Oct 9 How can I create effective mini-lectures?

If you missed this Brown Bag Faculty Dialogue, you can still view the video and take advantage of the supplemental materials.

To access the 20-Minute Mentor video “How can I create effective mini-lectures?” go to my.cuw.edu and look for the CELT channel under the faculty tab. The power point slides, transcript and supplemental resources are also there. One of the handouts is about effective discussion that also applies to classroom face-to-face discussions.

Here’s a link to a 9-minute YouTube video that describes Presentation Zen, mentioned during Dr. Price’s presentation.

Oct 7 Teaching Through Simulation: Brownies, Starbursts, and Much More!

Presented by 2013 Faculty Laureate Dr. Jeff Walz.

Click here to view the archived presentation.

Click for PowerPoint Slides

Here are two sources Dr. Walz mentioned in his presentation:

Bromley, Pat. 2013. “Active Learning Strategies for Diverse Learning Styles: Simulations Are Only One Method.” PS: Political Science and Politics 46 (4): 818-822.

Raymond, Chad, and Simon Usherwood. 2013. “Assessment in Simulations.” Journal of Political Science Education 9: 157-167.

Sept 23 2013 How can I help students develop critical thinking skills?

September 25, 2013 Brown Bag Dialogue

How can I help students develop critical thinking skills?

If you missed the Brown Bag, you can still view the video, power point slides, and supplemental resources by accessing your Magna Commons subscription. Directions are on the CUW CELT Channel. Questions? Contact susan.gallanis@cuw.edu

Here’s an interesting article related to this topic.

LERN Schedule of 2013/14 Webinars for Faculty Development

As a LERN Society for Faculty Development Member organization, you may participate in any of the upcoming webinars listed below. To register to participate in all or any of these events, please email Tammyp@lern.org. Tell her you work for Concordia University, are a member of the LERN Faculty Club, and list the webinars you would like to attend!

Recognizing Students with Asperger’s 
with Julie Coates
Thursday, October 10 for 50 minutes, 2 pm ET, 1 pm CT

You and every other teacher have one or more students with Asperger’s in your classes. Find out how to recognize behaviors that may indicate Asperger’s Syndrome, even if you teach online. Then take away strategies for working effectively with Asperger’s students. Includes 15 min. Q&A.


Insights into the Learning Brain with Tracy King
Thursday, November 14 for 50 minutes, 2 pm ET, 1 pm CT

As educators we are in the business of changing brains. But does our course design take into consideration how the brain learns? Come find out three
NeuroMyths and six NeuroFacts that will change the way you teach, and increase your students’ learning. Includes 15 min. Q&A.


Fostering Online Discussion with Mary Dereshiwsky
Thursday February 6, 2014 for 50 minutes, 2 pm ET, 1 pm CT

From the author of this new book, practical how-to techniques for increasing student comments, discussion and interaction in your online and hybrid courses. Take away strategies you won’t find anywhere else from someone who has taught more than 1,000 faculty how to engage students online. Includes 15 min. Q&A.


11 Tips to Enable Learning and Completion with William A Draves
March 13, 2014 for 50 minutes, 2 pm ET, 1 pm CT, Noon MT

Boosting completion rates is now imperative for institutions and faculty. Discover 11 tips to enable learning and completion while maintaining academic
quality and challenge. Relevant for both classroom and online courses, these no-cost, advanced, practical how-to techniques won’t take more of your time. They just produce results. Includes 15 min. Q&A.

2012-2013 CELT Programs (archive)


Fall 2012 LERN Faculty Club Webinars

LERN Faculty Club Webinars – the first two focus on online learning specifically

Teaching Learners to Lead webinar September 25, 1pm CT
With Dr. Rita Marie Conrad – Duke University

Providing opportunities during a course for learners to take the lead in preparing and delivering an instructional activity is the pinnacle of learner engagement.  This type of activity provides the sense of empowerment that shifts the learner’s mindset from viewing the instructor as the ultimate authority in the course to one of seeing him or herself as a valued contributor in the learning environment.  It is at this point that learners recognize they are knowledge generators, not only for themselves, but for the community as a whole.

The goal of this webinar is to provide educational practitioners with specific methods to develop activities that not only engage learners in an online learning environment but empower them to lead knowledge-generating activities.  The session will be based on the Phases of Engagement model by Conrad and Donaldson through which activities are planned with increasing levels of interaction and collaboration in order to encourage learners to lead in developing knowledge in an online learning environment.

Continuous Engagement Asynchronous Online Conference    

October 9-10
With Dr. Mary Dereshiwsky – Northern Arizona University

This conference will ask, what does continual engagement mean in your online classroom and also discuss why it is important. We will present information on strategies for continual engagement at the start of the term and for continual engagement as the semester gets underway.

This conference will provide strategies for continual engagement in individual and group work as well as how to maintain it when your courses and your schedule get busy. Join us for this asynchronous online conference taking place over two days. The information will remain posted for one month so you can access it any time during that four week period. Share your thoughts on the subject and find out what others in your field are experiencing.

The Pedagogy of the 21st Century webinar November 28 1pm CT
With William A. Draves – President of LERN

The new technology of the World Wide Web, along with its many offshoots, is transforming work, life and education. By 2020, some 75% of the ways in which we work, love and learn will be spent differently than they were in 2000.

As we transition into the new economy and the new environment of the 21st century, the infrastructure and institutions of the former economy and century will become obsolete.  Our educational system is one such critical element of the social infrastructure that has to be transformed. Join us for this one hour webinar on this very important topic.