CTL Announcements

Online Course Design and Development Bootcamp

This CTL Bootcamp is a unique learning experience for faculty designing and developing an online course. It's a 6-week long, interactive, hands-on, online class built around regular weekly discussions and assignments on which each participant will receive feedback from both facilitators and peers. It provides an important opportunity to experience the student perspective of taking an online course and the insights that come with it. There are no in-person meetings however, we will offer 3 optional video-conferences meetings (dates/times TBD).

During the 6-weeks of Bootcamp, participants will be actively designing and developing their 2018 online course, including the course structure, syllabus, introduction, assessments, activities, and content. We will explore not only the differences between online and in-person courses and the parts of course design (including learning outcomes, assessments, activities, and content), but also visual design, accessibility, usability, and media use and development.

Successful completion of assignments and the final project will earn a “Designing an Online Course” badge from the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning. The Bootcamp includes aspects of the Quality Matters rubric and is a good starting point for those interested in developing a course for Quality Matters review.

Celebrate the Eclipse with the CTL

Please drop by the CTL to celebrate the eclipse with cookies and lemonade on Monday, August 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in UL 1125. Then join us outside the front entrance of University Library at 2 p.m. to view the eclipse. Please note that we are unable to provide eclipse-viewing glasses due to a canceled shipment. We apologize to anyone who was counting on getting glasses from us.

Learn more about the eclipse at the NASA Eclipse 101 website.

Associate Faculty Teaching Forum, Wednesday, September 6

Are you a new or returning Associate Faculty member at IUPUI or IUPUC? (Sometimes Associate Faculty are called part-time faculty or part-time lecturers.) If so, you are invited to the Associate Faculty Teaching Forum. This event provides an opportunity to engage in forum-style conversations with your associate faculty colleagues and consultants at the Center for Teaching Learning (CTL) about teaching and technology challenges encountered in the classroom or online. The event will be held 4 - 8 p.m. at IUPUI's CTL, and registration for this event is NOW OPENRead more..

Advancing Teaching and Learning with Technology (ATLT) Symposium, September 15. Registration is Now Open

The CTL’s Advancing Teaching and Learning with Technology (ATLT) Symposium will be held Friday, September 15, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Campus Center. Come and learn how technology can influence teaching and learning and how you can take advantage of technology here at IUPUI! Chauncey Frend will share what he and his team at the UITS Advanced Visualization Laboratory are doing to help IUPUI faculty with virtual worlds, 3D and 4D visualization, and more. Click here to register.

Using Reacting in the Classroom: The Best Professional Development EVER!

Friday, September 29  | UL 1126  | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 | Organizer(s): Themed Learning Communities, Center for Teaching and Learning  and Presenter(s): Elizabeth E. Dunn, IU South Bend

Looking for new ways to engage students and invigorate your classroom? Hoping to inspire students to read, think, and discuss? You are invited to attend a workshop demonstrating an award-winning pedagogy created at Barnard College called Reacting to the Past. Now used at over 300 institutions of higher learning by faculty from many different disciplines, Reacting advances learning through elaborate role play games that ignite student imagination, provide motivation to prepare and participate in class, and encourage faculty to revisit the student experience.

We will learn about Reacting by playing a game called “Challenging the USDA Food Pyramid, 1991.” Pitched to first year students, this game works well in a variety of settings. You will be encouraged and coached by Reacting veteran Dr. Elizabeth E. Dunn, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, IU South Bend.

For more information about Reacting, go to To register:

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and Themed Learning Communities.

Need Help Migrating Adobe Presenter Content?

The CTL can now provide support for migrating Adobe Presenter files off the Adobe Connect server. There are a few different options on how to migrate the content. Learn more about the Adobe Connect Retirement.  

Click here to fill out a form and we can see how best to help.

CTL Workshops

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

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric to Online Courses

The QM workshop introduces faculty and staff to the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric and to the QM Process. Quality Matters is a nationally recognized quality assurance organization for online course design, and the QM Process is a faculty-led peer review process that uses the research-based standards (criteria) of the QM Rubric to certify online courses.

In-person QM workshops will be offered on the following dates.  Each workshop will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  To register for an event or for more information, click on the dates listed below.

Friday, September 8, UL 1130 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday, October 16, UL 1130 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, November 17, UL 1130 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday, December 20, UL 1130 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Note:  Participants must be present for and participate in the entire workshop to receive QM certificate.

