Practices and Processes: Course Scheduling for 2023-2024 with Allison Wolf, Registrar’s Office  

Our Registrar’s Office will share information about how to review course offerings from previous academic years to prepare for scheduling for 2023-2024. We will also review the new academic calendar, deadlines for submitting schedule information for 2023-2024 scheduling, and how to submit a change to your schedule after it is finalized. The instructions for completion will have been sent out a few days before this session, so after you read those, bring your questions.   

This session is for those managing schedules for academic courses, including department chairs, program directors and academic administrative assistants. Deans and faculty may also be interested.  

Here are the resources for the Practices and Processes: Course Scheduling for 2023-2024 event held by Allison Wolf, on Tuesday, November 22, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Central/2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern via Zoom:

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Campus Codes- 2023-2024

Instructional Method Options

Parts of Term – 2023-2024

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Joining the Conversation – How to Generate Connections in the Multi-Generational Classroom

As trends in higher education continue to change, we find more learning environments – whether face-to-face, virtual, or online – now have multiple generations in the same classes. “Traditional” students are not necessarily just young adults, and “non-traditional” students may not be only working adults. Technology, schedule flexibility, cost, and location availability have allowed or required students to find various options for their learning. Differences in life stages, work experiences, and general knowledge can pose challenges for collaborative learning.

Join us for this engaging, activity-based session to learn how to improve connections and communication among various generations in your classes. We will practice facilitation of discussions and engaging students from various age groups into relatable, thought-provoking dialogue. Conversation and fellowship among your colleagues will kick off the session!

Here are the resources for the Joining the Conversation – How to Generate Connections in the Multi-Generational Classroom program that was led by Diana Belscamper, Sandra Jahns, and Kate Robertson, which was held on Tuesday November 15, 6:00 – 7:00 pm Central/7:00 – 8:00 pm Eastern via Zoom:

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Faith and Learning Lunch n’ Learn: Top Ten Faculty

Colleagues from among the Top Ten faculty, as rated by students, share their strategies and methods for connecting faith and learning in the classroom. Liz Paly (Physical Therapy), Stacy Stolzman (Physical Therapy), Heather Fortuine (Rehab Science),  Carol Lueders Bolwerk ( Undergrad Nursing), and Steven Witt (Graduate Education) are joined by facilitator Sandra Jahns (Communication).   

Here are the resources for the Faith and Learning Lunch n’ Learn: Top Ten Faculty program that was led by Sandra Jahns and the rest listed above which was held on Wednesday, November 09 from 12:10– 1:00 pm Central:

The following go in order as listed below:

Liz Paly HANDOUT

Stacy Stolzman HANDOUT

Steven Witt HANDOUT

Carol Lueders-Bolwerk HANDOUT

Heather Fortuine HANDOUT

Kaak HANDOUT

UDL Small Bites: Choice Assignments

It is often inappropriate to provide choice of a learning objective itself, but it is often appropriate to offer choices in how that objective can be reached. Offering learners choices can develop self-determination, pride in accomplishment, and increase the degree to which they feel connected to their learning. Spend 30 minutes with CELT and learn how to construct choice assignments that are interesting, rigorous, and easy to grade.  

UDL (Universal Design for Learning) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how people learn. 

Here are the resources for this program that was led by Taylor Richards and Susan Gallanis and held on Friday October 28, Noon – 12:30 pm Central/1:00 – 1:30 pm Eastern: 

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New! Convert Your Blackboard Test to a Word Document

During this session, Susan Gallanis will demonstrate how to retrieve a Blackboard Test and convert it to a Word document. The process uses the software Respondus 4.0 (test builder) and is now available to all Concordia faculty. Participants will also learn how to troubleshoot the most common errors.  

Here are the resources for this program that was held on Wednesday, October 19, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern:

Respondus 4.0 Resources

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Here is where to find the formatting requirements if you want to import a test from a Word document into Respondus 4.0

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Practices & Processes: Hiring and Orienting Full-time Faculty

This session covers how to request a position, develop the job description, position posting and screening, the interview and vetting process, and negotiating the hire. In addition, learn about our new three-year orientation process which begins this year. Audience: Department Chairs, Program Directors, Academic Administrative Assistants, and Deans. 

Here are the resources for this program that was held on Friday, October 14, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 Eastern via Zoom:

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Hiring Faculty PPT

Trying to Leap Buildings in a Single Bound? You Need Scaffolding!

Are you surprised by the poor quality of work you are seeing from students? High expectations are still possible when you provide adequate scaffolding. Spend 30 minutes with CELT and learn how you can help students raise their quality of work. This is especially relevant at the start of the school year when students are adjusting to new courses, new challenges, and higher expectations. Scaffolding assignments is a principle of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). 

Here are the resources for this program that was held on Friday, September 30, Noon – 12:30 pm Central/1:00 – 1:30 pm Eastern via Zoom

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Practices & Processes: Classroom Observation of Faculty

The audience for this program is Department Chairs, Program Directors, and Deans. During this session, we will review and discuss the teaching observation process and form used for summative faculty observations, whether for in-person, blended, or online courses. We will also share effective strategies for the observation itself and the post-observation discussion. Best practices for sharing constructive feedback, and tips on how to use the form for formative, peer observations will also be shared. 

Here are the resources for this program that was held on Friday, September 23, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern via Zoom

Teaching Observation Form

Classroom Observations PPT

Summative Teaching Observation Process Video

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20220916-1 Fix Your Content Fast: Universal Design for Learning Basics

During this 30-minute session, faculty will learn several fast, easy fixes to their documents that can make content more accessible for all students. 

Here are the resources for this program that was held on Friday, September 16, Noon – 12:30 pm Central/1:00 – 1:30 pm Eastern on Zoom 

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Document Improvement Guide 2022

Ally and UDL Resources

Learn Ally and Tips for Improving Your Course Documents

Concordia Faculty Seminar: Steve Hendrix and Josh Locklair – Recent Doctorates

Please plan to join us to learn about the research conducted by two Arts and Science colleagues who recently completed their doctoral degrees: Steve Hendrix (Ann Arbor) and Josh Locklair (Mequon).

 

  • Steve Hendrix, Assistant Professor of Political Science at our Ann Arbor campus, successfully defended his dissertation, A Road Less-Traveled? A Qualitative Study of Personal Characteristics and Formative Experiences Leading College and University Graduates into Public Sector Service Careers in April at the University of Oklahoma, where he received a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Design with a concentration in Political Education.
  • Josh Locklair, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Mequon campus, has completed his Ph.D. in Information Technology at Capella University. His dissertation title is Undergraduates’ Behavioral Intentions Toward Mobile Learning in the United States: A Quantitative Study.

 

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.

Here are the resources for this workshop that was held on Thursday, September 15, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 Eastern via Zoom.

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Hendrix Steve Doctoral Research 09-15-2022

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