ILTE Teaching Mini-Conference

This workshop, open to all faculty, is held prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Themes vary from year to year, but the day typically begins with a keynote speaker followed by concurrent sessions on improving teaching and enhancing student learning.

2020 Conference

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Location: Hoosier Room
Time: Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Keynote: 9:00 a.m.

Cost: Free

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jay Howard

Dr. Jay Howard headshot

Engaging Students in Face-to-Face and Online Courses

Faculty often wish to engage students in class discussion, but sometimes our efforts fall flat and we give up the effort. Why should we seek to engage students? What classroom norms sometimes undermine students’ participation? Which students are most likely to participate and to choose not to participate? How can an instructor manage both the dominant talkers and the quieter students? How can we effectively engage students online? We will engage each of these questions utilizing a review of the research to identify ways to structure class discussion to engage students and maximize learning.


Jay Howard is Professor of Sociology and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. His most recent book is Discussion in the College Classroom: Getting Your Students Engaged and Participating in Person and Online (Jossey-Bass, 2015). First Contact: Teaching and Learning in Introductory Sociology, co-authored with Nancy Greenwood, was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2011. Dr. Howard served as Deputy Editor of the American Sociological Association journal, Teaching Sociology (2003-09). He is a Fellow of the P.A. Mack Center at Indiana University for Inquiry on Teaching and Learning.

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2019 Conference

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Location: Hoosier Room

Cost: Free

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Elaine Haub

Dean of Natural Sciences & Professor of Chemistry, IU Southeast

Dr. Elaine Haub headshot

Theme: Purpose, Belonging, & Skills

Ten years after I walked into an IUS classroom to take my first college class, I returned as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry to teach that same course. Since my return in 1993, I have observed, questioned, studied the literature, experimented, attended workshops, found solutions, and discarded solutions all in the great quest to figure out how to educate our students. Helping our students to develop an interest in the subject area and connect it to their lives are the first steps.

Breakout Sessions

  • Belonging: The Students Tell All (Well not Quite Everything) – Debi Mink & Cathy Johnson
  • Purpose: Applying Employee Motivation Techniques to the Classroom – Todd Manson
  • Skills: Making the Connection: Bringing the Industry to the Classroom – Tammy Voigt


Indiana University Southeast

4201 Grant Line Rd.
New Albany, IN 47150
(812) 941-2333

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