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April 12 Teaching & Learning Newsletter

Apr 13, 2018, 11:01 AM
CITL Teaching and Learning News: April 12, 2018

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 CITL, room 156 Armory, MC-528.

Create Your Own Online Course Workshop begins April 16

CITL will be hosting the “Create Your Own Online Course” workshop on April 16, 17, & 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. each day. This is open to faculty, staff, eLearning Professionals, and TAs who want to learn best practices for creating an online course. See the agenda here. The workshop is free of charge but we do ask you to indicate via the RSVP form (by April 12) which days you will attend (even if you plan to stay for 30 minutes). This is a particularly good opportunity for anyone interested in earning the Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Teaching.

ICES Ordering Deadline is April 18

Remember to order ICES forms for each class/section for the Spring 2018 semester. The deadline to order is Wednesday, April 18. Allow 7-10 business days to process ICES orders. Contact Measurement and Evaluation with any questions at 217-244-3839 or email

Low-cost Intensive Language Courses Open to All

Do you want to learn a new language or brush up on your language skills before you travel? Do you want to practice and improve your English pronunciation or conversational skills? The Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program offers low-cost classes in French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Latin, Greek, Chinese, Korean, Hindi, Russian, German, and ESL (pronunciation, grammar review, conversation). Open to everyone; not for credit, just for fun! Courses are held May 14 - June 1. For more information and to sign up, visit: Questions? Email Prof. Florencia Henshaw (

Call for Applications: 2018-2019 Illinois Leadership Center (ILC) Faculty Fellows Program

The Illinois Leadership Center is now accepting applications for the 2018 – 2019 Faculty Fellows.  The ILC Faculty Fellows is a group of leadership scholars from a variety of disciplines, with an interest and focus on leadership research and/or leadership education.  Click here for more information. Deadline to apply is May 18.

CITL Events & Workshops

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

Monday, April 16
Create Your Own Online Course Spring Workshop
9:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M., room 428, Armory
Tuesday, April 17
Create Your Own Online Course Spring Workshop
9:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M., room 428, Armory
Thursday, April 19
Create Your Own Online Course Spring Workshop
9:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M., room 428, Armory
Friday, April 20
The Power of Presentations: Enhancing your Slides for Teaching and Engagement
1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M., room 172, Armory (Innovation Studio)
Speaker: Jamie Nelson (CITL)
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.
Thursday, April 26
Emerging Tech Hands-on: 360° Cameras and Virtual Reality
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., Innovation Studio/VR Lab, Room 172/173 Armory
Training Opportunities Across Campus
Want to see what training opportunities exist across campus? Though they don't count for CITL certificate credit, they can help you develop important technical and professional skills. Look at the Illinois Staff Training Calendar for more information.  Also check out the Savvy Researcher Series, and Graduate College Events.
Friday, April 13
InDesign CC: Interactivity
9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M., room 27, Illini Hall
Sponsor: FAST 3 / Webstore Training Services
Thursday, April 19
Open Textbooks: Rights, Resources, & Reasons
12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M., room 314, Main Library
Sponsor: University Library - Scholarly Commons
Thursday, April 26
Making the Most of Your Summer
12:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M., room 242, Bevier Hall
Sponsor: Graduate College Career Development
Teaching Tips

Class Discussion: From Blank Stares to True Engagement

The idea of attempting to engage students in discussion is rather frightening. There’s always the possibility that we will be met with silence. Sociologists have long contended that our behavior is guided by norms. The college classroom is no exception. You have likely noticed whichever seat a student sits in on the first day of class is where the student will sit for the entire semester. It is a normative expectation that students have about the classroom. Why can students get away with only paying civil attention; i.e., creating the appearance of paying attention? The answer is that we as faculty let them. Here are some ways to create new classroom norms.

They Haven't Done the Reading. Again.

If you believe the research, on any given day, something like 70 percent of our students come to class having not done the assigned reading. That phenomenon is immensely annoying to most faculty members. Who among us has not faced a classroom full of blank stares, with seemingly no one prepared to answer the well-thought-out question we've asked about the reading? How can we ensure that students are meeting what should be a very basic responsibility? You need to demonstrate that the students need to do the reading to take full advantage of class time.

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