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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

May 2017

OneDrive: Getting Started

Date:
Monday, May 1st
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Take projects on the go using Microsoft Office apps for iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices through OneDrive.

ReggieNet: Gradebook

Date:
Tuesday, May 2nd
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Get a brief review of the ReggieNet Gradebook 2 in this one-hour workshop.

Going Global with Your Course

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

Learn about common approaches for creating global courses and tools that can help you design or redesign your course.

CTLT Summer Kickoff 2017

Date:
Tuesday, May 16th
Time:
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Celebrate the end of the spring semester and the start of a summer dedicated to teaching and learning! The annual CTLT Summer Kickoff is a chance to unwind, get some food, and enjoy the company of colleagues from across campus. Join us for pizza (starting at 11:30), popcorn, veggies, and a healthy side-order of professional development. Plus, get a sneak peak at some of the workshops and events that make up Summer Institute 2017. Special 20-minute presentations include: “Your Community…

Design Your Course

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

Engage in a rigorous but rewarding design process as you prepare to teach a new course for the next academic year.

Summer Institute: Introduction to ReggieNet

Date:
Monday, May 22nd
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Get a complete tour of ReggieNet, Illinois State’s 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.

(Re)Design Your Course for Civic Engagement

Date:
Wednesday, May 24th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Explore ways to promote active learning experiences and assessment through which students can gain an understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility.

University Teaching Award Portfolio Circles

Date:
Wednesday, May 24th
Time:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Have you been nominated for a University Teaching Award? Congratulations! We hope you’ll be able to attend one of these Portfolio Circles to learn more about building a teaching portfolio that follows the guidelines provided by the University Teaching Committee. Already have a portfolio? Bring it along! There is no stipend offered for these events. No registration is required. 

Summer Institute: ReggieNet Tests and Quizzes

Date:
Thursday, May 25th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This workshop takes a more in-depth exploration of the Test & Quizzes tool in ReggieNet. Learn the options available for different types of assessments, explore different question types, and how to use Question Pools. We will also discuss instructional strategies for promoting academic integrity. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Summer Institute: ReggieNet Communication

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

Maximize your ability to communicate with students and encourage student interaction through a number of tools, including Forums, Announcements, and Chat. Learn how to have ReggieNet automatically create discussion groups. You’ll also see how to grade discussions by forum, topic or message. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Summer Institute: ReggieNet Assignments

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

Explore how to make best use of the Assignments tool in ReggieNet, as well as other methods for providing feedback to students. You will learn how to create group and peer-reviewed assignments, as well as how to download all student assignments at once. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Summer Institute: ReggieNet Content and Organization

Date:
Tuesday, May 30th
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 features of the built-in editor, and organizing content in other ReggieNet tools, such as Resources…

June 2017

Challenging the Culture of Speed – Reading Group

Date:
Friday, June 2nd
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 am

In their book The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed, Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber apply the principles of the Slow movement to the ever-growing challenge of academic productivity. This reading group will meet four times over the summer to discuss how we can apply the Slow philosophy to our own practice to create more opportunities for contemplation in our scholarship, service, and teaching. Additionally, we’ll consider how to model a Slow approach for our own students as…

Summer Institute: Community Partners Lunch and Learn

Date:
Wednesday, June 7th
Time:
11:30 am - 1:30 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 explore the table fair and discuss possibilities. No stipends is available for this event. Registration is…

Summer Institute: Saving the World One Presentation at a Time

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

Students today arrive in classrooms predominately with an "entertain me now" persona.  Does the delivery method we as academics employ "connect" with them?  Develop tools and techniques that can transform your presentation slides into something that truly engages students in the learning process. Workshop participants will leave with an action plan to transform their own presentations. The workshop will primarily utilize PowerPoint as the presentation medium.  However, the techniques and best practices described can be used with any presentation platform…

Summer Institute: Promoting Online Civic Reasoning and Media Literacy

Date:
Monday, June 12th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The most recent Presidential election cycle demonstrated vividly a need for all citizens to learn the critical thinking and media literacy skills necessary to navigate new media landscapes. Given the ubiquitous nature of the Internet, social media, and the rise of fake news, it is clear that those in higher education have a responsibility to equip students with strategies and skills that help them assess the reliability and validity of information they encounter online. In this workshop, you’ll survey a…

Summer Institute: How to Facilitate a Classroom Observation

Date:
Tuesday, June 13th
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Many schools and departments require faculty to be observed while teaching. This two-part workshop can help chairs, directors, and FCS members understand best practices in classroom observation and provide formative feedback. Participants will engage in practice observations using videos from real class sessions.  Please note that registration is very limited to encourage deep conversation and participants must attend both sessions. For chairs, directors, or faculty only. No stipend is available for this event. Registration is required, and this workshop meets on…

University Teaching Award Portfolio Circles

Date:
Wednesday, June 14th
Time:
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Have you been nominated for a University Teaching Award? Congratulations! We hope you’ll be able to attend one of these Portfolio Circles to learn more about building a teaching portfolio that follows the guidelines provided by the University Teaching Committee. Already have a portfolio? Bring it along! There is no stipend offered for these events. No registration is required. 

