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  • Fall 2020-Spring 2021

    Spring 2021

    Tech Tools Tuesday: iLearn, Getting Your Course Ready for the Next Semester 

    May 11, 2021
    Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
    Kelvin Norman, Educational Technology Specialist

    The end of the semester is the time to prepare iLearn courses for copying components to the next semester’s courses. This process involves updating Master iLearn courses as well as cleaning up existing semester courses. In this session, we will discuss the exact procedures for adding, deleting, and modifying content topics, quizzes, assignments, discussions, and other iLearn components. The process of copying, exporting, and importing entire courses and between semesters will be explained in detail. I will also include elaboration on the steps for selecting specific items to be copied as well as how to manage or offset start, end, and due dates. 

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    iLearn Quiz Tool 

    April 20, 2021
    Dr. Kelvin Norman, Educational Technology Specialist 

    The iLearn Quiz Tool enables instructors to create exams using multiple question types while implementing a wide range of settings to facilitate administering the exams. In addition, this versatile tool captures analytics, reports, and exportable data that can be used as valuable feedback for evaluating student progress and teaching effectiveness. In this session, I will discuss how to create questions in the Question Library, how to add the questions to a quiz, and how to apply quiz settings to give the instructor granular control.  Other topics will include question pools, advanced grading options, special access, and analytics.  

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    Course Analytics in iLearn 

    April 13, 2021
    Lauren Neal & Kyle Cook 

    Course analytics can help provide insight into how effective course elements are, as well as the level of engagement for students. The analytics function in iLearn allows instructors to monitor class progress, content statistics, assignment statistics, and more. During this session, Lauren and Kyle will cover how to find your course analytics, how to understand and use the information collected, and how to then implement that information for better course design and higher student engagement.  

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    LinkedIn Learning & e-Portfolios 

    Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning | Center for Advancement of Faculty Excellence
    Cheryl Tays, Instructional Designer 

    The nature of LinkedIn is centered around professionalism, which means it provides an easy way for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to cut through any social noise. It serves as a sort of electronic portfolio in the career search process. Instructors are encouraged to assign courses related to course content/objectives for a grade or suggest courses that help students perform better on performance assessments. 

    This workshop will help instructors learn to utilize one of the most valuable tools offered to faculty and students at Tennessee Tech. Specifically, the objectives of the training include:

    • Overview of LinkedIn and LinkedIn Learning
    • Discuss the use of LinkedIn Learning as an electronic portfolio for students
    • Create a plan for implementing LinkedIn Learning in your course

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    Elevating Student Engagement: Engagement Opportunities Outside iLearn 

    Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning | Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence
    Kyle Cook, Instructional Designer
    April 1, 2021 

    Student engagement is essential to a successful course, but it is not automatic, especially in an online classroom. This session is focused on tools and techniques that instructors can leverage to increase engagement with their students. In this session, you will be introduced to available software, resources, and applications that can have a tremendous impact on learner engagement. You will also be given strategies for using these programs, as well as tips and tricks to increase overall interest in the content. 

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    Tech Teaches Tuesday: Course Evaluations

    Facilitator: Kyle Cook, Instructional Designer
    March 30, 2021

    Consistent course evaluations offer the best opportunity for improvement in the future. In this session, I will discuss formative evaluation techniques as well as the traditional summative evaluations you may be familiar with. Participants will gain a better understanding of why and how to evaluate your course, as well as practical steps to implement to start improving next semester's course today.

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    Tech Tools Tuesday: Respondus Monitor

    Facilitator: Kelvin Norman, Educational Technology Specialists
    March 23, 2021

    Respondus Monitor is an instructional technology that builds on the power of using Respondus LockDown browser by helping educators monitor students during quizzes or online assessments. Respondus Monitor uses a student's webcam and industry-leading video analytics to help prevent cheating during non-proctored exams. During this session, participants will learn how to successfully integrate the use of Respondus Monitor in their course, from turning on the proper setting in iLearn to accessibility and other additional features.  

