Faculty Seminar Series on Teaching & Learning
Theme: Improving and Assessing Teaching Excellence
Teaching is an important goal and responsibility on our campus. Most recently, we have been actively identifying ways to more effectively assess and improve teaching. Think/reflect upon your teaching practice. What are some things you can implement in your teaching that will immediate impact student learning?
You are invited to join a dynamic learning community by participating in this specially designed workshop series for all faculty (across all disciplines and rank). We’ll share strategies and best practices from research-based pedagogy. Come and meet new colleagues. Great conversations and handouts guaranteed.
Session 3: Create a Responsive Student-Centered Syllabus to Support Learning
Frequently, the syllabus is perceived as a statement to communicate information about the course, the instructor, learning objectives, assignments, grading policies, due dates, and, in some cases, an increasingly long list of strongly worded admonitions on what is and isn’t acceptable behavior in the college classroom. Does this sound like a contract? It does… but it should be much more!
Look at your syllabus. What is the message? What is your tone? Will the course be inviting, engaging and motivating? Will it be collaborative? Fair? This is a great opportunity to think about how/if your syllabus promotes a learning-centered environment. In addition, we’ll also help you create a graphical “big idea” for your course.
*This workshop counts towards completion of any of CITL's Teaching Certificates. To learn more about our Teaching Certificate program please visit https://go.illinois.edu/teaching_certificates.
Please mark these dates on your calendar
Wed, Feb. 8, 2023 Session 1: Maximizing Informal (IEF) and Formal (ICES) Student Feedback to Enhance Teaching & Learning (I wish I had known that earlier)
Wed, Feb. 15, 2023 Session 2: A Reflective Teaching Philosophy Statement for Promotion and Tenure
Wed, Feb. 22, 2023 Session 3: Create a Responsive Student-Centered Syllabus to Support Learning
Wed, March 1, 2023 Session 4: Develop Effective Assessments of Student Learning: Tests, Exams, & Rubrics
Fri, March 3, 2023 Annual Faculty Retreat - The Value of Reflection: True Stories from the Classroom