Central and Southern Illinois Faculty Development Network workshop today

LLCC faculty and staff are invited to attend “Upgrading, or Why It’s Time to Rethink How We Assess” taking place today, Feb. 3, noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom (https://go.uis.edu/CFEZoom). Stephanie Kratz, coordinator of faculty academies at Heartland Community College will be presenting. The workshop is sponsored by the Central and Southern Illinois Faculty Development Network.

The presentation will:

  • Consider limitations of traditional grading methods.
  • Explore how alternative grading methods — including but not limited to ungrading — help address these limitations.
  • Share ideas about the future of grading.

Participants will be invited to share what grades mean to them and to consider the opportunities and challenges presented by alternative forms of assessment.

Central and Southern Illinois Faculty Development Network workshop Friday

LLCC faculty and staff are invited to attend “Upgrading, or Why It’s Time to Rethink How We Assess” taking place Friday, Feb. 3, noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom (https://go.uis.edu/CFEZoom). Stephanie Kratz, coordinator of faculty academies at Heartland Community College will be presenting. The workshop is sponsored by the Central and Southern Illinois Faculty Development Network.

The presentation will:

  • Consider limitations of traditional grading methods.
  • Explore how alternative grading methods — including but not limited to ungrading — help address these limitations.
  • Share ideas about the future of grading.

Participants will be invited to share what grades mean to them and to consider the opportunities and challenges presented by alternative forms of assessment.

AIeL workshop today, 11:30 a.m.

Join LLCC Academic Innovation and eLearning today for the first session in this semester’s brown bag series. The session will include drinks and dessert for those in attendance.

Instead of a Paper: Podcast, Blogs and Other Things AI Struggles With … But Students Like

Presented by: Dr. Christopher McDonald, professor, political science

Today, Jan. 31, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Robert H. Stephens Room
​​​​​​​Register for Instead of a Paper​​​​​​​

Over the past few years, I have been moving away from traditional research/term papers and toward alternative ways in which students can demonstrate knowledge. The recent concern over AI has added another dimension to this. This presentation will showcase the sorts of things students produce, some of their observations on the process and a basic outline of how I set these up in Canvas (which currently does not have a Blog function).

Note: Faculty can receive one point toward their Training and Innovation professional development total for successful completion of this workshop.

This week’s Monday Morning Mentor from AIEL

This week’s Monday Morning Mentor topic from Magna Publications:
How Can I Structure Class Discussions to Maximize Student Engagement?

Presentation date: Jan. 30, 2023, and on-demand for one week
View the presentation and access the transcript, handouts and supplemental material: https://mondaymorningmentors.com.

NOTE: You will need to enter the following password in order to view this week’s program: structure730.

Access to the programs in the Monday Morning Mentor series is restricted to members of the subscribing institution. Any unauthorized use or access, including sharing access with faculty and staff not affiliated with the subscribing institution, is prohibited.

ILCCO Growing Online Learning Conference, Feb. 7-9

There is still time to register for ILCCO’s Growing Online Learning Conference being held Feb. 7-9. This online conference is free to Illinois community college faculty and staff.

Feb. 7

  • 10-11 a.m. – Education 4.0 and Today’s Learners: Supporting Our Online Learners for the Long Haul
  • 2-3 p.m. – Regular and Substantive Interaction: A Self-Checklist for Faculty

Feb. 8

  • 10-11 a.m. – Demystifying Micro-Credentials, Digital Badges, Alternate Credentials and All That Stuff
  • 2-3 p.m. – Championing RSI for Online Success: How a Regulatory Requirement Can Be a Celebratory Achievement for Faculty Development & Student Learning

Feb. 9

  • 10-11 a.m. – Tangible Takeaways: A Practical Discussion on Quantifying the Feedback Flow
  • 2-3 p.m. – Engaging Students: A Conversation With Dr. Alison Lacny

This week’s Monday Morning Mentor from AIEL

This week’s Monday Morning Mentor topic from Magna Publications:
What Is the Best Teaching Advice I Ever Received?

