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2016 Symposium on Teaching and Learning at Lehigh 

The Ninth Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning was held on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 in the Fairchild Martindale Library.

The goal of the Symposium on Teaching and Learning is to highlight new, interesting, and effective approaches to teaching and learning at Lehigh. We hope to disseminate good ideas, inspire others to try new approaches, and recognize the work of those who have met with success of one kind or another in their teaching.  A number of these courses received support from CITL staff, many of whom will be at the Symposium to discuss opportunities for future collaboration and support.

The Symposium is free and open to all members of the Lehigh University community, but registration s requested so that we can plan for refreshments, lunch, etc. 

Schedule (speaker schedule is below)

10:00am-11:30 am  "Projects that Engage and Instruct" (EWFM 5th Floor)

     Greg Reihman (Symposium Organizer and Director, CITL) welcome and introduction of speakers
“EWFM 2020: The Role of the Library in Student Learning”
Bruce Taggart (Vice Provost, LTS)
“Strategies for Student Work in a Collaborative Classroom”
  Ziad Munson (Sociology)
“The 7 Sins of Memory: Helping Students Record and Reflect”
  Almut Hupbach (Psychology)
“Using Scalar for Student Projects in ECO 409”
  Thomas Hyclak (Economics)
“Active Learning in ‘Senior Design’ (ChE 233/234)”
  Vince Grassi  (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering)
“Enhancing Student Learning in Fluid Mechanics (ME331) using Educational Videos”
  Arindam Banerjee (Mechanical Engineering)

11:40am - 1:30 pm "New Roles for Image and Voice in Student Learning" (EWFM 5th Floor)

Presentation of the 2015 Libraries Research Prize for excellence in scholarship and research
“The Lotus and the Podcast: Student Voices”
  Annabella Pitikin (Religion Studies)
“Multimodal Communication in the New English 2: Research and Argument”
  Brooke Rollins (English)
“Video Blogging at the Alehouse Cinema”
  Michael Kramp (English)  ~ MDHI Course Development Grant Recipient
“Teaching through Community Documentary Photography”
Anna Chupa (AAD) MDHI Course Development Grant Recipient
“Digital Humanities in the History Classroom”
  John Pettegrew (History) ~  MDHI Course Development Grant Recipient
“Engaging Students in the UMBC New Media Studio”
 Bill Shewbridge (University of Maryland Baltimore County)

1:40pm - 3:00 pm "Lightning Round: Short Presentations about New Approaches to Teaching." (EWFM ~ CITL 370/379) 

A rapid series of 5-minute presentations about engaging pedagogies, emerging technologies, or new assignments/projects that had great results.  The idea for this session is to provide a broad and engaging overview of the many ways Lehigh is bringing new approaches to our classrooms. 

“Building the CITL Classroom…and Using it in Phil 140: Philosophy in Film”
Greg Reihman (LTS/CITL/Philosophy)

“Collaborations on Websites, Scalar, Video: Making Good Use of the CITL Classroom”
Peggy Kong (Comparative and International Education)

“Using Technology to Connect Students to an Instructor at a Distance”
Lisa Zhang (Computer Science and Engineering

“Using Improv to Build Student Confidence”
Joshua Ehrig (CBE - Management & Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship)

“Low-effort Lecture Capture”
Jerry Lennon (Civil & Environmental Engineering)

“V-Capturing the Classroom”
Keith Hartranft (LTS/CBE)

“Automated Assignments in Course Site”
Ginny McSwain (Physics)

“Teaching (and researching) geospatially: An example of using Lehigh's ArcGIS Online account to teach about equity in education”
Tom Hammond (Instructional Technology and Teacher Education))

“Bioethics in the News: A Student-Driven Course”
Dena Davis (Religion Studies)

“Combining Literature and Video to Discover Community: What my students learned by leaving the classroom.”
Elizabeth Fifer (English)

“Making Meaning Together: Digital tools for community engagement and critical reflection”
Sarah Stanlick (Center for Community Engagement and Sociology and Anthropology)

“Weird Storytelling Science: How journalism students learned to love data by building their own computers”
Jeremy Littau (Journalism and Communication)

3:00pm - 5:00pm CITL Open House and Reception for all presenters and attendees

Questions? Contact Greg Reihman (8-6840 or grr3 at or Annette Ruhe (8-3825 or alr1 at
The Symposium on Teaching and Learning is organized and sponsored by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, with support from Library and Technology Services and the Office of the Provost

Feedback from faculty who attended the 2015 Symposium on Teaching and Learning:

