Programs and Events

See what programs and events the CITL has to offer through out the year. 

Spring 2019 Workshop: The Missing Link

Friday, March 29, 2019, from 10am to 2pm (lunch provided) in Bell Hall, room 260.

The CITL hosted a workshop focusing on aspects of teaching and learning that may be forgotten, overlooked, or undervalued. Go to our event page, linked above, for more information about the speakers and to watch a recording of the sessions.

  • Tech Teaches Series: 2018-2019

    Concept-Based Learning

    Dr. Bedelia Russell
    September 6, 2018 at 11:00am in Volpe Library 117 

    Missed the presentation? View the Video for Concept-Based Learning.
    Would you like to design your course around big ideas instead of subject-specific content? By leading students to consider the context in which they will use their understanding, concept-based learning brings real world meaning to content knowledge and skills. Join Dr. Bedelia Russell as she offers strategies for making concept-based learning a reality.

    Popular Media in the Classroom

    Dr. Mark Melichar
    September 27, 2018 at 11:00am in Volpe Library 117

    Are you looking for a way to make course material more relatable for students? Popular media such as clips from movies, television shows, and music can help students make a deeper and longer lasting connection with course material. Join Dr. Mark Melichar as he shares his website “Econ Gone Country" and shows examples of economics in country music.

    Creative Thinking

    Dr. Nikki Panter
    October 11, 2018 at 11:00am in Volpe Library 117

    Do you want to integrate more creative thinking into your courses? Creative thinking involves looking at a problem or a question in new and interesting ways in order to develop multiple solutions. Join Dr. Nikki Panter as she describes her "Create a Critter" project that ties together creative thinking with teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving.

    Authentic Assessment

    Jacob Kelley
    November 8, 2018 at 11:00am in Volpe Library 117

    Missed the presentation? Download the presentation files.

    How can we ensure that students are learning in meaningful and worthwhile ways instead of simply memorizing to pass an exam? Authentic assessment is an approach that asks students to demonstrate competency through the completion of tasks that most mirror the real world. Join Jacob Kelley as he provides insight into implementing authentic assessment.

  • Tech Teaches Series: 2017-2018


    A series about interesting and innovative Teaching facilitated by our own faculty. Each year we will be hosting a number of Professional Development Opportunities. Please join us to acquire innovative ideas for teaching, network with fellow faculty members, and have fun.  We hope to see you there.

    Engage with your colleagues and learn more about what methods, perspectives, and concepts are working with our students across campus.

    Are you doing something interesting in your classroom that you would like to share? Would you like to facilitate a Tech Teaches session? Let us know!

    Tech Teaches Series: 2017-2018

    Academic Mindsets
    September 19, 2017
    Chad Luke

    October 19, 2017
    Ed Beason

    November 9, 2017
    Mary Kidd

    COPUS - Active Learning [Video]
    February 8, 2018
    Jennifer Meadows

    March 1, 2018
    Paula Engelhardt

    March 22, 2018
    Theresa Ennis

    Zoom and Group Work
    April 19, 2018
    Amy Callender

  • Previous Faculty Development Workshops & Presentations


    Fall 2018 Workshop: How People Learn

    The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning hosted a workshop on the foundations of knowledge acquisition and transfer with connections to Google Suite. Melissa Geist and Jason Beach each presented. View their presentation materials below.

    Presenter Info:

    • Dr. Jason Beach, Curriculum & Instruction [Presentation]
    • Dr. Melissa Geist, Nursing [Presentation] [Video]

    Spring 2019 Workshop: Gameful Learning

    What is Gameful Learning?

    Gameful learning is a new pedagogical approach that takes inspiration from the engagement we see in video games, and uses it to re-imagine what traditional learning environments could be like – particularly, what role students can play and how the design of assessment systems supports student engagement. Gameful learning is not about making school easy…or even fun, but about designing environments where students are encouraged to focus less on their final grade and more on the pathway to mastery.

    To create this environment requires a rethinking of how grading works. Instead of an assessment system where everyone starts with 100%, where each new grade decreases a student’s class average (the current normative model for grading systems), to a 0-based, earn-up model, where each assessment increases the student’s cumulative points and represents his/her progress towards mastery. Then we build a series of optional assessment pathways so that students have autonomy over how to engage with course content.

    The Gameful Learning workshop on March 24th will cover this and many more examples of how to rethink the way your students engage with the content of your class.

    Dr. Rachel Niemer and Dr. Evan Straub of the University of Michigan will facilitate an interactive day of ideas and strategies for designing a course through a gameful approach.

    There is no fee associated with this event.


    • 10:00am-11:15am -  Overview of Gameful Learning and Motivation (with extensive Q&A)
    • 11:15am -12:30pm - Autonomy
    • 12:30pm - 12:45pm -  Lunch Provided
    • 12:45pm - 1:45pm - Belonging (during lunch) 
    • 2:00pm - 2:45pm - Competence
    • 2:45pm - 3:00pm - Wrap up and final thoughts

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