Center for Faculty Excellence

Center for Faculty Excellence Workshops

 In the Fall 2020 semester our workshops will all take place from 11:20am to 12:20pm on Zoom (unless otherwise noted). Please keep this page bookmarked, as more workshops will be posted here soon.

Click here for more information on our Book Discussions and Gateway Courses Program.


eDossier Trainings

Please join us for one (or both!) of the following trainings on the eDossier system. There is no pre-registration for these events. Both sessions will be recorded and made available afterward on this site for those who cannot make it to the live event.

eDossier for Candidates
Date/ Time: Friday, September 18th, 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Recording link

eDossier for Reviewers
Date/ Time: Friday, September 18th, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Recording link

 

Spring 2021 Workshops

Pre-registration is requested, however walk-ins will be welcomed. Registration forms close the afternoon prior to the workshop. A member of CFE staff will contact you to confirm your registration. Zoom links will be posted on this page the morning of each workshop for walk-in guests. 

January

Processing 3rd Year Review Feedback & Planning for 5th Year Review Dossier
Date/ Time: Tuesday, January 26th, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Moderated by: Jenn Visocky O'Grady, Faculty Mentoring Fellow & Professor, Department of Art & Design
Description: 

Design Your Own Digital Escape Room
Date/ Time: Thursday, January 28th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Erin Avram, Assistant College Lecturer, Department of Chemistry
Description: Looking for a new and innovative way to engage your students? Digital escape rooms integrate gameplay and problem solving into any unit. These are fun and interactive activities that challenge students to look for clues and analyze ciphers based on course content in order to “escape.” In this webinar you will learn how to design your own digital escape room which involves creating web activities, crafting a digital scene with hyperlinks, and assembling a website to organize the activities. A Google account is recommended.

 

February

Web-based Assessment Strategies for Student Engagement in Higher Education
Date/ Time: Thursday, February 4th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Xiongyi Liu, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum & Foundations
Description: This lecture examines the role of assessment in promoting cognitive and social engagement among college and graduate students in online and blended learning environments. Theoretical model of web-based assessment for learning will be presented and a variety of web-based assessment strategies will be introduced and illustrated with examples. Specifically, the lecture covers formative online quizzes with instant feedback, rubric-based grading of asynchronous discussion and recorded presentations, self and peer assessment, audio and video-based instructor feedback, assessment of individual and group projects, Wiki and Blog entries, etc.

Know Your Why
Date/ Time: Thursday, February 11th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Jessica Yox, Adjunct Faculty, Monte Ahuja College of Business
Description: In this session, we will work on determining the "why" behind your course learning objectives. If you are clear about the reasons "why" a student would learn a particular skill or topic in your course, you can design learning activities that will appeal to and meaningfully engage students. In an online or blended environment, so much student learning is compliance-based. Student-centered, timely, and personalized assessments increase engagement, learning, student satisfaction and deepen student learning of the material in the process.

Creating an Engaged Learning Community with Microsoft Teams
Date/ Time: Thursday, February 18th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Marcus Schultz-Bergin, Assistant College Lecturer, Department of Philosophy & Comparative Religion
Description: This presentation will focus on the use of the Microsoft Teams platform to create a engaged learning community for remote (or hybrid) courses. This will include its value as a small group collaboration system, its assignment submission process, and the more natural and friendly method of text-based engagement.

eFAAR Workshop: Why It's Important & Strategies for Reporting
Date/ Time: Tuesday, February 23rd, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Moderated by: Jenn Visocky O'Grady, Faculty Mentoring Fellow & Professor, Department of Art & Design
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Keep Teaching Series: Special Guest Robert Talbert
Date/ Time: Thursday, February 25th, 3:30PM - 4:45PM
Presented by: Robert Talbert, ​​​​​​​Professor of Mathematics at Grand Valley State University & Author, "Flipped Learning: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty"
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Fall 2020 Archive List

