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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

March 2019

ReggieNet: Track Student Activity

Date:
Tuesday, March 26th
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 am

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 is required.

ReggieNet: Lessons Advanced Design

Date:
Tuesday, March 26th
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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 required.

ReggieNet: Little Tools for Teaching

Date:
Wednesday, March 27th
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 am

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 can help your teaching! Registration is required.

ReggieNet: Tests and Quizzes Advanced

Date:
Wednesday, March 27th
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Discover the different types of questions available in the Tests & Quizzes tool and how to incorporate those questions into assessments. Learn how to use fill-in-the-blank, image hotspot, calculated, and matching questions to enhance how your students learn and how you measure that learning. Those new to ReggieNet or the Tests & Quizzes tool should consider completing ReggieNet: Tests & Quizzes Basics before this workshop. Registration is required.

Small Change, Big Impact Reading Community

Date:
Thursday, March 28th
Time:
11:30 am - 12:30 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 Spring semester, we will be using Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate  Into  Any Course to Improve Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation  by Saundra Yancy…

April 2019

Excel: Level 1

Date:
Tuesday, April 2nd
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. Registration is required.

PowerPoint

Date:
Tuesday, April 2nd
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. Registration is required.

SoftChalk Create

Date:
Wednesday, April 3rd
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. Registration is required.

Developing Your Fulbright Application

Date:
Wednesday, April 3rd
Time:
10:00 am - 11:30 am

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 2019 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…

Early-Career Faculty Development Circle

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

CTLT’s Early-Career Faculty Circles offer instructors 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. Discussions for spring will be based on chapters from Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang; however, there is no required reading to participate. Participants will receive a copy of the book and an executive…

Clickers: Introduction

Date:
Wednesday, April 3rd
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. Registration is required.

Early-Career Faculty Development Circle

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

CTLT’s Early-Career Faculty Circles offer instructors 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. Discussions for spring will be based on chapters from Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang; however, there is no required reading to participate. Participants will receive a copy of the book and an executive…

Camtasia: Level 1

Date:
Thursday, April 4th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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. Registration is required.

Privilege and Power

Date:
Friday, April 5th
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…

Excel: Level 2

Date:
Tuesday, April 9th
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. Registration is required.

OUCampus

Date:
Wednesday, April 10th
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. Registration is required.

Formstack for Beginners

Date:
Wednesday, April 10th
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.

Small Change, Big Impact Reading Community

Date:
Thursday, April 11th
Time:
11:30 am - 12:30 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 Spring semester, we will be using Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate  Into  Any Course to Improve Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation  by Saundra Yancy…

Screencast-O-Matic Pro

Date:
Thursday, April 11th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Screencast-O-Matic is an 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. Registration is required.

InDesign: Introduction

Date:
Wednesday, April 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. Registration is required.

ReggieNet: Gradebook Overview

Date:
Wednesday, April 17th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 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.

May 2019

ReggieNet: Gradebook Overview

Date:
Thursday, May 2nd
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 am

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.

Design Your Course (Online)

Date:
Thursday, May 16th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Design Your Course is geared for faculty in their first three years at Illinois State University. This workshop will help you develop effective learning outcomes, engaging learning activities, assessments which properly align to your assignments, and a welcoming syllabus… all in time for the start of the academic year. This workshop will be experienced largely online, with two face-to-face meeting dates. It begins with an in-person session on May 16 and concludes with another meeting on July 31.  In between…

Reinvent Your Course for Diversity

Date:
Tuesday, May 21st
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

To prepare students to live and work in our very complex world is an important element of the University’s mission. This is reflected in the core value of Diversity and Inclusion in Illinois State’s strategic plan. Success depends upon incorporating diverse content and perspectives into our teaching. It is also important to be mindful of the diverse ways people communicate and learn. This workshop will help you reflect on your course content and explore how that content can meet the…

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

(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…

July 2019

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…