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EC Moore Symposium Call for Proposals

Filed under: Teaching Matters — Butch Humbert on October 21, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

Have you put together an innovative way to teach a topic or to assess a learner’s ability and thought it would be great to share these ideas with others? Or are you interested in learning about new ideas and innovations in teaching? Then the upcoming EC Moore Symposium is for you, and the next installment will be Friday, March 6, 2015 at the IUPUI Campus Center in Indianapolis.

The symposium has a variety of formats all designed to showcase excellence in teaching. These include posters presentations, concurrent sessions (which are short 15 minute oral presentations followed by a 5 minute discussion), 5 minute ignite sessions focused on forward thinking ideas, as well as longer 60 minute workshops for more in depth topics. Each year the symposium brings in a national education leader to deliver the keynote address and I am certain this year will be no different.

This is a great opportunity to present your work in the area of education.   Submissions should focus on the teaching goals or the problem that the initiative was designed to address, a description of educational theories the initiative is based on and the impact of your project.

The call for proposals for the 2015 EC Moore symposium is now available. More information can be found here. Check it out today as submissions are due Saturday, November 1st.

Hope to see you and your excellent work at the symposium in March!


2015 E.C. Moore Symposium home page


Formative Assessment and Formative Feedback

Filed under: Assessment Matters — Melissa Alexander on October 16, 2014 @ 1:03 pm

Providing adequate formative feedback to students is a critical instructional task and an LCME Standard. LCME 9.7 requires that each student is provided formal formative feedback early enough during required courses or clerkships to allow ample time for remediation. That requires, at a minimum, that each course provides students with formal formative feedback at the mid-term. The Standard does consider feasibility issues, but those situations are exceptions. Barriers to providing effective informal and formal formative feedback are not insurmountable.

This blog presents one idea for providing feedback in both smaller and larger classes. There are many ways to effectively provide feedback, and some options are not feasible in some circumstances, so we invite faculty who have developed effective mechanisms for providing both informal and formal formative feedback on learning to share their ideas with colleagues in other disciplines and at other centers. (more…)

Develop Your Teaching Skills in Your Pajamas

Filed under: Teaching Matters — guestblogger on September 30, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

The following was provided by the IUSM Office of Faculty and Professional Development (OFAPD)

The Office of Faculty and Professional Development (OFAPD) has partnered with the Department of Family Medicine and an international consortium of faculty to create a series of Teaching Development Modules. These are 5-15 minute courses are available online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for free to any IUSM faculty member. The modules address a variety of teaching techniques and are designed to meet the needs of our diverse faculty across the state. You can even use the modules to earn CME credit.

To gain access, (more…)

IUSM Faculty Recognition Award Opportunities

Filed under: Teaching Matters — Mark Seifert on September 25, 2014 @ 10:52 am

Have you benefited from the mentoring of a particularly dedicated and caring colleague? Have your students been inspired by an outstanding educator to work hard and achieve beyond what they imagined themselves capable of? Do you or someone you know approach teaching and learning through a scholarly lens? Do you know of a colleague who is exceptionally engaged and committed to volunteerism, community based learning, outreach, partnerships, or curricular engagement? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you have an opportunity to nominate individuals to be recognized for the great gifts and talents they provide to our faculty, learners, and community. Nominations are now open for several School-Wide Faculty Awards listed below (with links for further information on eligibility requirements and nomination procedures). (more…)

Oncourse to Canvas Transition, Revised Plan

Filed under: Technology Matters — Lorie Shuck on September 19, 2014 @ 10:52 am

Oncourse to Canvas Transition, Revised Plan

As you are likely aware, Indiana University has selected Canvas as the new Learning Management System (LMS) to replace Oncourse. In May of this year we announced a phased-in approach to transitioning IUSM courses from Oncourse to Canvas. The recent news about the timing change for the new curriculum has caused us to rethink our transition timeline. Since our current second year courses will continue to be offered until at least 2017, they will need to transition to Canvas as Oncourse will no longer be available after 2016. To that end, we are including the second year courses into our transition plan, with the goal of all courses transitioning in 2015-16. (more…)

