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January 11-15, 2020
 
 
   
 
 
 
 

Dear Faculty, Lecturers and TAs,

Welcome back!  LCLC staff this semester:  Dolly Weber, Director, Iwona Lech, Postdoctoral Researcher, and our RAs: Juanita, Brian, Lily, and Tania. 
We're open 9-5 Monday-Friday, all online.  Email us any time at lclc@uic.edu and join us online during working hours.
 
In this week's newsletter:
We look forward to working with you this semester! 
 
Best,
Dolly
 

Visit our website at lclc.uic.edu or stop by to chat in our Drop-In Helpdesk (Virtual Office).

Drop-In Helpdesk (Virtual Office)
 
 
   
 
 
 
 LCLC Peer Tutors
 LCLC Peer Tutors
 
Peer tutoring starts Monday, January 19!

Peer tutoring for BLP in French, German, Italian, and Spanish starts next week.  Meet our great group of undergraduate peer tutors!  All tutoring is online. Check out the LCLC Peer Tutoring Insta feed for fun facts about language and culture. 

 
   
 
 
Julia, B.S. Teaching of Mathematics, 2023, in Poland 
Julia, B.S. Teaching of Mathematics, 2023 
 
My UIC Language Story

“As a mathematics educator, I can make a difference by breaking barriers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields and using my language skills and cultural proficiency to encourage underrepresented students (like first-generation, low-income, Hispanic, or female students) to continue their education in the STEM fields, even in the face of stereotype threat and imposter syndrome, so that representation in these fields increases.” Read more 

- Julia, UIC B.S. in Teaching of Mathematics, 2023

 
 
   
 
 
 
 Click on the graphic to see the full flyer
 
LCSL 505: Teaching with Technology
 
Still time to register!

Explore and get immersed in pedagogical technology in this highly interactive, hands-on, 1-credit graduate workshop! Starting January 15th, online meetings every other Friday 3-4:45pm.
Topics will include: 

  • Effective online teaching (e.g., online communities and group work, meaningful feedback, instructor presence) 
  • Online course design (e.g., best practices, organization, time management)
  • Teaching platforms (e.g., Blackboard, Schoology, Google Classroom, Canvas)
  • Interactive presentations in different modalities (e.g., Google Slides, Prezi, Canva, Adobe Spark, Padlet, PearDeck, VoiceThread, screencast and video tools)
  • Interactive class activities (e.g., Socrative, Kahoot, Online Mind Mapping, Wikis, Diagrams, websites, blogs, chats, discussions, polls)
  • Effective assessment online (tools for tests and quizzes, cheat-proof strategies, assessment of different competencies) and more!

Taught by LCLC staff: Elizabeth Dolly Weber, Ph.D. & Iwona B. Lech, Ph.D. Questions? Email us!

See the Course Syllabus
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
Instructor Resources

LCLC offers a rich library of documents, slides, and instructional videos on different technology tools like Blackboard (Collaborate, quizzes, wikis, blogs, journals, groups, discussion boards), VoiceThread, Google Suite, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Plagiarism tools, interactive quizzes and polls for the in-class use and many more. Our staff is also happy to meet with you in a 1:1 session/workshop or schedule a workshop for your department or a group of instructors or TAs. 

Visit our Website and see what help we offer for instructors, stop by our Drop-In Heldesk Mo-Fri 9-5!

 
 
   
 
 
 Blackboard discussion forum
 
Success Story

Though many of us have been teaching virtually since last March, online learning and virtual education environments may still not feel 100% natural for a lot of instructors. You may find that it is still quite difficult to replicate or replace the dynamics and habits of in-person teaching. If this is the case, our Success Stories webpage collects experiences that other instructors have had which may help you figure out what works and what won't work for your online class. Check it out, and add to the page if you have any advice of your own to share!

“I used discussion boards periodically to encourage more in-depth participation from students who might have been shy or have connectivity issues on Collaborate.”

-Jennifer Solheim, French literature & film

Read more success stories

Share your own online success story
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
Workshop: Blackboard Spring Cleaning
 
Wednesday 11:30-12:30, Friday 1:30-2:30

We’re into the first week of the new semester now—how are your Blackboard courses looking? Creating and organizing necessary digital materials, gradebooks, content folders, tests and quizzes, film files, and other elements of your Blackboard course can feel like an overwhelming and convoluted process, and even an experienced user may encounter frustrations. Thankfully, LCLC can help you organize the contents of your course, get all the basic elements functioning properly, and incorporate one of the site's numerous built-in teaching tools to make Blackboard easy and effective for you and your students!

 
 
   
 
 
Online Language Events at LCLC
 
All UIC students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend and practice their language skills.

See the details of our events and the schedule on our website!

 
 
 

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