Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

Faculty Showcase

Faculty ShowcaseEach quarter, the CTLT hosts Instructional Innovation Showcases with presentations from Cal Poly educators. These social and informative gatherings allow colleagues from across the disciplines to share how they are enhancing teaching and learning through the use of progressive pedagogy, academic and popular technology, and the latest advances in the learning sciences. These showcases are designed to make Cal Poly educators' notable accomplishment visible to colleagues, and thus providing exemplary models to inspire and guide others. Many presenters have been participants in CTLT programs, so they are also a chance to learn about the opportunities available for enhancing your teaching effectiveness.


Inclusive Teaching: Winter 2017

12:10-1 pm on Thur Feb 15; Thur Feb 22, & Wed Feb 28

One of the more powerful ways that Cal Poly will enhance the climate for diverse students is through intentionally designed learning experiences in classrooms across the curriculum. With the financial support of the Provost's Office, CTLT has hosted two cohorts of faculty in an extended summer workshop designed to support infusion of diversity principles and inclusive practices into courses from a broad variety of disciplines. From the many strong approaches developed in the Summer 2017 cohort, this showcase highlights faculty who will present three methods in hopes of inspiring others to try them. 

All showcases are from 12:10-1 pm in The CTLT Teaching and Learning Commons (Kennedy Library, Room 209). Pizza and salad will be served for all attendees.

David K

"Inclusive Office Hours"

Christine Hackman
Kinesiology and Public Health
College of Science and Math 
Date: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Time: 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Library 209


The instructor requires each student to visit office hours at a pre-determined time before the midterm.  This will serve as a check-in with each student, especially for the students who are hesitant to attend office hours or start a conversation with instructors otherwise.

David K

"Using Controversy to Discuss Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom"

Elizabeth Folk
Art and Design
College of Liberal Arts

Date: Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Time: 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Library 209

"Should Art That Infuriates Be Removed?", a March, 2017, New York Times essay inquired. Censorship versus sensitivity is a debate in academia today. Join me as I utilize juicy art world drama as a point of departure for dialogues about identity, diversity, and inclusion in the Art & Design classroom. Controversial suggestions offered for other disciplines too.

David K

"10 Steps Toward Fostering  Inclusivity in the Classroom"

Louise Olivia Violet Edwards
College of Science and Math

Date: Wed, Feb. 28, 2018
Time: 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Library 209

What are research-based, concrete steps you can take today to increase inclusivity in your classroom? This is a curated list of ten specific actions you can take that have been shown to address some of the inequalities perpetrated by stereotype threat and unconscious bias. Some are as easy as using NetIDs on exams rather than names. Other highlights include methods for how to implement Values Affirmation exercises, and how to ensure many voices are heard in a first year Physics class.

Fall Innovation Showcase 2017: A Slice of Inspiration 

Oct 3 & 24, 2017

Theme: "Online Teaching & Learning"

Join us for two special Slice of Inspiration presentations this quarter! On October 3rd, in our "Ask me anything (AMA)" discussion, we'll hear from three faculty who recently taught online. Our panelists include Ryan Jenkins (Philosophy), Stacey Rucas (Anthropology), and Laura Freberg (Psychology).

On October 24, our topic is "Online Education by the Numbers - A Data-Driven Discussion", and guest presenters Jamey Eason (Biomedical & General Engineering, Pam Dougherty (Instructional Designer) and Catherine Hillman (Instructional Designer) will explore data, research and comparative studies of online student success and discover what's new (or established) in the world of online teaching.


PRS imageSpring Instructional Innovation Showcase: A Slice of Inspiration

May 2, 9 & 23, 2017



Theme:  Personal Response Systems (Clickers) in the Classroom

As Cal Poly class sizes expand, faculty requests have increased for more information about personal response systems (i.e., clickers). Several years ago, after a thorough study of PRS, Cal Poly recommended iClicker as the common campus PRS. Since that time, several other PRS companies have risen to prominence. The following three sessions this quarter will inform you about the most popular personal response systems on our campus. Company reps and faculty will answer your questions, share pedagogical strategies, and discuss the pros and cons of their favorite PRS. 

