Annual AI Orientation

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. Registration for lunch is required, as lunch is provided for the first 170 students that register.


AI Orientation: Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Orientation to Orientation

Wednesday, August 21, 9:00 – 9:15 AM, 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.


Learn to Teach & Teach to Learn: Learning how to be an Effective Teacher

Wednesday, August 21, 9:15 – 10:15 AM, Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of some contemporary pedagogy concepts to help new associate instructors make deliberate choices in their teaching. By the end of this workshop, participants will be familiar with the concepts of student-centered teaching and learning by teaching. The workshop will utilize backwards course design to encourage small groups to think about how to get a student to achieve a particular goal.


Inventing Yourself: Identity, Leadership, and Empathy in the Classroom

Wednesday, August 21, 10:30 – 11:45 AM, 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 leadership, learn to identify and set healthy boundaries, and learn to be mindful of different cultural perspectives and their effects on interpersonal boundaries and classroom etiquette. This workshop will explore these issues through role-play, interactive activities, and discussion.


Lunch Roundtables

Wednesday, August 21, 12 – 1 PM, Frangipani, Indiana Memorial Union

These roundtables will provide a way to discuss important teaching-related issues in a more relaxed environment. Participants will select among a list of predetermined questions and sit at the corresponding tables. Registration is required as lunch is only provided for the first 170 students that register.


Making Use of Class-Time: Concurrent Sessions

Wednesday, August 21, 1:15 – 2:30 PM, 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.

Wednesday, August 21, 1:15 – 2:30 PM, Oak Room, Indiana Memorial Union

This workshop is appropriate for all STEM AIs as we will learn practices that can be applied to all STEM disciplines. Participants in this workshop will learn how to: (1) format a lab, which includes introducing the material and time management; (2) use tools to assess student understanding and application of lab materials to concepts; and (3) incorporate methods to facilitate student engagement in group work.

Wednesday, August 21, 1:15 – 2:30 PM, Walnut Room, Indiana Memorial Union

In this workshop, we will introduce ways of incorporating analysis-based discussion into the classroom. By the end of this session, instructors will develop specific strategies for addressing common discussion challenges. We will address how analysis can provoke fuller discussion of a range of texts, going beyond literature, and including objects such as photographs, films, and data visualizations and reports. 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.

Wednesday, August 21, 1:15 – 2:30 PM, Maple Room, Indiana Memorial Union

We will discuss what active learning is and focus on two main challenges: when activities take too much time and when students do not want to work together. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to address these challenges by designing activities and implementing techniques of active learning. This workshop’s activities will include a presentation of the concept of active learning, brainstorming potential challenges of the active learning classroom, and case studies of these challenges and how to address them.

Wednesday, August 21, 1:15 – 2:30 PM, Persimmon Room, Indiana Memorial Union

Have a specific question or teaching-related topic you would like to learn more about? Come chat with CITL staff about your professional development as a teacher, and ways you can get involved with the CITL.


Technologies to Enhance Teaching & Learning

Wednesday, August 21, 2:45 – 3:30 PM, Whittenberger Auditorium

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.