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2014-2015 Thematic Series: High Impact Practices

In support of the Provost’s Campus Strategic Plan for “all undergraduate students to embrace high-impact curricular and co-curricular practices," the CITL’s theme for the 2014-15 academic year is High Impact Practices (HIPs). High impact educational practices deepen students’ learning through extended, intellectually engaging, and educationally effective curricula. As a specific set of student-centered learning strategies, high impact educational practices include:

We invite faculty and graduate students to explore, implement, and investigate HIPs with this year’s activities:

(check back for updated information) 

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Events

Integrative Learning: Teaching for Transfer Across the Disciplines
Rebecca Nowacek, Marquette University, Friday, February 20, 12 noon-1:30 p.m., Georgian Room, IMU

We hope that if students make connections between their past experiences and current studies, among their various courses, and between school and work, their learning will become more meaningful and more lasting.  Yet integrative learning remains a perennial problem in education. In this workshop, we will begin by exploring several major findings that challenge prevalent, commonsense notions about transfer of learning.   Participants will then use those principles, together with their own experiences as teachers and learners, to develop strategies to more effectively facilitate integrative learning in their own classrooms. Rebecca Nowacek is an associate professor of English at Marquette University, where she directs the Norman H. Ott Memorial Writing Center. Read More and Register 

Leveraging Undergraduate Research for Scholarship and Teaching
Thursday, November 13, 12 noon-1:30 p.m., Georgian Room, IMU
Lunch served starting at 11:30 a.m.

According to Peter Felten and Paul Miller (Elon University), mentoring undergraduates in research provides benefits for faculty and students alike, including increased research productivity and career planning. In this interactive workshop, we will explore why you may want to consider incorporating undergraduate research mentoring into your professional life and how you could use mentoring undergraduate research to inform how you teach and how you study your students’ learning. Read More

SOTL Principles and High-impact Practices: A Partnership that Extends the Conversation

Nancy Chick, Vanderbilt University, Friday, September 19, 12 noon-1:30 p.m. 

In many circles, High Impact Practices are now shorthand for a collection of teaching practices that engage students more deeply in their learning experiences. The scholarship of teaching and learning can complement and inform both local and national efforts, contributing a classroom-based dialogue of faculty and student voices, grounded in direct, systematic evidence of student learning. Read More

Book groups

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Spring 2015 related events

Symposium on Active Learning Spaces

Thursday, January 8, 1:30-3:00 p.m., Student Building Room 015, Collaborative Learning Studio

Please join the Symposium on Active Learning Spaces being held on January 8, 2015 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM. The Symposium takes place in the Student Building Room 015 Collaborative Learning Studio (CLS), an innovative classroom space that leverages advanced technologies to support collaborative learning in large classes. The Collaborative Learning Studio provides the perfect backdrop for faculty to share their strategies for engaging students in active learning, and provides a chance for any instructor to experience this innovative learning space. The Symposium provides a relaxed atmosphere for any instructor to share the highlights of their experiences in active learning classrooms, pass along tips for teaching a course in a room such as the CLS, and talk about what they look forward to doing when they teach in spaces designed to support collaborative learning. Instructors who are preparing to teach in, or are curious about teaching in, the Collaborative Learning Studio will learn what to expect, become familiar with the equipment and set-up in the room, and have the opportunity to share ideas for active learning activities they are preparing for their courses. Time will be made for hands-on practice using the Collaborative Learning Studio features.

We encourage you to pass this invitation along to colleagues who are interested in learning more about teaching in innovative spaces. Register

Service-Learning Coffee Hour, Technology as Pedagogical Support for Service-Learning

Friday, January 23, 9:30-11:00 a.m., La Casa (715. E. 7th Street)

Faculty, graduate students and community partners are invited to gather for an informal discussion on how technology can provide pedagogical support to service-learning classes and partnerships.  This discussion will be led by Matt Hottell (Senior Lecturer, School of Informatics and Computing, Director, ServeIT Clinic) and Charles Pope (Senior Lecturer, School of Informatics and Computing).  Coffee and tea will be provided.  RSVP by Wednesday, January 14 to 

Service-Learning Coffee Hour, Interdisciplinary, Multiyear and Multicourse Partnerships:  Taking Service-Learning to the Next Level

Thursday, February 26, 9:30-11:00 a.m., La Casa (715 E. 7th Street)

Faculty, graduate students and community partners are invited to gather for an informal discussion on structuring more complex service-learning courses and partnerships that would allow for more comprehensive community problem solving. Una Winterman, Michael Valliant and Nicole Schonemann from the Service-Learning Program will facilitate this discussion.  Coffee and tea will be provided.  RSVP by Wednesday, February 18 to

Using Writing to Teach:  A College and Campus Writing Program Roundtable

Friday, February 27, 2:00-3:30 p.m., CITL Workshop Room (Wells Library E243)

