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Instructional Technology and Development Center

Location:
Instructional Technology and Development Center 301 S. Main Street
Normal, IL
Phone:
(309) 438-2542
Website:
http://ctlt.illinoisstate.edu/

The Instructional Technology and Development Center is home to the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology.

The Instructional Technology & Development Center (ITDC) was once the Redbird IGA Foodliner and a University museum. This building was acquired in 1987 and was formerly called Instructional Technology Services (ITS).

Upcoming Events

September 2017

OUCampus

Date:
Monday, September 25th
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 am

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. Registration is required.

Formstack Advanced

Date:
Monday, September 25th
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.

ReggieNet: Tests and Quizzes

Date:
Tuesday, September 26th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This workshop takes a more in-depth exploration of the Assessment tools available in ReggieNet, including Tests & Quizzes, Assignments, and Drop Box. Learn the options available for different types of assessment, the limitations of the assessment tools, and instructional strategies for promoting academic integrity. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet

Screencast-O-Matic Pro

Date:
Wednesday, September 27th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Screencast-O-Matic is inexpensive, web-based software that allows you to record and narrate videos from your desktop. This workshop explores how to use this service to create material for a flipped, blended, or online course.

Preparing for Promotion and Tenure

Date:
Wednesday, September 27th
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Get a clear picture of the road ahead on your journey towards promotion and tenure. Join Associate Provost Jim Jawahar for a special discussion that focuses on research and other issues related to the promotion process. Learn strategies for organizing materials for your tenure documents, and explore what it takes to get a manuscript published (hint: start now!). This event is designed especially for early career faculty, although all tenure-track faculty members are welcome to attend. Registration is required.

Photoshop: Layers

Date:
Thursday, September 28th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 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.

October 2017

Strategies to Address the Challenges of Female Educators

Date:
Tuesday, October 3rd
Time:
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Women as educators in higher education often face stressors that their male colleagues do not. This can include being stereotyped, challenges establishing authority in the classroom, facing obstacles or opposition from students, and issues in forming connections or relationships with students. This workshop will empower you to assist yourself or women who face challenges in the classroom based on their gender, and focus on the importance of networking with women in academia. Registration is required. Facilitator: Shelly Clevenger, Criminal Justice…

ReggieNet: Forums

Date:
Tuesday, October 3rd
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Maximize your ability to communicate with students through Forums. Learn how to have ReggieNet automatically create discussion groups. You’ll also see the different ways to grade discussions, including by topic or message. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet

ReggieNet: Gradebook

Date:
Tuesday, October 3rd
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Students and instructors will use a new Gradebook in ReggieNet starting in the fall of 2017. This tool offers new features and a new, more “spreadsheet-like” experience for instructors. Join us for this one-hour workshop, where you’ll learn the ins and outs of this updated resource through hands-on experience. You’ll leave prepared to use the new Gradebook on your first day of classes.

Early-Career Faculty Development Circle

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

What factors motivate students to learn? Motivation plays a critical role in determining the quality of learning behaviors in which students engage. We’ll look at different types of student motivation as well as strategies for establishing the value of a learning goal or activity. 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…

Early-Career Faculty Development Circle

Date:
Thursday, October 5th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

What factors motivate students to learn? Motivation plays a critical role in determining the quality of learning behaviors in which students engage. We’ll look at different types of student motivation as well as strategies for establishing the value of a learning goal or activity. 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…

Photoshop: Selection

Date:
Thursday, October 5th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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

Future Professors Development Circle

Date:
Friday, October 6th
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Building credibility in the classroom Let’s face it, teaching outside of the comfort zone is more the rule than the exception. In this session, we’ll discuss strategies that help you build confidence and classroom credibility. 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…

ReggieNet: Lessons

Date:
Tuesday, October 10th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Discover how to easily create online instructional modules using the Lessons tool. This powerful tool allows you to integrate resources from across your ReggieNet site (Tests & Quizzes, Assignments, and Forums) into online lessons. Design lessons that require students to complete goals before they can proceed to the next stage. You will also learn how to integrate multimedia content. This course will also briefly discuss organizing content in other ReggieNet features, such as the Resources and Web Content tools. Prerequisite:…

PowerPoint

Date:
Wednesday, October 11th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 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.

