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Location:
173 Armory Building
505 E. Armory Ave.
Champaign, IL 61820
(northeast hallway)

Contact:
Jim Wentworth
jwentwor@illinois.edu

Important Dates  

Time:
2:00 PM–3:00 PM Thursday Jan 24, 2019
Speaker:

Max Christie PhD - Department of Geology

Location:

Armory Room 172 - Innovation Studio

Description:

Virtual field trips can help bring students to far flung places while still in the classroom, and can even help improve your traditional field trips by augmenting them with virtual reality. Come learn how to quickly, easily, and cheaply put together a quality virtual field trip you can use with your classes! Registration required, bring your own device.

Sponsor:

The Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
5:30 PM–6:45 PM Wednesday Jan 30, 2019
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 English Proficiency Interview (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: Room 428, Armory Building  (Southwest corner of the Armory Building)

 

Workshop session descriptions:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Session 4: Tuesday, February 19, 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:
4:00 PM–6:30 PM Tuesday Feb 5, 2019
Location:

Armory Room 172 - Innovation Studio

Description:

The Illini Gadget Garage is a collaborative repair center that assists consumers with troubleshooting and minor repairs for personally-owned electronics and small appliances. Join us to learn how to fix your own devices during this free Pop-In Repair Clinic offered in CITL’s Innovation Studio (Armory 172).

 

Additional Pop-Up Repair Clinics are scheduled for Wednesday March 13th 5:00 – 7:30 pm, and Friday April 26th 3:00 – 5:30 pm. 

 

Interested in scheduling an individual consult with Illini Gadget Garage staff, please email jwentwor@illinois.edu

Sponsor:

The Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
5:30 PM–6:45 PM Tuesday Feb 5, 2019
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: Room 428, Armory Building  (Southwest corner of the Armory Building)

 

Workshop session descriptions:

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

 

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

 

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

 

Session 4: Tuesday, February 19, 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:
11:30 AM–1:00 PM Wednesday Feb 6, 2019
Speaker:

Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL)

Location:

Room 428 Armory Buildling (Southwest corner of the building)

Description:

Junior Faculty Seminar Series on Teaching & Learning

Come join this learning community by participating in this specially designed seminar series for junior faculty, though all are welcomed to participate. We'll share strategies and best practices for effective and efficient teaching. There will be great conversations, handouts, and lunch! Since each session builds on each other, we hope you will be able to attend all the meetings.  

 

Session 1:  “I wish I had known that earlier”: Using Informal (IEF) and Formal (ICES) Student Feedback to Improve Teaching and Learning

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
11:30 – 1:00
Room 428, Armory Building 
 

If you taught in the fall, you should have just received the results of the Instructor and Course Evaluation System (ICES), the formal end-of-semester student ratings. Through careful analysis, you can learn valuable information for next time you teach that course, but the results may be too late to help you improve your current class.

 

However, by using an Informal Early Feedback (IEF) form early in this semester, you can receive timely feedback to immediately implement. You’ll get important information right now about what is successful and not as successful on both the teaching and learning.  In this session, we will focus on the use of several informal feedback mechanisms and help you develop your own individualized IEF form to implement right away. (and come back to CITL for consultation!)

 

This workshop counts towards the Graduate Teacher Certificate, the Teacher Scholar Certificate or the Certificate in Foundations of Teaching.

 

Please mark these dates on your calendar

Wed, Feb. 6, 2019      Session 1: “I wish I had known that earlier”: Using Informal (IEF) and Formal (ICES) Student Feedback to Improve Teaching and Learning

Wed, Feb. 13, 2019   Session 2: Improving Our Testing and Grading of Student Achievement

Wed, Feb. 20, 2019   Session 3: Creating a Promising Syllabus to Motivate Learning

Fri, Feb. 22, 2019    Campus Annual Faculty Retreat: “Transformative Assignments: Mobilizing Students to be Creators”  (Location: Illini Union Rooms A, B, C)

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Cost: No cost for joining the faculty learning community.
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL)

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Virtual Reality Lab

CITL's Virtual Reality Lab serves as a research and testing grounds for faculty and students interested in exploring the educational potential of existing VR experiences, or in developing and assessing their own interactive VR content. The VR Lab provides a full room VR experience (16'x 16') using the original HTC Vive head mounted display.  In addition, we have an Oculus Rift available primarily for seated VR experiences, and four Oculus Go's to explore the portable and social aspects of VR.

The lab facilities were designed to observe and record the behaviors and learning strategies of users as they explore educational content through this medium. Our staff have media production experience and expertise in shooting and editing of 360º video. Schedule a visit to discuss how we can help further your vr-related projects.

The Virtual Reality lab is a popular destination for smaller classes interested in exploring VR technologies. For courses that are teaching VR production and development, you may also want to request a tour of the Innovation Studio which sits adjacent to the VR Lab.