Teaching with well-designed tests and a special event for pre-tenure faculty top the list of professional development opportunities this week at the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology.

Some of our workshops require registration, so simply select the link in the workshop title and you’ll be taken directly to the appropriate registration page. Workshops are held at our facility at 301 South Main Street unless otherwise noted. If you have questions or need help, you can always email us at CTLT@ilstu.edu.

Dreamweaver CS6: Level 1
1–4 p.m. Monday, September 15

Get an overview of Dreamweaver, a popular and powerful program for creating and managing websites. Learn to create a template-based website, add pages, insert and edit text, make links, insert images, and publish your website to a server. Seating is limited, so registration is required.

Working Towards Tenure
10–11 a.m. Tuesday, September 16

Join Associate Provost Jim Jawahar for a special discussion that focuses on research and issues related to promotion and tenure. This event is designed especially for early career faculty, although any tenure track faculty members are welcome to attend. We expect this event to be very popular, so registration is required. This event has moved to Stevenson Hall, room 401.

Word: Creating Fillable Forms
10–11:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 17

Learn how to create simple digital forms in Microsoft Word. We’ll explore this functionality and briefly talk about its advantages and disadvantages, and explore other options (such as creating forms in Adobe Acrobat). Seating is limited, so registration is required.

Future Professors Development Circle
12–1 p.m. Wednesday, September 17

This professional development circle helps graduate students prepare for a career teaching in the academy. Explore pedagogical issues, effective and disruptive teaching strategies, and gain confidence in your ability to teach at the college level. Share teaching tips, tricks, and get support from other future professors. All participants will receive a copy of Tools for Teaching (Second Edition) by Barbara Gross Davis. See the CTLT website for meeting dates and times. No registration necessary.

Camtasia: Level 1
1–4 p.m. Thursday, September 18

Do you want to add your voice to a PowerPoint presentation and make it available to your students online? Learn to use Camtasia, a screen-recording program that lets you narrate PowerPoint presentations, still images, or videos. You will also learn how to upload the final product so students can access it. Seating is limited, so registration is required.

Brown Bag: Step Away From the Test
12–1 p.m. Friday, September 19

Tests can help you measure whether or not your students are learning important concepts, but often, they only tell us too late that students aren’t grasping important course content. Join a discussion that will look at ways to continuously assess student learning through formative assessment and help them gauge their own learning as they go along. A light snack will be provided, but bring your lunch, too. No registration is necessary.