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5:30 PM–6:30 PM Monday Oct 24, 2016

Room 428 Armory Building (Southwest corner of the building)


This series of four workshops is for international graduate students who are preparing to take the EPI. First-time test-takers and re-takers are welcome. Each workshop will focus on a different part of the EPI.

Session 4:

EPI practice. Setting goals. Resources.

Monday, October 24, 2016

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

During this session, you will work with a partner to complete a practice EPI, develop specific goals for improving your oral English proficiency, and learn about the wide range of resources available on campus and online to help you further develop your English skills.


Workshop location: Armory Building, Room 428

Address: 505 East Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL


**We recommend entering through the Armory building's SouthWest corner near the intersection of Fourth and Gregory (across from Huff Hall) and then taking the elevator to the 4th floor.


The workshop series dates and topics are

October 5, Session 1: Overview. Defining terms. Practice strategies

October 10, Session 2: Using clarification and negotiation strategies

October 19, Session 3: Answering open-ended questions

October 24, Session 4: EPI practice. Setting goals. Resources.


You may choose the sessions you want to attend on the registration form.

Cost: Free, but registration required
Event Source: CITL Calendar

11:30 AM–1:00 PM Wednesday Oct 26, 2016

Room 428 Armory Buildling (Southwest corner of the building)


Junior Faculty Seminar Series: Best Practices to Improve Student 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: 

Maximizing Learning Opportunities in a Multi-Cultural Classroom

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016
11:30 – 1:00
Room 428, Armory Building 

Our student population is becoming more diverse with an increasing number of international students.  Campus-wide we have over 10,800 international students from 119 countries. We are ranked #1 in the nation’s “Top 20 Research Institutions” in our number of international students.  How can we ensure that our international students are successful in our classes?  What are ways in which our domestic students can appreciate the unique backgrounds and experiences their international peers bring? 

Through video vignettes and short cases, we will explore ways in which we can create a positive learning environment for all our students both inside and outside of the classroom walls.

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

Wed, Sept. 14, 2016  Session 1: “I wish I had known that earlier”: Using Informal (IEF) and Formal (ICES) Feedback to Improve Teaching and Learning

Wed, Sept. 21, 2016  Session 2: Active Teaching = Active Learning: Strategies for Deep Learning and Retention

Wed, Sept. 28, 2016  Session 3: "Opening the Classroom Door” – Opportunities to Observe Exemplary Teachers

Wed, Oct. 12, 2016    Session 4: Effective Questioning Strategies to Improve Student Engagement

Wed, Oct. 19, 2016    Session 5: Creating a Promising Syllabus to Motivate Learning

Wed, Oct. 26, 2016    Session 6: Maximizing Learning Opportunities in a Multi-Cultural Classroom


Cost: No cost for joining the faculty learning community.
Event Source: CITL Calendar

12:00 PM–1:00 PM Wednesday Nov 2, 2016

428 Armory Building (southwest corner of the building)


iFLEX: New Opportunities for Teaching and Learning

iFLEX, which stands for Illinois Flexible Learning Experience, is a new type of classroom on this campus featuring enhanced technologies, increased writing surfaces, and reconfigurable tables and chairs. Join us for an up-close look at what these new features can offer faculty and students. From games and challenges, to shared thinking and writing, multimedia assignments, and 360-degree video, iFLEX classrooms are creating exciting possibilities for active and engaged learning in all disciplines.

Cost: Free
Event Source: CITL Calendar

Teaching Consultation

Here is an opportunity to have a tailored, individualized consultation with an expert to explore best practices on ways to enhance your teaching effectiveness and improve your student learning across all types of courses and students. We will observe your class, review your instructional materials, help you collect and interpret student feedback, and introduce you to new and exciting technologies and pedagogies. We meet with all instructors: faculty, TAs, academic professionals, and post-docs.

Examples of areas we can help you are:


    Teaching and learning are inextricably connected. When we think about ways to improve our teaching effectiveness, we should always look at how and why our students’ learning is impacted. Our teaching approaches, strategies, and beliefs affect what our students will know, feel, or be able to do. We can help you identify and implement effective and creative ways in which to create an effective learning environment.


    You may have heard that your colleagues have implemented experiential or problem-based learning, or flipped their classes, or decided to make their lectures more interactive. There are many strategies and pedagogies to choose from and how do you know which ones are most effective?  We can explore these pedagogies with you and assist you in implementing strategies to best motivate your students and improve their learning.


    An effective learning environment can go beyond the pedagogies and strategies you use.  Where you teach and the tools you use can contribute to your teaching effectiveness.  We can introduce you to emerging technologies and help you maximize opportunities in our new classroom spaces.


Beyond individual consultations, you can join your colleagues in learning communities to share and discuss important and relevant teaching and learning areas.  You can join a reading group or attend one of our workshop series. We can help you document your commitment and efforts through a teaching philosophy statement, a teaching certificate, or a teaching portfolio.