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Important Dates  

Time:
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Wednesday Dec 20, 2017
Location:

Room 2404 Digital Computer Lab

Description:

Please attend if you have questions about your grading, your final grades being calculated correctly, grade scales displaying correctly, or how to download the final grades.

Cost: Free
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning/Technology Services

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Friday Dec 22, 2017
Location:

Room 156G Armory Building

Description:

Please attend if you have questions about your grading, your final grades being calculated correctly, grade scales displaying correctly, or how to download the final grades.

Cost: Free
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning/Technology Services

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Wednesday Jan 3, 2018
Speaker:

Dan Hahn

Location:

online

Description:

Attend this live orientation online to learn how to set up and use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra from within your Illinois Compass 2g course. Preview and practice using common features, ask questions and test your hardware so you can be prepared to teach online with Collaborate Ultra. 

Registration is encouraged but not required.  

Join the session by following the link below. You can also join this room at any time to test your hardware and preview the interface. 

http://go.illinois.edu/collaborientation

Website: Link
Cost: Free
Sponsor:

Technology Services

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
1:30 PM–2:30 PM Thursday Jan 4, 2018
Location:

Room 428 Armory Building

Description:

Tests  - Come learn how to create online tests that can be automatically graded and learn some of the best practices for giving online quizzes and tests.

Cost: Free, but registration required
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning/Technology Services

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
3:00 PM–4:00 PM Friday Jan 5, 2018
Location:

Room 428 Armory Building

Description:

In this hands-on workshop participants will practice building and organizing content within the Illinois Compass 2g environment, including teaching tools and the Grade Center. The workshop facilitator will also provide examples of best practices drawn from research on teaching and learning in both online and face-to-face settings.

Website: Link
Cost: Free
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

i>clicker

i>clicker is a physical remote student response system (with an optional mobile app component called REEF Polling by i>clicker) with which an instructor is able to poll students in a variety of ways to help engage students and enhance learning.

Engage Students in the Classroom. i>clicker was originally designed as a tool to help engage students in large enrollment courses, but is being used increasingly in smaller 30-50 person courses.Students are vested in answering the questions posed and seeing how their votes compare with rest of class. Since humans are typically only able to maintain attention for periods up to 20 minutes at a time, i>clicker is a great tool to reset up to 20 minutes at a time, i>clicker is a great tool to reset student attention, when used at different points of the lecture. Julia Shapland, Accountancy, uses i>clicker in her 600-700 student intro course to better engage with students which would otherwise be nearly impossible to do with such a large course.

Encourage all Students to Participate.  Instead of getting limited responses for what I call the “front five” students (the few students that always raise their hands), you are getting feedback from all students in the classroom. This really helps student participation in large enrollment courses.

Immediately Assess Students' Mastery of Content.  i>clicker is a quick and easy way to gauge student’s comprehension of pre-existing knowledge to help determine what you need cover in class and what you don’t. It’s also a great way to measure the mastery of content that you’ve gone over in class or in the reading. 

Improve Student Learning Using Peer Instruction. One of the more impactful ways of utilizing i>clicker in class is using it for peer instruction, typically using the Think, Pair, Share model. Students are asked to answer a question individually (Think). If the results are mixed and warrant more discussion, students are asked to pair up with a neighbor or two (Pair) and discuss the topic in small groups. The instructor visits the groups, providing some clarifying hints to lead the group toward the best answer. Finally, the students vote a second time and share their thoughts on the topics (Share).

Solicit Honest Student Feedback with Anonymous Polling. Lena Hann, Kinesiology and Community Health, teaches a Human Sexuality course of around 300 students each semester. She relies on anonymous polling for students to share their personal experiences with the class. Students report that the process is very valuable and they often see that the process is very valuable and they often see that they are not alone in their experiences.