May 2: Top Hat - Laura Freberg (Psychology) & Tracy Tanner (Top Hat Rep) 

May 9: Learning Catalytics - Solina Lindahl (Economics), Emily Taylor (Biology), Nick D'Incelli (LC Rep) & Warren Roberge (LC Rep) 

May 23: iClicker - Grace Goschke (Biological Sciences), Tricia Salata (iClicker Rep) & Tonia Malone (PolyLearn Administrator)

Pizza, salad, and beverages will be provided during these lunch sessions. All sessions will be held in Kennedy Library, Room 202A from 12:10 - 1:00 PM.

Winter Innovation Showcase 2017: A Slice of Inspiration

Theme: "Inclusive Instruction"

Faculty can play a powerful role in making Cal Poly a more inclusive campus for students, and the Winter Instructional Innovation Showcase features examples of effective ways to do this. Faculty presenters this quarter were all participants in the first cohort of educators that completed an extended program developed and co-hosted last year by the CTLT and OUDI (Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity). All interested are welcome. All sessions are from 12:10-1:00 PM in 35-202a in Kennedy Library. Pizza and salad will be served.

David K
Addressing Challenges to Infuse Diversity and Inclusivity Topics into Course Content
David John Kocsis, Lecturer
Management, HR, and Information Systems
Orfalea College of Business
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017
Time: 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Library 202A

Some courses lend themselves to discussing social issues in coursework. Some courses, however, do not naturally align with social topics such as diversity and inclusivity. The purpose of this discussion is to describe the motivation behind infusing topics of diversity and inclusivity, as well as some approaches to implement the topics.

Berndt Lambertz Megan Lambertz-Berndt, CLA
Intergroup Communication: Becoming Comfortable with the Uncomfortable  

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
Time: 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Library 202A

My experience in this program challenged me to go beyond introducing topics surrounding various identities to pushing my students to empathize and self-reflect on how their interactions may perpetuate the very structures we are looking to change. I entered each class with an uncomfortable feeling about all potential outcomes, yet realized at the end of the course that such a feeling was important in order to push boundaries. The results of my intergroup class was a deeper commitment on my part to actively discuss issues surrounding identity and to be comfortable with the results of individuals being challenged (often for the first time).

Karen Bangs & Jennifer Mott
Karen Bangs & Jennifer Mott, CENG
Engineers Need Diversity

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017
Time: 12:10 - 1:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Library 202A

Why should engineers care about diversity? Companies have discovered that diverse teams come up with better solutions and designs, and companies that value diversity and inclusivity are more profitable. Students need to be prepared to work in diverse teams when they graduate, and by bringing topics of diversity and inclusivity into the classroom, we can better prepare our students to enter the workforce and be successful. Come to hear how two engineering faculty weaved these topics into their engineering courses in mechanical engineering and industrial engineering. Hear about lessons learned and get tips on bringing these topics into your classroom.


Fall Innovation Showcase 2016: A Slice of Inspiration 

Theme: "Innovative Practices"

Join us for CTLT’s Slice of Inspiration faculty showcases, where you can enjoy a slice or two of pizza (and salad) while you learn about innovative instructional practices from your Cal Poly colleagues. The fall’s lunch-hour events highlight faculty’s work on exploring new approaches to student learning. We'll hear from faculty who are flipping their courses (and how that has changed the learning environment for students) as well as faculty who are exploring the discovery of problem-solving proclivities through card-sorting in Chemistry.

Greg Scott and Seth BushDr. Greg Scott & Dr. Seth Bush
"Thinking Like a Chemist"
The card-sorting experiment
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Date: Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Library 202A
Leah Wood, Ahmed Deif, Shannon PileggiLeah Wood, Ahmed Deif &
Shannon Pileggi
"Reflections on Flipping"
Looking back at a year (or more) of Flipping the Classroom
Date: Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Library 202A



Spring Innovation Showcase 2016: A Slice of Inspiration

Theme: "Digital Commentary Video Assessment"

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Martin Mehl and Luanne Fose conducted a formal, institute-wide research pilot on whether or not video assessment can improve faculty feedback for student assignments. The project utilized a simple, no cost, video screencasting tool to improve faculty grading efficiency and assessment by means of asynchronous video feedback. The findings of the study have confirmed, and even exceeded, expectations that such an approach could indeed be effective! This session will detail our experience teaching faculty to provide student feedback via video assessments and the results of the study. 100% of the faculty involved in the study have continued with video assessment and are thrilled with the quality of feedback it allows and the timesaving it affords.

