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ITL 2016 Summer Institute

Over 70 faculty members from all 23 CSU campuses attended ITLís 2016 Summer Institute, What Works: Designing Teaching for Diverse Learners, at the Chancellorís Office in Long Beach in July. Charting a path toward the CSU Graduation Initiativeís goal of closing gaps in opportunities for all students by 2025, the summer institute focused on proven strategies that can be implemented at the course level to create inclusive climates and engage all students in deep learning.

Following a keynote by Dr. Linda Nilson, Director Emerita of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University, entitled "Self-Regulated Learning: Active Learning on the Inside," CSU faculty facilitated hands-on sessions on measuring the promise of a syllabus, fostering critical habits of mind, teaching transparently, culturally relevant and inclusive pedagogy, and understanding first generation college students.

Detailed descriptions and outcomes for each session are in the conference program.


The CSU Symposium on University Teaching is organized each year by the CSU Faculty Development Council with support from The Institute for Teaching and Learning. Each year for nearly two decades, the symposium has convened faculty from all 23 CSU campuses to engage with nationally-recognized leaders in higher education and to share research findings, pedagogical innovations, and best practices for reaching and teaching the students we serve.

The 19th Annual CSU Teaching and Learning Symposium was held at San Josť State University on October 21 & 22, 2016. The theme was "Promoting Student Success through Innovation, Creativity, Diversity, & Teamwork."

The symposium included a keynote by Kathryn Planck, entitled "Working Together to Create a Community Where All Can Succeed," as well as paper presentations, poster sessions, and lightning talks by faculty on diversity, high-impact educational practices, innovative collaborations, resilience, technology, and CSU-supported curriculum development and redesign.

The theme of the 18th Annual CSU Symposium on University Teaching, held March 13 & 14, 2015, at Cal State LA, was "GRIT: Exploring Perseverance, Mindset and Character in the Classroom."

Keynote speakers were Dr. Rachel Beattie, Director of Productive Persistence at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Stanford, California, and Dr. Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Coordinator of Instructional Development and Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Both are engaged in compelling research that gets to the heart of how students learn best and stay in school. They shared proven approaches to increasing student engagement and rates of persistence at a practical, hands-on symposium.

Suggestions for other events or areas of faculty development that you believe ITL should consider supporting can be sent to the director.

Last Updated: August 10, 2017