Draft List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent Available
The fall 2016 draft List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their students for Fall 2016 is ready for review. Contact our office at 244-3839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any updates or questions. The list will be published in the Daily Illini on Thursday, March 16.
Create Your Own Online Course Workshops
CITL will be hosting the second iteration of "Create Your Own Online Course" series of consecutive, typically 30-minute workshops on April 3, 4, and 6 from 12:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. each day. This is open to all instructors and TAs who want to learn best practices for creating an online course. Detailed agenda and registration information can be found at http://go.illinois.edu/CreateYourOwnOnlineCourse.
Certificate Deadline is April 17
If you hope to earn one of our teaching certificates this year, please have all requirements completed and your application submitted by the end of the day on Monday, April 17. You may drop off your completed application to the CITL office in room 249 of the Armory, or send it through campus mail (MC-528). Certificates will be awarded on May 2; more details to come.
Get a certificate in science communication!
The new Certificate in Science Communication is offered jointly by the 21st Century Scientists Working Group and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.
The ability to communicate with others about your research is an important part of being a scientist today. Understanding your audience and presenting your work in a way that resonates with them will help you interact more successfully with members of the press, members of the public, and grant committees. It may also enable you to engage directly with your audience through your own writing, videos, podcasts, or other media. Learn more about the Certificate in Science Communication. Please send questions or inquires about pursuing the certificate to email@example.com.
College Teaching Effectiveness Network (CTEN) March Meeting
Join the College Teaching Effectiveness Network for their March meeting. Graduate students from all departments and all levels of teaching experience are encouraged to attend. The main event is a guest presentation/pedagogy talk by Dr. Jose Vazquez, Professor of Economics and Director of the LAS Teaching Academy. Following that, we'll be planning our upcoming workshop: "How the Best UIUC Teachers Handle Difficult Topics." Please join us in Armory 428 from 3:30-4:30 on March 30th. Feel free to contact Donovan Bisbee (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Want to see what workshops and events are coming later in the system? Look at our full calendar for more information.
Fri Mar 10Microaggressions and Teaching12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M., room 428 Armory BuildingSpeaker: Audrey Neville (CITL) Mon Mar 13Oh No! Dealing with Difficult Situations in the Classroom3:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M., room 428 Armory BuildingSpeaker: Kazem Alidoost (CITL) Wed Mar 15The Power of Presentations: Enhancing your Slides for Teaching and Engagement11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., room 314 Main LibrarySpeaker: Jamie Nelson (CITL) Jr. Faculty S'17 Seminar Series: #4: Creating Effective Team Assignments and Student Teams: What, How, and Why11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., room 428 Armory BuildingSpeaker: Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL) Mon Mar 27Jr. Faculty S'17 Seminar Series: #5: Enhancing Teaching – Is That Sufficient? The Critical Role of Students in Their Own Learning11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., room 428 Armory BuildingSpeaker: Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL) Wed Mar 29Jr. Faculty S'17 Seminar Series: #6: Active Teaching = Active Learning: Strategies for Deep Learning and Retention11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., room 428 Armory BuildingSpeaker: Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL)
Fri Mar 10Illinois Compass 2g Grade Center Workshop10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M., room 428 Armory BuildingSpeaker: Dan Hahn and Rick Hazelwood (Technology Services) Mon Mar 13Illinois Compass 2g Grade Center Workshop3:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M., room 428 Armory BuildingSpeaker: Jordan Branham (CITL) Tue Mar 14Stata I: Getting Started with Stata5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M., room G17 Foreign Languages BuildingSpeaker: CITL Data Analytics Wed Mar 15Questionnaire Design5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M., room G8A Foreign Languages BuildingSpeaker: CITL Data Analytics TUE Mar 28CITL Statistics, Data, and Survey Research Workshop Series5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M., room G8A Foreign Languages BuildingSpeaker: CITL Data Analytics
Training Opportunities Across Campus
The importance of student happiness cannot be underestimated as a determining factor in academic performance, especially in the context of today’s universities. However, teachers can be empowered in their roles as holistic educators and become positive mentors for their students, providing understanding, empathy and encouragement. Furthermore, they can also train students in developing their emotional resilience. This should be given particular emphasis in this day and age, where students are increasingly vulnerable to the negative effects of boredom, stress and frustration in their university courses. So, teachers have an increasingly important role as contributors to student happiness. It can be said that a truly happy student is likely to excel in his academic pursuit.
Here’s a quote,
“I see myself as a learner first, thus I create my classes with learners, not for them ….”
When I think about classes I think about myself as a teacher first. So, I’ve been trying to imagine facing a teaching task from the perspective of a learner. The quote represents another push away from teaching and toward learning. But the preposition “with” makes it something more than just another admonition to be more learner-centered. Classes are created with learners, not for them. Even given my long-standing interest in learner-centered teaching, I have to be honest and admit, I created courses and now create workshops for learners, not with them. Perhaps here is a way by doing beneficial things for students if I use what I have learned by doing things with them.