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May 2019

Give Your Course a Makeover

Date:
Wednesday, May 29th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Give Your Course a Makeover helps you to breathe new life into an old course.  Maybe it’s a course that you’ve “tweaked” so often that now it feels out of kilter or “not quite right.”  Maybe it’s a course you took over from a colleague but haven’t managed to make your own. Maybe it’s a course that’s always gone well, but the excitement is gone, and you’re not sure you can face one more semester with one more set of students doing…

June 2019

How to Integrate Student Researchers in Community Projects

Date:
Monday, June 3rd
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Help students conduct applied research in community settings.  Creating these types of learning opportunities not only builds research skills but also encourages community engagement.  Learn how to match students’ skills with an agency’s needs, and examine the potential benefits and challenges of having students serve and be supervised in community settings. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

A Developmental Approach to Understanding Persistent Racial Injustice

Date:
Tuesday, June 4th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Probe students’ perceived reasons for the enduring racial inequity in America and the impact on higher education. Dysconscious racism (DR) is a mindset, primarily a product of miseducation, that bypasses any ethical judgment about societal inequality. It regularly produces individuals who tacitly fail to question norms and privilege. In this discussion, more theoretical than best practice, we will explore the student categories of DR and how they relate to student learning preferences. We will use the often-overlooked work of William Perry as…

Anatomy of an Accessible Document

Date:
Wednesday, June 5th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Help students with diverse needs through the creation of digital documents and other accessible content. This workshop takes you on a step-by-step journey to discover tips and tricks for creating emails, documents, and media that are universally designed for all students at Illinois State University.  You’ll leave with an understanding of research-based practices for optimizing images, color contrast, formatting, video captions, and more. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Cancelled: Design and Implement a Faculty-Lead Study Abroad Program

Date:
Wednesday, June 5th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Investigate the process of developing a faculty-led study abroad program. Learn about the various options available for structuring a program and the responsibilities associated with being a faculty director. You’ll also learn about academics in a study abroad program, including course selection, instructional methods, out-of-class learning opportunities, and assessment. Plus, you’ll explore how to develop the study abroad proposal, including revisions to your course syllabus. You will also begin working on the budget piece of the proposal and become familiar with recruitment strategies. Successful participants will already have a specific destination and course(s)…

Working with International Students

Date:
Thursday, June 6th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sometimes as teachers, we know an international student needs special attention to truly succeed in our classroom. But exactly how can we help? Where do we begin? Through this workshop, explore the issues that many international students face in U.S. higher education. Learn how to incorporate the perspectives of students in your teaching and discover how to help international students acquire the skills they need to thrive. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Promoting Empathy in Education

Date:
Monday, June 10th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

If we, as educators, want to promote compassion and empathy in our wider culture, it is important to learn empathy skills and consider how to integrate expressions of empathy with our students. This workshop will discuss basic components of empathetic listening. We will utilize practice exercises to promote empathy and accurate listening and discuss how these skills can be translated to engage diverse viewpoints in educational settings. The workshop will introduce skills that educators can utilize for empathetic responses with students — such as reflections,…

(Re)Design Your Course for Civic Engagement

Date:
Tuesday, June 11th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Emphasize the value of citizenship, service learning, and civic engagement in your course. Faculty selected to participate in this cohort will spend four days working to integrate civic engagement into a course they have taught and will teach again in the near future. The redesign process will allow you to promote active learning experiences and assessment through which students can gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility. This opportunity can also be used to develop…

Community Partners Lunch and Learn

Date:
Wednesday, June 12th
Time:
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Interested in incorporating civic engagement or service learning in your courses? CTLT can help you connect with some community partners. Join us for a lunch and meet representatives from agencies in town who would like to collaborate with ISU students. At this event, community partners will give a short overview of their programs, services, and needs, and then faculty will have the opportunity to talk with community partners and discuss possibilities. No stipend is available for this workshop. Registration is required.

