Zoom Security

As users of our institutional Zoom account for “Meetings,” there are many approaches we can use to prevent unwanted intrusions or “Zoom bombings” from happening in our virtual classes and events. We want Concordia meetings and classes to be safe and welcoming for everyone.

Here are a few safeguards we recommend using with Zoom Meetings:

When you are a participant

  • Be sure to sign into your Concordia (CUWAA) Zoom account. Anyone with a CUWAA e-mail can connect through our account. After you have downloaded a Zoom client, follow these instructions to sign into your CUWAA Zoom account: Sign into CUWAA Zoom Account Instructions
  • Do not share the links to any Meeting with those outside our community.

When you are a planner or host for an event

  • Do not post your link on social media, a website, or any public spaces\
  • Keep your Zoom app on your computer updated to the most recent software (click on your name icon, then “check for updates.”
  • Require your CUWAA participants to connect their device to their CUWAA account and automatically bypass the waiting room:
    Sign into CUWAA Zoom Account Instructions
  • For an added layer of security, edit the meeting settings to automatically generate a unique meeting id (do not use your personal meeting id or PMI) and  set a passcode for the meeting so only users with the invite link or passcode can join.
  • For persons outside the university, when they join they will be admitted to the waiting room. Take caution when admitting people from the waiting room.
    • Closely check the names of the people you allow in from the waiting room. All verified CUWAA accounts bypass the waiting room, including students if they are using their CUWAA account.
    • If you have a few non-CU persons you are inviting, find out the name used by their device so you can identify them before you admit them from the waiting room.
    • If you wish to invite a number of persons that do not have CUWAA e-mails, consider using the Zoom registration process so you have information on participants prior to their arrival in the waiting room.  Set up or edit your non-recurring meeting at cuwaa.zoom.us with “registration” required (check the box). This means you will collect information from everyone seeking the link.  Instructions for using the registration process
    • If you have a significant number of persons outside CUWAA, inquire about using the CU Webinar License forpublic Zoom Webinars have more built in security features as attendees cannot use audio.  Contact me, sean.young@cuw.edu for more information.
  • When you are hosting Meetings, use your account setting options at cuwaa.zoom.us to minimize potential intrusion from someone set on disturbing your meeting, and use the in-meeting Security features once the Meeting is underway.
    • In the settings area, enable “mute all participants when they join a meeting” so that they will need to request the ability to talk which will also share their video. In Meeting Security Options
    • Under in-meeting basic settings, enable screen sharing, but identify “host only” and then you can grant “share screen” rights to individuals in your meeting when it’s appropriate.
    • Use the Security icon in your Meeting controls bar to remove anyone who is causing trouble.  Use the option “Suspend Participant Activities” to turn off all participants video, audio, ability to share screens, and locks the Meeting.
    • During the Meeting, ask a co-host to watch for intrusions and be prepared to eliminate anyone disrupting the Meeting and report that user to Zoom.
    • In-meeting security features are explained here In Meeting Security Options

If you need help with accessing or using Zoom, call the HELP Desk at Mequon at 262-243-4357 or (866) 849-4272 or e-mail ithelpdesk@cuw.edu

Instructions for 2021-2022 Academic Program Assessment Reporting

This year the program Assessment Report will be very similar to last year’s report, in two parts, both available as online submissions.

A representative of every undergraduate major, stand-alone certificate and graduate or professional program for each campus should be able to complete Part 1 by  June 30, 2022 and Part 2 as soon thereafter as you have completed your assessment work for 2021-2022, hopefully no later than November 1, 2022. The last date for any submissions for 2021-2022 work is December 31, 2022.

Any data you submit should relate to student performance in academic year 2021-2022.  Data must be reported separately for each campus (Mequon and Ann Arbor), so if your program has students at both campuses, submit two separate Part 2 reports.

Further guidance for Part 1 and Part 2 is provided below.

Information on Part 1

Everyone should be able to complete Part 1.  If you are a new program and don’t yet have students, please submit only Part 1. If your assessment activities and data collection tools are identical across both campuses, complete one Part 1, and mark both campuses in the “which campus reporting for” drop-down question.

Part 1 includes a request to upload your current curriculum map.  The map should include all you Program Learning Outcomes, the alignment of the PLOs to the GLOs, including an explicitly stated connection of one PLO to GLO #1 Christian Faith. The map lists all required courses and shows where learning is introduced, developed and then assessed at the exit point. You can also include where learning in each PLO is assessed at the entry point (this is optional).

