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Explore ways to digitally connect with students with workshops this week through the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

CTLT events for the week of October 19

Events hosted by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology will be held entirely online using Zoom for the remainder of 2020. Registrants will receive a meeting link via their campus email one business day before the event.

Select a date and time to register through the My Illinois State portal. If you have questions or need an accommodation to fully participate in an event, please email CTLT@IllinoisState.edu.

Design your online course

9 a.m.-noon, Monday, Oct. 19

(continues 9 a.m.-noon Monday, October 26)

The Design Your Online Course workshop provides a framework to design an online course. In this session, we will explore a sample course site, draft a communication plan and one module of a course we plan to teach, and complete a Course Development Plan. This workshop is recommended for faculty and instructors who are new to online teaching—there are no prerequisites. Registration is required.

Normally, this workshop costs $200 through Quality Matters™. As a service to University instructors, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology offers this workshop free of charge to tenure track faculty, NTT faculty, and administrators.

What’s on your mind?

10-11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19

In this learning community, we will review a variety of technology tools such as ReggieNet, Zoom, PollEverywhere, Screencast-O-Matic, FlipGrid, WhiteBoard, and Kahoot! to engage students in your classroom. We will also explore solutions to questions you have about these technology tools.

Participants may come to one or more sessions. To receive a Zoom link for these events, please complete a brief survey regarding what you would like to discuss.

OneNote: Class Notebooks

9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20

This advanced workshop explores the Class Notebook feature and its integration with ReggieNet. Class Notebooks allow students to collaborate with their instructors and each other in secure sections. We’ll explore how Class Notebooks can be used to distribute assignments and build week-by-week lessons. We’ll also discuss limitations. Experience with the basics of OneNote is strongly recommended. Registration is required.

Transcribe with us and decipher history

10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20

Transcription is the underpinning of high-quality, full-text searchable digital projects. It enhances the use of any manuscript database and makes oral history interviews vastly more accessible which makes it easier for researchers to mine and analyze texts. There are many existing transcription projects that pull from materials on just about any topic imaginable. For that reason, transcription work can be an extremely effective course assignment that teaches one of many preparatory activities involved in completing scholarship using digital methods. This workshop will cover the basics of transcription methods, convey the benefits of this work to individuals and institutions, and offer hands-on time to work with the Decipher History project to transcribe materials from the Milner Library Special Collections. Registration is required.

Instructors who complete this workshop will be entered into a raffle for a library e-book purchase of their choice (up to $300). One participant will be randomly selected as a winner and Milner Library will purchase the e-book in support of textbook affordability.

This workshop is part of Milner Library’s Digital Discussions programming series and is co-sponsored by The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology and Milner Library.

ReggieNet: Tests and quizzes

1-3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20

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.

ReggieNet: Assignments

9-10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21 

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.

Improve your website content

1-2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22

You have a lot of important stuff to say on your website. Getting people to read your website can be a challenge. Walls of text, long sentences, and big words prevent users from finding the information you want them to know. This course teaches you simple tricks to turn your ice-cold website content into hot-fire content that’s easy to read, conversational, and not so blah.

This training is geared towards those who edit Illinois State department, college, or school websites. Registration is required.

Strategies to reduce faculty-student communication overload

1-4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22
Register by October 15

This workshop will focus on organization and communication methods to facilitate the reduction of student questions and email fatigue faced by many faculty members teaching online courses. By learning consistent organizational design and techniques for clear messaging, instructors should leave the workshop feeling they have a solid approach to help control their student-related inbox. Additionally, the facilitator will discuss one or two technology tools that can also assist in reducing communication overload as well as a method to hold students accountable for their email communications. The session will include independent work time for participants to apply the discussed concepts. Registration is required