Sponsored by the College and the Campus Writing Program, this roundtable includes several faculty from throughout the disciplines who use writing to teach. Claudia Johnson (geological sciences), Sarah Knott (history), and John Schilb (English) will discuss how to design and sequence assignments, use writing in large classes, address specific writing issues in the classroom, and respond to student writing quickly and productively. Please join us for coffee and convivial conversation. Open to all IUB faculty. Register

Theatre as a Transformative Teaching and Learning Experience

Friday, March 6, 3:30-5:00 p.m., CITL Workshop Room (Wells Library E243)

Instruction that incorporates improvisation and other theatre techniques improves instructors' leadership of the classroom, lowers students' inhibitions, helps them make productive mistakes, and promotes their learning about other cultures. In this workshop and roundtable, faculty panelists from language, culture, and communication courses will share examples of exercises based in educational theatre that promote their students' cultural competency. In addition, participants will experience theatre-based exercises that they will apply to their own classrooms. Presenters include Katherine Kearns, Colleen Ryan, Letizia Montroni, and Sarah TeKolste. Register

Promoting Understanding through Intergroup Dialogue

Monday, March 9, 2:30-3:30 p.m., CITL Workshop Room (Wells Library E243)

Our many social identities intersect each other, and intersect with our teaching and with student learning.  One strategy for promoting conversation about and understanding of different, sometimes conflicting, social identities is the Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) model.  In this session, participants will learn more about how IGD can and has been used to promote self, group, and institutional understanding around social identities, and how IGD can be used in classroom settings to do the same.  We will focus on scenarios most relevant to the classroom, and experiences that graduate students and future faculty. Register

For graduate students: A roundtable discussion on teaching development issues for diverse associate instructors

Wednesday, March 11, 2:30-4:00 p.m., CITL Workshop Room (Wells Library E243)

Graduate students from diverse backgrounds prepare for and experience their instructional activities differently from their majority colleagues. These experiences can diminish graduate students’ confidence and impede their teaching efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity. Learn about the teaching experiences of diverse IUB graduate students from the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement for Graduate Student Instructors (FSSE-G). In addition, hear first-hand teaching experiences from participants of the CITL’s Intersections of Identity and Instruction Graduate Student Learning Community. Graduate student participants will develop a context for their experiences and acquire strategies for seeking mentoring that is attentive to their teaching concerns. Register

Design Before You Assign: Engaging Students in Successful Collaborative Learning

Monday, March 23, 1:30-3:00 p.m., CITL Workshop Room (Wells Library E243)

Collaborative assignments can give students opportunities to engage with disciplinary content, address authentic complex problems, and build the valuable team communication and project development skills they will need in their professional lives. Such work also can be rife with obstacles: student confusion, grading issues, and complications associated with collaborating on projects outside of class. Join CITL consultants Tracey Birdwell and Cordah Robinson to examine assignment structure and available tools in order to facilitate the kind of group work that fosters student success. In this workshop, participants will:  learn how to design group work that addresses common problems in advance; learn how to scaffold and support group work to gradually build student progress; and experience how Canvas supports student-centered learning for group assignments.

Service-Learning Showcase and Award Ceremony 

Thursday, April 23, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Frangipani Room, IMU

The SLP will host a showcase of strong service-learning partnerships featuring faculty, community partners and ACEs.  Student posters featuring transformative service-learning experiences will also be included. The Service-Learning Partnership Award and Excellence in Service-Learning Student Award will be presented. RSVP by Friday, April 3 to

Fall 2014 related events

Designing Research-based Writing Assignments: A Discussion and Working Session

Tuesday, September 9, 9:30-11 a.m., Wells Library E243
Friday, September 26, 1-2:30 p.m., Wells Library E243

In this interactive workshop, participants will explore how key principles of assignment design can inform teaching that emphasizes research as a process of authentic inquiry and meaning-making. Assignment-related issues we will consider include: scale & feasibility, sequencing and timing small assignments that lead to a larger final product (scaffolding), disciplinary challenges, selection of information sources and search strategies, and assessment. Participants will have the opportunity in small groups to discuss and share feedback on their own research assignments. Librarians, Campus Writing Program staff, and experienced faculty will be on hand to provide resources and timely feedback as instructors revise their assignments. (Please feel free to attend either of two sessions. Both events will address the same issues.)

Service-Learning Coffee Hour, Reflection and Service-Learning

Friday, September 12, 9:30-11:00 a.m., La Casa (715 E. 7th St.)