Summer Institute: Strategies to Address the Challenges of Female Educators

Date:
Monday, June 19th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Explore the issues facing women in academia. Take part in activities to highlight strategies and techniques for improving these situations. Women as educators in higher education often face issues 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 can be especially challenging for women who teach in male-dominated or traditionally masculine fields. This workshop will empower…

Summer Institute: The Teaching Hero

Date:
Wednesday, June 21st
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Teaching is tough. Few people, even our friends and family, appreciate all the pressures and challenges of helping students learn on the university level. Conversely, being a teacher can be one of the most fulfilling experiences a person can undertake. While few of us see ourselves as genuine heroes, understanding our own journey as teachers in step with that of the mythical hero, as framed in Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, can provide powerful insight. You’ll leave…

Summer Institute: Strategies for Effective Disciplinary Reading

Date:
Thursday, June 22nd
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

One of the biggest concerns faculty have about their students’ learning: students don’t read for class. Discuss the challenges posed by the reading materials and the required reading skills in college courses, what it means to “read deeply,” and how students need to read in our specific disciplines. You will identify specific complexities and demands of the texts you require (or desire) students to read, acquire strategies that help scaffold students’ ability to read like scholars, and learn how to…

Summer Institute: Your Classroom Technology Policy

Date:
Tuesday, June 27th
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. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.  

July 2017

Summer Institute: Challenging Students with Interrupted Case Studies

Date:
Monday, July 10th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Case studies can serve as a context for meaning-making during instruction. However, case-based instruction (CBI) also has recognized limitations. For instance, many case studies are limited in length, address only a few course concepts,  and can be, potentially, a largely passive activity. This workshop will introduce an interrupted case-studies (ICS) format that could address almost all limitations typically associated with CBI, as well as raise critical thinking levels by providing vicarious, but meaningful, opportunities to relate course material to case-study…

Summer Institute: Working with International Students

Date:
Monday, July 10th
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. Lunch is provided. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Summer Institute: Incorporating Concepts of Character into Your Class

Date:
Monday, July 10th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

"Character Day," celebrated this year on September 13, gives campus communities the opportunity to talk about common values and character strengths that each member possesses and contributes. Within your class, there may be opportunities to incorporate activities and conversation around character. This program, presented by Illinois State faculty and staff, and coordinated by Heath Promotion and Wellness, can assist you in creating class sessions that allow students to understand the concept of character, assess their character strengths, and share in…

Reinvent Your Course for Diversity

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

Incorporate strategies that create a culturally inclusive classroom climate, while facilitating conversations that challenge students’ ethnic and cultural assumptions, into your teaching.

Summer Institute: Best Practices for Evaluating Teaching

Date:
Wednesday, July 12th
Time:
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The quality of instruction has a profound impact on student learning.  But is your department or school accurately measuring teaching effectiveness?  How do student ratings of instruction impact the retention of minority faculty in your department? In this workshop—designed for department chairs, school directors and DFSC members— you will examine recent research about the biases in student evaluations, how they affect retention of minority faculty, and how to provide alternative methods to assess teaching effectiveness. Work on a case study,…

Summer Institute – Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Engagement through Active Learning and Formative Assessment

Date:
Monday, July 17th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Research shows that millennial college students prefer to learn in classroom environments that are hands-on, discussion based, technology enriched, and active in nature. It’s a dramatically different approach than what we, as students, probably experienced. In this workshop, you’ll examine the benefits of using active learning strategies as opposed to traditional teaching methods. You’ll identify a wide range of active learning strategies and examples of how these strategies might be incorporated into your classes. You’ll also explore a wide range…

Summer Institute: Motivate All Students

Date:
Wednesday, July 19th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Motivation is a key factor in helping students to learn. Very little, if any, learning take place if students don’t have a reason to engage with course material. A further challenge: There’s not one method of motivation that works with all students, all the time. This workshop will look at a variety of motivational theories and explore how they can be used to inspire our diverse community of learners. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Lunch is provided. Registration…

