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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

Illinois Compass 2g

Illinois Compass 2g (powered by Blackboard Learn) is a learning management system that offers a secure environment in which to share content, create and turn in assignments, keep track of grades, and run a variety of analytics. Illinois Compass 2g enhances the learning experience for students and instructors alike by improving the ease of content delivery, grading, and managing course materials.      

Content Delivery - Students can access readings, lecture notes, videos, and so much more via Illinois Compass 2g.  All course content can be access through one system, simplifying delivery for the instructor.  Integration with McGraw-Hill, Kaltura, Pearson’s and other commercial content providers streamlines delivery and access for students and instructors.

Student Assessment - Illinois Compass 2g possesses built-in tools for the delivery of assignments, tests, and surveys, as well as self and peer assessment. Tests have 17 different question formats and instructors can benefit using statistical analysis of results. Assignments can be assessed anonymously and allow for individual or group submission of assignments.

Grading - Grading of tests is effortless with automatic grading of single-answer choices.  A number of tools permit dynamic feedback for papers and other assignments while delivery of grades to students is immediate. The Grade Center possesses powerful management tools and calculated columns that enhance the options for grading assignments.

Outside the Classroom - Discussion boards, blogs, group collaboration, and many more tools allow the learning experience to be expanded beyond the walls of the traditional classroom.  Students can respond to other students’ posts in the forums of a discussion board or easily collaborate with group members on a project using tools within Compass 2g. Grading is seamless for the instructor, and tools such as Announcements enable simplified communication outside of the classroom.

Online Courses -  Integration with tools such as Blackboard Collaborate make Illinois Compass 2g the anchor for online course delivery, acting as the portal for a virtual classroom and the means to course content delivery and assessmen

The Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning offers Compass 2g workshops on a regular basis. Check the list of all upcoming workshops and events on our training and professsional development calendar.