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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 2018

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…

Get to Know Clickers

Date:
Tuesday, June 19th
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Clickers are audience response devices which allow instructors to poll an audience in real time. This special one-hour session puts a clicker in your hand, so you can experience this technology’s potential from a student’s perspective. This brief session is designed to help you decide if you want to use clickers in your course. Those who decide to adopt clickers can then take the more comprehensive Clickers: Introduction workshop. Registration is required.

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…

Screencast-O-Matic Pro

Date:
Wednesday, June 20th
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.

Camtasia: Level 1

Date:
Thursday, June 21st
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. Registration is required.

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…

OneDrive: Getting Started

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

Microsoft Forms: Getting Started

Date:
Tuesday, June 26th
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Microsoft Forms is a quick, easy, mobile-friendly way to create sign-up forms, polls, and surveys. As part of Office 365, it is open to faculty, staff, and students. This one-hour workshop will get you started using forms, show you how to design questionnaires, export data, and use this powerful tool as a real-time way to poll an audience. Registration is required.

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.

OneNote: Introduction

Date:
Thursday, June 28th
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Transform how you take and share notes with Microsoft OneNote. Unlike a word processor, OneNote allows you to easily include images, videos, and audio clips anywhere on the page. Organize information into virtual notebooks that can be shared across all your devices and with others. This workshop shows you the basic features of OneNote, how to navigate the interface, and how to synchronize OneNote across mobile devices. 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

Formstack for Beginners

Date:
Monday, July 9th
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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.

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!…

Word: Creating Fillable Forms

Date:
Tuesday, July 10th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 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). Registration is required.

Excel: Level 1

Date:
Wednesday, July 11th
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.

(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.

Clickers: Introduction

Date:
Thursday, July 12th
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. 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!…

OneNote: Introduction

Date:
Monday, July 16th
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Transform how you take and share notes with Microsoft OneNote. Unlike a word processor, OneNote allows you to easily include images, videos, and audio clips anywhere on the page. Organize information into virtual notebooks that can be shared across all your devices and with others. This workshop shows you the basic features of OneNote, how to navigate the interface, and how to synchronize OneNote across mobile devices. Registration is required.

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…

Photoshop: Getting Started

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

Get an overview of the digital image editing program, including a walkthrough of basic tools and concepts. Learn to works with raster graphics, using the tools and commands available in Photoshop, as well as the various ways you can save your work for a website or for printing. This class finishes with a lesson on how to professionally color correct an image. Registration is required.

Excel: Level 2

Date:
Wednesday, July 18th
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.

OneDrive: Getting Started

Date:
Thursday, July 19th
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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.

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…

Microsoft Forms: Getting Started

Date:
Thursday, July 19th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Microsoft Forms is a quick, easy, mobile-friendly way to create sign-up forms, polls, and surveys. As part of Office 365, it is open to faculty, staff, and students. This one-hour workshop will get you started using forms, show you how to design questionnaires, export data, and use this powerful tool as a real-time way to poll an audience. Registration is required.

Formstack Advanced

Date:
Monday, July 23rd
Time:
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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.

Photoshop: 3 Ways to Change a Photo

Date:
Tuesday, July 24th
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. Registration is required.

Camtasia: Level 1

Date:
Wednesday, July 25th
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.

Screencast-O-Matic Pro

Date:
Thursday, July 26th
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. Registration is required.

Get to Know Clickers

Date:
Monday, July 30th
Time:
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Clickers are audience response devices which allow instructors to poll an audience in real time. This special one-hour session puts a clicker in your hand, so you can experience this technology’s potential from a student’s perspective. This brief session is designed to help you decide if you want to use clickers in your course. Those who decide to adopt clickers can then take the more comprehensive Clickers: Introduction workshop. Registration is required.

Photoshop: More Ways to Change a Photo

Date:
Tuesday, July 31st
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. You’ll also briefly explore selections, adjustment layers, and other advanced tools. Registration is required.

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.

InDesign: Introduction

Date:
Thursday, August 2nd
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: 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…