Teaching in Stereo: Perspectives on Learner-Centered Instruction

Tuesday, October 25  | IP Presidents Room, University Tower  | 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University

Our students bring a rich array of knowledge, skills, experiences, and perspectives to our courses. We often recognize the value of leveraging diversity in solving research problems, in technological innovation, and in participatory democracy. However, leveraging student diversity in the classroom or online learning environments can be difficult, even when doing so is valued. How can instructors turn this challenge into an opportunity? And how can we create classroom environments in which every student is welcome to fully participate in learning? In this keynote, we’ll explore those questions and consider teaching practices that can involve more of our students actively in the construction of knowledge.

Reflection in SoTL Faculty Learning Community

Applications are due by November 15, 2016 for the Reflection in SoTL Faculty Learning Community which will begin in January 2017 and continue through December 2017. The Reflection in SoTL FLC will explore the process of critical reflection and determine specific ways in which each faculty member will incorporate critical reflection in their teaching practices. Applications are available here.

This faculty learning community is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching.

Communicating Science Series

Wednesday, November 16  | Cancer Research Institute (R4) 101  | 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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. Click here to register.

Connecting with your Audience - Wednesday, November 16

Distilling your Message - Wednesday, November 30

Media Training for Scientists and Physicians - Wednesday, December 14

2017 Curriculum Enhancement Grant Request for Proposals

The Curriculum Enhancement Grant (CEG) provides faculty with technical and instructional support, time, and funds to implement projects designed to improve student learning and successes at IUPUI and IUPU Columbus.  In addition, the grants seek to enhance the conversation about scholarly teaching on campus and increase the practice of the scholarship of teaching and learning.  The request for proposals is now available at   The deadline for submitting 2017 CEG proposals is January 27, 2017 at 11:59 p.m., EST.

2017 E. C. Moore Symposium Call for Proposals

The IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning seeks proposals from faculty teaching at universities across Indiana for the 2017 E.C. Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching. The symposium brings the Indiana higher education community together to examine teaching excellence and the instructional strategies employed in various disciplines to encourage student learning. Proposals should address one of the following: efforts to improve student learning and engagement, evidence-based practices in teaching, the scholarship of teaching and learning, the innovative use of instructional technology, and initiatives that promote excellence in teaching. Proposals that have application to other disciplines are strongly encouraged. The 2017 E.C. Moore Symposium will be held at the IUPUI Campus Center on Friday, March 3, 2017. 

Proposals will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

For more information, and to submit a proposal, please visit

Early Career Teaching Academy Applications due Dec. 15, 2016

Most new faculty at large public universities enter the professoriate with training and support to conduct research, but few also enter with equivalent preparation and support for their teaching. The Early Career Teaching Academy provides a setting within which faculty members can create and develop a powerful teaching career, one that is rooted in evidence-based active learning strategies and high-impact educational practices, and designed to facilitate student success.

The academy convenes in two intensive sessions:  one full-day, and one half-day session. These sessions focus on the effective development and assessment of active learning teaching strategies suited to IUPUI’s diverse student body. By the second session, faculty are able to articulate the teaching strategies they plan to implement.

The next academy will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday, February 10, 2017, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Click here for more information and to apply.  

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: Collaborative Learning

Thursday, October 27  | Online - Adobe Connect  | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): Anusha S Rao, Douglas Jerolimov

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 webinar, participants will examine challenges faced by students and faculty in using collaborative techniques, learn about best practices to overcome these challenges, and discuss examples for implementing and assessing collaborative learning techniques for the online and face-to-face learning contexts.

Kaltura: An Overview

Wednesday, November 2  | UL 1125 M  | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Randy Newbrough  and Presenter(s): Randy Newbrough, Nate Pairitz

In this hands-on workshop, Randy Newbrough and Nate Pairitz will provide an overview of Kaltura.  Kaltura is a video platform, similar to YouTube, that is available to all faculty and students in Canvas.  Kaltura offers a private space to upload and share videos within your Canvas course.  Faculty can easily share videos with students and likewise students can share videos with instructors or with the entire class.

