Previous Institutes

May 31 and June 1, 2023

The 2023 institute occurred over two days, one day online and one day in person. On the first day, Alison Bianchi (University of Iowa) delivered a keynote address on “Group Work Strategies: What Equal Opportunity Really Looks Like.” Learn more about her work at the Center for the Study of Group Processes. Day Two included extended, 2.5-hour-long workshops.  Dr. Bianchi led a workshop entitled “They Hate Working in Groups: How We Can Facilitate Cooperative Learning to Turn Haters into Lovers.” Other groups of UD faculty and staff led workshops on the following topics:

  • Supporting College Students’ Reading Abilities: What and How
  • Using Specifications Grading to Improve Student Learning and Assessment
  • Access and representation: Enhancing teaching and learning with open and affordable materials
  • AI Tools in Higher Education: A Technical Primer and Practical Examples

In addition, between Day One (Zoom) and Day Two (In-Person), UD faculty and staff led a total of 27 hour-long workshops and informational sessions on a variety of teaching and learning topics, one of our largest institutes ever. Finally, a resource fair was held with an ice cream social on The Green where representatives from various academic support units had the opportunity to meet with SIT attendees.

View the full schedule for the 2023 Summer Institute on Learning.

June 1 and 2, 2022

The 2022 institute occurred over two days, one day online and one day in person. On the first day, cognitive psychologist Althea Need Kaminske of St. Bonaventure University presented a keynote and led a concurrent session on the topics of memory and spacing in memory learning, You can learn more about her work at the Center for Attention Learning and Memory. On the second day, in lieu of a keynote, Liz Farley-Ripple (UD School of Education) moderated a panel on “Research to Pedagogy to Practice: Contemporary Perspectives on the Transition from High School to College,” featuring Nicole Blume (Smyrna High School), Tim Jadick (Newark Charter School), David Teague (UD Associate in Arts Program) and Roberta Golinkoff (UD School of Education). The panelists provided perspectives on student transitions to college from their experiences as Delaware high school teachers and UD education faculty. Attendees were able to learn about their future students and some strategies they could employ as an instructor to facilitate their success.

Session tracks of this institute included:

  • JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)
  • Leveraging Technology for Learning
  • Teaching Collaborations

View the full schedule for the 2022 Institute here.

June 2 and 3, 2021

The 2021 institute occured over two days and was held online. On the first day, Susan D. Blum, professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, gave a keynote talk  titled College Student Realities in a Pandemic — and Beyond and facilitated a session titled Ungrading in a Pandemic, and the Rest of the Time, Too. currently fixated on education and pedagogical praxis. Both sessions were informed by recent books she wrote or co-edited. On the second day, Remi Kalir, Assistant Professor of Learning Design and Technology at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development, gave a keynote titled Remarking Upon Learning: Annotation Across Texts and Contexts, and a session titled Annotate Your Syllabus. These sessions were informed by his own practices as well as his then-recently published book.

Session tracks of this institute included:

  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • High Impact Practices
  • Large Classes
  • Lessons from Teaching Online
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Teaching and Assessment

View the full schedule for the 2021 institute.

June 3, 2020

The 2020 institute was held on one day and online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Derek Bruff, director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and a principal senior lecturer in the Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics, presented the keynote on “intentional tech.”

View the full schedule for the 2020 institute.

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