Teaching with Zoom: Tools & Tips
Date/ Time: Thursday, September 3rd, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Chris Rennison, Senior Instructional Technologist, Center for Instructional Technology & Distance Learning
Description: Zoom is a videoconferencing tool that allows CSU faculty, staff, and students to connect with each other "anywhere and on any device" via mobile and desktop. Whether using it for remote or in-class instruction, Zoom provides several easy to use teaching tools designed to facilitate synchronous distance education. This session will demonstrate the features and functions necessary to create, deliver, and facilitate a virtual classroom in Zoom. Topics will include: scheduling a meeting, inviting participants, sharing various content, facilitating group work, obtaining feedback, and sharing recordings.
Link to Recording

Copyright & Streaming Video in Online Teaching
Date/ Time: Thursday, September 10th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, Copyright & OER Advisor
Description: Are you curious whether you can legally use video in your online class? Attend this session to learn more about the parts of the copyright law that pertain to using video in the classroom, as well as how the library can help you incorporate streaming video into your teaching and assignments.
Link to Recording

Specifications Grading: Enhancing Student Learning & Saving Faculty Time
Date/ Time: Thursday, September 17th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Marcus Schultz-Bergin, Assistant College Lecturer in Philosophy
Description: Specifications Grading is an alternative grading system aimed at fostering student rigor, enhancing their learning, and saving faculty time. It aims to clearly tether assignments and course grades to achievement of course learning outcomes in order to promote a mastery approach to learning. This session will introduce and motivate specifications grading, as well as provide examples of how to both fully and partially use the system.
Link to Recording

​​​​​​​Affordable Course Material
Date/ Time: Thursday, September 24th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, Copyright & OER Advisor
Description: Increasingly, students are challenged by the costs of going to college, and one cost that can be especially surprising and impactful is the cost of textbooks. High textbook costs often lead students to try to get by without their textbooks, putting them at an academic disadvantage. Attend this workshop to discover options for course material that are library-licensed, low cost, or completely free for your students.
Link to Recording

Keep Teaching Series: "Active Learning Strategies in the Zoom Classroom" with Special Guest Aaron Johnson
Date/ Time: Friday, September 25th, 10:30AM - 11:45AM
Presented by: Aaron Johnson, Associate Dean of Educational Technology at Denver Seminary; Author, "Excellent Online Teaching: Effective Strategies for a Successful Semester Online" and "Online Teaching with Zoom: A Guide for Teaching and Learning with Videoconference Platforms"
Description: Participants will play the role of students in several activities. We will focus on variety and on learning activities that work across different disciplines. We will use polling, breakouts, individual activities, reflections, and collaborative tasks.
Link to Recording

Keep Teaching Series: "Leading Breakout Learning and Large Group Debriefs" with Special Guest Aaron Johnson
Date/ Time: Friday, September 25th, 1:00PM - 2:15PM
Presented by: Aaron Johnson, Associate Dean of Educational Technology at Denver Seminary; Author, "Excellent Online Teaching: Effective Strategies for a Successful Semester Online" and "Online Teaching with Zoom: A Guide for Teaching and Learning with Videoconference Platforms"
Description: This session will focus on the key skills of facilitating learning in small groups with Zoom. We will also spend time discussing how to successfully transition between small group and large group learning. Participants will experience breakout, transitions, and large-group debriefs.
Link to Recording​​​​​​​

Open Textbooks
Date/ Time: Thursday, October 1st, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, Copyright & OER Advisor
Description: Open textbooks are complete, legitimate textbooks licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. Increasingly, faculty members across the country are adopting open textbooks as one way to address affordability and increase their flexibility in the classroom. In this workshop, you will learn about open textbooks and discover what open resources are available in your field.
Link to Recording

​​​​​​​Keep Teaching Series: "Small Teaching Online" Faculty Panel Discussion
Date/ Time: Thursday, October 8th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Moderated by: Joanne Goodell, Professor of Mathematics Education & Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence
Description: Join former participants of the CFE book discussion group as they talk about how they have used strategies learned from reading "Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes" by Flower Darby & James M. Lang.
Link to recording

