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CITL Teaching and Learning News: February 7, 2020

Feb 7, 2020, 11:55 AM

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Announcements

 

Participants in the Jr. Faculty Seminar Series wave to the camera

Come learn and meet many friendly people at the workshops

Spring 2020 Junior Faculty Seminar Series on Teaching & Learning begins Feb. 12th

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 the Teaching Philosophy Statement for P&T, team projects, multimedia instruction, and cheating. Great conversation and handouts provided. Limited seating and registration required. See a flyer for the entire series.

Cover image of book Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education

Educause Workshop: Implementing Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education

Join us February 13 and 20 for a workshop on Universal Design for Learning hosted by Thomas J. Tobin, author of Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education. Come learn how to: incorporate UDL elements into your course-design process, design/retrofit existing course components using UDL principles, measure student outcomes that improve with UDL adoption, and expand your use of UDL and accessibility elements beyond the legally required minimum.

Register for Part 2 (Feb. 13)

Register for Part 3 (Feb. 20)

Professional Development Resource Fair for Grad Students February 20

Grad Students: come learn about services and resources available to you. Ask questions and engage with representatvies from a wide range of campus units. CITL will be there! Thursday, February 20, noon-2pm in the Illini Union rooms B&C. You can get a free professional headshot from Memory Lane Photography. Learn more about this and other Graduate Student Professional Development Week events.

Now Is the Time to Collect Informal Early Feedback (IEF)

Don't wait until ICES at the end of the semester to find out how your class is going. Check in with your students now to find out what they think is working (or not) in your class. Informal Early Feedback is easy to implement, and can pay off in a big way. It's also a requirement of the Graduate Teacher Certificate. Want to learn more? Attend an IEF workshop on Monday, February 10.

 

Instructor Voices

 

Assistant Professor Jodi Schneider

It's My Favorite Place to Teach!

Assistant Professor Jodi Schneider (School of Information Sciences), describes the benefits of teaching in IFLEX classroom Huff Hall 209, particularly for small group discussions and activities. “When I was in a forward-facing lecture hall, I tried to have students work together on problems in class. It was always an interruption for them to talk to the people behind and around them. In this classroom style it’s the lecture that’s the interruption! Students really get a lot out of meeting and interacting with their colleagues… It’s my favorite place to teach!”

Learn more about teaching in IFLEX interactive classrooms, or visit the IFLEX website.

 

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, February 10
Using Informal Early Feedback (IEF)
1:30 P.M. - 3:00 P.M., Room 428, Armory Building
Speaker: Lucas Anderson, CITL
Wednesday, February 12
Jr. Faculty Spring 2020 Series, workshop #1: The Teaching Philosophy Statement for Promotion and Tenure
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., Room 428, Armory Building
Speaker: Cheelan Bo-Linn, CITL
Wednesday, February 12
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 Building
Speaker: Anita Greenfield, John Kotnarowski, Jennifer Zhang
Thursday, February 13
Navigating the US Classroom: Strategies for International TAs
12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M., Room 428, Armory Building
Speaker: Neha Gothe, Applied Health Sciences
Thursday, February 13
Educause Workshop Part 2: Implementing Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education
12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M., Room 249, Armory Building
Speaker: Thomas J. Tobin, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tuesday, February 18
Developing Your Professional ePortfolio
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., Room 428, Armory Building
Speaker: David Favre, CITL
Tuesday, February 18
EPI Workshop, Session 3: Learn strategies for answering open-ended questions
5:30 P.M. - 6:45 P.M., Room 428, Armory Building
Speaker: Anita Greenfield, John Kotnarowski, Jennifer Zhang
Wednesday, February 19
Jr. Faculty Spring 2020 Series, workshop #2, Effective Team Projects and Student Teams: What, How and Why
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., Room 428, Armory Building
Speaker: Cheelan Bo-Linn, CITL
Wednesday, February 19
Improving Learning Effectiveness
3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., Room 428, Armory Building
Speakers: Jim Wentworth & Lucas Anderson, CITL
Thursday, February 20
Educause Workshop Part 3: Implementing Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education
12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M., Room 428, Armory Building
Speaker: Thomas J. Tobin, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Training Opportunities Across Campus

 

Want to see what training opportunities exist across campus? Though they don't usually 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, February 11
Faculty Job Search: Negotiating
4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., room 217, Noyes Lab
Graduate College Career Development Events
Wednesday, February 12
Create online visual materials with CANVA
2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M., room 314, Main Library
The Savvy Researcher Series
Counts towards the Tech-Enhanced Certificate
Thursday, February 13
Managing Your Work Habits
1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M., Room 314, Main Library
The Savvy Researcher Series

 

Teaching Tips

 

Helping Students Memorize: Tips from Cognitive Science

(From Faculty Focus.) I was wrapping up a presentation on memory and learning when a colleague asked, “How do we help students learn in courses where there’s a lot of memorization?” He explained that he taught introductory-level human anatomy, and although the course wasn’t all memorization, it did challenge students’ capacity to retain dozens of new terms and concepts.The question itself is tricky because most teaching professionals are heavily invested in the idea that learning isn’t about being able to regurgitate facts on an exam.We also worry, and with good reason, that emphasizing rote learning steals time and effort away from the deeper thinking that we want students to do. Here are sometechniques that target this specific teaching and learning challenge.

Reading Textbooks: The College Plague

(From Faculty Focus) First, let’s acknowledge this universal epidemic. College students despise reading textbooks and e-books that cover content with academic information. Fortunately, I discovered a cure for the reading plague that only requires five teaspoons of ingestion: 1) survey 2) question 3) read 4) retrieve and 5) review. In my class, I have found the SQ3R Method to be a step-by-step approach to learning and studying from textbooks. Although it took my students time and practice to master this method, it has been valuable in regards to preparing students for more content-driven class discussions, increased retention and understanding of information, strategic study skills, and test preparation.

 

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