Sink or Swim: How Not to Approach Self-Directed Learning

Filed under: Assessment Matters — Melissa Alexander on September 10, 2014 @ 5:04 pm


Imagine a non-swimmer signing up for swimming lessons and being plunged into a deep pool without instructions on how to swim. Anyone capable of rational thought at that moment might be thinking it would be nice if the instructor had given them some instructions on how to swim before pushing him in. Assuming the student survives his “lesson”; can you imagine the instructor evaluation form he would fill out? Students new to expectations for self-directed and life-long learning can feel as though they’ve been pushed into deep water with no swimming skills. (more…)

Tips for Maximizing the Impact of PowerPoint Presentations, Part II

Filed under: Technology Matters — Sarah Lang on August 29, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

Last week, I shared two tips for maximizing the impact of your PowerPoint presentations while keeping “Death by PowerPoint” at bay. Keeping with the “less is more” theme presented in Tip #2, this tip shifts more towards aesthetics.


Tip #3: Engage, Don’t Distract

The last way to maximize the impact of your PowerPoint is to limit use of elements that distract more than engage the audience’s attention. Realistically, paying attention to a speaker is difficult enough without the speaker also requiring you to simultaneously ignore animated effects, irritating or indistinguishable color combinations, and other extraneous elements (more…)

Box and IUanyWare Webinars by IT Training

Filed under: Technology Matters — Lorie Shuck on August 26, 2014 @ 9:14 am

Below are two online opportunities from IT Training. They are evening events and are free to attend.


Box: Access Files, Share and Collaborate from Anywhere

Tuesday, August 26 from 5:30-6:30pm EDT.

In this workshop, participants will learn about their new cloud storage option at Indiana University: Box. Box is a cloud storage service that focuses on collaboration between users. IU faculty, staff, and students are all eligible for an account with 50 GB of storage. In this workshop, we will learn how users can create and access their account, store and share files, as well as how to use Box as an effective collaboration tool.

The webinar is free and open to all. Details at Register there or just show up at to attend.


IUanyWare: A Brief Introduction (more…)

Tips for Maximizing the Impact of PowerPoint Presentations – Part I

Filed under: Technology Matters — Sarah Lang on August 22, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

We’ve all experienced it and, let’s admit it, we’ve all done it: we have ALL created ineffective PowerPoint presentations at one time or another. And despite our best efforts to forge ahead, we have all been victims (and, some of us, perpetrators!) of “Death by PowerPoint”.   Over the next two weeks, I will share three tips for maximizing the impact of your PowerPoint presentations while keeping “Death by PowerPoint” at bay. Here are the first two:


Tip #1: Words before Slides

One of the simplest ways to maximize the impact of your PowerPoint presentations is to write down what you want to say before you create or select your slides. Though this sounds like a “no-brainer”, most people, particularly those pressed for time, typically do not do it. All too often, presenters will create their slides while (or worse, before) they decide what to say. We have all seen the evidence of this live—whether it’s the presenter who reads their slides verbatim; the presenter who repeatedly tells the audience to “ignore the details” on slides; or the presenter who attempts the land speed record for slide advancement to finish their presentation on time—these are all evidence that the slides, rather than the presenter, designed the presentation.

So, what method for capturing your plan is best? That really depends on the type of presentation and how you like to organize your thoughts. For example, you could write an outline, or draw a flow chart, or talk through what you plan to say, jotting down notes as you speak. You could also (more…)

July Learning Technology Newsbits

Filed under: Technology Matters — Lorie Shuck on July 2, 2014 @ 3:55 pm

This blog post covers a few new things in the world of learning technology for the IU School of Medicine. Contact me with any questions you have about these items. I can be reached at or (317) 278-1506.



First of all, I want to take a moment to introduce you all to Rachel Mahan, who is new to IUSM. Rachel will be working as the Assessment Technology Coordinator for UME. In this role, she will manage aspects of ExamSoft exams and NBME exams. Please feel free to contact Rachel with your exam questions. Here is her contact info:

Rachel Mahan
Assessment Technology Coordinator for UME
(317) 274-8303



Another item that might be of interest to some is a pilot for a video management tool that IU is conducting this fall. (more…)

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