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Tuesday, October 2nd

Creating Articles for News.IllinoisState

Date:
Tuesday, October 2nd
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn how to use the News.IllinoisState.edu content management system, powered by WordPress, to add news articles, tag them to feed to multiple locations (including your website), insert images, photo galleries, and more. This workshop is open to faculty and staff only.

Wednesday, October 3rd

Future Professors Development Circle

Date:
Wednesday, October 3rd
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Explore pedagogical issues, effective and disruptive teaching strategies, and gain confidence in your ability to teach at the college level. This professional development circle helps graduate students to teach in the academy, whether they are currently teaching, working as a teaching assistant, or considering teaching as a career path. Share teaching tips, tricks, and get…

Thursday, October 4th

Small Teaching, Big Thinking Reading Group

Date:
Thursday, October 4th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Teaching can be an isolating experience.  This reading group, intended for those who have been teaching at Illinois State for more than four years, provides an opportunity for faculty to engage in discussions to encourage peer support, networking, and mentorship. Experience new confidence in yourself and your ability to teach! During the Fall semester, we will be using Small Teaching , by…

Tuesday, October 9th

Photoshop: Getting Started

Date:
Tuesday, October 9th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Get an overview of the digital image editing program, including a walkthrough of basic tools and concepts. Learn to works with raster graphics, using the tools and commands available in Photoshop, as well as the various ways you can save your work for a website or for printing. This class finishes with a lesson on…

OneDrive: Getting Started (Online)

Date:
Tuesday, October 9th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Take your projects on the go using Microsoft Office apps for iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices through OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud-based storage, free for members of the campus community. Learn how to share documents through OneDrive and discuss how to use this service within the boundaries of Illinois State data security policies and FERPA. This…

Wednesday, October 10th

OneNote: Introduction (Online)

Date:
Wednesday, October 10th
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Transform how you take and share notes with Microsoft OneNote. Unlike a word processor, OneNote allows you to easily include images, videos, and audio clips anywhere on the page. Organize information into virtual notebooks that can be shared across all your devices and with others. This workshop shows you the basics features of OneNote, how…

Early-Career Faculty Development Circle

Date:
Wednesday, October 10th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CTLT’s Early-Career Faculty Circles offer faculty in their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of service at ISU a combination of professional development and peer support. Join us for a series of lively conversations about surviving and thriving in the academy. Discussions for fall will be based on chapters from What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain; however, there…

Microsoft Forms: Getting Started (Online)

Date:
Wednesday, October 10th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Microsoft Forms is a quick, easy, mobile-friendly way to create sign-up forms, polls, and surveys. As part of Office 365, it is open to faculty, staff, and students. This one-hour workshop will get you started using forms, show you how to design questionnaires, export data, and use this powerful tool as a real-time way to…

Thursday, October 11th

ReggieNet: The Basics

Date:
Thursday, October 11th
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am

This workshop is your introduction to the basic tools necessary to work in ReggieNet. Become familiar with navigation in ReggieNet and how to use the site information display. Explore how to manage your Home site, organize your courses as favorites, and use the Site Info and syllabus tools. You’ll also to learn how to get…

Early-Career Faculty Development Circle

Date:
Thursday, October 11th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CTLT’s Early-Career Faculty Circles offer faculty in their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of service at ISU a combination of professional development and peer support. Join us for a series of lively conversations about surviving and thriving in the academy. Discussions for fall will be based on chapters from What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain; however, there…

ReggieNet: Create Basic Assignments

Date:
Thursday, October 11th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Learn how to create, post, review, and grade assignments using the Assignments tool. After this hands-on workshop, you’ll feel confident about the basics and ready to consider more advance types of assignments. Registration is required.

ReggieNet: Gradebook Overview

Date:
Thursday, October 11th
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get a hands-on tour of the ReggieNet Gradebook tool. Learn how to create items within the Gradebook or add them from other ReggieNet tools. You’ll tackle basic features like setting up grade categories, working with weighted categories, reordering your gradebook items, and viewing grading statistics. Registration is required

Friday, October 12th

Foundations of Diversity and Inclusion: Privilege and Power

Date:
Friday, October 12th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

How do privilege and power function through society, and how does it affect you, personally? By reflecting on this, you can identify strategies to become more inclusive in your teaching and in the workplace. This seminar will help you better understand your own multiple identities and the presence and absence of privileges based on your…

Monday, October 15th

ReggieNet: Getting Started with Lessons

Date:
Monday, October 15th
Time:
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Create engaging online lessons in your course through the Lessons tool. It allows you to arrange different kinds of content items in one place, providing your students with rich learning possibilities. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to create a basic lesson, incorporating instructional materials, learning activities, and assessments. Registration is required.