Over 103 faculty, graduate students, and staff attended the 2015 Symposium. Of the 43 who completed the feedback form, 86% thought the Symposium was 'very successful' and 14% thought it was 'somewhat successful' at meeting its goals of highlighting new, interesting, and effective approaches to teaching and learning at Lehigh, disseminating good ideas, inspire others to try new approaches, and recognizing the work of those who have met with success of one kind or another in their teaching. -51% thought the Symposium was 'excellent,' 49% that it was 'very good.'
Comments, in response to the question: "What stands out in your mind as the most interesting, important, or useful thing you learned at this year's Symposium?"
“How to connect with other resources on campus for support (e.g., LTS and digital storytelling group) "
"3D printing stuff was great. "
“Digital commonplace book project"
"Effective approaches to teaching and learning"
"Hearing others experiences is always interesting to me."
"I don't know how much of it I can apply to my own teaching, but I am very glad to know about the interesting things my colleagues are doing. If a prospective student asks me about teaching I'll have plenty of great examples from a variety of disciplines."
"I found the collection to be useful.  I need to think about adapting ideas from most of them into new approaches to learning that I will use."
"I learned about Collaborate on CourseSite. I also learned different strategies for pacing an online course to create social and intellectual engagement."
"I learned that there are internal requests for small grants to interact with the community and other partners. I'd like to try writing for one of these. "
"I loved Heather Johnson's presentation on engaging a large lecture class in writing; I also very much enjoyed the presentation on the elevator pitch and on bingo in a biology class."
"I really liked the mock trial technique presented by Corinne Post. I especially liked the part that she talked about some challenges she faced with the technique when she first applied it and how she fixed them in the second class. This was very informative. Monica Miller's technique of web-page construction as a final project was also very inspiring for me. I liked all the talks but it looks like these techniques will help me more given that I am teaching social science. "
"I think Jennifer Swann’s ideas about diversity in the sciences was very interesting and hopefully will spur on other scientist to think about diversity and inclusion in their own classrooms. Monica Miller’s project was very interesting for the students and good to see the outcomes of that project."
"I walked away thinking about new and different ways that students can work on group projects/in group settings to enhance their learning."
"I want to learn more about Mindfulness in the classroom--part of this is because it was toward the end of the day and it stuck with me.  I haven't gone back over my notes, but I took quite a few during the morning session."
"I was actually most impressed with Reihman's presentation on the Philosophy class -- very innovative format! "
"I'm fascinated by both the digital storytelling and video-making presentations and the 3-d printing sessions. "
“Ideas for interactive learning, specifically the Bingo idea presented by the Biology professor "
"Learning about the classroom dojo app and the innovative 3D printing projects was interesting. It was especially useful to hear about the TRAC Fellows program and how they can help with logistics when assigning papers to large classes."
“Lightning Round--very helpful"
"Loved the inclusion of the live streaming apps. Very relevant and important to see and talk about. Awesome examples of how to use them in simple assignments. "
"Nothing specific jumps out at me, but I always appreciate pedagogical techniques that can be applied to many different classes along with new ways to make use of technology in the classroom."
"Sharing of ideas and methods, the availability of technology for use in teaching, and the constant  evolution of the methods of  teaching ideas across the curriculum."
"That there are some excellent uses of 3D printing happening on campus..."
"Krystle McLaughlin's BINGO assignment was super creative. Heather Johnson's approach to her large lecture course was very interesting. However, learning about Panopto is something that I can see myself using immediately in my own work."
"The presentation about forms of online collaboration and online final products. "
"The spirit of innovation. The enthusiasm coming from different quarters of campus. Faculty often have little black rain clouds hanging over their heads as they consider all the administrative work that they have to do, and teaching often turns into a burdensome afterthought. This symposium foregrounds the joy of teaching and the excitement that comes from innovation. It's an excitement that energizes rather than drains overworked faculty. "
"Think outside the box as well as understand how to maximize the usage of existing tools. Be creative, but focus on the student learning and course outcome."
"Thomas Hammond's different ways of differentiating between levels of student within the same class. I taught an online class in which the students were obviously at different levels, and I struggled to make the class work for all of them."
"Two sessions that stand out for me were Alexander Wiseman, he offered some interesting approaches to teaching grad students. I also thought Mark Orrs presentation brought a refreshing perspective to learning, namely being cognizant of one's feelings and taking mental breaks when needed."




Read about our 2015 Symposium. 

Read about our 2014 Symposium.