ReggieNet: Online Assessments Using the Tests and Quizzes Tool

Date:
Thursday, June 13th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn how to use the ReggieNet Tests & Quizzes tool for creating assessments that measure student learning based on the associated learning objectives.  Instructors will learn how to construct assessments using a variety of design strategies that are useful for accurately measuring student learning. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Meaningful Feedback to International Student Writers

Date:
Thursday, June 13th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Identify how to work effectively and confidently with multilingual students and provide meaningful responses to their writing.  In this workshop, you will 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 strategies you can develop and implement for your course. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

How to Engage Students with Unfamiliar Content

Date:
Monday, June 17th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Discover a few simple, yet powerful strategies for engaging students meaningfully in a variety of content areas. This workshop begins by challenging participants to engage with content in a variety of disciplines to explore several suggested strategies. Then, after reflecting upon the learning process, participants will collaborate to design classroom experiences that apply one or more of the strategies to their own course content. Ultimately, the goal is to develop strategies that will encourage students to engage in meaningful, diverse learning experiences,…

Integrate Career Center Resources into Course Activities and Assignments

Date:
Tuesday, June 18th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Integrating career development and readiness opportunities are important to deepening student engagement in preparation for lifelong learning and success, as highlighted in Educate Connect Elevate:  Illinois State.  But what is the difference between career development and career readiness? This workshop will help you develop course activities or assignments that utilize the resources available through the Career Center so that students are not only ready for their professional careers but engage in a lifelong process of career development. A stipend is available for eligible participants.…

ReggieNet: Group and Peer-Review Assignments

Date:
Wednesday, June 19th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

ReggieNet can be used to promote student engagement and social learning online.  In this half-day workshop, instructors will learn how to develop engaging social learning activities in ReggieNet using the group and peer-review assignment settings in the ReggieNet Assignments tool.  A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Mindful Faculty, Mindful Students

Date:
Thursday, June 20th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learn about the value of mindfulness and simple strategies that promote a mindful classroom. Attendees will also learn about the role of mindfulness in self-compassion, a practice robustly associated with reductions in stress and maladaptive perfectionism. The workshop will also focus on developing problem-solving strategies for reducing distractions and building focus for both faculty and students. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

ReggieNet: Online Discussions Using the Forums Tools

Date:
Tuesday, June 25th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do you wish your students would interact more online? Following good practices in designing online discussions can help instructors create engaging social learning in their courses.  In this workshop, you will learn the pedagogical skills needed to create engaging course discussions and the technical skills needed to use the ReggieNet Forums tool. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

ReggieNet: Online Course Design Using the Lessons Tool

Date:
Thursday, June 27th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Discover how to use the ReggieNet Lessons tool to promote student learning.  Explore design models for ReggieNet lessons that not only engage student learning but scaffold student learning by aligning the lesson with the assessments and student learning objectives.  A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

July 2019

Researching and Teaching through Arts-Based Inquiry Methods

Date:
Monday, July 8th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This workshop introduces faculty to arts-based research design (ABR) to augment qualitative approaches undergraduate and graduate students typically select for research projects. At the same time, gaining an appreciation for arts-based inquiry can lead faculty to adopt such practices for their own research, especially SoTL projects.  Participants will learn about the nature and merits of ABR, experience several activities, and create a class assignment and assessment method appropriate for their course. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Going Global with Your Course

Date:
Tuesday, July 9th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Design or revamp your course to make it more globally engaged, in keeping with the latest versions of Educate • Connect • Elevate and the University’s International Strategic Plan. Become aware of current paradigms shaping the internationalization of higher education and how these have been conceptualized and operationalized. Learn about common and effective approaches for creating global courses. You’ll become familiar with books, organizations, web sites, and technological tools that can help you design or redesign your course. You’ll also…

Lose the Points: Grading Systems that Emphasize Learning

Date:
Wednesday, July 10th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Research shows that students associate grades with the work they completed, their effort, or how hard they worked… while faculty believe grades reflect a level of learning. This workshop will introduce two alternative methods for assigning grades: Specification Grading and Standards-based Grading. You will explore each grading system using example syllabi from University courses, evaluate the benefits and challenges of each system, and learn how to incorporate one of these grading systems your own courses. A stipend is available for eligible…