Presentation date: Jan. 23, 2023, and on-demand for one week
View the presentation and access the transcript, handouts and supplemental material: https://mondaymorningmentors.com.

NOTE: You will need to enter the following password in order to view this week’s program: teaching812.

Access to the programs in the Monday Morning Mentor series is restricted to members of the subscribing institution. Any unauthorized use or access, including sharing access with faculty and staff not affiliated with the subscribing institution, is prohibited.

Spring 2023 AIeL workshop schedule

LLCC Academic Innovation & eLearning. Spring 2023 Workshop Schedule
Join LLCC Academic Innovation and eLearning today, 3:30-4:30 p.m., for the workshop “Say Hello to Operation Assessment @ Lincoln Land!” with Matthew Shaver, professor, digital media and vice chair, Learning Outcomes Assessment Team. This session will be the first in a four-part assessment series offered this semester.

We will also be offering a diversity, equity and inclusivity series sponsored by the LLCC Workforce Equity Initiative and presented by members the Office of Community College Research and Leadership.

This semester’s programming will include a brown bag series which will kickoff on Jan. 31 with Dr. Christopher McDonald, professor, political science, presenting “Instead of a Paper: Podcast, Blogs and Other Things AI Struggles With … But Students Like.” The series will also include a session on Language Variation & Linguistic Discrimination with Matthew Griffin, assistant professor, Spanish, and a discussion on Chat GPT lead by members of the AIeL staff. AIeL staff will also present sessions on using Canvas Studio to create, store and share videos as well as a session on how to elevate your course design in Canvas with customized HTML features.

We will continue to offer Canvas open labs and have added assessment open labs to the schedule this semester. Also new will be ACUE study halls for those faculty who are participating in the Effective Teaching Practices Cohort offered by the Association of College and University Educators.

You can find a complete list of sessions, including registration links and a printable schedule, on the AIeL Workshop Page.

Active Learning Classrooms Open House/Lab today

LLCC Academic Innovation and eLearning is hosting Active Learning Classrooms — Open House/Open Lab today, Jan. 19, 2-3 p.m. in Sangamon 1102, 1103 and 1104. No registration required.

Two new active learning classrooms have been added to the south hallway of Sangamon Hall, and several features of existing active learning classrooms have been updated recently around campus. Please stop by to see the updates and ask any questions regarding the active learning classrooms, how to use the technology in the rooms, basic room functions and scheduling procedures. We especially encourage anyone currently teaching (or planning to teach) in one of the active learning classrooms to attend this open lab, but all are welcome to come learn more about the active learning classrooms at LLCC.

Barry Lamb, Instructional Designer
Andy Mitkos, Director, Academic Technology Services & Support

Let’s Explore ChatGPT

LLCC faculty and staff are invited to attend the workshop series “Let’s Explore ChatGPT” hosted by the Center for Faculty Excellence at UIS. The first session of the series will be presented  today, Jan. 19, from 1-2 p.m. via Zoom. Detailed information on this session may be found at “Let’s Explore ChatGPT” and below.

Thursday, Jan. 19, 1-2 p.m. CST, via Zoom https://uis.zoom.us/j/86464913933

Future sessions in the series:

  • Feb. 2: How do we talk to our students about ChatGPT?
  • Feb. 16: How can ChatGPT be used in my class?
  • Feb. 30: What problems may be created by ChatGPT and can we control or limit them?

FSI call for proposals now open

The FSI Conference being held May 23 and 24 in Champaign is now accepting proposals. The 2023 FSI meeting has the theme of “Designs for Learning,” which emphasizes the importance of design thinking for learning objectives, assessments and activities. Thematic proposals on these foundations of design are being sought as well as general proposals on innovations in learning, teaching and instructional technologies.

The organizing committee is seeking proposals from not only faculty, but from all members of the academy, including (but not limited to) academic support and student affairs staff, professional developers, instructional designers, librarians, IT staff and high school educators focused on college prep.

Types of proposals:

  • Workshops
  • Presentations
  • Roundtables
  • Posters

The submission deadline is Monday, March 6.

Learn more and submit a proposal.