University of Southern Indiana

Teaching and Learning Symposium

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5th Annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium
Thursday, February 11, 2021 
University of Southern Indiana, University Center East

4th Annual 
Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium

Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
University of Southern Indiana, University Center East

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You are invited to participate in the fourth annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning Symposium at the University of Southern Indiana. The Symposium welcomes works focusing on improving student learning, academic success, and curriculum in higher education. It provides opportunities to present and hear about teaching and learning efforts framed as reflective teaching, scholarly teaching, or the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).

Why Participate?

  • Share your efforts in supporting student learning and success and advancing one's teaching practice. 
  • Gain knowledge of evidence-based strategies and technologies that support student learning and success across settings and disciplines.
  • Foster reflection on your teaching practice, including improving and measuring student learning.

The Symposium will provide opportunities to share teaching efforts that support student learning and success while interacting with participants across disciplines in oral and poster/demonstration presentations and a keynote luncheon. The Symposium is an example of CETL’s focus o Making Teaching and Learning Visible initiative. 

Participants are welcomed to move between concurrent sessions based on their interests and participate as their schedules permit.

We request registration by January 29 if you plan to attend the lunch and keynote presentation. Pre-registered participants will receive an entry for the door prizes. Poster session participants will receive an additional entry. 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jennifer Meta Robinson
Indiana University

"In the Company of Others: Learning Analytics and
the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning"

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Jennifer Meta Robinson

Abstract:  “Big data” is regularly used by higher education institutions to assess student progress toward their degree. However, faculty may not see much of themselves in that statistical picture, often encountering it as a stark numerical value of average time to degree, percentage of students retained, or the like. When faculty members gain access to big data, new possibilities open for framing questions that increase their impact on student success. This arena is new for the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), proposed as early as 2010 but only recently gaining traction. In this talk, I discuss research by a faculty team that is leveraging large-scale learning analytics to inform disciplinary instruction. Their work reveals opportunities to make major, evidence-based interventions in their courses in ways that respect faculty members’ disciplinary knowledge, their wisdom of practice, and students’ experiences. Teaching about 7,000 students per year in the general education curriculum, this team from the life sciences, information sciences, social sciences, and humanities shows the value of collaboration to close the gap between teaching and learning to help students succeed.

About the Speaker:  Jennifer Meta Robinson, Ph.D., is Professor of Practice in the Indiana University Anthropology Department where she studies sustainable food systems and college pedagogy. Her pedagogical research has focused on faculty learning communities, scholarship of teaching and learning, and learning analytics.  She and a team of graduate assistants teach Interpersonal Communication: A Cultural Approach to about 1000 students per year. She was president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) and co-edits the IU Press book series on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  A Student Learning Analytics Fellow and Mack Fellow, she teaches graduate courses on college pedagogy and co-directs IU’s Graduate Certificate on College Pedagogy. She won Distinguished Service Awards from ISSOTL and IU’s teaching academy and received the Trustees Teaching Award from IU in 2018 and 2012. She co-edited the book Teaching Environmental Literacy across the Curriculum and Across Campus (2010). A new book on how graduate students learn to teach at the college level is under contract.

Jennifer studies local food movements and is a member of IU’s Emerging Area of Research on Sustainable Food Systems Science. Two books explore the relationships and trade-offs in alternative agriculture—Selling Local:  Why Local Food Movements Matter (2017) and The Farmers’ Market Book:  Growing Food, Cultivating Community (2007) She teaches courses on food and culture at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Her major grants are from the Association of American Universities, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Teagle Foundation, Indiana Arts Commission, and Indiana University. She affiliates with the Ostrom Workshop, Integrated Program on the Environment, Food Institute, and Campus Farm at IU.  

Directions and Parking

The Symposium will be held on the beautiful campus of the University of Southern Indiana, on the second floor of University Center East (address: 8600 University Blvd, Evansville, IN 47712). This building is connected to the Performance Center and across from the Screaming Eagles Arena. The nearest and accessible parking is Parking Lot C. Parking is free. 

Key Dates

  • Proposal submission deadline: Monday, December 2, 2019
  • Registration opens: Monday, December 9, 2019 (free registration)
  • Notification of proposal status: Friday, December 13, 2019
  • Authors confirm intent to present: Friday, December 20, 2019
  • Revised abstract submission deadline: Monday, January 13, 2020
  • Symposium program available: Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Upload presentation files: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Call for Proposals (closed)

  • Call for Proposals with instructions and review rubric
  • All proposals will be evaluated using a double-blind peer-review process
  • Proposal submission online form opens by Monday, October 28
  • Submit proposals here by Monday, December 2 (deadline extended)
  • Proposal preparation informational sessions/webinars:

2020 Symposium Committee

  • Laura Bernhardt, Rice Library - Organizing Committee member
  • Belle Cowden, Online Learning - Organizing Committee member
  • Mark Creager, Pott College - Organizing Committee member 
  • Srikanth Dandotkar, College of Liberal Arts - Organizing Committee member
  • Christos Deligkaris, Pott College
  • Jara Dillingham, College of Liberal Arts
  • Urska Dobersek, College of Liberal Arts
  • Jason Fertig, Romain College of Business
  • Adrian Gentle, Pott College - Organizing Committee member 
  • Stacey Keown, Pott College
  • Denise Lynn, College of Liberal Arts
  • Emily Lynn, OSPRA Organizing Committee member
  • Elissa Mitchell, College of Liberal Arts Organizing Committee member
  • David O'Neill, College of Liberal Arts
  • Katherine Peak, College of Nursing & Health Professions
  • Moriah Smothers, Pott College
  • Laurel Standiford Reyes, College of Liberal Arts Organizing Committee member
  • Andrea Wright, Rice Library - Organizing Committee member
  • Amy Chan Hilton, CETL - Organizing Committee member
  • With assistance from:
    • Tammy Johnson, Online Learning
    • Heather Meredith, Graduate Assistant
    • Erin Meyer, University Communications

2020 Symposium Sponsors

The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) is proud to offer the fourth Celebration of Teaching & Learning Symposium.  We are grateful for the support provided by our partners: 

  • Office of the Provost 
  • David L. Rice Library
  • Department of Online Learning
  • Information Technology
  • Office of Planning, Research, and Assessment
  • Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Administration

About the Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposia

The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) at the University of Southern Indiana is proud to sponsor this annual symposium to the community.  The goal of the Symposia is to provide participants opportunities to share their teaching efforts to support student learning, engage in conversations to enhance one's teaching practice, and build community.  The Symposia is part of CETL’s Making Teaching and Learning Visible initiative. 

Presentation abstracts are available through USI's Scholarly Open Access Repository (SOAR).

2019 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium

February 6, 2019, University of Southern Indiana

More than 100 individuals attended the third Symposium, with participants from nine institutions in the region. The program included 30 oral and poster presentations, a plenary luncheon presentation "Good Teachers, Scholarly Teachers, and Scholars of Teaching and Learning" by Dr. Jennifer Friberg (Cross Endowed Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Illinois State University).

2018 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium

January 25, 2018, University of Southern Indiana

More than 90 individuals attended the second Symposium, with participants from five institutions in the region. The program included 26 oral and poster presentations, a plenary luncheon presentation "Active Learning in the 21st Century" by Dr. J. Ana Donaldson, and a reception.

2017 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium

January 26, 2017, University of Southern Indiana

2017 Symposium Program
The program included 35 oral and poster presentations, an invited panel of teaching award recipients, and a reception.  We were thrilled that over 110 participants attended this inaugural event. 

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