Week of January 27: Helping Students Find Help, ReggieNet, and Accessibility

Students on quad

As teachers, we’re often the first to encounter questions or issues related to a student’s well-being. There’s a lot of help across the Illinois State University campus for students. But we may not always know how to connect students with the help they need … or if it’s even our place to do so.

This week, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology launches a new Teaching Excellence Series, “It Takes a Campus.” This sequence of four workshops is designed to introduce faculty to the kinds of issues students are likely to bring to the classroom. Participants will learn how to connect students with the support they critically need.

Week of January 20: Clickers, Prezi, and ‘Learn From My Mistakes’

students looking up

It may be a shorter work week because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observance, but at the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, it will also be a busy one. From our popular introduction to Microsoft Excel, to using Clickers in the classroom, to a highly requested workshop on Prezi, there really is something for everyone this week. Plus, seats are still available—though filling fast—for these workshops!

An assessment worthy of the profession

An Illinois State teacher candidate engages students in a literacy lesson.

Amee Adkins returned to COE with a renewed focus on engaging faculty in discussion about licensure and assessment. Her efforts took off in 2009, as Illinois State was approached to be the lead higher education institution for an edTPA pilot in Illinois.

CTLT event to focus on smartphones in the classroom, November 11

a typical smartphone

Every instructor has experienced it—distracting noises and disengaged students, all thanks to smartphones and other portable digital devices. Some instructors see this technology as a modern plague, while others hope it is the key to a new kind of teaching.

Educators can find tips, resources on CTLT’s new Pinterest page

CTLT's Pinterest Page

Ever find yourself wondering, what exactly it is students are doing on Pinterest? It’s just a Web page filled with pictures of things they like, right? Well, to some extent yes, we do appreciate adorable pictures of puppies or a great recipe for goat cheese empanadas. But did you know that Pinterest is not just for fluffy animals and incredible eats? Believe it or not, Pinterest can help educators, like you, connect to students, think up new and creative lesson plans, provide educational literature, and so much more.

Getting My Groove On

It happened this past week.  Standing in front of a class full of sophomores and juniors, I cracked myself up with a pop-culture reference.  They just stared at me.  Talk about awkward silence.  They had no idea what I was talking about because the reference was to something that was popular when I was in

Importance of Prior Knowledge to Learning

The instructor’s work of facilitating students’ learning never ends. In order to facilitate learning, one of the fundamental principles instructors employ is understanding students’ prior knowledge. It is well known that students build on what they already know and have come to understand through formal and informal experiences. People develop attitudes and beliefs as they

Students’ Motivation and Learning

Each semester instructors spend many hours preparing their courses with the expectation or hope that students will experience significant learning outcomes in their classes. The sad fact is that while instructors spend countless hours and energy developing syllabi, formulating learning outcomes, selecting learning activities, building assessments and constructing feedback strategies, etc., some students remain unconcerned