20240126-1 Eight Elements of Effective Program Assessment

Eight Elements of Effective Program Assessment  

Friday January 26, Noon – 1:00 Central/1:00 – 2:00 Eastern via Zoom 


With Elizabeth Evans and Kemery Sigmund


The audience for this program is department chairs, program directors and faculty.  

Evaluating our students’ learning at the program level involves establishing learning goals, creating tools to evaluate student learning, collecting data using the tools, developing conclusions about the data, and making changes to improve student learning. Engaging faculty in the process and using the process for improvement are further vital elements. Please come to this winter faculty development program to learn more what creates effective assessment practice at Concordia in each major, graduate program, and stand-alone certificate.   


Recording: https://cuwaa.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=3a7cd308-cab8-4acd-a2d5-b103015df753


Final Eight Criteria Assessment Session 1-26-24

Feedback on Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes Example

20240125-1 Best Practices in Writing Multiple Choice Exams (for Faculty)

Best Practices in Writing Multiple Choice Exams (for Faculty) 

Thursday January 25, 2:00 – 3:00 pm Central/3:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern via Zoom 


With Michael Brown 


The audience for this session is faculty. Writing multiple choice exams can be challenging.  What characteristics make “good” multiple choice questions good?  What characteristics of exam questions should typically be avoided? What is an appropriate balance of question difficulty across the exam? After the exam, what characteristics may help decide whether to keep or throw out a question?  This session will explore these topics and provide an opportunity for participants to review their own questions using these principles of best practice. 


Recording https://cuwaa.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=8fbc4578-5b58-475f-9da9-b103015cf63d


BrownMC Item-Writing Presentation v 1 25 24


Updating the 24-25 Catalog

Tuesday January 23, 8:30 – 9:30 am Central/9:30 – 10:30 am Eastern via Zoom 

Presenters: Stephanie Barnhill and Karen Ruona 

The university Registrar and her colleagues present information for department chairs, administrative assistants and other departmental staff about how to update program information for the 2024-2025 academic catalog, including how to find the link, update to four-digit course renumbering, what information has already been entered through Banner, and the deadlines to observe.  This will be recorded, so anyone who registers will be sent the recording and the materials. 



Catalog Formatting Guidelines 2024-2025

How to Update Course Numbers in the Catalog

New and Returning Faculty Development Day

New and Returning Faculty Development Day 

Thursday January 4, 8:15 – 4:00 Central/9:15 – 5:00 Eastern 

Designing/Refreshing Your Course and Syllabus

Led by Kate Robertson and Elizabeth Evans 

Learn about and incorporate best practices in course design, and syllabus development. Discussion includes how to improve your objectives, align course objectives with assessments, the Concordia University syllabus template latest revision, and how to connect to program and Global Learning Outcomes.  


Blackboard Basics

Led by Tyler Shadick and Elizabeth Evans

Learn how to add content, Blackboard Assignments (“dropboxes”) and set up the gradebook for a Spring course! This is an ideal session for faculty new to using Blackboard. The session is for those who set up their own Blackboard courses. 



Overview Handout

Blackboard Use Handout

Engaging Your Learners

Led by Kate Robertson 

Effective teaching fosters learning; students need to be engaged for learning to happen. This session introduces strategies to engage students in multiple instructional modes. 




Blackboard Tests and Respondus LockDown Browser with Monitor

Led by Tyler Shadick and Elizabeth Evans

The first half of this session will show how faculty can create Blackboard Tests using three commonly used question types. The second half of the session will cover Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor. Faculty will learn the difference between LockDown Browser and Monitor, and how to enable the appropriate settings based on where students take the test. 



Respondus Handout

Blackboard Handout

Student Blackboard Handout

Faculty Resources

Led by CELT and ORSP (primarily for full-time faculty) (for set up: EE, SG, Wayne Thompson, Janessa Doucette) 

Learn what resources are available to you as faculty, including research/scholarship support, where to find them, and who to contact if you need more help. 