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    Tech Teaches Tuesday: Grading Rubrics 

    Facilitators: Cheryl Tays & Lauren Neal
    March 9, 2021

    Grading rubrics are assessment tools to help instructors and students focus on the expectations of an assignment. While generic grading rubrics are plentiful, it is recommended that instructors use the course standards to build effective grading rubrics in order to determine the level of student success within each assignment. In addition to facilitating learning, rubrics can also help to make the grading of the assessments fair and consistent. This workshop will offer discussions on the practical consideration of using grading rubrics within a course and research-based practices for rubric design. It will also include a demonstration of constructing grading rubrics within iLearn and connecting them to the gradebook.  

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    Tech Teaches Tuesday: Course Objectives, Assessments, & Instructional Strategies

    Facilitator: Kyle Cook, CITL Instructional Designer  
    March 2, 2021

    Course alignment is crucial for successful learning. If the content of a course does not align with the course objectives then chances are the objectives will not be met. When designing an online course, a lot of thought and planning should go into the structure. The desired outcome(s) of a course should be the primary focus in the design process. In this session we will discuss course alignment through learning objectives and assessment. We will outline a strategy for building alignment within your course and hopefully provide you with some information you can use when structuring your next eLearning offering.

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    Gamification of Learning
    Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

    January 28, 2021
    Facilitator: Cheryl Tays, CITL Instructional Designer 

    Higher Education is NOT a game, but that does not mean that games cannot be used to motivate and engage students. Gamification has become more than a buzzword, and is proving to be popular in education development to enrich students' experience in classroom. Gamification is defined as the incorporation of gaming elements, such as scoring, competition, and leveling, in educational or other contexts that are not typically game-like. Not a gamer? No worries! This session will share strategies in iLearn and other web-based tools that may improve learner engagement in your course.

    The “Elevating Student Engagement – Session 5: Gamification” will cover the following topics:

    • Benefits of Gamification
    • Educational Research on Gamification
    • iLearn Release Conditions
    • iLearn Points Grading System
    • Tic Tac Toe Boards in Student Choice of Assessment
    • Variety of Web-Based Tools for Gamification

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    New Faculty Orientation Series | Elevating Student Engagement  - this session is required for all new faculty. 

    Course Evaluations: Engaging with Course Evaluations Results to Improve Teaching Pedagogy

    New Faculty Orientation Session
    January 21, 2021
    Facilitator: Dr. Kevin Harris, Center for Assessment and Improvement of Learning Associate Director 

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    Visit the Office of Institutional Assessment, Research, and Effectiveness

    CITL Winter Workshop 

    Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning 
    January 12, 2021

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    Fall 2020

    Fall 2020: Elevating Student Engagement Series

    More than ever before, college and university instructors are faced with a challenge of student engagement. In the traditional face-to-face classroom, instructor questions are often met with silence. In the online classroom, student passivity is revealed in a variety of ways: silence in Zoom video conferencing, lack of iLearn login, failure to submit assignments and limited words in a discussion board threads.  

    There are many suggested ways to encourage active participation in the higher ed classroom, face-to-face and online. These sessions will share some research that shows the results of student engagement activities along with effective methods for enhancing student engagement in your courses.  

    Elevating Student Engagement: Primacy/Recency Theory

    Facilitators: Cheryl Tays and Kyle Cook
    September 24 | 11-12 via Teams

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    Elevating Student Engagement: Increase Student Engagement by Leveraging iLearn 

    Facilitators: Cheryl Tays and Kyle Cook
    October 1 | 11-12 via Teams

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    Elevating Student Engagement: Improve student Engagement with Less Technology 

    Facilitators: Cheryl Tays and Kyle Cook
    October 15 | 11-12 via Teams

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    Elevating Student Engagement with Breakout Rooms

    Facilitators: Cheryl Tays and Kyle Cook 
    November 12 | 11-12 pm via Teams

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    Fall 2020: Research 101 Workshop Series 

    Research 101: Sponsored Projects Overview

    Office of Research & Grant Accounting
    September 17 | 11-12pm via Teams

    During this session participants will walk through the life cycle of a grant, focusing on a few key topic areas including: the definition of external funding, the role of the Office of Research and the role of the Office of Grant Accounting, internal processes and required paperwork, an overview of the roles and responsibilities in a proposal, and more.

