Welcome to the 2023 DELTA Symposium

Welcome to the 2023 DELTA symposium!

A day of presentations, demonstrations, and networking opportunities devoted to the exploration of teaching innovation at Johns Hopkins University including the work of DELTA grant recipients. The symposium is intended to provoke conversation, spark new thinking, and advance the ongoing pursuit of teaching excellence. Register for the event today!

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Safiya NobleDr. Safiya Noble is a 2021 MacArthur Fellow, a recipient of the inaugural NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, and author of the highly acclaimed Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press). She is an Associate Professor of Gender Studies and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she cofounded the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2). She and her work have been featured in Time, The Guardian, the BBC, CNN International, Wired, The New York Times, among many others. Her talks and research focus on the ways that digital media impacts our lives and intersects with issues of race, gender, culture, and technology.


Mr. Jonathon Heyward

Mr. Jonathon Heyward is the Music Director Designate of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In Colin’s Column Ateş Orga noted: “Heyward’s a man of twenty-nine coolly heading for the stratosphere.” Jonathon’s recent and forthcoming symphonic guest conducting highlights in the United Kingdom include debuts and re-invitations with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, The Hallé in Manchester, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In 2021, Jonathon made his Wolf Trap debut conducting the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC.

Symposium Schedule & Sessions

Date: May 1, 2023, 8:30am - 4:00pm (EDT)
Location: JHU Homewood Campus, Hodson Hall 
(also Online via Zoom, see session details below)

Please expand the schedule below to find details on each session

For technical assistance during the event, contact cldtsupport@jhu.edu


8:30am - 9:00am


  • Hodson Hall, 2nd floor lobby

Lite Breakfast

  • Hodson Hall, 1st floor

9:00am - 10:00am

9:00-9:10 AM Opening Remarks and Welcome provided by Interim Provost, Stephen Gange (Hodson 110)

9:10-10:00 AM Keynote Speaker: Dr. Safiya Noble (Hodson 110)

10:10am - 11:00am

Roundtable Discussion on Gateway Science Courses (Hodson Hall 210)

This session will not be streamed at the panels request because of the difficult challenges that will be discussed. 

Moderater: Tyrel McQueen, Professor, Chemistry (KSAS); Jamie Young, Lecturer, Chemistry (KSAS); Emily Fisher, Associate Teaching Professor, Biology (KSAS); Daniel Reich, Professor, Physics (KSAS); Corey Oses, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineer (WSE)

Faculty across the natural sciences and engineering will share their experiences and unique challenges to gateway science courses, including the coordinating and training TAs, engaging students, helping students transition to undergraduate or graduate programs, and grading and laboratories at scale, and how asynchronous/remote access has changed these experiences. Questions to guide the conversation will include the following:

  •       What challenges have you faced in teaching a large gateway science course?
  •       What strategies have you tried, or are interested in trying, to address these concerns?
  •       How could we work together to continue to share resources and strategies in the future?
  •       How do the CUE2 recommendations shape how we think about gateway science courses?

The Teaching Writing Toolkit: Supporting Writing Across the Curriculum (Hodson Hall 213)

Video Recording of this Session

Presenters: Rebecca Wilbanks, Lecturer, University Writing Program (KSAS); Casey Lurtz, Assistant Professor, History (KSAS); Maria Bulzacchelli, Director, Public Health Studies Program (KSAS), Emily Braley, Associate Teaching Professor, Math (KSAS); Laura Hartmann-Villalta, Lecturer, University Writing Program (KSAS)

In this demo, we present the Teaching Writing Toolkit, a digital resource for instructors looking to enhance the use of writing in their classes. The Toolkit is a collaboration between faculty from the University Writing Program, who sought to distill best practices in teaching writing, and faculty in disciplines including mathematics, public health, and history, who provided models of how to enact these practices in varied contexts. Faculty who contributed materials will discuss their experiences developing featured courses. Finally, we will facilitate a discussion with the audience about the challenges and opportunities of embedding writing instruction across the undergraduate curriculum.

Developing and Pilot-Testing Culturally Based Educational Videos (Hodson Hall 311)

Video Recording of this Session

Presenters: Dulce Cruz-Oliver, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine; Danetta Sloan, Assistant Scientist, Department of Health (SOM); Behavior and Society (BSPH); Marcela D. Blinka, Research Associate, Center on Aging and Health (SOM) 

In keeping with the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Roadmap on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, to strengthen faculty-led interdisciplinary collaboration, and to launch innovative cross-cutting initiatives, this project developed three telenovelas to teach a population of learners seldom studied―hospice family caregivers (HFCG) from African American and Puerto Rican backgrounds. This session will describe the project and showcase our work. 

