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CITL Teaching and Learning News: November 25, 2020

Nov 30, 2020, 11:34 AM
CITL Teaching and Learning News: November 25, 2020
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Announcements
 
 
 

The Art of Teaching Faculty Fellows Lunchtime Seminar Series Continues December 3rd

Join us for an exciting Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring CITL Faculty Fellows and others discussing teaching strategies that highlight the art (and science) of teaching and learning. On December 3, Judith Pintar (iSchool) and Dan Steward (Sociology) will present Immersion and Engagement: Teaching through Games & Simulations, where they will describe how they are using serious games to enhance classroom engagement and immerse students in exploring challenging topics like propaganda, media interference, and social inequality. Sessions are from 12 until 1pm and are recorded. Please register to receive a Zoom link at: https://go.illinois.edu/artofteachingregistration. More information available at the Art of Teaching where you can find links to previous recordings and presenter information.

Volunteers Needed for Microteaching

CITL is looking for volunteers to facilitate online Microteaching recording sessions on Friday, January 22 for the January Grad Academy. Microteaching facilitators keep things running on time, provide brief feedback on short teaching samples, and run a short discussion with new TAs. If you have any experience teaching at Illinois, you can help! CITL will train you, and the experience is usually fun. You get to learn a little bit about a lot of different topics!  Please contact Lucas Anderson (lander23@illinois.edu) if you are interested.

Is There Any Way to Make My Asynchronous Videos More Interactive?

The best strategy for including interactivity in your video lectures is to break them up into small enough subtopics that allow you to let the Learning Management System do the work of interactivity for you. This will give you the most control over how students interact with the content and the most immediate feedback on how they are handling the lecture content.

Read the full response in our latest Dear A/V Column here.

 
 
 
CITL Events & Workshops
 
 
 
Wednesday, December 2
TA Topics: Online Happy Hour
4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., register to receive Zoom link
Moderators: Ava Wolf & Leanna Duncan
 
Thursday, December 3
The Art of Teaching Seminar Series
12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M., register to receive Zoom link
Speakers: Judith Pintar and Dan Steward
 
Thursday, December 3
SafeAssign in Compass 2g
1:00 P.M. via Zoom, check calendar listing for Zoom link
Speakers: CITL's Instructional Support & Training
 
 
 
Teaching Tips
 
 
 

Fourteen Simple Strategies to Reduce Cheating in Online Examinations

(from Faculty Focus) The end of the academic term often brings final examinations and cumulative assessments to test students’ knowledge of course materials. With 30% of college students taking online courses (Allen & Segman, 2017), and that number expeditiously increasing, so will the need for administering exams within the online learning environment. Many instructors are hesitant to include exams within their online courses because of the potential of compromising academic integrity. Virtual live proctoring technologies may be too expensive and not part of the instructor’s institution’s distance education infrastructure. Additionally, having students take exams under the eye of an online proctor may negatively impact student success on the exam (Lieberman, 2018). Even without expensive virtual proctoring tools, there are many ways that instructors can leverage the inherent features within their institution’s Learning Management System (LMS) to decrease cheating during online examinations. Here are 14 ways to do so: from writing questions based on higher-order thinking skills to having students sign an academic integrity contract. 

Teaching Higher Levels of Learning at the End of the Semester

(from Boise State University Teaching Center) Towards the end of the semester, students and instructors alike are often worn out and tempted to take one of two avenues: 1) They may be enticed to turn on cruise control, check out mentally, and start winter break a few weeks early. This first option may be particularly attractive when final class sessions are devoted to student presentations or 2) Students and instructors may be enticed to shift into high gear, to overwork and cram as much as possible. This second option lures students who have been slacking and instructors who have fallen behind schedule. Cramming helps no one.  Here are some effective strategies to implement.

See More Teaching Tips Here

 
 

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