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: Drafting a Teaching Philosophy

Wednesday, June 22  | Online - Adobe Connect  | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): James Gregory, Richard Turner

A teaching philosophy presents a faculty member’s reflection on the experiences and beliefs that shape his or her teaching and learning strategies. Often used as part of a job application, a promotion and tenure dossier, a teaching award nomination, or course syllabi, a teaching philosophy captures and documents a teacher’s values and aspirations in teaching. This webinar will review one model for structuring a teaching philosophy and will also examine some example philosophies. Webinar participants will take the first steps in articulating their teaching philosophy; those who have already begun to craft a philosophy will have an opportunity to continue that work.

Teaching@IUPUI: Documenting Your Teaching

Wednesday, June 29  | Online - Adobe Connect  | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): Douglas Jerolimov, Richard Turner

This session introduces faculty and graduate students to best practices of documenting one’s teaching. Participants will examine different approaches to capture evidence of teaching and learning, and to make the case for teaching achievements. Participants will consider how to shape their evolution as teachers through the use of student course evaluations, peer reviews of teaching, and other means of measuring student learning.

Teaching@IUPUI: Designing Assignments

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

Creating assignments that align with and allow for the accurate assessment of learning objectives requires careful planning. Such planning can help improve student understanding of your expectations, student achievement of your learning objectives, and can also set the stage for a smoother assessment process. This webinar will review methods for designing or refining assignments to target specific objectives, for communicating critical assignment components to students, and for scaffolding assignments to help students achieve intended learning outcomes.

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.

In the News

FACET Welcomes 11 New Members

FACET, an Indiana University Presidential initiative, is designed both to recognize and enhance outstanding teaching throughout IU, and to promote continued development of teaching excellence among colleagues at IU and beyond.  Eleven faculty members, from IU campuses across the state, were selected to the FACET Class of 2016. The new members join a group of over 600 IU faculty members chosen since FACET’s inception in 1989. We would like to congratulate Rhonda Garrett Schwindt, School of Nursing, IUPUI, and the other honorees.  Click here to read more.  

Partner Opportunities

Communicating Science Series

Back by popular demand! This three-session series is designed to train participants to communicate complex scientific topics more effectively to non-experts like patients, learners, lawmakers, and funders. This program is free and open to all IUSM and IUPUI faculty and graduate students.

All participants are asked to commit to the entire three workshop series, as each session builds upon the previous. Please note, if you register for this event, you will be registered for all three sessions.  The workshop series includes: Connecting with your Audience, Distilling your Message, Media Training for Scientists and Physicians.

This event is sponsored by the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.  The Communicating Science program is part of IU's affiliation with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, in partnership with the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning and the IUPUI School of Science. 

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at (317) 278-3089 or email at

Click here to register.

Teaching Awards & Faculty Honors

Teaching Awards & Faculty Honors nominations are due by Friday, October 14, 2016 for Distinguished Professorships, Distinguished Teaching Awards, Associate Instructor Awards, the Ehrlich, Pinnell, Ryan Awards, and the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Technology.  Nominations and supporting documentation must be submitted electronically.  Recipients will be honored in the spring of 2017.  For questions, email or call (812) 855-3761.  Click here to submit a nomination.

Recommended Reading

How to Read a Student Evaluation

Perlmutter, D. D. (October 30, 2011). How to read a student evaluation. The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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