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Action: A Faculty Sharing Session (Hodson Hall 316)

Video Recording of this Session

Presenters: Katie Tifft Associate Teaching Professor, Biology (KSAS); Amy Brusini, Sr. Instructional Designer, Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation (KSAS); Christina Manceor, Faculty, Professional Studies and Assistant Director, LAUNCHPad  (Peabody)

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for designing instruction that works to accommodate the needs of all learners by minimizing barriers to learning. This research-based approach is guided by principles that support flexible and inclusive course design while maximizing learning opportunities for all students. Katie Tifft, Associate Teaching Professor in the Krieger School, and Christina Manceor, Assistant Director of LAUNCHPad and Professional Studies faculty at the Peabody Institute, will share how they are using UDL to reduce barriers and create engaging and meaningful learning experiences for their students. Katie Tifft will describe how a recently developed learning assistant program in Biology has significantly improved the facilitation of active learning exercises and opportunities for student collaboration. Christina Manceor will describe how incorporation of UDL principles in Peabody’s Breakthrough Curriculum courses has provided opportunities for engagement, reflection, and autonomy in student learning, as well as connection to students' professional goals.

Permission to Wonder: How Museum-based Education Can Enhance Teaching and Learning  (Hodson Hall 211)

Video Recording of this Session

Presenters: Margaret Chisolm, Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (SoM); Kamna Balhara, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine (SoM)

Educational approaches grounded in arts and humanities, including museum-based education, have a fundamental role to play in enhancing learning environments across a variety of disciplines, while fostering the development of perspective-taking, personal insight, and social advocacy among learners. To appreciate the effects of museum-based education first-hand, participants will engage in a structured and interactive art-based learning activity: Visual Thinking Strategies. Afterwards, participants will collectively reflect on: 1) the relevance and impact of the activity to teaching and learning in general, and 2) how they might incorporate museum-based activities into their own teaching.

11:10am - noon

Video Recording of this Session

Keynote Speaker, Mr. Jonathon Heyward (Hodson 110)

  • Music Director Designate, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Chief Conductor, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie

Noon - 1:00pm

Exhibits and Poster Sessions

Hodson Hall, 2nd floor lobby and online as noted below

2022 DELTA Grant Winners

  • Opening the Doors: Mentoring Across Difference: David Toia, Manager of Immersive Learning Media (BSPH); Jason Gray, Multimedia Systems Specialist (Peabody); Andi Overton, Director (Carey); Rebecca Cruz, Assistant Professor (S of Ed); Demere Woolway, Executive Director (IEED)
  • The Teaching Writing Toolkit: Supporting Writing Across the Curriculum: Rebecca Wilbanks, Arthur Russell
  • Leveling the Playing Field: Development and Evaluation of an Open Access, Online Course on Gender Equity In Health Data: Tahilin Sanchez Karver, Assistant Scientist; Bilal Khan, Graduate Research Assistant (BSPH)
  • Neurosurgery Resident Feedback through Artificial-Intelligence: Tito Porras, Resident (SoM)
  • Quantitative Assessment of Live Three-Dimensional Immersive Operating Room Observation via Virtual Reality Technology Compared to In-Person Training for Orthopaedic Surgical Education: Sribava Sharma, Research Assistant (SoM)

Open Topics

  • Ed Tech Explorations (also offered online!): Beth Hals, Sr. Instructional Technologist;  Reid Sczerba, Digital Solutions Designer (CTEI)
  • Integrating Design Tools and Interactive Multimedia into Canvas to Increase Student Engagement and Support Universal Design for Learning (also offered online!): Donna Schnupp, ID Team Manager; Kelly Cooney, Sr. Instructional Designer, Sara Dowd, Instructional Designer; and Gina Phipps, Instructional Designer(S of Ed)
  • AEFIS and Assessment: Chadia Abras, Director of Institutional Assessment (Provost's Office, S of Ed)


  • Hodson Hall, 1st floor

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Teaching Inclusive Teaching Strategies: Modeling One Approach (Hodson Hall 210)

Video Recording of this Session

Presenters: Karen Fleming, Professor, Biophysics (KSAS); Michael Reese, Associate Teaching Professor, Sociology (KSAS); Amy Brusini, Sr. Instructional Designer, Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation (KSAS)

This session will present an approach for teaching inclusive and responsive pedagogy in all modalities (virtual, hybrid, and in-person). This approach is based on a card deck inspired by game design. The session will benefit faculty and staff wanting to learn inclusive teaching strategies to incorporate into their courses or workshops, along with those who lead their own training on similar topics. The presenter will describe how to incorporate them into faculty development programs to actively engage participants along with lessons learned from initial pilots. 

