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March 11 - 14, 2019

For many Illinois State students, Spring Break is a chance to get away from classes, homework, and studying. For faculty, however, Spring Break tends to be a time to catch up on grading, lesson planning, or neglected research projects.

Now it can be a time to hone your teaching techniques. The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology is offering a variety of one-day workshops that help you maximize the rest of the spring semester or get ready for the summer and fall teaching.

Due to budget considerations, stipends are not available for this year’s Spring Institute.

Registration is now open. To register for a session, select the link for the session you are interested in attending.

Schedule

All sessions will take place at the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, unless otherwise specified.

Monday, 3/11 Tuesday, 3/12 Wednesday, 3/13 Thursday, 3/14
Applying the Quality Matters™ Rubric
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Room 103B
Instructional Skills Workshop
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location TBD
Instructional Skills Workshop
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location TBD
Instructional Skills Workshop
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location TBD
Who Needs Exams, Anyway?
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Resource Commons
How to Build a Class Community Online
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Online
Improve Your Course
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Room 103B
 
ReggieNet: Active Online Discussions that Work
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Room 108
Working with International Students
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Room 103B
Teaching with OneNote
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Room 103B
 
ReggieNet: Optimize Course Origination for Student Engagement
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Room 108
  Teaching and Assessing for Critical Thinking
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Resource Commons
 

Session Descriptions


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Applying the Quality Matters™ Rubric
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Monday, March 11 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Room 103B

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Facilitator:
Linda Summer, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

Learn about the Quality Matters™ Higher Education Rubric and how to use it to review an online course. This internationally recognized workshop includes hands-on activities designed to help you discover how to continuously improve an online course so that it meets research-based standards of high quality. Normally, this workshop costs $300. As a service to University instructors, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology will offer this workshop free of charge to tenure track faculty, NTT faculty, and administrators. Those who successfully complete the workshop will receive a Quality Matters™ certificate of completion. Lunch will be served. Registration is required.

Please note: This is a single-day, face-to-face workshop. This content was also presented as part of an asynchronous online workshop in February. Separate registration was required for that experience.


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Who Needs Exams, Anyway?
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Monday, March 11 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Resource Commons

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Facilitators:
Julie-Ann McFann, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
Erin Mikulec, School of Teaching and Learning

A tradition in higher education is to grade students based on two midterms and a final. Sometimes quizzes are thrown in for good measure. This workshop will explore pragmatic non-exam strategies for assessing learning that will enable students to show you what they know in a variety of ways. You’ll leave with 2-3 strategies to try in your next class. Registration is required.


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ReggieNet: Active Online Discussions that Work
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Monday, March 11 • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Room 108

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Facilitator:
Mayuko Nakamura, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

Discussion activities are at the core of any online and blended course. But how can we create engaging and vibrant online discussions? This workshop explores different types of discussion activities you can create using ReggieNet’s Forums tool. Additionally, you will learn about the opportunities and limitations of the grading screen, so you can encourage discussion while streamlining grading. Registration is required.


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ReggieNet: Optimize Course Origination for Student Engagement
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Monday, March 11 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Room 108

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Facilitator:
Steve Travers, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

Getting students to engage with online content is a key to teaching a successful blended or online course. So how do we make sure students stay engaged? ReggieNet’s Lessons tool is a highly flexible vehicle for delivering content to students in blended and online courses in a logical and inviting format. Explore some of the different possibilities for organizing your course content, and other options that can help keep your students engaged. Registration is required.


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How to Build a Class Community Online
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Tuesday, March 12 • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Online

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Facilitator:
Linda Summers, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

Learn to design an effective communication system for your class that will help keep all students engaged and aware of expectations and opportunities for learning. This workshop includes hands-on activities designed to showcase methods you can use to make your classes more interactive, engaging, and authentic. Registration is required.


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Working with International Students
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Tuesday, March 12 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Room 103B

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Facilitators:
Mayuko Nakamura, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
Kasia Stadnik, School of Teaching & Learning
Yimin Wang, Office of International Studies and Programs
John Baldwin, School of Communication

Sometimes as teachers, we know an international student needs special attention to truly succeed in our classroom. But exactly how can we help? Where do we begin? Through this workshop, explore the issues that many international students face in U.S. higher education. Learn how to incorporate the perspectives of students in your teaching, and discover how to help international students acquire the skills they need to thrive. Lunch will be served. Registration is required.


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Improve Your Online Course
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Wednesday, March 13 • 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Room 103B

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Facilitator:
Linda Summers, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

This half-day workshop will help you develop a course improvement plan for a blended or online course you have taught at least once – and intend to teach again. The session introduces the Quality Matters™ Higher Education Rubric and covers how to apply QM standards to improve your blended or online course.

Normally, this workshop costs $300. As a service to University instructors, CTLT will offer this workshop free of charge to instructors who have an online or blended course they want to improve. Those who successfully complete the workshop will receive Quality Matters™ certificate of completion. Registration is required.

Please note: This workshop is not for building a course from scratch. Apply to the DART Online Program if you need to build an online course.


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Teaching with OneNote
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Wednesday, March 13 • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Room 103B

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Facilitator:
Jim Gee, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

OneNote is a versatile way to organize information and collaborate with students. Discover how to use OneNote to organize your teaching and centralize tasks such as attendance, lecture notes, and using rubrics. In addition, you will explore OneNote’s new integration with ReggieNet, and learn to manage online workspaces where students can create, share, and critique work. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own laptop to this workshop (but don’t worry-- we’ll have computers available if you can’t). Users who are not proficient with OneNote should take the OneNote: Introduction technology short course first. Registration is required.


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Teaching and Assessing for Critical Thinking
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Wednesday, March 13 • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Resource Commons

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Facilitator:
Claire Lamonica, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology

Critical thinking is the 21st century skill par excellence. Our students’ ability to successfully navigate the universe of information around us and to participate effectively in our democratic society hinges on their critical thinking skills. But how do we know critical thinking when we see it? How can we better promote it in our classrooms? In this workshop you will learn how to hone a definition of critical thinking that meshes with the content of your course. You will also develop learning activities that allow students to cultivate their critical thinking skills. Finally, you will develop a plan for assessing critical thinking in your classroom. Registration is required.


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