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CFE Sites, links and data from prior years

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On this page you will find information regarding workshops, resources, and CFE sponsored events Including past posters from the Provost Teaching Summit. 



Previous eDossier Recordings 

eDossier For 5th year Faculty Tuesday, Feburary 9th, 2023 | Recording Link

eDossier for Candidate Tuesday, September 20th, 2022      | Recording Link

eDossier for Reviewers Thursday, September 22nd, 2022    | Recording Link

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Emergency Response Resources page (links to relevant workshops, eLearning's Keep Teaching resources, and resources outside CSU)

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Module-Based Learning & Open Textbooks in Linear Algebra

This course was redesigned into smaller modules with daily problems sets online. Each set gave students infinite attempts and direct links to further examples from the open textbook. This allows for mastery of the concepts and ensures that cost of a textbook is not a barrier to entry for our students. Results from Fall 2019 show that this format produced higher average grades than the other sections as well as fewer D's and F's.

Shawn Ryan, Mathematics

Theresa Nawalaniec, Michael Schwartz Library


Textbook Heroes at CSU

As part of the OER committee faculty gratitude campaign, this poster recognizes faculty who use open education al resources in their teaching. It will present the OER faculty and the open textbooks they use. This will give ideas of what OER is available for various fields of study. Facts about the problem of textbook affordability will be presented and solutions for helping students afford learning materials.

Heather Caprette, eLearning

Mandi Goodsett, Michael Schwartz Library

Tracy Kemp, Michael Schwartz Library

Barb Loomis, Michael Schwartz Library

Theresa Nawalaniec, Michael Schwartz Library

Ben Richards, Michael Schwartz Library


Using the Community of Inquiry Framework to Engage Students Remotely

My presentation focuses on my integration of the Community of Inquiry Framework (Garrison, 2000) into my ENG 102 classes during the online transition this spring. I briefly introduce the framework, review its benefits and challenges, and discuss its efficacy based on student survey responses.

Melanie Gagich, English


Reacting to the Past Online: Asynchronous Role Playing Activity in ENG 102

I used a combination of FlipGrid and Blackboard so that my students could complete our Reacting to the Past unit, a historical simulation of UN Security Council debates from April and May 1994 as genocide was occurring in Rwanda.

Emilie Zickel, English



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Taking the temperature of the room: fostering online connections by connecting to students' mood through imagesEmily Rauschert, Biological, Geological & Environmental SciencesStudents need to feel connected to a class and to the material to learn effectively. I use pictures to start off class to recognizing students' emotional states and my own, as part of what we bring to learning each day.

Emily Rauschert, Biological, Geological & Environmental Sciences

Students need to feel connected to a class and to the material to learn effectively. I use pictures to start off class to recognizing students' emotional states and my own, as part of what we bring to learning each day.


Using a Liquid Syllabus/Class templateDana Hubbard, Criminology, Anthropology & SociologyUpdates on traditional syllabus and class organization both in and out of the classroom.

Dana Hubbard, Criminology, Anthropology & Sociology

Updates on traditional syllabus and class organization both in and out of the classroom.


Flipping the Classroom on Zoom: Experiences from a Graduate Social Work Course

Cyleste Collins, Social Work

Figuring how to adapt in-person teaching to Zoom brings a number of challenges. This poster describes the presenter's experiences with her Fall 2020 graduate level human behavior theories course in adapting her normally flipped in-person classroom to a synchronous Zoom setting. The presentation emphasizes strategies and tools and shares instructor and student feedback on the experience.


Creating and Administering Online Exams

Anne O'Connor, Chemistry

In this video, I will show how to create and administer an online exam to minimize cheating

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Blackboard Collaborate: Keep Track of Daily Attendance for Large Classes Delivered on Blackboard Collaborate

Anne O'Connor, Chemistry

In this video I will show how to track student attendance in Blackboard Collaborate. I will show how to combine the .csv files for each lecture meeting into one file for attendance reporting purposes.

