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Spring Workshops and Events

CTLT's spring 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 Street unless otherwise noted.

Need help finding the right events? Most workshops are tagged with one or more of CTLT's Keys to Enhanced Teaching.

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

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  • Spring Seminar Series: Motivate All Students Engage Learners icon Transform Teaching icon
  • Spring Institute • March 13-17 Engage Learners icon Transform Teaching icon Make Connections icon Make Connections icon
  • Be an Active Ally for LGBTQ+ Students Expand Horizons icon
  • How to Facilitate a Classroom Observation CTLT buttonized logo
  • Design and Implement a Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Expand Horizons icon
  • TEACH Talk: Virtual Reality Make Connections icon
  • Technology Short Courses CTLT buttonized logo
  • Learning Communities and Development Circles Transform Teaching icon
  • Midterm Chats and Consultations CTLT buttonized logo

Wednesday, February 8 • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Monday, February 27 • 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21 • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

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.

CTLT’s Spring Seminars are open to all faculty, staff, and graduate students. Come for one or more as your schedule allows!


Motivation is a key factor in helping students to learn. Very little, if any, learning take place if students don’t have a reason to engage with course material. A further challenge: There’s not one method of motivation that works with all students, all the time. This seminar series will look at a variety of motivational theories and explore how they can be used to inspire our diverse community of learners.

Motivate All Students: Do They Believe They Can Succeed?

Tuesday, January 31 • 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Your students’ belief in their ability to succeed determines how they approach learning in your course.  Explores the factors that influence whether students dive into difficult topics or tasks, or if they give up too easily.  Examine how to overcome “learned helplessness.” Registration is required.

Motivate All Students: Do They Want to Succeed?

Tuesday, February 28 • 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Your students’ goals may differ greatly from the goals you set for them. We, as teachers, run into trouble when we want them to pursue learning for its own stake. But they may be motivated by other factors that have nothing to do with learning in your course.  Investigate how to create a learning environment that answers your students’ often-unspoken question, “Why should I care?” Registration is required.

Motivate All Students: Do They Feel Like They Belong?

Tuesday, April 11 • 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Students are more engaged in the teaching-learning process when they have positive interactions with their peers and with you.  But there is more to it than just have a good rapport with your students.  Discover how your students’ sense of autonomy and belonging impacts their ability to learn in your course. Registration is required.

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Spring Institute 2017 features a variety of half- and full day workshops to enhance all aspects of your teaching, including how you design and use assessments in your courses. Click on a link below for details on each workshop.

Please note: Due to budget considerations, stipends are not available for this year's Spring Institute.

Monday, 3/13 Tuesday, 3/14 Wednesday, 3/15 Thursday, 3/16 Friday, 3/17
Collaboration: Theory and Practice in a Brand-New Teaching Space
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Milner Library, Room 213C
Overcome the Impostor Syndrome: It’s Not Just You
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Resource Commons
Learning Activities and Assessment for the Flipped Classroom
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Room 103B
ReggieNet: Lessons
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Room 108
What’s New in ReggieNet?
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Room 108
Applying the Quality Matters™ Rubric
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Room 103B
Diversity Issues in the College Classroom
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Room 103B
Improve Your Online Course
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Room 108
The Teaching Hero
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Room 103B
  Teaching with OneNote
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Room 108
What’s New in ReggieNet?
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Room 108

Friday, February 3 • 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Join members of The League of Extraordinary Genders, Illinois State’s first student group for transgender and gender non-conforming students, for an informative experience designed specifically for faculty and staff. Get an overview of basic terminology, perspectives on gender identity, and guidelines for being an ally. You’ll also leave able to better identity strategies to address negative behaviors directed toward LGBTQ+. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to this event; cookies will be provided. Seating is limited, so registration is required.

The League of Extraordinary Genders provides trans students with a safe space to socialize, receive peer support, and engage in advocacy and activism for trans rights both at ISU and the Bloomington-Normal community.


Monday, February 13 and
Monday, February 20 • 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Many schools and departments require faculty members to be observed teaching. This two-part workshop, aimed at chairs, directors, and FCS members, will examine the role observations play in personnel decisions, identify best practices in the classroom observation process, and engage in practice observations using videos from real class sessions. Please note that registration is required, and seating is very limited to encourage deep conversations. Participants must attend both sessions.


Thursday, March 2 • 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Use the world as your classroom! This workshop, facilitated by the Office of International Studies and Programs, will provide an overview of the study abroad process and its foundational concepts. You will learn about the responsibilities associated with being a faculty director and learn how to develop your own study abroad program. Participants will become familiar with instructional methods and assessment techniques specific to facilitating learning abroad. Registration is required.


Friday, April 14 • 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

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Experiment with virtual reality and uncover how to adapt this exciting technology to a variety of learning situations. Exploring new VR tools that can enhance the learner experience. Share ideas with educators and learners from across the disciplines. Many virtual technology tools make use of everyday mobile devices, so please bring your smartphone. This workshop is open to course instructors and teachers at the University lab schools. Registration is required.


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. Topics are based on chapters from Teaching What You Don’t Know by Therese Huston. Participants will receive a copy of the book and an executive summary of each chapter. 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. Although the topic of each meeting will be based on chapters in the award-winning book, What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard UP, 2004), there are no “required” readings.

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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