Practices and Processes: Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Prior Learning Assessment is an approach to earning credit that allows all CU undergraduate students to demonstrate learning outside the traditional educational setting. The fee for reviewing such documentation is $75 per credit, which must be submitted at the time of review.  This session provides first, an overview of the policies, and how to direct students to the process and the required virtual workshop (about 30 minutes), followed by a more in-depth look at what students need to do to prepare materials, obtain supporting evidence and submit their Prior Learning Assessment petitions for consideration.

Prior learning credits, if awarded, may apply either toward the academic major or required elective coursework within the bachelor’s degree. The “physical development” requirement within Concordia’s elective core may also be met through the prior learning credit pathway. A maximum of 21 prior learning credits can be awarded and these credits may not be included within the thirty-six residency credits which must be completed at Concordia University for a bachelor’s degree. Prior Learning Assessment falls within the “transfer credit” policies of the Registrar’s Office and is supported by the CELT.


Here are the resources for this workshop that was held on Tuesday, June 28, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern time via Zoom



Advancement in Rank Process

The Provost Office, along with the CUW Rank and Promotion Committee and the CUAA Peer Review Committee, presents information about the process and timeline to apply for advancement in faculty rank. Also discussed was how to best present your accomplishments for each committee’s review, and what the portfolio requires.

Here are the resources for this workshop that was held on Thursday, June 23, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern time via Zoom.



Advancement in Rank presentation 2022

Changes to the Accelerated Learning Format and Schedule

Please join us for an information session in which we covered upcoming changes to the academic calendar and class times for accelerated learning courses. As we approach the 2022-23 academic year, we highlighted the changes for the accelerated learning schedule moving forward.

As of July 1, we are shifting to an 8-week schedule for all accelerated learning classes (virtual and online). This will bring the academic calendar into closer alignment with traditional and graduate programs, create a more consistent schedule for students who take both virtual and online classes, and – perhaps most importantly – allow more time for content, ideas, and theories to be developed through a term, which will benefit our students’ learning quite a bit.

Here are the resources for this workshop that was held on Wednesday, June 15, Noon – 12:30 pm Central/1:00 – 1:30 pm  Eastern time, and on Tuesday, June 21, 6:00 – 6:30 pm Central/7:00 – 7:30 pm Eastern time via Zoom.

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Other Resources for Changes to the Accelerated Learning Format and Schedule


Concordia Faculty Seminar: Hannah Baker and Anne Martin – Recent Doctorates

Learn about the research conducted by two colleagues who recently completed their doctoral degrees:

  • Anne Martin (Occupational Therapy, Mequon) recently completed her post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Creighton University with a project entitled “Occupational Therapy Practitioners’ Use of Standardized Assessments in Acute Care.”  
  • Hannah Baker (Physical Therapy, Mequon) recently defended her dissertation towards the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Northern Illinois University. Her dissertation was entitled “Exploring the Intersection of Nursing Home Culture, Improvement, and Documentation-Related Attitudes.”

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


Other Resources


Ally Information Session – 20220520-1

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 showed the Ally accessibility indicators, explained Ally instructor feedback report including the built-in instructions to improve the content accessibility.


Here are the resources for this workshop that was held on Friday May 20, 12:30 – 1:00 pm Central/1:30 – 2:00 pm Eastern time on Zoom.


Other resources

Ally Info Session Handouts

Learn to Use Panopto

This session for faculty focused on using Panopto for recording content on a laptop. Participants learnt how to record and share a Panopto recording, do basic video editing, share a video link, and add Panopto to Blackboard courses. Also covered was how to upload a Zoom recording to Panopto and set up a Blackboard Assignment (drop box) for students to submit their Panopto video assignment.

Here are the resources for this workshop that was held on Thursday May 19, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern time on Zoom.


Other Panopto resources

Improve Your Spring Course Workshop

Whew! Congrats! You finished the whirlwind known as the end of the semester. This is the perfect time to review one of your courses and plan improvements for next time.  Bring your “student results” (your outputs) and your syllabus and your course “inputs” to this session.  What does your course look like from the student’s POV? How did the course results align with your hopes/ goals?  How did your organization, delivery of content, communication, evaluation strategies and instructional strategies make for effective learning? After review of a course, participants will identify changes to make for next time.  You can use the plan developed here as an example of your continuous improvement in your upcoming annual faculty evaluation in June. Discussion and workshop time are included. This workshop fits any course delivery, including online.

Here are the resources for this workshop that was held on Wednesday May 18, 9:00 – 11:00 am Central/10:00 – Noon Eastern on Zoom.


Improve Your Spring Course Presentation

Improve your Spring course Handout


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