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Winter Workshop 2018

Materials from Winter Workshop 2018

Below are the available materials from the 2018 Winter Workshop:

About the event 

The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) is hosting a day-long workshop on Thursday, January 11th, 2018.  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, The Art of Lecturing, Active Learning Approaches, Designing Effective Writing and Research Assignments, Online Learning, Course Site topics (assignments, quizzes, and grade book), Creating Instructional Videos, Instructional Uses of WordPress, and Virtual Reality in Education.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the new Course Site upgrade, discuss teaching with colleagues and CITL staff, and to warm up your teaching skills for the spring semester. Our new Visualization lab will be open for tours and demonstrations, as well as our data center.

Please register by 9:00 am, Monday, Jan 7th.

Call for Request for Proposals for CITL Collaboration on Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 Classes

If you would like to work with Lehigh's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) on a class you are teaching in spring or summer 2018, please submit a brief proposal by Friday, December 15th, 2017.  Someone from the Center will be in touch with you before winter break or early in the new year.

Proposals that require a substantial investment of faculty time (e.g., a significant course redesign, integration of an innovative project into the course, adoption of a wholly new teaching approach, etc.) may qualify for a CITL Faculty Fellowship Course Development Grant of up to $500. Grant recipients will work closely with CITL consultants throughout the project and will present at the 2018 Symposium on Teaching and Learning or at another CITL event.

Here are some areas in which we have worked together with faculty in the past (additional details can be found in the 'Consulting' section of the CITL site):

  • Consultation about General Teaching and Learning Topics
  • Consultation on Writing, Research, and Inquiry Projects
  • Inclusive Teaching, Active Learning, or Project-based Courses
  • Teaching in a CITL Classroom

 and other Flexible Learning Spaces
  • Teaching in Large Lecture Halls
  • Academic Uses of Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality
  • Course-related Digital Scholarship, Video, Film, or Multimedia Projects
  • Enhancing Teaching using Digital Tools
  • Instructional Videos or Modules
  • Developing a Fully Online Course
  • Research Computing Facilities for Teaching
  • Digital Texts or Open Access Material



Please don’t hesitate to contact Greg Reihman at grr3@lehigh.edu, if you have any questions.

CITL Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship 2018/19

The Fellowship provides $5,000 to full-time faculty (of any rank or any discipline) who want to use visualization (geospatial, volumetric, temporal, multidimensional, virtual, etc.) in their research and teaching.  The Fellowship will support planning and implementation of a course using the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning Visualization Lab.

Successful applicants for the Digital Scholarship Faculty Fellowship will collaborate with the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning staff and focus on the following:

  1. Develop assignment(s) using the tools and technologies available in the Visualization Lab;

  2. Address a scholarly question through new research methods or new ways of interrogating or representing research;

  3. Invite collaboration ranging from undergraduate students to senior researchers;

The Fellowship should result in a course description and an assignment(s) incorporating data visualization for a class to be taught in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019.  The Fellowship can support release time*, stipend, and/or a graduate assistant. Additionally, priority will be given for access to the Visualization lab.  

The Fellowship does not support the following: creation or conversion of a scholarly journal, conferences or professional meetings, travel, acquisition of computer equipment or software, preparation or publication of articles or textbooks. At the conclusion of the funding period, Fellows will present their work at a campus-wide Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning event in Spring 2019.

Contact Julia Maserjian at jcm5@lehigh.edu with questions.

CITL unveils new Visualization Lab

Photo of student interacting with the MultiTaction multi-touch iWall in the 370D CITL Visualization Lab

Lehigh's highly anticipated Visualization Lab opens later this month in E.W. Fairchild-Martindale Library.  It features several innovative visualization tools, including a MultiTaction Curved iWall for the collaborative investigation of digital information at large scale.  In addition, the Lab is outfitted with an HTC VIVE system, which provides users with an immersive virtual reality experience.

The Visualization Lab is open to faculty, students, and staff following a brief series of required training sessions with a member of the Visualization Lab Support Team.  It has been envisioned as a collaborative space that can effortlessly shift from the examination of visual data on a vast pixel canvas to the evaluation of the pedagogical value of virtual reality environments--a place to explore; a place to create; a place to solve.

The Lab's core visualization technologies include:

Classroom Technology Upgrades for 2017-18 Academic Year

Over the summer, significant technology upgrades were made to a large number of classrooms and learning spaces throughout the university with the goal of enhancing teaching and learning now and well into the future. Some of the most major updates include: new video walls in prominent lecture hall spaces in an effort to improve presentation and image quality, clarity, and overall viewability; a new space dedicated to data visualization and expanded use of immersive virtual reality using the HTC Vive. New cameras have been added to Packard 101 and Sinclair 106 in order to support the growing need for Web-based teaching, learning, and conferencing. More details regarding these spaces will be forthcoming.

Additionally, over 45 other spaces received upgrades including laser projection, HDMI connections, and more intuitive touch-enabled control panels. 

All of these enhancements join CITL's other recent additions including:

Teacher Development Program for Graduate Students gearing up for Fall

The Grad Life Office and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning are again partnering to offer a series of workshops in our Teacher Development Program for Graduate Students. The Teacher Development Series is a free, six-part series designed specifically for graduate students to develop teaching and classroom skills. The Series are held each Fall and Spring semester. Learn more.

Lehigh hosts the 2017 LVAIC Digital Tools Workshop

LVAIC will host a one-day conference at Lehigh University on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. This event will include a series of short "lightning round" talks (no more than 5 to 10-minutes each)and "hands-on workshops". The lightning round talks will focus on the pedagogical purposes of various digital tools that have been used to enhance teaching and learning (rather than on the mechanics of the tool itself). The "hands-on workshops" will give participants the opportunity to try new tools, discuss potential pedagogical benefits of using those tools, and strategize about integrating such tools into their courses.

Classes being taught in CITL Teaching Spaces

The CITL is pleased to be partnering with faculty on classes being taught in CITL Teaching Spaces during the Spring 2017 semester. Faculty teaching these classes will implement pedagogical approaches that take advantage of the unique features of these rooms, including collaborative learning, active learning, touch-screen display technologies, and videoconferencing with remote participants.

  • Edmund Webb,  Strength of Materials (MECH 012-011)
  • Keith Moored, Strength of Materials (MECH 012-013)
  • James Peterson, African-American Literature and Culture (ENGL 318)
  • Alison Kanosky, Mass Incarceration in the United States" (AAS 096  13423/HIST 13269)
  • Corrine Post, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources, and Stakeholders (MBA 454)
  • Ziad Munson, Political Sociology (SOC 104)
  • Peggy A Kong, Experiencing the United Nations: Gender and Education in International Development (CIE 405)
  • Todd Watkins, Microeconomics (ECO 203)
  • Karen Beck Pooley, Urban Environmental Policy (ES 312)
  • Dan Lopresti et al, Women in Technology (CSE 098)
  • Greg Skutches, Research and Argument (ENGL 002-026)
  • Greg Reihman, Eastern Philosophy (PHIL 140) 

2017 Symposium on Teaching and Learning

The purpose of this annual event 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. This year the Symposium was held on Wednesday, April 19th and Thursday, April 20th.  Watch the full-session recordings online.

Can Virtual Reality Improve Learning?

How can virtual reality experiences improve the writing fluency and academic achievement of special needs students?

Lehigh’s Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning purchased two high-end HTC Vive virtual reality systems, including one housed in a second-floor lab at the College of Education. Garrigan, who requested the purchase, will use the system in the proposed pilot project, but he also has been training students, faculty and community leaders in its use and testing its capabilities.

Read full article in the Spring 2017 Bulletin

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