Center for Faculty Excellence

Center for Faculty Excellence Workshops

 Most of our workshops take place from 11:30am to 12:30pm at Rhodes Tower, Room 401, unless a different room has been announced. Keep this page bookmarked, as more workshops will be posted here soon.

Click here for more information on our Book Discussions, Gateway Courses Program and Teaching Open Houses.

January Workshops

CSU's New Podcasting Studio

Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Chris Rennison, Sr. Instructional Technologist     
Description: The Center for Instructional Technology and Distance Learning is upgrading its audio studio to a podcasting studio. This new facility will allow faculty to create their own video and audio broadcasts that can be shared across countless media platforms. Please join Chris Rennison, and media production staff, for an overview of the educational advantages of podcasting, best practices, as well as an opportunity to view a live podcast in action.

Teaching Large Classes

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Joanne Goodell, Professor of Mathematics Education & Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence
Description: 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.

Citation Management Software: Tools for Faculty Research and the Classroom

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Ben Richards, Business & Communication Librarian
Description: This workshop will cover two library supported citation management software programs, Mendeley and Zotero. A brief tutorial will be included for each program, and use cases will be discussed for both individual faculty research and classroom applications.

Copyright Basics

Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian     
Description: 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.

February Workshops

Starfish Tips & Tricks 2.0

Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Jacob Roope, Academic Systems Coordinator      
Description: In this session, users will learn about advanced features of Starfish, the undergraduate student early alert software used at CSU. This session will include a brief overview of Starfish and a deeper dive into items such as: manual flags, syncing outlook and Starfish calendars, filtering student lists, and much more!

Classroom Assessment Techniques - Part 1

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Joanne Goodell, Professor of Mathematics Education & Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence     
Description: Learn about how to best provide feedback to improve student learning over this two-part workshop. Topics covered will include assessing prior knowledge, critical thinking skills, creative thinking skills, problem solving and application of material. Participants are welcome to attend one or both sessions.  

Voice Thread

Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Clifford Maslovsky, Online Course and Materials Developer
Description: 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 2018-19.

Using Copyrighted Materials in the Classroom and Online

Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian     
Description: Want to make sure that you are using copyrighted materials appropriately? In this workshop learn how to legally use copyrighted materials in face-to-face teaching or online.  Learn how the library works with Blackboard to ensure legal use of copyrighted materials, and learn about educational resources not governed by copyright restrictions.

Augmented Reality as a Teaching Tool

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Chris Rennison, Sr. Instructional Technologist    
Description: Augmented reality allows instructors and students to overlay digital information on top of real-world objects and locations. The greatly expands the possibilities for engaged learning by supplementing (augmenting) common objects and surroundings with new visual and audial information. Please join Chris Rennison for a primer on the different components of an augmented reality system as well as an opportunity to “test-drive” various augmented reality teaching tools. 

Veterans 101

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Steve Johnson, Interim Coordinator of Veteran Student Success Program     
Description: There are over 600 veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces of the United States enrolled in degree programs at Cleveland State University.  They bring to the classroom characteristics and habits forged in their military service that can help them excel as students and make them potential leaders in a classroom.  They can, in military terms, be a force multiplier for the faculty member who wants to use them in that manner.  You can learn how in this presentation.

Digital Literacy Practices and Multimodal Composing

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Melanie Gagich, Associate College Lecturer in English    
Description: This presentation will provide participants with a review of digital literacy practices and multimodal composing. Providing students with opportunities to practice digital literacy and compose “beyond the page” has been shown to engage and motivate students and are especially relevant in the current digital age of information production and consumption. Melanie Gagich will offer various examples of multimodal assignments and digital literacy practices. She will also provide an overview of ways to assess these types of assignments. The presentation will conclude with a brief activity and discussion. 

Ally for Blackboard

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Caryn Lanzo, Director of the Center for eLearning, & Heather Caprette, Sr. Media Developer/ Instructional Designer    
Description: Ally is a product that promotes accessible content. Because it is integrated with Blackboard, it provides students with more accessible original content by offering alternative formats. It also provides faculty with feedback on how to improve original documents to make them more accessible.

Gateway Courses Program - Spring 2019

Applying Psychological Science to Teaching and Learning to Improve Student Success 

Applications are now closed for Spring 2019. Accepted applicants will be notified on January 22nd. 

Faculty who teach gateway courses, defined as those 100 and 200 level courses that have more than 100 students enrolling over a calendar year, are invited to apply to participate in a faculty learning community that will examine how to apply current psychological science to their teaching to improve student success in their courses. Below is a list of topics and dates. All sessions will be 90 minutes and begin at 2:00pm.

Session 1: 1/28/19 - Cognitive psychology of teaching and learning: an overview

Session 2: 2/11/19 - Application and examples from the content areas

Session 3: 3/04/19 - Small teaching: predicting, growing

Session 4: 4/01/19 - Fostering metacognitive strategies to improve study skills: making exams worth more than the grade

Session 5: 4/29/19 - Wrap up and planning to share our findings

*Note: If your course does not meet the definition of a gateway course, but you have evidence to suggest that it is an impediment to retention or graduation in your program, you may still apply. Please provide an explanation of this in your rationale for applying.


Sip & Share Open Houses 

Join the Center for Faculty Excellence for afternoon tea and conversation. Each open house will center on a different topic in teaching & learning. 

Details of the meetings

Time: Select Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00pm

Location: BH 212

Session schedule:

January 22 - Discuss podcast on "Connecting with Students Inside & Outside the Classroom"

February 28

March 26

April 16