2017 Symposium on Teaching and Learning

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DAY 1: Wednesday, April 19

DAY 2: Thursday, April 20

Symposium Schedule

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 will be held on Wednesday, April 19th and Thursday, April 20th.  Please review the schedule below and register for the sessions you are able to attend.

Pre-registration is closed, but we hope you'll drop by if you're able.

Wednesday, April 19

The first day of the Symposium will be focused on Community-engaged Teaching, Learning, and Research, exploring and exemplifying the public purpose of higher education.  Featured speakers will include Ambassador Choonghee Hah, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations speaking on Global Citizenship Education, and Jennifer Farrington Sr. Director, Social Investing & V.P., BD Foundation.  We will also have individual breakout sessions and the Community Fellows poster presentation, as well as the awarding of the Percy Hughes Award for Scholarship, Humanity, and Social Change and the Library Research Prize during a lunch catered by South Side restaurants.
8:00 am - 9:00am Williams Global Commons Continental Breakfast  
9:00 am - 10:00 am Williams Global Commons

Global Citizenship Education and the Public Purpose of Higher Education

Ambassador Hahn Choonghee, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations
10:15 am - 11:45 am Williams Global Commons Afterschool Passport Anjela Yates, Dakota DiMattio, Tamara Jones
    Be Bethlehem, Be Here: Mapping the Southside Corina Fitzgerald, Alejandra Silguero, Julia Patterson, Faith Rayches
    The Value of After-School Homework Clubs Carolina Hernandez, Alicia Creazzo, and Paige Warbrick

StepUp Intensive English Program - International Peace Garden

Kayla Landers and Mary Newbegin


Improving Walkability on the Southside through Public Art and by Enhancing the Public Realm

Karen Beck Pooley
    Revitalizing General Chemistry Experiments Through Technology: Making Challenging Concepts Thought Provoking Denise Beautreau
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Williams Global Commons Coroporate Social Responsibility and Impact Investing Jennifer Farrington, Vice President, BD Foundation & Senior Director, Social Investing
    Percy Hughes Social Justice Award  
    LTS Library Awards Christy Roysdon and Stacey Kimmel-Smith
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Williams Global Commons


Maddie Smith, Ian McDonald, Grace Lloyd, Isabel Buenga, Casey Ching
    Rooting Our Voices Miles Davis
    Smash the Stigma Jenna Pastorini, Juan Palacio Moreno, Meg Kelly, Wenlue Zhong, & Mike DiMartino
    Transition for Refugees through Education and Empowerment (Mountaintop 2016) Katie Morris

SERVE Program: Transforming Communities and Student Learning through Meaningful Service

Gabby Dardis and Joey Recupero, CSO Student Coordinators


Parental Engagement in Children's Kindergarten Transition

Xinwei Zhang, Anu Sachdev and Peggy Kong

    National Museum of Industrial History Outreach and Collaboration Amy Hollander
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Williams Global Commons

Community Fellows Poster Presentation

Community Fellows
4:10 pm Drown 210 Documentary Film Screening: Rooting Our Voices
(A History of Africana Studies)
Filmmakers: Brenda Martinez, Miles Davis, Connor Burbridge, Donterrius Walker and Tamara Jones

Thursday, April 20

The second day will highlight Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning, with a focus on Engaging and Guiding Students, Creative Inquiry, and Learning through Visualization & Digital Media. The event will close with a talk, co-sponsored by numerous groups on campus, by Matthew Frye Jacobson (Professor of American Studies, History & African American Studies, Yale University) entitled "The Historian's' Eye: Meditations on Photography, History and the American Present."
Innovative Approaches to Teaching  
8:30am-9:00am EWFM Library (5th-floor South) Continental Breakfast  
9:00 am - 10:30 am   Leveraging 'YouSeeU' for Student Peer-review in a Project-based Course Mike Lehman
    Low-cost Active-Collaborative Student Assessment Ed Webb
    Cooperative, Collaborative Experiential-Based Learning in an Energy Systems Class Rudy Shankar
    Adapting Peer-led Team Learning (PLTL) Model to Increase Student Engagement in Organic Chemistry Recitations Suzanne Fernandez
    ePortfolios in CAS: Promoting Learning and Creating Digital Resumés Jennifer Swann & Susan Ellis
    Using the CITL One Button Studio and Google's G-Suite to Enhance Learning and Simplify Feedback.  Matthew Bilsky
10:40 am - 12:00 pm EWFM Library (5th-floor South) Reels, Risk, and Revisions: Three Ways to Enhance Examinations Mike Lehman
    Blending Synchronous and Asynchronous Participation in a Graduate Engineering Course with a Diverse Student Population  Ana Alexandrescu
    Creating and Experiencing Fully Immersive Virtual Reality with HTC VIVE Scott Garrigan
    Frameworks for Entrepreneurial Mindset Learning (EML) for Engineers and others John Ochs
    Teamwork Behavior Change though Active Learning Vince Grassi
    Confessions of a Smart Board Junkie: Using Interactive Displays to Elucidate, Engage, and Enhance Lecture Presentations Ed Webb & Rich Rosenblum
Creative Inquiry and Impactful Learning
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EWFM Library (5th-floor South) LUNCH & Fun and Games in Project Management Classes Kathleen Donohue
Innovative Approaches to Teaching
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EWFM Library (5th-floor South) Engaging and Guiding Students

Pedagogical Variety in Flexible Classrooms: Examples from Various Courses and Disciplines 

