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

New and Returning Faculty Development Day (Primarily for Face-to-face Instructors)

Tuesday January 11, 8:15 – 4:00 Central/9:15 – 5:00 Eastern
All sessions are via Zoom

Five sessions offered throughout the day. Register for all that you are able to attend.
Link to register for all sessions.

Schedule

Designing Your Course and Syllabus – Kate Robertson, Joanna Pheifer, and Elizabeth Evans
8:15 – 9:45 am Central/9:15 – 10:45 am Eastern

  • Learn about and incorporate best practices in syllabus development and course design. Discussion will include the Concordia University syllabus template, including the latest revision for this fall, how to demonstrate connection to Global Learning Outcomes and what is required to document the credit hour policy.

Blackboard Basics – Susan Gallanis, Justin Frisque
10:00 – 11:30 am Central/11:00 am – 12:30 pm Eastern

  • Learn how to add content, Blackboard Assignments (“dropboxes”) and set up the gradebook for a Spring course! This is an ideal session for faculty new to using Blackboard.

Engaging Your Learner – Susan Gallanis, Kate Robertson, and Diana Belscamper
11:45 am – 12:45 pm Central/12:45 – 1:45 pm Eastern

  • Effective teaching fosters learning; students need to be engaged for learning to happen. This session introduces strategies to engage students in multiple instructional modes.

Blackboard Tests and Respondus LockDown Browser with Monitor with Susan Gallanis and Justin Frisque
1:00 – 2:30 pm Central/2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern

  • The first half of this session will show how faculty can create Blackboard Tests using three commonly used question types. The second half of the session will cover Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor. Faculty will learn the difference between LockDown Browser and Monitor, and how to enable the appropriate settings based on where students take the test.

Faculty Resources – Elizabeth Evans, Susan Gallanis, and Wayne Thompson
3:00 – 4:00 pm Central/4:00 – 5:00 pm Eastern

  • Learn what resources are available to you as faculty, including research/scholarship support, where to find them, and who to contact if you need more help.

After submitting your registration, the CELT Student Worker will send you an Outlook invitation for each session you registered for and it will include the Zoom link. Please accept the invitation(s) as you will not receive a separate email confirmation.

The day before the event, we will send an email reminder. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Evans.

Traditional Adjunct Orientation

Thursday January 13, 5:00 – 7:00 pm Central time over Zoom
Presenters: Elizabeth Evans, Dan Paavola, Elizabeth Polzin, Susan Gallanis, Andrew Wahl, Jan Chapman

This orientation session is for new and returning traditional adjuncts teaching in-person at the Mequon campus.

Registration is required for this event. Registration link 
After submitting your registration, you will receive a registration confirmation, the Zoom meeting link, and the option to add this event to your calendar.

The day before the event, we will send a reminder. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Evans.

Faculty Discussion of Academic Freedom

Three options, choose one:

  • In-person at Ann Arbor - Thursday January 13, 1:00 – 2:30 pm Eastern time in the Music Lecture Hall, Kreft Arts Center. Leader: Charles Schulz. Registration link
  • In-person Mequon - Tuesday January 18, 2:00 – 3:30 pm Central time in the Friends of Concordia Room. Leaders: Jordan Beck and Dan Sem. Registration link

For the In-person sessions: After submitting your registration, the CELT Student Worker will send you an Outlook invitation for this event. Please accept this invitation as you will not receive a separate email confirmation.

  • Zoom for both campuses - Thursday January 20, 2:00 – 3:30 pm Central/3:00 – 4:30 Eastern. Leaders: Jordan Beck and Dan Sem. Registration link
For the Zoom session: After submitting your registration, you will receive a registration confirmation, the Zoom meeting link, and the option to add this event to your calendar.

Sponsored by the Academic Freedom Task Force (Jordan Beck, Dan Sem, Arletta Frazier, Charles Schulz, Mikaely Schmitz, Angus Menuge)

Academic freedom, indicating the unfettered pursuit of truth through research and the exchange of ideas, is a cherished value on American university campuses. At the same time, Concordia University has always understood the exercise of academic freedom within the context of its commitments as a Lutheran University. Moreover, political and social discourse raise questions about, if not challenges to, the limits of academic freedom.

The Academic Freedom Task Force has produced a document in an effort to articulate what academic freedom means for us at Concordia University. We desire to trace the foundation of our understanding and exercise of this freedom to our commitment as Christian educators to pursue truth in teaching and learning. Our goal is to arrive at a consensus about the content of this document, which can then be used to evaluate or further develop our policies and procedures around academic freedom. We also hope to generate discussions and promote insights which lead us all to greater clarity and confidence in the exercise of academic freedom at Concordia.

In this session, faculty will gather to discuss academic freedom generally, respond to the task force document, and highlight discipline-specific issues related to the topic.

The day before the event, we will send a reminder. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Evans.