Teaching Orientation Workshops for Associate Instructors

Graduate students who will have instructional roles in the upcoming academic year are invited to attend the following events as part of the CITL’s Associate Instructor Orientation. Both new and experienced AIs are welcome to participate. Registration is encouraged but not required for AI Orientation workshops.

Orientation to Orientation 
Wednesday, August 15, 9:00-9:30am, Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union
This session will orient you to the goals of the CITL’s Associate Instructor Orientation and help you make the most of the events and activities of the day. We will also introduce you to the teaching support services for graduate students at the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning and other related offices around campus.

The HOW of Teaching: From Theory to Practice
Wednesday, August 15, 9:30-10:30am, Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union
In this workshop, you will learn to think about your own teaching from three different viewpoints: How we can inspire students. How we can enhance understanding. How we can maximize learning. Attendees will be able to incorporate at least one small teaching technique in their current class to maximize their students learning.

Finding Yourself: Identity and Authority in the Classroom
Wednesday, August 15, 10:45-11:45am, Tree Suite Rooms, Indiana Memorial Union
One of the main challenges of teaching is to establish an identity as a teacher with healthy boundaries between your personal life and your professional obligations. By the end of this workshop, participants will learn concrete skills for demonstrating empathy while maintaining authority, learn to identify and set healthy boundaries, and learn to be mindful of different cultural perspectives and their effect on interpersonal boundaries and classroom etiquette. This workshop will explore these issues through role-play, interactive activities, and discussion.

Lunch Roundtables
Wednesday, August 15, 12-1:00pm, Frangipani Room, Indiana Memorial Union
These roundtables will provide a way to discuss important teaching-related issues in a more relaxed environment. AIs will select among a list of predetermined questions and sit at the corresponding tables. Participants will have the option to switch tables at dessert time.

Making Use of Class-time Concurrent Sessions
Wednesday, August 15, 1:00-2:15pm, Tree Suite Rooms, Indiana Memorial Union
Once you’ve formulated a goal for a particular class session, and identified the content you want to address, what do you actually do in class to help your students learn? In these breakout sessions we will discuss and demonstrate classroom teaching strategies for a variety of disciplines and situations. Participants should choose the session that best suits their discipline and teaching context. All sessions will include demonstrations of specific techniques and discussions of how to plan class sessions and ensure that students prepare for class.

  • “Dissection” of Effective Teaching in STEM Labs

    This workshop is intended to provide tools and skills for Associate Instructors to teach effectively given set expectations inherent in laboratory teaching. Participants will 1) learn how to optimize student learning time, 2) practice formative assessment creation and implementation and 3) increase their awareness of equity in the lab classroom. Activities will include discussions about equity, collaboration in creating formative assessments and a "dissection" of effective teaching methods in a lab setting.

  • Why aren’t they talking? - How to Lead an Effective Analysis-based Discussion

    We will introduce ways of incorporating analysis-based discussion into the classroom. By the end of this workshop instructors will develop specific strategies for addressing common discussion challenges. We will first define analysis, then we will provide strategies for getting students to analyze course materials and communicate their ideas in a constructive way. This workshop will be helpful to instructors leading discussion sections or their own discussion-based class.

  • Shifting the focus from didactic to dynamic: Lessons from language classrooms

    Participants will learn and discuss strategies that help them create a student-centered dynamic class. We will share broadly applicable strategies from language classrooms that enhance students’ learning and participation. We will talk about how to create an environment that helps students learn from mistakes. We will end with a scenario activity to provide participants with the opportunity to discuss these topics in disciplines other than languages.

  • Lectures 101: Anxieties, Time Management, & Planning

    This workshop is for anyone teaching an undergraduate course. The primary focus of the workshop is the ins and outs of how to conduct a lecture from the time you get your course assignment to the actual lecture. We will address several aspects to planning lecture including dealing with potential anxieties, how to manage lecture time, and how to incorporate activities to make lecture more entertaining. Participants will leave this workshop with practical knowledge and activities to plan a lecture effectively and creatively.

Technologies to Enhance Teaching and Learning
Wednesday, August 15, 2:30-3:45pm, Tree Suite Rooms, Indiana Memorial Union
Learn about instructional technologies at IUB, including IU’s learning management system, Canvas. These technologies help you manage course assignments and grading, incorporate media (as instructor or student), and encourage proper academic practices, all in an active and collaborative online environment.