Teaching so students can be ‘the best’

Students hard at study

Claire Lamonica regularly shares her observations on student learning, instructional trends, and life in the academy. This article first appeared in the February 2014 issue of The LINK.

Apply for faculty grant writing workshop by February 10

Man drawing in air

Securing a grant to fund your research requires more than just a good idea; it takes a well-crafted, persuasive appeal. A new workshop recently added to the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology’s upcoming Spring Institute aims to help faculty write persuasive grant proposals. The office of Research and Sponsored Programs will offer Building a Successful Grant Proposal: Writing Persuasively Friday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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!

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.