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  • Tuesday, March 26 from 12:30 to 1:20 pm: Quantitative Reasoning Workshop

Quantitative reasoning (QR) is a very important and often overlooked undergraduate university learning goal at EIU.  In AY 2018 nearly half of the departmental assessment plans at EIU did not include a QR learning goal.  In addition, national assessment data suggests that EIU freshmen and seniors have significantly less QR skills than do their peers at other universities.  This workshop is designed to encourage more departments to focus on the quantitative reasoning learning goal and to incorporate it in their classes.  We will highlight the resources that are available to faculty and focus on best practices for instruction in teaching QR skills. This workshop will include examples of lesson plans, in-class assignments, and participation in a group activity. 

This workshop is co-sponsored by CASL and the Faculty Development and Innovation Center.

Facilitator: Dr. John Willems

Location: MLK Union - Charleston/Mattoon Room



  • Wednesday, April 17 from 12 pm to 1:30 pm: Motivational Interviewing for Academic Advisors

Last semester, Dr. Sheila Simons of the Health Promotion Department presented on Motivational Interviewing, which has become a key component of client-centered counseling. This Brown Bag session continues to explore how Academic Advisors can take advantage of this approach. Motivational interviewing offers a great way to build a working alliance with students. When advisors pull out their “MI compass,” advisors can guide student exploration of values and goals, develop studentʼs self-efficacy, and help students come to their own solutions.

We invite Academic Advisors and all faculty interested in using this approach more broadly to come to this Brown Bag session, where we will breakdown the key components and process of motivational interviewing, practice the basic MI skills, and develop personal MI learning plans.

Facilitator: Dave Closson

Location: MLK Union - Effingham Room



  • Thursday, April 9 from 11 am to 12:15 pm: Online Teaching

    This session will focus on best practices for online teaching utilizing new and innovative instructional practices and tools that are available to all faculty at EIU NOW. With existing cloud-based tools, faculty now have the power to do what has previously been very difficult, or impossible, to do in an online classroom. Microsoft Office 365 is a suite of cloud-based apps and desktop programs that offer world-class productivity, communication, and teaching tools for learning available to every single faculty, staff, and student at EIU. This workshop focuses on a few of the most innovative and useful apps in this suite. It focuses on how these might be especially useful in online teaching, but most of the suggestions are applicable to hybrid or face-to-face teaching as well. This is a Brown Bag session.

    Facilitator: Dr. Tom Grissom

    Location: 440 Witters Conference Room, Booth Library.

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Julie Lockett, Director of Learning Innovation

Lisa Dallas, Senior Instructional Designer

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