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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)

The Art of Teaching Lunchtime Seminar Series features inspiring 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 research they have been doing on their teaching. In the second semester (Fall 2021) we featured faculty who are early in their careers sharing tools and strategies they are still developing. In the third semester (Spring 2022) we looked at alternative approaches to teaching and learning that included social justice, game-based pedagogy, and newer approaches to assessment.

This semester (Fall 2022) we return to the theme of faculty research with exemplary presenters sharing how they are conducting research on their teaching or using research to inform their teaching. Join us 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 will continue to be recorded and presenter materials gathered. For more information, or to suggest a speaker for the series, please contact: Ava Wolf at arwolf@illinois.edu.



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SEPTEMBER 1: Course Design for Well-Being: A Students’ Bill of Rights

Judith Pintar (School of Information Sciences)

Pintar worked with undergraduate students to identify course design elements that they experience as inclusive (or excluding), fair (or unfair), effective (or frustrating), as well as those which produce feelings of confidence (or anxiety), agency (or powerlessness), engagement (or boredom), and resilience (or failure). The resulting Students’ Bill of Rights is a meta-rubric intended to increase awareness of the connection between course design and student well-being, and to begin to outline a UX framework for designing fair and inclusive courses.

Kary Zarate

OCTOBER 6:  From Traditional to Ungraded: Student Perspectives on a Spectrum of Grading Practices

Discussion Leader Kary Zarate with Emily Tarconish, Jessica Hardy, and Catherine Corr (Special Education)

Faculty in the department of Special Education have been exploring a variety of grading practices from traditional point and letter grades to non-traditional formats such as ungrading. In this panel presentation, Kary and colleagues Emily, Jessica, and Catherine will be sharing data on how these grading processes impact student emotional health, agency, knowledge acquisition, and teaching pedagogy, and describe their efforts toward developing a universally designed grading scheme.

V. S. Chunoo

NOVEMBER 3: The Art of Socially Just Leadership Education

V. S. Chunoo (Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication)

V. Chunoo will describe how he teaches toward pro-social learning outcomes using a leadership learning model rooted in cultural relevance and campus climate. This interactive session will include examples and stories from his teaching and research to help participants craft socially just, equitable, and fair teaching and learning contexts across disciplines. Use this original framework as an assessment tool to identify social justice strengths and weaknesses in your own instruction.

Aimee B and Eric L

DECEMBER 1: The Hybird Classroom: The Best of Both Worlds, or the Worst?

Aimee Barbeau and Eric Larson (Gies College of Business)

The hybrid classroom is often called the best of both worlds, and theories show that allowing students more autonomy increases satisfaction and learning. But data collected told a different story about student satisfaction. Aimee and Eric will describe the role of social context in the classroom and discuss their findings on the relationship between autonomy and satisfaction, as well as the need for instructors to consider not just individual students but the whole classroom environment.




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