Here is the example curriculum map https://www.cuw.edu/academics/services/faculty-staff-resources/celt/_assets/ExampleCurriculumMap.docx?v=2022

Information on Part 2

Use this link to report your work and data from this past year connected to GLO #2

2021-2022: GLO #2 Data Collection, Conclusions, Improvements, Impact

For Part 2, you should be able to submit your work on at least one of your PLOs related to a past focus GLO,  if you don’t have anything yet to report on GLO #2.  If you have data on multiple GLOs, please complete reports for GLO #2 Service and Global Citizenship and GLO#1 Christian Faith.

During or after the data collection process, put your data in the five-point University Common Scale.

Significantly Below Expectations (1) Below Expectations (2) Meets Expectations (3) Exceeds Expectations (4) Significantly Exceeds Expectations (5)

If you haven’t collected, evaluated and made improvement plans for your PLO aligned with GLO #2 yet (keep working on it), you could share your work on GLO#1, GLO #4 or GLO#5 at these links.  Be sure any data you submit relates to student performance in academic year 2021-2022.

Word Walk-through of Part 1 Narrative is here: Part-1-Assessment-Report- Narrative-2021-2022-Overview-and-Walkthrough

Word Walk-through of Part 2 on GLO#2 is here: Part 2-Assessment Report 21-22 GLO2 Overview and Walkthrough

Word Walk-through of Part 2 on GLO#1 is here: Part-2-Assessment-Report-2021-2022-GLO1-Overview-and-Walkthrough

Word Walk-through of Part 2 on GLO#4 is here: Part 2- Assessment Report 2021-2022 GLO4 Walkthrough

If you have questions or problems with the forms, please contact Elizabeth Evans at elizabeth.evans@cuw.edu or 262 243 4283.

2022-2023 Concordia Intramural Teaching Grant (CITG)

The Concordia Intramural Teaching Grant (CITG) is available to full-time faculty of Concordia University teaching a course in Academic Year 2022-2023 incorporating a planned innovation intended to improves student learning.

Of special interest this year, projects that involve the following will be prioritized

  1. Identifying, implementing and evaluating a pedagogical/instructional model that facilitates mixing of traditional and post-traditional students in the same course section
  2. Developing a writing attentive course in connection with Writing Across the Curriculum

The grant can be applied to a project involving team teaching a course for the amount of the additional faculty pay at the adjunct rate.

Faculty are encouraged to consider developing a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project connected to the innovation implemented.

What to Submit: Please review the application instructions and policies document and develop your grant proposal in a word document. Please also complete and sign PART 2 application cover and signature page electronically. Then submit the application and the signed cover sheet by June 30, 2022 to elizabeth.evans@cuw.edu.

Please contact elizabeth.evans@cuw.edu or erin.laverick@cuaa.edu with your questions.

CITG Part 1 of 2: 2022-2023 Application Instructions & Policies
CITG Part 2 of 2: Electronic Application Cover and Signature Page

Blackboard: Updated My Institution Page July 2022

Beginning July 2022 when you log into Blackboard, you’ll see an updated layout on the My Institution Page.

The main changes you see will include: Tabs along the left side instead of across the top; easy to use view for activities and grades; the Communities tab will be labeled as Organizations; and a more streamlined way to view your courses by term.

All of these changes contribute to higher usability and accessibility across various devices.  This update will not change the look of your courses.

Here’s a preview of the new look: My Institution Look July 2022

If you have questions about the new look, contact the IT Help Desk at 262-243-4357 or ithelpdesk@cuw.edu.

Ally for Students

What is Ally?

Ally is a tool in Blackboard to help instructors make their content more accessible. Your class is full of diverse students with unique learning abilities, needs and devices. Course content created with this in mind can benefit not only students with disclosed disabilities such as visual impairments and dyslexia, but improve the learning experience for all of students.

Ally logo

Ally for All Courses in Blackboard July 1, 2022

Concordia supports course content accessibility with Ally, a tool inside Blackboard. Ally automatically creates alternative formats of documents (such as an audio file of a document) and informs instructors how to improve course content to make it more accessible. This tool benefits not only students with documented accessibility needs receiving accommodations through the ARC, but benefits all students. CELT and Blackboard Support are planning to activate Ally for all courses July 1, 2022.

Resources for Students

How to Get Help

For help with using Ally contact the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at celtsupport@cuw.edu or call 262-243-2358 or 1-888-377-7447 (select option 2). You may also contact blackboardsupport@cuw.edu  or call the IT Help Desk at 262-243-4357.

