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11:30 AM–1:00 PM Wednesday Oct 16, 2019

Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL)


Room 428 Armory Buildling (Southwest corner of the building)


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: Make Teaching Stick - Six Ways to Make Your Lessons More Memorable


We spend hours making decisions on critical concepts and skills for our students to master; we think about the best ways to present those concepts; we plan activities to engage our students.  Yet… some of our students just don’t get it. Maybe what our class lacked was “stickiness.” In this interactive session, we will discuss the six principles that Chip and Dan Heath propose in their book Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die” and ways to apply them to our teaching.


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


Please mark these dates on your calendar

Wed, Sept. 18, 2019   Session 1: “I wish I had known that earlier”: Using Informal (IEF) and Formal (ICES) Student Feedback to Improve Teaching and Learning

Wed, Sept. 25, 2019   Session 2: Effective Questioning Skills to Enhance Student Engagement

Wed, Oct. 2, 2019     Session 3: Critical Factors for Motivating Students to Learn

Wed, Oct. 9, 2019    Session 4: The Art of Lecturing

Wed, Oct. 16, 2019   Session 5:  Make Teaching Stick: Six Ways to Make Your Lessons More Memorable







Cost: No cost for joining the faculty learning community.

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL)

Event Source: CITL Calendar

5:00 PM–6:00 PM Tuesday Oct 22, 2019

Slav Dvoretskiy (CITL Graduate Affiliate)


Armory building, room 428


In this workshop, we will discuss all the steps necessary for providing a fun, interactive learning experience to all the students in your laboratory class. Topics include: course planning, group work, providing effective demonstrations, experiment review and more. 


This is a TA-to-TA workshop, designed for TAs and 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

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

2:00 PM–3:00 PM Thursday Oct 24, 2019

Jamie Nelson


Armory 172 (Innovation Studio)


Throughout your life you will, almost certainly, give presentations. We’ve all sat through presentations that were boring, confusing, and drab. How do you communicate your message most succinctly? What visuals will captivate and inform our students the best? Is it only about the PowerPoint or are there other techniques that leave a lasting impression on the audience? In this session we distill the magic that just might take your next presentation from bland to grand. http:/go.illinois.edu/presentation

Note: This workshop counts towards, the Graduate Teacher Certificate, the Certificate in Foundations of Teaching, or the Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Teaching.

Website: Link
Cost: Free

University Library - Scholarly Commons, Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

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Teaching Portfolio Program

Applications are being accepted for participation in the 2016-2017 Teaching Portfolio Program.  
Click on this link to apply for the program.


The CITL Teaching Portfolio Program is designed for those graduate students who have the opportunity for many teaching experiences during their graduate studies (4+ semesters, preferably in a variety of class settings), thededication to develop a deep understanding of teaching and learning, and the desire to document their teaching in a professional teaching portfolio prior to entering the academic job market.


Upon completion of the CITL Teaching Portfolio Program, you will be able to (1) articulate your teaching philosophy and explain how it informs your teaching practice in relation to your students’ learning; (2) demonstrate established competencies of an effective college teacher; (3) communicate your understanding of pedagogy to others through workshops, reading groups, or mentoring; and (4) design a portfolio that documents your effectiveness as an instructor and your reflective teaching practice.


To become a candidate for the CITL Teaching Portfolio Program, you must (1) have completed the Graduate Teacher Certificate; (2) have completed (or be close to completing) the Teacher Scholar Certificate; and (3) have at least 4 semesters of college teaching experience.


As a participant in the program, you will (1) attend and fully participate in monthly cohort meetings of about 1.5 - 2 hours each through the fall and spring semesters; (2) revise your teaching philosophy statement; (3) develop materials for your professional teaching portfolio; (4) create your electronic portfolio; (5) provide feedback on the portfolio materials of one or more members of the cohort; and (6) develop some way to share your teaching expertise with other graduate students.

To get more information, contact Lucas Anderson