Learn different ways to approach topics of social justice and race in your classroom. Help your students move beyond memorization with various strategies in this week’s Teaching Excellence Series workshop. Choose from these events and many others 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.

Dreamweaver CS6: Level 1
Monday, February 9 • 1–4 p.m.

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. Registration is required.

Teaching Excellence Series: Move Beyond a Memorization Mindset
Monday, February 9 • 1–2:30 p.m.

In this series, Beyond the Flashcard, explore how to teach course material that must be memorized in ways that encourage students to move beyond rote memorization.

Some course material simply must be memorized. But too many students never consider how to use the memorized material for deeper learning. Learn how to creating lessons and assignments that help change that mindset. No registration is necessary.

ReggieNet Tests and Quizzes
Tuesday, February 10 • 1–4 p.m.

This workshop takes a more in-depth exploration of the Assessment tools available in ReggieNet, including Tests & Quizzes, Assignments, and File Drop. Learn the options available for different types of assessment, the limitations of the assessment tools, and instructional strategies for promoting academic integrity. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet. Registration is required.

Handling Racial Dialogues and Social Justice Topics in Your Classroom
Tuesday, February 10 • 2–3:30 p.m.

Introducing racial issues and social justice topics into your course can seem like a nerve-racking experience. The fear of students’ pushback and silence during the discussion of these topics scares away far too many educators. This workshop will examine pitfalls to avoid and roadblocks to overcome when incorporating these important topics into your lessons. You will learn to articulate different ways students learn about race and how that impacts how we foster dialogues. You’ll also explore be able to identify concrete strategies regarding how to foster opportunities for dialogue across difference. Facilitator: Art Munin, Dean of Students. Registration is optional.

Word: Creating Fillable Forms
Wednesday, February 11 • 10–11:30 a.m.

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). Registration is required.

About.IllinoisState Websites
Wednesday, February 11 • 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
107 Stevenson Hall (STV)

Showcase your teaching, research, and service using your own, customized University web pages. About.IllinoisState is a browser-based way to create web pages. No additional software is required. This workshop is open to faculty and staff only. Registration is required.

Future Professors Development Circle
Wednesday, February 11 • 12–1 p.m.

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. This group is open to all graduate students currently teaching or planning to teach in the future. No registration necessary.

Camtasia: Level 1
Thursday, February 12 • 1–4 p.m.

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. Registration is required.

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in an event, please contact the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology’s main desk at (309) 438-2542.