New Classroom Inclusivity Series article released!

We are excited to announce the release of a new article about OTEAR's Classroom Inclusivity Series! Let us know what you think!

Bifulco, C. & Drue, C., (2023) "A collaborative model for faculty development: Helping faculty develop inclusive teaching practices", To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development 42(2): 5.
doi: https://doi.org/10.3998/tia.3168"

The results of the Fall 2023 Student Instructional Rating Surveys are now available to faculty and administrators in the Blue survey system. After logging in, choose "instructor" or "administrator" if prompted, then scroll down to see the "Reports" section. 

There are three exceptions:

  • Rutgers Business School MBA program (school 22): results will be available Thursday, January 11th.
  • Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE): results will be available Thursday, January 11th.
  • Rutgers Law School (schools 23 and 24): results wil be available Friday, January 19th

The numeric portion of the results for faculty and lecturers will also be published for the university community (NetID login required) on the SIRS Results web site later in the Spring semester (early April 2024). Open-ended comments are not published on the web site, neither are SIRS results for TAs or student-teachers. 

Update - the issue with the interapp communication has been resolved. Outage lasted from approximately 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


We are experiencing a communication outage between the Canvas course system and the Blue Survey system. Support staff are working to correct the situation, and we expect it to be functioning normally soon. 

Students may continue to see pop-up messages asking them to complete surveys that they have already completed, until communication between the two systems is restored. 

In some cases (Rutgers Business School and Mason Gross Rutgers Arts-Online) students may have difficulty accessing their course site in Canvas. For a short term workaround, students can use the "Canvas Student" app:

Fall SIRS running now

The Fall 2023 Student Instructional Rating Survey process has begun. As of  today (November 29th) most surveys are now available, although survey dates for individual courses may vary. Students can complete their surveys by visiting https://sirs.rutgers.edu/blue or through the links in their Canvas course sites. 

Faculty can monitor the response rates while the survey is running, and should consider sending the survey link to their students. Setting aside some class time to complete the survey in person is highly recommended for improving the student responses. Additional resources for increasing response rates are available in our Canvas teaching site (log in to canvas to continue to the correct page).

SIRS results will be sent in January, after the grading period has closed.

Artificial Intelligence & Academic Integrity (Virtual Discussion)

Monday, December 11, 2023
10:00am-11:30am

What should instructors do if they suspect that a student has used an AI chatbot such as ChatGPT in violation of a course policy? In this discussion, we share advice about ensuring that course policies are as clear as possible and discuss the processes for reporting students for violations of academic integrity on our campuses. We will hear from instructors and staff in the RU community who have experience adjudicating such cases. If you wish to attend the discussion or receive the recording afterwards, please register.

AI and Teaching and Learning: Initiatives at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thursday, November 9th, 2023
1:00pm-2:00pm

John Zumbrunnen, University of Wisconsin-Madison Senior Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs and Vice-Provost for Teaching and Learning, will discuss approaches taken at UW-Madison to support instructors in an age of generative AI while fostering an educational environment based on exploration, trust and transparency. If you wish to attend the presentation or receive the recording afterwards, please register.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Round Table (Presentation and Discussion)

Thursday, December 14, 2023, 10-11:30 am

This discussion is for all instructors and staff interested in research on their teaching. We will provide an opportunity for all participants to give a short explanation of their current projects and ask for feedback from the rest of the group about methodology, design, suggestions for analysis etc. This time could also be used to invite collaborators for new SoTL projects. Please let us know if there are any other resources you need or questions you have that we may be able to incorporate into the agenda!

If you would like to attend the workshop, please register. This session will not be recorded.

Incorporating Beliefs, Mindsets & Belonging in Creating Inclusive Courses (Virtual Interactive Workshop)
Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 12:30 - 2:00 pm

There is increasing evidence that what some call "non-cognitive" factors such as students' sense of belonging, beliefs, and mindsets, have a significant impact on student success. This workshop will summarize some of the literature on these topics and then provide actionable pedagogical strategies and tools to incorporate some of these principles into your courses. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and engage with colleagues as you consider what strategies are most appropriate for your course.

If you would like to attend, please register

Impact of Identities, Biases and Fears on the Learning of International Students

Thursday, November 2, 12 - 1:30 pm

Building awareness around our own identities, biases, and fears as educators and those of our international students is a critical component in creating more equitable and accessible classroom interaction. This workshop delves into the science of learning through a practical and reflective discussion of the impact of culture, beliefs, and mindset in the educational process of multi-lingual learners.

Undergraduate international students will be featured in pre-recorded testimonials sharing their experiences navigating learning spaces, interactions, and expectations at Rutgers and in prior academic settings. A panel of faculty leaders will discuss key points made by the students while exploring relevant pedagogical strategies and tools that respond to the course work, writing, and in-class engagement of learners from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

By learning about and remaining cognizant of the differences among our community members, we can be better and more inclusive educators. Collaboration between OTEAR and Rutgers Global-International Academic Success Office. Addresses Competency 1 in the Classroom Inclusivity Series.

If you would like to attend the workshop, please register.

The results of the Spring 2023 Student Instructional Rating Surveys are now available for viewing by students and the university community at the SIRS Results web site. 

A valid Rutgers NetID login is required to view the survey results. Results for teaching assistants are not posted, and open-ended comments are not included. Instructors and department administrators should use the "Blue" survey site for complete results. 

In addition, we have rolled out a visual redesign of the SIRS Results web site. We hope the new design makes the site easier to access. Feedback is welcome, if you comments about the SIRS Results web site please email us at otear@rutgers.edu

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