CTL Announcements

2018 Curriculum Enhancement Grant Proposals Due Jan 26th

The Curriculum Enhancement Grant (CEG)  provides faculty with technical and instructional support, time, and funds to implement projects designed to improve student learning and success 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 grant supports a wide range of faculty projects designed to improve student learning and success. See the 2018 Curriculum Enhancement Grant Request for Proposals for more information. The DEADLINE for proposal submissions is Friday, January 26, 2018.

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CTL Workshops

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

Global Learning Experiences: Effective Practices, Resources, and Support for Implementation

Wednesday, January 24  | CE 307  | 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): Leslie Bozeman, Gabriel Filippelli, William Foley, Gil Latz, Stephanie Leslie, Carmen Luca Sugawara, John Parrish-Sprowl, Jennifer Williams

In this session, participants will learn from IUPUI faculty and staff who have created rich global learning experiences for students both on and off campus. We will discuss how they designed the experiences, pedagogical strategies, and resources available to support this work (such as the IUPUI Study Abroad Taxonomy and the AAC&U’s Global Learning and Intercultural Learning Rubrics). Whether you are ready to create an entirely new course or are simply interested in exploring how you can support global learning in your conversations with students this session will provide you with new ideas.

This is the third in a series of four workshops that address high-impact educational practices (HIPs), sponsored by the RISE Program and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Preparing for the Review of a General Education Course

Friday, January 26  | UL 1126  | 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): Debora Herold, Michele Hansen

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.  

Note: This workshop will be repeated on Wed., Feb. 7, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., UL 1126. (Register

Using Canvas to Grade Efficiently and Effectively

Wednesday, January 31  | Online - Zoom  | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Andi Rehak  and Presenter(s): Andi Rehak, Jeani Young

Join us to learn how to streamline your grading in Canvas!

Grading can be an overwhelming and sometimes daunting task. This webinar will address how to provide students with meaningful feedback in Canvas. The features of SpeedGrader's document viewer will be demonstrated and participants will learn how their students access and view instructor feedback. Attendees will  learn how to get the most out of Canvas's grading and feedback tools.

Writing a Teaching Philosophy/Statement

Wednesday, February 7  | Taylor Hall- 3171  | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 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. This workshop is the first workshop in a 3-workshop series designed to introduce faculty and graduate students to the process of creating, refining and documenting one’s teaching practices.

Note:  A version of this workshop is offered as a Teaching@IUPUI webinar on Thur., Feb. 8, 2018, from 12:00 p.m.. to 1:00 p.m., Online - Zoom (Register)

Preparing for the Review of a General Education Course

Wednesday, February 7  | UL 1126  | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Terri Tarr  and Presenter(s): Michele Hansen, Debora Herold, Terri Tarr

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. 

Enhancing Formative Assessment with the Canvas Quick Check Tool

Tuesday, February 13  | Online - Zoom  | 2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Jeani Young  and Presenter(s): Matthew Mallon, Jeani Young

Formative assessment is an important part of a balanced assessment strategy. Providing frequent opportunities for students to see what they know and what they don’t know – especially when paired with targeted feedback – helps students assess their own level of understanding, ask better questions, and study more effectively. It encourages active engagement with the content while also giving instructors regular feedback on how their students are progressing.

Quick Check allows you to easily integrate frequent, low-stakes, knowledge and understanding checks within your own content to promote student learning. The integrated, mastery-based approach of Quick Check activities can be less intimidating to students than a formal quiz, reducing anxiety and allowing these checks to be a learning experience.

Teaching@IUPUI: Preventing and Managing Disruptive Behavior

Wednesday, February 14  | Online - Zoom  | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m
Register » Organizer(s): Doug Jerolimov  and Presenter(s): Douglas Jerolimov, Anusha S Rao

How and when should you address disruptive student behaviors? Disruptive student behaviors are those behaviors which impede learning and teaching, and have the potential to escalate or spread if left unchecked. This webinar will present examples of disruptive student behaviors and participants will engage in discussions about how to prevent and manage such common disruptions in both the face-to-face and online teaching contexts.

