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


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 


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


Find Your Course on Blackboard

With the revised My Institution page on Blackboard (July 2022), how instructors find/see their courses on Blackboard has changed. Follow the tips below:

  • If the course has a start date that’s set in the future, it shows up under Upcoming Courses as Private (you have access as instructor, students do not). Once the start date passes, the course will open and automatically move to Current Courses. You can access Upcoming Courses by clicking either the term drop down or the Upcoming Courses link.

Upcoming Courses is located on the upper right corner; Current Courses is located in the middle, with a drop down menu option.

Note: Courses that are manually opened by instructors (no start date set) show up in Current Courses as Private.

Mequon Traditional Adjunct Orientation

Are you ready for teaching the fall semester beginning August 29? This session for Mequon traditional adjuncts teaching in-person points you to vital information, including effective first session strategies, finding policies and resources, Academic Resource Center (ARC) services, taking attendance, Faith and Learning, classroom AV resources, and what is required in Blackboard/how to find Blackboard Resources.

Here are the resources for this workshop that was held on Wednesday, August 17, 5:00 – 6:45 pm Eastern via Zoom.

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Other resources:

Grace, Faith, Scripture Portrait of a Lutheran, Facutly orientation, August, 2022

Begin with Intrigue The Teaching Professor

Concordia-University-Blackboard-Use-for-Faculty-August-2022 (5)

Final Fall-2022-Mequon-Adjunct Orientation 8-17-2022

Preparing for the First Day of Class


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