Continuing the Conversation on Reimagining the Classroom
Close to 200 people attended the recent Symposium on Reimagining the Classroom for a day of presentations and roundtable discussions about the variety of factors involved in changing classrooms, and classroom teaching, on this campus. Let’s keep the conversation going! You do not need to have attended the Symposium to participate. Graduate Students and Instructors who are interested in discussions or activities related to flexible classrooms are invited to visit the Flexible Classrooms page on the new CITL website. When you Request a Consult someone will contact you directly about discussion groups that are forming around campus.
FAST3 Provides Technology Training for Faculty and Staff
FAST3, a technology training service provided through Webstore, offers convenient workshops on a variety of common software programs including Adobe Acrobat, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. Or, choose from Microsoft applications such as Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word. Most workshops are available at no charge to University faculty and staff. For more information, to register, or see a complete list of workshops visit the FAST3 website.
Monday, Oct 17Make 'Em Laugh (and you should): Using Humor in the Classroom6:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M., room 428 Armory BuildingSpeaker: Lucas Anderson (CITL) Wednesday, Oct 19 Jr. Faculty Fall 2016 Seminar Series: #5: Creating a Promising Syllabus to Motivate Learning11:30 P.M. - 1:00 P.M., room 428 Armory BuildingSpeaker: Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL) EPI Workshop Series for International Graduate Students, Fall 2016: #2. Using clarification and negotiation strategies for effective communication5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M., room 428 Armory BuildingSpeaker: Jeff Arrigo (Linguistics) Thursday, Oct 20Finding a Job in Academia: Undergraduate Institutions (A CTEN panel)5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M., room 223 Gregory HallSpeaker: Donovan Bisbee (CITL) Monday, Oct 24EPI Workshop Series for International Graduate Students, Fall 2016: #4. EPI practice. Setting goals. Resources.5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M., room 428 Armory BuildingSpeaker: Jeff Arrigo (Linguistics) Wednesday, Oct 26 Jr. Faculty Fall 2016 Seminar Series: #6: Maximizing Learning Opportunities in a Multi-Cultural Classroom11:30 P.M. - 1:00 P.M., room 428 Armory BuildingSpeaker: Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL)
Training Opportunities Across Campus
Friday, Oct 17
InDesign CC - Level 21:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., room 27 Illini HallSpeaker: FAST3 / Webstore Training Services Monday, Oct 24 - 26Illustrator CC - Level 11:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., room 27 Illini HallSpeaker: Judy Geistlinger (Fast3/Webstore Training Services) Wednesday, Oct 26Newsletter in a Day1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., room 27 Illini HallSpeaker: Judy Geistlinger (Fast3/Webstore Training Services)
A Simple Invitation - Please See Me. It all began with a simple message that I wrote on the tests or assignments of students who were struggling: “Please see me so we can discuss your performance on the test (or assignment). Let’s see what we can do to improve your grade.” Although initially I was not collecting data on the effectiveness of my “invitation,” I soon realized that most students—about 80 percent—responded to it. Notably, those who met with me began to do better on future tests; their assignments improved as well.
An Innovative Learning Strategy for Exams: 2-Stage Exams and 2-Stage Reviews. Students take an exam individually. Once they complete the exam they turn it in and get into a group with 3 other students. The students then take the identical test but this time they work together on the questions. There is one answer sheet for the group so they all have to come to agreement on each answer. Listening to their peers and arguing for their case helps them to understand the answer better, even if they had gotten the question correct on their individual test. This also works well for a review when students begin a new class and the instructor wants to review the prerequisite material. Directions for this strategy for taking and review the exam are here.