CELT Programs CUWAA – Spring 2022

Faith and Learning Faculty Book Group: Spirituality of the Cross

Three Mondays on Zoom: February 14, March 7, April 25, 2022
2:00 – 3:00 pm Central/3:00 – 4:00 Eastern

Book: Gene Edward Veith’s Spirituality of the Cross, 3rd edition (2021)
Led by Jim Pingel, Dean of the School of Education

Audience: Faculty on either campus, or teaching online, virtually, or at centers

Join with faculty to discuss Lutheran theology and how it might be used in your teaching.
Books are included. Deadline to register: Friday Feb 4, 2022

Prior to each session, please read the following chapters

  • Session 1: Introduction through Chapter 2 (pp. 17-80), Introduction, Justification, Means of Grace)
  • Session 2: Chapters 3-4 (pp. 81-122) Theology of the Cross, Christology
  • Session 3: Chapters 5-7 (pp. 123-204) Vocation, Living in Two Kingdoms

Concordia Faculty Seminar: Jennifer Thorpe and Kemery Sigmund – Recent Doctorates

Wednesday February 2, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern via Zoom

Please plan to join us on Zoom to learn about the research conducted by two colleagues who recently completed their doctoral degrees: Jennifer Thorpe and Kemery Sigmund

  • Jennifer Thorpe, Assistant Professor in our CUW Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program, has recently defended her dissertation for a PhD in Health Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her dissertation title is “The Use of a Biopsychosocial Framework in Evaluating and Treating Patellofemoral Pain.”
  • Kemery Sigmund, Assistant Professor in the Health and Human Performance (HHP) department at the Mequon campus, has recently defended her dissertation for her Ph.D. in Biomechanics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her dissertation title is “Central Sensitization, Muscle Function, and Knee Kinematics in Females with Patellofemoral Pain.”

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 at attend.

QPR Training for CUW Faculty

Wednesday February 9, Noon – 1:00 pm Central Time
Presenters: Vaynesia Kendrick, PSGM and Jeremy Triblett, PSGM

This is part of how the Mequon Campus provides support to students for their wellness and mental health, including our expanded JED Campus efforts. For this session, Concordia has partnered with the QPR Institute to teach the faculty of Concordia University Wisconsin—i.e. the lay and professional “gatekeepers” of students’ mental and emotional well-being—about the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond.

Gatekeepers can include anyone who is strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide (e.g. parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, police officers). The process follows three steps:

  1. Question the individual’s desire or intent regarding suicide
  2. Persuade the person to seek and accept help, and
  3. Refer the person to appropriate resources.

Attendees will learn how to recognize someone at risk for suicide, intervene with those at risk, and refer them to the appropriate resource.

Practices and Processes: Updating the Catalog

Friday February 11, Noon – 1:00 pm Central, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern via Zoom

Presenter: Karen Ruona and Erik Halling, Registrar’s Office

This session describes the types of information updated by departmental representatives in the next catalog and how to use the CourseLeaf application, including Deans, Department Chairs, Program Directors, Academic Administrative Assistants or others supporting this work. The 2022-2023 catalog opens for changes March 7, and all updates must be completed by June 6, 2022.

Best Practices for Rubric Design

Wednesday February 16, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern

Presenter: Susan Gallanis

This session is for faculty. During this session, we will explore the four main features of a rubric, look at two basic rubric types, and discuss how to approach rubric development. This session will not cover how to build an electronic rubric in Blackboard. Rather, the goal is to share best practices for developing a quality rubric used for grading student work.

Practices and Processes: Difficult Conversations and Faculty Challenges

Friday February 25, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern via Zoom

Presenter: Leah Dvorak

Audience: Department Chairs and Program Directors

All organizations have some people who are difficult to work with, are poor performers, or who cause dissention and discord. If these behaviors are not addressed, there are often negative repercussions for the entire team. This session provides department chairs and program directors with specific strategies for managing challenging faculty.

Concordia Faculty Seminar: Amber Gray and Tom Scholz – Recent Doctorates

Wednesday March 2, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern via Zoom

Please plan to join us on Zoom to learn about the research conducted by two colleagues who recently completed their doctoral degrees: Amber Gray and Tom Scholz.

