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

Summer Zoom Weekly Drop-In for Faculty Every Thursday

This summer CELT is sponsoring a time to keep in touch with colleagues every Thursday Noon – 1:00 pm Central time/1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern from May 28 through August 20. This time is for socializing and talking about teaching. E-mail for Zoom link.

New Programs Available:

Vocation: Finding Meaning and Inspiring Students [NetVUE Grant] (via Zoom)

Rachel Pickett, with Elizabeth Evans
Tuesday August 4, 11:00am Central to 12:30pm Central/ Noon Eastern to 1:30 Eastern
Registration link 

Drop ins at the beginning of the program are also welcome

Exploring vocation enriches students’ higher education experiences and supports our university mission to develop the whole person. This session will include information and resources about vocation and developing related tools to use with students. Ideas on how to address Lutheran vocation to facilitate faith and learning in the classroom are included. This is an introduction to the NetVUE Grant program which NOW offers a $500 stipend for faculty and staff who participate, develop a lesson for students, and share the evaluation of student learning connected to that lesson.

Zoom link for this session:, Meeting ID: 2622432358. If you have any questions about this program, please email Elizabeth Evans at

New and Returning Faculty Development Day - August 6, 2020

All sessions via Zoom
Register for each session you plan to attend at the links below.

Designing Your Course and Syllabus – Elizabeth Evans, Erin Laverick and Kate Robertson
8:15 to 9:45 Central/9:15 to 10:45 Eastern
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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.

Active Lecturing – Susan Gallanis and Elizabeth Evans
10:00am to 11:00am Central/11:00 to Noon Eastern
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Learn strategies to maintain students’ attention when you lecture including effective PowerPoint design.

Faculty Resources – Elizabeth Evans, Susan Gallanis, Julie Dresen and Erin Laverick
11:15 to 12:15pm Central/12:15 to 1:15 pm Eastern
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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.

Blackboard Basics – Susan Gallanis and Justin Frisque
1:00pm to 2:30 pm Central/2:00pm to 3:30pm Eastern
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Learn how to add content, Blackboard Assignments (“dropboxes”) and set up the gradebook for a fall course! This is an ideal session for faculty new to using Blackboard.

Traditional Adjunct In-Service
Preparing for Fall 2020 Instruction at the Mequon and Ann Arbor Campuses

With Erin Laverick, Elizabeth Evans, Tori Negash, and Steve Taylor

Thursday August 6 (20200806-5)
4:00 pm to 5:45pm Central/ 5:00pm – 6:45pm Eastern
Or (repeat)
Wednesday, August 12 (20200812-1)
4:00 pm to 5:45pm Central/ 5:00pm – 6:45pm Eastern

Session offered via Zoom. Registration link.

Topics include COVID Considerations, Faculty Uncommon Return, Teaching with COPPER (Communication, Organization, Planning, Presence, Enthusiasm and Rapport); Student Support and Accommodations, Classroom technology updates, Blackboard Responsibilities, Updated; Accessing Zoom and Blackboard training, resources and help.

If you have questions about this program contact Erin Laverick ( at CUAA or Elizabeth Evans ( at CUW.

Summer Faculty Professional Development Schedule

No registration needed for any of these sessions. Please join the Zoom link at the appropriate time. All sessions via Zoom with this link:, or Meeting ID: 2622432358.

All sessions will be posted on the campus calendars for each campus; from those postings you can download information for your Outlook calendar. NOTE: If no participants have joined 10 minutes after the session start time, the session will be closed/cancelled.

Contact Elizabeth Evans with questions at 262 243 4283 or

Session Descriptions

Required Professional Development Sessions (Two)

Course Design and Pedagogy
Is a 90-minute program offered on Zoom multiple times starting the week of June 8 and continuing through July 27.

