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Time:
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Thursday Feb 21, 2019
Speaker:

Tyler Pack, CITL Graduate Affiliate

Location:

Armory building, room 428

Description:

Do you ever feel a disconnect between how much you and your students care about the material or assignments in a course? To increase students' motivation, it is key to recognize how assignments and activities can relate to real situations that matter to your students. Come learn how theories of motivation can help you design authentic activities that give students the opportunity to become self-motivated learners in your classroom.

 

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

 

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:
1:30 PM–3:00 PM Thursday Feb 21, 2019
Speaker:

Invited Guest Presenter: Todd Taylor.  He is the Eliason Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also directs the first-year writing program.  Since the early 1990s, his research and teaching have examined how literacy is evolving in response to rapidly changing digital, information, and networked technologies.  He has recently authored Adobe Creative Cloud across the Curriculum: A Guide for Students and Teachers and Becoming a College Writer: A Multimedia Text  (Bedford/St. Martin's), and co-edited Literacy Theory in the Age of the Internet (Columbia UP).

Location:

room 428, Armory Bldg.  Enter from the far southwest corner of the building.

Description:

Bring your laptop and set-up your Adobe Spark login (no cost, nothing to download) to join in a friendly hands-on competition to create a well designed, pedagogically innovative, multimodal assignment prompt.  Prizes for best prompt in each discipline, best overall design, and best first-time web designer.  This workshop will enable us to practice what we are preaching about transformative pedagogies and leave with a tangible, sharable assignment prompt.  Follow these simple steps to set up your free, online Adobe Spark account the day before the faculty retreat.

 

Simple steps for setting up an Adobe Spark Account the day before the retreat. No later than Thu Feb 21:

1. All staff/faculty who want access to Adobe Cloud need to go through the following offer (https://webstore.illinois.edu/shop/product.aspx?zpid=3420&shopby=2) to enroll in the AD group that provides access through the Adobe Portal.  After completion, I believe it takes 30 minutes for netid to propagate to the Adobe portal and then access allowed without issue using Enterprise ID.

2. go to http://spark.adobe.com

3. select "login in" in the top-right corner

4. click "Log in with school account"

5. follow the U of IL enterprise log-in steps

6. when you see "Welcome to Spark" you are in and ready to create!

* contact Robert Baird (r-baird@illinois.edu) at CITL if you need help.

Cost: no cost, but registration is required.
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
2:00 PM–3:00 PM Tuesday Feb 26, 2019
Speaker:

Carolyn Wisniewski, Director, Writer's Workshop

Location:

Armory building, room 428

Description:

Learn to respond to student writing in ways that are efficient, consistent, and valuable to students. You will consider goals and how your response can be a part of your teaching method. A toolkit of strategies will help you tackle a daunting pile of term papers, essays, lab reports, etc.

 

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:
4:00 PM–5:00 PM Tuesday Feb 26, 2019
Speaker:

Robert Baird - Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Location:

Armory Room 172 - Innovation Studio

Description:

remix is a piece of media (songs; photographs; videos) which has been altered from its original state by adding, combing, and/or redefining portions of the original.  This workshop will explore how to develop remix assignments to challenge your students to not only consume popular media, but to contribute to our cultural landscape by examining and re-purposing existing media messages.

 

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

 

Additional Post-Retreat workshops include:

  • Wednesday February 27th 12:00 – 1:00 pm Visual Storytelling: Theory and Practice
  • Monday March 11th 12:00 – 1:00 pm Multimodal Assignments with Adobe Spark
  • Thursday March 14th  12:00 – 1:00 pm Sound Advice: Audio Storytelling for Everyone
  • Tuesday March 26th 4:00 – 5:00 pm Building the Past: Using Design Applications and Virtual Reality in the Social Studies Classroom
  • Thursday March 28th 12:00 – 1:00 pm Leverage High-Impact Learning with ePortfolio
Sponsor:

The Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
12:00 PM–1:00 PM Wednesday Feb 27, 2019
Speaker:

Susan Muirhead - University Library Media Commons

Location:

Armory Room 172 - Innovation Studio

Description:

This presentation will discuss how to create multimedia projects that have cinematic imagery and engaging stories. This workshop will take you through the entire media production process: from initial concept to final professional product, highlighting the technical and instructional resources available at the Media Commons @ the UGL.

 

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

 

Additional Post-Retreat workshops include:

  • Tuesday February 26th 4:00 – 5:00 pm Remix Your Assignments: Student-Centered Remixes Across Genres, Across Discipline

  • Monday March 11th 12:00 – 1:00 pm Multimodal Assignments with Adobe Spark

  • Thursday March 14th  12:00 – 1:00 pm Sound Advice: Audio Storytelling for Everyone

  • Tuesday March 26th 4:00 – 5:00 pm Building the Past: Using Design Applications and Virtual Reality in the Social Studies Classroom

  • Thursday March 28th 12:00 – 1:00 pm Leverage High-Impact Learning with ePortfolio
Sponsor:

The Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

NEW WAYS OF TEACHING. NEW WAYS OF LEARNING.

DISCOVER iFLEX CLASSROOMS

iFLEX stands for Illinois Flexible Learning EXperience, a new kind of classroom with reconfigurable furniture, multiple writing surfaces, and enhanced technologies. iFLEX classrooms are in high demand by faculty whose courses and teaching methods emphasize collaborative learning activities and a heavy reliance on digital media and audio-visual technologies. More information:  

SUPPORT FOR TEACHING IN FLEXIBLE CLASSROOMS

CITL staff has years of experience supporting good teaching practices in all classroom settings. Our workshops, faculty forums, digital resources, and lunch-hour learning sessions can help you make the most of your iFLEX teaching experience. Learn how to manage collaborative activities, use newer classroom technologies, and create fun and engaging experiences for your students. We’ll even come to your classroom to help you try something new! Check the Calendar or click on Learn More to request a one-to-one consultation or customized workshop for your department.

DEPARTMENT PRESENTATIONS & FACULTY COHORTS

CITL offers short presentations highlighting research on flexible classrooms, and leads faculty cohorts through visioning and course redesign sessions in preparation for teaching in flexible classrooms. Click on Learn More to request a department presentation on iFLEX, or a customized series for your faculty.

ASSISTANCE WITH CLASSROOM RENOVATION PROJECTS

CITL serves as a liaison between department leaders, campus units, and designers to assist with classroom renovations for department and general assignment classrooms. Our extensive expertise helps departments successfully navigate the classroom design process to ensure that faculty needs are considered, and best teaching practices are supported throughout the project.