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2011 News Items

News items from 2011 are listed below.

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WTS Is in the Information Commons
November 30, 2011
Writing Tutorial Services has moved again, this time to its permanent location in the northwest corner of the first floor of Wells Library. Read More 

"Like" the CITL on Facebook!
November 30, 2011
Check out the CITL's page for conversations about teaching, news announcements, and upcoming events:

Clickers for Spring
November 17, 2011
Considering using clickers in the spring? View this online presentation for important information. For additional help, contact Christina Melki.

No-charge IT Training Workshops
November 16, 2011
For the spring 2012 semester, faculty and staff can register for UITS IT Training workshops at no charge, thanks to a new pilot program. Read More

Summer 2009 Oncourse Course Sites to be Archived January 30, 2012
November 16, 2011
Learn how to archive content from your summer 2009 course sites in a permanent project site. Read More

From the Director: What Do We Want Students to Remember about Our Courses?
November 16, 2011
As we near the end of the semester, ask yourself two questions: if your students were to remember and understand just three things from your course five years from now, what would they be? And how did you teach to make sure that happens? Read More 

New Marking and Peer Editing Tools
November 16, 2011
The CITL is piloting two new tools from, GradeMark and PeerMark, aimed at facilitating online marking and online peer review respectively. Read More

Follow CITL on Twitter
November 15, 2011
Follow CITL on Twitter at @IUCITL to get the latest teaching-related news at IUB. Have something to contribute? Use the hashtag #iucitl to add a tweet to our feed.

2010-2011 Summary of Associate Instructor Preparation
November 8, 2011
Every year, IU Bloomington solicits information from departments to identify common practices for the preparation of graduate student instructors, to measure the prevalence of these practices across campus, and to highlight the many laudable ways departments prepare instructors to teach. Read More

Spring 2012 Oncourse Course Sites Available to Faculty Beginning Weekend of 11/11
October 31, 2011
Spring 2012 course sites will start to become available for faculty access on Friday, 11/11, with all spring course sites available to faculty by Monday, 11/14. Read More 

CITL Grants Announced
Each year the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning offers a variety of grants and fellowships to faculty members who are invested in furthering student learning. Read More

Call for Peer Tutor Nominations
Each fall Writing Tutorial Services solicits nominations from faculty members for a semester-long program of training that undergraduates must complete before they become peer tutors at WTS. Read More

Innovation in Large Courses Faculty Learning Community Participants Announced
Eight participants have been chosen for a new faculty learning community focused on innovative teaching strategies in large classes. Read More

New Marking and Peer Editing Tools
The CITL is piloting two new tools from, GradeMark and PeerMark, aimed at facilitating online marking and online peer review respectively. Read More

The Teagle Collegium: Promoting Instructional Reflection among Graduate Students
The Collegium on Inquiry in Action at Indiana University offers evidence on how to promote graduate-student reflection on teaching and student learning. Read More

Faculty Spotlight: Jeremy Dunning
IU Geology professor Jeremy Dunning uses a rich array of technology to help his students experience geology “firsthand." Read More

Avoiding the Mid-semester Doldrums
It's not unusual for a class, even one that has been going well, to hit the wall about two-thirds of the way through the semester. How do you re-energize the class for its final push to the end of the term? Read More

From the Director: A New Look for CITL
The CITL website has recently undergone a redesign, one that better reflects our mission to support instructional innovation at IU Bloomington. Read More

WTS Moves to the Wells Information Commons
Writing Tutorial Services (WTS) has moved to the Information Commons on the first floor of the Wells Library. 

Faculty Learning Community Participants Announced
This fall faculty members in two new FLCs will begin working together to investigate ways to improve teaching and learning in settings as diverse as Second Life and the traditional large lecture hall. Read More

Oncourse Announcements E-mail List
The Oncourse Announcements e-mail list provides timely and important updates about Oncourse—tips, updates, and notices regarding maintenance times and availability
Read More

Director's Column, October 2011
IU's new eText initiative offers instructors ways to encourage student engagement with textbooks and redefine how we provide content to students. Read More

Mimi Ito to Speak 
Mimi Ito, cultural anthropologist of technology use and a leading authority on how social networking and mobile technologies are shaping society, will speak at the Statewide IT Conference on September 30. Read More

Faculty Learning Communities
CITL is sponsoring three Faculty Learning Communities for the 2011-2012 academic year. We welcome applications from full-time faculty in any discipline. For more information, see the following applications: Service-Learning and Technology FLCTeaching and Learning with Mobile Tablets (iPads) FLCInnovation in Large Courses FLC.

