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January 17 Teaching & Learning Newsletter

Jan 18, 2019, 09:09 AM
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Welcome to the Spring 2019 Semester

We hope your new semester is off to a great start! As always, CITL is here to help you achieve your teaching and learning goals. If you would like to work with CITL to improve your teaching, work more effectively with Compass or i>clicker, hear more about eText or the campus eportfolio system (Digication), or experience immersive technologies such as virtual reality, simply fill outour consult request formto 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. 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.

Spring 2019 Junior Faculty Seminar Series on Teaching & Learning begins February 6

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! Great conversation and handouts provided. Limited seating andregistration required.For a flyer of the series, click here.

Are You an International TA Teaching This Semester?

CITL is seeking International TAs for a classroom observation research project. If you would like to have your class observed one time this semester by a CITL education professional,please submit your contact information at this link, or contact Dr. Sue Ingels, EPI Coordinator, atingels@illinois.eduor 217-265-6136.

Gadget Garage Pop-Up Repair Clinics

CITL is partnering with the Illini Gadget Garage this Spring to offer three Pop-Up RepairClinics.The Illini Gadget Garage is a collaborative repair center that assists consumers withminor repairs for personally-owned electronics and small appliances. Join us at one of these clinics to learn how to troubleshoot and repair your own small electronics and mobiledevices.

  • February 5, 4pm-6:30pm, Room 172 of the Armory
  • March 13, 5pm-7:30pm, Room 172 of the Armory
  • April 26, 3pm-5:30pm, Room 172 of the Armory
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, January 30
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
Monday, February 4
Using Informal Early Feedback (IEF)
2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M., room 428,Armory
Speaker: Lucas Anderson (CITL)
Tuesday, February 5
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, February 6
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)
Thursday, February 7
Teaching with Confidence (Part I)
2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M., room 428,Armory
Speakers: Katherine Jo (CITL Grad Affiliate), Justin York (CITL)
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.
Thursday, January 24
Creating Virtual Field Trips
2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M., Innovation Studio (Armory Building Room 172)
Speaker: Max Christie, PhD (Department of Geology)
Thursday, February 7
Building Alexa Skills
3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., Innovation Studio (Armory Building Room 172)
Speaker: Curt Donelson (Technology Services)
Training Opportunities Across Campus
Want to see what training opportunitiesexistacross 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 outthe Savvy Researcher Series,andGraduate College Events.
Wednesday, January 23
Introduction to Research at the Library
1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M., room 314, Main Library
Sponsor: University Library - Scholarly Commons
Tuesday, January 29
Getting the Feedback You Need
4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., room 1027, Lincoln Hall
Sponsor: Graduate College Career Development
Teaching Tips

Ideas to Create a Welcoming, Engaging and Inclusive Classroom

The teaching-learning process is an inherently social act. Throughout the learning process students interact with the instructor, their peers and the course content, often simultaneously in a classroom setting. All of these interactions help shape their success in the course. Instructors can support student success by being mindful of the social and emotional dynamics in their course and ensuring the learning environment is one that is welcoming, engaging, and inclusive.In preparing to teach a course, consider specific actions you might take to create a positive learning experience. It can be small simple things, or more involved and mindful actions you take throughout the semester.

Strategies for Starting the Semester Well

Whether you have been teaching for several years or are beginning to teach your very first semester, being prepared for the start of the semester will help make the transition successful for you and your students.The following is a list of strategies you can use the first day and into the first weeksof the semester that will help you create an engaging, motivating, and organized classroom environment.


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