CITL INNOVATION Spaces 
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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:
All Day
Location: This Learning Life Photography Competition
Description:

This Learning Life is a campus-wide competition celebrating learning and the Illinois learning community on our beautiful Urbana-Champaign campus. We want to see what learning looks like through your eyes! We invite you to sharpen your visual communication skills, get prizes and recognition for it, and create a great image that will become the crowning jewel for your portfolio.

Start collecting images now and get a winner before the contest closes. Submissions are now open and will close on November 16! 

For additional submission and contest information, visit http://citl.illinois.edu/photo.

Sponsor:

CITL, iSchool, Main Library & College of LAS

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
11:30 AM–1:00 PM Wednesday Oct 31, 2018
Speaker:

Lucas Anderson (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 6: Teaching What You Don’t Know

 

Wednesday, Oct.17, 2018
11:30 – 1:00
Room 428, Armory Building 
 

It’s actually pretty common to teach material that might be a bit of a stretch for you.  Perhaps you are teaching a large survey course, and you haven’t kept up with the recent developments in every sub-field of your discipline (nor could you).  Or perhaps a colleague is on sabbatical and you are stepping in for a semester to teach something in an area adjacent to, but not quite in, your area of expertise.  Maybe you want to connect your material to other fields, but of course you aren’t an expert in that other field yourself.  Using ideas from Therese Huston’s excellent book Teaching What You Don’t Know, we’ll discover some strategies for comfortably and confidently teaching material that is not your specialty.

 

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

Please mark these sessions on your calendar
11:30 – 1:00 
Room 428, Armory Building

Wed, Sept. 19, 2018   Session 1: “I wish I had known that earlier: Using Informal (IEF) and Formal (ICES) Student Feedback to Improve Teaching and Learning

Wed, Sept. 26, 2018  Session 2: Active Learning Strategies for Student Engagement & Deep Learning

Wed, Oct. 3, 2018     Session 3: Effective Questioning Skills 

Wed, Oct. 10, 2018   Session 4: Critical Factors for Motivating Students to Learn

Wed, Oct. 17, 2018    Session 5:  Creating Effective Team Projects and Student Teams

Wed, Oct. 31, 2018    Session 6: Teaching What You Don’t Know 

 

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

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL)

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
1:00 PM–2:30 PM Thursday Nov 1, 2018
Speaker:

Libby Haywood (CITL Grad Affiliate); Ava Wolf (CITL)

Location:

Armory building, room 428

Description:

Many of us rely heavily on visual examples and exercises in the classroom. How can we be sure our classes are both engaging and accessible for those students with visual impairments or obstructions? In this interactive workshop we will explore the benefits of universal design on the student experience, and work in groups to create course materials and activities that are accessible for all.

 

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

 

Cost: Free, but registration required
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
3:00 PM–4:00 PM Wednesday Nov 7, 2018
Speaker:

Jamie Nelson and Lisette Chapa

Location:

TechHub - Armory Room 151A

Description:

CITL Innovation Spaces is hosting a variety of hands-on emerging technology topics for beginners. Workshops are open to everyone. (Note: This workshop counts towards the Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Teaching.)

All workshops are free and scheduled to last one hour. Participation requirements are listed, below.

360° Cameras with GoPro Fusion – Wednesday, November 7th at 3pm at the TechHub (151A Armory)

  • Learn to capture 360 spherical images and videos. This is one of the easiest ways to create your own virtual reality experiences. Participants, in groups, will record a 360° video which we then experience in an HTC Vive virtual reality headset.
  • Requirements: none
Website: Link
Cost: Free
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
2:00 PM–3:30 PM Thursday Nov 8, 2018
Speaker:

Lucas Anderson, CITL

Location:

Armory building, room 428

Description:

What is this thing you’re supposed to include in your application? Some institutions call it a teaching philosophy, some a teaching statement, others a teaching philosophy statement, but more and more places require such a document from applicants for faculty positions.

 

I’ll be honest with you: your teaching philosophy statement is difficult to write, and different institutions want different things out of it. But there are some general rules you can follow to help your statement do its job of telling your future colleagues what kind of teacher you are and will be.

 

Come to this workshop to begin the process of identifying your teaching philosophy, deciding which parts of it belong in your statement, and avoiding common mistakes.

 

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

Cost: Free, but registration required
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

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.