Assessment Tools Resources Support 5/18/2023

Assessment Tools, Resources, Support 

Thursday May 18, 2:00 – 3:00 pm Central/3:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern via Zoom 

With Elizabeth Evans, Susan Gallanis and Kate Robertson 

This year the university is focusing on the continuous improvement process for learning in your program connected to your Program Learning Outcome aligned with GLO #6 Analytical Fluency.  This session is for anyone who wants information on the tools, resources and support available for this work. We will also highlight the instructions for this year’s reporting focusing on GLO #6 due no later than 10-01-2023, and plans for next year (2023-2024) program assessment focusing on GLO#3 and GLO #1.  


Tools Resources Support PPT

Additional Resources:

Copy Your Blackboard Course

Copy Your Blackboard Course 

Wednesday May 17, 11:00 – 11:30 am Central/12:00 – 12:30 pm Eastern via Zoom 


Presenter: Susan Gallanis 


This session is for faculty who build and edit their own course in Blackboard (example: traditional face-to-face courses). We will walk through the steps of a course copy, including common errors made and critical adjustments that must be done after the course copy is complete. 


Handout (brief outline of course copy steps)

If there is an error with the course copy or if you accidentally copied the course more than once:

Assessing the Impact of Optional Enrichment Materials on Students’ Exam Performance

The pharmacy law course at Concordia University was rebuilt from scratch for the Fall 2022 semesterContent, assessments, and enrichment questions were developed to align with the competencies for the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) pharmacist licensure examRequired course elements included lectures, post-lecture assignments and five examsOptional enrichment included more than 450 lectures/MPJE Competency-aligned Jeopardy-style practice questions. Enrichment also included the ability to repeat archived assignments after their due dates before exam dates.  This session will describe the methods used to develop and deliver the course, as well as share the data assessing the impact of the optional enrichment materials on students’ exam performance. 

Below is the session recording and resources for this program from April 20, 2023, presented by Michael Brown from the School of Pharmacy.




Leadership Challenges: Faculty Effectiveness and Evaluation with Leah Dvorak

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

Time Management for Efficient Grading 03/08/23

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! 



Leadership Challenges: Models and Measures of Teaching Effectiveness 03/03/2023

Below is the recording and resources for the following program:

Leadership Challenges: Models and Measures of Teaching Effectiveness
Friday March 3, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern via Zoom 

With Elizabeth Evans, Susan Gallanis and Kate Robertson of CELT
Audience: Department Chairs and Program Directors 

In order to support our faculty, CELT has investigated and used multiple models of teaching effectiveness which frame evaluation and feedback to faculty on their teaching. Learn about models in use, where we can obtain data on elements of these models, and how you can provide challenge and support through feedback to faculty through the teaching observation process and reviewing syllabi and courses.  Future reports from Blackboard Learn will also be discussed. 


Leadership and Challenges PowerPoint

CU Evaluation of Instruction Proposed Model 2019 E Evans
Nine Principles for Good Practice
Sources of Evidence of Teaching Excellence 01-20-23
Link to Teaching Observation Form and Resources

Concordia Faculty Seminar — Sandy Slater and Sara Casali 3/1/23

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? 02/27/2023

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 02/23/2023

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!