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


Building Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences: A Workshop

Wednesday June 5, 9:00 – 3:00

Facilitator: Dr. Julio Rivera from Carthage College
Registration link

All activities take place in the Lakeshore Room. There are a very limited number of openings and registration is required. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

This program is for faculty and brought to you by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP).

Undergraduate Research offers an experience to students that challenges them to grow academically and socially. The demand for research opportunities generally outpaces the availability for the traditionally mentored experience. Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) allow colleges and universities to expand the number of opportunities to students by integrating them into the curriculum. This workshop will focus on designing a CURE for implementation in the fall or spring semester next year. Participants will meet in a small group with a facilitator/mentor. Faculty will re-design their course to center on both the course learning outcomes and a research outcome for the students taking the class. Participants will also outline and create scaffolded activities that provide research skills so students can complete the semester research experience. The workshop will happen in two parts. The first part will be in June to focus, design, and outline the course structure. Faculty participants are expected to work between June and August on their materials. In August (date to be determined), there will be a third meeting with the facilitator/mentor to review and discuss the course and suggest refinements. Faculty participating in the workshop should be willing to share a previous syllabus for the course (or a syllabus outline of a new course) and some assignments. The goals of the workshop will be to have a CURE “ready to go” for the following year and the willingness to share the process of design and implementation to other faculty in the University.

Developing Evaluation and Assessment Leaders (DEAL) for Faculty and Staff

Tuesday’s (June 11, June 25, July 9, July 23) 9:00 – 10:00am Central Time via Zoom

Facilitated by Elizabeth Evans and colleague participants. Registration link

At Concordia, faculty and staff are involved in evaluation processes and continuous improvement in many different ways.  For those new to this work, or wanting a refresher, a series of four 1-hour sessions over Zoom this summer will provide an opportunity for learning and conversation about continuous improvement, resources, best practices, the Concordia cycle of assessment*, our motivations to do this work. Leadership in continuous improvement is leadership in change. . .  Please join us.    

Last day to register: June 7, 2019.

While this cycle* is currently used to describe assessment of student learning at the program level, it has broader applications as a continuous improvement process:   

  1. Goals:  What do we hope to achieve?
  2. Tools: How can we measure our current and future state?
  3. Results: What results have we obtained so far? (repeat after change)
  4. Conclusions: What do our results mean?  What information are we missing?
  5. Changes:  What should we do to improve our results?
  6. Impact: How have changes impacted results? Review, adjust and repeat accordingly

SoTL Faculty Learning Community with Elizabeth Evans and Angela Walmsley

June 2019-June 2020 Time: TBD 
Deadline to register is June 15. Register to express your interest

A new opportunity to receive support for your next Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project begins this summer. A faculty learning community is a group of 6-9 faculty working toward a common goal who support and encourage one another along the way. Some might be interested in developing a project on Faith and Learning, and we will in particular emphasize resources and information to help you get started on a faith and learning project for your fall class. The shared goal is to complete a research project and develop a submission to a conference or journal by June 2020.

This group would use the steps in the SoTL process and begin this summer with 1) developing a research question, 2) designing a study related to teaching and learning occurring in the fall of 2019, and then 3) preparing the literature review and submitting to IRB. By Fall you would be ready to 4) collect the data on student learning. In the Spring of 2020 the group would move to 5) data analysis and developing conclusions and then into 6) preparing the results for publication or presentation in a peer-reviewed venue.

This group will meet at least monthly from June to June. Summer sessions could be over Zoom. This group will be supported by Angela Walmsley and Elizabeth Evans. 

New and Returning Faculty Development Day

Wednesday August 14, 2019 at 8:45am – 4:00pm

See schedule below. Sign up for a many sessions as you like. Lunch included if registering for a morning and afternoon session. Registration link.

8:45 – 10:15am in R006
Course Design and Syllabus Construction – Elizabeth Evans and Kate Robertson
Learn about and incorporate best practices in syllabus development and course design. Discussion will include the Concordia University Global Learning Outcomes and credit hour policy. Please bring your laptop.

10:30 – Noon in LU006
Blackboard Basics – Susan Gallanis and Justin Frisque
Learn how to add content, dropboxes, and set up the gradebook for a fall course! Some hands on practice included. Please bring your laptop.

12:45 – 1:45 in R006
Faculty Resources – Elizabeth Evans and Susan Gallanis
Learn what resources are available to you as faculty, where to find them, and who to contact if you need more help. Please bring your laptop.

2:00 – 3:00pm in R006
Active Lecturing – Susan Gallanis
Learn strategies to maintain students’ attention when you lecture including effective PowerPoint design.

3:00 – 4:00pm in LU006
Blackboard Tests and Respondus LockDown Browser – Susan Gallanis and Justin Frisque
Learn how to create tests with several question types and create question pools. Learn about Respondus LockDown Browser, a feature in Blackboard that deters cheating on Blackboard tests.