McKinney to Kick off Fall SOTL Events Series
Visiting scholar and sociologist Kathleen McKinney will speak at IUB's first SOTL Event of the 2011-2012 year. Read More

Service-Learning Program Wins Award 
CITL's Service-Learning Program won a Community Partner Award from Stone Belt for their ongoing work with the community agency. Full Story

Innovative Classrooms Available for Spring 2012
We are now taking applications to teach in the innovative classrooms in Cedar Hall—two rooms specially designed to promote collaborative and team-based learning. Read More

Director's Column, September 2011
Setting high expectations for our students is a key to successful learning and vital to our work as teachers. Read More

Second Life Faculty Learning Community
Interested in working together with a select group of fellow instructors to develop new ways to use Second Life in your teaching? Apply here to join a new Faculty Learning Community starting this fall.

New Faculty Orientation
CITL staff will offer a series of services and events tailored to the needs of new faculty members. Whether you are new to teaching or are just new to IU Bloomington, we are here to support your instructional work. Read more

CITL Moves to Franklin Hall
During July, CITL staff from around campus will begin moving to a common space in Franklin Hall 004 and 008 so we can better collaborate with each other to meet your needs.  As part of this move, we will be shutting down our locations in Wells Library and Ballantine Hall.  Check the CITL website for more updates and timetables.

Clickers for Fall
If you are interested in using clickers in your fall classes, be sure to contact us well in advance so we can help you prepare. There will be updated software and some new hardware and features for you to learn about. For more information, contact our Turning Technologies intern, Christina Melki. For general information about clickers, see the CITL clickers page.

Director's Column, July 2011
CITL can have the greatest impact on teaching and learning at IUB when we deal with groups of faculty who are thinking and collaborating at the curricular level. Moving discussions from “my class” to “our program” helps entire departments advance their instructional missions. Read More

iPad FLC Presents its Work
After two semesters of exploring the potential use of iPads in the classroom, members of the iPad Faculty Learning Community are presenting their work to the IUB campus. Presenters are: Simon Brassell (Geological Sciences), Joshua Danish (School of Education), and Joe Pomerening (Biology). Come learn about their projects and findings on May 13, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in Wells Library 305 West Tower.

2011 CITL Faculty Grant Recipients Selected
Each year, the CITL awards a series of grants, including Service-Learning Faculty Fellows, Active Learning Grants, and Writing-Teaching Grant. Read More

Teach with Wikipedia
Collaborative writing, media and information literacy, data analysis, and translation skills - these are just a few of the learning objectives Wikipedia can be used to facilitate. If you'd like to learn more about using Wikipedia in your own class, or would like assistance in building an assignment, contact a consultant at CITL to schedule an appointment.

Communication Survey
We are exploring new ways of communicating with instructors and those who support them. Please complete this short survey about your communication preferences. It should take no more than five minutes of your time

Director's Column, May 2011
A 2007 EDUCAUSE Review article provides a good way of thinking about the evolution of instructional technology—pointing out a shift from the Information Age to the Interaction Age, in which we see information as "something with which, and around which, people can interact." This view provides CITL with a model for our thinking about the use of technology to support teaching and learning. Read More

Prepare for Summer & Fall
Before you leave for the summer, make sure you're aware of updates and changes that may affect you and your students. For instance:

  • Oncourse updates are coming. Read More
  • It is time to request or renew special software for instruction in the UITS Student Technology Centers (STCs) for this fall. Read More
  • Adobe Connect is scheduled to be upgraded to version 8 on May 7. Read More

Teach in the Innovative Union Street Classrooms
This spring, two innovative classroom spaces were opened in the Union Street complex—a "Café Classroom" that uses informal seating and layout to reduce traditional classroom hierarchies and enhance collaboration, and a "Learn Lab" that is designed to promote collaborative and team-based learning. Applications are being sought through April 8th from instructors who wish to teach in these spaces in Fall 2011. Read More

Online Course Development
CITL is developing a summer institute to guide IUB instructors through the process of designing an online course. The course site for this four-week program opens May 10th. Participants will meet as a group five times (May 17, 24, 26, June 1, 3) as well as engage in online activities, with the outcome being a detailed course design plan. Space is limited, so contact CITL if you would like to apply.

