University of Southern Indiana

Teaching and Learning Symposium

5th Annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 9 am - 3:35 pm CST via Zoom
Sponsored by the University of Southern Indiana's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Register | Program | Session Abstracts/Materials

You are invited to participate virtually in the fifth annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning Symposium, sponsored by the University of Southern Indiana. The Symposium includes 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 teaching practice or the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).  Presentations that focus on adaptions and issues related to teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic are also welcomed.
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Why Participate?

  • Share your efforts in supporting student learning and success and advancing your 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.
  • Interact with participants across disciplines and institutions.

The program includes a variety of presentation and session formats to provide you with opportunities for learning, sharing, and interacting with participants: a keynote interactive presentation, a student panel session, SoTL presentations, teaching practice interactive sessions, poster presentations, and networking breaks.


Keynote Session: Balancing Flexibility and Rigor to Support Student Success
Presented by Carie Cardamone and Heather Dwyer, Tufts University

Description: As the pandemic continues, instructors strive to incorporate flexibility in their courses while preserving academic rigor. In this session, we will explore the concept of rigor and its relationship to inclusive, flexible teaching. Using Universal Design for Learning as a framework, we will discuss proactive strategies for maintaining high course standards while reaching all students. Instructors adopting Universal Design models have seen their results increase student retention and engagement.

 cardamone

Carie Cardamone, Associate Director, Tufts University Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, brings her passion to make science education both inclusive and exciting to her work supporting faculty. Dr Cardamone draws on her experience as an education researcher in exploring the ways that assessments can be used to support student learning and advance equity in the curriculum. She earned her PhD in Astronomy at Yale University.

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Heather Dwyer is currently Assistant Director at Tufts University’s Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. Dr. Dwyer’s professional interests include evidence-based teaching, inclusive teaching, and measuring the impact of CTL efforts. Her article “A Mandatory Diversity Workshop for Faculty: Does it Work?” was published in 2020. She earned her doctorate in Ecology at the University of California, Davis.

Schedule Overview - All times are shown in Central (CST). View the Detailed Program (updated 2.24.21).
9:00 - 9:40 am Welcome and Student Panel Session
9:50 - 10:10 am Concurrent Sessions 1 and 2
10:20 - 10:40 am Concurrent Sessions 3 and 4
10:45 - 11:15 am Poster Session 1 and Networking Break
11:20 - 11:40 am Concurrent Sessions 5 and 6
11:50 am - 12:10 pm Concurrent Sessions 7 and 8
12:10 - 12:40 pm Break and Networking
12:40 - 2:00 pm Keynote Session
2:10 - 2:30 pm Concurrent Sessions 9 and 10
2:40 - 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions 11 and 12
3:05 - 3:35 pm Poster Session 2 and Networking Break

You are welcome to participate as your schedule permits. All sessions will take place virtually using Zoom.


Registration

Register here. We kindly request registration by February 23 (free registration). Pre-registered participants may choose to enter the drawing for "door" prizes.
Health Professional Continuing Education (CE) credits may be earned by participating in the Symposium.

Key Dates

To provide flexibility and encourage participation, two sets of proposal submission and notification dates are available.

  • Proposal submission deadline (round 1): Tuesday, December 1, 2020
  • Notification of proposal status (round 1): Tuesday, December 15, 2020
  • Proposal submission deadline (round 2): Tuesday, December 15, 2020
  • Notification of proposal status (round 2): Monday, January 11, 2021
  • Confirm intent to present: Friday, January 15, 2021
  • Registration opens: Friday, January 15, 2021 (free registration)
  • Revised abstract submission deadline: Monday, January 25, 2021
  • Symposium program available: Friday, January 29, 2021
  • Upload presentation files: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Call for Proposals 

  • Call for Proposals with instructions and review rubric
  • Submit proposals here by Tuesday, December 1 (round 1) or Tuesday, December 15 (round 2): The submission period has closed.
  • All proposals are evaluated using a double-blind peer-review process.

Presentation abstracts will be added to USI's Scholarly Open Access Repository (SOAR), which is a searchable repository to provide broader dissemination of our presenters' works.

Questions? Please contact us at cetl@usi.edu


2021 Symposium Committee

  • Mary Ann Allen, College of Nursing & Health Professions - Organizing Committee member
  • Laura Bernhardt, Rice Library - Organizing Committee member
  • Rob Carroll, Pott College 
  • 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 - Organizing Committee member
  • Urska Dobersek, College of Liberal Arts
  • Adrian Gentle, Pott College - Organizing Committee member 
  • Stacey Keown, Pott College
  • Denise Lynn, College of Liberal Arts
  • Elissa Mitchell, College of Liberal Arts Organizing Committee member
  • Becca Neel, Rice Library
  • David O'Neil, College of Liberal Arts
  • Katherine Peak, College of Nursing & Health Professions
  • Heather Schmuck, College of Nursing & Health Professions Organizing Committee member
  • Kate Sherrill, Rice Library
  • Moriah Smothers, Pott College
  • Sabinah Wanjugu, Romain College of Business
  • Peter Whiting, Rice Library
  • Amy Chan Hilton, CETL - Organizing Committee member

2021 Symposium Sponsors

The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) is proud to offer the fifth Celebration of Teaching & Learning Symposium.  We are grateful for the support provided by the Office of the Provost, David L. Rice Library, Online Learning, Information Technology, and Office of Planning, Research, and Assessment.


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 for 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 Symposium is an example of CETL’s focus on Making Teaching and Learning Visible.  

Abstract Collection
Presentation abstracts from the Symposium series are available publicly through USI's Scholarly Open Access Repository (SOAR).


2020 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium

February 5, 2020, University of Southern Indiana

Approximately 90 individuals attended the fourth annual Symposium, with participants from five institutions in the region. The program included 23 oral and poster presentations, a plenary luncheon presentation "In the Company of Others: Learning Analytics and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning" by Dr. Jennifer Meta Robinson (Indiana University Bloomington).


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

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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