their own, and discuss techniques to assess student learning gains.

CN Chat

Thursday, April 14  | UL 1125M  | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): The CTL  and Presenter(s): 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 learning. User surveys show that CN Post enhances student learning experiences and outcomes in both face-to-face and online courses. These 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. Please register before April 12th.

Another CN Chat lunch discussion will be held on May 10, 2016. Please register by May 8, 2016.

Using Clickers in your Classroom

Friday, April 15  | UL 1125M  | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Douglas Jerolimov  and Presenter(s): Douglas Jerolimov, Kael Kanczuzewski

Clickers, or Student Response Systems (SRS), offer instructors the ability to pose questions to students during a lecture and for students to provide instructors with instant feedback on teaching. Student response systems have been used to increase engagement and active learning for students in lectures. SRS can also provide instructors with quantitative data about what students have learned.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to work with SRS software in combination with presentation software (like PowerPoint), to construct questions that maximize learning, and to employ clickers as part of innovative teaching strategies.

Canvas Information and 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:

Changes to Turnitin Canvas Integration

Canvas courses for Summer 2016 were made available Thursday, 4/7.  Along with the summer course availability comes a significant change with the Turnitin (IU’s originality checking and plagiarism prevention service) integration with Canvas. Turnitin and Canvas are discontinuing support for the existing Turnitin integration. 

A new external tool integration with Turnitin became available on Thursday, 4/7. The new Turnitin tool is a substantial upgrade in security over the previous version. However, there are some significant changes in the way assignments are set up and connected to the service. In particular, any assignment you import from Spring 2016 and earlier will need to be reconnected with the Turnitin service.

View the Canvas instructions here and the updated IU Knowledge Base article with an included video tutorial. If you have any questions, please contact the CTL.

Partner Opportunities

2016 FACET Retreat

The 2016 FACET Retreat, Discovering the Learner Within, will be held on Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22, 2016.  This event offers a variety of hands-on, traditional conference sessions.  Keynote speakers include: David Malik, James Wimbush, and Angela McNelis.  Registration: $125 per individual.  This fee includes materials, breakfast on Saturday, and lunch on Saturday.  To register visit:

Mosaic Active Learning Classrooms Tour

Friday, April 15  | UL 1125  | 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Tracey Birdwell  and Presenter(s): Tracey Birdwell, Julie Johnston, Mark Russell

Mosaic active learning classrooms enable a variety of instructional approaches that actively engage students during class.  The Mosaic Active Learning Classroom Tour will visit several of the most recently designed Mosaic classrooms on the IUPUI campus.  Participants will explore the features of each room and experience first-hand what it is like to learn in a space that supports active and collaborative approaches to teaching.

To find out more about the growing variety of learning spaces on the IUPUI campus, please visit:

Mosaic Faculty Fellows

The Mosaic Active Learning Initiative is Indiana University’s comprehensive set of services and strategies to support faculty and students using active learning spaces.

The Mosaic Faculty Fellows program gives instructors the support they need to transform their teaching and promote engaged student learning. The program has four goals:
     • Preparing faculty members to teach in active learning classrooms by introducing them to new instructional strategies and technologies
     • Building a community of faculty members who collaborate to advance their own teaching and to mentor colleagues exploring new pedagogies
     • Promoting evidence-based teaching by encouraging instructors to study the impacts of new spaces and instructional approaches on student learning
     • Creating faculty leaders who work together to guide the development of new learning spaces across the university

The program is a one-year commitment to transforming teaching and contributing to the development of learning spaces and related teaching practices at IUPUI. To learn more about the Mosaic Faculty Fellows program and its benefits, please visit:

Download an application for the 2016-2017 Mosaic Faculty Fellows program at IUPUI now. The application deadline is May 20, 2016.

If you have questions, please contact:

Recommended Reading

Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning (cPLTL)

Feder, E., Khan, I., Mazur, G., Vernon, T., Janke, T., Newbrough, J., Shuck, L., Zhu, L., & Varma-Nelson,P. (2016). Accessing collaborative online learning with mobile technology in Cyber Peer-Led Team LearningEDUCAUSE Review Online, 51(2).

Mauser, K., Sours, J., Banks, J. V., Newbrough, R., Janke, T., Shuck, L., Zhu, L., Ammerman, G., & Varma-Nelson, P. (2011). Cyber Peer-led Team Learning (cPLTL): Development and implementation, EDUCAUSE Review Online, 34.

Smith, J., Wilson, S.B., Banks, J., Zhu, L., & Varma-Nelson, P. (2014). Replicating Peer-led Team Learning in cyberspace: Research, opportunities, and challenges. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 51(6), 714-740.

McDaniel, J., Metcalf, S., Sours, J., Janke, T., Newbrough, J. R., Shuck, L., & Varma-Nelson, P. V. (2013). Supporting student collaboration in cyberspace: A cPLTL study of web conferencing platforms, EDUCAUSE Review Online.

Varma-Nelson, P., & Banks, J. V. (2013). PLTL: Tracking the trajectory from face-to-face to on-line environments. In T. Holme, M. Cooper, and P. Varma-Nelson (Eds.), Trajectories of chemistry education innovation and reform (pp. 95-110). Washington, DC: American Chemical Society.

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