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The Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning is dedicated to promoting, enhancing, and assessing teaching effectiveness and student learning. We assist faculty, academic units, and teaching assistants in improving instruction. In addition to the events listed below, we are always available for individual consultations or special activities within a department or college. Most of the workshops count toward CITL certificate program continuing education credit. Please check back often to see what events have been added. Want reminders of what teaching sessions are coming up soon? Join our CITL listserv by sending an e-mail message (must be from your University of Illinois address) to, and in the body of the message write only the following:  subscribe CITL

Scholarship of Engagement Seminar: Engaging the Arts in Urbana Schools

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Center for Teaching Excellence
428 Armory Bldg (southwest corner)
Apr 13, 2011   12:00 - 1:30 pm   monthly seminar (1/26, 2/23, 3/16, 4/13)
Sam Smith, Marcia Richards, Rebecca Cortright, Barbara Sartain, Betty Allen, Rusty Clevenger, Cara Maurizi, & Christopher Fuller
Free, but please register.
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Valeri Werpetinski
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Wednesday, January 26, 12:00-1:30 p.m., 428 Armory Bldg

Envisioning Challenges as Opportunities in the Rebuild of Learning in Community
Bruce Elliott-Litchfield, Engineering Administration & Valeri Werpetinski, Center for Teaching Excellence

ENG 315: Learning in Community (LINC) is an interdisciplinary service-learning course in which teams of students work on projects proposed by community partners. Using an inquiry-guided learning approach and the assets of student leaders in role of project managers, we overcame University resource constraints to reinvent the LINC program into a model that is both accessible to all students and adaptable enough to meet the diverse project needs of local and international partners. We’ll share some of the challenges that have been encountered as well as opportunities which have been created during the process.

Wednesday, February 23, 12:00-1:30 p.m., 428 Armory Bldg Community Engagement through New-media Journalism
Eric Meyer, Department of Journalism

Responding to unprecedented concern about crime on campus, students in JOUR 425 Graphics and Design and JOUR 199 Flash Journalism Online created an interactive online resource so others could get past myth and rhetoric and examine campus crime in a uniquely interactive way. Rather than create text-based narratives that force readers to follow only one pathway through material, they presented without comment audio highlights of hundreds of interviews they conducted and created interactive features that allowed users to query the data their research uncovered in whatever manner the users desired. The nature of the project encouraged students to develop new skills in data analysis and visualization plus techniques of online coding and design in addition to practicing professional journalistic skills.

De-Centering the Instructor: Student-Led Service-Learning and What it Can Teach Us About Developing Service-Learning Curricula
Martha Webber, Center for Writing Studies & University of Illinois Alternative Spring Break

Definitions of service-learning frequently emphasize the credit-bearing course and the role of the instructor as an intermediary between the campus and the community. This presentation examines the student-led service-learning model Alternative Spring Break employs to challenge those definitional assumptions and explore two questions: how do students conceive of service-learning and how can instructors develop student-led service-learning curricula.

Wednesday, March 16, 12:00-1:30 p.m., 428 Armory Bldg

Service-learning in Multicultural Settings: Teaching Transcultural Competence
Ann Abbott, Department of Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese

Students from "Spanish in the Community" and "Spanish & Entrepreneurship" will describe how their service-learning experiences in these courses have affected their learning in three areas: language skills, cultural knowledge and professional skills. Ann Abbott will follow up with a teaching model for transcultural competence in service-learning.

Wednesday, April 13, 12:00-1:30 p.m., 428 Armory Bldg

Engaging the Arts in Urbana Schools
Sam Smith, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Marcia Richards, Rebecca Cortright, & Barbara Sartain, Wiley Elementary School, Betty Allen, Rusty Clevenger, Cara Maurizi, & Christopher Fuller, Urbana Schools

Engaging the Arts: An examination of the Fine Arts program in the Urbana Schools with an emphasis on the Social and Emotional Learning through the Arts. A description of Wiley School's WAS:IS Project will be highlighted with 10 lessons learned for University-School collaborations. The workshop will be of interest to faculty, students and others with an interest in local school collaborations, elementary education, arts education and cross discipline approaches.

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