Building Effective Learning

Friday March 27

Please join us for two exciting workshops presented by Cheelan Bo-Linn

Building Effective Student Teams: What, How, and Why

9:00-10:30 a.m.
LRC 108

Informal Early Feedback (IEF): Using Student Feedback to Improve Teaching and Learning

LRC 108


Cheelan Bo-Linn is the Senior Specialist in Education in the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her primary responsibilities are to provide consultations and develop programs for faculty, unit heads, and academic departments to promote excellence in teaching and learning. She is also the coordinator for the campus annual Faculty Retreat and the Junior Faculty Seminar Series. She was the campus coordinator when Illinois was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) as a Leadership Institution with the focus on undergraduate research. She has been invited to present nationally and internationally, most recently in India and Taiwan. She has been the educational consultant on NSF, USAID, and Fulbright grants. Her most recent workshop topics are active learning, student teams, inquiry-based learning, formal and informal assessment of teaching and learning, classroom research, and teaching philosophy statement.

Register here to attend either of these workshops.

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Upcoming Speakers!

Ask the Students! Continuing a great program started last year, we will again invite faculty to interact with a panel of students to discuss issues related to teaching and learning, classrooms, and the student experience. This semester, the topic is Making “Work” Worth It. Students will be answering questions surrounding workload issues, student work-life balance and how they prioritize their coursework, value placed on class assignments… and whatever else you would like to ask them! Join us February 24 at 4:00pm in LRC224.

Cheelan Bo-Linn (University of Illinois) will visit in March and conduct several talks. One will focus on Team Based Learning and the other on Student Informal Feedback and its importance in the classroom. Stay tuned for more information on times and locations for these talks!

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Combining Art with Science Teaching Seminars – Friday January 23

STEM to STEAM? Art and Science combined?

Stephen Thomas photoPlease join us for two exciting presentations from Dr. Stephen Thomas

Student drawings and textbook visuals in science education

  • 12:00-1:00 pm
  • Jamrich 1320
sTem:  How to capitalize on technology in the teaching of science
  • 4:00-5:00pm
  • Jamrich 1320
  • This talk is part of the Biology Department Seminar Series

Dr. Thomas is a professor at Michigan State University who focuses on how to teach science to non-scientists. His research focuses on the visual communication of science.  Much of his work tries to elaborate on the overlap of art, science, education, and technology. He is also involved with the STEM to STEAM movement, or… how do you add the Arts to improve training in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics?  Recent projects have looked at MOOCs, augmented reality, and mobile applications.  He currently serves as the Associate Direction of the Center for Integrative Studies in General Science and the CNS Digital Curriculum Coordinator at Michigan State University where he also holds an appointment as the Assistant Curator for Science Education at the MSU Museum. Check out his website.

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Center for Teaching and Learning – Upcoming Hours

CTL Hours: December 15th  – December 24th

  • Mondays – Fridays: 10am-5:00pm

CTL Hours: January 5th – January 10th

  • Monday – Thursday: 10am-5:00pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 10:am-4:00pm

The CTL will be closed from December 25th through January 4th, and will resume normal semester hours on Monday, January 12th.

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CTL to Host Active Course Design Institute, December 17-19

gudemug.pngPrepare for next semester by learning more about active learning teaching techniques at the CTL’s Active Course Design Institute from Wednesday December 17 through Friday December 19.  The Institute will take place NMU from 9-4 daily, with seminars in the morning and  working sessions in the afternoon.

Registration is now open for two participation options:

  • À la carte.  Each morning will feature content seminars from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, with a bonus session on Friday at 1:00 pm. These sessions will be open to all interested faculty.  Come to as many as you’d like.  You’ll receive a certificate for each workshop attended.
  • Full Institute.  If you’d like to get a jump start on designing or redesigning a course to incorporate active learning, attend all of the morning seminars, AND stick around for working sessions from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (1:45 pm – 4:00 pm on Friday). The afternoon sessions are designed for you to work on a specific course, with CTL staff available to provide assistance. Participants in the full institute will receive lunch each day and a letter recognizing their completion of this faculty development program.  More importantly, upon completion of the institute, you’ll have a new course ready (or well on its way to ready) to roll out next semester!

Review the program, then register!  Please contact the CTL if you have any questions.

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CTL Hours – Week of November 24th

The Center for Teaching and Learning will be open the following days and times during the week of November 24th:

  • Monday, 11/24 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, 11/25 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 11/26 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, 11/27 – Closed
  • Friday, 11/28 – Closed
  • Saturday, 11/29 – Closed

We will resume normal semester hours on Monday, December 1st.

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