CITL Teaching and Learning News: September 1, 2022

Sep 2, 2022, 11:34 AM
CITL Teaching and Learning News: September 1, 2022
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CITL is Here to Help


Welcome to the Fall 2022 Semester

Whether you are returning to campus or new to Illinois, we hope you are embarking on a great semester! CITL is here to help you achieve your teaching and learning goals. You can always fill out our consult request form to set up a meeting with us. Watch our short intro video for more about how the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning can help you.

How to Use this Newsletter

This newsletter comes out approximately every two weeks. It begins with announcements of upcoming events of interest to teachers of all ranks. Below that you will find a listing of the next few CITL workshops coming up on our calendar, any technical trainings CITL is offering, and sometimes workshops offered by other units on campus. Each newsletter ends with timely teaching tips to help you have a great semester. We hope you'll stay subscribed and use this newsletter as a regular reminder of our commitment to supporting your teaching excellence.


Instructor Voices

  Photo of Rachel Switzky, Director of Siebel Center for Design

Harnessing the Science of Emotion to Spark Learning

What is human-centered design (HCD), and how can it be used to spark learning? 

In this video, Rachel Switzky, director of Seibel Center for Design, explains how this innovative problem-solving method helps instructors let go of their biases and judgments, see students as more than just students, and really get to know them. 

“We start building their trust, and they open up to us more and more, so that we can very much understand what’s driving their behaviors,” Switzky says, adding those insights are crucial to building courses that engage students and motivate them to continue learning. 

If you’re interested in learning more about human-centered design and integrating it in your teaching, check out these instructor workshops offered by Siebel Center for Design.


CITL Announcements


The Fall 2022 Faculty Series on Teaching & Learning Resumes

Come join a dynamic learning community by participating in this specially designed seminar series for all faculty (across all disciplines and rank). We are excited to be in-person. This series is open to first-time and previous attendees. We will start with “Understanding and Incorporating Student Feedback from your ICES and Informal Early Feedback (IEF).” Additional topics are two sessions on engaging students emotionally and cognitively: “Effective Questioning Skills” and “Active Teaching = Active Learning,” teaching students how to be better learners, and more.

This five-part weekly series will begin Wednesday, September 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Dates and registration are now open on our CITL calendar.

Register for Reimagining the Classroom Symposium

Celebrate the return to campus by participating in the Reimagining the Classroom Symposium. This event is free for faculty, instructors, and staff, and will explore concepts and innovations in teaching, learning, and classroom facilities on this campus. On Friday, September 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. we welcome professor, psychologist, and author Sarah Rose Cavanagh (Simmons College) as Keynote Speaker presenting Reviving Our Spark, a closer look at teaching and learning in our post pandemic environment. Lunch is included and you'll have the opportunity to discuss your thoughts and experiences on teaching and learning. Seating is limited, so please register to reserve your place.

September 15: 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. & September 16: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Siebel Center for Design & Campus Instructional Facility (on campus)

Your Illinois Online Teaching Community is Here

Looking for a place where you can share online teaching strategies and experiences, make connections, or become inspired? Please join us on Microsoft Teams and be part of our vibrant online teaching community here at Illinois! You are welcome to join the conversation, post something interesting, or make a friend by asking a question. 


Workshops and Events


Designing Cooperative Learning Experiences
Wednesday, September 7
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Armory Room 182, registration required
Presenter: David Favre, CITL Teaching & Learning Consultant

Using Informal Early Feedback (IEF)
Monday, September 12
1:30 - 3:00 p.m., Zoom, registration required
Presenter: Lucas Anderson, CITL Teaching & Learning Consultant

Faculty Series, Workshop #1: Maximizing IEF and ICES Feedback
Wednesday, September 14
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Room 182, Armory Room 182, registration required
Presenter: Cheelan Bo-Linn, CITL Teaching & Learning Consultant

Faculty Series, Workshop #2: Active Teaching = Active Learning
Wednesday, September 21
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Room 182, Armory Room 182, registration required
Presenter: Cheelan Bo-Linn, CITL Teaching & Learning Consultant

See the CITL Event Calendar for all upcoming workshops. Looking for other training options? You might want to check out the Canvas Workshop Calendarand additional training opportunities provided through Training Services (formally FAST3).


Teaching Tips


Add Trauma Glasses to your Teacher Toolkit
(from Faculty Focus)

Faculty members have a lot of responsibilities in addition to teaching, like planning, prepping, and advising. With enough time, I’m sure that l could add a considerable number of other duties to this list. We love the job because it is rewarding and challenging, but the COVID-19 pandemic brought on new challenges, such as work from home requirements, social isolation, and trying to get through these last few academic years with our physical and mental health still intact. Well, if you thought the slew of challenges was coming to an end, think again. 

As higher education enrollment numbers decline, Covid relief funds dry upinflation continues to rise, and labor shortages grow—pressure is building on many campuses. This sounds like an introduction to an essay about self-care or ways to avoid burnout, but it isn’t. Self-care and wellness are essential for faculty, but this is about our students, how we see them, and how to see them through trauma glasses. What are trauma glasses? Trauma glasses are a way to conceptualize how we view and interpret student behavior, and we all need to add them to our teacher toolkit.

Empowering Students through Your Personal Narrative
(from Faculty Focus) 

Any teacher wants their students to feel engaged and enthusiastic in the classroom, connected and thriving through daily activities and course content. Of course, establishing that rapport and environment is a bridge that needs to be built every day, through every interaction, in any course. It’s not one action, or intervention, or step. But one intentional step that many teachers take is to create some introduction material for the course. Whether it’s an announcement or a video, a block of text or an audio snippet, instructors often go out of their way to say hello as students walk through the “doors” of the online classroom.  

By leveraging your personal narrative—articulating your “why” and demonstrating your dedication—you can take steps to ensure that students feel more engaged and oriented within your new course, and that they feel comfortable and connected with you as their instructor. And while you can definitely spell this all out in words, and embellish with pictures, video has been shown to be a very dynamic way to connect with students.  


See our complete library of teaching tips here.
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