Faculty, graduate students and community partners are invited to gather for an informal discussion on structuring reflection activities that assist students in processing their service-learning experience and serve as both informal and formal evaluation tools.  This coffee hour discussion will be facilitated by Darrell Anne Stone (Office of Student Life and Learning and School of Social Work). Coffee and tea will be provided.  RSVP by Wednesday, October 22 to

How HIP is your teaching? High Impact Practices Roundtable

Friday, September 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Frangipani Room, IMU

How have faculty at IU Bloomington used high impact practices to deepen and challenge their students' understanding both within and outside of the classroom? In lightning round presentations followed by roundtable discussions, instructors will share why and how they have incorporated diversity, collaborative assignments, service-learning, and intensive writing into their students' learning experiences. Panelists include Katherine Engebretson (Education), Hilary Kahn (International Studies), Andrew Libby (Human Biology), Nancy Magill (Biotechnology), Kate Reck (Chemistry), and Kyle Rinne (SPEA). Introductory remarks will be provided by Bob Gonyea (National Survey of Student Engagement, IU Bloomington). The HIPs Faculty Roundtable will be followed by a plenary presentation by Nancy Chick, "SoTL Principles and High-Impact Practices: A Partnership that Extends the Conversation," from 12-1:30pm. This event is a kick-off to a year-long series of CITL events on High Impact Practices and is co-sponsored by the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program, and the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET).

Open classroom: See active learning and student collaboration in action

Monday, September 29, 2:30-3:45 p.m., Lindley Hall 102

Faculty are invited to sit in on Saul Blanco’s I201 Mathematical Foundations of Informatics class in which 90 students collaboratively solve problems. Meet with Saul afterwards from 4:00-4:45pm to discuss how he makes critical thinking in informatics clear to students, how he holds students accountable for their problem-solving, what he has learned about student collaboration and problem design, and any other questions observers may have. Registration is limited to 10 participants.

Fostering International Students’ Classroom Engagement

Tuesday, October 7, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Woodburn Hall 218

This workshop will address cultural and educational differences that faculty may face teaching a more diverse student population. Faculty and associate instructors will learn specific strategies to help international students and all students perform better in their classrooms. 

Discussion Techniques for Active Learning

Wednesday, October 8, 3:00-4:30 p.m., Wells Library E243

Do you struggle to get a discussion started in your class? Would you like your in-class discussion to be more lively and engaging for all students? In this workshop, participants will learn about and experience a variety of techniques to promote engaged, equitable discussion. Techniques that are appropriate for discussions in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities will be explored, and participants will have an opportunity to discuss how they might adapt the techniques in their own classroom contexts. 

Open classroom: See clickers in action

Thursday, October 23, 8-10:30 a.m., Rawles Hall 100

In Shabnam Kavousian’s Finite Mathematics class, 285 students solve problems and are assessed with “clicker” questions. Meet with Shabnam from 9:30-10:30am to discuss how she holds students accountable for their problem-solving, what she has learned through clicker question design, how she makes critical thinking in mathematics clear to students, and any other questions observers may have. Registration is limited to 10 faculty.

Service-Learning Coffee Hour, Building and Maintaining Service-Learning Partnerships

Thursday, October 30, 9:30-11:00 a.m., La Casa (715 E. 7th St.)

Faculty, graduate students and community partners are invited to gather for an informal discussion on how to build and maintain service-learning partnerships that benefit both students and the community partner agencies.  This coffee hour discussion will be facilitated by Ashley Hasty (Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design), Dave Debikey (Global Gifts) and ACE Megan Carpenter (Global Gifts). Coffee and tea will be provided.  RSVP by Wednesday, September 3 to

Canvas: A First Look

Thursday, November 6, 10-11:30 a.m., Wells Library E243

Join CITL consultant Ellie Mason to explore and discuss the structure of Canvas, IU's new learning management system. This presentation will give instructors an understanding of the interactivity of Canvas tools and how that influences how courses are set up. Participants will learn about the following Canvas tools: Home, Calendar, Inbox, Syllabus, Assignments, and Settings.

  • Please note this is not a hands-on, step-by-step workshop.
  • Enrollment is limited. Register if you want to be guaranteed a seat.

Designing Online Learning Activities

Thursday, November 13, 1-4 p.m., Wells Library E243

In this workshop, participants will view examples of online activities, practice adapting face-to-face activities to the online enviroment, and become familiar with tools for online activities and collaboration. Led by CITL consultant Susan Hathaway, the workshop will focus on how to select and design course activities that engage online students, motivate them, and help them learn. (This is the third workshop in the CITL's Online Course Basics series.)

In the Click: An introduction to clickers

Friday, November 14, 1-2:30 p.m., Wells Library E243

You've heard about clickers, but do you really know what they're all about? Clickers are devices that let you poll your students in class to test their knowledge and to encourage discussion and class participation. Come listen to experts from Turning Technologies as they present information on clickers, TurningPoint software, and strategies for using clickers effectively. Join CITL consultant, Kyle Leach, as he leads this discussion on using clickers in the classroom. No prior experience with clickers is necessary. This discussion will also be available via Adobe Connect at In the Click.

In the Click: Successful teaching using clickers

Friday, November 21, 10-11:30 a.m., Wells Library E243

Have you been thinking about using clickers or have you just started using them, but would like to talk to someone who has more experience with them? This is your chance to discuss clickers with instructors who have used them extensively. They will share their successes--and failures--as well as tips and strategies for using clickers to gauge student understanding and to promote discussion and participation. Join CITL Consultant, Kyle Leach, as he leads this discussion on using clickers in the classroom. This discussion will also be available via Adobe Connect at In the Click.