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CITL Teaching and Learning News: March 3, 2021

Mar 4, 2021, 14:54 PM



Announcements


'Art of Teaching' Lunchtime Seminar Series

TheArtofTeachingLunchtime Seminar continues this Thursday, March 4 (12-1pm) where CITL Faculty Fellow Shelly Schmidt (FSHN) will present: Harnessing the Profound Connection Between Emotion and Learning to Enhance the Success of All Students. Shelly will discuss recent findings from her research on making college classrooms a safe and authentic place to learn, and strategies that help all students feel empowered and motivated to do their best work. A hopeful and timely message; we look forward to seeing you there! If you haven’t already done so, please register to receive a zoom link at:https://go.illinois.edu/artofteachingregistration.

The series continues on the first Thursdays of the month through May. All sessions are recorded and can be found at: https://go.illinois.edu/artofteaching

Join us Tonight for the March TA Talks Happy Hour on Student Engagement

TA Talks is a casual happy-hour style discussion forum on topics of interest to teaching assistants and grad instructors. Join us on the first Wednesday of every month, beverages optional. We're taking on student engagement this month. Struggling to keep students motivated? Have some teaching strategies you'd like to share? We hope you'll join us. Click on the link to register for TA Talks, and you'll receive a Zoom link for all sessions.

CITL Assisting in Migration to Canvas LMS

Preparations are underway for the campus rollout of the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), with course migrations starting this summer. CITL and Tech Services are collaborating with college educational technology experts to ensure that tools, resources, and instructor training workshops are in place when courses begin to migrate. For information about the transition to Canvas, the timeline for implementation, and more, visit the Canvas Transition Website.

Last Chance to Enter Research Live!

Calling all graduate students! You're engaged in fascinating, ground-breaking research. But can you get a general audience interested about what you do in only 3 minutes? That's the challenge offered by Research Live! Want to learn more? See details, including how to enter, videos of previous winners, prize information, and resources to help you prepare on The Graduate College website. Enter by 5 pm (CST) on March 5.

Spring 2021 Faculty Workshop Series on Teaching & Learning Continues March 10th

Come join a dynamic learning community by participating in this specially designed series for all faculty (across all disciplines and rank). The theme is “Creating Success When Teaching & Learning Remotely.”  For returning attendees, there are several new workshops, such as a two-part series on test & exam construction, creating rubrics, and fair grading; a session on the teaching philosophy statement, and special guest speaker Shelly Schmidt on the connection of emotion and learning for student success.  Included will be workshops for maximizing student feeback from informal (IEF) & formal (ICES Online) to make timely changes. Great conversation and handouts provided.  Zoom link provided upon registration

Download pdf flyer of the series here.

March 12th Friday Forum Features 'Tips for Flips'

Curious about the trend toward flipped classrooms? Wondering how to get started? This fast-paced overview will cover the Top Ten tips to consider when flipping your class, including do’s and don’ts, best practices, and lessons learned. Suitable for creating new flipped courses or modifying existing ones. Ample time will be provided for discussion. If you’re thinking about flipping, this is the place to begin. Join us March 12 for this fun and informative Friday Forum (12pm-1pm). Register to receive Zoom link.

Pivoting in a Pandemic

COVID-19 has made adapting to new regulations and creatively reaching customers a must for all types of businesses. Join us for a panel discussion on how small businesses in Champaign-Urbana are adjusting their daily activities and pivoting their operations to stay open in a pandemic. Brought to you by CITL Innovation Spaces and the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 12pm to 1pm. Registration


