Illinois Summer Teaching Institute Begins June 7
Instructors interested in the Illinois Summer Teaching Institute should contact their departmental or college administrators for more information.
Canvas Training Now Available
for the latest dates and to sign up for upcoming sessions. In June, we will begin sharing recordings of previous sessions for anyone unable to attend a workshop.
Join the Canvas Community course
to connect with campus consultants, submit questions to Canvas experts, and more. This opt-in course space is an additional resource to support faculty in the transition to Canvas and facilitate discussion with colleagues across campus.
Summer Workshop Series Begins June 22
Join Lucas Anderson and the CITL Grad Affiliates for the annual workshop series Lucas thinks is the most fun thing they offer all year. They’ll introduce you to backward course design as a driving philosophy, and use that philosophy to guide you through eight workshops in which you will consider the most essential elements of your course: from learning objectives, through assessments and class activities, all the way to the syllabus.
You’ll like these workshops if you:
- Are a TA or new instructor designing your first course
- Are going on the job market soon and want a well-designed course to show off in your application package
- Are an experienced instructor who thinks going back to basics might refresh your course design
- Want to work with a small group of people interested in good teaching and learning
- Want to hang out (virtually) with Lucas and the Affiliates because it is fun
You don’t have to attend every workshop in the series – just the ones that appeal to you. But if you attend all or most of them, you are very likely to get to know your fellow participants and will end up working closely with several people who will help and support you. The environment is relaxed, the workshop facilitators are welcoming and enthusiastic, and the participants are always great to work with. Join us online on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30pm-3:30pm Central on Zoom from June 22 – July 15.
As a bonus, the half hour after each workshop will be devoted to exploring features of Canvas (the new campus LMS) that are relevant to the day’s topic. As an extra bonus, any and all of these workshops count towards workshop hours for
CITL teaching certificates
See the workshop series flyer
for course titles and more information, or if you are already convinced you can
register for any of the workshops right here
Volunteers Needed for the August Grad Academy
The Graduate Academy for College Teaching (the campus-wide pre-semester TA training) will be fully online again this August 16-17 with Microteaching August 18-19. We offer one of the most robust TA trainings among peer institutions because many members of the Illinois teaching community come together each semester to make it great. To maintain that trend, we can use your help!
If you have important insights to share with new TAs about teaching in person, teaching online, teaching with technology, or teaching inclusively, you could pitch us a topic for one of our many concurrent sessions. We could use sessions on maintaining work-life balance, teaching in a lab or studio setting, or growth mindset. But those are just examples! We have room for many topics.
If you have experience as a TA here at Illinois, we can always use lots of help with the small group sessions, where new TAs learn about running a good class session. You would receive training and a lesson plan to work from. New TAs respond well when these sessions are run by experienced TAs.
If you have any teaching experience at all, and are interested in helping new TAs get off to a good start with their teaching, consider facilitating Microteaching sessions. You would receive training and would get to facilitate one or more sessions where new TAs give short lessons on topics of their choice. You’ll probably learn several new things!
See the call for presenters
for more information and to sign up to help. Or if you know you want to help,
go directly here to volunteer
. We want all our new TAs to start their first day of teaching with skill and confidence. We can do that with your help.