​​​​​​​Keep Teaching Series: Special Guest Flower Darby
Date/ Time: Friday, October 16th, 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Presented by: Flower Darby, Assistant Dean of Online and Innovative Pedagogies at Northern Arizona University; Author (with James M. Lang) of "Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes"
Description: Online courses present unique challenges for both students and faculty. Small teaching can help. We’ll explore practical, evidence-based changes you can make in your online teaching practice, small but impactful adjustments that result in significant gains in student engagement and learning. Whether you’re new or experienced online faculty, you’ll gain brief learning activities, minor course design modifications, and simple changes to your communication with online students, based on the approach outlined in Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes (2019). If you teach in blended and face-to-face formats you’ll also gain strategies to make better use of your Learning Management System to enhance your efforts in the classroom. Together we’ll discover how rewarding online teaching and learning can be..
Link to recording

Presented by Digital CSU: Introduction to Systematic Review
Date/ Time: Thursday, October 22nd, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Michele Heath DBA, Assistant Professor in Management, & Tracy H Porter PhD, Associate Professor in Management
Description: Researchers are always looking for ways to obtain data for future research studies. Unfortunately, we do not take advantage of the data we have readily available. A systematic review refers to a review of the evidence on a clearly formulated question that uses systematic and explicit methods to identify, select and critically appraise relevant primary research, and to extract and analyze data from the studies that are included in the review. The session aims to introduce participants to the methodology of systematic reviews.
Link to Recording

Presented by Digital CSU: Creating a Research Pitch Video: Using Video to Communicate Your Research to a Wider Audience
Date/ Time: Thursday, October 29th, 12:00PM - 1:00PM *Please note time change!
Presented by: Cigdem Slankard, Assistant Professor in Film & Media Arts, & Molly Buckley-Marudas, Associate Professor in Teacher Education
Description: Are you interested in pitching or communicating your research to a wider, more general audience? Have you been asked by a funder, journal editor, professional organization, and/or media outlet to share your work via video but were not sure where to start or what to do? If so, this session is for you. Join us to learn how you can create your own research pitch video.
Link to Recording​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Improving Student Writing with E-Rater
Date/ Time: Thursday, November 5th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Mary McDonald, Director of the Writing Center, & Tony Menendez, Associate Professor in Teacher Education
Description: Participants in this session will learn: 1) why students know so little grammar and resist grammar corrections, and 2) how to use ETS e-Rater in Turnitin to improve students' awareness of grammatical mistakes. It can be much faster and easier to allow e-Rater to catch students' grammatical mistakes. The benefits of ETS e-Rater also include providing students with a way to independently improve written assignments. 
Link to Recording

​​​​​​​Recording Handwritten Content
Date/ Time: Thursday, November 12th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Chris Rennison, Senior Instructional Technologist, Center for Instructional Technology & Distance Learning
Description: Sometimes the best way to show students what you're talking about is to write it out. But illustrating complex concepts, equations and diagrams, or making annotations, with a keyboard and mouse along can prove quite difficult. The Center for Instructional Technology & Distance Learning continually reviews hardware and software tools that allow instructors to record and share their natural, handwritten content. This session will showcase several options available to CSU faculty.
Link to Recording

Keep Teaching Series: "Flipping Your Online Classroom" Faculty Panel Discussion
Date/ Time: Thursday, November 19th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Moderated by: Joanne Goodell, Professor of Mathematics Education & Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence
Description: Join former participants of the CFE book discussion group as they talk about how they have used strategies learned from reading "Flipped Learning: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty" by Robert Talbert. This book discussion will be offered again in the Spring 2021 semester, as part of our Keep Teaching initiative.
Link to Recording

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Archived Workshop Resources

Topic Areas:

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

To review workshops offered in the 2018-19 academic year, click here for our workshop log.


Gateway Courses Program

"Applying Psychological Science to Teaching and Learning to Improve Student Success"

There is no current group scheduled for the Fall 2020 semester.

More information can be found on our book discussion page.