Overcoming Stress in Academia

Date:
Wednesday, October 11th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Stress in academia is a daunting reality. Too often educators fail to acknowledge increased stress levels and properly balance self-care while concentrating on the institution of higher education. This workshop presents an overview of managing stress and demonstrates how to apply various self-care approaches in everyday practice. The importance of identifying and overcoming different levels of stress will be discussed to create a relaxed mind, body, and soul. Proven techniques and strategies will be shared to set participants on the…

OneNote: Introduction

Date:
Wednesday, October 11th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 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 basic features of OneNote, how to navigate the interface, and how to synchronize OneNote across mobile devices.

Respond to Challenging Moments and Foster Respectful Dialogues

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

Learn strategies that will help you intervene in harmful or toxic conversations in your classrooms and engage your students in dialogue that fosters an understanding of multiple perspectives. Campuses across the country, including Illinois State University, have experienced a rise in hostile and polarizing comments in class. Illinois State is committed to ensuring that all students can learn in an environment that is safe, inclusive, and includes the expectation that students act in a mutually respectful manner towards each other.…

OUCampus

Date:
Thursday, October 12th
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 am

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. Registration is required.

Formstack for Beginners

Date:
Thursday, October 12th
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 learn more.

Photoshop: Adjustment Layers

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

This session will give you an overview of the use of powerful Adjustment Layers in Photoshop, a relatively easy-to-learn tool used to create powerful effects. Half of this session will be spent colorizing a black-and-white photo, and the rest looking at techniques used by professional photo editors.

SoftChalk Create

Date:
Monday, October 16th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Looking for a creative, new way to engage students? SoftChalk can help! This program lets you easily create engaging, interactive web lessons. You will learn to create interactive learning games such as customizable flashcards, image labeling, matching games, crosswords and more. SoftChalk Lessons are easily imported into ReggieNet.

InDesign: Introduction

Date:
Tuesday, October 17th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Get an introduction to this page layout editor, including a tour of basic tools. Learn to place and move graphics and text to create an aesthetically pleasing format for printing.

Design and Implement a Faculty-Lead Study Abroad Program

Date:
Tuesday, October 17th
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This workshop, facilitated by the Office of International Students and Programs, provides an overview of the study abroad process and its foundational concepts. Learn about the responsibilities associated with being a faculty director and learn how to develop your own study abroad program. You’ll become familiar with instructional methods and assessment techniques specific to facilitating learning abroad. Registration is required. Facilitators: Samantha Potempa, International Studies and Programs, Erin Mikulec, School of Teaching and Learning

Excel: Level 1

Date:
Wednesday, October 18th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 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.

Early-Career Faculty Development Circle

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

How do students develop mastery? Goal-directed practice and explicit feedback contribute to student mastery. We need to be aware that our own competence can sometimes blind us to the complexity of our subject matter. 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. The topics for the Fall 2017…

Introduction to ReggieNet – Part 1

Date:
Wednesday, October 18th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get a walkthrough of the ReggieNet interface and the basics of organizing your particular courses. Learn how to organize and display student grades in Gradebook 2. Communicate with students through Announcements, Messages, and Email. Add content to your course site using Syllabus and the Resources tool. Note: We strongly encourage you to also attend. Introduction to ReggieNet - Part 2, which covers other important tools.

Early-Career Faculty Development Circle

Date:
Thursday, October 19th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

How do students develop mastery? Goal-directed practice and explicit feedback contribute to student mastery. We need to be aware that our own competence can sometimes blind us to the complexity of our subject matter. 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. The topics for the Fall 2017…

Photoshop: Exploring Advanced Tools

Date:
Thursday, October 19th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get an overview of the workflow of creating a single complex (but not too complex!) image. See how a number of tools interact to create a single finished work.

