Annual AI Orientation

Fall 2022 Associate Instructor Orientation

 

Graduate students who will have instructional roles in the upcoming academic year are invited to attend the following events as part of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning’s Associate Instructor Orientation. Both new and experienced AIs are welcome to participate. Registration for each workshop and lunch is required; click the links below to register. Only register for the events you will attend. If you have an IU login, you can register for the events. If you do not yet have an IU login, locate the event you’d like to attend, click “register,” then “I am NOT an employee or student of IU/IUPUI,” and it will take you through the steps of creating a guest account so you can register. The workshops will be held in person at a location to be decided.

AI Orientation: Wednesday, August 17, 2022, Location to be announced

Learning: A Social and Cognitive Activity

9 – 10:15 AM
Instructor Identity, Calling-In, and Balancing Boundaries

10:30 – 11:45 AM
“We are in this Together:” Shaping Teacher-Learner Interpersonal Relationships and Communication

10:30 – 11:45 AM
A Healthy Balance: Creating Empathy and Boundaries in the Classroom for Students and Yourself

10:30 – 11:45 AM
Cultural Benefits and Challenges: Identity, Empathy, and Boundaries in the Classroom

10:30 – 11:45 AM
Lunch Break

12 – 1 PM
Practical Guidelines for STEM Lab AIs

1 – 2:15 PM
Lead Analysis Based Discussion through Collaboration

1 – 2:15 PM
Creating Active Learning in Classrooms

1 – 2:15 PM
Teaching with Instructional Technologies in the Post-Online World: An Introduction for New AI’s

2:30 – 3:30 PM

 

Learning: A Social and Cognitive Activity 
Wednesday, August 17th, 9 – 10:15 AM, Location TBD (192 people registration limit) 
Facilitators: Samuel Evola (English) and Xintian Tu (Learning Sciences) 

Beginning teachers often have a hard time deciding what to do in the classroom and why, basing their decisions on past experiences or what the text they’re teaching prescribes. But there is a robust body of research that takes up these very questions, trying to illuminate what leads to the most effective teaching and learning. By the end of this workshop, instructors should be able to design classroom experiences based on best practices emerging from these theories and research. After introducing these learning theories, we will practice implementing some of them as instructors would do in their own classrooms, as well as brainstorm ways they can apply them to their own specific classroom contexts.


Instructor Identity, Calling-In, and Balancing Boundaries
Wednesday, August 17th, 10:30 – 11:45 AM, Location TBD (64 people registration limit) 
Facilitators: Joanna Chromik (English) and Stacey Hanson (Spanish and Portuguese) 

New instructors sometimes find it challenging to balance different roles as facilitators of learning. We will first work in small groups and then come together to discuss responses for navigating difficult moments, especially those when the boundaries of the classroom commons are challenged. By the end of this workshop, participants will walk away with model strategies for “calling-in” students and themselves–keeping everyone accountable for establishing the classroom culture.


“We are in this Together:” Shaping Teacher-Learner Interpersonal Relationships and Communication 
Wednesday, August 17th, 10:30 – 11:45 AM, Location TBD (74 people registration limit) 
Facilitators: Evie Munier (French and Italian) and Fang-Yu Yang (Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures) 

Both teachers and learners alike strive to find connections and support in the classroom while carrying a variety of individual perceptions, expectations, and life experiences. Teachers often look for strategies to establish healthy boundaries, while still being relatable and personable, and creating dynamic learning environments for students to be fully immersed and engaged. In this workshop, participants will learn to develop strategies to improve interpersonal trust and communication through leadership and empathy. Furthermore, they will learn to demonstrate flexibility to interact with learners. We will explore these skills together through group brainstorming, reflective discussions, and role-play activities with some sample scenarios. 


