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CATE Summer Institute

CATE Summer Institute

CATE invites UIC instructors and teaching assistants to participate in the 2021 Summer Institute!

All 5 asynchronous, on-demand learning modules are available immediately and are designed to help UIC instructors in preparing to teach this coming fall. Each module takes ~2 hrs to complete.

These learning modules can be accessed via Blackboard Ultra.  Please see registration information below.

The modules are paired with online discussion forums and synchronous sessions facilitated by the CATE team.  Although completely optional, your participation should enable you to engage with CATE staff and your colleagues to discuss instructional challenges and brainstorm solutions particular to your course, your disciplinary context, and/or the modality by which you’re delivering instruction (e.g., online or on campus).

Module topics:

Module 1: Creating Equity and Inclusion
Explore the principles of inclusive pedagogy and learn how to apply them in Flames Flex learning environments, which include online and on-campus instructional modalities.

Module 2: Enhancing Student Engagement
Identify ways to implement learning activities designed to increase student interaction and engagement.

Module 3: Creating a Learning Community
Learn about strategies you may use to establish a supportive community for students to succeed in your course.


Module 4: Implementing Authentic Assessment
Design meaningful and significant measurements of student learning and mastery of course learning goals.

Module 5: Leveraging Technology
Integrating concepts from the first four modules, choose educational technology for your classroom that creates a student-centered and flexible learning environment aligned with your teaching needs.

As you complete the online modules, consider joining us for one of two synchronous Zoom sessions to share and discuss ways to engage students equitably, leverage appropriate technology, and maintain the quality of teaching no matter the mode of instruction in your courses.

  • Synchronous Session 1: Friday, August 13th | 12 – 1 PM
  • Synchronous Session 2: Wednesday, August 18th | 2 – 3 PM

Zoom links will be made available through the Blackboard site for those who register for the Summer Institute.  We hope to see you there!

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You may self-enroll in the Blackboard site with your UIC credentials.  Enrollment will remain open through August 23, 2021 – the first day of the fall semester.

Please note that when you click on the link below, you may navigate to a page telling you “access denied.”  Just click the ‘log in’ button on the right and you will navigate to the Blackboard login page, where you may use your UIC credentials to log into the site.


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Click the link to register.

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You must first complete a form with requested information. You will then be issued a University Identification Number (UIN) that CATE will use to create your NetID so that you may self-enroll in the Blackboard site.  You will be assigned a Blackboard site for your own course once your hiring department adds you as the instructor of record in Banner.

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CATE is referring to the range of instructional modalities being utilized this fall as “Flames Flex” as a means to emphasize UIC’s commitment to giving students flexible options for learning as we gradually transition back to campus from fully remote teaching necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On-campus Blended Synchronous

Please click on the link below for more information.

Access resources to support your teaching this fall including the UIC classroom database, teaching guides, and educational technology articles.

  • Online synchronous: fully online course with live sessions at specified times
  • Online asynchronous: fully online course with no mandatory live sessions
  • On-campus blended synchronous: in-person students simultaneously meeting with synchronous online students via live streaming technology
  • On-campus hybrid: mix of in-person instruction with online content delivered synchronously or asynchronously

Flames Flex Resources: Access Classroom Database & Teaching Guides

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