20240125-1 Best Practices in Writing Multiple Choice Exams (for Faculty)

Best Practices in Writing Multiple Choice Exams (for Faculty) 

Thursday January 25, 2:00 – 3:00 pm Central/3:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern via Zoom 

 

With Michael Brown 

 

The audience for this session is faculty. Writing multiple choice exams can be challenging.  What characteristics make “good” multiple choice questions good?  What characteristics of exam questions should typically be avoided? What is an appropriate balance of question difficulty across the exam? After the exam, what characteristics may help decide whether to keep or throw out a question?  This session will explore these topics and provide an opportunity for participants to review their own questions using these principles of best practice. 

 

Recording https://cuwaa.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=8fbc4578-5b58-475f-9da9-b103015cf63d

Handout:

BrownMC Item-Writing Presentation v 1 25 24

 

Creating and Sustaining an Effective Curriculum

Creating and Sustaining an Effective Curriculum 

Friday, November 17 Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 Eastern via Zoom 

With Leah Dvorak, Elizabeth Evans, and Erin Laverick 

 

Effective curricula at Concordia are rigorous, relevant, coherent, current, experiential, explicit, and well-communicated to students.  They are also aligned with the mission, university learning outcomes, and program learning outcomes Effective academic programs result in healthy enrollment, retention, and completion numbers, demonstrate learning as expected by the faculty, and use continuous improvement.  At this session, we will present tools for planning, implementing, and improving such curricula.  The audience for this program includes faculty, department chairs/program directors, and deans. 

Recording

PowerPoint

New and Returning Faculty Development Day: Engaging Your Learners


Concordia University
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
CELT

Engaging Your Learners

11:45 am – 12:45 pm Central/12:45 – 1:45 pm Eastern

with Kate Robertson and Madelyn Kempen

Effective teaching fosters learning; students need to be engaged for learning to happen. This session introduces strategies to engage students in multiple instructional modes.

 

For a recording of this session click here

Here is the handout for this session: FINAL Engaging Your Learner 08152023

New and Returning Faculty Development Day: Designing/Refreshing Your Course and Syllabus


Concordia University
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
CELT

 

Designing/Refreshing Your Course and Syllabus

Wednesday, August 16, 2023, 8:15 – 9:45 am Central/9:15 – 10:45 am Eastern 

With Elizabeth Evans and Kate Robertson

Learn about and incorporate best practices in course design, and syllabus development. Discussion includes how to improve your objectives, align course objectives with assessments, the Concordia University syllabus template’s latest revision, and how to connect to the program and Global Learning Outcomes.  

 

Click Here for a recording of this event

If you would like to view the handouts from this event please locate it Here

Engaging Students at a Distance


Concordia University
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
CELT

 

Engaging Students at a Distance

Tuesday June 13, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern

With Susan Gallanis, Kate Robertson, and Elizabeth Evans

It’s easy to think of student engagement in terms of live interaction with your students, but what are best practices for asynchronous engagement? During this session participants will learn about research-based, practical strategies to engage students asynchronously. This session is ideal for those teaching courses which include online interaction such as online or blended courses, including those in programs using a master course template. Those teaching face-to-face and virtual courses will learn how to expand engagement beyond live (synchronous) interactions.

 

Recording of Engaging Students at a Distance

06132023 Engaging Students at a Distance

 

 

 

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. 

Recording

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

Course Design and Pedagogy Sessions – Summer 2020

Link to a previously recorded session (July 13, 2020)

Session PPT (updated June 29, 2020): Course Design and Pedagogy PPT June 29

Class Schedule Template (downloadable and editable)

Uncommon Return Student Return to Campus Plan

Theodore Hopkins (CUAA) article about wearing face masks

Student Laptop Computer Requirements 2020 – 2021

2020 Summer Professional Development for Faculty: Required and Optional – Complete Schedule

The 2020 Summer Professional Development and access information is below.

This summer, faculty who normally teach traditional face-to-face or blended graduate and undergraduate courses will prepare for teaching in a fall that will include COVID-19.  Faculty will have to modify courses to accommodate social distancing guidelines and for medical accommodations (for both students and faculty). Classrooms are not assigned until later in the summer, so we will not necessarily know the exact configuration of each classroom. Planning needs to begin before classrooms are assigned.

Therefore, please develop plans for classes with these issues in mind:

  1. Prepare to follow university guidelines on social distancing and any limitations on the number that can gather in one space;
  2. Provide accommodations and access to instruction for students unable or unwilling to appear physically in the class;
  3. Plan for the possibility that we may need to pivot again to remote instruction during the term;
  4. Recognize that faculty may get sick or need to quarantine; advance planning and collaboration among faculty teaching the same course or courses with similar content is encouraged; and
  5. Some lessons should be fully developed in advance so that that content can be “flipped” and the classroom experiences can focus on interactive activities to engage students and enhance learning.

Attention to Blackboard course sites for communication with students will be essential. Faculty will create assignments (“dropboxes”) in Blackboard so students can submit work electronically. It will be important to have each course ready to go and open on the Friday before the term begins. For example, faculty will post information in Blackboard about how the class will be operating, so only those that can fit into the classroom with social distancing appear in person on the first day of class.