A Healthy Balance: Creating Empathy and Boundaries in the Classroom for Students and Yourself
Wednesday, August 17th, 10:30 – 11:45 AM, Location TBD (40 people registration limit) 
Facilitators: MacKenzie DiMarco (Anthropology) and Basia Walenkiewicz (Chemistry) 

Establishing authority, interrogating your positionality, and creating boundaries are all difficult concepts to conceptualize, implement. and maintain- especially while finding a balance between being empathetic to yourself while being accessible and empathetic to your students. The goals of this workshop are to aid AIs in understanding these concepts and implementing them in their classrooms and teaching lives. By the end of this workshop, participants will have a better conceptual understanding of the challenges they are about to face, will have worked through some real-life scenarios, and will have techniques and skills relating to establishing boundaries while maintaining empathy to implement in the classroom.  The activity for this workshop is giving AIs concrete examples of times that we have had to deal with these tough situations, and allow them to work through them as a group before coming together as a larger body of learners to share and brainstorm solutions.


Cultural Benefits and Challenges: Identity, Empathy, and Boundaries in the Classroom
Wednesday, August 17th, 10:30 – 11:45 AM, Location TBD (40 people registration limit) 
Facilitators: Jeanne McGill (Second Language Studies) and Selim Yavuz (Curriculum and Instruction) 

As a new instructor, you bring your own identity into the classroom, but so do your students. These cultural differences can bring some challenges and benefits. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to approach these challenges more confidently. Our goal is not to train new instructors, but only to help you be prepared for the challenges you may face during teaching and to equip you with ideas and resources. This workshop will explore these issues through an identity exercise, brainstorming sessions, and small and whole group discussions, and you will leave with a crowd-sourced list of ideas for dealing with classroom challenges from the first day of the semester!


Lunch Break 
Wednesday, August 17th, 12 – 1 PM, Location TBD  

This is a time to relax and talk with new colleagues and CITL staff about teaching-related issues or life at Indiana University Bloomington. We will offer boxed lunches to those who register. Registration is required. 


Practical Guidelines for STEM Lab AIs
Wednesday, August 17th, 1 – 2:15 PM, Location TBD (192 people registration limit) 
Facilitators: Anne Kort (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences), Carrie Lierz (Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry), and Allie Smith (Biology)

STEM Lab AIs face unique preparation and classroom management challenges, especially in subjects where material safety is a concern. To address this, we will discuss the common types of lab structure at IU, strategies for working with a course instructor, techniques for classroom management, and plans for effective grading. By the end of this workshop, participants will have a good head start in preparing to teach their own labs.


Lead Analysis Based Discussion through Collaboration 
Wednesday, August 17th, 1 – 2:15 PM, Location TBD (64 people registration limit) 
Facilitators: Maggie Gilchrist (English), Benjamin Luczak (English), and Yichuan Yan (Instructional Systems Technology) 

Instructors will develop techniques for guiding classroom discussions in a manner that leads students to make interpretive claims about texts based on their analysis. Instructors will learn the strategies to facilitate class discussions focusing on analyzing (breaking ideas down), evaluating (making judgements), and/or creating (putting new ideas together) based on learning problems prompted. Instructors will also learn strategies to implement a collaborative analytical classroom environment where students will feel supported and encouraged to take risks and analyze together. This workshop will also cover various technologies and practices to encourage discussion either in person or virtually. 


Creating Active Learning in Classrooms
Wednesday, August 17th, 1 – 2:15 PM, Location TBD (74 people registration limit) 
Facilitators: Maggie McLaughlin (Comparative Literature) and John Stavick (O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs) 

This workshop will help instructors create engaging classroom spaces that value students’ knowledge and lived experiences by incorporating active learning into their pedagogy. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to define active learning, differentiate between active learning techniques, and create one active learning activity they can use in their class. Workshop participants will collaborate on the development of active learning-oriented activities that can be implemented in their classes. 


Teaching with Instructional Technologies in the Post-Online World: An Introduction for New AI’s 
Wednesday, August 17th, 2:30 – 3:30 PM, Location TBD (192 people registration limit) 
Facilitators: Ryan Cowden (Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies) and Chen Meng (Instructional Systems Technology) 

In this workshop, we will provide a helpful introduction to instructional technologies provided by Indiana University. We will explore how Canvas helps you create and share your course content, how Zoom facilitates connection, and how Kaltura allows you to create and share media. This workshop will provide the essential skills you need to get your course up and running before the beginning of the year, with an eye toward the new state of blended learning in higher education.