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Teaching Enhancement Workshop Fall 2021

"Stepping Through the Portal: Rebuilding Community"
September 1, 2021, Evergreen Campus

Program | TEW Committee | Past Workshops

As we prepare for the Fall 2021 semester we may take inspiration from remarks by Arundhati Roy on the pandemic: “Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it” (April, 2020; emphasis added). The breakout sessions will focus on ways in which we can use skills and insights gained over the course of the past year to rebuild community and potentially rethink our teaching going forward.


Schedule of events
9 a.m.

Breakfast and Conversation

McGuire Hall West
9:30 a.m.

Welcome, Introduction, and Reflection

Mavis Biss, associate professor of philosophy and chair of the teaching enhancement committee

Erin O'Keefe, director of the center for community, service, and Justice and York Road Initiative



9:55 - 10:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions:1, 3, and 4
10:50 - 11:40 a.m. Breakout Sessions:2, 3, and 4
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions:1 and 2

Breakout Session Descriptions

1. " Social Annotation for Collaborative Learning

Join us for an interactive workshop on, an online social annotation tool available for use this semester. With this tool enabled in your class, students work together to annotate class texts (e.g., pdfs, websites), making this tool a novel way to spark discussion and model & encourage close reading. Bring your laptop or tablet, and expect approximately 15 minutes of presentation, 10 minutes of installation support, and 20 minutes of guided practice.

Location: Sellinger Hall 008

Presenter: Jeffrey Witt (Philosophy; winner of the 2021 Faculty Award for Excellence in Transformative Teaching)


2. "BMORE Engaged"

Bmore Engaged is a CCSJ program launched in 2020 that organizes peer-led cohorts that allow students to explore a specific justice topic in community with others over the course of the semester. This panel will highlight the success of the program’s first year and offer faculty ideas for their courses might be enhanced through student participation in Bmore Engaged.

Location: Sellinger Hall 223

Presenters: Patrick Cassidy (CCSJ), Jill Snodgrass (Theology), and Carolyn Barry (Psychology)


3. "Pedagogical Silver Linings"

For most of us our teaching has fundamentally changed during the pandemic. Adapting to remote and hybrid teaching has inspired us to focus on what is most important. In this session, the presenters will share some of the strategies that they adopted during the pandemic and will take back to the physical classroom. This will be an interactive session where participants are also invited to share their own “silver lining” experiences.

Location: Sellinger Hall 203

Presenters: Timothy Clark (Mathematics and Statistics), Irem Demirkan (Management and International Business), Raenita Fenner (Engineering), and Michiko Iwasaki (Psychology)


4. "Challenges for Multi-Lingual Learners"

This session will help faculty understand how to better serve our students work in multiple languages. Participants will reflect on how to create an inclusive learning community.

Location: Sellinger Hall 221

Presenters: Patricia Bryan (Admissions), Marianna Carlucci (Psychology; winner of the 2021 Faculty Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship), Molly Fredette (The Study), Blake Lubinski (The Study), Peggy O'Neill (Loyola College), Lucas Southworth (Writing), and Marcia Wiedefeld (Disability Support Services)

12:30 p.m. Lunch McGuire Hall West
1:30 p.m.

Afternoon Sessions

"Loyola's Lightboard"

Loyola’s Lightboard is a new tool housed in the LNDL that can be used to create videos in which the speaker is facing the camera while drawing/writing on the board or on PowerPoint slides. In the video clip below Megan Olsen, Associate Professor of Computer Science, offers two examples of class videos that she made using the Lightboard. Come to this session to see a live demo and check out the Lightboard for yourself!

Location: Library Collaboratory 1038

Presenter: Jason McMahon (Loyola College)

"Empathy and Virtual Reality"

Learn how the Library's virtual reality program can support your work. The library offers faculty a reservable VR classroom that includes four headset stations and 30 Google Cardboard units available for checkout so you can bring to your class. Marianna Carlucci and Matthew Treskon are working to provide faculty, staff, and administrators opportunities to increase empathy and perspective-taking. The session will include a simulation of VR modules that could increase empathy. The uses for this technology are far-reaching and the library staff will be ready to discuss VR and other services and programming appropriate for your needs.

Location: Library Seminar Room 1022

Presenters: Marianna Carlucci (Psychology; winner of the 2021 Faculty Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship), and Matthew Treskon (LNDL)

"Tech Training in the Fernandez Center"

This session will serve as the required technology training for faculty members who are scheduled to teach in the Fernandez Center in FA21. Other curious faculty members may attend to get a sense of the new space and its features.

Location: Beatty Hall Seminar Room 102 and 106

Presenters: OTS Staff

Resources: Recording of the Fernandez Center Tech Training

Teaching Enhancement Committee Members, 2021-22

  • Diana Betz (Psychology) 
  • Mavis Biss, Chair (Philosophy) 
  • Irem Demirkan (Management and International Business)
  • Marie Heath (Education Specialties)
  • Andrew Schoeffield (Biology)
  • Cindy Moore (Writing /Academic Affairs), ex officio

Past Teaching Enhancement Workshops

January 2021: Best Use of Zoom and Classroom Sessions

Fall 2020: Planning for Fall 2020: Classroom Trial Sessions

January 2020: Teaching for Active Citizenship

August 2019: Reflection on Student Learning and Teaching Practice

January 2019: Motivation: Theory in Action

August 2018: Approaching Challenging Topics in the Classroom

January 2018: High-Impact Teaching Practices Using Digital Pedagogy

August 2017: Student-Driven Learning and High-Impact Learning Practices

January 2017: Evidence-Based Teaching Practices

August 2016: Race in the College Classroom

January 2016: Modes of Engagement

August 2015: Inclusive Teaching and Loyola's Diversifying Student Body

January 2015: The Jesuit Mission, In Action

August 2014: Beyond Words: The Power of Nonverbal Communication in Teaching