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February 15 Teaching & Learning Newsletter

Feb 16, 2018, 08:14 AM
CITL Teaching and Learning News: February 15, 2018
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Sign up to join a TA Reading Group

How do the best college teachers teach? Find out by reading Ken Bain's What the Best College Teachers Do along with fellow TAs and a CITL facilitator. Meetings will be arranged to fit your schedule and participation will count towards the teaching certificates. Sign up for a reading group by following this link - you will be matched up with other TAs and a facilitator with similar availability.

Earn the Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Teaching This Semester

Have you been wanting to try a new technology in class? CITL can offer support and advice, as well as a professional development certificate for your efforts. The Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Teaching can be earned in one semester by any instructor interested in trying a new educational technology in class.  Several of our workshop offerings this semester count towards this certificate, including:

Professional Development Fair for Graduate Students - February 16, 2018

Join the Graduate College for the 2nd Annual Professional Development Fair for Graduate Students! You will learn about services and resources designed to help you succeed during your time as a graduate student. Students can also have a free professional headshot taken at the event. Units attending the fair include the Illinois Leadership Center, Office of Volunteer Programs, the Writing Center, Scholarly Commons, and many more! CITL will have a table there, and we look forward to seeing you!

Spring 2018 Junior Faculty Seminar Series on Teaching & Learning continues February 21

Come join a dynamic learning community by participating in this specially designed seminar series for junior faculty (though all faculty are invited to come). We’ll share research-based strategies and best practices for improving student learning and your teaching.  For returning attendees, there are several new workshops. Some of the topics are on peer learning, student motivation, active learning, and teaching philosophy statement. Great conversation and handouts provided. Registration required as seating is limited.  Click here for a flyer of the series.

2018 Annual Faculty Retreat - February 23, 2018

The theme of this year’s retreat is Educating Students as Difference-Makers.” We strive to produce future leaders who exhibit traits such as innovation, inclusivity, and stewardship. What roles do observation, empathy, and ingenuity play in creating students as difference-makers?  The retreat will have interactive theatre, video vignettes, teaching simulations, and showcase some of the newest technology implemented by our exemplary teachers. Attendees can apply for faculty retreat grants. Space is limited. Registration is now open for faculty.  More information and registration for the retreat is here.

Interested in being a Disability Ally?

Would you like to learn what a disability ally is? Would you like to be more aware of disability, and how disability is experienced in your academic, social and living environments? Are you interested in including disability in conversations on diversity and culture? Sign up for a new program at the Univeristy called the Disability Ally Program (DAP) open to students, staff, or faculty.  Sign up using this link for programming on Wednesday, March 7, from 1-4pm.  Please plan on staying for the entire program and register early; registration is capped to the first 25 people who sign up. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions you might have, or send any accommodations you need to Ellen Ritter (

CITL Events & Workshops

Want to see what workshops and events are coming later in the semester? Look at our full calendar for more information.

Tuesday, Feb. 20
i>clickers: More than Just Clicking
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Rich Furr (CITL)
Wednesday, Feb. 21
Jr. Faculty Spring 2018 Seminar Series #2: The Teaching Philosophy Statement for Promotion & Tenure
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL)
Wednesday, Feb. 21
EPI Workshop, Session 4: Practice completing sample EPIs; set goals for oral English improvement; learn about resources to improve your English skills
5:30 P.M. - 6:45 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Anita Greenfield, John Kotnarowski
Thursday, Feb. 22
Writing Intriguing Learning Objectives
10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Lucas Anderson (CITL)
Tuesday, February 27
Shake Off Those Nerves: Getting Comfortable in the Teaching Role (Part II)
3:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Justin York (CITL) and Katherine Jo (CITL Graduate Affiliate)
Wednesday, Feb. 28
Jr. Faculty Spring 2018 Seminar Series #3: A Learner-Centered Course Design for Enhanced Learning
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL)
Thursday, March 1
Improving Learning Effectiveness
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Lucas Anderson (CITL) and Jim Wentworth (CITL)
Thursday, March 1
The Power of Presentations: Enhancing your Slides for Teaching and Engagement
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., room 172, Armory
Speaker: Jamie Nelson (CITL)
CITL Technical Training
Tuesday, Feb. 20
Emerging Tech Hands-on: Augmented Reality
10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M., TechHub (room 151A), Armory
Wednesday, Feb. 28
Compass2g Grade Center Workshop
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Wednesday, Feb. 28
Compass 2g Workshop - The Essentials
4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Training Opportunities Across Campus
Want to see what training opportunities exist across campus? Look at the Illinois Staff Training Calendar for more information.  Also check out the Savvy Researcher Series, and Graduate College Events.
Monday, Feb. 19
Copyright for Educators
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., room 314, Main Library
Sponsor: University Library
Tuesday, Feb. 20
Interviewing: Answering Tough Questions
3:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., room 1027, Lincoln Hall
Sponsor: Graduate College Career Development
Thursday, Feb. 22
An Introduction to Prezi
3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. room 314, Main Library
Sponsor: University Library
Teaching Tips

Harness the Power of Emotions to Help your Students Learn

Have you thought about emotional presence in our online and face-to-face classes? There seems to be an enduring sense that emotions have no place in the lofty halls of academia. Our pursuit of knowledge should be rational, detached, unaffected by such trivialities as our emotions. But I don’t think that’s right. Our emotions are a central part of our humanity. To deny them is to deny the essence of who we are. In fact, not only should we not try to separate emotional responses from learning, but we can’t, according to recent neuroscience research.  Here are some ideas drawn from this article and the book “The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion” by S. Cavanagh.

Active Learning Strategies in Face-to-Face (and Online) Courses

As numerous research studies suggest, teachers who desire increased student learning should adopt active learning. This article explores the research, defines active learning, discusses its value, offers suggestions for implementing it, and provides six concrete examples of active learning approaches: Thinking-Aloud Pair Problem-Solving; Three-Step Interview; Think-Pair-Share; Visible Quiz; Value Line; and Send/Pass-a-Problem. Here are the descriptions for these strategies and more.


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