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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 adjunct faculty.) 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

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.

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. 

Embedding Assessments in Online Content Using Quick Check

Thursday, September 7  | Online - Zoom  |  1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Kimmaree Murday  and Presenter(s): Benjamin Motz

Quick Check is a tool for creating inline assessments in Canvas. Currently in pilot, the tool enables instructors to almost seamlessly integrate frequent low-stakes assessments into course content. Presenting questions as part of the content can be less intimidating to students than a more formal assessment. It also encourages interaction with the content, helps instructors get to know students' work, and provides multiple opportunities for feedback.

In this webinar, you’ll learn more about the instructional advantages of using Quick Check in online and blended courses, how to use the tool, and how to sign up for the Quick Check pilot.

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.

    Online Course Design and Development Bootcamp

    September 20 - November 3  | Online - Canvas
    Register » Organizer(s): Jeani Young  and Presenter(s): Sally Jamerson, Andi Rehak, Jeani Young

    Are you creating or revising an online course that you will be teaching in 2018? This Bootcamp course may be for you!

    This CTL Bootcamp is a unique learning experience for faculty designing and developing an online course. It's  six-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 but there will be 3 optional video-conferences meetings.

    During the six-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.

    Teaching@IUPUI: Gathering Mid-Semester Feedback from Students

    Thursday, September 21  | Online - Zoom  | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): Terri Tarr, Anusha Rao

    Unlike end-of-course evaluations, soliciting mid-semester feedback from students about the course and teaching methods gives faculty the opportunity to make appropriate changes before the end of the semester. Conducting student focus groups, administering online and in-class surveys, and utilizing classroom assessments that target learner reaction to instruction are some ways to gauge what aspects of the course helps students’ learning and what changes could be made to improve students’ learning. In this webinar, attendees will learn about these strategies for gathering mid-semester feedback from students and how to respond to it.


    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.

    •The Teaching@IUPUI webinar on Writing a Teaching Philosophy/Statement will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Click here to learn more and register for this event. 

    •The Preparing for Success workshop on University Library Teaching and Resources for Graduate Students will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 1:00-2:00 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

    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, 

    IU Online Conference- November 10, 2017

    The Office of Online Education, Office of Collaborative Academic Programs, and eLearning Design and Services invite you to the second statewide IU Online Conference.  Learn about and share best practices and new developments in online teaching at IU.

    IU Online Conference will be held on Friday, November 10th, 2017, at the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis. Registration must be complete by Monday, October 2nd.  To learn more and for registration information click here.

    FEED: Creating Effective Research Posters

    Tuesday, October 10  | TBD  | 5:15 - 7:00 p.m.
    Register » Organizer(s): IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional 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. For more information and registration, click here.

    Save the Dates - SEIRI Speakers Series

    Ann Austin
    SEIRI and the Assessment Institute
    Strategies for Increasing Involvement of Women Scholars in STEM Fields: Lessons from ADVANCE Institutions
    Monday, October 23, 2017, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    IUPUI, Lilly Auditorium

    Michael Ashby
    SEIRI and Chemistry/Chemical Biology
    Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 4:10-5:00 pm
    IUPUI, LD 010

    Erin Dolan
    SEIRI and Biology
    Engaging Undergraduates in Research at Scale: What if the treatment is a CURE?
    Friday, November 17, 2017, 3:00 -4:30 pm
    IUPUI, Lilly Auditorium

    Isiah Warner
    SEIRI and Chemistry/Chemical Biology
    Reflections on STEM Programs within the Office of Strategic Initiatives
    Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 3:00-5:00 pm
    IUPUI Campus Center Theatre, CE 002 

    For questions or more info contact Sheila Summers.

    Recommended Reading

    How Much Time Should I Spend on Teaching?

    Gooblar, D. (2017, July 12). How much time should I spend on teaching? Blog: Pedagogy Unbound. Retrieved August 22, 2017 from

    This article begins with a question that all faculty confront at the beginning of the semester and discusses outcomes and rewards that can come with deep involvement, not just for teaching, but also for learning.

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