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7th Annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium

Thursday, February 16, 2023 | 9:15 am - 2:45 pm CST
University Center East, Evansville, IN

Program | Presentation Abstracts (pdf) | Abstracts (SOAR)

Keynote Slides | Handout

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 7th annual Symposium a success! Close to 70 participants and presenters from 6 institutions attended.

You are invited to participate in the seventh annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning Symposium, planned as an in-person event. 

Sponsored by the University of Southern Indiana's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).

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The Symposium showcases works focusing on improving and transforming student learning, academic success, and curriculum in higher education. It provides opportunities to share teaching and learning efforts as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) or Teaching Practice.

A keynote presentation by Dr. Sushilla Knottenbelt (University of New Mexico) will be presented during the luncheon. The program also includes lightning, standard, and poster presentations.

Why Participate?

The Symposium will provide you with opportunities to engage with other participants across disciplines and areas of work. Benefits include the opportunity to share and get feedback on your work, spark new ideas, make your teaching scholarship visible, and initiate or strengthen connections.

  • 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.
Keynote Luncheon

We are excited to welcome Dr. Sushilla Knottenbelt from the University of New Mexico as this year's keynote speaker! She will present "Lessons from the Student Experience Project: Low lift strategies to increase student engagement, improve educational outcomes and reduce equity gaps."
View the keynote abstract and meet Dr. Knottenbelt.

Program Overview
  • 9:15 am Registration and Coffee
  • 9:40 am Welcome
  • 10-10:45 am Standard Presentations
  • 11-11:50 am Standard and Lightning Presentations
  • 12-1:15 pm Keynote Luncheon
  • 1:15-1:50 pm Poster Presentations and Dessert
  • 2-2:45 pm Standard Presentations
Event Location and Parking
  • The Symposium will be held in University Center East, 2nd floor. This building is connected to the Performance Center, is near the Welcome Center, and is across from the Screaming Eagles arena.
  • Entrances to University Center East are through the Performance Center and the breezeway with "The Cone" structure.
  • Parking Lot C is the closest to the event. Parking is free.
  • Accessible parking spaces are available next to the Rice Library and in Parking Lots C and N.

2023 Keynote

Lessons from the Student Experience Project: Low lift strategies to increase student engagement, improve educational outcomes and reduce equity gaps presented by Dr. Sushilla Knottenbelt

Decades of research in social psychology shows that when students experience a sense of belonging in the classroom, they’re more likely to persist through academic challenges, especially when they are part a minoritized group. The Student Experience Project brought together six institutions and several learning partners to develop and test practical strategies based on these findings for faculty to easily implement in their classrooms. These strategies have been successfully utilized at a variety of institutions, across the disciplines, in large and small classrooms, with national data showing a positive correlation between improving student experience and better grade outcomes, as well as reinforcing the key role that faculty have in establishing the classroom climate. Participants will leave this session with an overview of the evidence base, some practical tools to measure and improve student experience and access to an extensive collection of resources for further exploration.

About the Keynote Speaker

Sushilla Knottenbelt is a chemistry educator and faculty lead for the University of New Mexico Student Experience Project. Her interests and expertise involve applying evidence-based strategies to create classroom environments where every student can succeed, both in her own classes and in collaboration with faculty across disciplines. Her life map so far is in reverse alphabetical order, born in Zimbabwe, via York, UK (for degree and PhD) and now in Albuquerque, NM where she lives with her multigenerational family and troublesome Jack Russell terrier, Sparky.

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