Fall 2023 Teaching Faculty Symposium

Fall 2023 Teaching Faculty Symposium

The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, is again offering the Fall Teaching Faculty Symposium, a series of panel discussion featuring teaching-track faculty members who are using innovative, evidence-based teaching practices. Presenting in the Fall Teaching Faculty Symposium gives teaching faculty (those not on the tenure track) an opportunity to share their innovative, evidence-based strategies with a campus-wide audience, while also demonstrating pedagogical leadership. While our presenters are from the teaching track, we invite all members of the IUB community to participate in this event in order to advance evidence-based teaching.

This year’s Symposium with feature presentations on teaching strategies aligned with the IUB 2030 Strategic Plan and its goal to “Enhance evidence-based pedagogy and inclusive teaching practices to improve student outcomes in academic courses.” The panelists chosen to present this year will describe their teaching innovations and the evidence underlying them—evidence either drawn from the research literature or evidence the instructors themselves have gathered to show the efficacy of their strategies in helping their students learn. The overall goal of these presentations is to help instructors across the university apply these evidence-based strategies in their own teaching contexts, in alignment with the IUB 2030 Strategic Plan. 

Authentic Assessment: An Evidence-Based Teaching Strategy 

October 6, 2023, 10:30-11:30 am, SPEA 167 

In this panel discussion, Dacia Charlesworth (Kelley), Ann Huntoon (School of Public Health), and Xin Chen (Kelley) will share the authentic assessments they have created for their courses. Dacia Charlesworth uses an “intentional failure” assignment to help students learn specific communication strategies. In Ann Huntoon’s Kinesiology course, students create a portfolio over the course of the semester to demonstrate their developing skills. Xin Chen uses reflection assignments in her students’ major writing projects to foster their metacognition about the writing process. 

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SoTL Keynote: Navigating Evidence-Based Teaching: From Research to Application

October 6, 2023, 12:00-1:30 pm, SPEA 169
Claudia Cornejo Happel (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University)

This presentation introduces resources that help busy faculty identify and select evidence-based teaching practices and explores strategies to assess the impact of these practices through personal reflection or more formal research including Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
Note: Lunch will be available for registrants beginning at 11:45 am.

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Innovative Grading and Assessment: An Evidence-Based Teaching Strategy

October 6, 2023, 1:30-2:30 pm, SPEA 167 

In this panel discussion, teaching faculty members Joe Packowski (Kelley), Emily Esola (Kelley), and Oyku Uner (Psychological and Brain Sciences) describe their innovative and evidence-based strategies for grading and assessing their students’ work. Both Joe Packowski and Emily Esola use specifications grading (“specs grading”) in their courses to motivate students to focus on their learning rather than on the grade. Oyku Uner has incorporated low-stakes quizzes into her course to help students learn course content; she has also gathered data to demonstrate the impact of the quizzes on exam performance.  

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Transparency in Teaching: An Evidence-Based Teaching Strategy

October 6, 2023, 3:00-4:00 PM, SPEA 167 

This panel discussion will feather presentations by Megan Murphy (Biology, Gabrielle Stecher (English) and Sapna Mehta (Biology) describing how they use transparent teaching strategies to support their students’ learning. Transparency is the basis of the TILT (Transparency in Learning and Teaching) framework and research project developed by Mary-Ann Winkelmes that helps instructors incorporate transparency into their teaching. There is extensive evidence showing that this strategy facilitates student learning, especially for minoritized and first-generation students. 

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