Blackboard Sessions


New and Returning Faculty Development Day
Wednesday August 8, 2018
9:00am - 3:00pm

(Registration closed)

Four sessions offered throughout the day. Register for all that you are able to attend. Lunch included if you sign up for a morning and an afternoon session. Session times and descriptions are below. 

9:00 – 10:15am: Course Design and Syllabus Construction – Georgia Kreiger
Learn about and incorporate best practices in syllabus development and course design. Discussion will include the Concordia University Global Ends and credit hour policy.

10:30 – Noon: Blackboard Basics – Susan Gallanis (streamed from Mequon)
This session incorporates recent Blackboard procedure updates. Learn how to add content, dropboxes, and set up the gradebook for a fall course! Some hands on practice included. Please bring your laptop.

Noon – 12:45pm: Lunch in the cafeteria.

12:45 – 1:45: Faculty Resources – Robert Hill
Learn what resources are available to you as faculty, where to find them, and who to contact if you need more help.

2:00 – 3:00pm: Active Lecturing – Jeff Schwehm
Learn strategies to maintain students’ attention when you lecture including effective PowerPoint design.

Faculty Book Club: What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain

Three Meetings: 

  • Wednesday September 26, 4:10 - 5:00 in Krieger 107
  • Monday October 15, 4:00 - 5:00 in the Manor Living Room
  • Thursday November 1, 4:00 - 4:45 in Krieger 107

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Register by Wednesday, September 12 to receive the book in time for the first session.

What makes a great teacher great? Who are the professors students remember long after graduation? The short answer is—it’s not what teachers do, it’s what they understand. Lesson plans and lecture notes matter less than the special way teachers comprehend the subject and value human learning. The best teachers know their subjects inside and out—but they also know how to engage and challenge students and to provoke impassioned responses. Most of all, they believe two things fervently: that teaching matters and that students can learn. In stories both humorous and touching, Ken Bain describes examples of ingenuity and compassion, of students’ discoveries of new ideas and the depth of their own potential. What the Best College Teachers Do is a treasure trove of insight and inspiration for first-year teachers and seasoned educators alike.

Wednesday September 5, 4:00 – 5:00 pm in the Manor Ballroom
Further Dialogue on Creating and Changing Academic Programs
Presented by Bernard Bull

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Following the presentation to faculty on August 13 about the new process for creating and changing academic programs, Bernard Bull will lead a conversation highlighting how the process would work. Faculty are encouraged to bring ideas for new programs or program changes to create examples for the conversation.

Thursday September 6, 3:30 – 5:00pm in the Manor Living Room
Critical Conversations: Curriculum in a Post-Christian Culture
Led by Bernard Bull

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This session is for faculty. During this session, we will consider curriculum in light of the current culture, a culture in which Christian teachings are sometimes defined or framed as intolerant, irrelevant, bigoted, and even potentially illegal. What are the implications for what and how we teach? How do we prepare students for faith and life in such a context?

Monday September 17, 4:10—4:50 pm in Science 101
Student Evaluation of Teaching: Getting the Meaningful Results You Want
Led by Robert Hill

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The focus of this session is how to get your students to complete their online teaching evaluations and to take them seriously, a process that begins long before the end of the semester. We will explore strategies to solicit detailed, meaningful, and helpful student feedback.