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Week of February 6: Challenging Moments, Camtasia

Teacher in front of class

Discover how to navigate challenging conversations in your classroom.

Events are held at the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology’s facilities in the ITDC building, at 301 Main St., unless otherwise noted. If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in an event, please call the CTLT main desk at (309) 438-2542.

Please note: The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, including the Opscan evaluation service, will be closed on Friday, February 10, for staff professional development. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, February 13.

About.IllinoisState Websites for Faculty and Staff
Monday, February 6 • 10–11 a.m.
Stevenson 107

Showcase your teaching, research, and service using your own, customized University webpages. About.IllinoisState is a browser-based way to create webpages. No additional software is required. This workshop is open to faculty and staff only. Registration is required.

Introduction to ReggieNet – Part 2
Tuesday, February 7 • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Learn to create a variety of learning activities using built-in tools such as Forums, Tests & Quizzes, and Assignments. Forums can promote student interaction with each other and the course material. The Assignment tool permits online submission and grading of student work. Finally, you will learn to use Tests & Quizzes for various types of assessments. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet – Part 2. Registration is required.

Select Survey
Tuesday, February 7 • 11 a.m. to 12 p.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 is required.

Photoshop: 3 Ways to Change a Photo
Wednesday, February 8 • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

When it comes down to it, there are only 3 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. We’ll be exploring all three. As far as brushes go, we’ll be spending a good amount of time learning how to use the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush tools. Registration is required.

Respond to Challenging Moments and Foster Respectful Dialogues
Wednesday, February 8 • 1–2 p.m.

Learn strategies that will help you intervene in harmful or toxic conversations in your classrooms and engage your students in dialogue that fosters an understanding of multiple perspectives. Campuses across the country, including Illinois State University, have experienced a rise in hostile and polarizing comments in class. Illinois State is committed to ensuring that all students can learn in an environment that is safe, inclusive, and includes the expectation that students act in a mutually respectful manner towards each other. Registration is required.

Early Career Faculty Development Circle
Wednesday, February 8 • 12–1 p.m. or
Thursday, February 9 • 12–1 p.m.

CTLT’s Early-Career Faculty Circles offer faculty in their first, second, or third year of service at Illinois State a combination of professional development and peer support. Join us for a series of lively conversations about surviving and thriving in the academy.

The topics for the Spring Early-Career Faculty Circle meetings are drawn from the book The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life by Parker J. Palmer. The text “builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique but is rooted in the identity and integrity of the teacher.” No reading is required for participation in these circles. Each participant will receive a copy of the book, but we will provide executive summaries of chapters. Understanding how to be authentically present in the classroom enables teachers to be deeply connected with their students and their subject which, in turn, enhances the learning process.

No registration is necessary. Come to either the Wednesday or Thursday session.

Camtasia: Level 1
Thursday, February 9 • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Add your voice to a PowerPoint presentation and make it available to your students online. Learn to use Camtasia, a screen-recording program that lets you narrate PowerPoint presentations, still images, or videos. You will also learn how to upload the final product so students can access it. Registration is required.

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