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 not required for AI Orientation workshops.

Contemporary Ideas About Teaching & Learning 
Wednesday, August 16, 9:00-10:15am, Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union
Students learn by constructing knowledge for themselves in student-centered environments, designed with carefully planned activities to align best with how the brain works. In this session participants will explore the accuracy of the previous statement through an examination of contemporary conversations around teaching and learning. Specific terminology addressed in this session will include constructivism, student-centered vs. teacher-centered, active learning, brain-based learning, and assessment. 

Making Use of Class-time
Wednesday, August 16, 10:30-11:45am, Oak, Dogwood, and Walnut 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.

  • Lecturing, presentation skills, and the use of PowerPoint (Walnut Room, IMU)
  • Labs and problem-solving sessions (Oak Room, IMU)
  • Discussion: helping students develop their skill in analyzing texts (Dogwood Room, IMU)

Lunch Roundtables
Wednesday, August 16, 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. 


Technologies to Enhance Teaching and Learning
Wednesday, August 16, 1:15-2:30pm, Whittenberger Auditorium, 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.

Boundaries and Empathy: Managing your Authority in the Classroom
Wednesday, August 16, 2:45-4:00pm, Dogwood Room, Indiana Memorial Union
In this workshop, we discuss key practices for healthy teacher-student relationships and common challenges. By the end of this workshop, participants will get: 1) an understanding of the teaching challenges; 2) an understanding of developing teacher identity; and 3) an understanding of the conflicts and how to navigate the transition with empathy and compassion.


"The Consultants are in"
Wednesday, August 16, 4:00-4:30pm, Frangipani Room, Indiana Memorial Union
You might feel like a specific question of yours didn’t get answered during today’s workshops. Or maybe a discussion prompted you to think of a new inquiry. If so, drop in during this session and talk with consultants one-on-one about your questions. Experienced instructors will be available to answer questions like: How do I upload an assignment on to Canvas? How can I organize group presentations? What are the steps to writing learning outcomes? And more!