Monday September 25, 3:00 – 4:00 pm Central/4:00 – 5:00 pm Eastern
Facilitators: Jordan Beck, Elizabeth Polzin, and Erin Laverick
Recent changes to ADA law have impacted the ways in which CUWAA serves students through accessibility services. The Faculty Senate created an ARC Ad Hoc Committee dedicated to learning more about how these changes impact accommodations and faculty work. During this session, we will discuss the changes to ADA law, how the changes impact the accommodation process, and provide a summary from the Faculty Ad Hoc Committee. Time will be allocated for faculty questions, comments, and suggestions for further learning during the session.
Resources from this program are attached below:
Not sure where to begin with incorporating UDL principles into your course? Student feedback is a great place to start! During this session we will discuss how student feedback can guide your UDL practices.
Below is the session recording and resources for this program from April 27, 2023, presented by Taylor Richards.
This session will review CUWAA’s full-time faculty annual evaluation form, process, and timeline. We will discuss sources of evidence used to ensure that our faculty are effective teachers addressing the mission of Concordia, productive scholars, and contributing service to the university, church, community, and/or profession. We will also cover the many resources CUWAA provides to help faculty achieve their goals, including the CELT (for teaching), the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (for research, grants, and scholarship), the full-time faculty onboarding process, and how department chairs/program directors can (and should) be involved in observing, mentoring and supporting their faculty.
Below are resources and the recording for this session that occurred Wednesday April 19, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern.
Teaching Observation Process and Resources
Teaching Observation Form
2022 Aug 10 Faculty Resources Handout
Our discussion will focus primarily on strategies for efficient grading and substantive feedback in asynchronous online classes. Attention will be given to the balance necessary for adjunct faculty who might find short grading turnaround challenging, while also maintaining a full-time job. Our target audience is online instructors, but all are welcome. Come with your questions, suggestions, and best practices to share with your peers!
Concordia Faculty Seminar – Sandy Slater and Sara Casali
Wednesday March 1, 12:10 – 1:00 pm in the Lakeshore Room (Mequon campus)
Sandy Slater (Public Health/Pharmacy) and Sara Casali (Social Work) are the co-directors of a 5-year Health Resources and Services Association (HRSA) grant to prepare health professionals to serve in interprofessional teams providing services to those impacted by opioid and substance abuse disorders. Dr. Sandy Slater is Associate Professor and Director of the Bachelor of Science of Public Health Program. Dr. Sara Casali is Assistant Professor of Social Work and Director of Social Work Field Experience. They will be introduced by Tonya Bartoletti of the Office of Sponsored Research (ORSP).
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.
ChatGPT: Threat or Opportunity?
Monday, February 27, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm Central/4:00 – 5:00 pm Eastern on Zoom
With Elizabeth Evans and various faculty
AI is now able to write essays and pass exams. As faculty members, we need to learn about and address this new development. Do we ban it or embrace it? Please come to learn more about ChatGPT, to share your thoughts and experiences, and to help develop suggestions about how we might deal with this in our teaching, individually, and collaboratively.
- How do we build effective assignments in light of new AI?
- Should we develop a standard statement for syllabi?
- Does our Academic Integrity Policy address this?
Flipping the Classroom and Time Management Strategies
Thursday February 23, 6:00 – 7:00 pm Central/7:00 – 8:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Led by Diana Belscamper, Catherine (Kate) Robertson and Sandra Jahns
Join our conversation regarding a creative and effective way to increase engagement with students, while maximizing class time: “flipping the classroom.” We will discuss what this means, and how best to implement it in our longer virtual and face-to-face classes. In addition, we will share strategies for efficient grading and substantive feedback on assignments in Blackboard. Attention will be given to the balance necessary for adjunct faculty who might find short grading turnaround challenging, while also maintaining a full-time job. Our target audience is virtual and face-to-face faculty, but all are welcome. Come with your questions and suggestions and join in collaborative learning with your peers!
UDL Small Bites: Scaffolding Part 2, Practical Examples and Q&A
Thursday February 23, 2:00 – 3:00 pm Central/3:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
With Taylor Richards
This is a continuation from the Scaffolding session held Fall 2022. All are welcome even if you could not attend part 1! Scaffolding assignments helps students raise the quality of their work. During this session we will have some hands-on exploration of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Scaffolding IRL (in real life) as the kids say! Bring your questions and examples. We’ll have some examples to share as well.
PowerPoint UDL Scaffolding Part 2
Leadership Challenges: Uncomfortable Conversations
Friday February 17, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
With Leah Dvorak
Audience: Department Chairs and Program Directors
Effective leaders balance building positive relationships with delivering challenging information that needs to be communicated. When change is needed in individual performance or in the way a group works together, uncomfortable conversations may follow. This session provides department chairs and program directors with specific strategies for managing uncomfortable conversations while maintaining positive relationships with their faculty and staff.
Universal Design for Learning
Monday February 20, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern via Zoom
Led by Janis Chapman, Director of Accessibility Resource Center
Expand your understanding of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and how it looks in higher education. Incorporating UDL principles can benefit all students, not only those with a disability.