Showcase Recordings and Slides


We invite you to join us March 30 and 31 for our first SEISMIC Showcase! Over the two days we will share a variety of classroom innovations and programs to support course transformations at scale. This event has two parts, focusing on different scales for making change. Both parts will have a mix of short presentations from individuals across SEISMIC and panel discussions. This event is open to the public. Please see below for more details on our two parts.



Part 1: Course-Level Transformations

Tuesday, March 30, 2:30-4:30 pm ET

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Moderator: Erika Nadile

In Part 1 we will hear from instructors and course coordinators on changes they have made in their classrooms in the last few years, including during this pandemic year. We will hear about what motivated their innovations, results they observed, lessons learned, and what impact this could have on their teaching when we eventually transition back to a more normal in-person teaching semester.

Course Structure

2:30 – 3:15 pm EDT

  • Armin Schikorra – Active learning format for Calculus 1 and 2.
  • Lindsay Hamm – Points-based system for a lecture course with 500 students.
  • Teena Gerhardt – Redesign efforts for College Algebra.


Hybrid Models

3:15 – 3:45 pm EDT

  • Nathan Mentzer – HyFlex model for 1400-student design thinking course.
  • Andrew Freed – HyFlex model for large lecture science electives.


Classroom Activities

3:45 – 4:30 pm EDT

  • Kirill Kiselyov – Storytelling about biological processes in senior-level cell biology course.
  • Kyle Whittinghill – POGIL-like cooperative learning activities in large enrollment environmental science course.
  • Melanie Good – Real-life imagery and tangible simulations and videos for basic Physics I course.



Part 2: Transformations at Scale

Wednesday, March 31, 2-4 pm ET

Zoom Link:

Moderator: Kris Gorman

In Part 2 we widen our scope to hear from individuals involved in multi-course transformations. This includes representatives from teaching and learning centers, leaders in discipline-based education research (DBER), and individuals managing academic student affairs. These presenters will share on what their centers/programs/teams are working on for large-scale change, helping us to see what types of multi-course transformations are possible as we come out of this pandemic and reimagine our courses.

Supporting Change

2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT

  • Cori Fata-Hartley – STEM Gateway Fellows Program to help instructors implement changes that prioritize students doing scientific practices.
  • Danny Mann – Graduate Fellows summer program to help faculty transition courses to remote/ hybrid/in-person.


Reimagining Change

3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT

  • Chantal Levesque-Bristol – Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT) model for course redesign.
  • Denise Galarza SepĂșlveda & Matt Kaplan – Foundational Course Initiative (FCI) for course transformations through collaborative course design practices.
  • Melanie Cooper – 3DL4US research group developing tools to determine if 3-Dimensional teaching and learning is occurring in STEM gateway classes.