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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Other resources:

Hendrix Steve Doctoral Research 09-15-2022

Locklair Joshua Faculty Seminar 09 15 22

Practices and Processes: The Successful Department Chair/Academic Program Director

The audience for this program is Department Chairs and Program Directors. What are the expectations for the role of Department Chair or Academic Program Director? An effective chair or academic program director manages faculty, staff, programs, courses, and processes vital to student success. The effective chair also fosters a healthy departmental culture and establishes efficient, collaborative decision-making processes. A strong department chair or program director uses both management skills and leadership skills to create and sustain a successful department in which faculty and staff feel engaged and energized.    

Here are the resources for this workshop that was held on Friday, September 9, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern via Zoom 

The Successful Department Chair September 2022

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Blackboard Online Discussions

Faculty learns how to create, engage in, and grade Blackboard online discussion boards.

Here are the resources for this workshop that was held on Wednesday, August 17, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Central/2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern via Zoom.

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Other resources:

How to create a discussion forum

How to view, subscribe, read and respond to discussion forums

How to grade discussion forums

Practices and Processes: Building An Effective Curriculum

This interactive session for faculty leaders, department chairs, and program directors suggests strategies for the development of effective curricula for academic programs. These strategies could be applied to new programs or to improve and refresh existing programs.

Here are the resources for this workshop that was held on Friday, August 12, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern via Zoom.

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Other resources:

Practices and Processes – Building an Effective Curriculum

 

Voicethread for Newbies

Voicethread is a tool in Blackboard that takes the idea of an online discussion board to a new level of engagement. Participants learn how to access and navigate the Voicethread options, create a basic instructor introduction, comment on a Voicethread using audio, video, or text, and set up a graded Voicethread assignment.

Here are the resources for this workshop that was held on Friday, August 12, 10:00 – 11:00 am Central/11:00 am – Noon Eastern via Zoom.

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Other resources:

Voicethread resources

 

Learn Ally and Tips for Improve Your Course Documents

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 your students with disclosed disabilities such as visual impairments and dyslexia, but improve the learning experience for all of your students.

During this information session, we show the Ally accessibility indicators and Ally instructor feedback report. We also demonstrate common fixes in Microsoft Word that can help make your content more accessible for all students.

Here are the resources for this workshop that was held on Thursday August 11, 9:30 – 11:00 am Central/10:30 am – Noon Eastern via Zoom.

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Other resources:

Document Improvement Guide 2022

Other Ally Resources