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Important Dates  

Time:
10:00 AM–11:00 AM Tuesday Oct 16, 2018
Speaker:

Jamie Nelson and Lisette Chapa

Location:

TechHub - Armory Room 151A

Description:

CITL Innovation Spaces is hosting a variety of hands-on emerging technology topics for beginners. Workshops are open to everyone. (Note: This workshop counts towards the Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Teaching.)

All workshops are free and scheduled to last one hour. Details are listed, below.

3D Printing/Design with Thingiverse, Tinkercad, and Ultimaker – Tuesday, October 16th at 10am at the TechHub (151A Armory)

  • Find out the many ways to create, get, and share 3D print models from borrowing modifying other people’s designs to creating your own. Participants will design and print a small 3D model that they can take with them.
  • Requirements: Laptop, free Thingiverse and Tinkercad accounts
Website: Link
Cost: Free
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
11:30 AM–1:00 PM Wednesday Oct 17, 2018
Speaker:

Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL)

Location:

Room 428 Armory Buildling (Southwest corner of the building)

Description:

Junior Faculty Seminar Series on Teaching & 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 5: Creating Effective Team Projects and Student Teams

 

Wednesday, Oct.17, 2018
11:30 – 1:00
Room 428, Armory Building 
 

With the increased demand for students to work effectively in teams, many instructors have implemented short-term and semester-long team projects in their courses. There are many benefits derived from this experience, such as mastering the content through teaching their peers. Often, however, these experiences are not optimal because the students (and faculty…) were not adequately prepared.  Here are some key issues we will address:

  • What are some of the considerations for making this a valuable learning experience?
  • How should teams be created?
  • What are important team skills that students should learn?
  • What makes a good team assignment?
  • How do we assess team work?

 

We'll address these questions and more in this highly interactive workshop. Handouts with sample assessment forms will be provided.

 

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

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

Wed, Sept. 19, 2018   Session 1: “I wish I had known that earlier: Using Informal (IEF) and Formal (ICES) Student Feedback to Improve Teaching and Learning

Wed, Sept. 26, 2018  Session 2: Active Learning Strategies for Student Engagement & Deep Learning

Wed, Oct. 3, 2018     Session 3: Effective Questioning Skills 

Wed, Oct. 10, 2018   Session 4: Critical Factors for Motivating Students to Learn

Wed, Oct. 17, 2018    Session 5:  Creating Effective Team Projects and Student Teams

Wed, Oct. 31, 2018    Session 6: Teaching What You Don’t Know 

 

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

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL)

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
All Day
Location:

Illini Union

Description:

The purpose of the Seventh Annual Sociology of Development Conference is to identify and explore some of the many obstacles to development present in the world today.

Website: Link
Cost: FREE
Sponsor:

Dept of Sociology

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
All Day
Location: This Learning Life Photography Competition
Description:

This Learning Life is a campus-wide competition celebrating learning and the Illinois learning community on our beautiful Urbana-Champaign campus. We want to see what learning looks like through your eyes! We invite you to sharpen your visual communication skills, get prizes and recognition for it, and create a great image that will become the crowning jewel for your portfolio.

Start collecting images now and get a winner before the contest closes. Submissions are now open and will close on November 16! 

For additional submission and contest information, visit http://citl.illinois.edu/photo.

Sponsor:

CITL, iSchool, Main Library & College of LAS

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
11:30 AM–1:00 PM Wednesday Oct 31, 2018
Speaker:

Lucas Anderson (CITL)

Location:

Room 428 Armory Buildling (Southwest corner of the building)

Description:

Junior Faculty Seminar Series on Teaching & 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 6: Teaching What You Don’t Know

 

Wednesday, Oct.17, 2018
11:30 – 1:00
Room 428, Armory Building 
 

It’s actually pretty common to teach material that might be a bit of a stretch for you.  Perhaps you are teaching a large survey course, and you haven’t kept up with the recent developments in every sub-field of your discipline (nor could you).  Or perhaps a colleague is on sabbatical and you are stepping in for a semester to teach something in an area adjacent to, but not quite in, your area of expertise.  Maybe you want to connect your material to other fields, but of course you aren’t an expert in that other field yourself.  Using ideas from Therese Huston’s excellent book Teaching What You Don’t Know, we’ll discover some strategies for comfortably and confidently teaching material that is not your specialty.

 

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

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

Wed, Sept. 19, 2018   Session 1: “I wish I had known that earlier: Using Informal (IEF) and Formal (ICES) Student Feedback to Improve Teaching and Learning

Wed, Sept. 26, 2018  Session 2: Active Learning Strategies for Student Engagement & Deep Learning

Wed, Oct. 3, 2018     Session 3: Effective Questioning Skills 

Wed, Oct. 10, 2018   Session 4: Critical Factors for Motivating Students to Learn

Wed, Oct. 17, 2018    Session 5:  Creating Effective Team Projects and Student Teams

Wed, Oct. 31, 2018    Session 6: Teaching What You Don’t Know 

 

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

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL)

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