So, You Want To Sell Your Course (Hodson Hall 211)

Video Recording of this Session

Presenters: Ashley Law, Business Program Manager, Online Education (SOM); Robert Kearns, Director, Online Education (SOM); Megan Thorne, Sr. Instructional Designer, Online Education (SOM)

Are you an instructional designer who gets asked about selling content? Are you a subject matter expert who wants to make their course more widely available? Then this is the session for you! Leverage existing content, resources, and expertise to create online and hybrid lifelong courses for sale at learnmore.jhu.edu. We’ll walk you through an exercise to determine the audience and market demand. We’ll give examples of scrubbing content for external use. We’ll highlight the financial workflows and administration needed to support your offering. Finally, we’ll touch on best practices and low-cost options for marketing. 


Leveraging Blended Learning to Scale Career Services and Creative Agency in Arts Higher Education (Hodson Hall 316)

Video Recording of this Session

Presenters: Christina Manceor, Faculty, Professional Studies and Assistant Director, LAUNCHPad (Peabody); Valerie Hartman, Sr. Instructional Designer, Learning Innovation (Peabody)

In an evolving arts industry, business skills are critical for higher education arts graduates. Through blended learning practices and curricular integration with career services, the Peabody Institute is tackling this challenge to ensure students have equitable access to entrepreneurial resources to build and sustain creative careers in the arts. Instructional design and career services teams collaborate to develop required courses that offer rich technological integration, both real-time and asynchronous learning opportunities, and high-tech pedagogical strategies. This session demonstrates how scale up general resources while also offering a consistent learning experience with flexibility, mentoring opportunities, and personalized learning pathways for students.

Billie Holiday's Grocery List and Other Wonders: Inspiration, Research, and Writing (Hodson Hall 311)

Video Recording of this Session

Presenters:  Margaret Burri, Assistant Director, Academic Liaison and Special Collections (Sheridan Libraries); Sam Bessen, Eleanor and Lester Levy Family Curator of Sheet Music and Popular Culture (Sheridan Libraries); Anne-Elizabeth Brodsky, Associate Teaching Professor and Associate Director, University Writing Program (KSAS)

The Sheridan Libraries and the University Writing Program share a goal to create meaningful, pedagogically integrated experiences in which student writers delve into the libraries’ extraordinary resources, activate their own curiosity, gain confidence in their ability to find and interpret sources, and build a sense of intellectual community. This session launches a conversation about how librarians, curators, and faculty collaborate to strengthen students’ research and writing skills by pairing hands-on exploration in Special Collections with experimentation and practice at focused database searching. 

1:50pm - 2:35pm

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: A Collaborative Approach to Developing High-Quality Online Educational Resources (Hodson Hall 316)

Video Recording of this Session

Presenters: Joseph Montcalmo, Director, Learning Innovation (Peabody); Zane Forshee, Director, LAUNCHPad and Marc C. von May Distinguished Chair of Professional Studies (Peabody); Kathleen DeLaurenti, Director, Arthur Friedheim Library (Peabody); Valerie Hartman, Senior Instructional Designer, Learning Innovation (Peabody)

As awareness of open educational resources (OER) grows, more faculty are interested in publishing OER in the areas where they’ve identified needs. Teaching-learning centers and libraries often want to capitalize on faculty enthusiasm but may not have the roadmap to support a high-quality product and sustainable model. We share our collaborative model to launch an open access digital textbook to address the evolving demands of the arts industry. Our presentation provides attendees with tools to develop their own needs assessment that identify gaps in knowledge and resources related to developing OER.

