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2:30 PM–3:30 PM Tuesday Feb 21, 2017

Armory Building, room 428


Using copyrighted materials in class?  Using copyrighted materials in research?  If the answer to one or both of these questions is “yes” then this workshop is for you.  Come and discuss how to use materials in your courses and research in a lawful manner.

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

5:30 PM–6:30 PM Tuesday Feb 21, 2017

Armory Building, room 428 (southwest corner)


This series of four workshops is for international graduate students who are preparing to take the EPI. First-time test-takers and re-takers are welcome. 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. 

Workshop dates:

January 31, Session 1: Overview. Defining terms. Practice strategies.

February 7, Session 2: Using clarification and negotiation strategies

February 14, Session 3: Answering open-ended questions

February 21, Session 4: EPI practice. Setting goals. Resources. (Attendance at previous sessions is encouraged in order to gain the most from Session 4.)

Registration is required.

Workshop location: Armory Building, Room 428

Address: 505 East Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL


**We recommend entering through the Armory building's SouthWest corner near the intersection of Fourth and Gregory (across from Huff Hall) and then taking the elevator to the 4th floor.

For information about the English Proficiency Interview, visit http://citl.illinois.edu/citl-101/measurement-evaluation/english-proficiency-interview


Cost: Free, but registration required. Space is limited.
Event Source: CITL Calendar

11:30 AM–1:00 PM Wednesday Feb 22, 2017

Room 428 Armory Buildling (Southwest corner of the building)


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 3: 

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement that Reflects Your Teaching

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
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.  Space is limited.

  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

12:00 PM–1:00 PM Wednesday Mar 1, 2017

428 Armory Building (southwest corner of the building)


Media Commons

The Media Commons located in the Undergraduate Library is a collaborative campus effort that provides students, staff and faculty opportunities to experiment with digital media and other emerging technologies, with expanded opportunities to learn of best practices in educational media creation. In addition to a robust loanable technology program, the Media Commons is a service space that offers faculty, staff, and students the ability to create, use, and curate digital media. The goal is to meet the need for broad access to media creation tools, information technology training in multimedia hardware and software, and instruction in media literacy. Eric will cover the basics of the Media Commons as well as show examples of current emerging technology and media tools.

The Media Commons @ UGL: http://mediacommons.illinois.edu

Cost: Free
Event Source: CITL Calendar

12:00 PM–1:00 PM Tuesday Mar 7, 2017

room 210 Illini Union


We are pleased to have Paul Diehl return to our campus for this thoughtful talk. Before going to University of Texas-Dallas to be the Associate Provost and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Professor Diehl was the Founding Director Emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Academy and Founding Director Emeritus of the Office of Undergraduate Research.  

Abstract of his presentation: There are some traditional ways and indicators of what we think of as award winning teaching.  Is there anything to be learned by taking the opposite of those?  The talk focuses on two examples and argues that there can be some important lessons about what is good instruction and how we might reevaluate, at least in part, how and to whom we teach.

We invite all across campus to attend this special presentation.

Cost: No cost, but registration is required.
Event Source: CITL Calendar


CITL staff has years of experience combining good teaching practices and effective technologies in all classroom settings, but newer flexible classrooms being developed on this campus offer more opportunities for creating collaborative, learner-centered experiences for your students. Let’s get started!

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 student-centered, collaborative learning activities and a heavy reliance on digital media and audio-visual technologies. Additional information:  

Preparing to Teach in iFLEX Classrooms

Good teaching is good teaching, but preparing to teach in an iFLEX classroom takes some planning. CITL staff will work with you before and during your class to get the most out of your iFLEX teaching experience. Learn how to increase collaborative activities, use digital tools and technologies in the classroom, and create fun and engaging experiences for your students. We’ll even come to your classroom to help you try something new! Click on Learn More, below, to request a customized training for your team.

Reimagining the Classroom: Continuing Conversations 

The Reimagining the Classroom Symposium is a regular event organized by faculty and staff from across this campus. Its mission is to promote transformative learning experiences for our students by exploring the relationships between classroom spaces, teaching pedagogies, and emerging technologies. Close to 200 people attended the 2016 Symposium which featured keynote speakers and roundtable discussions. We’re asking everyone to continue the conversation through informal discussion circles, webinars, campus tours, and other information-sharing activities.

Click on Learn More, below, to share your interest, ideas, and questions. New discussion groups and campus-wide activities are forming all the time. There has never been a more important time to consider the current and future state of our university classrooms. Join us as we reimagine the classrooms of today, and tomorrow.

Is your department involved in a classroom renovation project?

CITL offers dual support services: helping colleges and departments better understand the classroom design process, and working with faculty cohorts to successfully transition to their new classroom spaces.

As a liaison between facilities services, designers, and department leaders, CITL helps navigate project meetings about effective classroom features and teaching with newer technologies. As a faculty advocate, CITL works with small cohorts leading faculty through visioning sessions, current research on flexible classrooms, and course redesign so they are prepared to teach in the new classrooms from Day One. Click on Learn More, below, to request a consultation about new classroom renovation projects.