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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 2018

ReggieNet: Collaborative Assignments

Date:
Wednesday, May 23rd
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 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, while the peer review feature allows students to provide feedback to other students. You can also foster group collaboration within the Lessons tool by using the Student Content feature.  Explore how to use these features to enhance student collaboration. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

ReggieNet: Gradebook Clinic

Date:
Thursday, May 24th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This special, one-hour workshop prepares you to use the Gradebook tool in ReggieNet, Illinois State’s customized learning management system. Get hands-on experience creating gradebook entries, working with categories, and learn how to prepare your Gradebook for final grade submission at the end of the semester. You’ll leave prepared to use the Gradebook on your first day of classes. No stipend is offered for this workshop. Registration is required.

ReggieNet: Communication

Date:
Wednesday, May 30th
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.

ReggieNet: Tests and Quizzes

Date:
Wednesday, May 30th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 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.

June 2018

Incorporating Devices into Your Lecture

Date:
Monday, June 4th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

How can instructors compete with students’ fascination with their mobile devices and social media? One solution: put those devices to work for learning. In this workshop, you’ll participate in activities that will result in new ideas for incorporating devices in your classes and transform your teaching. You’ll develop a teaching plan that incorporates devices and one or more apps which will help you to make new connections with your students. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Cheating in Online Classes

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

A number of studies show that students are actually more likely to cheat in on-campus courses than in online courses. Nonetheless, the popular perceptions that online courses are rife with cheating and lack academic rigor endure. In this workshop, you’ll review relevant research and identify aspects of your online course where academic dishonesty may occur. You’ll explore methods for decreasing cheating, such as non-traditional forms of assessment and greater student-faculty contact, and apply them to your own online course. A…

Developing Your Teaching Persona

Date:
Tuesday, June 5th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We all behave and interact with others differently in different situations. Our persona at a dinner party is likely to be different from our persona during a beach volleyball game or at a concert. Whether we realize it or not, we also have a teaching persona. This workshop encourages you to examine the personas you bring to the classroom and to explore new ones. You’ll leave with a set of tools to build a classroom persona that supports your teaching…

Design and Implement a Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program

Date:
Tuesday, June 5th
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This two-part professional development opportunity prepares faculty members to take their classes around the world. In the introductory session, you’ll investigate the process of developing a faculty-led study abroad program. You will learn about the various options available for structuring a program and the responsibilities associated with being a faculty director. You’ll also learn about academics in a study abroad program, including course selection, instructional methods, out-of-class learning opportunities, and assessment. In the advanced session, you will learn about developing…

Assessment for Learning

Date:
Wednesday, June 6th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

What would happen if we changed our focus from assessment of learning to assessment that actually helps students learn? Research shows that formative assessment has the power to significantly improve student learning. This workshop highlights the benefits of using formative assessment and explores various assessment strategies. You’ll develop an assessment plan for a typical lesson in a course you teach. Lunch is provided. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Community Partners Lunch and Learn

Date:
Thursday, 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 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 talk with community partners and discuss possibilities. No stipends is offered for this event. Registration is required.

Practical Strategies to Motivate Millennial Students

Date:
Monday, June 11th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Research shows that millennial college students have very low tolerance for delay, expect immediate feedback and recognition, crave structure, and do not like ambiguity—traits that sometimes run counter to traditional teaching strategies. Gain a better understanding of what motivates millennial college students at Illinois State based on the findings of a university-wide student survey. You will be able to identify the gap between your perception of millennial college students' study habits and motivators and the actual ones reported by students…

Student Reflection to Facilitate Critical Thinking

Date:
Monday, June 11th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Teaching students how to learn, not just what to learn, is a challenge. How do we move them beyond note cards and memorization to robust, life-long learning? This workshop will examine critical thinking across disciplines and identify ways to encourage students through reflection. Participants will explore the “Learning How to Learn” aspect of Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant Learning. Participants will then explore specific applications of student reflection to promote critical thinking in their own classes. A stipend is available for eligible…

Design and Implement a Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program