ReggieNet: Communicate with Your Students

Date:
Monday, October 15th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Communication is at the core of any learning management system, and ReggieNet is no exception. Learn how to post announcements, use the blog and discussion forum features, and the new Commons tool. You’ll also explore the pros and cons of the Messages and Email tools, so you can decide which one best suits your teaching…

Tuesday, October 16th

Photoshop: 3 Ways to Change a Photo

Date:
Tuesday, October 16th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

When it comes down to it, there are only 3 ways to change a photo in Photoshop: general changes that affect the whole photo, changes via selection, and changes made using a brush-metaphor tool. We'll be exploring all three. As far as brushes go, we'll be spending a good amount of time learning how to…

ReggieNet: Forums

Date:
Tuesday, October 16th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Create engaging class discussions through Forums. Learn how to automatically create discussion groups. You’ll also survey the different ways to grade discussions, including by topic or message. Registration is required.

Wednesday, October 17th

Formstack for Beginners

Date:
Wednesday, October 17th
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Discover how to build and update forms using Formstack, Illinois State’s primary, non-research form creation tool. You will learn how to download forms submissions data and set up notifications. Completing this training is a prerequisite for using Formstack. Registration is required. Please note: Qualtrics has replaced Select Survey for research. Log in to IllinoisState.Qualtrics.com to…

Future Professors Development Circle

Date:
Wednesday, October 17th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Explore pedagogical issues, effective and disruptive teaching strategies, and gain confidence in your ability to teach at the college level. This professional development circle helps graduate students to teach in the academy, whether they are currently teaching, working as a teaching assistant, or considering teaching as a career path. Share teaching tips, tricks, and get…

Excel: Level 1

Date:
Wednesday, October 17th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

An introduction to Microsoft Excel: Topics include basic features such as spreadsheet arrangement (rows, columns, and cells), entering, editing, and formatting data. Also learn about formulas and graph creation.

Thursday, October 18th

ReggieNet: Tests and Quizzes Basics

Date:
Thursday, October 18th
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Explore how to create assessments from scratch in the Tests & Quizzes tool or import them from other sources. You’ll get an overview of the different types of available questions, and how to adjust settings such as release and close dates, and how to give individual students more time to take a quiz. You’ll also…

Teaching with OneNote

Date:
Thursday, October 18th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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 ways to use OneNote for project- and collaborative-based learning, by creating online workspaces where students can create, share,…

Small Teaching, Big Thinking Reading Group

Date:
Thursday, October 18th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Teaching can be an isolating experience.  This reading group, intended for those who have been teaching at Illinois State for more than four years, provides an opportunity for faculty to engage in discussions to encourage peer support, networking, and mentorship. Experience new confidence in yourself and your ability to teach! During the Fall semester, we will be using Small Teaching , by…

Friday, October 19th

Meaningful Feedback for International Student Writers

Date:
Friday, October 19th
Time:
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Identify how to work effectively and confidently with multilingual students and provide meaningful responses to their writing.  You’ll work with colleague to explore types of feedback for students whose first language is other than English or a non-mainstream American English.  You will leave with new ideas, resources to create meaningful writing tasks, and effective feedback…

Monday, October 22nd

ReggieNet: Organization and Layout in Lessons

Date:
Monday, October 22nd
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Maximize your students’ online learning using a multi-step, guided experience using the Lessons tool. Find out how to manipulate the layout of content items in the Lessons tool into content areas, columns, sections, and pages. Additionally, you’ll see how to rearrange content items within specific content areas, giving you fine control over what you students…

OUCampus

Date:
Monday, October 22nd
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Learn how to update your unit’s website using OUCampus, Illinois State’s primary content management system. You will be given access to your website(s) and trained to add, edit, and publish content, including links and PDFs. You’ll also learn how to request more complex website updates from the WEB staff, such as photo and layout changes.…

Get to Know Clickers

Date:
Monday, October 22nd
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Clickers are audience response devices which allow instructors to poll an audience in real time. This special one-hour session puts a clicker in your hand, so you can experience this technology’s potential from a student’s perspective. This brief session is designed to help you decide if you want to use clickers in your course. Those…

Tuesday, October 23rd

Photoshop: Layers

Date:
Tuesday, October 23rd
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This workshop covers how to manipulate, re-order, and merge layers. The session will also give you an overview of how to combine elements from different pictures to create a new composition.

