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March 8 Teaching & Learning Newsletter

Mar 8, 2018, 11:08 AM
CITL Teaching and Learning News: March 8, 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.

Certificate Deadline is April 16

If you are hoping to earn one of our teaching certificates this year, be aware that your application is due by Monday, April 16. Applications may be submitted in person in room 156 of the Armory, or sent through campus mail to MC-528. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about certificates this time of year.

  • If you are missing signatures from CITL staff (e.g. for participation in the Grad Academy or a CITL workshop for which you signed in), you may submit the otherwise completed application and we will provide the CITL signatures after the fact. You are still responsible for collecting signatures from non-CITL individuals who helped you fulfill a requirement.
  • If you are pursuing the Graduate Teacher Certificate, you may submit your application before your final set of ICES is collected. If you collected one set of ICES, two sets of IEF, and have completed two consultations, we will trust that you collect the final set of ICES after the certificate deadline.
  • No progress you make towards the certificate ever expires, so if you aren't going to make the deadline this year, you do not need to start over. Just keep working on the outstanding requirements and submit your application next year.

Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education (AE3) Spring 2018 Distinguished Lecture

AE3 invites you to hear Cindy Finelli, Professor of Elecrical Enginerring & Computer Science from the University of Michigan, speak on the topic "Overcoming barriers to using student-centered insruction: From research to practice."  The talk will be Friday, March 9, 11am to noon in room 1000 of the Micro and Nano Technology Lab.  Click here for more information about this talk.

CITL Events & Workshops

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

Wednesday, March 14
Jr. Faculty Spring 2018 Seminar Series #5: Maximizing the Benefits of Informal and Formal Peer Learning
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL)
Wednesday, March 28
Jr. Faculty Spring 2018 Seminar Series #6: The Kind of Practice & Feedback Does Matter in Students' Remembering
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL)
Wednesday, March 28
Oh No! Dealing with Difficult Situations in the Classroom
2:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Kazem Alidoost, CITL Graduate Affiliate
CITL Technical Training
Technical training does not count for workshop hours towards the Graduate Teacher Certificate or the Certificate in Foundations of Teaching, but may count towards the Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Teaching.
Friday, March 9
Compass 2G Workshop - The Essentials
9:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M., room 428, Armory
Wednesday, March 14
Compass 2G Workshop - The Essentials
2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M., room 428, Armory

Wednesday, March 14
Emerging Tech Hands-on: 3D Scanning
3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., TechHub (room 151A), Armory
Thursday, March 29
Compass 2G Workshop - Advanced Topics (Group & Sharing Tools)
9:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.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.
Wednesday, March 14
Google for Scholars
3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., room 314, Main Library
Sponsor: University Library
Thursday, March 29
Translating your Skills for Audiences Outside Academia
3:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., room 1028, Lincoln Hall
Sponsor: Graduate College Career Development
Teaching Tips

Learning Fundamental Principles, Generalizations, or Theories

How can we improve our students' comprehension of basic principles? How can students show they "comprehend" a principle, generalization or theory? Bloom talks about three ways: 1) Translation: restate the principles, generalization or theory in their own words, b) Interpretation: involve the student's recognition that the communication is describing the operation of a principle, c) Extrapolation: making of predictions based on understanding of the trends, tendencies or conditions described in the communication. This article describes the teaching strategies to promote these levels of understanding, along with ways to assess their understanding.  

Teaching Students Specific Skills

Sometimes it is important to teach students how to do something, not something abstract like thinking, but how to execute some observable skill, such as starting an IV, writing code, or wiring a circuit. Teaching skills, much like teaching in general, shares certain similarities that are relevant across a variety of degree programs. It’s good to review these and use them to take stock of how we can better help students learn specific skills. This article describes some of those assumptions about how learners can master skills


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