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Important Dates  

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:
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

Time:
8:00 AM–2:00 PM Friday Feb 23, 2018
Location:

Illini Union Rooms A/B

Description:

The theme of this year’s retreat is “Educating Students as Difference-Makers.” We desire to educate students as leaders who value excellence, innovation, inclusivity, stewardship, and accountability. Our campus learning outcomes reflect those values. In further reflection, we identified three critical attributes; observation, empathy, and ingenuity, for our students to master as difference-makers.

 

At the retreat, we will take the opportunity to highlight and engage in conversation the stories and experiences of our exemplary teachers who offer creative and innovative learning environments for student success. We will feature video vignettes, interactive theatre, teaching simulations, and examples of technology-enhanced learning. We encourage attendees to apply for retreat grants to implement ideas inspired during the retreat.

Website: Link
Cost: Free, but registration is required
Sponsor:

Office of the Provost and the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
3:30 PM–5:00 PM Tuesday Feb 27, 2018
Speaker:

Justin York (CITL), Katherine Jo (CITL)

Location:

Armory building, room 428

Description:

Does speaking in front of students make you nervous and self-conscious? Are you worried that your nerves could get in the way of your being an effective teacher? If you are like many people who feel anxious about public speaking and teaching students you barely know, then join us for this fun and practical workshop series. Through various exercises, we'll help you become more comfortable in your various instructional roles as "the teacher" and let your best self come through naturally when running a class and interacting with students.

 

Space is limited, so register soon!  This is Part II of a series, so be sure also to register for Part I, which takes place February 13!

Cost: Free, but registration required
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

NEW WAYS OF TEACHING. NEW WAYS OF LEARNING.

DISCOVER iFLEX CLASSROOMS

iFLEX stands for Illinois Flexible Learning EXperience, a new kind of classroom with reconfigurable furniture, multiple writing surfaces, and enhanced technologies. iFLEX classrooms are in high demand by faculty whose courses and teaching methods emphasize collaborative learning activities and a heavy reliance on digital media and audio-visual technologies. More information:  

SUPPORT FOR TEACHING IN FLEXIBLE CLASSROOMS

CITL staff has years of experience supporting good teaching practices in all classroom settings. Our workshops, faculty forums, digital resources, and lunch-hour learning sessions can help you make the most of your iFLEX teaching experience. Learn how to manage collaborative activities, use newer classroom technologies, and create fun and engaging experiences for your students. We’ll even come to your classroom to help you try something new! Check the Calendar or click on Learn More to request a one-to-one consultation or customized workshop for your department.

DEPARTMENT PRESENTATIONS & FACULTY COHORTS

CITL offers short presentations highlighting research on flexible classrooms, and leads faculty cohorts through visioning and course redesign sessions in preparation for teaching in flexible classrooms. Click on Learn More to request a department presentation on iFLEX, or a customized series for your faculty.

ASSISTANCE WITH CLASSROOM RENOVATION PROJECTS

CITL serves as a liaison between department leaders, campus units, and designers to assist with classroom renovations for department and general assignment classrooms. Our extensive expertise helps departments successfully navigate the classroom design process to ensure that faculty needs are considered, and best teaching practices are supported throughout the project.