CIRTL at IUPUI: New Program for Graduate Students and Postdocs

IUPUI and IU 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!

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: 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. - 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.

Teaching@IUPUI: Best Practices for Slide Show Presentations

Thursday, September 29  | Online - Adobe Connect  | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): Douglas Jerolimov, Randy Newbrough

Slide show presentations such as ones prepared in PowerPoint are ubiquitous but not always supportive of learning. In this session, participants will discover evidence-supported slide show presentation techniques that will encourage learning and promote engagement. To make the most of this session, participants should have proficiency with PowerPoint, Keynote or similar slide show authoring tools.

Reflecting on Your Teaching in a Scholarly Way

Friday, September 30  | UL 0110  | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): Lisa Contino, Laura Romito

Critical reflection on teaching and learning is a process that can lead to many positive outcomes for both novice and experienced educators. It is a way to improve our teaching practices by questioning assumptions, observing our practices, acting upon our observations, and evaluating the consequences of our actions. Engaging in critical reflection can also serve as a catalyst for the design of scholarly activities that contribute to the academic community and strengthen the dossiers of faculty seeking promotion and/or tenure.

Participants in this workshop will explore the process of critical reflection, including its essential elements and implications for teaching practice and student learning. To this end, participants will identify a teaching activity that they are currently engaged in that would be a suitable context in which to engage in critical reflection and the informed actions that follow.

For whom is this workshop appropriate? Faculty of all ranks. Anyone who teaches – staff, advisors, adjuncts, lecturers, tenure-track faculty. Anyone interested in growth and development as an instructor. Anyone who would like to connect reflection to scholarly activities. Anyone who wants to be part of a community of reflective colleagues. Whether you rarely reflect on your teaching practices or often do, this is a workshop for you.

Participants will also learn more about how they can apply to become a member of a Faculty Learning Community on the Role of Reflection in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), to begin in spring 2017.

This event is co-sponsored by the Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

Teaching@IUPUI: Documenting Your Teaching

Thursday, October 6  | Online - Adobe Connect  | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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.

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

IUPUI ePortfolio Symposium

Friday, September 30  | UL Lilly Auditorium (UL 0130)  | 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

More than half of US colleges and universities have adopted ePortfolios to enhance teaching and learning, foster student personal and career development, and support assessment of student learning At IUPUI, ePortfolio use has more than doubled in the last four years. In a forthcoming book, George Kuh will recognize ePortfolios as an 11th High-Impact Practice (HIP)--the first new HIP to be added since he published the original list of 10 in 2008.

The 2016 IUPUI ePortfolio Symposium will focus onnew experience with the benefits of ePortfolios locally and nationally. Keynote speaker Dr. Daniel Terry, Director of ePortfolio at Texas Christian University, will discuss "Naming the Why of ePortfolio Work: Implicating Students in Their Own Learning. Dr. Catherine Buyarski, Associate Dean of University College, will describe the model of student development underlying IUPUI's Electronic Personal Development Plan (EPDP) as increasing numbers of students create EPDPs in the First-Year Seminar and beyond Other IUPUI faculty presenters will report on new graduate and undergraduate ePortfolio projects in schools across the campus, and several award-winning students will discuss their experiences in creating ePortfolios.  Click here to register.

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)
  • Communication Skills for Oral Presentations (October 21, 2016, 9 am – 4 pm & March 10, 2017, 9 am – 4 pm)
  • Scientific Grant Proposal Writing (October 28, 2016, 9 am – 4 pm & February 17, 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

What college teachers should know about memory

Miller, M. D. (2011).  What college teachers should know about memory: A perspective from cognitive psychology. College Teaching, 59(3), 117-122. Retrieved from To read the abstract:

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