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September 4 Teaching and Learning Newsletter

Sep 5, 2018, 16:21 PM
CITL Teaching and Learning News: September 4, 2018
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Welcome to the Fall 2018 Semester

Whether you are returning to campus or new to Illinois, we hope you are embarking on a great semester! CITL is here to help you achieve your teaching and learning goals. You can always fill out our consult request form to set up a meeting with us.

How to Use This Newsletter

This newsletter comes out approximately every two weeks. It begins with announcements of upcoming events of interest to teachers of all ranks. Below that you will find a listing of the next few CITL workshops coming up on our calendar, any technical trainings CITL is offering, and sometimes workshops offered by other units on campus. Each newsletter ends with timely teaching tips to help you have a great semester.  Now, on to announcements!

Earn a CITL Teaching Certificate

CITL offers five teaching certificates designed to help you improve your teaching practice and signal to others your commitment to teaching and learning.  Whether you are an experienced instructor with years of experience, a brand new graduate student with no teaching responsibilities, or are somewhere in between, one of our certificates is probably right for you. Visit the teaching certificates page of our website to learn more, and fill out our consult request form to find a CITL staff member to help you get started.

Fall 2018 Junior Faculty Seminar Series on Teaching & Learning begins September 19

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 informal and formal student feedback (ICES), student motivation, active learning, and team projects. Great conversation and handouts provided. Limited seating and registration requiredFor a flyer of the series, click here.

Learn More About Emerging Technologies at the TechHub

The TechHub is open to all on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10am - 4pm. Stop by to learn about our innovative tech!

The TechHub through CITL Innovation Spaces is also hosting a variety of hands-on emerging technology topics for beginners. These workshops are open to everyone. (Note: These workshops count towards the Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Teaching.) Topics covered are augmented reality, 3D scanning, 3D printing, 360 degree cameras, and virtual reality.  All workshops are free and scheduled to last one hour. Registration required. 

For more details visit the  CITL Calendar at

Create Your Own Online Course Workshop Begins October 29

CITL will be hosting the “Create Your Own Online Course” workshop on October 29, 30, & November 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 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. The workshop is free of charge. This is a particularly good opportunity for anyone interested in earning the Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Teaching. Look for the agenda and RSVP form to be available soon!

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, September 10
The Power of Presentations: Enhancing your Slides for Teaching and Engagement
10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M., room 172, Armory (Innovation Studio)
Speaker: Jamie Nelson (CITL)
Wednesday, September 12
EPI Workshop, Session 1: EPI Overview; Defining Terms; Practice Strategies
5:30 P.M. - 6:45 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speakers: Anita Greenfield; John Kotnarowski
Tuesday, September 18
EPI Workshop, Session 2: Learn how to use clarification and negotiation strategies to improve your listening and communication skills in English
5:30 P.M. - 6:45 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speakers: Anita Greenfield; John Kotnarowski
Wednesday, September 19
Jr. Faculty Teaching Series #1: "I wish I had known that earlier": Using Informal (IEF) and Formal (ICES) Student Feedback to Improve Teaching and Learning
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL)
Wednesday, September 19
Understanding and Encouraging Student Motivation
3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Tyler Pack (CITL Grad Affiliate)
Monday, September 24
Using Informal Early Feedback
1:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M., room 428, Armory
Speaker: Lucas Anderson (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.
Tuesday, September 18
Emerging Tech Hands-on: Augmented Reality
10:10 A.M. - 11:00 A.M., TechHub, Armory Building Room 151A
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.
Tuesday, September 11
Getting the Most Out of an Academic Conference
12:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M., room 304/308, Coble Hall
Sponsor: Graduate College Career Development
Wednesday, September 12
Poster Presentation and Design
2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M., room 314, Main Library
Sponsor: University Library - Scholarly Commons
Tuesday, September 18
An Introduction to Prezi
10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M., room 314, Main Library
Sponsor: University Library - Scholarly Commons
Teaching Tips

Could Your Assignments Use a Tune-Up?

How do students think about assignments? A lot never get past the idea that they’re basically unpleasant things faculty make them do. What does interest a lot of students is finding out what the teacher wants in the assignment, not so much what the assignments asks but more seeking insight as to what the teacher “likes.” Discover that and there’s a better chance of a good grade, or so the thinking goes. Unfortunately, very few students look at an assignment and think, now there’s an interesting learning opportunity. And how do faculty think about assignments? With multiple courses and lots of other work besides, with each new assignment developed there’s a tendency to first consider the amount of grading that will come with it. Assignments are what students ride on their way to learning. Our responsibility is to provide good vehicle maintenance and recognition when it’s time for a trade-in. 

Three Ways to Enage Students In and Outside the Classroom

When students become directly engaged in the learning process, they take ownership of their education. The following learning activities have helped me to engage students in and outside the classroom. The strategies also help keep my teaching relevant, fresh, and creative. They are: a) get real, b) see a show, and c) breathe fire.
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