Getting the Most Out of Box@IU

Thursday, February 15  | Online - Zoom  | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Kael Kanczuzewski  and Presenter(s): Kael Kanczuzewski, Lynn Ward

Box@IU provides a central place to store your files of all types or share or collaborate with colleagues or students. This webinar will help you get started with using Box as well as including some helpful tips for organizing and finding files. We will also cover new integrations between Box and Canvas and how they can be used to facilitate collaboration in your course. These integrations will allow you to: 

  • create student drop box folders. Each student will have a private folder to store a collection of work. Drop boxes are a great tool for portfolios or projects, 
  • share any Box folder that you own with your entire course or specific roles,
  • and easily insert links to Box folders or files into the Canvas rich content editor.  

IU eTexts - Campus Visits

Wednesday, February 21  | UL 1126  | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Register » 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.  

Click to register for additional workshop times: (Noon - 1:00 p.m.) (2 -3:00 p.m.)

Note:  If you are unable to make these General Information Sessions, then Mark is also accepting individual consultation times throughout the day while he is visiting the IUPUI campus. Those times are 11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1-2:00 p.m., and 3-4:00 p.m. You may email Mark Goodner at to reserve a time, or just drop by.

Teaching with Technology Faculty Showcase: Engaging Students with VoiceThread

Wednesday, February 21  | Online - Zoom  | 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Register » Organizer(s): Randy Newbrough  and Presenter(s): Marshelia Harris, William Radell

VoiceThread is an innovative discussion and presentation tool designed to promote rich interactions around visual media.  Using VoiceThread in Canvas, instructors and students can create, share, and comment on images, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, videos, audio files, documents, and PDFs, using microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload.

In this session, IU Northwest instructor Marshelia Harris will explain how she incorporates VoiceThread in her courses to encourage peer-to-peer collaboration among students and better student-instructor interactions. Dr. Harris will discuss specific strategies for engaging diverse student learning styles in traditional courses and for promoting in collective knowledge building in online learning environments. She’ll also describe how her students use Voicethread to ask questions, post additional resources, and provide support to other students in a way that’s much more friendly and personal than a traditional discussion board.

Following Dr. Harris’s presentation, CISTL consultant Will Radell will provide a brief overview of VoiceThread and how to use it within Canvas.

Graduate Student and Postdoc Programming

CTL and CIRTL Programming

• Save the dates for the spring 2018 Becoming an Effective Educator series! These workshops and webinars will address how to leverage professional development opportunities and construct a strong application for faculty positions. Click here to learn more and to register.

• Join fellow graduate students and postdocs for the Culturally Responsive Teaching Learning Community. The purpose of this learning community is to reflect critically and engage issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom. Applications are now available for spring 2018.

• Interested in learning from presenters from across the country as they share their expertise on teaching and learning topics in STEM education? Sign up for a free CIRTL network account to enroll in upcoming CIRTL cross-network courses and events.

    Partner Opportunities

    2018 National Institutes, Conferences, and Awards in Global and Intercultural Learning

    There are a variety of ways faculty, staff, and administrators can enhance their knowledge and share their expertise in global and intercultural learning this year. The Office of International Affairs has a small fund available to offset a portion of the associated costs of these professional development opportunities.

    For information about the opportunities, click here:

    For information about  funding, contact Dr. Leslie A. Bozeman, Director of Curriculum Internationalization

    Recommended Reading

    Creating Active Learning Classrooms Is Not Enough: Lessons From Two Case Studies

    Morrone, A.; Flaming, A.; Birdwell, T.; Russell, J., Roman, T., & Jesse, M. (2017, December 4). Creating active learning classrooms is not enough: Lessons from two case studies. Educause Review.

    Recent studies have shown that classroom environments have a significant impact on teaching practices and student learning. This article cites two cases, including one from our own campus, as to how active learning classrooms not only benefit student learning, but also impact the institutional teaching culture.

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