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Announcements
 
 
 

Save the Date: 2021 Annual Faculty Retreat

Do you plan to attend our Annual Faculty Retreat? The 2021 retreat will be virtual but will include all of the best aspects of our previous years. This year's theme will be on building student resiliency for daunting, unexpected challenges. Mark your calendar for March 11th and 12th from 9:00-11:30. Registration information will be coming soon. 

Struggling with Using Video to its Fullest Extent in Your Course?

Mediaspace.Illinois.edu (powered by Kaltura) is here to help. You’re invited to a series of masterclasses on how to use video better. This isn't a "now click this button" technical training - the Kaltura Academic Media & Pedagogy series will focus on the pedagogical underpinnings of how to make videos work for students. We'll demonstrate how to use the Mediaspace (Kaltura) platform for these goals, but the real focus will be on how instructors can use video better to improve the student experience and increase learning outcomes. 

Every second Thursday of the month starting January 14th, 2:00PM EST
https://corp.kaltura.com/kamp-webinars/

This complimentary series is open to everyone, but will focus on the needs of higher education instructors and course designers. Attendees may register for as many sessions as they like - each session will stand alone, and will be available on demand as well. And, as always, if you have a question about media in your teaching, write to us at citl-info@illinois.edu and we’ll get back with you. Your question may be featured in an upcoming “Dear A/V”!

 
 
 
CITL Events & Workshops
 
 
 
Monday, January 11
Workshop on Zoom Basics
1:00 P.M, via Zoom, check calendar listing for Zoom link
Presenters: CITL Instructional Support and Training
 
Tuesday, January 12
TechHub Virtual Office Hours
10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M., via Zoom, check calendar listing for Zoom link
Moderators: Jamie Nelson and Megan Baird
Recurs Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:00 A.M and Wednesdays 1:00 - 2:00 P.M.
 
Tuesday, January 12
Workshop on Zoom and Successful Course Management
1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M., via Zoom, check calendar listing for Zoom link
Presenters: CITL Instructional Support and Training
 
Wednesday, January 13
The Power of Presentations: Enhancing Your Slides for Teaching and Engagement
10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M., via Zoom, check calendar listing for Zoom link
Presenter: Jamie Nelson
 
Wednesday, January 13
Engaging Students Through Active Learning in Synchronous Classes (followed by Zoom Tutorial)
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M., via Zoom, check calendar listing for registration link
Presenters: Cheelan Bo-Linn and David Reid
 
Thursday, January 14
Workshop on Zoom Advanced Features
1:00 P.M, via Zoom, check calendar listing for Zoom link
Presenters: CITL Instructional Support and Training
 
Thursday, January 14
Course Policies for a Difficult Semester
3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M., via Zoom, check calendar listing for registration link
Presenter: Lucas Anderson
 
Wednesday, January 20
Workshop on Zoom Advanced Features
1:00 P.M, via Zoom, check calendar listing for Zoom link
Presenters: CITL Instructional Support and Training
 
Thursday, January 21
Workshop on Zoom and Successful Course Management
1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M., via Zoom, check calendar listing for Zoom link
Presenters: CITL Instructional Support and Training
 
See our calendar for a full list of upcoming events.
 
 
 
Teaching Tips
 
 
 

Advice for the First Day of Class: Today We Will

(From Faculty Focus) The first day of class is critical. What happens on the first day, even in the first moments, sets the tone for the entire course. The impression you make will last the entire semester, and today’s students are not shy about sharing their opinions. Most students will make up their minds about the course and the instructor during that first class period. That is why you must use the first day, the first moments of class, to inspire confidence in your abilities and create a classroom atmosphere where the rules are clear; expectations are high; and yet students feel welcome, comfortable, and engaged.

Lessons from Teaching in Fall 2020: What to Keep, What to Ditch, and What to Change

(from Cynthia Brame, Vanderbilt University – Center for Teaching) This fall, I got the opportunity to teach online for the first time. As with most times I do something hard for the first time, I found some things that worked, some things that didn’t, and some things that I think had promise but need significant tweaking.  So what worked? (Organization) What didn’t? (Small group discussion boards) What would I tweak? (Small groups in class). And what are challenges that currently have me stumped?  Read on!

See More Teaching Tips Here

 
 

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