Training for all full-time faculty (and adjunct faculty as recommended by department or school) will occur this summer. There will be two required sessions and multiple optional sessions. Training schedules will appear on the campus calendar and will also be sent by e-mail every Monday.

Attendance will be taken at each session; deans are responsible for ensuring that all full-time, and selected part-time faculty in their schools, attend these sessions.

If you have questions or concerns about this training please contact Leah Dvorak at leah.dvorak@cuw.edu or Elizabeth Evans, CELT Director at 262 243 4283 or elizabeth.evans@cuw.edu

Summer Faculty Training Session Schedule

No registration needed for any of these sessions. Please join the Zoom link at the appropriate time. All sessions via Zoom with this link: https://cuwaa.zoom.us/j/2622432358, or Meeting ID: 2622432358.

All sessions will be posted on the campus calendars for each campus; from those postings you can download information for your Outlook calendar. NOTE: If no participants have joined 10 minutes after the session start time, the session will be closed/cancelled.

Contact Elizabeth Evans with questions at 262 243 4283 or elizabeth.evans@cuw.edu

Sessions organized by date are listed on this post (below). Follow the applicable link to view all sessions organized by week:

New Program available

Best Practices for Poly-synchronous Teaching (in-person students and Zoom students at the same time)

Thursday, July 23, 2020 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Central Time/ 4:00pm to 5:00 pm Eastern Time
Please register for either the in-person session at Mequon or to join via Zoom. Registration link

This is the only program that requires registration. If you have questions, please email Elizabeth Evans at elizabeth.evans@cuw.edu. A recording of this program will be available afterwards if you cannot attend.

Instruction for traditional undergraduate and graduate courses that would normally be fully in-person will be different in Fall 2020 as we use social distancing. In most classes, not all the students will be able to fit in the classroom at the same time; one method to address this problem is to have those students who cannot be present physically join in that lesson via Zoom at the same time the lesson is being delivered.

This is a high tech set up and needs an instructor who is thinking about engaging both groups of students throughout the class period.

Required Training Sessions (Two)

Course Design and Pedagogy

Is a 90-minute program offered on Zoom multiple times starting the week of June 8 and continuing through July 27 (except the week of June 22).

This session focuses on hybrid course design and teaching strategies useful for fall instruction.  Even if you hope to use a fully synchronous delivery, developing content in advance will be essential to meet student needs. This session’s focus is on planning and developing your course in light of the need for social distancing and best teaching practices using the Foundations – Applications – Evaluation model. This model emphasizes class time with students as time for active, applied learning, building on foundations completed by the students prior to class sessions. Also: how to build connections and community, effective live teaching, and the difference between videoconference and in-person. This session is required for full-time faculty. Offered via Zoom. With Elizabeth Evans, Susan Gallanis and Catherine (Kate) Robertson.

Dates and Times Offered:

  • Wednesday June 10, 1:00 – 2:30 Central/2:00 – 3:30 Eastern
  • Friday June 12, 1:00 – 2:30 Central/2:00 – 3:30 Eastern
  • Thursday June 18, 9:00 – 10:30 Central/10:00 – 11:30 Eastern
  • Thursday June 18, 1:00 – 2:30 Central/2:00 – 3:30 Eastern
  • Monday June 29, 12:00 – 1:30 Central/1:00 – 2:30 Eastern
  • Tuesday June 30, 10:30 – 12:00 Central/11:30 – 1:00 Eastern
  • Wednesday July 8, 11:00 – 12:30 Central/12:00 – 1:30 Eastern
  • Thursday July 9, 1:00 – 2:30 Central/2:00 – 3:30 Eastern
  • Monday July 13 8:30 – 10:00 Central/9:30 – 11:00 Eastern
  • Thursday July 16, 3:30 – 5:00 Central/4:30 – 6:00 Eastern
  • Thursday July 23, 1:00 – 2:30 Central/2:00 – 3:30 Eastern
  • Friday July 24, 9:00 – 10:30 Central/10:00 – 11:30 Eastern
  • Monday July 27, 11:00 – 12:30 Central/12:00 – 1:30 Eastern

Blackboard for Effective Course Delivery Fall 2020 & Beyond

This is a 90-minute program offered on Zoom multiple times starting the week of June 16 and continuing through August 14 (except the week of June 22).

The focus of this session is using your Blackboard course site as a tool for organizing your content and communicating with students. Topics include updated faculty expectations for Blackboard including assignment drop boxes for all students to submit assignments, using the Content area effectively, the Grade Center, a sample Blackboard course template, how to reduce the size of your course, posting your office hours, and an effective course review checklist. This session is required for full-time faculty. Offered via Zoom. With Susan Gallanis and others.

