2019 Symposium on Teaching and Learning

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Day 1: Wednesday, April 10

Day 2: Thursday, April 11

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 10th and Thursday, April 11th.  

Registration for the lunches at the Symposium is now closed but feel free to stop by any of the other sessions (including the 4pm special events) without registering. 


Schedule details subject to change.

Wednesday, April 10


8:30 am -
9:10 am
Breakfast and Welcome Greg Reihman
Associate Vice Provost, Director
Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning
EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
9:10 am -
10:00 am
Integrating Creative Inquiry Using an Inverted Pyramid Approach Ganesh Balasubramanian (Mechanical Engr) EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
  Experiential Learning and Active Listening: Integrating Virtual Reality and Panopto in a Seminar to Buttress Learning and Engagement         Valerie Jones Taylor (Psychology)  
  Increasing Student Engagement in Class - Flipping the Classroom Zach Zacharia (Management)  
  Automated Assignments in Course Site Ginny McSwain (Physics)  
  Optimization Model Development, Implementation, and Applications Janos D. Pinter  (Industrial and Syst Engr)  
10:00 am -
10:10 am
EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
10:10 am -
11:00 am
Memoir is a Bridge: Writing Across Difference in the Community Trisha Nardone & Claire Silva (English) EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
  The Iterative Design and Lessons Learned of the Hatchery Summer Idea Accelerator Chris Kauzmann & Lisa Getzler (Baker Institute)  
  Collaborating with CITL for Innovative Teaching Haiyan Jia (Journalism)  
  Using Reacting to the Past Pedagogy to teach Research, Argument, and Ethical Decision Making in English 002  Joanna C. Grim (English)   
  Integrating Groupwork into POLS 3: Introduction to Comparative Politics Nandini Deo (Political Science)  
11:00 am -
11:10 am
EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
11:10 am -
12:00 pm
What Are the Ethics and Challenges of Community Engagement by Academics? Derek G. Handley (English)
EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
  Engaging Students in Marketing Analytics Rebecca Wang (Marketing)  
  Project-Based Learning in Research and Assessment Farah L. Vallera (TLT)  
  Global Social Impact Fellowship Khanjan Mehta (Creative Inquiry)  
  International Student Orientation - Resource Learning Devin Jayetileke (LTS)  & Sophie Goodfellow  (International Affairs)  
12:00 pm -
1:30 pm

LUNCH (sponsored by CITL) ~ Symposium registration required

"Culturally Agile Students: How faculty can help promote global learning in classrooms" (sponsored by International Affairs)

Dr. Jill Blondin
Interim Executive Director
Virginia Commonwealth University


Plus faculty panel: Anne Meltzer (EES), Jack Lule (Journalism), Sarah Stanlick (Center for Community Engagement)

EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)

1:40 pm -
2:25 pm
Lightning Round (5 minutes each)  
EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
  Virtual Experiments: Introducing First-Year Students to Digital Islam Rob Rozehnal (Religion Studies)  
  Integration of a Mid-semester Asynchronous, Interactive, 3-week Online Module Michael Lehman (Tech Entrepreneurship)  
  Moving the Needle: Tackling Societal Problems Through Technical Entrepreneurship Michael Lehman (Tech Entrepreneurship)  
  More Than Meets the Eye: Integrating Visualization (Lab) into Data Storytelling Haiyan Jia (Journalism)  
  Hermeneutics, Metacognition, and Writing  Maryann P. DiEdwardo (English)  
2:35 pm -
3:50 pm
Panel Discussion: Promoting Student Learning through Audio and Video Production
Julia Maserjian (Lehigh, CITL & History)
Kendall Moore  (University of Rhode Island)
Nandini Sikand (Lafayette)
Michael Kramp (Lehigh, English)
Tamara Myers (Lehigh, History)
EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
4:10 pm -
6:00 pm

Featured Event: "Can We Talk? Conversations with Underrepresented People of Color: Sense of Belonging and Obstacles in STEM Fields." 

A film screening and post-screening discussion.