CITL Events & Workshops


Thursday, March 4
The Art of Teaching: CITL Faculty Fellows Lunchtime Seminar Series
12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. via Zoom, check calendar listing for registration link
Presenter: Shelly Schmidt, Food Science & Human Nutrition
Monday, March 8
Tips for Including Videos in Compasss
1:00 P.M. - 1:50 P.M. via Zoom, check calendar listing for registration link
Presenter: CITL Instructional Support & Training Team
Tuesday, March 9
Designing Jewelry for Laser Cutting
11:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., via Zoom, check calendar listing for registration link
Presenter: Megan Baird
Tuesday, March 9
Designing Cooperative Learning Experiences
12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M., via Zoom, check calendar listing for registration link
Presenter: David Favre
Tuesday, March 9
Spring 2021, Stata I: Getting Started with Stata
6:00 P.M., via Zoom, check calendar listing for registration link, Free; $15 no-show fee
Presenter: CITL Data Analytics
Wednesday, March 10
Spr 2021 Faculty Series on Teaching & Learning Wksp #4 What and How Am I Grading? Is it Fair? Helpful? (Part B) 
11:30 A.M - 1:00 P.M. via Zoom, check calendar listing for registration link
Presenter: Cheelan Bo-Linn
Wednesday, March 10
Spring 2021, SAS I: Getting Started with SAS
6:00 P.M., via Zoom, check calendar listing for registration link, Free; $15 no-show fee
Presenter: CITL Data Analytics
Friday, March 12
Friday Forum: Tips for Flipping Your Course
12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M., via Zoom, check calendar listing for registration link
Presenter: Ava Wolf
Monday, March 15
Creating Audio/Video Assignments in Compass
1:00 P.M. - 1:50 P.M. via Zoom, check calendar listing for registration link
Presenter: CITL Instructional Support & Training Team
Tuesday, March 16
The Power of Presentations: Enhancing Your Slides for Teaching & Engagement
1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M., via Zoom, check calendar listing for registration link
Presenter: Jamie Nelson
Tuesday, March 16
Spring 2021, Stata II: Inferential Statistics with Stata
6:00 P.M., via Zoom, check calendar listing for registration link, Free; $15 no-show fee
Presenter: CITL Data Analytics
Wednesday, March 17
Spr 2021 Faculty Series on Teaching & Learning Wksp #5 Harnessing the Profound Connection Between Emotion and Learning to Enhance the Success of All Students
11:30 A.M - 1:00 P.M. via Zoom, check calendar listing for registration link
Presenter: Cheelan Bo-Linn, Shelly Schmidt, Food Science & Human Nutrition
Wednesday, March 17
Spring 2021, SAS II: Inferential Statistics with SAS
6:00 P.M., via Zoom, check calendar listing for registration link, 33386721Free; $15 no-show fee
Presenter: CITL Data Analytics

See our calendar for a full list of upcoming events.

Teaching Tips

 

Building Classroom Community Spirit Online

(from Inside Higher Ed) As instructors, we can underestimate how much informal, class-adjacent social interactions encourage students to participate in class, write Zachary Nowak and Sarah Bramao-Ramos. In the pre-COVID-19 days, the five minutes that my students sat quietly chatting before I put the first slide up on the screen were facilitating the smooth functioning of my classes. But I never realized that until the coronavirus hit. It seemed clear to me that I would have to try to foster virtually something like what happens naturally for in-person classes. My response was to create a series of three assignments for students to do what I called “class-adjacent socializing.”  We developed instructions as a longish, FAQ-style prompt for the class-adjacent socializing. We had to reiterate, several times, that these were intended to be class-adjacent events, not class-related events. The goal was not for the students to discuss the class material: the goal was to get them comfortable enough with each other that it would be easier to have those discussions when they met online. Even when we return to in-person instruction, we will continue to actively foster these previously casual interactions.

Six Things Faculty Can Do to Promote Student Engagement

(from Faculty Focus) Redefine participation. Let it include more than verbal comments. Invite students to contribute electronically—with an email or post on the course website—with a question they didn’t ask in class, a comment they didn’t get to make, or a thought that came to them after class. Remind students that listening is also part of participation! Model and promote good listening skills. For example: “Did you hear what Fredric just said? That’s an explanation that belongs in your notes.” Other strategies to promote student engagement include defining what learning is and designing authentic assignments and learning experiences


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