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Week of January 27: Helping Students Find Help, ReggieNet, and Accessibility

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As teachers, we’re often the first to encounter questions or issues related to a student’s well-being. There’s a lot of help across the Illinois State University campus for students. But we may not always know how to connect students with the help they need … or if it’s even our place to do so.

This week, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) launches a new Teaching Excellence Series, “It Takes a Campus.” This sequence of four workshops is designed to introduce faculty to the kinds of issues students are likely to bring to the classroom. Participants will learn how to connect students with the support they critically need.

Also this week, there are two courses to help you get to know ReggieNet, including a brand new workshop to help instructors ensure the material they upload to ReggieNet is accessible to all students, regardless of their special needs.

And don’t forget, registration is now open for daylong Spring Institute workshops. They’re a great way to expand your horizons over spring break!

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Excel: Level 2
Tuesday, January 28 • 9 a.m. to noon

This course continues the basics of creating and modifying charts that began in Excel: Level 1. Also explore useful tools like filtering, which make viewing data accessible at a glance, and pivot tables to summarize values. Technology courses are taught in a computer lab with limited seating, so registration is required. This course is also available April 2.

Introduction to ReggieNet: Part 1
Tuesday, January 28 • 1 to 4 p.m.

Get a walk-through of ReggieNet’s interface and discover the basics of organizing your particular courses. Learn how to organize and display student grades in Gradebook. Communicate with students through Announcements, Course Mail, and the Email Tool. Add content to your course site using Syllabus, and Resources and Materials. Note: We strongly encourage you to also attend Introduction to ReggieNet: Part 2, which covers other important tools. Technology courses are taught in a computer lab with limited seating, so registration is required. This course is also available March 26.

Teaching Excellence Series: It Takes a Campus
Julia N. Visor Center
Tuesday, January 28 • 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Faculty members will learn about services that are available to students who may find they need some extra support to deal with the rigors of being at a university. To start the series, we will discuss the challenges some students bring to the classroom. The Julia N. Visor Academic Center provides academic support to students as they adjust to the rigors of university classes. Facilitators will describe some of the challenges students face in their courses and the services the center provides. No registration is required.

Early-Career Faculty Circle
“Connecting with Students”
Wednesday, January 29 or Thursday, January 30 • noon to 1 p.m.

Faculty-student connections are a key factor in student engagement, success, and persistence. In this session we’ll explore ways to foster those connections while maintaining an appropriate professional distance. Early-Career Faculty Circles offer faculty members in their first three years of service on campus a combination of professional development and peer support. Join us for a series of lively conversations about surviving and thriving in the academy. No registration is required.

ReggieNet: Making Course Materials Accessible
Wednesday, January 29 • 2 to 4 p.m.

Learn how to ensure that your course materials hosted on ReggieNet are equally accessible to all of your students, including those with disabilities. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet. Technology courses are taught in a computer lab with limited seating, so registration is required. This course is also available March 20.

Word: Level 2
Thursday, January 30 • 9 a.m. to noon

Explore time-saving tools and commands built into the program. You will also learn formatting techniques including headers, footers, and annotations. Technology courses are taught in a computer lab with limited seating, so registration is required.

Questions?

Email the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. If you need an accommodation to fully participate in a workshop or event, please contact the CTLT front desk at (309) 438-2542.

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