Fall 2020 Teaching Symposium: Teaching during and after COVID

Fall 2020 Teaching Symposium: Teaching during and after COVID

This event will provide IU instructors with an opportunity to reflect on innovative teaching approaches employed during the fall semester and to begin preparing for the spring term. Presenters will describe how they have adapted their teaching to online and hybrid contexts, and what strategies they will bring back to their face-to-face teaching. 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

Format

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 informal "Coffee Talk" events that will allow for discussion of these approaches within topical clusters. We encourage participants to watch each video before attending the related discussion.

The individual presentations/discussions will be held during the week of November 2–6. A plenary session, to be held on Friday, November 6, will include comments by Associate Vice Provost Martha Oakley, and a panel discussion of teaching faculty on how the campus can support innovative teaching.


Topics and Sessions

Innovative Activities to Engage Students and Improve Learning
Monday 11/2, 9:30 – 10:30 am
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When teaching in an online environment, it can be challenging to create innovative activities to engage students and help them learn course content. In this discussion, instructors will share their strategies for engaging students using authentic scenarios and problems to solve, improvisation to build community, and student-produced videos to actively involve students with course content. Join us for a casual conversation and share your own teaching strategies for effective group work.


Teaching Strategies for Equity and Inclusion
Wednesday 11/4, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
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How can we enhance the inclusiveness and equity of our courses, while also helping students learn important disciplinary content? In this discussion, instructors will share their strategies for incorporating concepts of diversity and intersectionality into their courses; discussing challenging topics, including current events; and using inclusive course materials. Join us for a casual conversation and share your own teaching strategies for inclusion and equity.


How to Connect with Students in Online Classes
Thursday 11/5, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
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In the move to online teaching and learning, one aspect of face-to-face instruction that can be challenging to re-create is the connection between an instructor and their students. In this discussion, instructors will share their strategies for keeping in regular contact with students and learning about their experiences in the course; provide individualized feedback, and using technology effectively to facilitate communicating with students. Join us for a casual conversation and share your own teaching strategies for creating a presence in your online course.


Using Group Work to Engage Students and Improve Learning
Friday 11/6, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
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How can we use group work to build community and enhance student learning in online and face to face classes? In this discussion, instructors will share their strategies for enhancing interaction among students in online discussion boards as well as face-to-face and synchronous online classes; using technology effectively to promote active discussion, and promoting a sense of community in large classes. Join us for a casual conversation and share your own teaching strategies for effective group work.

  • Katie Metz (Accounting, Kelley School of Business): Using Small Groups to Apply Course Content to Practical Scenarios


Innovative Strategies for Holding Students Accountable and Assessing Learning
Friday 11/6, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
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In online as well as face-to-face courses, it is especially challenging to design innovative assessments that engage students while allowing them to show what they have learned. Equally challenging is the task of holding students accountable for their work while avoiding “busywork.” In this discussion, instructors will share their strategies for assessing learning while students are engaging with new content (and holding them accountable for their work), as well as evaluating student’s learning at the end of a unit or module. Join us for a casual conversation and share your own teaching strategies for assessing student learning and holding students accountable.


Panel Discussion: Teaching Innovations and the Way Forward
Friday, November 6, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
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This event will include comments by Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Martha Oakley, and a panel discussion of teaching faculty on how the campus can support innovative teaching.

 

Questions: Contact the CITL at citl@indiana.edu.