Engaging Students at a Distance

Concordia University
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching


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

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Concordia Faculty Seminar: Vittoria Sipone, Sara Casali

Concordia Faculty Seminar: Vittoria Sipone, Sara Casali 

Thursday June 8, 11:00 am – Noon Central/Noon – 1:00 pm Eastern on Zoom 

Learn about the research conducted by two Mequon faculty colleagues who recently completed their doctoral degrees: Vittoria Sipone and Sara Casali. 

  • Vittoria Sipone, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Mequon campus, recently defended her dissertation at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee toward a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.  The title of Dr. Sipone’s talk will be “Dancing Bees, Singing Whales. The Impact of Idiosyncratic Information on Children’s Attitudes toward and Moral Reasoning about Animals.” 
  • Sara Casali, Assistant Professor of Social Work at the Mequon campus, defended her dissertation last year and received a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The title of Dr. Casali’s talk will be “Social Location: Why it Should Matter to Social Work Education.” 

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. 


Advancement in Rank Process 2023

Advancement in Rank Process 

Wednesday May 24, Noon – 1:00 pm Central/1:00 – 2:00 pm  Eastern on Zoom 

The Provost Office, along with the CUW Rank and Promotion Committee and the CUAA Peer Review Committee, will present information about the process and timeline to apply for advancement in faculty rank.  We will also discuss how to best present your accomplishments for each committee’s review, and what the portfolio requires.  The session will be recorded and made available via the Faculty Chair for anyone unable to attend. 



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:

Improve Your Spring Course Workshop 2023

Improve Your Spring Course Workshop 

Wednesday May 17, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Central/12:30 – 2:00 pm Eastern on Zoom 

Facilitators: Kate Robertson and Elizabeth Evans 

Whew! Your grades are in and you’ve finished the whirlwind of the semester. This is the perfect time to review and reflect on one of your courses and plan improvements for next time.  Bring your reflections captured throughout the course, your “student results,” your syllabus and your course materials, teaching strategies and assignments 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 your course, you will develop at least three actionable changes to improve the student learning experience next time.  You can use the plan as an example of your continuous improvement for your upcoming annual faculty evaluation in June. Discussion and workshop time are included. This workshop fits any course delivery, including online. 


Improve your Spring PPT


Revised-blooms-chart and questioning strategies

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.