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    Research 101: Identify Funding Opportunities 

    Office of Research
    October 22 | 11-12pm via Teams

    During this session participants walked through the process for identifying funding including learning more about funding resources such as SPIN,, and Cornerstone OpsWATCH.

    View Presentation View Video Recording  Session Handout 

    Research 101: Best Practices in Proposal Development 

    November 5 | 11-12pm via Teams  

    During this session participants learned about the best practices in proposal development. Included in these best practices are: 

    • know the funder and understand the competition process
    • understand the importance of solicitation
    • develop a realistic timeline
    • navigate the toolkit
    • when and how to contact a program officer
    • identify key aspects of budget development
    • the importance of detailed budget justification 

    View Presentation  View Video Recording Session Handout 

  • Fall 2019-Summer 2020

    Summer 2020: Authentic Assessment Critical-Thinking and Real-World Problem-Solving Workshop 

    Center for Assessment & Improvement of Learning                 
    Facilitators: Kevin Harris and Elizabeth Lisic
    Wednesday July 22 & Thursday, July 23 | Virtual Workshop from 8am-12pm

    The Center for Assessment & Improvement of Learning (CAIL) and the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) are excited to offer a critical-thinking and real-world problem-solving workshop at Tennessee Tech University this July to kick-off our Authentic Assessment Academic Learning Community (ALC). This 2 half-day virtual workshop is based around the Critical-thinking Assessment Test (CAT). The CAT was developed at TN Tech with support from the National Science Foundation and is used across the country to support institutional assessment and academic research. During the first half-day workshop, we will introduce the CAT and take a look at the test and see how our TN Tech students respond to critical-thinking questions. On the second half-day workshop, we will introduce critical-thinking frameworks used in the CAT, practice the development of interdisciplinary critical-thinking activities, and brainstorm/develop content specific critical-thinking activities (CAT Apps) for your courses.

    The goal of our ALC is to support faculty members in their development of new critical-thinking and problem-solving assessments. This support includes post workshop meetings and feedback, as well as, the potential to administer the CAT in a course that you teach. This can provide valuable data for a publication or presentation or additional feedback for student learning. 

    Summer 2020: CITL Summer Intensive 

    The CITL Summer Intensive 2020 took place virtually June 10-12. Our Instructional Design Team prepared engaging and informative training sessions.

    To register for our next Intensive session email

    Spring 2020: Course Evaluations: Using Your Results 

    If you want to use your IDEA results to improve and inform you teaching and subsequent evaluation results, you will want to be sure and attend!

    Spring 2020: Authentic Assessment and Course Design to Promote Critical Thinking

    The CITL and the Office of Creative Inquiry/QEP partnered with the Center for Assessment and Improvement in Learning for workshop and training opportunities on "Authentic Assessment and Course Design to Promote Critical Thinking." An introductory workshop was held Tuesday, January 14 with the workshop being repeated on Friday, January 24. Those who attend this introductory workshop will be eligible for a paid workshop on scoring of the Critical-thinking Assessment Test (CAT) with follow-up consultation on integration of CAT applications for course design/re-design.


    Fall 2019: Eyes on Teaching Series 

    The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) hosted  “Eyes on Teaching” from September 30 through October 4. Eyes on Teaching is a new professional development opportunity where you can attend the class of one of our own TN Tech colleagues and observe innovative teaching and learning strategies in real-time. Our faculty participants this fall are Dr. Jason Beach, Dr. Melissa Geist, and Dr. Nikki Panter. These faculty have been identified, through awards, teaching evaluations, and various measures of student engagement and success, as faculty who excel in the area of teaching as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning. To give faculty the opportunity to observe their teaching approaches and engagement with students, they agreed to open their classrooms for faculty observers to attend class with them and their students during a regularly scheduled class time.



  • Fall 2018-Summer 2019

    Spring 2019: The Missing Link

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

    Spring 2019: 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.

    Fall 2018: 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]

  • Additional Archived Events 

    • Fall 2016-Summer 2017

      i3 Academy

      A multi-day academy for faculty to build experience and expertise in high-quality pedagogy, develop a toolkit of shared, evidence-base practices and create a course framework and set of course materials that reflects the vision of new possibilities for teaching practices.

