Center for Faculty Excellence

Center for Faculty Excellence Workshops

 In the Fall 2021 semester our workshops will all take place from 11:30am to 12:15pm with both in-person and Zoom options (unless otherwise noted). Please keep this page bookmarked, as more workshops will be posted here soon.

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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. 


Cameras Optional: Faculty Panel Discussion
Date/ Time: Tuesday, January 12th, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Moderated by: Caryn Lanzo, Director of the Center for eLearning & Joanne Goodell, Professor & Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence
Description: Join a us for a panel discussion on how to engage students who cannot, or choose not to, turn on their cameras during synchronous class meetings. Faculty will share their methods to show how these students can still be engaged members of class discussions.
Link to Recording

Processing Dossier Feedback & Planning for the Next Review
Date/ Time: Tuesday, January 26th, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Moderated by: Jenn Visocky O'Grady, Faculty Mentoring Fellow & Professor, Department of Art & Design
Description: The goal of this session is to help faculty review dossier feedback and plan for future productivity and the next round of review. It's a conversation about strategy. How should you process the review letters? Can you tell a more effective story about your accomplishments? Can organization and structure help reviewers find information they may have missed? Who should you talk with to make sure you're on track for next steps? We'll discuss how to craft your personal statement for maximum clarity and impact; talk strategies for addressing reviewer suggestions (in your actions and in your next dossier); describe best practices for highlighting achievements, and more.
Link to Recording

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.
Link to Recording


KEEP TEACHING: Building Student Cooperative Learning and Maximizing Instructor Presence in the Online Classroom
Date/ Time: Tuesday, February 2nd, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Christopher Mallett, Professor and Coordinator, BSW Program, School of Social Work
Description: This workshop reviews a number of ways to approach and motivate cooperative student learning. First, by using an "open" testing environment built to get students to work together on discussion boards with the instructor. Second, by designing the course with maximizing instructor presence through thematic humor across the curriculum, tests, and student contact (Zoom, in-person, as able).  While online learning may bore some students, it provides a forum for increased contact and presence across the students and instructor.
Link to Recording

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.
Link to Recording

KEEP TEACHING: Discussion Board Reboot
Date/ Time: Tuesday, February 9th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Candice Vander Weerdt, Assistant College Lecturer, Department of Management
Description: Online discussions can be meaningfully updated to include student presentations. These presentations allow students autonomy is the course and pride in their skills. This presentation will provide clear explanations of all the Blackboard tools needed as well as the student instructions for completing the assignment.
Link to Recording

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.
Link to Recording

eLearning Tools and Techniques and more
Date/ Time: Tuesday, February 16th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Selma Koc, Professor, Deparment of Curriculum and Foundations
Description: This webinar will provide e-learning tools and techniques you can use in your online, remote, blended or face-to-face courses to create and support an engaging and active student learning. After this webinar, you will learn to how to develop formative assessment strategies and engaging course content to encourage and reinforce student learning. Small tips for an engaging and active teaching and learning will be included.
Link to Recording

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.
Link to Recording

New Faculty 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
Link to Recording

​​​​​​​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"
Description: Join the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Center for eLearning for an afternoon with author, Robert Talbert, who will discuss his flipped learning strategies in an interactive workshop. Participants in the live workshop will receive 30 days of free, 1:1 consultation with Robert Talbert on flipping their courses, following the event. This workshop is part of the "Keep Teaching Series" sponsored by the Office of the Provost & Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. 
This webinar recording is located within the CFE Blackboard Community. Please contact to request access.


