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Time:
11:00 AM–12:00 PM Friday Jan 19, 2018
Location:

Room 428 Armory Building

Description:

In this hands-on workshop participants will practice building and organizing content within the Illinois Compass 2g environment, including teaching tools and the Grade Center. The workshop facilitator will also provide examples of best practices drawn from research on teaching and learning in both online and face-to-face settings.

Website: Link
Cost: Free
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
3:00 PM–4:00 PM Wednesday Jan 24, 2018
Speaker:

Jim Wentworth

Location:

Armory Room 172

Description:

Adobe Spark is a suite of free, cloud-based applications that allow you to easily incorporate multimodal assignments within your course. Whether you want students to work with text and imagery, build their own webpages or create a simple video, Adobe Spark
removes the learning curve and technical support typically required for these types of multimodal assignments.

Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Friday Jan 26, 2018
Location:

Room 172 Armory Building

Description:

In this hands-on workshop participants will practice building and organizing content within the Illinois Compass 2g environment, including teaching tools and the Grade Center. The workshop facilitator will also provide examples of best practices drawn from research on teaching and learning in both online and face-to-face settings.

Website: Link
Cost: Free
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
5:30 PM–6:45 PM Wednesday Jan 31, 2018
Speaker:

Anita Greenfield, John Kotnarowski

Location:

Room 428 Armory Buildling (Southwest corner of the building)

Description:

Workshop Series: Preparing to Take the EPI

These four workshops are designed for Graduate Students who plan to take the EPI. The workshops are free, but registration is required. Space is limited, so register early at http://go.illinois.edu/EPI_Workshop_Registration. First-time test-takers and students re-taking the EPI are eligible to attend. Each workshop will focus on a different part of the EPI, including the EPI's structure, how it's scored, preparation tips, definition of terms, responding to open-ended questions, strategies for effective interviewing, and activities and resources you can use on your own to prepare for the EPI. During each session, you'll also have time to practice what you've learned and receive brief feedback. Detailed information about the EPI can be found at http://citl.illinois.edu/citl-101/measurement-evaluation/english-proficiency-interview.

 

Questions? Email us at citl-epi-info@illinois.edu.

 

Location: Workshops on Jan 31, Feb 7, and Feb 21 take place in Room 428, Armory Building  (Southwest corner of the Armory Building). On Feb 13, go to Room 430.

 

Workshop session descriptions:

 

Session 1: Wednesday, January 31, 5:30 to 6:45pm. Topics include how the EPI is structured; strategies for defining terms; practice with workshop participants.

 

Session 2: Wednesday, February 7, 5:30 to 6:45pm. Learn how to use clarification and negotiation strategies to improve your listening and communication skills in English.

 

Session 3: Tuesday, February 13, 5:30 to 6:45pm. Learn strategies for answering open-ended questions.

 

Session 4: Wednesday, February 21, 5:30 to 6:45pm. With other workhops participants, practice completing sample EPIs; set goals for oral English improvement; learn about resources you can use to improve your English skills. Note: This session will be most beneficial if you also attend one or more of the earlier sessions. The content in session 4 pulls together everything learned in sessions 1, 2, and 3.

Cost: No cost for joining the workshop.
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) and ESL/ITA Program

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Thursday Feb 1, 2018
Speaker:

Tyler Pack, CITL Grad Affiliate

Location:

Armory building, room 428

Description:

Typical courses measure student learning only through homework, papers, and/or exams. These formal methods of evaluation are helpful, but teachers and students can work together in a variety of informal ways to ensure that course learning objectives are clear and achievable throughout each week of the semester. Come learn about a variety of Classroom Assessment Techniques which can improve the learning environment for you and your students.

This is a TA-to-TA workshops, offered by one of CITL's Graduate Affiliates

Cost: Free, but registration required
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Come and explore CITL's new Armory Innovation Spaces designed to foster discovery, innovation, and problem solving to help transform learning across campus. Whether you're faculty looking to reinvent your course, a student group interested in sharing your expertise, or an individual exploring new technologies - our spaces are open to all. 

The Armory Innovation Spaces include the Illinois Innovation Studio, a 25 seat interactive, visualization space; the Illinois Innovation TechHub, a technology exploration and experimentation space; the Virtual Reality Lab, for research and design of immersive educational experiences; and the Illinois Innovation Classroom, a one-of-a-kind, mixed-seating iFlex classroom for up to 45 students.

Stop by the Armory Innovation Spaces today to explore an emerging technology, try out the interactive video wall, tour a new flexible classroom, or immerse yourself in a virtual experience.

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Get involved

The Armory Innovation Spaces offer unique opportunities for everyone to get involved in transforming teaching and learning at the University of Illinois. Here are just a few ideas.

Faculty: Work with our consultants to explore an emerging technology or re-imagine your teaching. Share your passion in our Teaching Innovations Seminar Series. Partner with us on project-based activities or let CITL serve as your client for real-world learning opportunities. Schedule your course or class session in one of our new Armory Innovation Spaces.

Students: Explore the latest technologies in our hands-on, interactive exhibits. Schedule a virtual reality experience. Collaborate with your teammates on project-based work in a high-tech ideation space. Practice your presentation skills at open mic night or share your expertise through student led workshops.

Campus Units: Reach more students with a sponsored exhibit in the TechHub. Join the consortium of open-access spaces on campus for cross promotion and referrals.

Corporate Partners: Increase exposure to your latest products through a featured exhibit or in-kind donation. Sponsor a showcase event to highlight the educational impact of your products and services. Work with us to gather student input and feedback.

We'd love to hear your ideas! Contact us using the Get Involved button, below.
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