Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and in the body of the message write only the following: subscribe CITL
Wednesday, February 21, 2024
How you ever wondered what happens in the classes of some of our exemplary teachers? Would you like to see and have a chat? We have a great line-up of your colleagues who have offered to “open their classroom door.” Join this introductory session to learn more.
The traditional lecture mode, the oldest and most widely used teaching method, is not as effective as other teaching methods, in areas such as student retention and problem-solving. Learning is not a spectator sport. Join us as we explore ways this enhanced lecture method can be more effective through the use of active learning strategies.
Thursday, February 22, 2024
Wednesday, February 28, 2024
The main job of our students is to learn; however, research tells us a major intellectual challenge they face is managing their own learning. Many don’t know about or employ effective learning behaviors and strategies. We need to help them know not just what to learn, but how to learn. Join this interactive session for strategies to help students learn how to learn better
Thursday, February 29, 2024
Friday, March 1, 2024
Do you want to learn more about using Generative AI pedagogically? Are you interested in getting a better understanding of how these tools and platforms might help with classroom engagement and practice? Here is an interactive, engaging workshop for you.
Wednesday, March 6, 2024
How well are you measuring student learning? Assessment is one of the most complex and stressful responsibilities of an instructor. Is your assessment fair? Valid? What would your students say? Come learn best practices for constructing a test.
Thursday, March 7, 2024
Thursday, March 14, 2024
Wednesday, March 20, 2024
In MCOT we will explore the following topics: • Designing Your Online Course • Developing Your Learning Community • Adapting Best Teaching Practices to Your Online Course • Motivating Your Students to Excel MCOT opens on Wednesday March 6, 2024, and our synchronous meetings occur at 11:30am - 1:00pm on the following four Wednesdays - March 20 & 27 and April 3 & 10.
Thursday, March 21, 2024
Developing skills and knowledge that can be used to succeed at real-world tasks is a strong source of motivation for many students. Authentic assessments conceptually mimic these tasks and are a more valid means of measuring learning objectives compared to conventional means of assessment.Join us as we investigate using authentic assessment effectively in our courses.
Friday, March 22, 2024
Come to this workshop to begin the process of identifying your teaching philosophy, deciding which parts of it belong in your statement, and avoiding common mistakes.
Calling all faculty and teaching assistants who are currently using or are interested in using alternative methods for grading (i.e. Labor based grading, Ungrading) in their courses. Join faculty members Kary Zarate (Education) and Clara Bosak-Schroeder (Classics) for an informal discussion about their assessment practices.
Thursday, March 28, 2024
Monday, April 1, 2024
Teaching presence strongly impacts the way students build their knowledge in your course. In this session, you will learn how to strategically apply your teaching presence to the critical roles you have as a Teaching Assistant and gain insights from outstanding faculty here at Illinois.
Thursday, April 4, 2024
Thursday, April 11, 2024
In this workshop, we'll investigate a model of motivation that can help you identify the kinds of things that might motivate your students. Once you are familiar with the model, you'll zoom in to your individual situation and identify more specific things you can do to get and keep your students motivated.
Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Digital literacy is the ability to apply IT and digital technology to find, understand, evaluate, communicate, and create information. Digital literacy skills are just as important as self-regulated learning behaviors. In this workshop you will develop strategies to promote digital literacy among your students for their learning in your course and beyond.