First Day Funtivities: Building Classroom Community with Play (Hodson Hall 210)

Video Recording of this Session

Presenters: Jenna Frye, Sr. Lecturer, Center for Leadership Education (WSE)

Looking for ideas of how to have a great first day of class without painful icebreakers? Discover how playful learning activities that coordinate with course content can be a great investment in building community. Games and playful activities can foster creativity, encourage socialization and outline overarching themes and expectations of a course. The facilitator will share some examples of successful first day games and activities as well as a roadmap to planning your own first-day fun. 

Teaching Curriculum Development to Faculty – Are We Learning What We Need to Know? (Hodson Hall 311)

Video Recording of this Session

Presenters: Belinda Chen, MD FACP Director, Johns Hopkins Faculty Development Programs in Curriculum Development  (SOM)

The Johns Hopkins Faculty Development Program in Curriculum Development for Medical Education has been maintained and enhanced over 35 years. Hear about how we have adapted to changing faculty needs over this time period and participate in discussion about what we can all learn together about how to use technology to support faculty in their educator roles and facilitate innovative curriculum development and thoughtful, efficient curricula revision.

Fun and Games:  The Future of Education? (Hodson Hall 213)

Video Recording of this Session

Presenters:  Julianna Jung, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine and Director of Innovation in Medical Education (SOM)

"Edutainment" has emerged as a cultural phenomenon in recent years, and there has been an explosion of gamification in education across disciplines.  Though often decried as a "gimmick," educational games have the potential to engage learners with content in new ways, deepening understanding and encouraging creative problem solving.  Educational games can also enhance teamwork skills and cultivate bonds between learners as they work towards a shared objective.  Learn about the power of fun and games in the classroom and beyond, and level up your teaching skills!

2:45pm - 3:25pm

Video Recording of this Session

This session will include a panel discussion about teaching and learning in the age of chatbots and generative artificial intelligence. Audience participation will be encouraged.

Panel: Jason Eisner, Professor, Computer Science (WSE); Taylor Hahn, Director & Sr. Lecturer, Communication Program (KSAS);  Tyrel McQueen, Professor, Chemistry (KSAS); Anicia Timberlake, Assistant Professor, Musicology (Peabody)

Moderator: Jun Fang, Assistant Director, Instructional Design & Technology (Carey)

3:25pm - 4:00pm

Video Recording of this Session

This session will include a moderated discussion with students from across Johns Hopkins about their thoughts on the future of teaching and learning in higher education. This is often one of the most attended sessions.

Student Panel: Ji Im (BSPH), Elizabeth Linton (BSPH), Opal Sitzman (KSAS), Chinat Yu (WSE)

Moderator: Siân Evans, Online Programs Librarian (Sheridan Libraries)


  • Dr. Stephen Gange, Interim Provost, Academic Affairs; Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Dr. Safiya Noble, Associate Professor, UCLA
  • Mr. Jonathon Heyward, Music Director Designate, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

The DELTA Forum Organizing Committee:​

  • Ellen Bonta, Executive Assistant (Provost's Office)
  • Taina Brown, Events Coordinator, Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation​ (WSE/KSAS)
  • Caroline Eagan, Program Manager, Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation​ (WSE/KSAS)
  • Pratima Enfield, Executive Director, Online and Distance Learning (SAIS)
  • Siân Evans, Librarian (Sheridan Libraries)
  • Andre Grajeda, Sr. Administrative Coordinator, Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative (Provost's Office)
  • Ira Gooding, Provost's Fellow; Open Education Resource Manager (BSPH​)
  • Nathan Graham, Assistant Dean, Center for Learning Design and Technology (WSE)
  • Olysha Magruder, Director of Learning Design and Faculty Development, Center for Learning Design and Technology (WSE)
  • Tyrel McQueen, Professor, Chemistry and Physics (KSAS)
  • Joseph Montcalmo, Director, Learning Innovations (Peabody)
  • Yvonne Moore-Jones, Program Coordinator, Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation (WSE/KSAS)
  • Kelly Orr, Director of Technology, Center for Learning Design and Technology (WSE)
  • Michael J. Reese, Jr., Associate Dean, Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation; Associate Teaching Professor, Sociology (KSAS)
  • Sean Tackett, Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine, (SOM)

A special thanks to the team at the Center for Learning Design and Technology (WSE) for providing the technical support and presenter preparation for the DELTA symposium!

Following the symposium, we encourage you to read more about the DELTA Initiative, past grantees, and the 2023 Request for Proposals: https://provost.jhu.edu/about/digital-initiatives/delta/