During this quarter, several faculty will be sharing about their experiences creating video assessments for their students' assignments or projects. Please join them on these dates:

Marten Mehl and Luanne Fose
Martin Mehl (COMS) & Luanne Fose (CTLT)  
"Less is More – The Benefits of Video Assessment Feedback"
Date: Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Library 202A
Roberta Herter, Neal MacDougall, Kimberley Mastako, John Patrick
Panel: Roberta Herter (CSM-SOE), Neal MacDougall (CAFES), Kimberley Mastako (CENG), & John Patrick (CLA)
"The Tangible Benefits of Video Assessment Feedback"
Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Library 202A
Franklin Gaudi, Brian  Greenwood, Patricia Kuznetsoff, Susan Mackenzie
Panel: Franklin Gaudi (CAFES), Brian Greenwood (CAFES), Patricia Kuznetsoff (CLA), & Susan Mackenzie (CAFES)
"Faculty Strategies for Video Assessment Feedback"
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Library 202A


Winter Innovation Showcase 2016: A Slice of Inspiration 

Theme: "Critical Thinking"

All members of the Cal Poly community are invited to enjoy a slice or two of pizza and salad as they listen to their colleagues share insights and observations about signature critical thinking assignments developed and implemented over the past quarter. Please join us on the following Tuesdays for lunch and collegial presentations:

Rebekah Oulton
Dr. Rebekah Oulton, Environmental Engineering 
"Using Current Events to Stimulate Critical Thinking"
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Library 202A
Amy Wiley
Dr. Amy Wiley, English
"Using Critical Thinking Strategies as a Basis for Course Design"
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 02, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Library 202A
Kaila Bussert
Kaila Bussert, Library
"Getting Students Beyond Google: Developing Critical Mindsets about Information Sources in First-Year English and Calculus"
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Library 202A (35--202A)



Fall Innovation Showcase 2015: A Slice of Inspiration 

Theme: "Promising Practices for Bottleneck Courses"

Join us for CTLT’s Slice of Inspiration faculty showcases, where you can enjoy a slice or two of pizza (and salad) while you learn about innovative instructional practices from your Cal Poly colleagues. The fall’s lunch-hour events highlight faculty’s work on “Promising Practices” course redesigns. Projects were funded through an $11 million CSU grant program focused on improving student success or/and expanding course capacity in “bottleneck” courses that contribute to delays in degree completion. These sessions are also an opportunity to consider if you are a good candidate for this grant program as the next round of funding approaching.

Billy Riggs
William Riggs, City and Regional Planning
Teaching Quantitative Methods in a Self-Organized Virtual Learning Environment 
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Time: 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Library 202A (35--202A)
CRP 213: Methods in Population Housing & Economics
This is a core course in CAED with a significant lab component, which means the class size is constrained by the number of seats in available campus computer labs. This project explores the efficacy of virtual lab work complemented by instructional redesign creating a self-organizing learning environment. The dual purpose is to expand the number of students that can take the course independent of available lab space while also fostering greater student-directed discovery learning activities.
Steffen Peuker
Steffen Peuker, Mechanical Engineering
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Time: 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Library 202A (35--202A)
ME 163: Freshmen Orientation to Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Peuker is transforming a large lecture one-unit course that orients freshmen students to the mechanical engineering major. His focus is to infuse “Learn-by-doing” through the use of Team-Based-Learning (TBL) methods and Calibrated Peer Review methods as well as a service learning component. The intent is to better prepare freshmen students for their chosen major and to increase their success in subsequent, challenging “bottleneck” courses.
Joyce Lin

Dana Paquin







Joyce Lin and Dana Paquin, Math
Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Library 202A (35--202A)
Math 244: Linear Analysis (Lin); Math 143: Calculus III (Paquin)
Both Joyce and Dana teach math courses that have proven to be particularly challenging for students: Concepts are more abstract and content density is high. To improve student success, both of their course redesign projects implement “flipped” design principles. They are expanding online resources for use between class meetings with screencasts to introduce concepts, online math problems with immediate feedback, and course readers. The enriched out-of-class support creates more opportunities for in-class active, engaged learning activities where students work individually and collaboratively on the most challenging problems and practice skills with the immediate support of the instructor. 



