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Fall 2017 Workshops and Events

CTLT’s fall workshops and events are free and open to all faculty and to AP, civil service, and graduate students on campus. Please note that non-faculty may be put on a wait list for some workshops until 1 business day before the event. Events are at CTLT’s facility at 301 S. Main St. unless otherwise noted.

Got questions? Email us at If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in an event, please call the CTLT main desk at (309) 438-2542.

  • Teaching Triage
  • eLearning à la Carte
  • Working with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Incorporating Theatre in Your Course
  • Respond to Challenging Moments and Foster Respectful Dialogues
  • Preparing for Promotion and Tenure
  • Strategies to Address the Challenges of Female Educators
  • Overcoming Stress in Academia
  • Design and Implement a Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program
  • Manage Communication Expectations
  • Technology Short Courses
  • Learning Communities and Development Circles
  • Midterm Chats and Consultations
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Teaching Triage
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Friday, September 1 • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Julie-Ann McFann, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
Jeff Rients, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
Britni Williams, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

The start of the semester can often be a source of anxiety for inexperienced graduate instructors. Feeling overwhelmed? Worried you got off on the wrong foot with your students? Not sure what to do next? This one-hour workshop provides a judgment-free zone for graduate students to discuss concerns about teaching or being a teaching assistant. Learn tricks of the trade and get support from experienced graduate instructors who remember what it is like to be new and confused.

No registration is necessary. Although geared toward those just starting out in the classroom, this event is open to all Illinois State graduate students with instructor or teaching assistant duties.

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eLearning à la Carte
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Linda Summers, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

Learn to design and teach high quality online, blended, or web-enhanced courses. eLearning à la Carte features six, one-hour web conferencing workshops that are attended fully online. Register for as many or as few of these lunchtime sessions as fit your interest and schedule. This series is hands-on and interactive, so each eLearning à la Carte workshop is limited to 20 faculty members. Registration is required.

Topics this semester will include:

  • Explore resources at Illinois State
  • Web-enhance your traditional course
  • Prepare your course (overviews and introductions)
  • Design focused and effective online learning outcomes
  • Design a syllabus your students will read
  • Create consistent navigation through sequencing and chunking

Working with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
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Monday, September 11 • 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lori Henehan, Student Access and Accommodation Services
Nikki Michalak, Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support

The number of students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to rise, and many students with ASD are now graduating from high school and entering college classrooms. But some students may enter the university undiagnosed or may choose not to self-identify.

In this workshop, you will learn about the characteristics of ASD, discuss what a student with ASD might need in a college classroom setting and explore strategies to help students be successful in your classroom. Hear accounts from faculty who have had students with ASD in their classroom and have gained deeper insight on ways to engage different learners. Explore often-overlooked classroom behaviors (such as the inability to understand peer and instructor nonverbal cues and trouble with group work), cognitive difficulties (such as difficulty writing or presenting to an imagined audience and the inability to link concepts abstractly), and comorbid conditions (such as anxiety) that may undermine college success. We hope that by expanding faculty knowledge base of ASD, students with ASD will have postsecondary success. Come increase your toolbox of teaching techniques! Registration is required.

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

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Incorporating Theatre in Your Course
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Thursday, September 14 • 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dana Karraker, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
Janet Wilson, School of Theater and Dance
Paul Dennhardt, School of Theater and Dance

This fall, the School of Theatre and Dance will be presenting the play She Kills Monster by Qui Nguyen. It is the story of Agnes, a young teacher trying to come to terms with the death of her teenaged sister, Tilly. In order to better understand who her sister was, Agnes enters into the strange world of Tilly’s beloved hobby, the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. The play deals with issues of grief and loss, sexuality, disability, and trying to understand another person’s life through their writings.

In this workshop, you’ll explore a variety of ways to incorporate theater into your own teaching through discussion with the play’s director, Paul Dennhardt, and Janet Wilson from the School of Theatre and Dance. If you teach a course where students explore diversity issues, multimodal texts, writing across contexts or understanding human relationships, this workshop will offer you an opportunity to plan for how you can use a play as a common experience for your students to discuss your course content. Registration is required.

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

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Respond to Challenging Moments and Foster Respectful Dialogues
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Wednesday, September 20 • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
(repeats) Wednesday, October 11 • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Mayuko Nakamura, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
Dana Karraker, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

Learn strategies that will help you intervene in harmful or toxic conversations in your classrooms and engage your students in dialogue that fosters an understanding of multiple perspectives. Campuses across the country, including Illinois State University, have experienced a rise in hostile and polarizing comments in class. Illinois State is committed to ensuring that all students can learn in an environment that is safe, inclusive, and includes the expectation that students act in a mutually respectful manner towards each other. Registration is required.

