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Josh Reinhart
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Phone: 217-581-7400
Fax: 217-581-8444

2142 Old Main
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

Dec 07, 2012


Professional Development

In Spring 2011, Faculty Development conducted a series of talk-backs with each of the academic colleges at EIU, and one recurring theme was the demand for just-in-time teaching and learning resources and a best practices repository. Additionally, faculty requested an online space for shared resources that could be easily accessed at any time.

Eastern Illinois University now has a campus-wide site license and one-year subscription to Magna Commons, an online faculty development resource which provides on-demand professional development for faculty development, just-in-time teaching and learning, group meetings and discussion groups.

Magna Commons offers a wide variety of full-length online seminars with new titles added monthly, addressing critical issues facing faculty today, including grading and feedback, student engagement, online teaching and learning, etc. These programs feature leading educators and consultants delivering thought-provoking, content-rich presentations. The subscription also includes supplemental materials custom-designed to help faculty implement strategies, handouts, in-depth facilitator's discussion guides and complete transcripts of each program. To access this resource, please contact the Faculty Development office at 581-7051 or at Sign-up instructions will be provided.

KRISHNA THOMAS, Assistant Director, Faculty Development
Posted: Aug 20, 2012

Desire2Learn Getting Started, 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3
Desire2Learn Transferring Content, 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3
Desire2Learn Conquering the Content, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4
Desire2Learn Learner Management and Accessibility, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4
Desire2Learn Transferring Content, 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5
Desire2Learn Communication Tools, 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5
Desire2Learn Transferring Content, 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5
Desire2Learn Assessment Checklist, Dropbox, and Graded Discussions, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6
Desire2Learn Assessment Grade Items and the Gradebook, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6
Desire2Learn Transferring Content, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6
Desire2Learn Rubrics and Competencies, 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7
Desire2Learn Advanced Features and Tools, 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7
Desire2Learn Transferring Content, 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7

For more information and/or to register, please see here. Questions? Call CATS Training Services at 217-581-8452 or email

Posted: Nov 28, 2012

On Thursday, Jan. 10, Faculty Development and the Center for Academic Technology Support are pleased to launch a collaborative, half-day symposium that promotes excellence in teaching and learning on Easternís campus. We see this as an opportunity to learn from and discuss pedagogical practices and issues with EIU faculty who are actively engaged in examining teaching and learning in their disciplines. This conversation will be sparked by a visiting scholar, Michael Wesch, who will give the opening plenary talk. There will be a break out session following his presentation and then a working lunch in which faculty will have the opportunity to discuss with each other the concepts Wesch introduces.

Dubbed "the Explainer" by Wired magazine, Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the effects of new media on society and culture. His videos on culture, technology, education and information have been viewed by millions, translated in more than 15 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide. Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, and he was recently named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. He has also won several teaching awards, including the 2008 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities.

Faculty are encouraged to bring their students to the plenary talk. Lunch will be provided for faculty who register. A detailed schedule can be found here. Registration is available here. For more information, please contact 581-7051 or email

KRISHNA THOMAS, Assistant Director, Faculty Development
Posted: Dec 06, 2012


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