Afraid your lecture style is more “nod off” than “knockout”? Don’t worry. This week’s workshops and events at the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology will help you liven up your lecture … and much more!

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

Introduction to iPad
Monday, September 8 • 1–3 p.m.

Congratulations, you’ve got an iPad! But now what? Tablet devices can be used for so much more than surfing the Web and reading e-books. Learn how to use it to increase your productivity at home or in the office. We’ll explore Evernote, Dropbox, and other productivity apps. Seating is limited, so registration is required.

Teaching Excellence Series: Classroom Learning Experiences for Maximum Impact
Liven up the Lecture
Tuesday, September 9 • 1–2:30 p.m.

Lecturing can be a useful teaching tool. Learning through lecture is enhanced when students can participate in some way. In this session, you will discover strategies that make your lectures more participatory, even in large classes, and determine how some of these strategies would work in the courses you teach. No registration is necessary.

ReggieNet: Discussion Tool
Tuesday, September 9 • 1–4 p.m.

Maximize your ability to communicate with students through the Discussion Tool. Learn how to have ReggieNet automatically create discussion groups. You’ll also see how to grade discussions by forum, topic or message. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet. Seating is limited, so registration is required.

Select Survey
Tuesday, September 9 • 2–3 p.m.

Get a basic understanding of Select Survey, an online survey and form development tool. You will learn how to quickly and easily create Web-based surveys from your Web browser. This survey software allows you to easily deploy surveys and view real-time results as responses are received. This workshop is open to faculty, administrators, and staff only. Seating is limited, so registration is required.

Faculty Website Creation
Wednesday, September 10 • 11 a.m.–noon

This workshop is for faculty wanting to showcase their teaching, research, and service using a Web-based system. No additional software is required. This workshop is open to faculty, administrators, and staff only. Seating is limited, so registration is required.

Word: Level 2
Wednesday, September 10 • 1–4 p.m.

Explore time-saving tools and commands built into the program. You will also learn formatting techniques including headers, footers, and annotations. Seating is limited, so registration is required.

Early-Career Faculty Development Circle
Wednesday, September 10 or Thursday, September 11 • noon–1 p.m.

To be able to retrieve and apply knowledge effectively, students much make accurate and meaningful connections between pieces of knowledge.

This development circle offers a combination of professional development and peer support to faculty members in their first three years of service at Illinois State. Topics for the fall 2014 semester are drawn from the book How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching, by Susan A. Ambrose et al. The text introduces seven general principles that help instructors understand why some teaching approaches support student learning but others do not. Understanding how students learn can help you understand how to teach. Participants will receive a copy of the book and an executive summary of each chapter. Attend one day. No registration is necessary.

Teaching Excellence Series: Threshold Concepts
Identifying Threshold Concepts in the Disciplines
Thursday, September 11 • 1–2:30 p.m.

In this series, Threshold Concepts, you will learn how to help students to experience transformational learning by crossing into previously inaccessible areas of thinking.

Building on the previous session in the series, we will consider what threshold concepts exist in our own disciplines and how difficult, challenging, or problematic they may be to learn. You will leave with a challenge to develop plans to use threshold concepts as a way to enhance learning in your own classroom. No registration is necessary.

SoftChalk Create
Thursday, September 11 • 1–4 p.m.

Looking for a creative, new way to engage students? SoftChalk can help! This program lets you easily create engaging, interactive Web lessons. You will learn to create interactive learning games such as customizable flash cards, image labeling, matching games, crosswords, and more. SoftChalk lessons are easily imported into ReggieNet. Seating is limited, so registration is required.

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in an event, please contact the main desk at (309) 438-2542.