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Time:
9:30 AM–10:30 AM Wednesday Sep 27, 2017
Speaker:

Tyler Pack, CITL Graduate 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 workhsop, run by one of CITL's Graduate Affiliates.

Cost: Free, but registration required
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
11:30 AM–1:00 PM Wednesday Sep 27, 2017
Speaker:

Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL)

Location:

Room 428 Armory Buildling (Southwest corner of the building)

Description:

Junior Faculty Seminar Series: Best Practices to Improve Student 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 2: Active Teaching to Active Learning: Strategies for Deep Learning and Retention

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017
11:30 – 1:00
Room 428, Armory Building 
 

Learning is not a spectator sport (Chickering & Gamson). Students must be cognitively, physically, and affectively engaged for deeper learning and retention to occur. Yet, we have to admit, there are many distractions and the attention span of our students can be relatively short. How do we manage the amount of content that we should teach while providing opportunities for our students to be engaged in active learning?

 

We’ll begin by identifying activities where student are involved in doing, seeing, writing, feeling, and talking. Also, we’ll learn about Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATS), which actively engage students while providing valuable feedback about their learning. 

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

Wed, Sept. 20, 2017  Session 1: “I wish I had known that earlier”: Using Informal (IEF) and Formal (ICES) Feedback to Improve Teaching and Learning

Wed, Sept. 27, 2017  Session 2: Active Teaching à Active Learning: Strategies for Deep Learning and Retention

Wed, Oct. 4, 2017     Session 3: Improving Our Testing and Grading of Student Achievement

Wed, Oct. 11, 2017    Session 4: Supporting Our Students to Think Critically and Problem-Solve Creatively

Wed, Oct. 18, 2017    Session 5: Best Practices from Face-to-Face Courses to Online Courses

Wed, Nov. 1, 2017    Session 6: What We Know About Visual Learning Applied to PowerPoint Presentations and More….

 

 

 

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

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL)

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
5:30 PM–6:30 PM Wednesday Sep 27, 2017
Speaker:

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: All workshops take place in Room 428, Armory Building  (Southwest corner of the Armory Building)

 

Workshop session descriptions:

 

Session 3: Wednesday, September 27, 5:30 to 6:30pm. Learn strategies for answering open-ended questions.

 

Session 4: Monday, October 2, 5:30 to 6:30pm. 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 ITA Program

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
2:00 PM–3:30 PM Monday Oct 2, 2017
Speaker:

Lucas Anderson

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.

Cost: Free, but registration required
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
5:30 PM–6:30 PM Monday Oct 2, 2017
Speaker:

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: All workshops take place in Room 428, Armory Building  (Southwest corner of the Armory Building)

 

Workshop session description:

 

Session 4: Monday, October 2, 5:30 to 6:30pm. 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 ITA Program

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.