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2015 Symposium on Teaching and Learning at Lehigh    

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The Eighth Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning was held on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 in the Lamberton Great Room.

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 and other LTS 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 community, but registration is requested so that we can plan for refreshments, lunch, etc.  Registration will close on April 17th.

Schedule (read on for presenters and brief descriptions)

10:00am -11:50 am  "Recent Developments in Online Teaching at Lehigh"
12 noon - 1:50 pm    "Engaging Students Through Innovative Course Projects and Instructional Approaches"
2:00pm  - 4:00 pm    "Lightning Round: Short Presentations about New Approaches to Teaching."
4:00pm  - 5:30 pm    Reception

Feedback from faculty who attended the 2014 Symposium on Teaching and Learning:

Over 130 faculty, graduate students, and staff attended the 2014 Symposium.  Here are some responses participants gave when asked, "What stands out in your mind as the most interesting, important, or useful thing you learned at this year's Symposium?":

"I enjoyed hearing about the unique projects students were engaged in across the university. This reminds me to allow our students to think and act freely. They will amaze us with the results."
"it is fascinating and inspiring to see what your colleagues across the university are doing in their classrooms!"
"Presentations encouraged creativity in the classroom. More need to hear the message that lecture only is no longer the most effective teaching mechanism."
"I made note of faculty to reach out to in order to discuss their ideas and hopefully make some new connections on campus."
"Some technology solutions for problems I didn't know I had (or didn't think were related to technology) -- ideas to streamline the critique process for writing, seeing how CourseSite could help me with class discussion. I would not have necessarily known to ask the questions to find these things out."

Speaker Schedule

10:00am-11:50 am  "Recent Developments in Online Teaching at Lehigh"

Greg Reihman (Symposium Organizer and Director, CITL) welcome and introduction of speakers

Linda Lowe-Krentz (CAS-BIOS) on teaching graduate Distance Education courses in a combined face-to-face and on-line environment
Steven Goldman (CAS-History/Philosophy)  on teaching an undergraduate  "History of Science" course online
Tom Hammond (COE-TLT) on teaching a graduate "Instructional Design" course online
Alexander Wiseman (COE-CIE)on teaching a graduate education course online
Greg Reihman (CAS-Philosophy) on teaching an undergraduate philosophy course online
James Dearden (CBE-Economics) on teaching an undergraduate economics course online

noon - 1:50 pm "Engaging Students Through Innovative Course Projects and Instructional Approaches"

Christine Roysdon (LTS-Libraries) Presentation of the 2015 Libraries Research Prize for excellence in scholarship and research

Heather Johnson (CAS-SocAnth) engaging students in a large lecture course through reflection and writing
Jenna Lay (CAS-English) using web-based digital projects in “Shakespeare to Milton”
Wesley Heiss (CAS- AAD) using 3D printing to enhance student learning of design
Helen Chan (RCEAS-MatSci) using 3D printing to enhance student learning in ENGR 5
Peggy Kong (COE-CIE) teaching through digital storytelling and documentary filmmaking
Elizabeth Fifer (CAS-English) teaching through digital storytelling and documentary filmmaking
David Myers (CBE-Finance) enhancing in-class participation

2:00pm - 3:50 pm "Lightning Round: Short Presentations about New Approaches to Teaching."

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.  

Steven Savino (CBE-Marketing) “Practicing the Elevator Pitch”
Krystle McLaughlin  (CAS-BIOS) “The Great Bingo-Buzzer-Clicker Group Assignment”
Allison Ragon (DOS-OFYE) “Transitioning to Lehigh: The Updated EvoLUtion Seminar”
Jeremy Littau (CAS-Journalism) “Meerkat: Using Web Streaming to Open Your Classroom”
Alexander Pacheco: (LTS-CITL) “Research Computing in the Classroom”
Monica Miller (CAS-RelStu/AfrStu) “Digitizing Difference: New Approaches to Engaging Students”
Edward Whitley (CAS-English) “Digital Scholarship as a Tool for Teaching”
Corinne Post (CBE-Management) ”Putting Theories on Trial”
Richard Vinci (RCEAS-MatSci) “3D Printing: More than Mini Yoda Heads”
Mark Orrs (CAS-SDP/PolSci) “Mindfulness in the Classroom”
Jennifer Swann (CAS-BIOS) “The Essentials of Inclusive Teaching”
Greg Skutches (LTS-CITL-TRAC/English) “The Power of Peer-to-Peer Learning”

4:00 - 5:00 Reception for all presenters and attendees

Questions? Contact Greg Reihman (8-6840 or grr3 at or Annette Ruhe at 8-3825 or

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


Read about the 2014 Symposium here.