Greg Reihman 


Encouraging Critical Reading through a Shared Digital Text with Perusall

Rick Vinci, w/ Phil Hewitt, Steve Sakasitz


Life after Lehigh: Guiding Undergraduate Students for Graduate Programs

Hyun-Tae Jung

    Raising the bar on impact expectations: Designing and executing creative inquiry curricula. Todd Watkins, Khanjan Mehta, Mark Orrs and Vince Munley
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm EWFM Library (5th-floor South) Learning Through Visualization & Digital Media

Student as Curator: Digital History for First-Year Students

Alison Kanosky & Cory Fischer-Hoffman


Teaching the Storytelling Power of Numbers: The Development and Assessment of Modules on Data Journalism and Data Visualization

Haiyan Jia

    Women of Bethlehem Steel: A Digital Archive Chronicling Women’s Experiences

Julia Maserjian & Rob Wiedman


Party Responsibly: Elevating Political Discourse

Amalia Cote, Summer Sullivan, Soraya Todd, Mike Horgan, Maggie Norsworthy


The BioSFilm Festival: A Collaborative Multimedia Learning Assignment

Krystle J. McLaughlin

4:10 pm - 5:30 pm EWFM Library (5th-floor South)

Teaching with the "Historian's Eye" (Using A Public Humanities Photo/Web Project in the Classroom)

Matthew Frye Jacobson (Professor of American Studies, History &
African American Studies, Yale University)


Call for Proposals

The 2017 Symposium on Teaching and Learning at Lehigh will be held on Wednesday, April 19th and Thursday, April 20th.  Please mark your calendars and attend if you are able. 

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.

All are welcome to submit a proposal to give a talk at the Symposium. This year, we especially encourage proposals that fall under the following themes: 

  • Active Learning

  • Community-engaged Learning and Research
  • Course-related Digital Humanities Projects
  • Creative Inquiry 
  • Entrepreneurial Minded Learning 

  • Hybrid / Blended / Flipped Courses

  • Inclusive Teaching

  • Innovative Uses of Classroom Spaces
  • Peer Learning / Collaborative Learning
  • Project- or Problem-Based Learning

Please submit your proposal by March 20th, 2017.

The 2017 Symposium on Teaching and Learning at Lehigh Planning Committee:

  • Greg Reihman, Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL)
  • Ed Whitley, Director of the Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative (MDHI)
  • Sarah Stanlick, Director of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE)
  • John Ochs, co-PI of the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) Grant
  • Khanjan Mehta, Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry & Director of the Mountaintop Initiative
  • Ilena Key, Assistant Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL)

Feedback from participants in the 2016 Symposium

98% of Symposium attendees responded that the Symposium was successful at meeting its goals - "to highlight new, interesting, and effective approaches to teaching and learning at Lehigh; to disseminate good ideas; to inspire others to try new approaches; and to recognize the work of those who have met with success of one kind or another in their teaching" [72%: very successful; 26% somewhat successful]

When asked, specifically, what made the Symposium so successful, attendees responded:

  • "The opportunity to meet so many great members of the community, and hear about successes in innovative teaching across the institution."
  • "It was neat to see a forum like this. Helps to bring out the best of Lehigh."
  • "Hearing from faculty directly about their experiences."
  • "I was awakened to the help available from CITL and the radical changes in the libraries that are in progress. "
  • "It was very useful to see instructors from a range of departments and programs share their curricula and styles of teaching with us and each other. I feel that a symposium comprised of a diverse group of presenters and attendees provides for a fuller view of classroom instruction."
  • "Really liked the morning session. It's always an interesting deep dive on interesting projects and ideas. The lightning round is always interesting too. Lots of useful tools and ways of thinking about technology."
  • "The variety of presentations made by engaging faculty.... and a good wide range applications of technology and innovation. Good location for the conference."
  • "Loved the varied and exciting approaches to familiar problems. Using technology is not usually part of my teaching, but I will try some of the approaches"
  • "The open, collaborative, environment fostered by the Symposium was second-to-none."
  • "I loved hearing about the innovative projects faculty were doing and how they all recognized the support they received from staff!"
  • "So many different ideas presented. Great to see diversity in teaching."
  • "I enjoyed the sessions 1 and 3 the most. I heard several ideas for projects that I could imagine using in my classroom. "
  • "I always enjoy getting a peek into other faculty's classrooms (so to speak). I picked up a few new tools ..., so it will definitely enrich my own teaching. The short format of the lightning round was nice, maximizing what I could see in the time I spent."
  • "Very good talks, and they fit the session title about engagement, which is an important and timely theme."
  • "Great ideas about teaching approaches and ways to use digital tools. I really appreciated the way presenters talked about integrated the digital tools into their overall learning designs."
  • "New ideas. Great and enthusiastic speakers."
  • "The quality of the teaching work being done at Lehigh is always so impressive and energizing. The organization of the symposium was quite professional. I'm consistently torn between a desire to hear more presenters and a desire for less presenters and some significant time for questions and discussion. I think we could have benefited from some meaningful time for discussion at various points."
  • "Well kept time limits, focused audience"
  • "Loads of presenters -- lots of diversity in reports"
  • "It was great to hear what others are doing and getting inspired by their innovative work."
  • "The diverse background of people."
  • "Successful in hearing from so many different people around Lehigh who are trying new things in the classroom and beyond"
  • "The opportunity to hear about so many innovations at Lehigh in a short time."
  • "It was great to hear from people you wouldn't normally hear from within your own department"
  • "Input from a variety of instructors with different teaching objectives and challenges."
  • "I enjoyed hearing about the new ways instructors are engaging students in a more experiential learning environment."
  • "Great attendance! I loved the upstairs room layout with both structured seatings as well as a significant amount of soft-seating."

Learn more about past Symposia