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Register now! 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 or 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 - 8:00 p.m. at IUPUI's CTL, and registration for this event is NOW OPENRead more..

Register now! 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. Lunch will be provided. 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.

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:

    Faculty Teaching Showcase: Active and Collaborative Learning

    Tuesday, September 12  | Online - Zoom  | 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): Brian Krohn, Tracey Birdwell

    This faculty teaching showcase will feature a conversation between Brian Krohn, a Senior Mosaic Fellow and associate professor in the Department of Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management, IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at IUPUI, and Tracey Birdwell, principal consultant with the Mosaic Initiative. A university-wide active learning initiative, the Mosaic Initiative explores the intersections of space, technology, and pedagogy. Additionally, the Mosaic Initiative supports active and collaborative learning in all classrooms, and contributes to the development of learning spaces at Indiana University. Brian Krohn will discuss ways that technology can assist using active learning and collaborative learning in medium to large classrooms.

     This webinar is part of the Center for Teaching and Learning’s new Faculty Teaching Showcase Webinar Series, a venue for faculty to share their teaching practices with one another. Designed to inspire, inform and give faculty the confidence to try new teaching strategies, each interactive webinar features a conversation with a faculty member about how they implemented a successful teaching technique.  Each webinar will be 30 minutes long with an optional 15-minute follow-up discussion period.

    Save the dates for these upcoming Faculty Teaching Showcases:

    Wed., Sept. 20
    12 – 12:30 p.m.
    Shawn Boyne, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law
    Tues., Sept. 26
    12 – 12:30 p.m.
    Thomas Lewis, Media, Arts, and Science, IU School of Informatics and Computing
    Thurs., Sept. 28
    12 – 12:30 p.m.
    Audrey Ricke, Department of Anthropology, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI
    Mon., October 2
    12 – 12:30 p.m.
    Paul Edwards, Department of Oral Pathology, Medicine and Radiology, IU School of Dentistry
    Wed., Oct. 4
    12 – 12:30 p.m.
    Zeb Wood, Media, Arts, and Science: IU School of Informatics and Computing
    Tues. Oct. 10
    12 - 12:30 p.m.
    Tamiko Porter, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Science at IUPUI
    Mon., Oct. 30
    12 – 12:30 p.m.
    Evava Pietri, Department of Psychology, School of Science at IUPUI

    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!

    The 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.

    Teaching@IUPUI: Documenting Your Teaching Success

    Wednesday, September 27  | Online - Zoom  | 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
    Register » Organizer(s): Douglas Jerolimov  and Presenter(s): Douglas Jerolimov, Richard Turner

    Faculty and graduate students: interested in documenting your teaching successes for a promotion dossier? Or for a job, award, or grant application? This session introduces different approaches to capture evidence of teaching and learning, and to make the case for your teaching achievements. Learn how to shape and document your evolution as a teacher through the use of student course evaluations, peer reviews of teaching and, especially, through ways to measure your student learning.

    IU eTexts - Campus Visits

    Wednesday, September 27  | UL 1125 M
     | Organizer(s): Randy Newbrough  and Presenter(s): Mark Goodner

    Looking to adopt eTexts into your course? Needing questions answered about eTexts?  Looking for ways to integrate Unizin Engage, the reading platform used by Indiana University?  Then come join Mark Goodner, Lead Business Analyst for IU eTexts who will demonstrate Unizin Engage and answer any questions that faculty may have regarding IU eTexts.

    Attend one of the general information sessions or request an individual consultation time with Mark Goodner by contacting him at General information sessions are at the following times:  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. and 3:00 -4:00 p.m.  Reserve a time or just drop by.


    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 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.

    • The Teaching STEM Labs workshop on Strategies for TAs to Motivate and Engage Students will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Click here to learn more and register for this event.

    • Attend Teaching@IUPUI webinars to build on foundational teaching skills. Topics for September include: 

    • 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!

    • Sign-up for the Introduction to CIRTL at IUPUI webinar to learn more about how you can be active in the CIRTL at IUPUI community, participate in our local CIRTL programming, and enroll in the CIRTL Canvas course to receive badges for CIRTL accomplishments! Introduction to CIRTL at IUPUI is offered on the following dates:
         o September 13, 2017: 4 – 4:30 p.m. – Click here to register
         o September 19, 2017: 4 – 4:30 p.m. – Click here to register
         o October 10, 2017: 4:30 – 5 p.m. – Click here to register
         o October 18, 2017: 4:30 – 5 p.m. – Click here to register

    Partner Opportunities

    Indiana University Science Symposium - Registration Deadline: September 6

    The Indiana University Science Symposium will be held on September 22, 2017. This is a free event that is part of an initiative to promote inter-campus collaboration, facilitate collaborative discussion based on the needs and interests as faculty, and to continue moving forward in Science education at Indiana University.

    Who: Science faculty from all campuses and disciplines across Indiana University.

    What: A one-day gathering to discuss new strategies for developing Science education, particularly in the world of online courses.

    Where: The Lilly Auditorium, University Library, IUPUI

    When: September 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Join us for a day of learning and discussion.  There will be a free lunch, courtesy of University Academic Affairs.  Registration closes Wednesday, September 6.  Click here to register, and reserve your place!  

    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 - Registration Deadline October 2

    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

    What makes an online instructional video compelling?

    Hibbert, M. (2014). What Makes an Online Instructional Video Compelling? Educause Review. Retrieved August 28, 2017 from

    Online instructional videos take a great deal of time and effort to produce. It'd be a shame if students never watched them. This article provides practical insights for how to create compelling videos for your students; whether you are recording at your desk or in a professional quality studio.

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