Whole Group and Breakout Sessions

Whole Group Session

Teaching Inclusively at IUPUI

Diversity is a strength and a resource, fraught with challenges and possibilities. At IUPUI, understanding diversity is crucial to cultivating a more equitable and inclusive classroom, campus, community, and society. Social identities such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, faith, social class, or ability are a powerful lens through which one can better understand diversity. In this session, participants will learn about the diverse student body at IUPUI and explore the meaning and influence of this diversity in the context of classroom teaching and learning. In small groups, participants will examine, discuss, and reflect on how they can incorporate teaching strategies to leverage diversity for student learning. 


Breakout Sessions

Primary Instructors and Recitation Leaders

Graduate students in the role of a primary instructor or a recitation leader meet and interact regularly with students in the classroom. In this breakout session, attendees will explore discipline-specific practical strategies to build rapport with students, encourage them to participate in class activities, create a motivating and engaging learning environment, and assess their learning.

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Health Sciences breakout session is recommended for attendees in the schools of science, engineering and technology, informatics, and all health sciences. 

The Humanities and Arts breakout session is recommended for attendees from all other schools.

Lab Instructors

Graduate students assigned as lab instructors require a toolbox of strategies to effectively organize and manage their lab environment and their students. In this breakout session, attendees will discuss techniques for developing clear learning objectives, utilizing focused hands-on activities, and assessing students’ work in a way that engages, rather than disengages, them from laboratory science. These strategies will help lab instructors foster more effective and enjoyable interactions with their students, while also increasing opportunities for student learning and success. Depending on their disciplines, attendees can choose between the breakout sessions on Teaching Labs in the Biological Sciences, Teaching Labs in the Physical Sciences, and Teaching Labs in Engineering and Technology.


Grading responsibilities include evaluating student work in the form of homework assignments, projects, exams, and other assessments. In this breakout session, attendees will learn more about the grading tools used at IUPUI, strategies for providing effective feedback, and tips for time management in order to become a fair, timely, and resourceful grader. The session will also review common challenges graders face with students’ complaints and academic misconduct. Since this breakout session will include information on IUPUI’s Canvas learning management system, attendees in this session do not need to sign-up for the optional Canvas Lab session.


Online Modules

IUPUI Policies and Procedures

In these short modules, TAs will receive information and resources, on IUPUI policies and procedures regarding:  grading and The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); student academic misconduct; equal opportunity, discrimination, and sexual harassment; campus safety and emergency management. These modules will be available through a self-enrolling Canvas course from August 1st- August 31st.

Center for Teaching and Learning

email: thectl@iupui.edu
phone: (317) 274-1300
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Indianapolis, IN 46202-5146
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