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February 1 Teaching & Learning Newsletter

Feb 9, 2018, 11:31 AM
CITL Teaching and Learning News: February 1, 2018
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Spring 2018 Junior Faculty Seminar Series on Teaching & Learning begins February 14

Come join a dynamic learning community by participating in this specially designed seminar series for junior faculty (though all faculty are invited to come). We’ll share research-based strategies and best practices for improving student learning and your teaching.  For returning attendees, there are several new workshops. Some of the topics are on peer learning, student motivation, active learning, and teaching philosophy statement. Great conversation and handouts provided. Registration required as seating is limited.  Click here for a flyer of the series.

Spring Workshops for All Instructors

CITL will be offering many workshops this semester on a range of topics in the areas of teaching and learning, and teaching with technology. Look at this flyer for a list of workshops that count towards the Graduate Teacher Certificate or the Certificate in Foundations of Teaching.  Each newsletter also lists upcoming workshops near the bottom. We look forward to seeing you at some of our offerings!

Earn the Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Teaching This Semester

Have you been wanting to try a new technology in class? CITL can offer support and advice, as well as a professional development certificate for your efforts. The Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Teaching can be earned in one semester by any instructor interested in trying a new educational technology in class.  Several of our workshop offerings this semester count towards this certificate, including:

2018 Annual Faculty Retreat - February 23, 2018

The theme of this year’s retreat is Educating Students as Difference-Makers.” We strive to produce future leaders who exhibit traits such as innovation, inclusivity, and stewardship. What roles do observation, empathy, and ingenuity play in creating students as difference-makers?  The retreat will have interactive theatre, video vignettes, teaching simulations, and showcase some of the newest technology implemented by our exemplary teachers. Attendees can apply for faculty retreat grants. Space is limited. Registration is now open for faculty.  More information and registration for the retreat is here.

Professional Development Fair for Graduate Students - February 16, 2018

Join the Graduate College for the 2nd Annual Professional Development Fair for Graduate Students! You will learn about services and resources designed to help you succeed during your time as a graduate student. Students can also have a free professional headshot taken at the event. Units attending the fair include the Illinois Leadership Center, Office of Volunteer Programs, the Writing Center, Scholarly Commons, and many more! CITL will have a table there, and we look forward to seeing you!

Interested in being a Disability Ally?

Would you like to learn what a disability ally is? Would you like to be more aware of disability, and how disability is experienced in your academic, social and living environments? Are you interested in including disability in conversations on diversity and culture? Sign up for a new program at the Univeristy called the Disability Ally Program (DAP) open to students, staff, or faculty.  Sign up using this link for programming on Wednesday, March 7, from 1-4pm.  Please plan on staying for the entire program and register early; registration is capped to the first 25 people who sign up. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions you might have, or send any accommodations you need to Ellen Ritter (

CITL Events & Workshops

Want to see what workshops and events are coming later in the semester? Look at our full calendar for more information.

Wednesday, Feb. 7
EPI Workshop, Session 2: Learn how to use clarification and negotiation strategies to improve your listening and communication skills in English
5:30 P.M. - 6:45 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Anita Greenfield, John Kotnarowski

Monday, Feb. 12
Using Informal Early Feedback
2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Lucas Anderson (CITL)
Tuesday, Feb. 13
Copyright for Professors: sharing your own work, using the work of others, and teaching
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Sara Benson (University Library)
Tuesday, Feb. 13
Shake Off Those Nerves: Getting Comfortable in the Teaching Role (Part I)
3:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speakers:  Justin York (CITL), Katherine Jo (CITL Graduate Affiliate)
Tuesday, Feb. 13
EPI Workshop, Session 3: Learn strategies for answering open-ended questions
5:30 P.M. - 6:45 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Anita Greenfield, John Kotnarowski
Wednesday, Feb. 14
Jr. Faculty Spring 2018 Seminar Series #1: Active Teaching to Active Learning: Strategies for Deep Learning and Retention
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL)
Thursday, Feb. 15
Writing Learning Objectives
10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Lucas Anderson (CITL)
CITL Technical Training
Thursday, Feb. 15
Using Illinois Mediaspace for Student Video Projects
3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., room 172, Armory
Training Opportunities Across Campus
Want to see what training opportunities exist across campus? Look at the Illinois Staff Training Calendar for more information.  Also check out the Savvy Researcher Series, and Graduate College Events.
Monday, Feb. 5
Lightroom: Getting Started
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., room 27, Illini Hall
Sponsor: FAST3/Webstore Training Services
Tuesday, Feb. 8
Nonacademic Interview Strategies for Grad Students and Postdocs
3:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. room 1027, Lincoln Hall
Sponsor: Graduate College Career Development Office
Friday, Feb. 9
Choosing a Citation Manager
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., room 314, Main Library
Sponsor: University Library
Tuesday, Feb. 13
Writing For the Public
12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M., Levis Hall 4th Floor (IPRH Seminar Room)
Sponsor: Graduate College Career Development Office
Teaching Tips

Can Anything be Done about Students Multitasking?

The amount of multitasking students do during class and while studying is alarming. Consistently, in response to surveys, more than 85% of students say they have their phones on in class, are looking at texts as they come in during class, and between 70 and 90% say they respond to texts in class. And this is happening in courses with policies that prohibit or significantly curtail the use of electronic devices. What we’re seeing in class also happens when students study outside of class. There it is most often a case of task switching (toggling between separate tasks, attending to each independently for a short period of time). This article reviews some of the research findings on reducing students’ multitasking.

Students' Definitions of the College Classroom

How participants in an interaction define a situation will determine what behaviors they see as appropriate for that context (Goffman 1959; McHugh 1968). The college classroom is no exception. Students’ satisfaction with a course and their willingness to engage in certain activities will depend in part on how well the instructor’s definition of what is and ought to be happening in the classroom aligns with their own. An important part of the process is defining the roles, the expectations for behavior, of both the instructor and students. This posting looks at how students define their own and the instructor’s responsibilities in class and what impact this has on student learning.

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