      • May 2017 (College of Business)

      Camp QEP for UNIV 1020

      An intensive workshop focused on developing an understanding and appreciation of creative inquiry for faculty and staff teaching UNIV 1020 courses.

      • August 2017

      Team-Based Learning Institute

      A two-day workshop for faculty interested in transforming their courses to be more engaged, more collaborative, and more active. Facilitated by Dr. McCubbins in the School of Agriculture.

      • June 2017

      Engaged Scholar Workshop

      A workshop designed to broaden and deepen understanding of the value of community engagement among faculty and staff by integrating projects into the classroom. A collaborative program with the Service Learning Center.

      • May 2017

      Camp QEP

      An three-day workshop focused on developing an understanding and appreciation of creative inquiry for faculty receiving QEP Curriculum Grants.

      • May 2017

      Blended Learning Virtual Book Tour

      An hour-long webinar and Q&A session with Katie Linder, the author of The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide. Each participant received a free copy of the book. A joint effort between the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and the Innovation Technology Institute.

      • February 2017

      Soaring High: A Professional Development Retreat

      This event was developed between the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Human Resources and a steering committee of employees from across campus, It was for faculty and staff that included multiple opportunities to learn from and with colleagues from all across the campus. Topics included wellness, stress reduction, innovative leadership, budgets, branding, and much more. 

      • October 2016

      SoTL Certificate Series

      A three-part series for faculty interested in exploring how to turn their teaching and learning practices in the classroom into published (or funded) scholarship. Each participant received a certificate.

      • Fall 2016
      • Spring 2017

      Classroom Assessment for Engineers

      An intensive workshop for TAs in the College of Engineers on best practices for classroom assessment. Included discussions on FERPA and Academic Integrity.

      • September 2016
      • February 2017

      Faculty Lunch Series

      A monthly lunch series for faculty and staff to engage across disciplines. A collaborative program with the Women’s Center.

      • September 2016
      • October 2016
      • November 2016
      • December 2016
      • February 2017
      • March 2017
      • April 2017
      • May 2017
    • Fall 2015-Summer 2016

      i3 Academy

      A multi-day academy for faculty to build experience and expertise in high-quality pedagogy, develop a toolkit of shared, evidence-base practices and create a course framework and set of course materials that reflects the vision of new possibilities for teaching practices.

      • May 2016
      • July 2016

      SoTL Certificate Series

      A three-part series for faculty interested in exploring how to turn their teaching and learning practices in the classroom into published (or funded) scholarship. Each participant received a certificate.

      • Spring 2016


      eLearning Showcase

      Highlighted faculty and innovation by taking a look behind the curtain at exemplary online, hybrid and technology-enhanced courses and the opportunity to talk one-on-one with faculty who taught the courses from disciplines across campus. This event was a joint effort between the Innovation Technology Institute and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.

      • April 2016


      Spring Faculty Series

      The Innovation Technology Institute (prior to merging with the CITL) hosted workshops for faculty each Spring for faculty development. These seminars and workshops covered a variety of pedagogical and managerial topics related to teaching in the classroom. The Innovation Technology Institute, the Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence worked together to bring this series to our faculty.


      Student Engagement – How Do You Keep Your Students Engaged?

      Dr. Mary Kidd, Physics - Flipped Classroom
      Jenny Maffett, Nursing - Using Discussions and Community Engagement Projects

      In this video series we will discuss the challenge of student engagement and the different ways technology can be used as response to this challenge. Many Tennessee Tech faculty members have been addressing this problem head on and we have chosen to highlight a few of them. Above you will find video interviews, approximately 5 minutes in length, with each faculty member discussing their unique solution to the challenge of student engagement.

      Creating Significant Learning - Dee Fink Workshops and Online Class

      The Innovation Technology Institute along with the Office of the Provost brought Dr. Stewart Ross to the campus several times for one and two-day workshops.

      October 2015: a two-week, online course for 21 faculty and support staff and we provided Creating Significant Learning books to each participant.

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