KEEP TEACHING: Blackboard Discussion Forums & Zoom Breakout Rooms: Building Class Community and Connection
Date/ Time: Tuesday, March 2nd, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Maria Gigante, Assistant Professor, School of Film and Media Arts
Description: The college classroom is not only a place to grow academically, but socially and emotionally as well. One of the biggest struggles students (and instructors!) have with remote learning is the lack of the social element. Through trial and error, I’ve found that strategic and creative use of BB Learn’s Discussion Forums and Zoom’s Breakout Rooms can help students connect with one another, express themselves, and serve as an communication tool for those who might not typically speak up in class. Helping our students build connections to one another is essential during this time of remote learning, and especially now as struggles with mental health are on the rise.
Link to Recording

KEEP TEACHING: Increasing Connection in Remote F2F and Online Courses: Lessons and Strategies
Date/ Time: Wednesday, March 3rd, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Reinhild Boehme, Assistant College Lecturer, School of Social Work
Description: This webinar will explore the use of various strategies for increasing engagement in both online and remote F2F courses. We will explore the importance of student engagement with each other and the instructor in the process of increasing engagement with course content.
Link to Recording

Using OneNote to Build a Community in Your Remote Classroom
Date/ Time: Thursday, March 4th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Shawn Ryan, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Description: Shawn Ryan will describe how to use the OneNote Classroom Notebook feature to build a welcoming environment for students in remote classrooms. Within this framework you can increase your connection to the students, greatly enhance course structure/ organization, and provide timely feedback on all assignments, keeping students engaged continually.
Link to Recording

Maximizing Your Use of Zoom Breakout Rooms and Polling
Date/ Time: Tuesday, March 9th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Chris Rennison, Senior Instructional Technologist, John Hubbard, Instructional Technology Specialist, & Mark Hackett, ​​​​​​​A/V Video Conferencing Specialist, Center for Instructional Technology & Distance Learning
Description: Zoom provides several tools designed to enhance remote teaching. Among them, Breakout Rooms and Polling are two frequently used means for better engaging students. This session will cover techniques for maximizing the use of both. Please join Mark Hackett, John Hubbard, and Chris Rennison from the Center for Instructional Technology & Distance Learning as they demonstrate how to: pre-assign students to Breakout Rooms, create individual Breakout Room recordings, and permit students to self-select the Breakout Room to which they will go. Also demonstrated will be: the creation of polls, choosing whether or not polls can be taken anonymously, and generating reports from previously taken polls.
Link to Recording

Reappointment, Tenure & Promotion: Preparing for External Review
Date/ Time: Wednesday, March 10th, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Presented by: Joanne Goodell, Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence & Professor of Mathematics Education
Link to Recording

​​​​​'T' is for Tweeting & Teaching 
Date/ Time: Thursday, March 11th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Beth Thomas, Assistant College Lecturer, School of Communication
Description: Join Beth Thomas as she presents on how teachers can use Twitter to engage students in the online classroom, keep them updated on trends in their industry, and help them start building a professional presence on the web.
Link to Recording

KEEP TEACHING: Using Course Design and Discussion Boards to Foster Student Learning in Online Courses
Date/ Time: Mnoday, March 15th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Marnie Rodriguez, Senior College Lecturer, Department of Criminology, Anthropology, and Sociology
Description: Building on knowledge gained through participating in several Center for Faculty Excellence and Center for E-learning opportunities at CSU, I discuss strategies to improve student learning in asynchronous online courses. Specific strategies covered in this presentation include how to improve course organization, utilize discussion board assignments, and provide feedback to students in a manageable way.
Link to Recording

Acquiring Online Course Materials: Licensing & Copyright
Date/ Time: Wednesday, March 17th, 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Presented by: Mandi Goodsett,  Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian & OER/ Copyright Advisor, & Hannah Pearson, Collections Management & Acquisitions Librarian, Michael Schwartz Library
Description: Having trouble finding online materials for your course? This workshop will explain how the library can help provide your students with ebooks and streaming video. We'll also discuss common copyright concerns for using online course materials.
Link to Recording

Adapting Face-to-face Project-based Film Production Courses into Hybrid Modality
Date/ Time: Thursday, March 18th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Cigdem Slankard, Assistant College Lecturer, School of Film & Media Arts
Description: Cidgem Slankard has adapted two film & media production courses from face to face to hybrid modality. These project-based courses typically require close collaboration among students. Cigdem's approach to hybrid modality can be summarized as minimizing face to face contact by relying on remote delivery of content activities as much as possible, while observing all safety requirements during face to face interactions.
Link to Recording