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Micro Documentary: Film Production and Storytelling Skills during the Pandemic

Cigdem Slankard, Maria Gigante & Richard Sherman, Film & Media Arts

This poster presents a new project assigned in the FMA 252: Film Production II course. In this project-based course, students typically work in teams and create short films from the inception of the idea to the completion of the final film, a process which often necessitates a large cast and crew. We developed the micro-documentary project (1) to accommodate COVID safety guidelines during film production, and (2) to make space for documentary storytelling in the scope of this course.


Applying Affordable Textbooks in Psychology

Liz Goncy, Psychology

Using open access materials and textbooks for teaching psychology.

 Navigating Online Discussions Marnie Rodriguez, Criminology, Anthropology & Sociology Building on knowledge gained by participating in several Center for Faculty Excellence and Center for E-learning opportunities at CSU, over the past year I have worked on improving my online discussion board assignments.  Here I present some strategies for navigating discussion board assignments, share some examples from my courses, and provide a few general reflections based on my experiences. Poster 

Dynamics with Desmos

Luiz Felipe Martins & Ieda Rodrigues, Mathematics

In this presentation, we describe the use of Desmos for teaching Dynamical Systems. Desmos is a free online graphing platform, which we explore to present concepts related to the study of families of flows. Topics considered include stability, phase line plots, characterization of bifurcations and drawing of bifurcation diagrams.


Fostering Engaged Learning Online

Toni Paoletta, Marketing

Simple tricks to encourage engagement online.


Using Perusall for Collaborative Reading of Open Educational Content

Thijs Heus, Physics


I present my Perusall collaborative reading setup to combine open content from a variety of sources to create a coherent online class room experience.


Using the Textbook to Strengthen Students' Online Discussion Skills

Mamadou Seck, Social Work

Teaching the dialectical methodology (Thesis; Anti-thesis; Synthesis) to strengthen discussion skills.


Affordable Resources for Teaching Human Gross Anatomy

Anne Su, Health Sciences

Assessment of open educational resources during the Textbook Affordability Summer Symposium 2020.


Innovative Online Teaching Techniques and Methods for Undergraduate Cybersecurity Course

Sathish Kumar, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

The existing undergraduate Cybersecurity course was modified to offer in asynchronous online method, without compromising the rigor and quality incorporating innovative teaching techniques and methods such as online labs, video-based instructions, and reorganization of course structure in LMS to name a few.


Using Classical Chinese Literatures to Serve Advanced Curriculum Development in Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL) Education

Lih-Ching Wang, Curriculum & Foundations

Xuan Song, Urban Education

Starting from this gap, this research proposes a hypothesis that using Classical Chinese Literatures (CCL) to serve for advanced CFL curriculum development. As CCL had been widely recognized as the condensed Chinese cultural inheritance which manifest the essence and authenticity of Chinese culture and language. Grounded in the constructivism paradigm and the sociocultural conceptual framework, a qualitative approach of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) is used to guide research design and investigate the research question that: what is the essence of using Classical Chinese Literatures to serve for CFL curriculum development? This research might provide CFL teachers a boarder view and constructive approaches in curriculum development in order to embrace the “Five C Standards”.


Management Strategies for Online Learning Environments: Introducing Assignments, Using Groups, and Providing Student Support

Rachel Wlodarsky, CASAL

These pre-recordings discuss the rationale, and process of setting up small groups, introducing assignments, and providing student support in online learning environments.  The presenter shares her screen with viewers and shows them "how to" accomplish the above strategies while at the same time, provides an explanation as to the effectiveness of such strategies.

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Teaching Advanced Design Concepts Using MATLAB Applications

Jorge Gatica, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering

The design of Chemical Reactors under non-isothermal conditions can lead to a condition known as Thermal Runaway, which typically results in an explosion. This condition is the result of a complex interaction between reactor design variables. In this module, the application can illustrate the effect of different variables on reactor performance and safety.


Using a Blended Learning Approach and Digital Tools to Foster First-Year Writing Student Engagement During the Pandemic Semesters

Melanie Gagich, First Year Writing Program, English

This PowerPoint presentation begins with a review of blended learning and how I integrated this approach during the pandemic semesters. It also includes a discussion of digital tools (Zoom, Jamboard, Google Docs, and Blackboard) and pedagogical practices I used to support blended learning and promote engagement during synchronous and asynchronous sessions. The presentation concludes with anonymous feedback from fall 2020 and spring 2021 First-Year Writing students.


Before the Learning is the Delivery

Sandra Chincholkar, Mathematics

This presentation focuses on how to get the content to the students so that they use the content. They say "repetition is the key to learning" and it is also the key to delivery. I discuss multiple modes of delivering course information, non-coordinator provided course materials, tests and instructor help. The more delivery options the more students one can “catch”.


Incorporation of OER Interactive Simulations in Chemistry

Erin Avram, Chemistry

Many concepts in chemistry are challenging to grasp because they require abstract thinking about structures and relationships at the microscopic and atomic scale. The use of interactive simulations can guide student learning by providing visual representations of these relationships and opportunities for exploration and experimentation. The goal of this project was to incorporate interactive simulations that are also Open Education Resources in my courses to increase student engagement and learning.

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Embedding Open Resources in MBA 500: Environment of Business

Toni Paoletta & Alexsandra Sukhoy, Marketing

OER enables professors to curate the most customized, current and compatible class content. By choosing to use OER materials in your course, you are conveying to students that you care about their financial burden.


Creating a Community of Inquiry Remotely with SharePoint and Blackboard

Julie Townsend, English

Using the Community of Inquiry model to support the use of SharePoint and Blackboard for sharing writing and ideas.



Textbook Affordability & Fairness

Jeneen Rieser, Political Science

Textbook Affordability


Youth Participatory Action-Based Research (YPAR)

Molly Buckley Marudas, Teacher Education

Angela Capuano Fant, Doctoral Studies Education

I teach and support youth-led research among 9th grade students through bi-weekly class meetings to teach how to identify, research, and develop a proposal based on topics of interest to contribute to future action within students’ communities.


The Cleveland Teaching Collaborative: Designing and Leveraging an Educator Innovation Hub

Shelley Rose, History

Molly Buckley Marudas, Teacher Education

This poster will share our effort to build an educator innovation hub to support the professional growth and learning of local educators. The network includes three specific components: educator-authored case studies published to the CTC blog, a crowd-sourced open access Resource Referatory, and regular peer-to-peer support opportunities. The collaborative focuses on pandemic pedagogies but also has an eye on well as looks towards post pandemic pedagogies.




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CSU Affordability Initiative: Shared Goals and Milestones

Heather Caprette (eLearning)

Emilie Zickel (English)

Mandi Goodsett (Library)

Open Educational Resources (OER) provide the opportunity for all students to succeed because the materials are accessible from day one of a course. The OER Committee wishes to share an overview of the CSU Affordability Initiative -- a collaborative effort among CSU faculty and staff across the university, along with the SGA, to make education more affordable and accessible to all students.

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Preparing for STEM Careers through an Engaged Physics Education

Kiril Streletzky & Petru Fodor (Physics)

Multifaceted approach to physics education combines rigorous academics with undergraduate research, strong student community, opportunities in public outreach, and teaching.


Using Screencasting to Promote Revision Skills and Writerly Agency in a First-Year Writing Classroom

Melanie Gagich & Julie Townsend (English)

We discuss two different assignments that ask first-year writing students to use screencasting software, share our student responses, and review relevant literature related to the use of screencasting in classrooms. We conclude with ideas for future research and assignment revisions.


Crime Scenes in the Classroom: Problem Based Learning as a Tool for Motivation

Melissa Clark (Anthropology)

Students learn the principles of forensic anthropology by excavating and processing crime scenes and analyzing human remains.


Efforts to Improve Student Engagement with Blackboard Content

Patricia Stoddard Dare (Social Work)

Describes five strategies used to improve student engagement with Blackboard, including changes to textbook, grading, and student communication.


Utilizing 3D Immersive Data Visualizations in Cybersecurity

Charles McElroy (Information Systems & Technology)

An overview the incorporation of 3D immersive data visualizations in cybersecurity research. While much is known about incorporating 2D data visualizations into teaching, there is a dearth of knowledge about effectively incorporating 3D data visualizations into the education enterprise. This poster presents some of the initial questions about how to build such an experience as instantiated in cybersecurity research. 


Developing Critical Thinking Skills Through Dialectical Process

Mamadou Seck (Social Work)

Developing students' critical thinking skills requires them to master three stages of thinking process. Once these stages are mastered, students will enhance their participation in discussion assignments with more relevant and significant contributions.


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The Film within the Play: The Production of the Short Film, The Belle of New Orleans, as a component of the play By the Way Meet Vera Stark Cigdem Slankard, Film & Media Arts
James Joyce, Film & Media Arts
Maria Gigante, Film & Media Arts
Russell Borski, Theater & Dance
 "The Belle of New Orleans" is a short film, which is a component of the play "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark", opening on April 20th at the Helen Theater. This film was produced collaboratively between faculty and students from two academic units: School of Film & Media Arts and Department of Theater & Dance. The project brought together four faculty members and more than 20 students in a project-based environment culminating in a professional film production. The poster will outline the ways in which this group of faculty and students interacted and collaborated throughout this process. Poster

Creating an Inclusive Climate in the Chemistry Classroom

Erin Avram, Chemistry This is a personal reflection on the implementation and efficacy of the inclusive practices I have incorporated in my classroom. Poster
Teaching Enhancement Awards  Joanne Goodell, Center For Faculty Excellence  Summarizing the outcomes of the TEA program 2015-2022 PDF icon Goodell PTS Poster .pdf
Classroom computing at the Ohio Supercomputing Center Thijs Heus The Ohio Supercomputing Center offers classroom accounts that bring a stable, accessible computing platform to the classroom for free. I have used this in Environmental Physics to good success. The advantage is that students can log in through a browser, and can work on it from home, yet there is always enough computer power available, and there is no need to install additional software. Poster
Using Theory Charts of Human Injustice, Human Need, and Human Liberation to Enable Students to Critically Re-Envision Their Views on Social Justice and Social Injustice Michael A. Dover,  Social Work.  This Poster Presentation showcases the pedagogical value of developing graphical renditions of theoretical work in teaching WAC to undergraduates in SWK 303: Human Behavior in the Social Environment, a WAC course open to non-social work majors, who comprise at least a third of my students most terms. Poster


