Fall 2021 Teaching Faculty Symposium: Teaching for Engagement and Equity
This event provides IU instructors with an opportunity to share innovative teaching approaches they are currently using to engage their students in class (particularly in large classes), and created a inclusive and equitable class environment. Presenters will describe their teaching innovations and present evidence of the impact of their strategies on student learning and motivation. All presenters are members of IUB's teaching faculty—those in the lecturer, clinical, adjunct, visiting, or other non-tenure track ranks. This event is sponsored by the CITL and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
The symposium will utilize a hybrid approach, with each presenter sharing a short video of their instructional approach—to be viewed in advance—followed by a series of panel discussions that will allow for discussion of these approaches within topical clusters. We encourage participants to watch each video before attending the related discussion. Panel presentations will be held on November 4-5.
Topics and Sessions
Effective Strategies for Teaching Large Classes
Thursday 11/4, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
One of the most challenging aspects of teaching can be engaging students in large classes. This panel discussion will focus on effective and innovative strategies to address this challenge. Deborah Snaddon will describe several strategies to help students with less background knowledge in chemistry gain the knowledge they will need to succeed in her course. In David Rubinstein’s management course, students create and perform plays or improvisations to illustrate course concepts. After brief presentations by the panelists, attendees will have opportunities to ask questions and share their own related strategies. Join us to learn about these innovative strategies and share your own techniques for engaging students in large classes.
- Deborah Snaddon (Chemistry): Headstart Classes for Early Intervention
- David Rubinstein (Management and Entrepreneurship, Kelley School of Business): Role-Playing and Improvisation in a Large Class
Strategies for Inclusive and Equitable Classrooms
Thursday 11/4, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
As faculty return to in-person teaching, many have a new awareness of the importance of developing an inclusive classroom environment and using equitable teaching strategies. This panel discussion will focus on strategies to make classes more equitable and welcoming for students. Eric Sader will describe his “equity audits,” in which he considers whether and how to modify standard classroom activities to be more inclusive and welcoming. Kim Arnold will describe a variety of strategies she uses to make her large introductory class a more supportive and welcoming community. After brief presentations by the panelists, attendees will have opportunities to ask questions and share their own related strategies. Join us to learn about how to make your course more equitable and inclusive.
- Kim Arnold (Chemistry): Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms
- Eric Sader (Business Law and Ethics, Kelley School of Business): Equity Audits of Classroom Activities
Students Teaching Students as a Strategy for Engagement
Friday 11/5, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
This presentation will focus on teaching strategies that empower students to become experts in specific subjects and then teach what they have learned to their fellow students. These activities not only facilitate deeper learning by the student “teachers”; they also help the classes develop into communities in which students can support each other’s learning. After brief presentations by the three panelists, attendees will have opportunities to ask questions and share their own related strategies. Join us for conversation and share your own teaching strategies for to engage students and facilitate their learning by having them teach each other.
- Elisa Rasanen (Central Eurasian Studies): Speed-Dating with Texts
- Kent Rerko (Operations and Decision Technologies, Kelley School of Business): Experiential Learning Through Group Simulations
- Xin Chen (Business Communication, Kelley School of Business): Team-Led Discussions
For more information:
Contact Lisa Kurz (Principal Instructional Consultant for Non-Tenure Track Faculty Development), CITL; email@example.com.