Current Programs at the CELT

The Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at Concordia University develops faculty for excellence in teaching in the face-to-face and blended learning environments, including the meaningful connection between faith and learning, to support Concordia’s mission of Christ-centered Lutheran higher education. As part of our mission, we offer a variety of enrichment opportunities throughout the year, including book discussions/clubs, roundtables, webinars, and more. You’ll find a full listing of current programs below.

Blackboard Learn Training Sessions

Fall Faculty Book Group

Dynamic Lecturing: Research-based Strategies to Enhance Lecture Effectiveness written by Christine Harrington and Todd Zakrajsek

Four meetings, all Mondays, 2:00 – 3:00 pm in R006
October 1, October 15, October 29, November 19
Facilitator: Susan Gallanis

Sign up by Wednesday, September 19 to receive the book in time for the first meeting.
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About the book: This book presents up-to-date research on the different types of lecture, on what constitutes effective lecturing, and on the impact of lecturing when done appropriately and well. It fills the void in professional development resources on how to lecture, validating the practice when it’s aligned with the educational mission of creating engaged learning environments.

The authors demonstrate that, rather than lecture and active learning being mutually exclusive or either-or propositions, the effectiveness of the former can be greatly enhanced when combined with active learning techniques through what they define as dynamic lecturing; and provide context about the need to balance these approaches to meet the needs of students as they progress from novice to advanced learners.

 

Closing the Achievement Gap: A Programmatic Project/Research That Has Community Funding Support

Thursday October 11, 12:15 – 1:00 pm in the Lakeshore Room

Free lunch from the cafeteria included for the first 20 people who register in advance for this event.
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Presented by Elliot Moeser, Jenny Gryniewicz, and Cathy Melan

This program is for faculty. Thirty- four public, private, parochial, charter, voucher and choice school districts have formed a Consortium to partner with Concordia University Wisconsin to pursue the goal of closing the achievement and equity gaps in Southeast Wisconsin PK-12 schools. The Concordia University Wisconsin Advancement Department has been a major partner for the Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium in gaining community funding support for this major pressing problem for Southeast Wisconsin. The Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium and the Concordia University Wisconsin Advancement Department have secured eight grants in the past two years in the effort to close the achievement and equity gaps in Southeast Wisconsin. The presentation will emphasize how cooperation and collaboration have resulted in community funding support for this project/research.

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.

Library Resources for Faculty Scholarship with Elaine Gustafson

Monday October 22, Noon – 1:00 pm in the Lakeshore Room

This program is for faculty. Lunch is not provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.
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The CELT welcomes CUW Instruction, Reference, and Research librarian Elaine Gustafson to discuss digital tools to help faculty connect with other researchers, decide how and where to publish their work, and learn more about the publication process. Topics include: citation analysis, h5-index, and journal impact factors. Tools include: Google Scholar Profiles, Journal Guide Search, and Mendeley.

Lunch & Learn: Diversity, Success & You with Eugene Pitchford III and Steve Gerner

Monday October 29, 2018 Noon – 1:00 pm in the Terrace Room

Free lunch for the first 30 people to pre-register.
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This Lunch & Learn is for faculty and staff. It is designed to give you the knowledge, tools, and dispositions to effectively facilitate diverse learning environments. An emphasis in this session is on understanding how students’ experiences are impacted by race and socioeconomics. This highly engaging professional development will challenge you to apply this novel learning in your current professional role.

Lunch and Learn with the Faculty Laureate: “Teaching Effective Professional Communication” with Carrie Jo Scheel, Occupational Therapy Department

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Noon - 1:00 pm in the Lakeshore Room

Free lunch for the first 20 who register in advance.
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Our current Faculty Laureate will share her expectations and evaluation of OT students’ oral and written communication while making presentations. This session is part of this year’s focus on Global Learning Outcome #5 Communicative Fluency.

 

Summer SMART program at Concordia: Modeling the Opioid Epidemic

Thursday November 15, 12:15 – 1:00 pm in the Lakeshore Room

Free lunch from the cafeteria included for the first 20 people who register in advance for this event.
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Facilitated by Christopher Cunningham.

The next generation of medicines will be developed by the next generation of scientists. Computational models are being used currently to aid the drug discovery and development process; using these models to teach young students about applying the scientific method to real world situations has been underexplored. In the summer of 2017, Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy teamed up with the 500 Stars initiative and the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) to teach a diverse cohort of students about computational models and rational drug design. Students worked in teams to design potential solutions to the ongoing opioid crisis that affects our communities. Here, we discuss our initial findings and identify potential ways to encourage students to enter careers in science and health care.

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.