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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

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is an online collaborative learning tool that allows instructors to create synchronous, virtual classrooms to make web conferencing with student simpler, easier, and more reliable. It’s built right into Illinois Compass 2g, making online course delivery easy and productive.

Synchronous Online Course Sessions - Collaborate allows you to hold virtual class sessions with students dispersed around the globe. You can present your PowerPoint, share media, respond to student questions and even create breakout rooms to have students work collaboratively during a synchronous class session.

Virtual Office Hours - By allowing students to participate in office hours virtually, you open up the opportunity to engage with more students without having to tie yourself to your physical office. Students can ask questions, discuss class material, go over assignments, and more, whenever and wherever is most convenient for you.

Online Study Lounge - Unlike a chat box or discussion thread, Collaborate offers easy, real-time communication, increasing the opportunities for students to meet virtually and help prepare for upcoming exams, or complete group assignments. By adding an online study lounge to your Compass 2g space, you increase the chances for students to engage with and learn from one another.

Online Group Work and Presentations - Having student groups prepare and present documentation of their coursework is a great way to help them reflect upon their learning and build their presentation skills; with Collaborate, you can offer a similar opportunity for your online students. Student groups can meet online at their convenience to create and practice their presentations, then use Collaborate to present virtually to you and the class.

Share Your Computer Screen - The tools in Collaborate allow you to share exactly what’s on your computer screen with all participants. That means you can not only share your PowerPoint presentations, you can also demonstrate software, annotate images, explain complicated illustrations and highlight key phrases or concepts within a text.