Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning

This annual symposium is a celebration of teaching and learning at RIT, and a time for faculty to come together to discuss and inspire each other on a variety of teaching and learning topics.

2024 Summer Institute + AI Symposium

The 2024 Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning will be offered in conjunction with an AI Symposium, and co-sponsored by RIT Research on May 14-15, 2024. The theme for this year is Teaching the 21st Century Student.

The Summer Institute and AI Symposium will feature a variety of workshops, presentations, poster sessions, and panel discussions led by RIT faculty and recognized experts on the following topics:

  • Helping Students Succeed
  • Engaging Learning Experience
  • Harnessing New Technologies, including those powered by AI
  • Research on AI

Registration

Registration is open!

This event is free and open to the entire RIT community. Whether you are a seasoned educator or new to the field, we encourage you to participate and contribute to this vibrant exchange of ideas.

We look forward to seeing you at the Summer Institute on Teaching and Learning & AI Symposium, as we come together to explore new horizons in education.

Register by April 29

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce two exceptional speakers will be headlining the Summer Institute this year. Kendra Evans, director of RIT’s Spectrum Support Program, will talk about fostering student success. Christina Katopodis, a senior postdoctoral research associate at City University of New York’s Humanities Alliance, will discuss taking student engagement to the next level with inclusive, collaborative learning.

photo of Kendra Evans

 

photo of Christina Katopodis

Kendra Evans
Director, Spectrum Support Programs
Rochester Institute of Technology
  Christina Katopodis, PhD
Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate
City University of New York (CUNY)

Call for Presenters

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2024 Summer Institute + AI Symposium! The Call for Presenters is now closed.

If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified by email by Friday, March 29, 2024. Please email ctl@rit.edu if you have any questions.

Program Schedule

DAY 1: Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Start Time End Time Event Location(s)
8:00am 8:25am Registration & Breakfast 
Premium Continental Breakfast
SHED, 3rd floor Lobby
8:30am 9:50am

Opening Remarks
Neeraj Buch, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Provost for Student Success

Keynote: Positively Impact Retention, Engagement, Graduation and Employment Outcomes
Kendra Evans, Director, Spectrum Support Programs, RIT

SHED, Room 3300
10:00am 10:50am

Workshop Sessions

Track: Engaging Learning Experiences
Transformative Teaching-A Journey Through Active Learning Strategies
Neeraj Buch, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Provost for Student Success
Location: Wallace, Room 3420

Track: Harnessing New Technologies
Integrating LLMs into the Science Curriculum
Christopher Collison (COS), Tom Fuller (COS)
Location: Wallace, Room 3430

Track: Helping Students Succeed
Checking In---Getting to know your students
Raymond Scattone (CLA)
Location: Wallace, Room 3440

Track: Engaging Learning Experiences
Using Projects to Replace Exams
Jennifer A O'Neil (CET)
Location: Wallace, Room 3490 

Wallace Library
11:00am 11:50am

Workshop Sessions

Track: Engaging Learning Experiences
Making Time: Prompts and Free Writing in the Classroom
Jessica Pavia (CLA)
Location: Wallace, Room 3520

Track: Helping Students Succeed
Getting to Know Our Gen Z Students (and Getting Them to Know Us)
Kristin Kant-Byers (CLA)
Location: Wallace, Room 3530

Track: Helping Students Succeed
PART 1: “Leveling the Playing Field”: Cultivating Inclusive Learning Spaces
David Yockel (University Studies), Mari Jaye Blanchard (CAD)
Location: Wallace, Room 3560

Wallace Library
12:00pm 12:50pm Lunch
Boxed lunches, and beverages
SHED, 3rd floor Lobby
1:00pm 1:50pm

Workshop Sessions

Track: Engaging Learning Experiences
Tabletop Experiments for Teaching Dynamics in Large Classroom Formats
Mario Gomes (KGCOE)
Location: Wallace, Room 3420

Track: Harnessing New Technologies
Teaching a Gen-AI-Centered Course
Matthew Wright (GCCIS), Chris Schwartz (GCCIS)
Location: Wallace, Room 3430

Track: Helping Students Succeed
PART 2: “Leveling the Playing Field”: Cultivating Inclusive Learning Spaces
David Yockel (University Studies), Mari Jaye Blanchard (CAD)
Location: Wallace, Room 3560

