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Important Dates  

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:
8:30 AM–2:30 PM Friday Feb 22, 2019
Location:

Illini Union Rooms ABC

Description:

At the retreat, we will take the opportunity to highlight and engage in conversation the stories and experiences of our exemplary teachers who offer creative and innovative learning environments for student success. We will feature video vignettes, interactive theatre, teaching simulations, and examples of technology-enhanced learning.

Website: Link
Cost: FREE
Sponsor:

Office of the Provost

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
All Day
Location:

Online

Description:

As scholars and practitioners in the fields of healthcare and health communication, it is critical for us to understand the current challenges inherent to healthcare practice and research as well as share the newest innovations overcoming these barriers.

Website: Link
Cost: FREE
Sponsor:

Dept of Communication - HCOM Program

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

i>clicker

i>clicker is a physical remote student response system (with an optional mobile app component called REEF Polling by i>clicker) with which an instructor is able to poll students in a variety of ways to help engage students and enhance learning.

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Karle Flanagan-Using i>clickers in Large Lecture Classes

 

 

Engage Students in the Classroom. i>clicker was originally designed as a tool to help engage students in large enrollment courses, but is being used increasingly in smaller 30-50 person courses.Students are vested in answering the questions posed and seeing how their votes compare with rest of class. Since humans are typically only able to maintain attention for periods up to 20 minutes at a time, i>clicker is a great tool to reset up to 20 minutes at a time, i>clicker is a great tool to reset student attention, when used at different points of the lecture. Julia Shapland, Accountancy, uses i>clicker in her 600-700 student intro course to better engage with students which would otherwise be nearly impossible to do with such a large course.

Encourage all Students to Participate.  Instead of getting limited responses for what I call the “front five” students (the few students that always raise their hands), you are getting feedback from all students in the classroom. This really helps student participation in large enrollment courses.

Immediately Assess Students' Mastery of Content.  i>clicker is a quick and easy way to gauge student’s comprehension of pre-existing knowledge to help determine what you need cover in class and what you don’t. It’s also a great way to measure the mastery of content that you’ve gone over in class or in the reading. 

Improve Student Learning Using Peer Instruction. One of the more impactful ways of utilizing i>clicker in class is using it for peer instruction, typically using the Think, Pair, Share model. Students are asked to answer a question individually (Think). If the results are mixed and warrant more discussion, students are asked to pair up with a neighbor or two (Pair) and discuss the topic in small groups. The instructor visits the groups, providing some clarifying hints to lead the group toward the best answer. Finally, the students vote a second time and share their thoughts on the topics (Share).

Solicit Honest Student Feedback with Anonymous Polling. Lena Hann, Kinesiology and Community Health, teaches a Human Sexuality course of around 300 students each semester. She relies on anonymous polling for students to share their personal experiences with the class. Students report that the process is very valuable and they often see that the process is very valuable and they often see that they are not alone in their experiences.

Mark Smith-Creating Class Time with i>clickers