  • Amber Gray, MBA program director and faculty member in the School of Business at the CUAA campus, has recently defended her dissertation, “Accounting Students and Practicing Auditors: Differences in Emotional Intelligence.” She received her Ed.D. – Leadership in Innovation and Continuous Improvement from Concordia University Wisconsin-Ann Arbor in December.
  • Tom Scholz, faculty member in the School of Business at the Mequon Campus, completed his PhD in International Development at the University of Southern Mississippi with a dissertation entitled “Improving the Measurement of Economic Freedom” in December.

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 at attend.

Stewardship and Citizenship: Service and Global Citizenship (GLO #2)

With Charles Schulz (Theology, Ann Arbor) and Jeff Walz (Political Science, Mequon)
Tuesday March 8, 3:00 – 4:00 pm Central/4:00 – 5:00 pm Eastern via Zoom

Listen to faculty colleagues share their classroom strategies for teaching stewardship and citizenship as part of the curriculum that addresses Global Learning Outcome #2 Service and Global Citizenship “Our graduates are globally-minded citizens.” Also learn about the framework for assessing GLO #2 through the following types of student work.

  • Service: Demonstrate Christ-like care, help, respect when providing service, or knowledge of how to serve others.
  • Engagement with Diverse People: Recognize the diversity of God’s creation through cultural understanding of others and knowledge of self. (includes ULAO 2b)
  • Stewardship: Recognize the free and joyous activity of managing life’s resources for God’s purposes. (includes ULAO 2c)
  • Citizenship: Use political and non-political processes to promote quality of life in the community. (includes ULAO 2a/2d)

How Faculty Can Impact Student Success Using Blackboard Reports

Thursday March 10, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Presenter: Susan Gallanis

One way faculty can help students succeed is by learning how frequently students interact with their Blackboard course content. In this session faculty will learn how to access this information from their Blackboard course. We will also take a closer look at Blackboard rubric and test question data with a Blackboard tool called EAC and how it can be used to improve student learning.

Part I CUAA Peer Classroom Observations

Wednesday March 23, 3:30 – 4:30 pm Eastern in the Manor Ballroom
Facilitator: Erin Laverick

In this session, faculty will learn how to observe a peer’s teaching, using the CUWAA observation form. They will also find a partner and plan for days/times to collaborate on the peer observation process.

Faculty Roundtable: Work-Life Integration

Tuesday March 29, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern via Zoom

Does it seem like your personal life gets in the way of your job life? Are you rushing from thing to thing without a moment to take a breath? Join faculty Beth DeJongh (Pharmacy) Beth Buckley (Pharmacy) and Natalie Ross (Nursing) for this conversation about strategies for making our work-life integration as faculty more manageable. Prior to this session, you will be asked to rate the influence of your own challenges in faculty work-life integration.

Practices and Processes: Hiring Adjunct Faculty

Thursday March 31, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Presenters: Eric Schulz (HR), Laurie Doty (Provost Office), Sandy Hannemann (HR), Erin Laverick (VPAA – Ann Arbor)

Audience: Deans, Department Chairs/Program Directors, Academic Administrative Assistants
Join your colleagues to learn about the hiring process for Adjunct Faculty in three phases: 1) Job Posting & Applications; 2) Screening, Interviewing & Selection; and 3) Candidate Approval, Hiring and Onboarding. This session includes updated work flow and instructions document, how to find the paperwork, roles played by Deans, Department Chairs/Program Directors or Designee, Academic Administrative Assistants, and HR.

Faculty Roundtable: Teaching + Studying = Learning: Tips to Help Our Students Learn Inside and Outside the Classroom

Thursday April 7, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm via Zoom
Presenters: Kate Robertson and Nicole Muth

Finals are approaching! This session will share best practices for classroom instruction, as well as effective study strategies for faculty to recommend to students, that can lead to optimum student learning and performance.

Part II CUAA Peer Classroom Observations [CUAA Only]

Wednesday April 20, 3:30 – 4:30 pm Eastern in the Manor Ballroom
Facilitator: Erin Laverick

Prior this meeting, faculty will complete the peer observation so they can come together and discuss what they learned/gained from the peer observation process. They will also reflect on how they will apply what they learned in their future teaching.

Organic Chemistry, Indiana Jones and Ragdolls with 2021 – 2022 Faculty Laureate Scott Van Ornum

Thursday April 21, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern

Scott Van Ornum will share strategies for teaching his organic chemistry course that have been developed over the past ten years at CUW. He will address faith and learning concepts and how his hobby of Indiana Jones plays a role in his curriculum in keeping students engaged.

Blackboard Discussion Boards and Group Discussion Boards 1-21-2022