Spring Innovation Showcase 2015: A Slice of Inspiration 

Metacognition: How To Strengthen Students’ Learning Skills

Join us for a slice of inspiration and a slice of pizza (or pie) during the Instructional Innovation Showcases in Spring Quarter 2015. These three sessions highlight the value of metacognitive activities to enhance students’ skills as independent, self-directed learners. Cal Poly faculty will share their experiences with different metacognitive activities and what they learned from students’ responses. You will come away with specifics for how to apply similar activities in your own courses and perhaps motivation to try it with your students.

Patrick Howe
Patrick Howe, Journalism 
Knowledge Surveys: One Prof's Mostly Positive Experience 
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Library 202A (35--202A)


Jennifer Mott
Jennifer Mott, Mechanical Engineering
Cognitive Wrappers: Transforming Exams into Learning Experiences
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Library 202A (35--202A)
LIndsey Higgins
Lindsey Higgins, Agribusiness 
Learning Contracts & Learning Portfolios: Promoting Self-Directed Learners
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Library 202 (35-202A)


Winter Innovation Showcase 2015 

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (wine and cheese provided).
Location: The Advanced Technology Labs (07-02)

Scott Kelting
Scott Kelting, Construction Management,
An Online Year in Review
Click to view Scott's presentation.
Ann De LayAnn De Lay, Ag. Ed & Com., 
A Beginner's Perspective of the Flipped Classroom
Click to view Ann's presentation.
Franklin GaudiFranklin Gaudi , BioResource & Ag Engr, 
Online Problem Sets: Improving Exam Scores Through Active Learning
Click to view Franklin's presentation.

Fall Innovation Showcase 2014 

Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Oktoberfest-themed refreshments provided).
Location: The Advanced Technology Labs (07-02)

Clare Battista, Economics, Writing to Learn Economics
John Hagen, Chemistry, Learn by Grading: Using Calibrated Peer Review to Teach Writing
Amy Wiley, English, Risk, Responsibility, Reward: Teaching Students To Write Their Own Prompts and Problems



Spring Innovation Showcase 2014 

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (wine and cheese provided).
Location: The Advanced Technology Labs (07-02)

Willaim RiggsWilliam Riggs, City and Regional Planning, Maximizing the Digital While Retaining the Tangible.
Lorraine DoneganLorraine Donegan, Graphic CommunicationsHackathons: Student Centered Learning in 24 Hours or Less.
Kimberley MastakoKimberley Mastako, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Roundabout Approach to a Student-Centered Syllabus

Winter Innovation Showcase 2014

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (wine and cheese provided).
Location: The Advanced Technology Labs (07-02)

Camille O'Bryant, Kinesiology, Sample Personal Awareness Activity to Help "Break the Ice".  Download Camille's presentation.
Jody Lisberger, The Susan Currier Visiting Professor for Teaching Excellence, Bringing In/ Bringing Out Diversity in the ClassroomDownload Jody's presentation.
Lizabeth Schlemer, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Mastery Grading: Respecting Student Values Through AutonomyDownload Liz's presentation.






Fall Innovation Showcase 2013

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (wine and cheese provided).
Location: The KTGY Gallery (Engineering West 21-105)

Greg ScottGreg Scott, Chemistry, Studio Classroom Design for Seamless Integration of Hands-on Learning. Download Greg's Presentation.1
Solina LindahlSolina Lindahl, Economics, Non-fat, Venti and Flipped: Beautiful Technology in Large LecturesDownload Solina's Presentation.
Thomas FowlerTomas Fowler and Vickie Auberg, Architecture, The Image Collective: Implementing Sophisticated Web Search for Student Work Database. Down their presentation.

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