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11:30 AM–1:00 PM Wednesday Mar 28, 2018

Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL)


Room 428 Armory Buildling (Southwest corner of the building)


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 6: The Kind of Practice & Feedback Does Matter in Students’ Remembering


Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018
11:30 – 1:00
Room 428, Armory Building 

Students often misunderstand what is involved in learning.  Learning means not only encoding the content, but also the ability to retrieve and use that knowledge. Students think that rereading the text and their notes, and highlighting and underlining are sufficient – but we know that results in temporary, superficial learning.


In this interactive session, we will discuss types of practice; e.g., spaced, interleaved, and variable that are most beneficial to enhance learning and the features of effective feedback to help our students improve.

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.

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL)

Event Source: CITL Calendar

2:30 PM–4:00 PM Wednesday Mar 28, 2018

Kazem Alidoost, CITL Grad Affiliate


Armory building, room 428


In this workshop, we will begin by discussing resources that are available to TAs who are dealing with difficult situations.  We will then ask the TAs how they would deal with these difficult situations themselves and identify the pros and cons of these approaches.

This is a TA-to-TA workshop, designed for TAs and offered by one of CITL's Graduate Affiliates.

Cost: Free, but registration required

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

9:30 AM–10:30 AM Thursday Mar 29, 2018

Room 428 Armory Building


In this hands-on workshop participants will learn how to use Compass2g tools not covered in the CITL Compass2g Essentials workshops. These tools include setting up Groups for large classes or group projects, developing quick shortcuts for grading groups in the Grade Center (a vital skill if you're a TA in a large class!) and the four sharing tools in Compass2g: Blogs, Wikis, Discussion Boards, and Journals.

Website: Link
Cost: Free

Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

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Teaching Portfolio Program

Applications are being accepted for participation in the 2016-2017 Teaching Portfolio Program.  
Click on this link to apply for the program.


The CITL Teaching Portfolio Program is designed for those graduate students who have the opportunity for many teaching experiences during their graduate studies (4+ semesters, preferably in a variety of class settings), thededication to develop a deep understanding of teaching and learning, and the desire to document their teaching in a professional teaching portfolio prior to entering the academic job market.


Upon completion of the CITL Teaching Portfolio Program, you will be able to (1) articulate your teaching philosophy and explain how it informs your teaching practice in relation to your students’ learning; (2) demonstrate established competencies of an effective college teacher; (3) communicate your understanding of pedagogy to others through workshops, reading groups, or mentoring; and (4) design a portfolio that documents your effectiveness as an instructor and your reflective teaching practice.


To become a candidate for the CITL Teaching Portfolio Program, you must (1) have completed the Graduate Teacher Certificate; (2) have completed (or be close to completing) the Teacher Scholar Certificate; and (3) have at least 4 semesters of college teaching experience.


As a participant in the program, you will (1) attend and fully participate in monthly cohort meetings of about 1.5 - 2 hours each through the fall and spring semesters; (2) revise your teaching philosophy statement; (3) develop materials for your professional teaching portfolio; (4) create your electronic portfolio; (5) provide feedback on the portfolio materials of one or more members of the cohort; and (6) develop some way to share your teaching expertise with other graduate students.

To get more information, contact Lucas Anderson