Call For Proposal Deadline Fast Approaching
Don't forget that funding for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning projects is available for the 2011-12 year. The deadline for SOTL proposals is April 20, 2011.

Grants with Teaching Components
Are you applying for a grant that requires some instructional components—teaching statements, measurable learning outcomes, sample assignments, etc.? The CITL staff is available to consult with you to address these instructional elements in your grant proposal. Contact CITL to arrange a consultation.

Course Development Institute
Do you have plans to develop or revise a course over the summer? If so, you may wish to consider this year's Course Development Institute, which will begin the morning of Friday, July 8, and continue on through Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings the following week (July 11, 13, and 15). The Institute is free of charge and open to all instructors at IU-Bloomington. Read More

Director's Column, April 2011
One of the most important theories in adult education is that of transformational learning. In its most basic form, this theory proposes that meaningful learning occurs most readily when learners use critical reflection to challenge their frames of reference—the body of assumptions through which they understand the world. This theory can be a powerful way to think about our students' learning, as well as our own professional development. Read More

Carnegie Scholar Comes to IUB
Pat Hutchings of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching will speak at IUB on Friday, March 4 at 11am in the Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. The topic of her talk is "The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Student Outcomes Assessment: Meeting in the Middle."

Grants Deadlines
Don’t forget that the deadlines for SOTL funding and Summer Instructional Development Fellowship opportunities are close approaching.

IUPUI Assessment Institute
IUPUI will host the Assessment Institute on October 30 – November 1, 2011, with sessions emphasizing assessment in capstone experiences, ePortfolios, civic engagement, first year experiences, general education, and more.  They are accepting session proposals through March 18th via this link.

Service-Learning Cox Scholars
The Service-Learning Program is honored to be part of the legacy of Jesse and Beulah Cox through the Cox Engagement Scholars. Cox Engagement Scholarships will fund 10 new Advocates for Community Engagement (ACEs) each year, allowing the ACE program to grow to a total of 40 ACEs. ACEs are a cornerstone of service-learning at IUB and we are extremely grateful for this support. Read More

IU is looking for faculty who who may be interested in receiving assistance in putting their educational content in Connexions. Connexions ( is an open source repository for authors to create and share their educational content. The content in Connexions is organized into modules that can be compiled as courses, books, reports, etc. Interested faculty may contact CITL for more information.

Director's Column, February 2011
The word "innovation" is everywhere today, almost to the point of becoming clichéd, so why did we include it in the title of our new unit? Take a few moments to understand CITL's approach to innovation and what it means for you and your teaching. Read More

Grants and Awards
CITL offers several funding opportunities to promote excellence and innovation in teaching. The following awards are currently available: Active Learning Grants, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants, Service-Learning Fellowships, Summer Instructional Development Fellowships, and Summer Writing-Teaching Grants. Read More

Information Fluency and Research Competency Grant
The Indiana University Libraries are offering an instructional development grant of $1500 for the design or revision of a course to incorporate information fluency into undergraduate and graduate curricula. Read More

Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award
The 4th annual Teaching with Sakai (Oncourse) Innovation Award competition closes on Feb 7, 2011. Winners of the 2011 award will have their expenses paid to present their winning entries at the 12th Sakai Conference which will be held in North America this June. Read More

Director's Column, January 2011
The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) combines existing offices to provide you with a comprehensive, one-stop approach to instructional support—a new, dynamic organization better prepared to meet the needs of our faculty and academic programs. Learn more about CITL and how we can support your teaching. Read More