Date:
Tuesday, June 12th
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This two-part professional development opportunity prepares faculty members to take their classes around the world. In the introductory session, you’ll investigate the process of developing a faculty-led study abroad program. You will learn about the various options available for structuring a program and the responsibilities associated with being a faculty director. You’ll also learn about academics in a study abroad program, including course selection, instructional methods, out-of-class learning opportunities, and assessment. In the advanced session, you will learn about developing…

Challenging Students to Reflect on Real-World Scenarios

Date:
Wednesday, June 13th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Case-based perspective-taking (CBPT) challenges students to take on an assigned role, integral to a given real-world scenario, and reflect on it. This session will describe CBPT and help you apply it to your own courses. Discuss potential learning outcomes related to the use of CBPT will colleagues. Session activities will help you determine how to best incorporate this pedagogy in your courses and apply it to your own discipline. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Liven Up Your Lecture

Date:
Wednesday, June 13th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Lecturing can be a useful teaching tool. Learning through lecture is enhanced when students participate in some way. Discover strategies that make your lectures more interactive, even in large classes. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

Learning through Stories: Using Pop Culture to Enhance Student Engagement

Date:
Monday, June 18th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This full day workshop will present strategies for engaging students in the learning process through incorporating pop culture into lessons and assignments. It starts with a cognitive examination of the learning process and how our brains create stories that lead to schemas to help us understand and integrate new information. We will then examine ways in which our cognitions tell us stories about events, which lead to feelings and behaviors, in the context of learning. The third phase will take…

The Professor, the Pupil, and the Story

Date:
Tuesday, June 19th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Five years from now, your students might not remember that term they learned in your class—but, if done right, they will always remember the story you told explaining the concept behind the term. This workshops delves into the literature on storytelling and its use in higher education. You’ll evaluate the benefits of narratives as pedagogical tools and learn how to enhance your lectures by creating or identifying stories that grip students. You’ll also discover how assignments can help students create…

University Teaching Award Portfolio Circles

Date:
Tuesday, June 19th
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.

Working with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Date:
Wednesday, June 20th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The number of students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to rise, and many students with ASD are now graduating from high school and entering college classrooms. But some students may enter the university undiagnosed or may choose not to self-identify. In this workshop, you will learn about the characteristics of ASD, discuss what a student with ASD might need in a college classroom setting and explore strategies to help students be successful in your classroom. Hear accounts from…

Design Online Discussion Forums to Engage Students and Enliven Conversations

Date:
Monday, June 25th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The discussion forum is one of the most critical components of an online course. 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. Very little learning has occurred. This workshop will consider the role of the instructor, how to design discussion forums creatively, and how to foster robust (and actual) discussion. By the end of this workshop, you will have constructed…

Working with International Students

Date:
Wednesday, June 27th
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.

Teaching with Mindfulness

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

Research shows mindfulness and meditation reduce stress and anxiety. These practices can improve sleep, healthy eating behaviors, academic performance, and they can contribute to a greater sense of well-being and happiness. Learn about the art and science of mindfulness, what it is and how it works. Explore how to incorporate mindfulness when working with students. You will practice the mindfulness meditation techniques that are used in the Koru Mindfulness class taught through Health Promotion and Wellness. A stipend is available…

July 2018

Crafting your Philosophy of Teaching

Date:
Monday, July 9th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Writing or revising a philosophy of teaching can be a daunting task. It is all too easy to restate old ideas that we have grown beyond and that no longer fit who we really are.  In this workshop, you will examine the why of revising philosophy of teaching statement.  Learn how to best incorporate available feedback while reflecting on past successes and shortcomings. Finally, you will leave this workshop with a clear understanding of how teaching philosophy statements tell your…

Making Course Material Affordable

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

A 2016 study reveals 66% of students have not purchased one or more required textbooks because they cannot afford them. Moreover, data show that costly course materials can negatively impact student grades and retention at the university. Discover how you might ease the burden on students by using open educational resources (OERs). You’ll learn to locate and evaluate materials like open textbooks and find examples of affordable materials in your discipline. You’ll leave understanding Creative Commons licensing and understand models…