Instructional Resources Handout

Faculty Resources Handout

Mequon Adjunct Orientation

Mequon Adjunct Orientation (In-Person Classes) 

Wednesday January 3, 5:00 – 6:45 pm Central via Zoom 

Led by Susan Gallanis, Catherine (Kate) Robertson, Jason Lane, Ty Landers, Andrew Wahl, Garrett Stremski, Elizabeth Kirk, and Kathleen Hoppa-Grady 

Spring semester begins January 8! Are you ready? During this session for Mequon adjuncts teaching in-person classes, we will share important policies, where to find them as well as many resources that address first day teaching, student support, Academic Resource Center services, classroom AV, faith and learning, Blackboard, and more. 


Orientation PowerPoint

Christ at the Center PowerPoint

ARC Accessibility Resources

Interactive Techniques Handout

Class List Handout

Lesson Template and Script

Mequon Instructional Librarian Services

The Texts of the Catechism

Adjunct Faculty Handbook

How to Log Into One Drive

How to Share Files in One Drive

Getting Started with Panopto

Panopto Resources

Concordia Faculty Seminar: Erin Regis-Bailey and Amber Melick, New Doctorates

Concordia Faculty Seminar: Erin Regis-Bailey and Amber Melick, New Doctorates

Wednesday November 29, 11:00 am – Noon Central/Noon – 1:00 pm Eastern via Zoom 

Erin Regis Bailey, Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology on the Mequon campus, recently completed her Doctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD) degree from Northwestern University. Her culminating project was entitled “Exploring the Teaching Motivations, Barriers and Benefits of Medical Speech-Language Pathology Community Clinical Educators: A Qualitative Descriptive Study Design.”  

Amber Melick, Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance, who teaches in our Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program on the Ann Arbor campus, has recently completed the Doctor of Athletic Training (DAT) degree from Temple University.  Her capstone paper was titled The Effect of Collaborative Patient Simulation on SPICE-R Scores of Health Education Students. 

Concordia Faculty Seminars are informal interactive presentations and conversations on faculty and staff projects including grants, research, and service designed to promote scholarship, spark new ideas, provide opportunities for meaningful discussion, and increase collaboration. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend. 


Blackboard Portfolios

This document includes the following sections:

  1. Access Blackboard Portfolios
  2. Create a Portfolio
  3. Edit a Portfolio
  4. Preview and Customize a Portfolio
  5. Add Artifacts (even before creating a Portfolio)
  6. Submit Your Portfolio in Blackboard
  7. Share Your Portfolio with Anyone
  8. Comment on a Portfolio
  9. Download Your Portfolio
  10. Instructors Only: Create a Portfolio Assignment (“drop box”)

Blackboard Portfolios PowerPoint

Blackboard Learn Portfolios 05232023 Directions


Creating and Sustaining an Effective Curriculum

Creating and Sustaining an Effective Curriculum 

Friday, November 17 Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 Eastern via Zoom 

With Leah Dvorak, Elizabeth Evans, and Erin Laverick 


Effective curricula at Concordia are rigorous, relevant, coherent, current, experiential, explicit, and well-communicated to students.  They are also aligned with the mission, university learning outcomes, and program learning outcomes Effective academic programs result in healthy enrollment, retention, and completion numbers, demonstrate learning as expected by the faculty, and use continuous improvement.  At this session, we will present tools for planning, implementing, and improving such curricula.  The audience for this program includes faculty, department chairs/program directors, and deans. 



Best Practices for Managing Blackboard Course Size

Best Practices for Managing Blackboard Course Size 

Friday November 10, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern via Zoom 

 Led by: Tyler Shadick 


This session is for faculty. Blackboard courses have a finite amount of space before the maximum is reached. During this session, participants will learn best practices for sharing large files in their course such as videos and voiceover PowerPoints. We will also explain how using the course Content Collection can save additional course space and save you time when documents need updating or are shared in multiple locations within a course. 

PowerPoint Course Size