Being an Emotion Scientist: The Critical Need of Balancing the Social/Emotional Needs with Academics in a Virtual Classroom
Date/ Time: Thursday, March 25th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Steven Karaiskos, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychology
Description: Our emotions can drive our attention, our memory, and our learning. Our emotions can impact how we integrate and process information. They also influence our relationships such as with our peers, colleagues, friends, family, and the teacher-student connection. Becoming an emotion scientist rather than an emotion judge is a skill to develop as an educator. We can then model this for our students. Through this pandemic we are all processing the grief and loss of many things including loss of in-person school, relationships, connectedness, and more. By proactively developing the skills of an emotion scientist, we can best support all our learners, during this challenging time, toward their personal and academic success. Join Steven Karaiskos, PhD, CSU professor, educator, writer, emotion scientist, and flaneur for this interactive webinar to build skills to become an emotion scientist - for you and for your students.
Link to Recording

KEEP TEACHING: Quality Matters-Informed Online Course Design for Promoting Students’ Engagement
Date/ Time: Wednesday, March 31st, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Mary Gergis, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Description: As many instructors without an instructional design or online education background now need to conduct online classes, Quality Matters provides structure and guidance to assist with creating high-quality, engaging learning environments. The presentation aims to provide the audience with guidance for implementing Quality Matters-informed online course design with a focus on strategies for promoting students’ engagement.
Link to Recording


Acting and Auditioning During a Pandemic: How to Perform on Zoom
Date/ Time: Thursday, April 1st, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Michael Suglio, Adjunct Faculty, School of Film & Media Arts
Description: Just because theaters are closed and filming opportunities are limited does not mean your craft must come to a halt. This workshop will show how many actors are continuing to work online and are auditioning for roles to be performed post-pandemic.
Link to Recording

​​​​​Open Textbooks 
Date/ Time: Tuesday, April 6th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, OER & Copyright Advisor, Michael Schwartz Library
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

Using Innovative Technology to Center Students in Flipped Learning Experiences
Date/ Time: Thursday, April 8th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Elena Andrei, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education, & Katie Clonan-Roy, Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Foundations
Description: In this workshop we will share how to use Remind to text your whole class or individual students, how to make videos that share your screen with Loom and Panopto, and how to have students have video discussion boards using Flipgrid. 
Link to Recording

Completing Your eFAAR Report in Faculty180
Date/ Time: Monday, April 12th, 1:30 - 2:30PM
Presented by: Joanne Goodell, Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence & Professor in Teacher Education
Description: This training will go over the technical aspects of the Faculty180 system, with specific focus on filling out the eFAAR report. This session is recommended for candidates, as a reviewer session will be offered later in the semester.
Link to Recording

​​​​​Podcasting as an Assignment 
Date/ Time: Tuesday, April 13th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Moderated by: Chris Rennison, Senior Instructional Technologist, Center for Instructional Technology & Distance Learning
Description: A podcasting assignment is a great way to have students engage a topic or issue beyond text. Coinciding with or replacing short essays, reflections or research papers, the conversational, journalistic style that many podcasts use require students to rethink the way they would present a topic or issue. Podcasting has grown steadily at CSU over the past three years and introducing it as an assignment in your class may be easier than you think. Hosted by a panel of professors as well as staff from the Center for Instructional Technology and Distance Learning and Michael Schwartz Library, this session will cover: Different ways podcasting has been used as a student assignment at CSU; A variety of free podcasting resources for faculty and students; A preview of multiple podcasting studios on CSU’s campus that will be open for student (and faculty) use in the Fall of 2021.
Link to Recording

Developing a Course Blueprint for an Online Course
Date/ Time: Thursday, April 15th, 11:20AM - 12:20PM
Presented by: Monica Gordon Pershey, Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences
Description: A course blueprint is an organizational tool that goes beyond the syllabus or course calendar to provide students with a one-stop blueprint of the instructor’s plans for an online course. The course blueprint is an organic document that is then updated throughout the semester to provide students with an ongoing tracking document. The course blueprint notes the weekly instructional topics and tracks how these topics are organized around readings, lectures (live or asynchronous), synchronous online tasks (some of which are flipped, meaning preparatory work done before readings or lectures, and others that are reflective, meaning done post-reading or lecture), and assignments used for grading purposes. This webinar will show examples of the development and ongoing use of course blueprints and demonstrate how following the blueprint keeps students organized and on track during remote learning experiences.
Link to Recording