Track: Helping Students Succeed
Inclusive Syllabi Design: Strategies for Enhancing Accessibility and Student-Centered Teaching
Nickesia Gordon (CLA)
Location: Wallace, Room 3490 

Wallace Library
2:00pm 4:00pm Reception & Provost's Learning Innovation Grant (PLIG) Showcase
Open bar with cheese and crackers
 
SHED, Atrium A-Level

 

DAY 2: Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Start Time End Time Event Location(s)
8:00am 8:25am Registration & Breakfast  SHED, 3rd floor Lobby
8:30am 9:50am

Opening Address
David C. Munson Jr., RIT President
Prabu David, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Keynote: The Future is Co-Created: Take Student Engagement to the Next Level 
Christina Katopodis, Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate, City University of New York (CUNY)

SHED, Room 3300
10:00am 10:50am

Workshop Sessions

Track: Engaging Learning Experiences
Making Active Learning Sweet and Simple!
Emily Coon (COS)
Location: Wallace, Room 3420

Track: Engaging Learning Experiences
Teaching Hip Hop in a College Classroom 
Makini Beck (CLA & SOIS)
Location: Wallace, Room 3430

Track: Harnessing New Technologies
Explore Ethical Generative AI & Test Drive Your AI Prompt
Ihab Mardini (CAD)
Location: Wallace, Room 3440

Track: Harnessing New Technologies
Ideation and Collaboration between Humans, More Humans, and AI
Alex Lobos (CAD)
Location: Wallace, Room 3490

Wallace Library
11:00am 11:50am

Workshop Sessions

Track: Engaging Learning Experiences
Novices as Experts: Active Learning in Linked Writing Courses
Phil Shaw (SOIS)
Location: Wallace, Room 3520

Track: Engaging Learning Experiences
Collaboration and the Art of Compromise
Rebecca Aloisio (CAD)
Location: Wallace, Room 3530

Track: Harnessing New Technologies
Think Like AI
Garret Arcoraci (GCCIS), Robert Kostin (GCCIS)
Location: Wallace, Room 3560

Track: Harnessing New Technologies
Generative AI in Art and Design: Teaching Beyond Boundaries
Juan Noguera (CAD)
Location: Wallace, Room 3510

Wallace Library
12:00pm 12:50pm Lunch
Boxed lunches, and beverages
SHED, 3rd floor Lobby
1:00pm 1:50pm

Workshop Sessions

Track: Engaging Learning Experiences
Embracing Student Mistakes in Teaching
Colin Mathers (CLA)
Location: Wallace, Room 3420

Track: Engaging Learning Experiences
Transformative Ways to Motivate Students with Joy, Curiosity, and Agency in Learning
Christina Katopodis 
Location: Wallace, Room 3430

Track: Harnessing New Technologies
Creative Overload: How AI is Supercharging Design Education
Alejandro Perez Sanchez (CAD)
Location: Wallace, Room 3440

Track: Harnessing New Technologies
AI Accelerated Curriculum Development & Student Engagement
Shaun Foster (CAD)
Location: Wallace, Room 3490

Wallace Library
2:00pm 2:50pm AI Task Force Panel Discussion SHED, Room 3350
3:00pm 5:00pm Reception & Teaching with AI Demonstrations
Open bar with cheese and crackers
SHED, Atrium A-Level

 

Past Years

The CTL's Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning featured a variety of workshops, presentations, and discussions led by RIT faculty and nationally-recognized experts. Topics included active learning, assessment, technology in the classroom, and inclusive teaching.

Nationally-Recognized Workshop leaders, Dr. Andy Gerhart and Dr. Danica Savonick, along with many of your RIT friends and colleagues, as we build our pedagogical strategies, focusing on small- and large-scale active learning and advanced active learning techniques.

Andy Gerhart
Dr. Andy Gerhart
Lawrence Tech

Danica Savonick
Dr. Danica Savonick
SUNY Cortland

The Breakout Sessions were track-based and participants chose to attend any of the tracks on site. The tracks were: Small-Scale Active Learning, Large-Scale Active Learning, and Advanced Active Learning Techniques.

Track topics included: “Aiming High: Using Higher-Order Thinking,” “Teach Smarter, Not Harder: How ChatGPT Can Help,” “Using Imagery to Spark Active Learning,” and many others!

CTL Staff hosted technology Q&A sessions, and opportunities to sit down with CTL team members to discuss faculty's own course designs.

View session descriptions and presenter materials from the 2023 Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning.