Center for Faculty Excellence

Center for Faculty Excellence Workshops

 All workshops take place from 11:30am to 12:30pm at Rhodes Tower, Room 401, unless a different room has been announced. Click on the links below (Workshop Titles) to register for any of these.  Skip ahead to see October or November!

Also, you can download a PDF version of this table here[Page last updated: 09/21/2017.]    

Workshop Title
09/21/2017 COSHP & COE Workshop: Lessons Learned About Teaching Through experience, faculty develop policies and practices that enhance their teaching and classroom management. Many of these, while meaningful, may not be major enough to be the focus of a typical teaching workshop. In this session, Dr. Horvath will share some of the ideas that he and other faculty have adopted.  Dr. Michael Horvath, Interim Chair & Assoc. Professor of Psychology Department
09/26/2017 Practices to Promote Honesty in Online Courses Learn more about technology tools and teaching practices to promote academic integrity in online courses. This session will discuss recommendations developed by faculty senate committees. An overview of the different types of proctoring and writing originality tools as well as how to use Blackboard's tools and settings to improve the integrity of your online assignments and assessments will be covered. 

Caryn Lanzo, Center for eLearning Director,

and Glenn Curtis, Sr. Multimedia Developer & Instructional Designer

09/28/2017 Starfish Tips & Tricks 2.0 In this session, users will learn about Starfish, the undergraduate student early alert software used at CSU. This session will be an in-depth overview of topics that include: setting up a profile and office hours, progress surveys, recording attendance, referrals, and much more! Heike Heinrich, Student Success Programs Director & Jacob Roope, Academic Systems Coordinator
10/03/2017 Teaching Large Classes Teaching a large class can be one of the most rewarding and challenging teaching assignments for any faculty member. In this workshop, Dr. Goodell will facilitate a discussion about some of the challenges both students and faculty face in large classes, and present some useful strategies and resources to improve student engagement.  Dr. Joanne Goodell, Center for Faculty Excellence Director
10/05/2017 Enhance your Blackboard course using the Visual Editor  This session will provide tips and examples for enhancing your Blackboard course using Blackboard's Visual Editor. You will learn about tools to add color, tables and images, embedding PowerPoint files and YouTube videos. Some other tips will include how to make your Blackboard course more user-friendly for your students to access content. 

Dr. Selma Koc, 

Interim Chair & Asoociate Professor of Curriculum & Foundations

10/10/2017 Using the Lightboard: Flipped Classroom and Beyond

Do you use the whiteboard when you teach face-to-face? Have you wondered how you might use that important tool in an online or flipped classroom? Do you think it could help you create more engaging video lectures?  You’ve heard of a whiteboard.  Cleveland State also owns a Lightboard.  It’s a teaching tool that allows the instructor to write notes, sketch diagrams, and reference PowerPoint information all while talking to the camera. It’s difficult to describe with words alone.  You can see the Lightboard in action at:

Note: This session will be held in RT 709.

Chris Rennison,
Sr. Instructional Technologist
10/12/2017 Project-Based Instruction in the College Classroom: An Introduction This workshop will include an introduction to project-based instruction, including a rationale for PBI and steps to integrating PBI in your college classroom.

Dr.Debbie Jackson,
Assoc. Professor in Teacher Education

10/17/2017 Writing Information Literacy Learning Outcomes That Enhance Your Course General education courses that identify information literacy as a core skill area should have clearly articulated information literacy outcomes that identify the specific competencies students should be able to demonstrate upon completion of the course.  If the thought of writing additional learning outcomes seems like just another tedious task on your to-do-list, consider attending this workshop where participants will explore examples of information literacy outcomes and practice writing outcomes that enhance, not hinder, their curriculum.  Participants are encouraged to bring their current learning outcomes to the workshop for revision.  Faculty who are teaching or considering teaching a general education course that designates information literacy as a learning objective as well as faculty interested in learning more about integrating information literacy into their courses are encouraged to attend.
Ann Marie Smeraldi,
Head of Library Teaching & Learning Services
10/19/2017 COSHP & COE Workshop: How to Write NIH Proposals Topics covered include, but are not limited to: choosing a funding mechanism (RO1, R21, R15 etc.), aiming for the “correct” study section and institute, tailoring the application to the reviewers, writing the application (reviewer expectations), and what to do after a score is received.
Dr. Anton Komar,
Director of the Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease, and
Dr. Crystal Weyman,
Chair & Professfor of BGES,
Special Asst. Graduate Dean
10/24/2017 Open Access Textbooks  Open textbooks are full, real textbooks licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. Increasingly, faculty members all across the country are adopting open textbooks as one way to address affordability. In this workshop you can learn about open access textbooks and discover what is available in your field. Dr. Glenda Thornton,
Michael Schwartz Library Director
10/31/2017 Blackboard 2018 The Road to Ultra  Learn more about technology tools and teaching practices to promote academic integrity in online courses. This session will discuss recommendations developed by faculty senate committees. An overview of the different types of proctoring and writing originality tools as well as how to use Blackboard's tools and settings to improve the integrity of your online assignments and assessments will be covered.  Caryn Lanzo, Center for eLearning Director
11/02/2017 Student Misconduct Issues The purpose of this session is to provide a complete overview of CSU’s Student Code of Conduct, describe the campus disciplinary process, and discuss specific examples of student behaviors and the ways in which they are addressed on campus. 
Valerie Hinton-Hannah, Director of Student
Conduct & Advocacy
11/09/2017 A hands-on workshop to help you determine the number of times your papers have been cited using various databases and tools. Also see how to locate the impact factor or rank of journals in your discipline. This workshop will be useful if you are new to CSU, going up for tenure, or just curious! 
Theresa Nawalaniec, Sciences & English
Subject Spec Librarian

A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that enables you and your students to upload images, documents, and videos, while giving learners the capability to communicate and discuss the presentation, with you and their peers.  This feature allows learners to submit comments in a selected way - using voice, text, audio, or video, to extend learning beyond the limitations of a text-based discussion.

During this session, we will discuss the benefits and ease of using this Blackboard integrated collaboration tool. VoiceThread can be used to upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos. We will also discuss the steps to creating, commenting and grading VoiceThread assignments.  In addition, we will look at a roadmap that shows us next steps for VoiceThread slated for 2017-18.

LeAnn Krosnick, Sr. Instructional Designer
Cliff Maslovsky, Online Course & Materials Developer
11/16/2017 Are you interested in improving your NSF proposal success rate? Or are you interested in learning how to write your first NSF proposal? This seminar will discuss the most common mistakes in NSF proposals. These mistakes are based on discussions with NSF program officers, as well as the presenter's experience with NSF proposal writing and reviewing.
Dr. Dan Simon, Assoc. VP of Research &
Professor in the Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering
11/28/2017 Copyright Basics Participants will learn what copyright is, its purpose, the exclusive rights of the copyright holder and the limitations on those rights that allow use of protected materials. Participants will learn about the Fair Use Doctrine, how to determine if a use is a fair use, and will be updated on recent legal cases involving use of copyrighted materials. Faculty will learn about their choices in managing their own copyrights. Dr. Glenda Thornton, Director of the Writing Center
11/30/2017 This workshop will help faculty members develop assignments that promote better reading habits that foster less plagiarism.  Poor reading habits contribute to plagiarism. Special attention will be paid to assignments that foster concentration and retention of information.  When smartphones distract students from learning, we can adjust assignments to correct for this tendency.
Dr. Mary McDonald,
Writing Center

Don't forget about our Book Discussions for this year, too!