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May 10 Teaching & Learning Newsletter

May 10, 2018, 15:39 PM
CITL Teaching and Learning News: May 10, 2018

We Wish You a Good Summer

Whether your summer plans call for research, teaching, reading, writing, relaxation, fun, or some combination thereof, we wish you the very best and are grateful for having worked with many great instructors this semester.  CITL is still here over the summer, so don't hesitate to schedule a consultation or attend a workshop if you plan to use the summer to learn something new about teaching and learning.

Call for Presenters: August 2018 Grad Academy and Grading Symposium

Faculty, academic professionals, and experienced TAs are invited to participate as presenters and facilitators in the Graduate Academy for College Teaching (August 20-21, 2018), CITL's program for new TAs with classroom teaching responsibilities, and the Symposium on Grading & Office Hours (August 21, 2018), our program for those TAs with non-classroom responsibilities. There are opportunities to create your own concurrent session, facilitate a lesson from a pre-existing lesson plan, or facilitate microteaching sessions. Facilitating microteaching is a particularly fun and easy way to volunteer even if you are somewhat new to teaching yourself.  Follow this link to volunteer.

Faculty Summer Institute May 16-17

The Faculty Summer Institute (FSI) is an annual conference that brings educators and instructional-technology professionals together each May at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Attendees come from across Illinois and as far away as Canada. The conference features keynote presentations, networking, and hands-on training on the use of modern communication and information technologies in education. Registrations are still being accepted; the cost is $75. See this page for more info.

Mark Your Calendars for the CITL Summer Workshop Series: June 12, 14, 19, and 21

CITL will again offer an 8-part workshop series this summer.  The series as a whole is designed to get new instructors a head start on designing their first course, but any instructor (or future instructor) can attend any part of the series to brush up on their skills or learn something new.  The workshops will be held on June 12, 14, 19, and 21, from 11am to noon, and 12:30pm to 1:30pm each day.  More details, including how to register, will be coming later.  For now, set aside those times if you are interested.

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, May 30
Teaching with Confidence (Part I)
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speakers: Justin York, Katherine Jo, and Lucas Anderson
Wednesday, June 6
Teaching with Confidence (Part II)
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speakers: Justin York, Katherine Jo, and Lucas Anderson

Wednesday, June 13
Teaching with Confidence (Part III)
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speakers: Justin York, Katherine Jo, and Lucas Anderson
Course Design Series:  Save the Dates of June 12, 14, 19, 21, 11am-noon, 12:30pm to 1:30pm each day
Teaching Tips

Identifying Pearls of Wisdom from End-of-Semester Course Evaluations

At the end of the semester it can be valuable to take a few moments and reflect on what went well in your courses, and what you might want to change the next time you teach them. One source of information is the student evaluations of teaching, available to you after you submit your final grades.

Checklist for the End of the Semester

As the semester is coming to a close, when all is still fresh in your mind, it’s the perfect time to review, reevaluate, renew, and recycle. Here is a short checklist of things you can do now to make things easier, more efficient, and more productive next semester; e.g., review your syllabus, update your lesson plans and review your assignments and exams.

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