The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology will offer special workshops as part of Faculty Prep Week (January 9–13) to help faculty members intervene in harmful or toxic conversations in their classrooms.
“Respond to Challenging Moments and Foster Mutually Respectful Dialogue” is a one-hour event to help instructors cope with a recent rise in hostile and polarizing comments in class, while also ensuring students learn in a safe and inclusive environment. Representatives from the Dean of Students Office and Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution will be on hand to describe their roles and share resources.
The workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 10, from 1–2 p.m., and it will be repeated on Friday, January 13, from noon to 1 p.m. These sessions are offered as part of CTLT’s Faculty Prep Week, so no registration is necessary. Parking is limited around the CTLT facility at 301 S. Main Street, so participants are encouraged to come a little early.
CTLT will also offer a slate of other walk-in workshops throughout the week, to help faculty members prepare to use ReggieNet and classroom Clickers. The complete schedule is available on CTLT’s website. All Faculty Prep Week workshops are open to tenured, non-tenure, A/P and Civil Service staff members, and graduate assistants with teaching responsibilities.
CTLT’s staff will be available throughout the week for one-on-one instructional consultations by appointment. Email CTLT@ilstu.edu or call (309) 438-2542 for assistance. Faculty members may also want to sample recent episodes on CTLT’s audio podcast, Let’s Talk Teaching, for tips on updating syllabi and creating an engaging learning environment.