Join colleagues from across campus as they facilitate workshops that explore new topics in teaching and student learning.
Each workshop description, below, includes a link to register through the My IllinoisState portal. If you need assistance with this process, please contact CTLT at 438-2542.
|Cheating in Online Classes||Cultivating Open-Mindedness and Critical Thinking in All Classrooms||Design Online Discussion Forums to Engage Students and Enliven Conversations||Incorporating Devices into Your Lecture|
|Learning through Stories: Using Pop Culture to Enhance Student Engagement||Practical Strategies to Motivate Millennial Students||Student Reflection to Facilitate Critical Thinking||Surviving and Succeeding as an Academic and a Mother|
Julie Campbell, Psychology
How can instructors compete with students’ fascination with their mobile devices and social media? One solution: put those devices to work for learning. In this workshop, you’ll participate in activities that will result in new ideas for incorporating devices in your classes and transform your teaching. You’ll develop a teaching plan that incorporates devices and one or more apps which will help you to make new connections with your students. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.
Jennifer Peterson, Health Sciences
A number of studies show that students are actually more likely to cheat in on-campus courses than in online courses. Nonetheless, the popular perceptions that online courses are rife with cheating and lack academic rigor endure. In this workshop, you’ll review relevant research and identify aspects of your online course where academic dishonesty may occur. You’ll explore methods for decreasing cheating, such as non-traditional forms of assessment and greater student-faculty contact, and apply them to your own online course. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.
Iuliia Tetteh, Agriculture
Aslihan Spaulding, Agriculture
Research shows that millennial college students have very low tolerance for delay, expect immediate feedback and recognition, crave structure, and do not like ambiguity—traits that sometimes run counter to traditional teaching strategies. Gain a better understanding of what motivates millennial college students at Illinois State based on the findings of a university-wide student survey. You will be able to identify the gap between your perception of millennial college students’ study habits and motivators and the actual ones reported by students in the survey. You’ll also develop ways to adapt the existing teaching strategies and turn them into effective teaching tools to maintain millennials’ interest and attention. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.
Karen Dennis, Kinesiology and Recreation
Anna Miles, Kinesiology and Recreation
Teaching students how to learn, not just what to learn, is a challenge. How do we move them beyond note cards and memorization to robust, life-long learning? This workshop will examine critical thinking across disciplines and identify ways to encourage students through reflection. Participants will explore the “Learning How to Learn” aspect of Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant Learning. Participants will then explore specific applications of student reflection to promote critical thinking in their own classes. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.
Shelly Clevenger, Criminal Justice Sciences
Scott Jordan, Psychology
Leandra Parris, Psychology
Eric Wesselmann, Psychology
This full day workshop will present strategies for engaging students in the learning process through incorporating pop culture into lessons and assignments. It starts with a cognitive examination of the learning process and how our brains create stories that lead to schemas to help us understand and integrate new information. We will then examine ways in which our cognitions tell us stories about events, which lead to feelings and behaviors, in the context of learning. The third phase will take the attendees beyond the brain and emotions and into the social realm, exploring how the stories society (i.e., popular culture) tells influences us as a group as well as individual learners. Finally, a social justice perspective of storytelling in terms of civic engagement and methods for using these strategies in the classroom, regardless of topic, will be presented. You’ll engage in hands-on activities to illustrate the importance of popular culture and storytelling. The second half of the workshop will focus on small group activities designed to help attendees identify ways to integrate popular culture in their specific courses to enhance student engagement and subsequent learning. Lunch is provided. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.
Allison Alcorn, Music
The discussion forum is one of the most critical components of an online course. Yet, many online courses have discussions that are nothing more than “make one post and reply to two colleagues’ posts.” Students follow that instruction, and the “discussion” is over. Very little learning has occurred. This workshop will consider the role of the instructor, how to design discussion forums creatively, and how to foster robust (and actual) discussion. By the end of this workshop, you will have constructed three online discussion forums for a single course, utilizing the principles and practices explored throughout the day. Lunch is provided. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.
Janet Moore, University College
Explore opportunities for structuring classroom experiences in ways that allow students to practice open-mindedness while exercising critical thinking skills. After engaging in a series of activities from a mathematics course, you’ll reflect upon their potential for helping students in your discipline. You’ll create an action plan for transforming activities in your own courses to better help students become diverse minded, civically engaged critical thinkers. Lunch is provided. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.
Shelly Clevenger, Criminal Justice Sciences
Women who are mothers and work as faculty often face issues that their male colleagues who are fathers do not. This is often a result of gender norms, roles, and expectations related to motherhood and women. Faculty mothers can face obstacles in balancing work and family life, and issues in forming relationships at work. This can be especially challenging for women who teach in male dominated or traditionally masculine fields or where there are no, or few, other women who are mothers. In this workshop, you will take part in activities to highlight strategies and techniques for improving these situations and experiences. You’ll also work to identify an issue you may face and some ways you could improve it. Lunch is provided. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.
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