2018 Symposium on Teaching and Learning

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Day 1: Wednesday, April 11

Day 2: Thursday, April 12

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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 11th and Thursday, April 12th.  Please review the schedule below and register for the sessions you are able to attend.

Register for the 2018 Symposium on Teaching and Learning

Schedule details subject to change.


Wednesday, April 11

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.

8:30 am -
9:00 am
Continental Breakfast   Roemmele Global Commons
(Williams Hall)
9:00 am -
10:00 am
Global Citizenship Education and the Public Purpose of Higher Education
In Conversation with Dr. Judith Lasker, Reflections on Community Engagement
Welcome: Sarah Stanlick 
Keynote: Judy lasker
Roemmele Global Commons
(Williams Hall)
10:15 am -
11:45 am
Mastering Concepts and Skills in Community-Based Participatory Research: Illustrating an Innovative Approach Julia Lechuga, Katherine Melo Roemmele Global Commons
(Williams Hall)
  The Power of Drama: Transforming Language and Self-Concept Elena Reiss, Teresa Cusumano  
  Tactical Urbanism on the South Side Karen Beck Pooley  
  Patient-Centered Care- A Street Medicine Perspective Theresa Ridings, Lauren DiNapoli  
  Effective Implementation of TRAC Writing Fellow Tutoring in a Large-Enrollment First-Year Engineering Course Jerry Lennon, Kyle Kristiansen, Greg Skutches  
  Real Life Projects in Engineering & Sustainable Development with Engineers Without Borders         Courtney Lenzo, William Elliot, Sage Herrick (TBC)  
12:00 pm -
1:30 pm


Lunch ( provided by local restaurants)


Community Fellows Poster Presentation


Roemmele Global Commons
(Williams Hall)

(Williams Hall)

  Social Responsibility   Ben Gucciardi (Soccer Without Borders) Roemmele Global Commons
(Williams Hall)
  Percy Hughes Social Justice Award Gary Sasso  
  Student Library Research Award Christine Roysdon  
2:00 pm -
3:30 pm
Flipping a class: Geographic Information Systems Erick Howenstine Roemmele Global Commons
(Williams Hall)
  Engaging Community Partners in Healthcare Delivery Projects: Perspectives from the HSE Capstone Projects Ana Alexandrescu  
  Story mapping and digital approaches to global citizenship research Trina Whiteside  
  Cross-cultural Parental Support: A Purposeful Curiosity Project Drake Van Egdom  
  Arts education at the core of learning and collaboration Andy Cassano  
  The Impact of Teaching a Servant Leadership Mentality Trisha Alexy  
  Pursuing meaningful multidisciplinarity in first year projects Sabrina Jedlicka, Mike Spear  

Thursday, April 12

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.

8:30 am -
9:00 am
Continental Breakfast and Welcome Greg Reihman
Associate Vice Provost, Director
Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning
EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
9:00 am -
10:30 am
Enter the Drones: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the classroom Jeremy Littau EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
  Virtual Reality in the Biology Classroom Katie Hoffman  
  Using Design Thinking for Learning (and Change)

Farah Vallera

  Developing Students' Teamwork Skills With a Scientifically Developed and Tested Tool Ozias Moore, Corinne Post, Terry Hart  
  The Hatchery: a student idea accelerator Lisa Getzler, Shannon Varcoe, Chris Kauzmann  
  Designing New Astronomy Labs With The Latest Results From Education Research Ginny McSwain, Erin Blauvelt  
  The Chemistry of Peer Learning: Students in Organic Chemistry Make Tutorial Videos for Their Peers Suzanne Fernandez, Omar Ahmed, Brooke Lichak, Nesli Akinci, Greg Skutches  
10:30 am -
10:40 am
10:40 am -
12:00 pm
Implementing Reacting to the Past Games at Lehigh Reacting to the Past panel: Joanna Grim, David Casagrande, Ziad Munson, Kathleen Donohue; Jason Slipp (moderator) EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
  Taking a traditional face-to-face course online: developing content and ideas. Bob Booth  
  Presenting the foundations of sustainable development to a global audience Don Morris & Mark Orrs  
  Flipping a class: Geographic Information Systems Erick Howenstine  
  Socrative as a tool for grading and gauging student understanding Josh Pepper  
  Udeesa: Education. Technology. Industry. Asante B Asiedu, Miles Davis, Alexander Spiezio  
12:10 pm -
1:00 pm
LUNCH (Symposium registration required)   EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
1:00 pm -
2:00 pm
Following the Drinking Gourd: Digital Media to Explore Landscape Influence on the Underground Railroad Joan Ramage, Brianna Gipson, Julia Maserjian, Jasmine Woodson EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
  Multimodal Composition: A Public Pedagogy Website Brooke Rollins, Laura Fitzpatrick  
  Unlocking Student Potential Through Effective Assignments: The TRAC Fellow Perspective Greg Skutches, Tim LaRowe, Carley Powers, Maria Vargas-Aguilar  
  The More The Merrier? Designing and Teaching Multi-Instructor, Interactive-Learning Courses Haiyan Jia  
  Artificial intelligence and chatbots for all Matt Veto  
  Creative Inquiry at Lehigh: an Ethos of Engagement and Impact Bill Whitney  

2:00 pm- 
2:10 pm

2:15 pm -
3:25 pm
Lehigh @ Nasdaq Center: Bringing Silicon Valley into the Classroom Samantha Dewalt       EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
  What's So Cool About Manufacturing? | Visual Storytelling, Career Awareness, and Community Partnership PBL Matt Lewis  
  Collaboration, Engagement, and Leadership:  Student Club Supports Academic & Personal Growth Teresa Cusumano, Teranda Donatto  
  Health Systems Engineering and the CITL Collaborate: A Comprehensive Consultation Ana Alexandrescu, Greg Skutches  
Lightning Round
3:25 pm -
4:00 pm
Rethinking Learning Spaces at Lehigh Ilena Key, Judd Hark EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
  “On the Network” but not “In the Know” -- Introducing First-Year Students to libraries and technology services

Stacey Kimmel-Smith

Bruce Eisenhard

  Creating an open-access resource in the neurosciences Jennifer Swann  
  Breakout EDU in the Classroom: Elementary General Music Meghann Wright  
  LUApps ANYTIME. ANYWHERE. ANY DEVICE. Powered By Citrix Amanda Caton  
  Yes, they'll do the readings: Engagement and discussion with GoogleDocs Matt Veto  
  Utilizing OBS software for Formative Assessments of Digital Stories Matt Lewis  



Call for Proposals

The 2018 Symposium on Teaching and Learning at Lehigh will be held on Wednesday, April 11th and Thursday, April 12th.  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 Scholarship Projects
  • Creative Inquiry
  • Entrepreneurial-minded Learning
  • Inclusive Teaching
  • Innovative Uses of Classroom Spaces
  • Online / Hybrid / Blended / Flipped Courses
  • Peer Learning / Collaborative Learning
  • Project- or Problem-Based Learning

Please submit your proposal by March 25th, 2018.

Feedback from past Symposia participants

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