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The Art of Teaching: Lunchtime Seminar Series

I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist… Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. (John Steinbeck)

Now in its second year, the Art of Teaching Lunchtime Seminar Series continues to inspire by featuring faculty from across the disciplines sharing their thoughts and strategies about the art and science of teaching and learning. In the first semester (Spring 2021) we showcased CITL Faculty Fellows and some of the excellent research they have been conducting on their own teaching. In the second semester (Fall 2021) we featured faculty who are early in their careers sharing tools and strategies they are still developing.

This semester (Spring 2022) we’ll shine a light on alternative approaches to teaching and learning by featuring faculty who are paving new pathways in social justice, game-based pedagogy, and alternative forms of assessment. Join us ONLINE on the first Thursdays of the month from 12pm-1pm as we welcome new faculty, new stories, and new ways of thinking about the art of teaching. All sessions are recorded and presenter materials can be found here. For more information, or to suggest a speaker for the series, please contact: Ava Wolf at arwolf@illinois.edu.



Billy Huff

FEBRUARY 3: Teaching for Social Justice in the Classroom

Billy Huff (Communication)

Critical pedagogy includes developing inclusive curricula, encouraging critical thinking, de-centering teacher authority, facilitating student-centered learning, and maximizing access to instructional resources for all students. In this presentation Billy will explore how sociopolitical relations are reflected in educational practices and offer strategies for supporting social justice in the classroom.

View recording of Billy's presentation here.

Petra Jelinek

MARCH 3: Unlocking Student Creativity with the Un-Essay

Petra Jelinek (Anthropology)

The un-essay is an assessment strategy that challenges students to interact with course content in meaningful ways and demonstrate their creativity, as well as their understanding of concepts. This progressive pedagogy fosters creativity, strengthens memory retention, and leads to greater learning outcomes. Petra will discuss the un-essay, share a few examples of student work, and offer a rubric to guide student success in this assignment.

View recording of Petra's presentation here.

Laura Shackelford

APRIL 7: Gameful Pedagogy in Practice

Laura Shackelford (Biomedical and Translational Sciences)

Laura will describe gameful strategies she's added to her course including a nontraditional, additive grading system where students build up their grade from zero, assignment choice, and opportunities for practice and recovery within the learning environment. These pedagogical changes support learner autonomy, and allow students to take risks and practice resiliency in the face of classroom challenges.

View Laura's presentation recording here.

Art of Teaching

MAY 5: Panel Conversation with Technology Services CIOs

Interim CIO Scott Genung and Interim Deputy CIO Drew MacGregor

Conversation with Technology Services CIOs Interim CIO Scott Genung and Interim Deputy CIO Drew MacGregor. Find out what you need to know about teaching technologies on campus, including the move to Canvas, and what's on the horizon. How has the pandemic shaped our use of technology, and how are the CIOs thinking about campus needs going forward? Join the conversation as we conclude the series for the semester.

  View the panel conversation recording here.


Previous Art of Teaching Presentations

An Exploration of Multi-Modal Assignments
Dos, Don’ts, and Time-Saving Practices
Harnessing the Profound Connection Between Emotion and Learning to Enhance the Success of All Students
Effective and Efficient Teaching for Student Success
Immersion and Engagement: Teaching through Games & Simulations
Group Projects that Deepen Learning