**Special Guest** Developing Communities of Inquiry: Strategies to Improve Interaction, Social Presence, and Community in Online Learning 
Date/ Time: Wednesday, April 21st, 3:30PM - 5:00PM
Presented by: Patrick Lowenthal, Associate Professor of Educational Technology, Boise State University
Description: Interaction, social presence, and community rarely develop on their own in online courses. Rather, faculty and instructional designers must intentionally design and facilitate opportunities for these important elements to develop and flourish in online courses. In this interactive session, Patrick Lowenthal will describe some of his experience teaching online and researching these critical components of online courses. Attendees will leave with some strategies they can immediately implement in their online courses. 
Zoom Recording will be available on our Blackboard site. Please contact to request access.


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

eDossier for Committee Chairs
Recording link​​​​​​​

Fall 2020 Archive List

Teaching with Zoom: Tools & Tips
Presented by: Chris Rennison, Senior Instructional Technologist, & John Hubbard, Instructional Technology Specialist, Center for Instructional Technology & Distance Learning
Link to Recording

Copyright & Streaming Video in Online Teaching
Presented by: Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, Copyright & OER Advisor
Link to Recording

Specifications Grading: Enhancing Student Learning & Saving Faculty Time
Presented by: Marcus Schultz-Bergin, Assistant College Lecturer in Philosophy
Link to Recording

​​​​​​​Affordable Course Material
Presented by: Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, Copyright & OER Advisor
Link to Recording

Keep Teaching Series: "Active Learning Strategies in the Zoom Classroom" with Special Guest Aaron Johnson
Presented by: Aaron Johnson, Associate Dean of Educational Technology at Denver Seminary; Author, "Excellent Online Teaching: Effective Strategies for a Successful Semester Online" & "Online Teaching with Zoom: A Guide for Teaching and Learning with Videoconference Platforms"
Link to Recording

Keep Teaching Series: "Leading Breakout Learning and Large Group Debriefs" with Special Guest Aaron Johnson
Presented by: Aaron Johnson, Associate Dean of Educational Technology at Denver Seminary; Author, "Excellent Online Teaching: Effective Strategies for a Successful Semester Online" & "Online Teaching with Zoom: A Guide for Teaching and Learning with Videoconference Platforms"
Link to Recording​​​​​​​

Open Textbooks
Presented by: Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, Copyright & OER Advisor
Link to Recording

​​​​​​​Keep Teaching Series: "Small Teaching Online" Faculty Panel Discussion
Moderated by: Joanne Goodell, Professor of Mathematics Education & Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence
Link to recording

​​​​​​​Keep Teaching Series: Special Guest Flower Darby
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"
Link to recording

Presented by Digital CSU: Introduction to Systematic Review
Presented by: Michele Heath DBA, Assistant Professor in Management, & Tracy H Porter PhD, Associate Professor in Management
Link to Recording

Presented by Digital CSU: Creating a Research Pitch Video: Using Video to Communicate Your Research to a Wider Audience
Presented by: Cigdem Slankard, Assistant Professor in Film & Media Arts, & Molly Buckley-Marudas, Associate Professor in Teacher Education
Link to Recording​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Improving Student Writing with E-Rater
Presented by: Mary McDonald, Director of the Writing Center, & Tony Menendez, Associate Professor in Teacher Education
Link to Recording

​​​​​​​Recording Handwritten Content
Presented by: Chris Rennison, Senior Instructional Technologist, & John Hubbard, Instructional Technology Specialist, Center for Instructional Technology & Distance Learning
Link to Recording

Keep Teaching Series: "Flipping Your Online Classroom" Faculty Panel Discussion
Moderated by: Joanne Goodell, Professor of Mathematics Education & Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence
Link to Recording​​​​​​​

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 previously offered, click below for a list of each academic year's offerings.

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.