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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

February 2018

Photoshop: 3 Ways to Change a Photo

Date:
Tuesday, February 27th
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 use the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush tools.

Study Abroad 102: Design and Implement a Faculty-Led Program

Date:
Tuesday, February 27th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

In this advanced session, participants will learn about developing the study abroad proposal, including revisions to the course syllabus. Participants will also begin working on the budget piece of the proposal. Participants will also become familiar with recruitment strategies. Successful participants will have already completed Study Abroad 101 and will have a specific destination and course(s) identified in order to craft their proposals. This is a hands-on workshop, so a laptop is recommended. Registration is required. Facilitators: Samantha Potempa, Office…

ReggieNet: Forums

Date:
Tuesday, February 27th
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

March 2018

Illustrator: Part 3

Date:
Thursday, March 1st
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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

Microaggressions

Date:
Friday, March 2nd
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Microaggressions are small acts with potentially big effects—little behaviors that communicate hostile or derogatory slights towards a person or a group of people. These acts may be intentional or unintentional. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to identify microaggressions and explore the role they play on our campus. You’ll leave this seminar with a better understanding of the psychological impact these types of communications can have on others and how best to respond when a microaggression occurs. Participants are welcome…

ReggieNet: Gradebook

Date:
Monday, March 5th
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.

Photoshop: Layers

Date:
Tuesday, March 6th
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: Lessons

Date:
Tuesday, March 6th
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:…

Early Career Faculty Circle

Date:
Wednesday, March 7th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CTLT’s Early-Career Faculty Circles offer faculty in their first three years of service at Illinois State a combination of professional development and peer support. Join us for a series of lively conversations about surviving and thriving in the academy. Topics for the Spring 2018 semester are drawn from the book Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning by James R. Davis and Bridget D. Arend. The text introduces a conceptual approach for selecting appropriate teaching strategies for different types of content and…

Early Career Faculty Circle

Date:
Thursday, March 8th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CTLT’s Early-Career Faculty Circles offer faculty in their first three years of service at Illinois State a combination of professional development and peer support. Join us for a series of lively conversations about surviving and thriving in the academy. Topics for the Spring 2018 semester are drawn from the book Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning by James R. Davis and Bridget D. Arend. The text introduces a conceptual approach for selecting appropriate teaching strategies for different types of content and…

Text Complexity and Academic Language

Date:
Thursday, March 8th
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

As experts in our fields, we are familiar with the reading practices of our disciplines. Students, however, may not be. Examine the specific complexities of the texts we require (or desire) students to read. We will analyze our texts for text demands and reading purposes. We will also discuss academic language and strategies for helping our students understand and use it. Bring a copy of reading materials you use in a course. Registration is required. CTLT’s Literacy in the College…

Future Professors Development Circle

Date:
Friday, March 9th
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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 other future professors. Discussions for spring will be based on chapters from What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain; however, there…

Spring Institute: ReggieNet Lessons

Date:
Monday, March 12th
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 content, resources and multimedia as well as other tools within your ReggieNet site (Tests & Quizzes, Assignments, and Forums) into online lessons. Learn advanced design strategies, and how to create lessons that incorporate prerequisites and interactive components. Registration is required. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet.

Spring Institute: Applying the Quality Matters™ Rubric

Date:
Tuesday, March 13th
Time:
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Learn about the Quality Matters™ Higher Education Rubric and how to use it to review an online course. This internationally recognized workshop includes hands-on activities designed to help you discover how to continuously improve an online course so that it meets research-based standards of high quality. Normally, this workshop costs $300. As a service to University instructors, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology will offer this workshop free of charge to tenure track faculty, NTT faculty, and administrators. Those…

Spring Institute: Introduction to Screencast-o-Matic Pro

Date:
Tuesday, March 13th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn to use this popular screen recording software to create voiced-over videos. You’ll record, create voice-over, edit, and insert footage into our yown practice video. You’ll also learn how to upload it for online viewing. Registration is required. Please note: Participants who would like to produce a video for use with their courses are encouraged to also register for the Screencast-o-Matic: Make It and Take It workshop on Thursday, March 1

Spring Institute: Your Classroom Technology Policy

Date:
Wednesday, March 14th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Research shows that students respond better when instructors set clear guidelines about the use of mobile technology, such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones, in the classroom. But you don’t have to resign yourself to teaching in spite of digital distractions. Discover ways to collaborate with students at the start of the semester to create agreement over what is, and is not, the appropriate use of technology in your classroom. Registration is required.

Spring Institute: ReggieNet Collaborative Assignments

Date:
Wednesday, March 14th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The ReggieNet Assignments tool has advanced features that allow for different kinds of student interactions. The group assignments feature allows groups of students to make a single submission. The peer review feature allows students to provide feedback to other students. Explore how to use these features to enhance student collaboration. Registration is required.

Spring Institute: Improve Your Online Course

Date:
Thursday, March 15th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This half-day workshop will help you develop a course improvement plan for a blended or online course you have taught at least once – and intend to teach again. The session introduces the Quality Matters™ Higher Education Rubric and covers how to apply QM standards to improve your blended or online course. Normally, this workshop costs $300. As a service to University instructors, CTLT will offer this workshop free of charge to instructors who have an online or blended course…

Spring Institute: Screencast-o-Matic Pro Make It and Take It

Date:
Thursday, March 15th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Using materials from your own courses, create one or more short videos of about 20-minutes in length using Screencast-o-Matic Pro. Materials you can bring include PowerPoint presentations, ReggieNet courses, other websites, or anything else that can be displayed on a computer screen and recorded with voice-over. Registration is required. Please note: Participants new to Screencast-o-Matic Pro should register for the introductory workshop on Tuesday, March 13.

