CIRTL at IUPUI: New Program for Graduate Students and Postdocs

IUPUI and Indiana University, Bloomington have recently joined the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a network of 46 universities dedicated to the advancement of undergraduate education in STEM and other disciplines through the professional development of future faculty. CIRTL at IUPUI is now open to all IUPUI graduate students and postdocs interested in engaging in the discussion and development of reflective and evidence-based teaching approaches that leverage student diversity and shared learning experiences. Starting in October 2016, participants can earn CIRTL Associate, CIRTL Practitioner, and CIRTL Scholar certifications through a free, self-paced badging program in Canvas. Students can use these badges on their CVs and in online career networking tools to showcase for prospective employers their CIRTL accomplishments. Jointly led by the IUPUI Graduate Office, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, CIRTL at IUPUI invites graduate students and postdocs to take advantage of a wide variety of local CIRTL programming and cross-network online programming. Sign-up for the CIRTL at IUPUI mailing list to receive updates about the local and cross-network CIRTL programming!

Mosaic Active Learning Initiative - IUPUI Luncheon

Mosaic Active Learning Initiative - IUPUI Luncheon

Friday, September 9  | Hine Hall Ballroom  | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Tracey Birdwell  and Presenter(s): J.D. Walker, Christina Petersen

Mosaic is Indiana University's active learning initiative. Join other colleagues on September 9 to help launch Mosaic on the IUPUI campus.

IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor Kathy E. Johnson and Associate Vice President for Learning Technologies Anastasia (Stacy) Morrone will talk about the Mosaic Initiative and introduce the IUPUI Mosaic Faculty Fellows.

The luncheon will also feature J.D. Walker  and Christina Petersen from the University of Minnesota. They are leading researchers on active learning spaces and the pedagogical practices that support active learning. 

The Mosaic Initiative luncheon is sponsored by UITS, the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET).

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: Introduction to Classroom Assessment Techniques

Thursday, September 1  | Online - Adobe Connect  | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): Anusha S. Rao, Terri Tarr

Formative assessment is used as a check on learning, and is administered periodically throughout the learning experience. Classroom assessment techniques (C.A.T.s) are low-stakes, non-graded formative assessments for students and instructors. They provide faculty with feedback on what, how much, and how well their students are learning. Instructors can use this feedback to modify their teaching to improve student learning. Students can use it to learn more effectively. In this introductory-level session, participants will learn how to implement the “minute paper,” “muddiest point,” “think-pair-share,” and other quick ways to assess and enhance learning. Questions and discussion will be encouraged.

Teaching@IUPUI: Lecturing with the Learner in Mind

Thursday, September 8  | Online - Adobe Connect  | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): 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.

Teaching@IUPUI: Creating Rubrics That Work

Thursday, September 15  | Online - Adobe Connect  | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): James Gregory, Douglas Jerolimov

Using rubrics increases grading transparency, consistency, and efficiency while encouraging students to link assignments to learning objectives and become more critical assessors of their own work. However, many faculty feel that creating a rubric and using it effectively requires time and effort that they cannot spare. In this online mini-workshop, participants will learn some basic principles for quickly creating effective rubrics that will make assessing student work faster, more consistent, and more rewarding. Questions and discussion will be encouraged.

Teaching@IUPUI: Teaching Metacognitive Skills

Wednesday, September 21  | Online Adobe Connect  | 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): Anusha S Rao, Terri Tarr

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.

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:

Partner Opportunities

Gateway Faculty Fall Retreat

Friday, September 9  | Kelly Executive Meeting Room 132, Hine Hall  | 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Kate Thedwall

Gateway faculty will gather for a fall retreat on Friday, September 9th at 8:30 a.m. in Hine Hall, the Kelley Management Suite. They will celebrate "Gateway Works," in grand style. Gateway faculty will hear about the general education assessment program, as well as learn about "Backward Design." Each attendee will receive a copy of: Understanding by Design, by Grant J. Wiggins and Jay McTighe.

Additionally, everyone will hear from Gateway faculty doing great things in Technology, Intercultural Learning, and Academic Integrity.

Of course, there will be surprises!

Get Published and Write Winning Proposals

Get Published, Write Winning Proposals and Produce Effective Presentations: A Workshop Series for International Faculty and Scholars

Organized by Internationally Renowned Applied Linguist Dr. Ulla Connor

Workshops include:

  • Academic Writing for Publication in English (September 16, 2016, 9 am – 4 pm & January 27, 2017, 9 am – 4 pm)
  • Scientific Grant Proposal Writing (September 30, 2016, 9 am – 4 pm & February 17, 2017, 9 am – 4 pm)
  • Communication Skills for Oral Presentations (October 21, 2016, 9 am – 4 pm & March 10, 2017, 9 am – 4 pm)

Workshop Descriptions:

All of the workshops are designed to assist international faculty, researchers and graduate students to improve their oral, written and intercultural communication strategies and to provide engaging, hands-on learning activities. For registration dates and more information, please visit For questions, feel free to contact Ulla Connor at 317-278-2441 or by email at Register early, space is limited.

Presented by:
International Center for Intercultural Communication (ICIC)

Sponsored by:
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
The Center for Teaching and Learning
The Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI)

Call for Proposals for the IU Online Conference

The Office of Online Education, in collaboration with the Office of Collaborative Programs and eLearning Design and Services, is hosting an inaugural statewide IU Online Conference, November 11, 2016 on the IUPUI campus.  

In preparation for the conference, the Office of Online Education is seeking proposals from IU faculty and staff from across the state who are innovators and collaborators in the online space. These proposals will focus on supporting IU's mission of delivering high-quality, highly engaging, online courses and programs to IU students around the globe.

The Office of Online Education will consider proposals for 45-minute presentations that address empirical research, showcase best practices, and/or describe lessons learned related to online courses or programs. Proposals are due Sunday, September 25, 2016 by 11:59 p.m. For additional information, or to submit a proposal, visit the conference proposal page at

Mack Fellows Call for Applications

The Mack Fellows’ work is at the very core of the mission of Indiana University’s Mack Center for Inquiry on Teaching and Learning. Each year a group of fellows is selected from the full-time faculty (tenured, holding tenurable appointments, Lecturers, Librarians with Faculty rank) of IU campuses to advance the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).  

Each applicant must propose an ambitious yet attainable SoTL research project that is innovative, well grounded in the emerging body of knowledge about SoTL, and has a projected important effect on the home campus, IU, SoTL and/or on scholarly teaching across the academy.  Applications are due by October 1, 2016. For additional information, visit:

Recommended Reading

It's Time To Ditch Our Deadlines

Boucher, E. (2016, August 22)  It’s time to ditch our deadlines, The Chonicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from

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