CITL Teaching and Learning News: October 3, 2019

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Create Your Own Online Course Workshop Begins
October 9

CITL will be hosting the “Create Your Own Online Course” workshop on October 9–11 from 9:00 a.m. to 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. You can attend in-person, or there will be an option to join remotely via a Zoom web-conferencing session. This is a particularly good opportunity for anyone interested in earningthe Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Teaching.PleaseRSVP for the workshopby Friday, October 4.

Interested in Active Learning Classrooms?

Are you interested in active learning, or teaching in anIFLEX interactive classroom? We’re working on new programming for grad instructors and TAs who want toexplore a variety of easy teaching strategies, with and without technology, and the chance to earn a teaching certificate.If you want to know more, drop us a line We’ll keep you posted about upcoming events, from workshops to our upcoming Halloween Meet & Greet (and yes, there will be candy!)

Adobe Discovery Day is October 11

Did you know that Adobe Creative Cloud is available to all University of Illinois faculty and staff for free? October 11th, 2019 is Adobe Discovery Day on campus. Stop in at multiple locations where trained staff will be available to help you register for access to some of the best applications available for productivity and collaboration. Visit details.

This Learning LifePhotography Competition

Will the winner of the 2019 University of IllinoisThis Learning LifePhotography Competition be one of your students? The Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning invites all students on campus to submit images to the contest. Submissions accepted throughNovember 27. Announcement of winners and awardsDecember 13, Courtyard Café, Illini Union.$250 Grand prize! Thanks to our category sponsors for award categories: Scholarly Commons “Becoming a Researcher,” GIES College of Business, “Learning by Doing.” College of Applied Health Sciences “Learning With Health Technology,” and Illinois Climate Action Plan, “Campus Sustainability.” We want to see what learning looks like through your students’ eyes! Encourage your students to sharpen their visual communication skills, get prizes and recognition, and create a great personal image that will stand out from the crowd.

Click here for more information about the contest.

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.

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, October 9
Jr. Faculty Seminar Series #4 - The Art of Lecturing
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M, Room 386, Armory Building - note room change!
Speaker: Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL)
Monday, October 14
Developing a Teaching Philosophy Statement for a Faculty Job Search
2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M, Room 428, Armory Building
Speaker: Lucas Anderson (CITL)
Wednesday, October 16
Jr. Faculty Seminar Series #5 - Make Teaching Stick: Six Ways to Make Your Lessons More Memorable
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M, Room 428, Armory Building
Speaker: Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL)
Tuesday, October 22
Effective Laboratory Teaching
5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M, Room 428, Armory Building
Speaker: Slav Dvoretskiy (CITL Graduate Affiliate)
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, October 15
Emerging Tech Hands-on: 3D Printing/Design
10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M., TechHub (Armory Building, room 151A)
Speakers: Jamie Nelson & Megan Baird
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.
Monday, October 7
Finding Images
8:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M., Zoom meeting - get login information by registering
The Savvy Researcher Series
Wednesday, October 9
Faculty Job Search: Campus Interviews
4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., room 166, Bevier Hall
Graduate College Career Development Events
Teaching Tips

Four Ways to Spark Engaging Classroom Discussions

How can you creatively and engagingly start a classroom discussion and when should one close? When you are in the middle of a discussion, how do you know when to turn it in a different direction?Students are most engaged in learning when they’re verbally interacting with course material, the professor, and their classmates, research shows. Yet pulling off a great classroom discussion that involves all students is such a complexand challenging topicthat we’ve broken it down into two course modules: one focused on planning effective classroom discussions and another focused on facilitating them. Fortunately, there areresearch-based techniques that are known to work.Dr. Brookfield and ACUE Director of Content Development Laurie Pendleton provide four tips tokeep students focused and engagedin meaningful classroom discussions.

Navigating the Need for Rigor and Engagement: How to Make Fruitful Class Discussions Happen

Teaching by discussion can also seem forbidding because it makes instructors uncomfortably aware of their shortcomings. Lecturers can delude themselves that their courses are going well, but discussion leaders know when their teaching is failing to rouse the students’ interest by the indifferent quality of responses and the general torpor of the class. Why do we lecture so much? All teachers experience a tension between the need for engagement and the need for rigor. Without rigor, the students won’t learn what we want them to; without engagement, they won’t learn anything at all. Realizing that students need to discuss is helpful, but actually knowing how to make them discuss is another matter—it’s a skill that has to be learned. The challenge is not getting them totalk, but doing so without sacrificing too much rigor—how to ensure high-quality thinking and talking which engages the whole class.Here are some rules to consider.