Respond to the Seminar: A Year of Free Tools: An FLC’s Exploration of Their Uses in Higher Education

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Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Place: 320 Laws Hall
RSVP to: CELTUA ( by Monday, April 14, 2014

Presented by Members of the Faculty Learning Community on the Exploration of Free Tools in Higher Education

In this seminar, our Faculty Learning Community (FLC) will share several of the free technologies that we have explored this year. FLC members, who represent faculty and staff from across Miami University, will demonstrate a variety of technologies—all of which are free and easy-to-learn—that can enhance faculty and staff’s teaching, productivity, and efficacy. FLC members will share use cases for several free technologies, provide examples of how we have implemented some of the tools, and answer questions about the tools we examined. The FLC facilitators will also speak about the process our FLC used for determining and evaluating the technologies we covered.

The Faculty Learning Community on the Exploration of Free Tools in Higher Education is comprised of nine interdisciplinary faculty, staff, and graduate students who have spent the last eight months exploring a variety of free technologies. With a broad array of disciplines and various technical abilities, we have been meeting with a single goal in mind—how to leverage technology to advance learning and our work in higher education.


Support for International Students (and All Students) Available From MU Libraries and the Howe Writing Center

Resources for International Students are available from the Miami University libraries. These resources include research guides, video tutorials, and digital translators for checkout. For more information, contact Katie Gibson, MU libraries (

The Howe Writing Center ( offers a “Student Review of Assignments” service that allows instructors to get feedback on their assignments from trained undergraduate student consultants. To learn more, see


Respond to the Seminar: Teaching International Students—Library and Writing

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Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Place: 320 Laws Hall
RSVP to:CELTUA ( by Thursday, April 10, 2014
Presented by Katie Gibson, Miami University Libraries; and Lucy Manley, International Programs Specialist and ESL Instructor

The increasing number of international students on Miami’s campuses brings both opportunities and challenges. Faced with students whose first language is not English, and who are learning U.S. academic structures and expectations while simultaneously improving their linguistic abilities, faculty may question their established teaching practices, especially in the areas of research and writing assignments. In this discussion-based seminar, university librarian Katie Gibson and Lucy Manley, international programs specialist from the Howe Writing Center, share what they’ve learned from working with international students about their research and writing strategies, concerns, and frustrations, and then offer suggestions. The seminar will end with questions and discussions on how we might best support international student research and writing.

Katie Gibson is a Humanities Librarian who provides research instruction to courses for international students.

Lucy Manley, International Programs Specialist and ESL Instructor, joined Miami University in September 2010. At the Howe Writing Center, she is responsible for academic programming for international students and training Howe consultants to work with Miami’s international population. In the English Department, Lucy teaches first-year composition for international students.


Service-Learning Featured in the New Issue of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching

Journal Cover shrunkThe new issue of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching (, Volume 25, number 1 (2014), focuses on Teaching for Civic Engagement. As guest editor C. Lee Harrington, Miami University, describes it

“As old debates continue to rage and new ones emerge, it is heartening to remind ourselves of the breadth and depth of the conversation devoted to the role of education in civic engagement. For example, National Campus Compact, founded in 1985 and the largest national organization of college and university presidents and chancellors (1,100+) pledged to the public purpose(s) of higher education, announced in their recently issued 2014 Strategic Plan and Beyond that they are bringing added focus to several core priorities over the next five years (
“This special issue of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching advances our knowledge of civic engagement and service-learning by addressing the debates summarized above and/or the strategic priorities of Campus Compact.”

The articles in this issue are:

Lessons in Citizenship: Using Collaboration in the Classroom to Build Community, Foster Academic Integrity, and Model Civic Responsibility
A. E. Biswas

Solving Real Community Problems to Improve the Teaching of Public Affairs
A. Yaghi & M. Alibeli

Teaching Evidence-Based Practice in Service-Learning: A Model for Education and Service
J. D. Terry et al.

The Impact of a Service-Learning Experience in Mentoring At-Risk Youth
L. Wasburn-Moses et al.

Service-Learning Through Partnership With a Community High School: Impact on Minority Health Science Students
S. M. Saleh & K. H. Hamed

Speak Out Loud: Deconstructing Shame and Fear Through Theater in a Community-Based Service-Learning Project
K. Vázquez

Teaching Diversity Through Service-Learning: An Integrative Praxis Pedagogical Approach
J. S. Rice & T. Horn

Service-Learning: A Tool to Develop Employment Competencies for College Students
A. J. Ramson

Access to the electronic Journal is free to all Miami faculty and staff from on campus, courtesy of CELTUA. Click “Issue Archive” to access all issues of the Journal published since its inception in 1990; to locate teaching and learning topics you wish to research, click on “Search Archive.”

For information about submitting manuscripts or other inquiries, click “Submitting Manuscripts” on the website ( or contact Gregg Wentzell, Managing Editor, at the Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056 (telephone: 513-529-9265; e-mail:

Enjoy reading, and watch for the next issue of the Journal (volume 25, number 2), due out in late spring 2014.


