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Week of May 16: GenEd, Your Classroom Tech Policy, Improv in the Classroom

Students on smartphones

Collaborate with students to make mobile technology a productive and welcome part of your classroom.

Summer Institute is here! Work with expert coordinators to retool your General Education course. Explore how to facilitate a class abroad. Learn ways to enforce your classroom policy on mobile devices like laptops and smartphones without becoming a villain.

Most workshops at the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology require registration at least one business day in advance. Workshops are held at CTLT’s facilities at 301 S. Main unless otherwise noted. Need help selecting the professional development that’s right for you? Many workshops are categorized by CTLT’s Keys to Enhanced Teaching. Look for the icons next to workshop descriptions. You can also email CTLT@ilstu.edu for a consultation.

(Re)Creating Your Gen Ed CourseTeaching Key: Design Learning
Begins on Monday, May 16 • 9 a.m. to noon

Designed especially for faculty teaching General Education courses in 2016–17, this series of four workshops will provide an opportunity to meet colleagues teaching in the program. Review the General Education program as a whole, including key elements and outcomes. Create course materials that align with targeted program outcomes. Share work with others. This workshop also meets May 18, May 23, and May 25. The cohort will also participate at the Summer Showcase on August 4, 2016, at the Alumni Center. A $500 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete the program. Facilitators: Claire Lamonica, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology; Jonathan Rosenthal, associate provost for undergraduate education. Registration required.

Design Your CourseTeaching Key: Design Learning
Begins on Tuesday, May 17 • 9 a.m. to noon

This workshop is designed for faculty in their first, second, or third year of teaching at Illinois State University. By the conclusion of the summer, you will have designed a course that you will be teaching for the first time during the fall 2016 or spring 2017 semester. The workshop will guide you through a course design process that draws on the work of Dee Fink (Creating Significant Learning Experiences) and Ken Bain (What the Best College Teachers Do). This workshop also meets May 19, May 24, May 26, June 7, June 9, and June 14. The cohort will also participate at the Summer Showcase on August 4, 2016, at the Alumni Center. A $500 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete the program. Facilitator: Claire Lamonica, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. Registration required.

Design and Implement a Faculty-Lead Study Abroad ProgramTeaching Key: Expand Horizons
Wednesday, May 18 • 9 a.m. to noon

Use the entire world as your classroom! Give your students the opportunity to obtain and sharpen critical intercultural skills. This workshop, facilitated by the Office of International Students and Programs, will provide an overview of the study abroad process and its foundational concepts. You will learn about the responsibilities associated with being a faculty director and learn how to develop your own study abroad program. Participants will become familiar with instructional methods and assessment techniques specific to facilitating learning abroad. A $50 stipend, paid by the Office of International Studies and Programs, is available to eligible participants who complete the workshop. Facilitators: Erin Mikulec, School of Teaching and Learning; Samantha Potempa, Office of International Studies and Programs. Registration required.

Teaching Portfolio Development Circle
Wednesday, May 18 • Noon to 2 p.m.

Have you been nominated for a University Teaching Award? Congratulations! This session show you how to build a teaching portfolio that follows the guidelines provided by the University Teaching Committee. Already have a portfolio? Bring it along! No registration necessary. This workshop will be offered again on June 22 and August 26.

Your Classroom Technology PolicyTeaching Key: Make Connections
Wednesday, May 18 • 1–4 p.m.

Research shows that students respond better when instructors set clear guidelines about the use of mobile technology, such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones, in the classroom. But you don’t have to resign yourself to teaching in spite of digital distractions. Discover ways to collaborate with students at the start of the semester to create agreement over what is, and is not, the appropriate use of technology in your classroom. A $50 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete the workshop. Facilitator: Jim Gee, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. Registration required. This workshop will be offered again on August 2.

Improv in the Classroom: So Much More Than GamesTeaching Key: Transform Teaching
Thursday, May 19 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Explore the use of improvisation in the classroom as a novel method of changing not only the way we teach but also the way students learn. While improvisation is typically used for entertainment purposes, this technique is gaining attention in other areas (e.g., in management and leadership) as a means to not only promote team-building, but to also foster idea-generation and understanding in an engaging and active way. By the end of this daylong workshop, you will understand the benefits of using improv in teaching, for both the student and the teacher. You’ll also gain experience by participating in improv exercises and explore using various exercises in an educational setting. Finally, you will develop practical strategies for using improv in your class. A $100 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete the workshop. Facilitators: Rosie Hauck, Department of Accounting; Terry Noel, Department of Management and Quantitative Methods; Colin Stewart, Department of Educational Administration and Foundations. Registration required.

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