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Week of September 10: Foundations of Diversity, Teaching Philosophy

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Explore issues of culture, identity, and Illinois State's campus community, and how it all impacts your teaching. CTLT's Foundations of Diversity and Inclusion series starts Sept. 14.

All events are located at the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology’s main facility at 301 South Main Street unless otherwise noted. If you need an accommodation to fully participate in an event, please contact the main desk at (309) 438-2542.

Screencast-O-Matic Pro

Monday, September 10 • 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.

Formstack for Beginners

Tuesday, September 11 • 10 to 11 a.m.

Discover how to build and update forms using Formstack, Illinois State’s primary, non-research form creation tool. You will learn how to download forms submissions data and set up notifications. Completing this training is a prerequisite for using Formstack. Registration is required.

Please note: Qualtrics has replaced Select Survey for research. Log in to IllinoisState.Qualtrics.com to learn more.

OUCampus

Tuesday, September 11 • 2 to 3 p.m.

Learn how to update your unit’s website using OUCampus, Illinois State’s primary content management system. You will be given access to your website(s) and trained to add, edit, and publish content, including links and PDFs. You’ll also learn how to request more complex website updates from the WEB staff, such as photo and layout changes. Registration is required.

ReggieNet: Create Basic Assignments

Wednesday, September 12 • 9 to 10 a.m.

Learn how to create, post, review, and grade assignments using the Assignments tool. After this hands-on workshop, you’ll feel confident about the basics and ready to consider more advance types of assignments. Registration is required.

ReggieNet: Gradebook Overview

Wednesday, September 12 • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Get a hands-on tour of the ReggieNet Gradebook tool. Learn how to create items within the Gradebook or add them from other ReggieNet tools. You’ll tackle basic features like setting up grade categories, working with weighted categories, reordering your gradebook items, and viewing grading statistics. Registration is required.

Early Career Faculty Circle

Wednesday, September 12 • 12 to 1 p.m.
Thursday, September 13 • 12 to 1 p.m. (repeats)

CTLT’s Early-Career Faculty Circles offer faculty in their first three years 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.

Discussions for fall will be based on chapters from What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain; however, there is no required reading to participate. Participants will receive a copy of the book and an executive summary of each chapter. No registration necessary.

ReggieNet: Tests & Quizzes Basics

Wednesday, September 12 • 1 to 3 p.m.

Explore how to create assessments from scratch in the Tests & Quizzes tool or import them from other sources. You’ll get an overview of the different types of available questions, and how to adjust settings such as release and close dates, and how to give individual students more time to take a quiz. You’ll also learn about different ways to grade assessments through this tool. Registration is required.

Crafting Your Philosophy of Teaching

Thursday, September 13 • 1 to 3 p.m.

Facilitator: Bill Anderson, Family and Consumer Sciences

Now and again we face the often-daunting prospect of writing or revising a philosophy of teaching statement. When doing so, it is all too easy to restate old ideas that we have grown beyond and that no longer fit who we really are. In this workshop you will examine the why of revising philosophy of teaching statements. You will learn how to best incorporate available feedback while reflecting on past successes and shortcomings. Finally, you will leave this workshop with a clear understanding of how teaching philosophy statements tell your story as a teacher and learner. Registration is required.

Foundations of Diversity and Inclusion: Implicit Bias

Friday, September 14 • 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Implicit bias is our unconscious tendency to judge people based on past experiences. Even when we’re mindful of diversity and inclusion, it is hard for us to notice our implicit bias until we encounter the situations where it is activated. In this workshop, explore the nature of implicit bias and discover strategies to minimize bias in the classroom and in the workplace. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to this discussion. Registration is required.

CTLT’s Foundations of Diversity seminars tackle tough questions involving culture, identity, and responsive teaching in a friendly, non-threatening environment. This seminar series can give faculty and staff an essential start in understanding issues that aren’t always easy to talk about.

This workshop falls under the AAC&U High-Impact Educational Practice of Diversity/Global Learning.

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