Session 3: Creating a Learner-Centered Responsive Course and Syllabus

    Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 11:30 AM until 1:00 PMCentral Daylight Time

    Armory Room 182
    505 E Armory Ave
    Champaign, IL 61820
    United States

    Faculty Seminar Series on Teaching & Learning

    Theme: "Outstanding teachers... know what and how their students learn"

     “they achieved remarkable success in helping their students learn in ways that made a sustained, sustainable, and positive influence on how those students think, act, and feel.” 

    K. Bain,  What the best college teachers do

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    You are invited tojoin 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 guanteed.

    Session 3: Creating a Learner-Centered Responsive Course and Syllabus

    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


    Please mark these dates on your calendar

    Wed, Sept. 13, 2023       Session 1:  Maximizing Informal (IEF) and Formal (ICES) Student Feedback to Enhance Teaching & Learning (I wish I had known that earlier)

    Wed, Sept. 20, 2023       Session 2: Creating Effective Team Members and Team Projects: What, How, and Why

    Wed, Sept. 27, 2023       Session 3: A Responsive Student-Centered Course and Syllabus for a Supportive Learning Environment

    Wed, Oct. 4, 2023          Session 4: The Art of the Enhanced Lecture (Part I) – Key Components of Structure and Engagement

    Wed, Oct. 11, 2023        Session 5: Learning that Lasts: Strategies for Significant, Enduring Learnin

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