Guiding, Teaching, and Breaking Through Bottlenecks in Learning

Date:
Monday, July 15th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Teaching a course comes with both successes and failures. Those failures are like bottlenecks that limit the overall success of our course. So how can we break through? Participants will examine concepts of "bottlenecks" and identify a key concept or process students struggle to learn in a course they teach. Then, participants will develop ways to provide students tools and opportunities to move forward.  By removing the road blocks to our learning outcomes, students are better able to learn the…

Technology Tools for Enhancing Student Engagement

Date:
Tuesday, July 16th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This workshop introduces instructors to a variety of technology tools that can be used to enhance student engagement in online, blended, and face-to-face learning. This is not just a session to talk about tools-- you’ll get hands-on practice with a variety of them, experiencing them from both the student and the instructor perspective. You’ll also learn how to incorporate these tools into ReggieNet.  A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Making Course Materials Affordable for Students

Date:
Tuesday, July 16th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Data show that costly course materials can negatively impact student grades and retention. 66% of students have not purchased one or more required textbooks because they cannot afford them, according to a 2016 study. Discover how you might ease this burden on students by using open educational resources (OERs). You’ll learn to locate and evaluate materials like open textbooks and find examples of affordable materials in your discipline. You’ll leave understanding Creative Commons licensing and models for authoring open textbooks—including funding models…

Teaching Students to Address New Problems

Date:
Wednesday, July 17th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Reinvent assessment tasks and build instructional activities that help students bridge learning from your course to other learning settings. Participants will use their own experiences and recommendations from design research principles to set up their own instructional models. Then participants will collaborate to write tasks that engage our students in transferable reasoning appropriate to our academic disciplines. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

ReggieNet: Group and Peer-Review Assignments

Date:
Thursday, July 18th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

ReggieNet can be used to promote student engagement and social learning online.  In this half-day workshop, instructors will learn how to develop engaging social learning activities in ReggieNet using the group and peer-review assignment settings in the ReggieNet Assignments tool.  A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Using Nearpod to Engage Students and Transform Teaching

Date:
Monday, July 22nd
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn about Nearpod, a teaching and learning app that is quickly gaining in popularity. Nearpod can transform how you teach while also deterring students from distracting themselves with their mobile devices. You’ll explore proven ways to use this app to connect with students through those devices.  To fully participate in this session, attendees are encouraged to download the Nearpod app in advance and bring their own mobile devices to the workshop. A stipend is available for eligible participants.

ReggieNet: Online Discussions Using the Forums Tools

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

Do you wish your students would interact more online? Following good practices in designing online discussions can help instructors create engaging social learning in their courses.  In this workshop, you will learn the pedagogical skills needed to create engaging course discussions and the technical skills needed to use the ReggieNet Forums tool. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Establishing Successful Co-Teaching Relationships

Date:
Thursday, July 25th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Designed well, co-teaching experiences in the college classroom can be positive for both students and teachers, creating a dynamic of collaboration and shared purpose. However, such experiences can also have less-positive outcomes, due to lack of cohesion, planning, or communication across instructors. Join two faculty members, who have designed and sustained a successful co-teaching relationship over the last four years, to discuss student and faculty perspectives reflecting the realities of co-taught coursework. Research-informed best practices in co-teaching will be discussed along…

Bringing the Dimensions of Honors to Life

Date:
Thursday, July 25th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This special workshop focuses on the Honors learning framework, Illinois State’s Dimensions of Honors Learning system, and how you can apply them to your teaching. These dimensions are the skills and values that form the foundation of the learning experiences for our students: Interdisciplinary Learning, Creative Productivity, Intercultural Competence, Critical Thinking, Leadership Development, and Information Fluency.  Learn how to connect the Dimensions of Honors Learning to course content, how to create engaging learning experiences, and how to encourage Honors students to…

