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Important Dates  

Time:
11:30 AM–1:00 PM Wednesday Mar 29, 2017
Location:

Room 428 Armory Buildling (Southwest corner of the building)

Description:

Junior Faculty Seminar Series: Best Practices to Improve Student Learning

Come join a dynamic learning community by participating in this specially designed seminar series for junior faculty, though all faculty are welcomed to participate. We'll share strategies and best practices to enhance student learning. There will be great conversations and handouts. Since each session builds on each other, we hope you will be able to attend all the meetings.  

Session 6: 

Active Teaching = Active Learning: Strategies for Deep Learning and Retention

Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017
11:30 – 1:00
Room 428, Armory Building 

Learning is not a spectator sport (Chickering & Gamson). Students must be cognitively, physically, and affectively engaged for deeper learning and retention to occur. Yet, we have to admit, there are many distractions and the attention span of our students can be relatively short.  How do we manage the amount of content that we should teach while providing opportunities for our students to be engaged in active learning?

We’ll begin identifying activities where student are involved in doing, seeing, writing, feeling, and talking. Also, we’ll learn about Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATS), which actively engage students while providing valuable feedback about their learning. This is a workshop that builds on the theme of the 2017 Faculty Retreat.

  Please mark these sessions on your calendar (Registration Required)

Wed, Feb. 8, 2017      Session 1: “I wish I had known that earlier”: Using Informal (IEF) and Formal (ICES) Feedback to Improve Teaching and Learning

Wed, Feb. 15, 2017     Session 2: A Learner-Centered Course Design to Enhance Significant Learning

Wed, Feb. 22, 2017     Session 3: Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement that Reflects Your Teaching

Tues, Mar. 7, 2017     Special Event. Turning Good Teaching on Its Head: A Thought Experiment. Presented by Paul Diehl. 

Thurs, Mar. 9, 2017     Annual Faculty Retreat. The Power of Engagement: Igniting Students’ Passion for Learning

Wed, Mar. 15, 2017    Session 4: Creating Effective Team Assignments and Student Teams: What, How, and Why

Mon, Mar. 27, 2017  Session 5: Enhancing Teaching – Is That Sufficient? The Critical Role of Students in Their Own Learning

Wed, Mar. 29, 2017  Session 6: Active Teaching = Active Learning: Strategies for Deep Learning and Retention

Wed, Apr. 12, 2017   Session 7: Enabling Students to Think Critically and Problem-Solve

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
Cost: No cost for joining the faculty learning community.
Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
12:30 PM–3:30 PM Monday Apr 3, 2017
Location:

Armory Building, room 428

Description:

Interested in offering an online course but not sure where to start? Want to learn how to build lecture videos or how to assess your online students? Need some help with the basic tools of Moodle or Compass?

 

CITL’s Create Your Own Online Course Workshop is designed to help you identify what is involved in creating an online course, help you get started, and provide resources for getting additional help.

 

The format of this workshop is flexible to your needs and availability. The entire workshop runs Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, April 3, 4, and 6, from 12:30 to 3:30 PM each day. The workshop will be held in 428 Armory.

 

The workshop is comprised of 15 sessions, most of which are 30 minutes long. You are welcome to come to as many or as few as you would like. Sign-up for all three afternoons of the workshop (12 hours in total) in order to have an intensive experience, covering all of the bases. Alternatively, you can also pick and choose which topics are of interest to you and attend just for those sessions.

 

12:30pm - 1pm:  Tips from a Veteran Online Faculty

 

1pm - 1:30pm:    Keeping the End in Mind: Designing Your Online Course

 

1:30pm-2pm:      Organizing Your Course Content & Establishing a Weekly Pattern

 

2pm - 2:15pm:    Break

 

2:15pm-3pm:      Crafting Your Syllabus & Learning Objectives

 

3pm - 3:30pm:    Assessing Students Online

Cost: Free, but registration required
Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
4:00 PM–5:00 PM Monday Apr 3, 2017
Location:

Armory Building, room 428

Description:

Whether as a first-time Teaching Assistant or a seasoned veteran, most teachers eventually face the dreaded mountain of papers.  In the frenzy of grading, meaningful (and concise) evaluation and feedback can seem impossible, but don't give up hope. Come to this workshop for an overview of practices for evaluating student writing as well as a discussion of rubrics, forms of feedback, and strategies for speeding up the grading process.

