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Tired of giving tests? Explore alternatives, and much more, this week at CTLT.

Week of July 18: Get your students writing and trash tedious tests

Get ready to teach your fall semester courses with some of the many workshops offered by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology during the week of July 18.

Most workshops at CTLT require registration at least one business day in advance. Workshops are held at CTLT’s facilities at 301 S. Main unless otherwise noted.

OneNote: Introduction
Monday, July 18 • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Transform how you take and share notes with Microsoft OneNote. Unlike a word processor, OneNote allows you to easily include images, videos, and audio clips anywhere on the page. Organize information into virtual notebooks that can be shared across all your devices and with others. This workshop shows you the basics features of OneNote, how to navigate the interface, and how to synchronize OneNote across mobile devices. Registration required.

Liven Up Your Lecture
Monday, July 18 • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Lecturing can be a useful teaching tool. Learning through lecture is enhanced when students participate in some way. Discover strategies that make your lectures more participatory, even in large classes. A $50 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete the workshop. Facilitator: Julie-Ann McFann, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. Registration required.

Photoshop: 3 Ways to Change a Photo
Monday, July 18 • 1–4 p.m.

When it comes down to it, there are only three ways to change a photo in Photoshop: general changes that affect the whole photo, changes via selection, and changes made using a brush-metaphor tool. Learn how to use the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush tools. Registration required.

Fostering Student Collaboration
Tuesday, July 19 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learning from your peers can be powerful. Yet, when creating collaborative experiences, both instructors and students often run into challenges. Students become frustrated because they haven’t developed collaboration skills. Teachers face difficult decisions about how to structure collaborative work. They struggle to assess and grade students. It all makes the very idea of group work daunting. In this workshop, you will participate in a variety of group activities and determine how they can be used in your class. You will also develop or revise a group project for a class that you teach. A $100 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete the workshop. Facilitator: Dana Karraker, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. Registration required.

Introduction to ReggieNet
Tuesday, July 19 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Get a complete tour of ReggieNet, Illinois State’s learning management system, and its popular tools. Gain valuable ideas about ways to enhance your students? learning experiences. You will leave this workshop with the basic skills to add learning materials, activities, and assessments to your individualized ReggieNet course site. A $100 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete the workshop. Facilitator: Charles Bristow, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. Registration required.

Wikis and Online Collaboration
Wednesday, July 20 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Transform your students from passive learners to active, collaborative ones. Consider establishing an online environment where students can read, write, and work together. In this session, you will explore wikis and other useful online collaboration tools like VoiceThread and learn the pedagogical principles that can make them highly effective learning environments. You’ll also look at ways to tie in these environments with your ReggieNet course site, giving your students an easy, centralized way to access these exciting tools. A $100 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete the workshop. Facilitator: Dana Karraker, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. Registration required.

Pointless Grading: Electronic Tools for Feedback and Assessment
Wednesday, July 20 • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Move beyond the numbers game! Explore alternate forms of grading that don’t rely on points. Discover the advantages of pointless grading and investigate electronic tools that provide students with both summative and formative feedback. You’ll also learn about tools that encourage collaboration and communication among students. A $50 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete the workshop. Facilitators: Nancy Latham, Teaching and Learning; Jay Percell, Teaching and Learning; Kira Hamann, Teaching and Learning. Registration required.

Tired of Exams? Formative Assessment through Student Reflection
Wednesday, July 20 • 1–4 p.m.

Traditional exams can do a good job assessing recall and comprehension, but they do not necessarily provide insight into students’ deeper understanding. Reflective writing throughout the semester can be a powerful way to assess students’ deeper learning. In this workshop, you will develop an overview of how reflective content writing assignments can provide opportunities for both formative and summative assessment. Through small group work, you will explore practical methods for implementing this type of assessment in your course. You will leave the workshop with the outline of one reflective writing assignment that you can use next semester in your courses. A $50 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete the workshop. Facilitators: Cynthia Moore, School of Biological Sciences. Registration required.

Integrate Writing into Your Course
Thursday, July 21 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If we want students to become better writers, we have to keep them writing. While we may agree with this stipulation in theory, it can be difficult to apply in practice. Explore ways to integrate writing into a course without creating an unrealistic burden on the instructor. We can make a difference in student writing! A $100 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete the workshop. Facilitator: Claire Lamonica, Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology. Registration required.

ReggieNet: Tests and Quizzes
Thursday, July 21 • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Get a complete tour of ReggieNet, Illinois State’s learning management system, and its popular tools. Gain valuable ideas about ways to enhance your students? learning experiences. You will leave this workshop with the basic skills to add learning materials, activities, and assessments to your individualized ReggieNet course site. A $50 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete the workshop. Facilitator: Charles Bristow, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. Registration required.

Select Survey
Thursday, July 21 • 10–11 a.m.
Stevenson 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 required.

ReggieNet: Assignments
Thursday, July 21 • 1–4 p.m.

Explore how to make best use of the Assignments tool in ReggieNet, as well as other methods for providing feedback to students. You will learn how to create group and peer-reviewed assignments, as well as how to download all student assignments at once. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet. A $50 stipend is available to eligible participants who complete the workshop. Facilitator: Steve Travers, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. Registration required.

Clickers: Transition to TurningPoint Cloud
Friday, July 22 • 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Beginning in fall 2016, TurningPoint, the official vendor for campus, will move to new, cloud-based technology and a new subscription model for students. This requires instructors to change how they deploy clickers in the classroom. This workshop is designed to specifically help experienced instructors transition to the new system in time for the start of class. Those who wish to adopt clickers for the first time in the fall should instead take the Clickers: Introduction workshop. Please note: Continuing to use the old TurningPoint software is NOT an option starting fall 2016. Faculty are strongly encouraged to attend one of these workshops. If attendance is an issue, please contact CTLT@ilstu.edu to set up a one-on-one consultation. Registration required.

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

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