Spring Institute: Use Concept Maps to Encourage Deep Learning

Date:
Thursday, March 15th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

PowerPoint-based lectures divide information into bullet points, leading to flash card-oriented learning strategies. Concept maps, on the other hand, require students to make connections. The connection of concepts and relationships leads to more complex levels of learning. Uncover the various ways concept maps can be used. You’ll also create a template your students can use for a topic you teach. Registration is required.

Spring Institute: Finish Strong

Date:
Friday, March 16th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do you feel like your course has gotten off track somehow? Perhaps you’re teaching a new prep and feel like you’re running low on ideas. Maybe you’re teaching a topic outside your comfort zone and worry about the limits of your own knowledge. Whatever the reason, if you feel like the second half of your course plan could use a tune-up, join us for this judgement-free workshop, and get help using sound, research-based practices. We know you can still finish…

Photoshop: Selection

Date:
Tuesday, March 20th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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

Word: Creating Fillable Forms

Date:
Wednesday, March 21st
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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:
Thursday, March 22nd
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 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. Registration is required.

Formstack for Beginners

Date:
Thursday, March 22nd
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.

Clickers: Introduction

Date:
Thursday, March 22nd
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.

Future Professors Development Circle

Date:
Friday, March 23rd
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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 other future professors. Discussions for spring will be based on chapters from What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain; however, there…

Photoshop: Adjustment Layers

Date:
Tuesday, March 27th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 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.

Introduction to ReggieNet – Part 1

Date:
Wednesday, March 28th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 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 Circle

Date:
Wednesday, March 28th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CTLT’s Early-Career Faculty Circles offer faculty in their first three years of service at Illinois State a combination of professional development and peer support. Join us for a series of lively conversations about surviving and thriving in the academy. Topics for the Spring 2018 semester are drawn from the book Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning by James R. Davis and Bridget D. Arend. The text introduces a conceptual approach for selecting appropriate teaching strategies for different types of content and…

Formstack Advanced

Date:
Thursday, March 29th
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 Circle

Date:
Thursday, March 29th
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CTLT’s Early-Career Faculty Circles offer faculty in their first three years of service at Illinois State a combination of professional development and peer support. Join us for a series of lively conversations about surviving and thriving in the academy. Topics for the Spring 2018 semester are drawn from the book Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning by James R. Davis and Bridget D. Arend. The text introduces a conceptual approach for selecting appropriate teaching strategies for different types of content and…

April 2018

Photoshop: Exploring Advanced Tools

Date:
Tuesday, April 3rd
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 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.

Introduction to ReggieNet – Part 2

Date:
Wednesday, April 4th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 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

Excel: Level 1

Date:
Thursday, April 5th
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.

Future Professors Development Circle

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

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 other future professors. Discussions for spring will be based on chapters from What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain; however, there…

Privilege and Power

Date:
Friday, April 6th
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 identities. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to analyze how privilege and power exist and function in U.S. culture and how…

PowerPoint

Date:
Monday, April 9th
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.

Word: Introduction

Date:
Tuesday, April 10th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This is an introduction to Microsoft Word’s basic tools. You will learn to create new documents, enter and edit text, and save files.

Developing Your Fulbright Application

Date:
Tuesday, April 10th
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Learn how to negotiate the Embark online form to apply for the Fulbright award you have identified. Explore how to gather the necessary letters of invitation and recommendation needed for the application, in addition to developing the project narrative. This workshop is appropriate for those interested in applying for the 2018 deadline or in the future. A Fulbright Ambassador may be on-site to answer additional questions and provide more insight into the Fulbright experience. This workshop is for faculty and…

ReggieNet: Tests and Quizzes

Date:
Wednesday, April 11th
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

Excel: Level 2

Date:
Thursday, April 12th
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.

But I’m Not a Reading Teacher: Strategies for Supporting Students’ Disciplinary Reading

Date:
Thursday, April 12th
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

How can we support our students as they develop disciplinary literacies? Share and develop strategies that will encourage and support students as they learn to read the texts of our disciplines. Identify the demands of the texts you use and how students are expected to use the information. Share before, during, and after reading strategies that will help students navigate those texts. Registration is required. CTLT’s Literacy in the College Classroom seminars continue conversations from the 2018 University-Wide Teaching &…

Camtasia: Level 1

Date:
Monday, April 16th
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.

Screencast-O-Matic Pro

Date:
Tuesday, April 17th
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.

SoftChalk Create

Date:
Tuesday, April 17th
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.

ReggieNet: Forums

Date:
Wednesday, April 18th
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

Camtasia: Level 2

Date:
Monday, April 23rd
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.

Clickers: Introduction

Date:
Tuesday, April 24th
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.

OUCampus

Date:
Tuesday, April 24th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 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. Registration is required.

Formstack for Beginners

Date:
Tuesday, April 24th
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:00 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.

ReggieNet: Lessons

Date:
Wednesday, April 25th
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:…

May 2018

ReggieNet: Gradebook

Date:
Tuesday, May 1st
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 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.