Faculty create meaningful classroom experiences that build student success, and supporting faculty learning at all stages of a busy teaching career is the mission of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Lawrence Technological University.

Resources include an ongoing series of workshops and webinars to provide insights for classroom techniques; an online repository in canvas Orgs of pedagogical tools and tips to make classroom and co-curricular experiences immersive and immediate; and a library space in the A. Alfred Taubman Student Services Center (C305), perfect for faculty development.


Past Events

Techniques employed in teaching across campus to increase student engagement and content retention

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Techniques employed in teaching across campus to increase student engagement and content retention

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Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and other “Differentisms”

UTLC 429 – Lear Auditorium
1:30–4 p.m.
Snacks and beverages available.


The cognitive resources for learning of many of our students have been and are being diminished by the negative effects of persistent economic insecurity and discrimination and hostility against non-majority groups based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, and other aspects of difference. Recognizing that these students are no different than their peers in terms of cognitive capacity, we can implement strategies and interventions – in and outside the classroom – that show promise in helping students regain the cognitive resources to be successful in college.

Participants will understand that:

  • Multitasking isn’t a thing: attentional resources.
  • Persistent economic insecurity – scarcity – depletes mental bandwidth.
  • There are many other kinds of scarcity – respect, dignity, safety, belonging, etc.
  • Psycho-social underminers, including stereotype/identity threat, belongingness uncertainty, microaggressions, vicarious racism, and adverse childhood experiences, result in diminished bandwidth for our students.

We will learn about and practice several interventions designed to help students recover bandwidth, beginning with a strengths perspective about what skills and abilities they are bringing to the table – “funds of knowledge.” The interventions include values affirmation, connecting the known to the unknown, growth mindset and neurobics, and high-hope syllabi.

Participants will:

  • Understand that students have “funds of knowledge” and that beginning with those strengths will help them recover bandwidth and increase the likelihood of academic success.
  • Understand that there are evidence-based interventions that show promise in helping students regain bandwidth.
  • Practice interventions and reflect on them related to their potential use in the classroom and in other settings with students.

Cia-Verschelden-Pict.jpgGuest Presenter: Cia Verschelden
Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Malcolm X College, City Colleges of Chicago

Cia Verscheldenwas the executive director of Institutional Assessment at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO).  At UCO, she taught in sociology and in the first-year program. At Kansas State University, where she was on the faculty for 21 years, she taught social welfare and social policy, women’s studies, and nonviolence studies. Dr. Verschelden has a B.S. in psychology from Kansas State University, an M.S.W. from the University of Connecticut, and an Ed.D. from Harvard University. She was also involved with the Higher Learning Commission as an assessment mentor and a visiting scholar and senior officer of the Office of Assessment Initiatives and Services.  

Her book, “Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization”, was published, in association with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU), in 2017.

Event: Lifelong Learners by Example; Technology Tools Across Campus and Lunch (Live)

When: Friday, January 24, 2020

Where: Room M218 in the Buell Management Building, Building 5


11 a.m.           Bhujyo Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor of Physics; CoAS

Computational Essays in the Intro Physics Classroom

Computation is ubiquitous: no matter the technical challenge, use of computers for problem solving is today's way of life. I will briefly describe the role of computer code in visualizing simple physics principles, while simultaneously expressing one's experiences and understanding in words. Using this unique platform, called a "computational essay," I will demonstrate how my students go beyond curriculum in the intro physics classroom, explore their own ideas, and find ways to test hypotheses.

If you wish to interact with the technology you will need: Your laptop, a browser (preferably chrome), and a FREE account at wolframcloud.com; Otherwise you may simply show up and listen to me talk.

11:30 a.m.           Scott Schneider, Associate Professor of Physics; CoAS

New Gradebook in Canvas and New Quizzes

The New Gradebook brings some new features that *might* be very useful (and you don't have to use them - so there isn't a sea change happening - it "looks" the same-ish.) I'll go over some of the Views and Filters that can be used (with mixed success), assigning automatic points (nice), applying a grading scheme (old gradebook could do this). Another feature added with the gradebook is NEW QUIZZES - this allows for quiz banks - sharable to your sections *and* other professors! I will also have recorded some "flipped" videos that go over these ideas - so that you can refer back as needed (and skip the ones you don't need).