Future Professors Development Circle

Date:
Friday, October 20th
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Thinking on Your Feet Learn tactics for reaching unresponsive students, maintaining discussion, and offers tips for introducing new topics in a lively style. 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 support from…

Clickers: Introduction

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

Clickers are audience response devices which allow instructors to poll a face-to-face class in real time, displaying the results, and engaging students in their learning. Responses can be recorded and incorporated into grades in ReggieNet. You will explore the latest, cloud-based polling system from TurningPoint, the official vendor for campus. Discover how to integrate polls into your PowerPoint presentations to create interactive lectures and keep your students engaged in the course material.

Manage Communication Expectations

Date:
Monday, October 23rd
Time:
9:00 am - 10:30 am

In our always-on age of mobile technology and social media, it’s easy to feel constantly in demand, especially by our students. Managing an avalanche of emails, texts, and tweets can be daunting. Explore the latest research on student expectations about communication with faculty, discuss strategies for managing both expectations and actual messages, and share best practices based on your own experiences. This is not a technology workshop, but rather, a way to make student contact through technology positive and manageable.…

Camtasia: Level 1

Date:
Tuesday, October 24th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do you want to add your voice to a PowerPoint presentation and make it available to your students online? Learn to use Camtasia, a screen-recording program that lets you narrate PowerPoint presentations, still images, or videos. You will also learn how to upload the final product so students can access it.

Excel: Level 2

Date:
Wednesday, October 25th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 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.

Introduction to ReggieNet – Part 2

Date:
Wednesday, October 25th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn to create a variety of learning activities using built-in tools such as Forums, Tests & Quizzes, and Assignments. Forums can promote student interaction with each other and the course material. The Assignment tool permits online submission and grading of student work. Finally, you will learn to use Tests & Quizzes for various types of assessments. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet - Part 1

Word: Creating Fillable Forms

Date:
Thursday, October 26th
Time:
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Learn how to create simple digital forms in Microsoft Word. We’ll explore this functionality and briefly talk about its advantages and disadvantages, and explore other options (such as creating forms in Adobe Acrobat).

OUCampus

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

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. Registration is required.

Formstack Advanced

Date:
Monday, October 30th
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.

Camtasia: Level 2

Date:
Tuesday, October 31st
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn about advanced features in Camtasia, including cursor effects and testing. Also learn to save with SCORM, which makes compatibility with other e-learning software easy! We strongly recommend that you complete Camtasia: Level 1 before taking this course.

November 2017

Illustrator: Part 1

Date:
Wednesday, November 1st
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Get an introduction this vector graphics editor by Adobe Systems, including basic tools and concepts. You will learn to manipulate vector graphics (which allow you to change images without losing their original quality), make basic shapes, and save files.

Early-Career Faculty Development Circle

Date:
Wednesday, November 1st
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Why do student development and course climate matter for student learning? The climates we create in our classrooms have direct implications for student learning. Classrooms are never neutral spaces, they always impact student learning for good or ill. 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. The topics…

Early-Career Faculty Development Circle

Date:
Thursday, November 2nd
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Why do student development and course climate matter for student learning? The climates we create in our classrooms have direct implications for student learning. Classrooms are never neutral spaces, they always impact student learning for good or ill. 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. The topics…

Future Professors Development Circle

Date:
Friday, November 3rd
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Teaching students you don’t understand When students don’t share your cultural background, lifestyle, or assumptions about how to behave in a classroom, you may face challenges to your credibility. This session will help you learn how to build your credibility as you gauge your students’ perspectives and learning. 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,…

Screencast-O-Matic Pro

Date:
Tuesday, November 7th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Screencast-O-Matic is inexpensive, web-based software that allows you to record and narrate videos from your desktop. This workshop explores how to use this service to create material for a flipped, blended, or online course.

Illustrator: Part 2

Date:
Wednesday, November 8th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Work with text and learn all about Illustrator’s powerful type tools. Illustrator 1 is not prerequisite for this workshop, so join us even if you miss the Part 1 class.

