Nathan Carpenter inside SMACC

Nathan Carpenter, the School of Communication’s assistant director for convergent media, inside the new Social Media Analytics Command Center.

Learn how tracking social media can engage your students. Inspect techniques that can help ease some of the struggles international students frequently face.

Some of our workshops at the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology 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

Beyond the Flashcard
Monday, June 8 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Despite best efforts to encourage critical thinking, data from the National Survey of Student Engagement indicate that students believe they should focus on rote memorization of course material. In this workshop, explore how to teach course material that must be memorized in ways that encourage students to move beyond flashcard learning. Learn to design lessons that focus on holistic learning and assessments that require more than just surface learning and the regurgitation of information. Registration is required.

Blended Courses: Quick Start
Monday, June 8 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Are you planning to teach a blended course, combining online and face-to-face learning, in the coming academic year? Not sure where to begin? This one-day crash course will provide you with an introduction to the blended course design process, get you started, and provide you with tips for how to make it a successful experience for both you and your students. This workshop is not for the faint of heart … and it is not a ReggieNet workshop! Registration is required.

ReggieNet: Migrating Content from Modules to Lesson Builder
Tuesday, June 9 • 10–11 a.m.

This workshop will teach you the basics of the Lesson Builder tool in ReggieNet, which will replace the Modules tool for classes starting in spring 2016. Learn how to copy content from the Modules tool over to the Lesson Builder tool. Discover how to design lessons that require students to complete prerequisites before they can proceed to the next stage. It is easy to integrate multimedia content with this tool. Registration is required.

Flipping Your PowerPoint
Wednesday, June 10 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To make PowerPoint presentations work online, you need think about them differently. The same old slides you use in class may not cut it in a flipped environment. This workshop will show you how to transform your PowerPoint presentations into a video with voice over. Bring an existing PowerPoint lecture that you think needs a little refreshing and want to put online. You’ll learn how to separate out slides, fill in your presentation with relevant graphics, video, and audio, and then recording the result using Camtasia. We will also explore techniques for performing your narration. This workshop is not for PowerPoint beginners. Confidence using PowerPoint is recommended. Registration is required.

Cultural Competence: Stereotypes and Misconceptions
Wednesday, June 10 • 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Unravel the cultural biases that influence our attitudes and our behaviors toward students, colleagues, and ourselves. You will also gain an understanding of how students’ world views influence their attitudes and behaviors. Work with other participants to increase cultural competencies and mindfulness of students’ perspectives to help us understand the social injustices, such as prejudice and discrimination, they may experience. Facilitator: Angell Davis. Registration is required.

SharePoint for Committees
Wednesday, June 10 • 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Stevenson Hall 107

Are you doing a job search? Are you part of a DFSC, Program Review, or other committee? Learn how to use this online tool to share documents, calendars, task lists and more. This workshop is open to faculty, administrators, and staff only. Registration is required.

Teach with Social Media Analytics
Wednesday, June 10 • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Develop strategies to use social media to encourage student involvement. Investigate ways that social media analysis can be useful in the learning experience of our students. See firsthand how you can foster social media listening and engagement for students in all disciplines. Survey real-time social media data with the Social Media Analytics Command Center (SMACC) to help inspire your own teaching ideas. You will also be introduced to free social media analysis tools you can use on your own. Facilitators: Megan Hopper, Nathan Carpenter, Steve Hunt, Lance Lippert. Registration is required.

About.IllinoisState Websites
Wednesday, June 10 • 2–3 p.m.
Stevenson Hall 107

Showcase your teaching, research, and service using your own, customized University webpages. 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.

Working with International Students
Thursday, June 11 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sometimes as teachers, we know an international student needs special attention to truly succeed in our classroom. But exactly how can we help? Where do we begin? Through this workshop, explore the issues that many international students face in U.S. higher education. Learn how to incorporate the perspectives of students in your teaching, and discover how to help international students acquire the skills they need to thrive. Registration is required.

Select Survey
Thursday, June 11 • 10–11 a.m.
Stevenson Hall 107

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. 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.