12 p.m.           Keith Kowalkowski, PhD, PE, CE, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair; CoE

Use of Technology: Essential to the Evolution of Engineering Education

Technology is used extensively in engineering practice. It is critical to ensure that instructors are utilizing tools and encouraging students to use them as well. This education will formally prep them for industry and make them more attractive to prospective employers. This presentation will highlight alternative teaching formats for the students, software used by the structural engineering profession and other useful techniques that can be adopted to engage student learning. 

12:30 p.m.           Eric Meyer, PhD, Associate Professor Biomedical Engineering; Director, Experimental Biomechanics Laboratory; CoE

Using Industry 4.0 Technologies to Reinforce Course Topics Through Hands-on Skill Modules

What is the maker movement? How can active / collaborative learning (ACL) pedagogies use these hands-on skills and creativity to encourage student interest in STEM areas? How does an instructor develop both the content and resources for these modules that are related to their course objectives as well as real-world technology trends."

We developed many hands-on modules for "Wearable Technology Design Studio" and Biomedical Engineering courses. This workshop will provide materials and suggestions for other faculty to use new technologies, such as; open electronics, 3D printing, smart/connected sensors and devices, VR/AR, and others. Specifically, the Circuit Playground Arduino platform offers the most options at a reasonable price ~25$ per kit, with easy to setup programming and great tutorials. ACL modules can be tailored to relevant math/computer science topics or broadly for scientific/engineering disciplines and even non-technical areas. 

1:10 p.m.             Dongwoo Jason Yeom, Assistant Professor; CoAD

A Technological Experiment-based Learning Experience and Enhancing Students’ Interactions in the Team Project

In this talk, two building-systems courses of Architecture will be introduced to share how research-based technological features were implemented into the learning experiences. Additionally, these courses used Canvas to increase the students’ participation and receive feedback for the team project, which will be also shared in the talk.

1:40 p.m.             Eric A. Ward, AIA, NCARB, College Professor | Professional Practice, Construction Systems; CoAD

Information Modeling and Simulation: Introducing programming and Simulation to Early-stage Designers

Programming frequently seems foreign to young designers, who often relate more readily to concrete physical artifacts. Insights developed in a recent CoAD second-year course allowed early-stage designers to rapidly forge conceptual linkages between abstract coding relationships and their understanding of physical form-manipulation. Coding exercises were extended to simulation applications, which will increase iterative simulation-based work in CoAD’s design-studio and technical course sequences. 

2:10 p.m.             Massood Omrani, Participating Faculty; CoB&IT and Marija Franetovic, Course Developer and New Media Specialist; eLearning

Videos in an Online Course: Conversational, Comprehensive, Varied and Practice-based

How is content presented online in an innovative way? This was a collaborative effort between faculty, an instructional designer and the media production team. Topics include:

  • What does it mean to co-create comprehensive, varied and practice-based videos
  • Beyond the textbook
  • Transitioning to Canvas opportunity
  • Various methods of communication/material to maximize the benefit to students
  • Two subject matter experts - both theoretical and practical strategic management approaches
  • Positive student feedback - a tremendous help in student understanding of the material for this course 

2:40 p.m.            Matt L. Cole, Associate Professor; CoBIT

Use of the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to Teach LTU Students How to Ask Questions

Students are agents of curiosity, and they should be asking their own questions, rather than only responding to questions the educator asks.  Question formulation is essential for cognitive development and how people learn from others. Nevertheless, question formulation is a skill that is rarely developed in classrooms as educators typically ask substantially more questions than students. In the traditional classroom dynamic, Socrates’ model has been sustained for millennia—the teacher asks the questions, and the students reply to the questions, wherever they may lead. While teachers’ questions are important, teachers also need to nurture student curiosity by developing their ability to ask questions. The QFT is a straightforward, step-by-step, rigorous process that mixes easily with current lesson plans. This presentation makes four simple arguments: (1) All students should learn how to ask questions, (2) All faculty can easily teach this skill as part of their regular pedagogy, (3) Adding the QFT to your course will create opportunities for students to ask questions, and (4) Any class can easily meet LTU’s pedagogical model of theory and practice by adding a QFT module.  The presentation will conclude with a mini QFT activity using the Question Focus "Technology in the classroom" as a springboard to stimulate attendees to generate their own questions.