ReggieNet: Track Student Activity

Date:
Tuesday, October 23rd
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

ReggieNet provides several tools that help you obtain information about user activity within your course. Unearth important statistical information about user activity that can be used for grading, troubleshooting, and course support. This workshop will help you discover where to go in their ReggieNet course to find some often needed, hard to find information. Registration…

Wednesday, October 24th

Reasonable Guessing: Understanding Fair Use

Date:
Wednesday, October 24th
Time:
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Academics are frequently confronted by questions of copyright law and fair use. In this workshop, gain greater confidence when applying fair use to support your teaching. You’ll explore the fair use statute, confronting each of the four factors that guide courts in their decision-making. Working alone and with other participants, you’ll get the change to…

Formstack Advanced

Date:
Wednesday, October 24th
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn how to build and manage advanced Formstack features. You will learn more about logic features and form/field security and authentication. Completion of basic Formstack training is recommended. Registration is required.

Early-Career Faculty Development Circle

Date:
Wednesday, October 24th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CTLT’s Early-Career Faculty Circles offer faculty in their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of service at ISU a combination of professional development and peer support. Join us for a series of lively conversations about surviving and thriving in the academy. Discussions for fall will be based on chapters from What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain; however, there…

Excel: Level 2

Date:
Wednesday, October 24th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This course continues the basics of creating and modifying charts that began in Excel: Level 1. Also explore useful tools like filtering, which make viewing data accessible at a glance, and pivot tables to summarize values.

Thursday, October 25th

Early-Career Faculty Development Circle

Date:
Thursday, October 25th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CTLT’s Early-Career Faculty Circles offer faculty in their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of service at ISU a combination of professional development and peer support. Join us for a series of lively conversations about surviving and thriving in the academy. Discussions for fall will be based on chapters from What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain; however, there…

ReggieNet: Question Pools

Date:
Thursday, October 25th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Tired of re-writing that quiz semester after semester? Question pools can help. Create a bank of questions you can draw upon to assess students’ learning through the Tests & Quizzes tool. You’ll learn how to import questions and how to randomize quizzes to minimize the chances that students will take identical assessments. Those new to…

Monday, October 29th

ReggieNet: Lessons Advanced Design

Date:
Monday, October 29th
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 am

This session focuses on advanced features found in the Lessons tool. Learn how to create requirements for items, make prerequisite items, add and remove lesson pages, and how to recover or permanently remove lessons. Those new to ReggieNet or the Lessons tool should consider completing ReggieNet: Getting Started with Lessons before this workshop. Registration is…

PowerPoint

Date:
Monday, October 29th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get an overview on this presentation software’s basic tools and functions. You will learn to work with text, images, slide layouts, backgrounds, slide transitions and more. This class is suitable for those who are entirely new to PowerPoint or for those who would like a refresher.

Cultivating Open-Mindedness and Critical Thinking in All Classrooms

Date:
Monday, October 29th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

How can we foster open-mindedness and critical thinking skills in college classes? Come explore several simple classroom strategies that encourage students to practice looking at problems from multiple perspectives and thinking critically to solve them. After engaging in a series of sample activities from a mathematics course, participants will reflect upon how those strategies might…

Cultivating Open-Mindedness and Critical Thinking in All Classrooms

Date:
Monday, October 29th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

How can we foster open-mindedness and critical thinking skills in college classes? Come explore several simple classroom strategies that encourage students to practice looking at problems from multiple perspectives and thinking critically to solve them. After engaging in a series of sample activities from a mathematics course, participants will reflect upon how those strategies might…

Tuesday, October 30th

Photoshop: Selections

Date:
Tuesday, October 30th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Look at how to make harder selections using Photoshop’s more advanced selection tools.  Registration is required.

ReggieNet: Little Tools for Teaching

Date:
Tuesday, October 30th
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Most instructors are familiar ReggieNet’s most popular tools like the Gradebook, Assignments, and Tests & Quizzes. But ReggieNet has much more to offer. Get a brief hands-on overview of some of the lesser used ReggieNet tools. You’ll delve into tools like Dropbox, PostEm, Attendance, Polls, Blogs, Calendar, and Roster. See if these hidden ReggieNet gems…

Wednesday, October 31st

ReggieNet: Group and Peer Review Assignments

Date:
Wednesday, October 31st
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Enhance students’ learning by encouraging them to interact. ReggieNet’s Assignments tool allows for group submissions. It also allows students to review each other’s assignments. In this brief workshop, you’ll discover how to set up, post, and grade both types of these assignments. Those new to ReggieNet or the Assignments tool should consider completing ReggieNet: Create…

Future Professors Development Circle

Date:
Wednesday, October 31st
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Explore pedagogical issues, effective and disruptive teaching strategies, and gain confidence in your ability to teach at the college level. This professional development circle helps graduate students to teach in the academy, whether they are currently teaching, working as a teaching assistant, or considering teaching as a career path. Share teaching tips, tricks, and get…