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SIMPLE Summit: Photo Report

The SIMPLE Summit took place on Oct 21 and gathered together members of the Teaching Development Groups and the Teaching Inquiry Group. We observed and engaged in insightful conversations and sharing about teaching and learning! We wanted to thank all attendees for coming and participating. This event wouldn’t happen without you! A special thank you goes to Vicky for presenting her work to us!

At the beginning of the Summit, we also discussed the project structure, research agenda, and preliminary results. For more information, please refer to our presentation: PDF

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SIMPLE Summit!

The SIMPLE project is hosting the SIMPLE summit on Friday, October 21 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room 239A. The event is designed to serve as a space for members of all teaching development groups as well as of the teaching inquiry group to meet, learn about each other’s experience with interactive teaching, and share their tips for effective teaching. The Summit will start with the project leaders introducing the project, its goals, and major research findings, followed by a presentation of Dr. Vicky Ikonomidou about her teaching innovations and educational research on them. A major part of the Summit will be dedicated to table discussions among attendees on the topics of interest. The summit will also include snacks.

All SIMPLE participants are invited!

Teaching Inquiry Group at ITL!

Members of the Teaching Inquiry Group (TIG) presented their work at Mason’s Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference on September 16, 2016. The TIG members conduct educational research using self-study methodology under the guidance and mentorship of Anastasia Samaras, Professor in the College of Education and Human Development. To become familiar with members’ research, please take a look at their poster below!

ITL TIG 2016

The TIG team at ITL!


Highlights from the SIMPLE mini-poster session at ITL!

On September 16, 2016, the SIMPLE project organized a mini-poster session with the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference at Mason. During the mini-poster session, members of Teaching Development Groups presented their posters, in which they described and discussed interactive teaching strategies that they use in their classrooms. All posters are available on our website ( We would like to thank all attendees who came to the session and engaged in conversation about teaching and learning! Special thank you goes to all members who created the posters and made this session possible! Thank you, Laura Kosoglu, Anthony Battistini, Bob Sachs, Chris Kauffman, Mark Snyder, Rebecca Ericson, Anne Crowell, Diana Karczmarczyk, Reid Schwebach, Chelsie Romulo, Marieke Kester, Julia Nord, Jessica Rosenberg, and Tracy Cator-Lee!

Bob Sachs   Chelsie and MariekeChris Kauffman   Laura and AnthonyDiana   Tracy

SIMPLE Mini-Poster Session at Mason’s ITL Conference

The SIMPLE project will be holding a mini poster session at Mason’s Innovations in Teaching and Learning (ITL) Conference ( this fall. The conference will take place on Friday, September 16, and our mini poster session will be part of the larger ITL poster session from 4:15 – 5:45 pm in the newly renovated Fenwick Library (drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served). The SIMPLE poster session serves as part of dissemination efforts of the SIMPLE project to the Mason community.

At the session, project participants will present mini-posters (16 x 24 inches) about interactive teaching strategies they have tried (or continue to use) in their classes during the past few years. Printed copies of design memos will accompany the posters where possible and will be distributed to the interested attendees. (Electronic versions of design memos are also available here:

Join us at our SIMPLE poster session! We look forward to seeing everyone!