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September 17 Teaching and Learning Newsletter

Sep 18, 2018, 09:10 AM
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Announcements

TA Reading Groups Starting for Fall

How do the best college teachers teach? Find out by reading Ken Bain'sWhat the Best College Teachers Doalong 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 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. Visitthe teaching certificates page of our websiteto learn more, and fill outour consult request formto 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 andregistration required.For a flyer of the series, click here.

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 earningthe 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.

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)
Wednesday, September 26
Jr. Faculty Teaching Series#2: Active Learning Strategies for Student Engagement & Deep Learning
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., room 428,Armory
Speaker: Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL)
Wednesday, September 26
EPI Workshop, Session 3: Learn strategies for answering open-ended questions
5:30 P.M. - 6:45 P.M., room 428,Armory
Speakers: Anita Greenfield; John Kotnarowski
CITL Technical Training
Technical training does not count for workshop hours towards theGraduate Teacher Certificateor theCertificate in Foundations of Teaching, but may count towards theCertificate 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 opportunitiesexistacross campus? Though most 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 outthe Savvy Researcher Series,andGraduate College Events.
Tuesday, September 18
Acting for Academics
3:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M., room 314A Illini Union
Sponsor: Graduate College Career Development
Tuesday, September 18
An Introduction to Prezi
10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M., room 314, Main Library
Sponsor: University Library - Scholarly Commons
Thursday, September 20
Copyright for Educators
11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., room 314, Main Library
Sponsor: University Library - Scholarly Commons
Monday, September 24
Presentation Visuals
3:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., room 223, Gregory Hall
Sponsor: University Library - Scholarly Commons
Teaching Tips

The Need for Balanced Feedback

In the online class environment, students enjoy many advantages, such as increased scheduling flexibility, ability to balance work and school, classroom portability, and convenience. But there are potential shortcomings as well, including the lack of student-instructor interaction and a student not understanding the instructor’s expectations. A key mechanism to convey expectations while increasing student-instructor communication is relevant, timely, constructive, andbalanced instructor feedback.

Informal Early Feedback (IEF)

Informal Early Feedback (IEF): A Valuable Opportunity for Just-in-Time Feedback. Student evaluations of teaching are an important part of the feedback that instructors receive. This feedback can be especially helpful when it is collectedmidway inthe semester. Our students can tell us if we explain clearly, are well-organized, grade fairly, and more. They may also be able to tell us if the activities we give them are well aligned with the ways we evaluate their learning. Responding to students’ comments by discussing them in class, and making changes as appropriate, can lead to increased motivation, better learning, and possibly improved end-of-semester student ratings.Here is a description of the process and sample formsfor you to adapt. Also,CITL is offering two workshops this week and nextto help you design your own IEF forms.Here is the information about the workshops.

 

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