Recording Your Lecture (Office Mix, Kaltura, and Adobe Presenter)

Wednesday, November 2  | UL 1125 M  | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Randy Newbrough  and Presenter(s): Kael Kanczuzewski, Andi Rehak

Recording audio over a presentation does not have to be difficult. There are now options that allow easy and quick recordings to be created and shared with your students in Canvas. In this workshop, Kael Kanczuzewski will provide a demonstration of a few free options to instructors at IU including Office Mix, Kaltura Capturespace, and Adobe Presenter. Following the workshop, we will have laptops available for participants to try recording on their own and to address any questions. Feel free to bring your own laptop, but please note a couple of the applications will require installing software and may require administrator access.

Rubrics and Integration with Canvas

Thursday, November 3  | UL 1125 M  | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Randy Newbrough  and Presenter(s): Andi Rehak, James Gregory, Kael Kanczuzewski

During this face-to-face workshop participants will explore approaches to overcoming common challenges in developing rubrics, draft a rubric for an existing assignment, and learn how to embed rubrics in Canvas assignments.

This hands-on workshop requires participants bring an assignment or two for which they are interested in developing a new rubric or revising an existing rubric.  Participants will also learn how to manage rubrics in Canvas.

Teaching@IUPUI: Designing Assignments

Thursday, November 3  | 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.

Teaching and Learning Enhancement Grants at IUPUI

Thursday, November 3  | UL 01126  | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): Jennifer Thorington Springer, Terri Tarr, Mary Price, Susan Kahn

Faculty and other educators need time and support to incorporate high impact practices, new pedagogies, or online experiences into their teaching strategies, curricula, or co-curricular offerings. Teaching and learning enhancement grants can provide faculty and staff with the support needed to develop new or redesign existing courses, programs, and other learning experiences. Grant opportunities for faculty and staff at IUPUI include:

Curriculum Enhancement Grants, offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning
ePortfolio Grants, offered by the ePortfolio Initiative
RISE to the IUPUI Challenge Curriculum Development Grants, offered by the RISE program
RISE to the IUPUI Challenge/ePortfolio Initiative Curriculum Development Grants, offered by the RISE program and the ePortfolio Initiative

At this workshop, participants will learn basic information about each grant, eligibility requirements, and how to apply for the grants, plus answers to frequently asked questions.  Time for participant questions and discussion will be built into the session.  Click here for more information.

This workshop will be repeated on Friday, December 2nd, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in UL 0110

Designing and Assessing Assignments

Monday, November 7  | UL 1125 M  | 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): James Gregory, Michele Hansen

As IUPUI begins the process of reviewing general education courses over the coming academic year, faculty who teach these courses will want to ensure that their course assignments are designed and assessed in alignment with their course learning outcomes and IUPUI General Education Competency Domains.  This brown bag workshop will review the process of designing and assessing their assignments in allignment with those outcomes.

Note:  This workshop is also available on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 12:00 p.m. tp 1:30 p.m.  Click here to register for the November 8th workshop

10 Simple Tips to Improve Your Canvas Course

Tuesday, November 15  | UL 1125 M  | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Kael Kanczuzewski  and Presenter(s): Kael Kanczuzewski, Andi Rehak

As the semester winds down, take a quick break and come learn about some simple and quick ways to improve your Canvas site for the spring semester. Getting to know the ins and outs of Canvas can take some time. This face-to-face workshop will provide participants with simple tips to make their course easier to navigate, streamline communication , and provide clear expectations for students. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops so that they can enact some of these tips during the workshop under the guidance of CTL's IT consultants.


