Pre-Conference Workshops

New this year: We are offering optional pre-conference workshops the morning of Tuesday, May 23rd, before the conference officially begins. These hands-on, specialized workshops will run from 9:00-11:30 am and have a registration fee of $25. All will take place at the I Hotel and Conference Center, except as noted.


W1. Free and Easy Ways Anyone Can Find, Edit, and Create Images for Teaching and Learning
Presenters: Robert Baird, Kate LaBore, and Jim Wentworth, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This 3-part session provides an introduction to (1) the best free and open image repositories, providing access to millions of high-resolution images for teaching and learning (2) hands-on experience with the most frequently-used image manipulations in software easier to use than Photoshop, such as PowerPoint and free app-based programs (3) and concludes with participants creating their own educational poster slides, memes, and infographics.


W2. Normalizing Excellence: Equity-minded teaching strategies that address factors that impact student learning
Presenters: Dr. Alicia Battle and Robert Clay, Governors State University
If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. This workshop will provide participants equity-minded strategies to assist them in course development. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to incorporate inclusive language in class discussions as well as how to engage students using an asset-based or strengths model.


W3. Using Emerging Technologies for Student-Centered Learning
Presenters: Vickie Cook, Emily Boles, Michele Gribbins, John Freml, and Tammy Craig, University of Illinois Springfield
Student-centered learning will be our focus as we explore heutagogical practices and emerging technologies. Attendees will participate in activities that exemplify the characteristics of heutagogical approaches to learning, be given hands-on opportunity to explore various online and mobile technologies, and discuss how the technologies benefit the self-determined learner.


W4. Making Group Work Work
Presenter: Claire C. Lamonica, Illinois State University
Research about student learners suggests that they are inclined to be "collaborative." Research about student learning suggests that collaborative approaches result in improved learning. But all too often, when we announce a "group project," we are met with groans, sighs, and/or rolling eyes. In this session we will explore some of the theory and research related to small group, cooperative, and collaborative learning; engage in a variety of group activities suitable for use in our classrooms; and leave feeling more fully prepared to successfully integrate small group projects into our courses.


W5. FLIP Trip!
Presenters: Ava Wolf and Jamie Nelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This pre-conference workshop will be offered in an iFLEX classroom--one of the newest active learning spaces on the UIUC campus. We'll consider some of the typical challenges of transitioning to a flipped classroom format and explore a variety of low and high-tech teaching strategies that make the most of this specially designed classroom. This is a fast-paced, high-energy workshop with small group activities and a moderate amount of technology usage.

Note: This workshop will take place in a classroom on campus. Transportation will be provided from the I Hotel and Conference Center for those who need it.