Top Hat Lunch and Learn

Thursday, August 24  | UL 1125M  | 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Lynn Ward  and Presenter(s): Bryce Potter

Top Hat is an interactive teaching platform designed to make classroom lectures (as well as online assignments) more engaging and effective. Using Top Hat, you can conduct polls, ask auto-graded and open-ended questions, and even initiate discussions. Results are tabulated instantly as students respond on their mobile devices.

Top Hat will be hosting a lunch followed by a demonstration and training session for those interested in learning more and experiencing the platform first hand. Please bring a personal device (smart phone, tablet, laptop, etc.) with you to this event.

Below is the date and time for the next Top Hat Lunch and Learn workshop.  To register or for more information, click on the following date:

Wednesday, August 30, UL 1125M 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Teaching@IUPUI: Quick Ways to Check Students' Understanding

Thursday, August 31  | Online - Zoom  | 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): Terri Tarr, Anusha S Rao

Formative assessment is used as a check on learning, and is done periodically throughout the learning experience. Classroom assessment techniques (C.A.T.s) are low-stakes, non-graded 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.

Preparing for the Review of a General Education Course

Friday, September 1  | UL 1126  | 10 a.m. - 12 noon
Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): Debora Herold, Terri Tarr, Kathryn Thedwall

As IUPUI begins the process of reviewing general education courses, course coordinators or faculty responsible for preparing course portfolios for review may have questions about the information and materials that need to go into the portfolios. This workshop will provide an overview of the course review process, a review of course portfolio requirements, the process for assembling and submitting the portfolio, and the rubric that will be used to review the course portfolios. Examples from existing course portfolios will be incorporated into the workshop. Questions and discussion will be encouraged. 

Get Ready to Zoom!

Get up and running with Zoom, IU’s new video conferencing tool.  Beginners can start with Zoom: The Basics; then try our Getting More from Your Experience webinar for more advanced settings and techniques.

    Register for any of the upcoming workshops:

    Teaching@IUPUI: Writing a Teaching Philosophy/Statement

    Wednesday, September 13  | Online - Zoom  | 12 noon - 1 p.m.
    Register » Organizer(s): Douglas Jerolimov  and Presenter(s): Douglas Jerolimov, 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.


    Canvas Information and Workshops

    Learn how to use Canvas, IU's learning management system. The Center for Teaching and Learning, along with IT Training, is offering an introductory webinar for new users of Canvas. We’ll cover the basics for getting your course set up for the semester. Need more advanced help? Contact the CTL for an appointment with a consultant.

    Upcoming workshop:

    Graduate Student and Postdoc Programming

    CTL and CIRTL Programming

    · The Teaching@IUPUI webinar on Quick Ways to Check Students' Understanding will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Click here to learn more and register for this event.

    · Fall 2017 CIRTL Cross-Network Programming information is now available! Sign up for a CIRTL network account to enroll in upcoming CIRTL cross-network courses, workshops, and events.  Learn from presenters from across the country as they share their expertise on teaching and learning topics in STEM education!

    Partner Opportunities

    FEED: Creating Effective Research Posters

    Tuesday, October 10  | TBD  | 5:15 - 7:00 p.m.
    Register » Organizer(s): Faculty Enrichment and Education Development  and Presenter(s): Jean-luc Doumont

    This lecture will provide practical information on how to create an effective research poster. Topics discussed will include how to select appropriate text and images and how to optimize a poster's layout to reveal a study's outcomes. Dinner will be served from 5:15 - 5:30 p.m., and the presentation will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.

    Save the Date - Gateway Fall Retreat: Making Academic Change Happen September 22, 2017

    Making Academic Change Happen is an interactive, participant-focused workshop to explore the processes and approaches necessary to introduce, promote and implement innovative programs.

    This COLLABORATIVE retreat will help you communicate your good work, garner support for your academic ideas, and provide tools to make an impact on your program, school, and campus!

    Bring a team! Build solutions!  Workshop facilitators are from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  

    For more information, contact Kate Thedwall, 

    Recommended Reading

    When Will We Talk About the Syllabus?

    Curzan, A. (2017, August 10). When will we talk about the syllabus? The Chronicle of Higher Education.

    Are you ready to rethink how you conduct the first day of class? Read this article to see how considering the messages you want to send can help you prioritize what you have yourself and your students do on that first day.

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