Reminder: Don’t Forget to Register for and Attend the Alumni Teaching Scholars Symposium

Date: Monday, March 31, 2014
Time: 8:45am to 12:50pm
Place: Heritage, Benjamin Harrison, Anna Symmes, Caroline Scott, and Bystrom Reid Rooms, Shriver Center

CELTUA and the members of the Alumni Teaching Scholars invite you to a symposium showcasing the work of this faculty learning community for early-career faculty. Join your colleagues for interactive sessions about their innovative teaching projects. There will be three 40-minute concurrent session time blocks. The list of presenters and sessions is as follows:

9:05 – 9:45am concurrent sessions:

The Impact of Teaching Methods on Undergraduate Women in Philosophy
Kristina Gehrman, Philosophy

Addressing Anxiety and Learning Outcomes During the Transition of a Course to Online Delivery
Thomas Mays, Business Technology

10:05 – 10:45am concurrent sessions:

Effects of Elements of Course Organization on Student Learning
Heidi Ewen, Sociology and Anthropology

Improving Learning by Having Students Conduct Online Research to Prepare for Class
Jonathan Grenier, Accountancy

10:05 – 10:45am concurrent sessions:

Using Student Feedback to Evaluate the Effectiveness of “Place-Based” Learning Exercises in Urban Field Experience Classes
Damon Scott, Geography

Impact of a Creative and Collaborative Laboratory Activity on First-Year STEM Students
Yasmin Jessa, Chemistry

Mastering Philosophic Concepts through Use and Application
Keith Fennen, Philosophy

A complimentary luncheon (provided by CELTUA) will be served at 11:50am.

Additional information and the online registration form can be found at:

Please RSVP online by Thursday, March 27th.


Results of CELTUA’s Survey of Miami Faculty Members’ Professional Development Needs

In fall 2013, CELTUA requested Miami faculty members’ help to learn what pre-tenured/promoted faculty need for professional development. The survey asked what existing services faculty had made use of, what skills they believed were important for junior faculty, what were the most useful format(s) for programming, and what rewards they felt would be most meaningful.

To view the results of the survey, see the attached Final Faculty Orientation and Professional Development Survey Results Brief.

Among other useful ideas, this input has been helpful in planning a revised faculty orientation program for summer 2014.

CELTUA is grateful that Miami faculty were willing to share their experiences, concerns, and suggestions with us as a way to help serve them better.


CELTUA’s Website Recognized Nationally

The CELTUA website has been recognized as a “Featured Website” by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). The “Featured Website” designation is “intended to point others to promising practices in innovative and transparent online communication of student learning outcomes assessment.” Criteria for selection include a website’s Communication, Creativity, and effectiveness as a Centralized Assessment Repository. The CELTUA site was chosen in the first and third categories.
A summary of what NILOA says about the website is as follows:
“Miami University’s Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment (CELTUA) website provides a wealth of information on assessment activities at Miami University. The site includes assessment success stories, in which Miami faculty briefly address their experiences developing and assessing student learning outcomes within their respective departments. The Student Success Plan page features links to Miami’s general education learning outcomes and descriptions of the projects intended to address these outcomes, as well as a list of learning outcomes within individual majors and information on Miami’s assessment of student engagement.”

To read the full article, please visit


Respond to the Seminar: Reflecting FLC: Lecturers and Clinical Professionally Licensed Faculty and the Engaged University

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CELTUA Seminar: Reflecting FLC: Lecturers and Clinical Professionally Licensed Faculty and the Engaged University

Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Place: 320 Laws Hall

Presented by: Jennifer Green, Psychology; Janelle Sikorski, Geology and Environmental Earth Science; Heeyoung Tai, Chemistry & Biochemistry; and Peter Wessels, Psychology.

Research on the experiences and effectiveness of faculty off the tenure track has traditionally lumped part-time faculty, full-time faculty with terminal contracts, and continuing full-time faculty together under the broad heading of non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty. As a result, a confusing and often unflattering view of NTT faculty has emerged, particularly with regard to the impact of these positions on Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs). In this seminar, we will highlight the role that Lecturers and Clinical/Professionally-Licensed (LCPL) faculty play in support of positive SLOs at Miami University. We will examine the specific conditions that make these continuing full-time positions different from other NTT positions, provide an overview of existing and comparative policies that govern LCPL faculty, report qualitative and quantitative data from two recent surveys of LCPL faculty, and facilitate a discussion of best practices for maximizing the potential of these positions.


Respond to the Seminar: Which Web Conferencing Tool is for Me?

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CELTUA/WebEx Seminar: Which Web Conferencing Tool is for Me?

Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Place: 318 Laws Hall
RSVP to: CELTUA ( by Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Presented by Matthew Evins, CELTUA Faculty Teaching Associate, Advanced Learning Technologies

Whether you’re teaching online or holding an online meeting, the inevitable question is, which tool do I use? This seminar will cover a variety of use cases and discuss the possible tools that can be used. Included in the comparisons will be WebEx, Google Hangout, and Skype. Participants are invited to meet in 318 Laws Hall for 30 minutes following the seminar to explore the tools in a more hands-on environment*.
*Hands-on participants are encouraged to bring a laptop.


Invitation to a Conversation: Student Perceptions of Instructor Fairness

On March 5, 2014, Miami undergraduates Courtney Bernard, Journalism/Strategic Communication, and Karly Danos, Theatre/Communication, led a student panel discussion on “Student Perceptions of Grading Fairness.” During the session the students and the faculty participants discussed some examples of fair and unfair incidents reported in an article in the Journal of Marketing Education.

We invite CELTUA blog readers to engage the incidents described in the article and share their perspectives with each other. To view the example incidents, go to Student Fairness Perception Tables