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An online interactive activity to support student learning about how to balance chemical equations Balancing chemical equations involves the application of the law of conservation of mass, which states that matter cannot be created or destroyed. Particularly for non-science majors, balancing chemical equations can be challenging because it requires the analysis of molecular formulas and the use of ratios. An online, interactive activity was developed to instruct students on the theory and methods behind balancing chemical equations while also providing frequent feedback to students about their learning process. This activity involves 8 sections, 4 delivering new content and 4 assessing student learning. The impact of this activity on student learning outcomes and student feedback on this activity was analyzed. Overall, this activity provided an interactive and engaging way for students to learn and apply new content.  Erin Avram, Chemistry Poster
Benchmarks for Online Course Quality and Continuous Improvement​ This process aims to elevate a course's design to its highest level, with the goal of fostering continuous improvement of online courses.​ Benefits of this structured process are improved student outcomes, easier course management for instructors, reduced workload on course copies, improved evaluation of course's effectiveness, and a consistent student experience.​ Heather Caprette, Samantha Kissel - Poster design Sam Diomede, LeAnn Krosnick - Potential presenters Caryn Lanzo, Sarah Rutland, Glenn Curtis, John Hubbard, Richard Smith Poster
Fostering Student Success In Fully Online Courses As faculty, success in an in-person class does not necessary translate to success in a fully online course. After working together on MTH 148 Business Mathematics I for the last seven years, we present three recommendations to ensure optimization of student success.  (1) Connect with e-Learning Resources (2) Consistently be Present and (3) Get to Know Your Students.   Mrs. Sarah Rutland of eLearning, Sandra Chincholkar, Department of Mathematics Poster
Using Voice Thread to Get to Know Your Online Students In Spring 2020, concerned by the Covid isolation, I underwent training to become a Certified Voice Thread Educator.  The project for Certification was a Film slides to You Tubes for each of the several dozen films students choose among for SWK 303, a WAC course on macro social theory.  Also, each semester since, while, I have a Voice Thread with Six threads. After one with instructions and one with a video on using VT,  in Slide 3, students listen to a Nina Simone song, Everything Must Change, and on Slide 4 they use ABC comments to comment on the lyrics. In Slide 5, they suggest a You Tube song which speaks to them of social justice for the Social Justice Song List which originated in SWK 303 in 2020. Finally, in slide 6 they are required to do an audiovisual introduction of themsleves (2 minutes or less) and comment on numerous other students, welcoming them to class. Best practices are for the instructor to reply in batches to student comments/introductions. In the final assignment in the Cumulative Assignment Portfolio, due exame week, students are asked about their Voice Thread experience and approximately 90% find it a valuable way to humanize an online course. Personally, I would find teaching online without some Voice Thread discussion to be extremely alienating. I will demonstrate on my laptop how this Voice Thread works.  Michael Dover, Social Work Poster
Student Success in the Arts & Sciences This year, 5 Arts & Sciences Student Influencers & 6 Arts & Sciences instructors reflected on student success, writing reflections and engaging in dialogue with each other in a program sponsored by the Cleveland Teaching Collaborative and the Dean's Office of the College of Arts & Sciences. Materials are available at Shelley E. Rose, History; Jesse Douglas-Cunion, College of Arts & Sciences; Declan Malloy, History; Erin Avram, Chemistry; Sara Froehlich, Mathematics; Melanie Gagich, English; Elizabeth Lehfeldt, History; Evan Lieberman, School of Film & Media Arts; Sarah Rutherford, Art & Design; Kristy Tokarczyk, College of Arts & Sciences; Molly Buckley-Marudas, Teacher Education; Christopher Rennison, Office of Instructional Excellence Poster
Librarians in the Classroom: Support for Student Information Literacy Information literacy is a key desired outcome of many classes, yet it can be challenging to teach students. Subject librarians in the Michael Schwartz Library are available to support faculty as they teach students research and information literacy skills, beyond just demonstrating databases or talking about call numbers. Our poster will explore some of the key ways that librarians can support faculty teaching, including some examples of partnerships between faculty and librarians in service of student success. Kathy Fisher​,Mandi Goodsett​, Theresa Nawalaniec​, Ben Richards, Diane Kolosionek​ Poster
BiographI at CSU: Valuing diverse identities and fostering data literacy in biology curricula   Emily Rauschert, BGES; Shamone Gore Panter, Ohio University ;Rachel Pigg, University of Louisville; Suann Yang, SUNY Geneseo Poster
AI at CSU This will be an overview of AI literacy workshops offered from Fall of 2023 to Spring of 2024.  Along with this, will be an opportunity for attendees to learn more about an up-and-coming AI Symposium at CSU on April 26th. Chris Rennison  
Using Starfish to Support Your Students Students succeed when they are engaged with an informed, connected campus community. The Starfish platform at CSU brings insight to student data, allowing you to take action and serve students proactively. It helps you to identify, track, and engage students with the resources aligned to their specific needs. Gina Cascone - Enrollment Management Student Success Poster
Understanding, Welcoming, and Making Space for Refugee Backgrounds in Higher Education Classrooms Refugee background students may be present in our classrooms but are likely not identified as such.
These students may require the use of principles and practices of trauma-informed classrooms that create welcoming environments for all students without singling out specific groups.
Refugee background students may be susceptible to elevated levels of neuroception of danger as an adaptive coping- and survival mechanism. We should adapt our classroom practices to accommodate students who have experienced trauma and toxic stress. 
Reinhild Boehme, School of Social Work, College of Health, Poster
Team Based Learning  The poster will focus on Team Based Learning (TBL). We see TBL as an effective way to enable students to learn how to approach questions and problems as experts in the relevant field would approach them. The relevant field for me and my co-presenter, Marcus Schultz-Bergin, is Philosophy. We will show the way we have applied TBL in a diverse range of philosophy courses. The information will be presented in a way that makes it relevant to those in other disciplines Michael Wiitala, Marcus Schultz-Bergin Philosophy & Comparative Religion College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences  Poster
Teaching Enhancement Awards  Summarizing the outcomes of the TEA program 2015-2022  Joanne Goodell, Center For Faculty Excellence Poster