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Save the date and CFP: 2022 Symposium on Teaching and Learning at Lehigh

Save the Date! The 2022 Symposium on Teaching and Learning will be held on Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7.

We hope you’ll join us as we restart this event, organized annually by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, after a two-year hiatus.

This year, the Symposium will highlight brief presentations from instructors about how their approaches to teaching have changed over the past two years, with a focus on innovative approaches they plan to carry into the future.

Course Site upgrade, new features, and upcoming changes

On January 2, 2022, during the scheduled monthly system maintenance window, Course Site was upgraded to Moodle version 3.9. Several new features and enhancements were added along with some key updates to help lay the groundwork for major changes coming over the next year. The complete public release notes are available in the LTS Knowledge base along with simple screenshots and brief overview videos of key features.

Looking ahead over the next year, there are a few significant changes on the horizon. The first, and most important, change will be to the overall look-and-feel of Course Site. The Classic theme, the current default theme for several years, is no longer supported and will be completely removed from Moodle at the end of 2022. The newer Boost theme will become the default theme. The Boost theme has been available in Course Site for several years now, and many are already using it. It provides a much more modern look, offering a significantly cleaner and more accessible interface. To help us transition to this new default theme, we will be taking the following action over the coming year:

  • Monday, May 23, 2022: We will switch the site-wide default theme to Boost.

  • January 2023: The Classic theme will be completely removed from Moodle.

In the meantime, we strongly recommend you switch your preferred theme to Boost and start familiarizing yourself with it this semester. It’s typical if it takes some time getting used to the new theme.

CITL Summer Workshop 2021 - Register Now!

Please join us for the 2021 CITL Summer Workshop - August 10, 11, and 12 - as we bring Lehigh faculty together for presentations and conversations designed to help us prepare for teaching in Fall 2021. The workshop will be fully remote. Please see the event schedule for session descriptions and registration.

Recognize Lehigh faculty and teaching assistants!

Dear Lehigh students,

As the spring semester comes to an end, the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) would like to learn from you which teaching approaches you found most effective so that we can share those approaches with all Lehigh instructors.

We would also like to recognize Lehigh faculty and teaching assistants who did a great job this spring in how they approached teaching and learning.

The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning awards the 2020/21 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship to Valerie Taylor

Dr. Valerie Taylor, Assistant Professor in Psychology and Africana Studies, has been named the 2020/2021 Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellow. As a Fellow, she will further develop her research interests in how virtual reality (VR) can be leveraged to encourage empathic engagement in challenging interracial interactions and with historical content that engenders discomfort and defensiveness (e.g., experiences of racial bias, US slavery).

Introducing the Lehigh University Writers' Circle!

writing across the curriculum writers' circle

We're pleased to announce the Lehigh University Writers' Circle!. As part of the Writing Across the Curriculum program, the Writers' Circle offers undergraduate and graduate students a dedicated space every week for quiet, distraction-free writing time, with TRAC Writing Fellows on hand for quick questions and drop-in writing consultations, as needed.

The Writers' Circle will meet every Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the CITL Commons, Fairchild-Martindale Library, 3rd floor, until the end of the semester (with the exception of Spring Break).

Please feel free to sign up on a weekly basis or for the whole semester. Space is limited to 20 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/rp3ng6a

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Register now for the CITL Winter Workshop 2020

CITL Winter Workshop 2020 image of an instructor teaching to students around a table

The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) is hosting a day-long workshop on Thursday, January 9th, 2020.  Coffee, tea, and lunch will be provided.

The workshop will have sessions on a wide variety of pedagogical and instructional technology topics, including: Course Design, Inclusive Teaching, Serious Gaming, Course Site new features and best practice Q&A, implementing multimedia assignments and data projects, AR/VR, essential educational technology tools, and much more.

This is a great opportunity to discuss teaching with colleagues and CITL staff, learn more about key instructional tools and approaches, and  'warm up' your teaching skills for the spring semester. We will also be offering tours of innovative spaces at the end of the day. Please see the schedule of sessions below as well as descriptions of each session and what you can expect to do and learn.

Please register by 9:00 am, Monday, January 6th.

See full schedule of sessions and additional details.

View and download the flyer.

Bruce Taggart, Vice Provost for Library and Technology Services, to step down next year

Vice Provost for Library and Technology Services Bruce M. Taggart has announced he's stepping down in 2020.

CITL Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship 2020/21

The 2020/21 Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship provides $5,000 to full-time faculty (of any rank) who desire to plan, design, and implement a digital humanities project that employs new research methods or new ways of interrogating or representing his or her research.  

Classroom Visit and Teaching Feedback Opportunity

"It was extremely beneficial to hear the student's perspective on my teaching effectiveness. The student observer was well trained and did a good job providing feedback" -Faculty participant in the program 

All Lehigh faculty, adjunct faculty, and graduate student instructors are invited to participate in the following teaching development opportunity, which offers Lehigh instructors the opportunity to receive feedback on their teaching from a trained undergraduate student observer.  Sign up by September 18th, 2019 or learn more about the program at https://citl.lehigh.edu/classroom-visit-program

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