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Location:
173 Armory Building
505 E. Armory Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820
(northeast hallway)

Sign-up Hours:
http://go.illinois.edu/vrlab

Contact:
Jim Wentworth
jwentwor@illinois.edu

Important Dates  

Time:
5:30 PM–7:30 PM Tuesday Feb 20, 2018
Location:

Foreign Languages Building, Room G8A (in the basement)

Description:

Topics covered include:

  1. Introduction to SAS windows
  2. Creating and defining libraries
  3. Basic SAS syntax
  4. Computing new variables
  5. Recoding variables
  6. Creating frequency and contingency tables
  7. Obtaining univariate statistics
  8. Handling SAS output
Website: Link
Cost: Free; $15 no-show fee
Sponsor:

CITL Data Analytics

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
11:30 AM–1:00 PM Wednesday Feb 21, 2018
Speaker:

Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL)

Location:

Room 428 Armory Buildling (Southwest corner of the building)

Description:

Junior Faculty Seminar Series on Teaching & Learning

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

 

Session 2: The Teaching Philosophy Statement for Promotion & Tenure

 

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018
11:30 – 1:00
Room 428, Armory Building 
 
 
 

Teaching philosophy statements are requested for a variety of reasons: job applications, teaching awards, grant proposals, and formal evaluations. On our campus, faculty submit a teaching statement as part of the promotion and tenure packet and for the annual review in many of the departments. A teaching statement that accurately describes and documents your teaching, in addition, to your philosophy, can promote reflection and new approaches for teaching, in addition to documenting your efforts. We will share the characteristics of effective teaching statements and the most common areas where they can be improved. 

This interactive workshop will be helpful to those who want to begin or revise their teaching philosophy statements for their annual reviews and P&T portfolios. This session is targeted for faculty, but open to all. Resources and handouts provided.  

Please mark these sessions on your calendar
11:30 – 1:00 
Room 428, Armory Building

Wed, Feb. 14, 2018    Session 1: Active Teaching à Active Learning: Strategies for Deep Learning and Retention

Wed, Feb. 21, 2018   Session 2: The Teaching Philosophy Statement for Promotion & Tenure

**Fri, Feb. 23, 2018      Campus Annual Faculty Retreat: “Educating Students as Difference-Makers”  (8:30 - 2:00, Illini Union A/B)

Wed, Feb. 28, 2018   Session 3: A Learner-Centered Course Design for Enhanced Learning

Wed, Mar. 7, 2018     Session 4: Critical Factors for Motivating Students to Learn

Wed, Mar. 14, 2018   Session 5:  Maximizing the Benefits of Informal and Formal Peer Learning

Wed, Mar. 28, 2018   Session 6: The Kind of Practice Does Matter in Students Remembering

 

 

 

Cost: No cost for joining the faculty learning community.
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL)

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
5:30 PM–6:45 PM Wednesday Feb 21, 2018
Speaker:

Anita Greenfield, John Kotnarowski

Location:

Room 428 Armory Buildling (Southwest corner of the building)

Description:

Workshop Series: Preparing to Take the EPI

 

These four workshops are designed for Graduate Students who plan to take the EPI. The workshops are free, but registration is required. Space is limited, so register early at http://go.illinois.edu/EPI_Workshop_Registration. First-time test-takers and students re-taking the EPI are eligible to attend. Each workshop will focus on a different part of the EPI, including the EPI's structure, how it's scored, preparation tips, definition of terms, responding to open-ended questions, strategies for effective interviewing, and activities and resources you can use on your own to prepare for the EPI. During each session, you'll also have time to practice what you've learned and receive brief feedback. Detailed information about the EPI can be found at http://citl.illinois.edu/citl-101/measurement-evaluation/english-proficiency-interview.

 

Questions? Email us at citl-epi-info@illinois.edu.

 

Location: Room 428, Armory Building  (Southwest corner of the Armory Building)

 

Workshop session description:

 

Session 4: Wednesday, February 21, 5:30 to 6:45pm. With other workhops participants, practice completing sample EPIs; set goals for oral English improvement; learn about resources you can use to improve your English skills. Note: This session will be most beneficial if you also attend one or more of the earlier sessions. The content in session 4 pulls together everything learned in sessions 1, 2, and 3.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost: No cost for joining the workshop.
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) and ESL/ITA Program

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
5:30 PM–7:30 PM Wednesday Feb 21, 2018
Location:

Foreign Languages Building, Room G8A (in the basement)

Description:

After attending the Introduction to STATA for Windows, you will be able to:

  1. Open Stata software, set up the size of memory, and open an existing data set
  2. Understand the layout and use of Stata's windows
  3. Obtain descriptive statistics and frequency tables
  4. Transform and manipulate variables using generate and recode
  5. Create and edit graphs
  6. Save and print output by using a log file
Website: Link
Cost: Free; $15 no-show fee
Sponsor:

CITL Data Analytics

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
10:00 AM–11:30 AM Thursday Feb 22, 2018
Speaker:

Lucas Anderson, CITL

Location:

Armory building, room 428

Description:

 

It turns out that people naturally like learning new things. College students are no exception. However, your students (like most people) might need a little nudge. I bet that you can frame your class to emphasize the material that intrigues your students and taps into their natural curiosity. Come to this workshop to get started.

The centerpiece of this workshop will be a brainstorming session and a collaborative effort to figure out what makes a learning objective intriguing. Who knows what we'll discover?

This workshop presupposes familiarity with writing learning objectives. If you need to learn more on that subject, check out this blog post on writing learning objectives that accompanied an earlier workshop.

 

Cost: Free, but registration required
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Virtual Reality Lab

The Virtual Reality Lab in the Armory in now open and offering 30-minute reservable timeslots for anyone interested in experiencing virtual reality using the HTC Vive. This 20 x 20 lab will feature a full-room configuration including the Vive headset, sensors and interactive controllers that allow you to move through virtual environments and take control of your virtual experience.

In addition the VR Lab will serve as a research and testing grounds for faculty interested in exploring the educational potential of existing VR experiences, or in developing and assessing their own interactive VR content.

Research Goal

The Virtual Reality Lab has been designed to collect and analyze data pertaining to the learning affordances of virtual reality as well as the behaviors and learning strategies of users as they experience educational content through this medium.