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LAS Teaching Academy: Instructional Staff Development

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Similar to its programs for new tenure-track faculty are programs geared toward temporary and non-tenure-track faculty members. Activities begin with a one-day workshop, held immediately before the first day of the Fall semester. The workshop is designed to give these new instructors a demographic and academic portrait of UIUC students and a "just-in-time" introduction to practical teaching tips. Hands-on sessions led by campus experts engage participants in learning how to make the first day of class a successful experience for instructor and students, how to recognize and accommodate diverse learning styles, and how to motivate non-majors. The second set of activities is a series of interactive luncheon presentations that focus on teaching-related topics such as obtaining early feedback from students, developing learning objectives, and utilizing effective questioning techniques.