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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

June 2017

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

Date:
Monday, June 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: 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,…

Photoshop: Selection

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

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

Excel: Level 1

Date:
Thursday, July 13th
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.  Registration is required.

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…

OneDrive: Getting Started

Date:
Tuesday, July 18th
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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. Registration is required.

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…

Photoshop: Exploring Advanced Tools

Date:
Wednesday, July 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.  Registration is required.

Excel: Level 2

Date:
Thursday, July 20th
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.  Registration is required.

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: Stress in Academia

Date:
Monday, July 24th
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…

Screencast-O-Matic Pro

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

Clickers: Introduction

Date:
Wednesday, July 26th
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.

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.

Clickers: Introduction

Date:
Tuesday, August 1st
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.

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.

Camtasia: Level 1

Date:
Wednesday, August 2nd
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 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.  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.

OUCampus

Date:
Thursday, August 10th
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, August 10th
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.)

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:
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. The August 25 session is especially tailored for graduate student award nominees, but all are welcome to attend.

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…