Blackboard Sessions


Concordia Faculty Seminar: Scholarship and Service – Conceiving the Entrepreneurial College: An Evaluation of Alternative Operating Models in 21st Century Higher Education

Friday February 17, 1:00-2:00 in Kreft Music Lecture Hall
Led By: Suzanne Siegle

This program for faculty, staff and students presents an evaluation of different and more entrepreneurial models in higher education today in areas like teaching/learning design, financing, operations etc., to see what might be possible/transferable for colleges and universities today looking to innovate, change, survive and grow.

Concordia Faculty Seminars are informal interactive presentations and conversations on faculty projects including grants, research, and service designed to promote scholarship, spark new ideas, provide opportunities for meaningful discussion, and increase collaboration.

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Concordia Faculty Seminar: Scholarship and Service – Assessing Technical Inefficiency in Private not-for-profit Bachelor’s and Master’s Universities in the United States using Stochastic Frontier Estimation

Wednesday February 22, 4:00-5:00 in Science 101
Led by James Refenes

This program for faculty, staff and students focuses on the technical inefficiency of 813 private not-for-profit, 4-year, Bachelor’s and Master’s colleges and universities in the U.S. using data from 2006-2011 were explored. The goal of the study was to describe and explain the level of technical inefficiency in this group of institutions that can be identified using a Stochastic Frontier Estimation (SFE) method and to evaluate the applicability of SFE to higher education.

Concordia Faculty Seminars are informal interactive presentations and conversations on faculty projects including grants, research, and service designed to promote scholarship, spark new ideas, provide opportunities for meaningful discussion, and increase collaboration.

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Faculty Book Group

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do. Written by Claude M. Steele
Led by: by Director of Student Life Dauthan Keener, Dean of Students Rev. John Rathje, and Campus Dean College of Education Dr. Sandra Harris

Tuesday - March 7, 4:00-5:00 in Krieger 107; Wednesday – March 29, & Thursday – April 27, 4:00-5:00 in Sci 101
Register by Wednesday February 22 to receive the book for free.

This program is for faculty. About the book: Claude M. Steele, who has been called “one of the few great social psychologists,” offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. He sheds new light on American social phenomena from racial and gender gaps in test scores to the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these “stereotype threats” and reshaping American identities.

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How to Build Student Engagement in CoursEval

Thursday March 30, 4:00-5:00 in Science 102
Led by Jeff Schwehm

This program is for faculty. Students often do not understand the importance of providing effective constructive feedback to their instructors in the end of course rating form. This session will offer a set of strategies to improve not only the quality of student comments but the participation rate of your students in the instructor rating form.

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Registration is now open for the 2017 Ann Arbor Faculty Institute Thursday May 18, 2017

Deadline to register is Friday, May 12. Sign up for as many programs as you are able to attend.

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8:30-10:00: Blackboard Grade Center
with Jan Weisenbach
Based on a recent CUAA Faculty survey, the first part of this session will answer Blackboard-related questions. In the second part of this session we will show you how to set up a grade center in Blackboard, with focus on specific issues CUAA Faculty have experienced.

10:15-12:00: Managing Difficult Conversations in the Classroom
with Jeffery Schwehm and Glenda Waterman
A discussion on different approaches to facilitating discussions on controversial topics in the classroom with suggestions on how one may handle those expected and unexpected "hot moment(s)" that may occur during these types of classroom discussions.

12:00-1:30: Assessment Report Working Lunch
with Elizabeth Peckham and members of the Assessment Committee
Do you have questions on your assessment report? Would you like to get feedback? Come have lunch with the assessment committee! The assessment committee will be available during lunch to provide guidance and assist with any questions you might have about the report.

1:30-3:00: Teaching through Simulation
with Anita Simmons, MSN, RN
Learn how simulation is being used as a teaching strategy in nursing, Justice and Public Policy, and other programs at CUAA and how it could be integrated into your course. During this session, you will have the opportunity to watch footage of previously recorded simulations, participate in a simulation in a variety of roles (actor, student, observer), and hear about the effectiveness of simulation from faculty who have used it.

3:15-4:45: Blackboard Learn Collaborate
with Susan Gallanis and Justin Frisque
Learn how to use Blackboard Learn Collaborate, a web conferencing tool you can use to meeting virtually and synchronously with your students. You will also learn how can allow groups of students to meet virtually and synchronously without the instructor needing to be present (for example, group projects).