ReggieNet: Forums

Date:
Wednesday, November 8th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Maximize your ability to communicate with students through Forums. Learn how to have ReggieNet automatically create discussion groups. You’ll also see the different ways to grade discussions, including by topic or message. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet

Illustrator: Part 3

Date:
Wednesday, November 15th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Get an overview of Illustrator’s Pen Tool, the principal tool for drawing complex shapes in this popular program.

Early-Career Faculty Development Circle

Date:
Wednesday, November 15th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

How do students become self-directed learners? Students need to develop a variety of metacognitive processes before they can become self-directed learners. Learn how to incorporate the hard work of self-regulation into your classroom. 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. The topics for the Fall 2017 Early-Career…

ReggieNet: Lessons

Date:
Wednesday, November 15th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Discover how to easily create online instructional modules using the Lessons tool. This powerful tool allows you to integrate resources from across your ReggieNet site (Tests & Quizzes, Assignments, and Forums) into online lessons. Design lessons that require students to complete goals before they can proceed to the next stage. You will also learn how to integrate multimedia content. This course will also briefly discuss organizing content in other ReggieNet features, such as the Resources and Web Content tools. Prerequisite:…

OUCampus

Date:
Thursday, November 16th
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 am

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. Registration is required.

Formstack for Beginners

Date:
Thursday, November 16th
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 learn more.

Early-Career Faculty Development Circle

Date:
Thursday, November 16th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

How do students become self-directed learners? Students need to develop a variety of metacognitive processes before they can become self-directed learners. Learn how to incorporate the hard work of self-regulation into your classroom. 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. The topics for the Fall 2017 Early-Career…

Future Professors Development Circle

Date:
Friday, November 17th
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Preparing to teach a new topic and a new course Knowing how to prepare to teach a new course, understanding how much to prepare, deciding how to present yourself, evaluating how to be the best instructor for the students you have, are some of the things we’ll be discussing in this last session. 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…

SoftChalk Create

Date:
Tuesday, November 28th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Looking for a creative, new way to engage students? SoftChalk can help! This program lets you easily create engaging, interactive web lessons. You will learn to create interactive learning games such as customizable flashcards, image labeling, matching games, crosswords and more. SoftChalk Lessons are easily imported into ReggieNet.

ReggieNet: Gradebook

Date:
Wednesday, November 29th
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Students and instructors will use a new Gradebook in ReggieNet starting in the fall of 2017. This tool offers new features and a new, more “spreadsheet-like” experience for instructors. Join us for this one-hour workshop, where you’ll learn the ins and outs of this updated resource through hands-on experience. You’ll leave prepared to use the new Gradebook on your first day of classes. Registration is required.

Clickers: Introduction

Date:
Wednesday, November 29th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Clickers are audience response devices which allow instructors to poll a face-to-face class in real time, displaying the results, and engaging students in their learning. Responses can be recorded and incorporated into grades in ReggieNet. You will explore the latest, cloud-based polling system from TurningPoint, the official vendor for campus. Discover how to integrate polls into your PowerPoint presentations to create interactive lectures and keep your students engaged in the course material.

December 2017

Clickers: Introduction

Date:
Tuesday, December 5th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Clickers are audience response devices which allow instructors to poll a face-to-face class in real time, displaying the results, and engaging students in their learning. Responses can be recorded and incorporated into grades in ReggieNet. You will explore the latest, cloud-based polling system from TurningPoint, the official vendor for campus. Discover how to integrate polls into your PowerPoint presentations to create interactive lectures and keep your students engaged in the course material.

ReggieNet: Gradebook

Date:
Tuesday, December 5th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Students and instructors will use a new Gradebook in ReggieNet starting in the fall of 2017. This tool offers new features and a new, more “spreadsheet-like” experience for instructors. Join us for this one-hour workshop, where you’ll learn the ins and outs of this updated resource through hands-on experience. You’ll leave prepared to use the new Gradebook on your first day of classes. Registration is required.

OneDrive: Getting Started

Date:
Wednesday, December 6th
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 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. Bring your smartphone or tablet with you to get the most out of this workshop.