Dr. Kendall Moore
Award-winning documentary filmmaker
Professor of Journalism and Film Media
University of Rhode Island

Post-Screening Panel:

  • Vassie Ware, Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Dahlia Hylton, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Princess Scott, undergraduate student, Civil Engineering
  • Rajan Jones, undergraduate student, Mechanical Engineering
Sinclair Auditorium

Thursday, April 11

8:45 am -
9:10 am
Breakfast and Welcome Greg Reihman
Associate Vice Provost, Director
Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning
EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
9:10 am -
10:00 am
The Martian: Fiction as a Vehicle for Teaching Engineering Hannah Dailey (Mechanical Engr and Mechanics) & Zachary Sokol (TRAC Fellow) EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
  Active Learning in Introductory Biology Katie Hoffman (Biological Sciences)  
  Implementing Feminist Praxis into Student Activism and Work Rita Jones (Center for Gender Equity)  
  Changing the UX of EDU: Starting with Digital Annotation Joshua Ehrig (Management)  
10:00am-10:10am Break    
10:10 am -
11:00 am
Virtually Polar: Bringing the Arctic & Antarctic into the Classroom Using Virtual Reality Joan Ramage (Earth and Environmental Sci) EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
  A Social Science Perspective on Leveraging Online Collaboration Tools in Class Labs Ziad Munson (Sociology and Anthropology)  
  Immersive Technology in the Classroom Kwame Essien (History), Asante Asiedu (History) and Alex Spiezio (History)  
  How To: PowerPoint Presentations Gene Perla ( Music)  
  What do YOU want to know? Engaging the community by seeking questions instead of asking questions? Matt Veto (Journalism and Communication)
11:00 am -
11:10 am
EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
11:10 am -
12:00 pm
Using Panopto to Maximize Instructional Time Mary Newbegin & Kayla Landers (ICAPE) EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
  Panel: Google Apps and CourseKit

Kayla Landers (ICAPE), Mary Newbegin (ICAPE), Bruce Whitehouse (Sociology and Anthropology), & Matt Veto (Journalism and Communication)

Moderator: Holly Zakos (LTS)

12:00 pm -
1:30 pm


2019 Library Awards Presentation

"Learning Outside the Classroom-Community Engaged Approaches to Teaching and Learning" (sponsored by  The Center for Community Engagement) [Symposium registration required]

Presentation of Awards: Boaz Nadav Manes, Executive Director of Libraries

William Crow, LUAG, and Lisa Harms, Director of Education, ArtsQuest. 

Moderator: Sarah Stanlick (Center for Community Engagement). 

EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
1:40 pm -
3:10 pm
Putting Together a Transcontinental Course Jack Lule (Journalism and Communication) & Sam Dewalt (LUNasdaq) EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
  Integration of TRAC Fellows into a Large Materials Science Course (20 Minutes) Greg Skutches (CITL) , Siddha Pimputkar (Materials Science and Engr), and Sabrina Jedlicka (Materials Science and Engr)  
  How Can We Get Them to Speak English?: Multilingualism in Higher Education (20 Minutes) Ashley Murphy & Mark Ouellette (ICAPE) EWFM Library
(5th-floor South)
  They Talk to Each Other: Employing Multiple DH Platforms to Accomplish Research-Driven Goals (20 Minutes) Christopher Brockman (History)  
  Comics Workshop for Inclusive STEM Education (20 Minutes) Ann Fink (Biological Sciences)  
4:10 pm -
6:00 pm
Lehigh University Art Galleries (LUAG) open house, reception, and faculty workshops   Zoellner Arts Center lobby
  Art and Music: Rhythms and Harmonies Linda Ganus (Music)  
  Contextualizing Neurobiology: Mental Health and Social Identity Ann Fink (Biological Sciences)  
Beyond Words: Language Development through Engagement with Art 
Mary Newbegin (ICAPE)  
  What is Design Thinking?  Lisa Getzler (Baker Institute)  
  The Virtual Art Experience Steven Lichak & Steve Sakasitz (LTS-CITL)  
  Preview of 2019-20 LUAG exhibitions Mark Wonsidler (LUAG)  

Teaching Indigenism in Latin American Art

Matthew Bush (MLL)  
  Teaching with African Art Susan Kart (AAD-Art History)  
  Online Art Resources: ArtStor and JStorForum Jasmine Woodson and Lisa McColl (LTS-Libraries)  

Registration for the lunches at the Symposium is now closed but feel free to stop by any of the other sessions (including the 4pm special events) without registering. 



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