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Today at 12pm: Multi Media Tools to Support Learning and Creativity

Join us online at noon today for our next Art of Teaching Lunchtime Seminar featuring Karin Hodgin-Jones (FAA) who will demonstrate how she uses MIRO and other collaboration tools to create assignments and assessments. Karin has been exploring different strategies for helping students develop multi-media projects in her studio design courses. As her assignments usually unfold over multiple stages she’s come up with a fun and interesting way of using digital collaboration tools and group projects to build and reinforce learning and creativity. Karin’s presentation was one of the most popular during the Illinois Summer Teaching Institute and we are delighted to feature a more in-depth discussion applicable to all disciplines in this Art of Teaching Lunchtime Seminar. Register for Zoom link.

Seibel Center for Design's Grand Opening Ceremony

Siebel Center for Design invites the campus to its grand opening/open house. Scheduled speakers include SCD director Rachel Switzky, University of Illinois System President Timothy Killeen, Chancellor Robert Jones, & Provost Andreas Cangellaris. Tom Siebel will also deliver remarks, formally dedicating the facility. 

October 8, 1–5 PM at the Siebel Center for Design. If you're unable to attend in person, watch via livestream at go.illinois.edu/scdgo.

TA Reading Groups Starting for Fall

How do the best college teachers teach? Find out by reading Ken Bain's What the Best College Teachers Do along with fellow TAs and a CITL facilitator. Meetings will be arranged to fit your schedule and participation will count towards the teaching certificates. Sign up for a reading group by following this link - you will be matched up with other TAs and a facilitator with similar availability.

Transformative Learning through Zines Capstone Event

The “Transformative Learning through Zine Making” HRI research cluster formed during the 2019-2020 academic year with the purpose of exploring zines as a pedagogical tool to delve into concepts such as visual literacy, multimodal communication, and the dynamics surrounding alternative media, hierarchical power structures, and expertise. 

Join the capstone event at the Seibel Center for Design on October 14-15. Check the website for event details.

Playful by Design Symposium

Calling all playful people! The Playful by Design Symposium is back and will take place in-person at the Seibel Center for Design on October 14-16. Be part of a growing community on campus exploring games and game-like activities and their impact on teaching and learning. Thursday kicks off at 3pm with a Reception followed by Keynote Speaker Jeremy Bernstein, Principle Writer at Volition, discussing experiences gained from over 15 years in game design. Friday begins at 10am with a series of lightning round presentations on technology resources, games research, game design, games in the classroom, and learning simulations. The fun continues through Saturday in different campus locations. All are welcome at these free events. Check the website for event details.

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students

The final versions of both the Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students are now available at go.illinois.edu/lotrae.


CITL Events & Workshops

Thursday, October 7
Art of Teaching Seminar Series: Integrating Multi-media Course Tools to support Studio and Design Learning 
Noon - 1:00 P.M., Online, register to receive Zoom link
Presenter: Karin Hodgin Jones (Fine and Applied Arts)
Wednesday, October 13
Fall '21 Faculty Series on Teaching & Learning wkshp #4- Active Learning: Ways to Engage Students and Assess Their Learning
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., room 428, Armory Building
Presenter: Cheelan Bo-Linn, CITL
Wednesday, October 20
Fall '21 Faculty Series on Teaching & Learning wkshp #5- Want More Opportunities for Students to Succeed? Implement the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Framework
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., room 428, Armory Building
Presenter: Cheelan Bo-Linn, CITL
Check the CITL calendar for new workshops added regularly, and for a complete listing of all our Canvas training and support opportunities.

Teaching Tips


Blogs, Wikis and Discussion Boards

(from Carnegie Mellon University Eberly Center) Blogs, wikis, and discussion boards are web-based platforms through which students can create and share content as well as interact with each other and the instructor. There is quite a bit of overlap in the feature sets of these tools, however, how they tend to be authored, organized, and used offer distinguishing characteristics. This chart describes who is responsible for creating and sharing the content, the type of content, and the default approach to content organization (See "How do I know if it's a good fit?" for typical educational uses and examples.) 

Teaching With Blogs

(from Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching) Although people often think of social media as a space for non-academic interactions, blogs can be helpful tools for instructors interested in enhancing their students’ communication skills and increasing their students’ investment in learning.

Blogs can be spaces for informal or formal writing by students, and the capacity of blogs to support multiple forms of media (images, videos, links, and so on) can help students bring creativity to their communication. When writing for blogs, students can experiment and interact digitally in a relaxed and low-risk environment. Blogs can be an excellent balance between the rigor and structure of a formal written assignment and the freedom to experiment with ideas and arguments. Learn more here

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