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


Preparing for Promotion and Tenure
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Wednesday, September 27 • 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Jim Jawahar, Associate Provost

Get a clear picture of the road ahead on your journey towards promotion and tenure. Join Associate Provost Jim Jawahar for a special discussion that focuses on research and other issues related to the promotion process. Learn strategies for organizing materials for your tenure documents, and explore what it takes to get a manuscript published (hint: start now!). This event is designed especially for early career faculty, although all tenure-track faculty members are welcome to attend. Registration is required.


Strategies to Address the Challenges of Female Educators
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Tuesday, October 3 • 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Shelly Clevenger, Criminal Justice Sciences

Women as educators in higher education often face stressors 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 workshop will empower you to assist yourself or women who face challenges in the classroom based on their gender, and focus on the importance of networking with women in academia. Registration is required.

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Overcoming Stress in Academia
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Wednesday, October 11 • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Deneca Avant, Social Work

Stress in academia is a daunting reality. Too often educators fail to acknowledge increased stress levels and properly balance self-care while concentrating on the institution of higher education. This workshop presents an overview of managing stress and demonstrates how to apply various self-care approaches in everyday practice. The importance of identifying and overcoming different levels of stress will be discussed to create a relaxed mind, body, and soul. Proven techniques and strategies will be shared to set participants on the route to a much calmer, happier, and fulfilled life. Registration is required.


Design and Implement a Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program
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Tuesday, October 17 • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Samantha Potempa, Office of International Studies and Programs
Dr. Erin Mikulec, School of Teaching and Learning

This workshop, facilitated by the Office of International Students and Programs, provides an overview of the study abroad process and its foundational concepts. Learn about the responsibilities associated with being a faculty director and learn how to develop your own study abroad program. You’ll become familiar with instructional methods and assessment techniques specific to facilitating learning abroad. Registration is required.

The Study Abroad program offers a $50 stipends for tenure- and non-tenure track faculty who complete this workshop. Contact the Office of International Studies and Programs for details.

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Manage Communication Expectations
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Monday, October 23 • 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Jim Gee, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

In our always-on age of mobile technology and social media, it’s easy to feel constantly in demand, especially by our students. Managing an avalanche of emails, texts, and tweets can be daunting. Explore the latest research on student expectations about communication with faculty, discuss strategies for managing both expectations and actual messages, and share best practices based on your own experiences. This is not a technology workshop, but rather, a way to make student contact through technology positive and manageable. Registration is required.

a CTLT short course workshop

Technology Short Courses are just that-- one to three hour workshops to that focus on specific technologies, mainly software and web-based applications. These are hands-on training sessions, so registration is required and seating may be limited. They are open to all faculty, staff, and graduate students. Popular topics include:

For times, details, and to register for a session, select a link above.


Early Career Development Circle

CTLT’s Early-Career Faculty Circles offer faculty in their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of service at ISU a combination of professional development and peer support. Join us for a series of lively conversations about surviving and thriving in the academy. Come to either the Wednesday or Thursday session.

Future Professors Development Circle

Explore pedagogical issues, effective and disruptive teaching strategies, and gain confidence in your ability to teach at the college level. This professional development circle helps graduate students to teach in the academy, whether they are currently teaching, working as a teaching assistant, or considering teaching as a career path. Share teaching tips, tricks, and get support from other future professors.

Teaching-Learning Communities

Teaching-Learning Communities (TLCs) are small groups of faculty and staff (5-12 members) who meet regularly each semester to discuss specific topics of shared interest or to meet the needs of specific groups. Each group establishes its own meeting schedule, and CTLT provides space (as requested) and limited funding for books or other relevant materials. To join, please contact one of the group’s facilitators.


CTLT offers a number of consultation services to help you identify what’s working... and what needs further work... in your approaches to teaching. Not sure what type of consultation will help you find what you’re looking for? Email to set up a time to speak one-on-one with a CTLT coordinator. You can follow the links below fore more details on specific kinds of consultations.

Accessibility Consultations
Work with a member of the CTLT staff to assess your course content in terms of its accessibility for those with special needs. Accessibility Consultations identify ways you can improve the accessibility of your course materials, especially those communicated through web-based or other electronic channels.
Midterm Chats
Midterm Chats, also referred to as “Small Group Instructional Diagnoses,” allow you to see your course through the eyes of your students—at midterm, while there’s still time to make adjustments and improve student learning.
Video (Ad)Vantage
Watch yourself teach. With Video (Ad)Vantage, we’ll videotape your class and guide you through an informed viewing of the result.
Classroom Observations
See your classroom through the eyes of a professional observer or invite a colleague to observe your teaching. Find out more about Classroom Observations.
Online/Blended Course Review
Through our Online/Blended Course Review, you’ll be able to see your blended or online course through the eyes of a professional consultant.
Instructional Strategy Consultations
Our Instructional Strategy Consultations let you sit down with a member of the CTLT staff to begin a systematic approach to dealing with a teaching/learning issue in your classroom.
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