Dates and Times Offered:

  • Monday June 15, 1:00 – 2:30 Central/2:00 – 3:30 Eastern
  • Wednesday June 17, 11:00 – 12:30 Central/12:00 – 1:30 Eastern
  • Wednesday July 1, 9:00 – 10:30 Central/10:00 – 11:30 Eastern
  • Monday July 6, 9:30 – 11:00 Central/10:30 – 12:00 Eastern
  • Tuesday July 14, 4:00 – 5:30 Central/5:00 – 6:30 Eastern
  • Monday July 20, 1:00 – 2:30 Central/2:00 – 3:30 Eastern
  • Wednesday July 29, 11:00 – 12:30 Central/12:00 – 1:30 Eastern
  • Wednesday August 5, 3:00 – 4:30 Central/4:00 – 5:30 Eastern
  • Wednesday August 12, 10:30 – 12:00 Central/11:30 – 1:00 Eastern
  • Friday August 14, 9:30 – 11:00 Central/10:30 – 12:00 Eastern

Optional Training Sessions (Five) 

Technical Training on Zoom

All sessions with Justin Frisque

Zoom Basics Updated

Topics include logging into your Zoom account, meeting controls, security, screen sharing, how to get help. Optional. Offered via Zoom.

Dates and Times Offered:

  • Monday June 8, 9:00 – 9:30 Central/10:00 – 10:30 Eastern
  • Tuesday June 16, 1:30 – 2:00 Central/ 2:30 – 3:00 Eastern
  • Monday June 22, 11:00 – 11:30 Central/12:00 – 12:30 Eastern
  • Monday July 6, 3:00 – 3:30 Central/4:00 – 4:30 Eastern
  • Monday August 3, 3:00 – 3:30 Central/4:00 – 4:30 Eastern
  • Monday August 17, 10:00 – 10:30 Central/11:00 – 11:30 Eastern
  • Wednesday August 19, 3:00 – 3:30 Central/4:00 – 4:30 Eastern

Zoom Interactive Tools

Topics include polls, using the whiteboard and break-out groups. Optional. Offered via Zoom.

Dates and Times Offered:

  • Tuesday June 9, 9:00 – 9:30 Central/10:00 – 10:30 Eastern
  • Wednesday June 17, 1:30 – 2:00 Central/2:30 – 3:00 Eastern
  • Tuesday June 23, 9:00 – 9:30 Central/10:00 – 10:30 Eastern
  • Tuesday July 7, 2:00 – 2:30 Central/3:00 – 3:30 Eastern
  • Thursday July 23, 10:00 – 10:30 Central/11:00 – 11:30 Eastern
  • Tuesday August 4, 2:00 – 2:30 Central/3:00 – 3:30 Eastern
  • Tuesday August 18, 9:00 – 9:30 Central/10:00 – 10:30 Eastern
  • Thursday August 20, 9:30 – 10:00 Central/10:30 – 11:00 Eastern

Recordings

Session focus is on making, storing and sharing recordings in Zoom and Panopto for the short- and long-term. Includes recording Zoom sessions and posting link in Blackboard, or pre-recording course content and where to store for future courses. Optional. Offered via Zoom.

Dates and Times Offered:

  • Tuesday June 9, 10:00 – 10:30 Central/11:00 – 11:30 Eastern
  • Wednesday June 17, 2:30 – 3:00 Central/3:30 – 4:00 Eastern
  • Tuesday June 23, 10:00 – 10:30 Central/11:00 – 11:30 Eastern
  • Tuesday July 7, 3:00 – 3:30 Central/4:00 – 4:30 Eastern
  • Thursday July 23, 11:00 – 11:30 Central/12:00 – 12:30 Eastern
  • Tuesday August 4, 3:00 – 3:30 Central/4:00 – 4:30 Eastern
  • Tuesday August 18, 10:00 – 10:30 Central/11:00 – 11:30 Eastern
  • Thursday August 20, 10:30 – 11:00 Central/11:30 – Noon Eastern

Blackboard Training

All sessions with Susan Gallanis

Interactive Asynchronous Tools in Blackboard

Session covers setting up Discussion Boards (entire class), Group Discussion Boards and Group Assignment, and Private Journals. Optional. Offered via Zoom.

Dates and Time Offered::

  • Tuesday July 7, 11:00 – 12:00 Central/12:00 – 1:00 Eastern
  • Wednesday July 15, 1:00 – 2:00 Central/2:00 – 3:00 Eastern
  • Friday July 24, 1:00 – 2:00 Central/2:00 – 3:00 Eastern
  • Thursday July 30, 10:00 – 11:00 Central/11:00 – 12:00 Eastern
  • Thursday August 13, 4:00 – 5:00 Central/5:00 – 6:00 Eastern

Assessments in Blackboard

Session covers setting up Blackboard Tests, setting Test Options and test security including Respondus. Optional. Offered via Zoom.

Dates and Times Offered:

  • Thursday July 9, 9:00 – 10:00 Central/10:00 – 11:00 Eastern
  • Friday July 17, 1:00 – 2:00 Central/2:00 – 3:00 Eastern
  • Monday July 20, 9:00 – 10:00 Central/10:00 – 11:00 Eastern
  • Tuesday August 4, 10:00 – 11:00 Central/11:00 – 12:00 Eastern
  • Wednesday August 12, 1:00 – 2:00 Central/2:00 – 3:00 Eastern