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Week of June 19: The Teaching Hero, Effective Disciplinary Reading

Teaching is tough. Unleash your inner hero and discover a new narrative for your journey through the academy.

Teaching is tough. Unleash your inner hero and discover a new narrative for your journey through the academy.

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.

Strategies to Address the Challenges of Female Educators
Monday, June 19 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Facilitator: Shelly Clevenger, Criminal Justice Sciences

Explore the issues facing women in academia. Take part in activities to highlight strategies and techniques for improving these situations. Women as educators in higher education often face issues that their male colleagues do not. This can include being stereotyped, challenges establishing authority in the classroom, facing obstacles or opposition from students, and issues in forming connections or relationships with students. This can be especially challenging for women who teach in male-dominated or traditionally masculine fields. This workshop will empower you to assist yourself or women who face challenges in the classroom based on their gender. Lunch is provided. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

OneNote: Introduction
Tuesday, June 20 • 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 basic features of OneNote, how to navigate the interface, and how to synchronize OneNote across mobile devices. Registration is required.

Word: Creating Fillable Forms
Tuesday, June 20 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn how to create simple digital forms in Microsoft Word. We’ll explore this functionality and briefly talk about its advantages and disadvantages, and explore other options (such as creating forms in Adobe Acrobat). Registration is required.

The Teaching Hero
Wednesday, June 20 • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Teaching is tough. Few people, even our friends and family, appreciate all the pressures and challenges of helping students learn on the university level. Conversely, being a teacher can be one of the most fulfilling experiences a person can undertake. While few of us see ourselves as genuine heroes, understanding our own journey as teachers in step with that of the mythical hero, as framed in Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, can provide powerful insight. You’ll leave this workshop with a working familiarity with Campbell’s work and ideas about how to apply it to your own professional and personal experiences. Explore the tensions between the hero-as-teacher and other archetypes, like the mentor, and be empowered with a new focus on success. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Photoshop: Layers
Wednesday, June 21 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This workshop covers how to manipulate, re-order, and merge layers. The session will also give you an overview of how to combine elements from different pictures to create a new composition. Registration is required.

Strategies for Effective Disciplinary Reading
Thursday, June 22 • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

One of the biggest concerns faculty have about their students’ learning: students don’t read for class. Discuss the challenges posed by the reading materials and the required reading skills in college courses, what it means to “read deeply,” and how students need to read in our specific disciplines. You will identify specific complexities and demands of the texts you require (or desire) students to read, acquire strategies that help scaffold students’ ability to read like scholars, and learn how to use these strategies with students in your courses. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Screencast-O-Matic Pro
Thursday, June 22 • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Screencast-O-Matic is inexpensive, web-based software that allows you to record and narrate videos from your desktop. This workshop explores how to use this service to create material for a flipped, blended, or online course. Registration is required.

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