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:

Graduate Student Programming

CIRTL at IUPUI - New Program for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a network of 46 universities including IUPUI, focuses on advancing undergraduate education by preparing graduate students and postdocs to use evidence-based and reflective teaching practices. Visit CIRTL at IUPUI to learn more about how IUPUI graduate students and postdocs can participate in local and cross-network CIRTL activities and earn digital badges through a Canvas course to showcase their teaching development efforts to prospective employers.

Upcoming CIRTL Programming :

Note: You do not need to be enrolled in the Canvas course to start participating in CIRTL local and cross-network programming.

Ford Foundation Fellowships for Graduate Students

Ford Foundation Fellowships:   

Through its program of Fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Certificate in College Teaching Program

The CTL’s Certificate in College Teaching program provides IUPUI graduate teaching assistants (graders, recitation leaders, primary classroom or lab instructors, etc.) with the opportunity to develop and document the college teaching skills that are critical for a successful academic career. Structured to be completed in three semesters, the program requires participants to attend workshops and webinars, as well as facilitated discussions with other program participants. Participants will create the foundational components of a teaching portfolio, including sample course materials, teaching observation reports, and a preliminary teaching philosophy statement. To apply, interested teaching assistants need to submit an online application form, a C.V., a one-page letter of interest, and a letter of support from their advising faculty member. Please note, space in the CCT program is limited; only ten teaching assistants will be accepted into the new cohort. Applications should be thorough and prepared with care and will be reviewed carefully. The application system is now open and applications will be due by 11:59 p.m. on November 6, 2016. Click here to apply to the Certificate in College Teaching Program.

The CCT program is not a K-12 teacher licensing program and is non-credit bearing. As a result, it will not appear on participants’ transcripts; however, it can and should be listed on participants’ C.V.s.

Partner Opportunities

National Science Foundation (NSF) Workshop

Thursday, October 27  | University Tower Ballroom  | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 | Organizer(s): SEIRI  and Presenter(s): Ron Buckmire, Ph.D., DUE/EHR

STEM Education Innovation Research institute (SEIRI) is hosting Dr. Ron Buckmire from NSF who will present and lead an interactive discussion on ways to improve your proposal grant writing abilities and achieve the best possible results when applying to the NSF DUE/EHR programs. The workshop is on Thursday, October 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the University Tower Ballroom. Click here for more information and to sign-up for the workshop. Lunch and light snacks will be provided at the event. NSF offers several grants and fellowships in disciplinary research and discipline-based educational research for faculty and graduate students.

William M. Plater Institute on the Future of Learning, Global Learning: Educating for a Global Community

Monday, October 31  | Campus Center, CE450  | 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Presenter(s): Darla K. Deardorff, Executive Director, Association of International Education Administrators

Darla K. Deardorff, executive director of the Association of  International Education Administrators, will be the keynote speaker for  the 2016 William M. Plater Institute on the Future of Learning on  October 31st.  She will speak on the institute’s theme, “Global Learning:   Education for a Global Community.”  Dr. Deardorff is Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), based at Duke University.  Click here for more information.


Friday, November 4  | University Library, Lilly Auditorium  | 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Jennifer Thorington-Springer  and Presenter(s): Dr. Dawn Whitehead, Sr. Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change (AACU)

The RISE program will be hosting a pre-conference workshop for students on Thursday, November 3, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and a one-day conference, RISE Day 2016, on Friday, November 4, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  RISE Day showcases the work of students, staff, and faculty who teach courses with an emphasis on high-impact teaching practices, as well as our work with community partners.  This year's focus is "Study Abroad and Other International Experiences."  This is something for everyone- faculty, staff, students, and community partners.  All are welcome to attend all or part of this one day conference. 

If anyone has any questions, please contact Dr. Jennifer Thorington Springer ( or Marisela Sanchez (

Recommended Reading

Teaching Intervention Increases Underserved College Student Success

Winkelmes, M., et al. (2016). A teaching intervention that increases underserved college student success.  Peer Review, 18(1/2).

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