Redbirds Keep Teaching takes on a whole new meaning for the summer and fall of 2020— a shift in focus from support for emergency teaching to support for teaching as effectively as possible in an unpredictable environment.
CTLT, along with partners from across campus, will introduce a series of new initiatives. These resources and professional development opportunities will be designed around the new Framework for Inclusive Teaching Excellence. The aim— to empower instructors with knowledge and flexible tools for face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning situations.
Human resources tips for working from home can be found on the Redbirds Keep Thriving page for faculty/staff.
Instructors, refer your students to Redbirds Keep Learning for helpful information.
For the latest on the campus-wide response to COVID-19, see Illinois State University's Update Page.
Coming June 1, the DIY Online project and related programs feature a wide variety of professional development opportunities and online tools to help you prepare for Fall 2020, including:
Starting June 1, faculty will have the opportunity to develop course strategies through a series of self-paced, multimedia learning modules. Topics will cover online course design, creating micro-lectures, facilitating discussion, equity and diversity, and much more.
Instructors may now request one of four pre-built templates for their ReggieNet course sites. These templates help to organize 16-week courses using popular tools and dedicated lesson pages.
Starting around June 15, experienced faculty members will offer online workshops covering many of the same topics presented in DIY Online. Registration for these events will open soon. Stipends and certificates of completion will also be available for those who complete these sessions.
CTLT is adding additional sections of Summer Institute programming on topics critical to student success in the new academic year. Watch the Summer Institute page and your campus email for announcements as more workshops become available.
Each academic department or school will be offered a two-hour workshop on a topic specific to their own unit's needs. Chairs and directors will have the opportunity to select professional development priorities in the coming weeks. Faculty mentors from across campus will deliver these workshops.
Registration for CTLT’s Technology Short Courses, covering teaching tools including Zoom, OneNote, and ReggieNet, is now open.
Watch for announcements concerning additional college/department and discipline focused professional development opportunities.
Top Tech Tips for Faculty and Staff - a guide for working remotely.
ReggieNet Instructor Support - handouts and how-to videos covering many of the tools available in Illinois State University's official learning management system.
Teaching with Zoom - a guide to using Zoom in combination with ReggieNet. Includes short video tutorials, handouts, and links to pre-recorded webinars.
Lecture and Slideshow Recording - two recommended methods for quickly adding voice to lectures and presentations.
Student Privacy - legal language concerning online recordings and FERPA considerations in regards to distance learning.
Test Proctoring - advice for designing tests in the online environment.
Virtual computer labs and apps - students and instructors can access virtual resources through Citrix.IllinoisState.edu. This includes access to generally available software. Instructors should contact their department/college IT to request specialized software.
Milner Library Services - A detailed list of support for research and learning through Milner Library
Milner Library is now offing Virtual Reference Offerings at the hours listed below.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Several professional organizations and businesses which support online learning and professional development are offering free or discounted services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
Visit the Additional Resources for Faculty page
Ensuring digital materials meet the needs of all students is an important consideration when moving instruction to online spaces.