(Re)Imagining Your Writing Intensive Course

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

Whether you’re teaching a writing intensive course for the first time or the fiftieth, it’s never too early (or too late) to spend some time (re)imagining the ways in which you can most effectively integrate a variety of writing and writing-related activities into your course.  Learn to design effective writing exercises, explore promising practices in responding to student writing, and discover the potential of rubrics in assessing student writing. Come prepared to write, and be advised, there may be homework!…

(Re)Imagining Your Writing Intensive Course

Date:
Wednesday, July 11th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Whether you’re teaching a writing intensive course for the first time or the fiftieth, it’s never too early (or too late) to spend some time (re)imagining the ways in which you can most effectively integrate a variety of writing and writing-related activities into your course.  Learn to design effective writing exercises, explore promising practices in responding to student writing, and discover the potential of rubrics in assessing student writing. Come prepared to write, and be advised, there may be homework!…

Cultivating Open-Mindedness and Critical Thinking in All Classrooms

Date:
Thursday, July 12th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Explore opportunities for structuring classroom experiences in ways that allow students to practice open-mindedness while exercising critical thinking skills. After engaging in a series of activities from a mathematics course, you’ll reflect upon their potential for helping students in your discipline. You’ll create an action plan for transforming activities in your own courses to better help students become diverse minded, civically engaged critical thinkers. Lunch is provided. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

(Re)Imagining Your Writing Intensive Course

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

Whether you’re teaching a writing intensive course for the first time or the fiftieth, it’s never too early (or too late) to spend some time (re)imagining the ways in which you can most effectively integrate a variety of writing and writing-related activities into your course.  Learn to design effective writing exercises, explore promising practices in responding to student writing, and discover the potential of rubrics in assessing student writing. Come prepared to write, and be advised, there may be homework!…

Surviving and Succeeding as an Academic and a Mother

Date:
Tuesday, July 17th
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Women who are mothers and work as faculty often face issues that their male colleagues who are fathers do not. This is often a result of gender norms, roles, and expectations related to motherhood and women. Faculty mothers can face obstacles in balancing work and family life, and issues in forming relationships at work. This can be especially challenging for women who teach in male dominated or traditionally masculine fields or where there are no, or few, other women who…

Teaching and Assessing for Critical Thinking

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

Our students’ abilities to successfully navigate the universe of information around us and to participate effectively in our democratic society hinges on their critical thinking skills. But how do we know critical thinking when we see it?  How can we better promote it in our classrooms? In this workshop, you will hone a definition of critical thinking that meshes with the content of your course.  Develop learning activities that allow students to cultivate their critical thinking skills and create a…

August 2018

Introduction to ReggieNet

Date:
Wednesday, August 1st
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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

ReggieNet: Communication

Date:
Monday, August 6th
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.

ReggieNet: Content and Organization

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

ReggieNet: Gradebook Clinic

Date:
Tuesday, August 7th
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This special, one-hour workshop prepares you to use the Gradebook tool in ReggieNet, Illinois State’s customized learning management system. Get hands-on experience creating gradebook entries, working with categories, and learn how to prepare your Gradebook for final grade submission at the end of the semester. You’ll leave prepared to use the Gradebook on your first day of classes. No stipend is offered for this workshop. Registration is required.

ReggieNet: Tests and Quizzes

Date:
Wednesday, August 8th
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.

ReggieNet: Collaborative Assignments

Date:
Wednesday, August 8th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 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, while the peer review feature allows students to provide feedback to other students. You can also foster group collaboration within the Lessons tool by using the Student Content feature.  Explore how to use these features to enhance student collaboration. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.

ReggieNet: Gradebook Clinic

Date:
Thursday, August 9th
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This special, one-hour workshop prepares you to use the Gradebook tool in ReggieNet, Illinois State’s customized learning management system. Get hands-on experience creating gradebook entries, working with categories, and learn how to prepare your Gradebook for final grade submission at the end of the semester. You’ll leave prepared to use the 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 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. This session is especially tailored for graduate student award nominees, but all are welcome to attend. Lunch is provided for this…