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Weeks of May 23 & 30: Going Global, Group Activities in Large Classes, Service Learning

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Bring the world into your classroom! Learn how to incorporate a global perspective into your courses with a multi-day course redesign workshop series. Plus, explore ways to facilitate group work in large classroom settings, and see how to empower students through partnerships with the community.

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.

How to Facilitate a Classroom ObservationTeaching Key: Transform Teaching
Monday, May 23 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Many schools and departments require faculty to be observed by their chairs, directors, and Faculty Status Committee (FSC) members. This session will examine the best practices in the classroom observation process and engage in practice observations using videos from real class sessions. It is designed for chairs, directors, or members of a Department Faculty Status Committee (DFSC) who might be called upon to conduct a classroom observation. A $100 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete the program. Facilitator: Julie-Ann McFann, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. Registration required.

Going Global with Your CourseDesign Learning iconExpand Horizons icon
Begins on Tuesday, May 24 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Design or revamp your course to make it more globally engaged, in keeping with the latest version of Educating Illinois and the University’s International Strategic Plan. Become aware of current paradigms shaping the internationalization of higher education and how these have been conceptualized and operationalized. Learn about common and effective approaches for creating global courses. You’ll become familiar with books, organizations, websites, and technological tools that can help you design or redesign your course. You’ll also hear from others who have recently gone global with their own courses. This workshop also meets May 26, May 31, June 2, and June 7. 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: Maria Schmeeckle, Department of Sociology and Anthropology; Mayuko Nakamura, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. Registration required.

Group Activities in Large Classes Make Connections iconEngage Learners icon
Wednesday, May 25 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Discover ways to get students up, moving, collaborating, and thinking. Just because you teach a class with large enrollment doesn’t mean students must remain stuck in their seats! This workshop will demonstrate ways to manage various types of group work in a large-enrollment course, from fostering meaningful debate to having students explain complex ideas through skits and using simple props. Be prepared to get up and move yourself. Teachers who take this workshop will be experiencing these collaborative techniques first hand. A $100 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete the program. Facilitator: Mary Hollywood, School of Teaching and Learning. Registration required.

Reaching for the Democratic Ideal through Service LearningExpand Horizons icon
Thursday, June 2 • 9 a.m. to noon.

Get your students out of the classroom and learning with a hands-on form of civic engagement. Service learning projects can greatly benefit students, faculty members, and the community at large. This workshop will help you identify standards in service learning programs. You’ll also examine assessment methods that can be used to implement and evaluate service learning projects. You will leave this workshop with a framework for implementation by outlining the knowledge, skills, and understandings students will need to acquire. A $50 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete the program. Facilitators: Yojanna Cuenca-Carlino, Department of Special Education; Sara Jozwik, Department of Special Education. Registration required.

Using Formative Evaluations to Improve Online CoursesTransform Teaching icon
Thursday, June 2 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Formative evaluations allow instructors to make improvements to a course while it happens, all for the benefit of both current and future students. In this workshop, you will explore the role formative evaluations plays in course feedback and improvement. You will also a develop a plan to apply these principles to your own online course, and you’ll work with others to identify potential resources for course improvement, such as those found in ReggieNet. A $50 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete the program. Facilitator: Jennifer Peterson, Department of Health Sciences. Registration required.

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

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