This is a TA-to-TA workshops, run by one of CITL's Graduate Affiliates.

Cost: Free, but registration required
Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
12:30 PM–3:30 PM Tuesday Apr 4, 2017
Location:

Armory Building, room 428

Description:

Interested in offering an online course but not sure where to start? Want to learn how to build lecture videos or how to assess your online students? Need some help with the basic tools of Moodle or Compass?

 

CITL’s Create Your Own Online Course Workshop is designed to help you identify what is involved in creating an online course, help you get started, and provide resources for getting additional help.

 

The format of this workshop is flexible to your needs and availability. The entire workshop runs Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, April 3, 4, and 6, from 12:30 to 3:30 PM each day. The workshop will be held in 428 Armory.

 

The workshop is comprised of 15 sessions, most of which are 30 minutes long. You are welcome to come to as many or as few as you would like. Sign-up for all three afternoons of the workshop (12 hours in total) in order to have an intensive experience, covering all of the bases. Alternatively, you can also pick and choose which topics are of interest to you and attend just for those sessions.

 

12:30pm - 12:45pm:  Media and Your Online Course: When to Use Video and Why

 

12:45pm - 1:15pm:    Creating Video Using Campus Tools

 

1:15pm - 1:45pm:      Best Practices in Video Creation

 

1:45pm - 2pm:           Break

 

2pm - 2:30pm:           Getting Content to Your Students: Distributing Video Using Campus Services

 

2:30pm - 3pm:           Can I Use This?  Copyright & Your Online Course

 

3:pm - 3:30pm:          Teaching All Your Students: Accessibility & Your Online Course

Cost: Free, but registration required
Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
12:00 PM–1:00 PM Wednesday Apr 5, 2017
Location:

428 Armory Building (southwest corner of the building)

Description:

Digication is an online platform for creating and sharing online Portfolios. It provides tools for academic evaluation and assessment as well as a full continuum of permissions settings for complete control over privacy and sharing. It is designed to promote reflective learning practices and the presentation of the artifacts of learning (documents, images and videos).  An ePortfolio tool can be a valuable tool for enhancing both teaching and learning effectiveness. Kate and Cheelan will demonstrate and discuss the creation and assessment of student eportfolios (for learning) and hypothesize future application of an ePortfolio for faculty reflection and documentation (for teaching). This will be an informal session with discussions, examples, faculty video and student voices.

Website: Link
Cost: Free
Event Source: CITL Calendar

About Instructional Spaces & Technologies
The Instructional Spaces & Technologies group offers programs and services aimed at developing transformative learning experiences across all instructional modalities. Whether you teach in online, face-to-face, or blended instructional spaces, our staff can assist you in adopting the latest technologies and evidence-based practices that best support and enhance teaching and learning.

Flexible Classrooms

We know that active teaching methods result in better retention and increased satisfaction among students in all disciplines, but recent changes in flexible classroom design are becoming an important part of that dynamic on this campus. From designing new classroom spaces, to designing new courses, our staff is helping to reimagine teaching and learning on this campus—one classroom at a time. Learn more about flexible classrooms. 

Armory Innovation Spaces

In 2013 the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) engaged in a project to create three innovative spaces designed around undergraduate student engagement and transdisciplinary problem solving. These new spaces are due to open in Spring 2017 and will compliment existing flexible and collaborative learning spaces in the Armory.

Teaching Technologies

New technologies offer many options to structure precisely how you and your students communicate. They can give your students greater voice, help you know what your students know, make class time more engaging, increase time-on-task, and provide new ways to present concepts that were previously impossible. The Instructional Spaces & Technology group seeks to raise the awareness and thoughtful use of technologies in the service of teaching and learning across campus. Learn more about teaching with technology. 

eText

eText delivers textbooks and other classroom materials with multimedia, notes, and assignments embedded directly in context. Instructors can add original or existing materials easily, and students can save 40-75% versus traditional books. Anyone with a University of Illinois netID and an up-to-date web browser can access eText content from any computer or mobile device, regardless of their visual abilities. Learn more about eText.