Concurrent Session Presentations


Concurrent Session 1 Presentations

Effective Labs in the Biological Sciences
Patrick Gentry, School of Science, IUPUI
Effective labs create synergistic experiences that have clear learning objectives and concurrent hands-on activities that should turn students ON to Laboratory Science; whereas, poorly organized and poorly run labs can turn them OFF to Laboratory Science for life. In this session we will discuss and demonstrate concepts for planning and running traditional versus online/hybrid labs. We will also review examples of leading effective labs in the biological sciences.

Effective Labs in the Physical Sciences
Keith Anliker, School of Science, IUPUI
Effective labs create synergistic experiences that have clear learning objectives and concurrent hands-on activities that should turn students ON to Laboratory Science; whereas, poorly organized and poorly run labs can turn them OFF to Laboratory Science for life. In this session we will discuss and demonstrate concepts for planning and running traditional versus online/hybrid labs. We will also review examples of leading effective labs in the physical sciences.

Grading Fairly and Efficiently
Terri Tarr, Center for Teaching and Learning
Evaluating student performance is one of the most important and time-consuming tasks of teaching. How can this process be made more effective for learners and more efficient for the grader? This session will provide you with strategies to assist in making the grading process more effective, objective, and consistent. Additionally, you will consider how to communicate about grades with students and with faculty, if you are assisting a faculty member.

Teaching Well With Canvas * 
Jenny Nelson, School of Science, IUPUI
Erich Bauer, Center for Teaching and Learning
In this session, participants will explore ways to enhance teaching and student learning by utilizing the many tools offered by Canvas. Session participants will investigate the role of technology in the classroom, both on-campus and online, and explore the ways that Canvas can facilitate assessment and feedback, as well as support collaboration and engagement among students. The session leaders will discuss best practices for using Canvas, and participants will leave with a solid plan for utilizing Canvas in their own class.

Graduate Student Professionalism: Time and Classroom Management * 
Gen Shaker, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI
Jen Robison, School of Science, IUPUI
In this interactive session, we will explore the complicated world of a graduate student teaching assistant. Beginning to teach is a learning experience for all involved. We will explore the professional components of teaching including dress, student interactions and relationships, conduct with colleagues, and development of professional standards and transferable skills. Graduate school is demanding, and coupled with a teaching responsibility, managing everything can become difficult while still maintaining a healthy school – life balance, thus we will also discuss techniques and tricks to help individuals find this balance.

Concurrent Session 2 Presentations

Teaching across Cultures
Pratibha Varma-Nelson, School of Science, IUPUI; Center for Teaching and Learning
Estela Ene, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI
This session will address the challenges that graduate TAs - both domestic and international - face when teaching multicultural student populations. The session is led by faculty with training and personal experience in teaching in multicultural classrooms. Attendees should be prepared to ask questions about their concerns as new TAs who may be teaching students from other cultural backgrounds.

Problem-Solving in STEM
Karen Alfrey, School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI
In this session, participants will explore strategies to develop, lead, and assess problem-solving activities (e.g. recitations or help sessions) in STEM classes.  Discussion topics include assessing students’ problem-solving challenges and helping them overcome them; developing activities that build analytical and critical thinking skills; and helping students engage deeply with course content.

Teaching Well With Canvas * 
Jenny Nelson, School of Science, IUPUI
Erich Bauer, Center for Teaching and Learning
In this session, participants will explore ways to enhance teaching and student learning by utilizing the many tools offered by Canvas. Session participants will investigate the role of technology in the classroom, both on-campus and online, and explore the ways that Canvas can facilitate assessment and feedback, as well as support collaboration and engagement among students. The session leaders will discuss best practices for using Canvas, and participants will leave with a solid plan for utilizing Canvas in their own class.

Graduate Student Professionalism: Time and Classroom Management * 
Gen Shaker, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI
Jen Robison, School of Science, IUPUI
In this interactive session, we will explore the complicated world of a graduate student teaching assistant. Beginning to teach is a learning experience for all involved. We will explore the professional components of teaching including dress, student interactions and relationships, conduct with colleagues, and development of professional standards and transferable skills. Graduate school is demanding, and coupled with a teaching responsibility, managing everything can become difficult while still maintaining a healthy school – life balance, thus we will also discuss techniques and tricks to help individuals find this balance.

* denotes a presentation that is offered in both concurrent sessions; you may only attend such presentations once.

Center for Teaching and Learning

email: thectl@iupui.edu
phone: 317-274-1300