Improve Retention without Lowering Standards

Date:
Monday, July 29th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this workshop, participants will examine the tensions between educator and students in high-stakes courses.  One way to reduce these tensions is to create a prerequisite module within ReggieNet to ensure students have the foundation they need to be successful in the course. Participants will leave the workshop with a framework to create a module (e.g., goals, agenda, resources, teaching techniques) on ReggieNet.  A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Mental Health First Aid

Date:
Tuesday, July 30th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. in fact, mental health issues are one of the major reason students leave Illinois State University. Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. During this two-day training, you will learn the ALGEE five-step action plan to offer initial help to people in a crisis and connect them with the…

Creating Classroom Culture for International Students’ Success

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

Creating an open, respectful community is key to all students, especially international students, experiencing deep, powerful learning. In this workshop, you’ll discuss many of the issues international students face in the classroom. Learn to facilitate the development of both student to student and student to teacher relationships. You’ll leave this workshop understanding how to negotiate power and distance in relationships to create a truly effective learning environment. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

ReggieNet: Online Course Design Using the Lessons Tool

Date:
Tuesday, July 30th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Discover how to use the ReggieNet Lessons tool to promote student learning.  Explore design models for ReggieNet lessons that not only engage student learning but scaffold student learning by aligning the lesson with the assessments and student learning objectives.  A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

August 2019

Academic Dishonesty and Student Conduct

Date:
Monday, August 5th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

What do you do when you hear a student say, “But I didn’t know I couldn’t copy that…?” This interactive session will demonstrate how Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, part of the Dean of Students Office, engages faculty and students in conversations around academic integrity, and what you can expect meeting with our staff (including the range of educational sanctions utilized by our staff members).  Discuss why reporting is critical and how SCCR staff address these incidents.  This session will then shift…

ReggieNet: Introduction

Date:
Monday, August 5th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Get a complete tour of ReggieNet, Illinois State’s customized learning management system, and its popular tools. Gain valuable ideas about ways to enhance your students’ learning experiences. You will leave this workshop with the basic skills to add learning materials, activities, and assessments to your individualized ReggieNet course site. Lunch is provided. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Feminist Pedagogy: Not Just for Female Educators

Date:
Tuesday, August 6th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Feminist pedagogy is not just for women or about women. It is a philosophy of teaching that allows instructors a framework to view, implement, and create inclusive- and egalitarian-based education. It is an approach to teaching and learning that incorporates feminist principles and values, such as equality of persons, shared knowledge, safe spaces for discussion and activism through education. This workshop will help participants to understand what feminist pedagogy is, as well as how they can incorporate it into their…

ReggieNet: Gradebook Clinic

Date:
Tuesday, August 6th
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This special, one-hour workshop prepares you to use the Gradebook tool in ReggieNet, Illinois State’s customized learning management system. Get hands-on experience creating gradebook entries, working with categories, and learn how to prepare your Gradebook for final grade submission at the end of the semester. You’ll leave prepared to use the Gradebook on your first day of classes. No stipend is offered for this workshop. Registration is required.

ReggieNet: Online Assessments Using the Tests and Quizzes Tool

Date:
Tuesday, August 6th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn how to use the ReggieNet Tests & Quizzes tool for creating assessments that measure student learning based on the associated learning objectives.  Instructors will learn how to construct assessments using a variety of design strategies that are useful for accurately measuring student learning. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Talking in Class: Facilitating Authentic Classroom Conversations in Any Discipline

Date:
Thursday, August 8th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

For anyone who ever went to elementary or secondary school, “talking in class” has a negative connotation.  It’s the kind of thing some of us used to get in trouble for.  But for many university instructors, getting students to talk in class—to engage in authentic conversations about topics pertinent to their disciplines—is the holy grail of teaching.  Authentic classroom conversations not only reflect and inspire student engagement, but they can also support the social creation of knowledge, spur critical thinking, expose students to alternative perspectives, and promote democratic ideals.  That’s…