Summer Institute: Stress in Academia

Date:
Friday, July 21st
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Stress in academia is a daunting reality. The ability to identify and manage stress can make the difference between professional success and personal neglect. Too often educators fail to acknowledge increased stress levels and properly balance self-care while concentrating on the institution of higher education. Occupational and personal stress poses a threat to physical health, which consequently contributes to the elevated levels of burnout and compassion fatigue that is frequently recognized in academia. This workshop presents an overview of managing…

Summer Institute: Introduction to ReggieNet

Date:
Monday, July 24th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Get a complete tour of ReggieNet, Illinois State’s 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.

Summer Institute: ReggieNet Tests and Quizzes

Date:
Wednesday, July 26th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This workshop takes a more in-depth exploration of the Test & Quizzes tool in ReggieNet. Learn the options available for different types of assessments, explore different question types, and how to use Question Pools. We will also discuss instructional strategies for promoting academic integrity. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Summer Institute – One Post and Two Responses: Breathing Life into the Online Discussion Forum

Date:
Wednesday, July 26th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Online discussion forums hold such great potential for student learning… and yet, many online courses have discussions that are nothing more than "make one post and reply to two colleagues' posts." Students follow that instruction, and the "discussion" is over. This workshop will help you to compare and contrast both the challenges and the opportunities in online discussion forums. Through an evaluation of relevant research and best practices, you’ll explore how to transform traditional, face-to-face practices into an online experience…

Summer Institute: ReggieNet Assignments

Date:
Wednesday, July 26th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Explore how to make best use of the Assignments tool in ReggieNet, as well as other methods for providing feedback to students. You will learn how to create group and peer-reviewed assignments, as well as how to download all student assignments at once. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required

Summer Institute: Your Classroom Technology Policy

Date:
Wednesday, July 26th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 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. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Summer Institute: ReggieNet Communication

Date:
Monday, July 31st
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Maximize your ability to communicate with students and encourage student interaction through a number of tools, including Forums, Announcements, and Chat. Learn how to have ReggieNet automatically create discussion groups. You’ll also see how to grade discussions by forum, topic or message. Prerequisite: Introduction to ReggieNet. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Summer Institute: When Students Can’t Write

Date:
Monday, July 31st
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

It’s a common refrain: “My students can’t write!” What’s a professor to do? Most of us understand the need to graduate students who can write well; we also understand that it is our responsibility to help them learn to do so.  But how can we do that without short-changing other aspects of our courses?  In this two-part workshop, we’ll explore a wide variety of ways to support the development of student writers while protecting our course content, our time, and…

Summer Institute: ReggieNet Content and Organization

Date:
Monday, July 31st
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 features of the built-in editor, and organizing content in other ReggieNet tools, such as Resources…

August 2017

Summer Institute: ReggieNet Gradebook Clinic

Date:
Tuesday, August 1st
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 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. No stipend is offered for this workshop. Registration is required.

Summer Institute: ReggieNet Gradebook Clinic

Date:
Wednesday, August 2nd
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. No stipend is offered for this workshop. Registration is required.

Summer Institute: ReggieNet Gradebook Clinic

Date:
Monday, August 7th
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. No stipend is offered for this workshop. Registration is required.

Summer Institute: ReggieNet Gradebook Clinic

Date:
Wednesday, August 9th
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. No stipend is offered for this workshop. Registration is required.

Summer Institute: ReggieNet Gradebook Clinic

Date:
Friday, August 11th
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 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. No stipend is offered for this workshop. Registration is required.

University Teaching Award Portfolio Circles

Date:
Friday, August 25th
Time:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Have you been nominated for a University Teaching Award? Congratulations! We hope you’ll be able to attend one of these Portfolio Circles to learn more about building a teaching portfolio that follows the guidelines provided by the University Teaching Committee. Already have a portfolio? Bring it along! There is no stipend offered for these events. No registration is required. 

University Teaching Award Portfolio Circles

Date:
Friday, August 25th
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Have you been nominated for a University Teaching Award? Congratulations! We hope you’ll be able to attend one of these Portfolio Circles to learn more about building a teaching portfolio that follows the guidelines provided by the University Teaching Committee. Already have a portfolio? Bring it along! There is no stipend offered for these events. No registration is required.  The August 25 session is especially tailored for graduate student award nominees, but all are welcome to attend. From 2 p.m. to 3…