This session focuses on hybrid course design and teaching strategies useful for fall instruction. Even if you hope to use a fully synchronous delivery, developing content in advance will be essential to meet student needs. This session’s focus is on planning and developing your course in light of the need for social distancing and best teaching practices using the Foundations – Applications – Evaluation model. This model emphasizes class time with students as time for active, applied learning, building on foundations completed by the students prior to class sessions. Also: how to build connections and community, effective live teaching, and the difference between videoconference and in-person. This session is required for full-time faculty. Offered via Zoom. With Elizabeth Evans, Susan Gallanis and Catherine (Kate) Robertson.

Blackboard for Effective Course Delivery Fall 2020 & Beyond
is a 90-minute program offered on Zoom multiple times starting the week of June 16 and continuing through August 14.

The focus of this session is using your Blackboard course site as a tool for organizing your content and communicating with students. Topics include updated faculty expectations for Blackboard including assignment drop boxes for all students to submit assignments, using the Content area effectively, the Grade Center, a sample Blackboard course template, how to reduce the size of your course, posting your office hours, and an effective course review checklist. This session is required for full-time faculty. Offered via Zoom. With Susan Gallanis and others.

Optional Professional Development Sessions (Five)

Technical Training on Zoom

All sessions with Justin Frisque

Zoom Basics Updated
Topics include logging into your Zoom account, meeting controls, security, screen sharing, how to get help. Optional. Offered via Zoom.

Zoom Interactive Tools
Topics include polls, using the whiteboard and break-out groups. Optional. Offered via Zoom.

Session focus is on making, storing and sharing recordings in Zoom and Panopto for the short- and long-term. Includes recording Zoom sessions and posting link in Blackboard, or pre-recording course content and where to store for future courses. Optional. Offered via Zoom.

Blackboard Training

All sessions with Susan Gallanis

Interactive Asynchronous Tools in Blackboard
Session covers setting up Discussion Boards (entire class), Group Discussion Boards and Group Assignment, and Private Journals. Optional. Offered via Zoom.

Assessments in Blackboard
Session covers setting up Blackboard Tests, setting Test Options and test security including Respondus. Optional. Offered via Zoom.

Schedule by Week:

(See the CELT Blog for session schedule organized by session name: Link to CELT Blog)

August 3 – 7, 2020

  • Zoom Basics Updated: Monday August 3, 3:00 – 3:30 Central/4:00 – 4:30 Eastern
  • Assessments in Blackboard: Tuesday August 4, 10:00 – 11:00 Central/11:00 – 12:00 Eastern
  • Zoom Interactive Tools: Tuesday August 4, 2:00 – 2:30 Central/3:00 – 3:30 Eastern
  • Recordings: Tuesday August 4, 3:00 – 3:30 Central/4:00 – 4:30 Eastern
  • Blackboard for Effective Course Delivery Fall 2020 & Beyond: Wednesday August 5, 3:00 – 4:30 Central/4:00 – 5:30 Eastern

August 10 – 14, 2020

  • Blackboard for Effective Course Delivery Fall 2020 & Beyond: Wednesday August 12, 10:30 – 12:00 Central/11:30 – 1:00 Eastern
  • Assessments in Blackboard: Wednesday August 12, 1:00 – 2:00 Central/2:00 – 3:00 Eastern
  • Blackboard for Effective Course Delivery Fall 2020 & Beyond: Friday August 14, 9:30 – 11:00 Central/10:30 – 12:00 Eastern
  • Interactive Asynchronous Tools in Blackboard: Thursday August 13, 4:00 – 5:00 Central/5:00 – 6:00 Eastern
  • Recordings: Tuesday August 18, 10:00 – 10:30 Central/11:00 – 11:30 Eastern

August 17 – 21, 2020

  • Zoom Basics Updated: Monday August 17, 10:00 – 10:30 Central/11:00 – 11:30 Eastern
  • Zoom Interactive Tools: Tuesday August 18, 9:00 – 9:30 Central/10:00 – 10:30 Eastern
  • Zoom Basics Updated: Wednesday August 19, 3:00 – 3:30 Central/4:00 – 4:30 Eastern
  • Zoom Interactive Tools: Thursday August 20, 2:30 – 3:00 Central/3:30 – 4:00 Eastern
  • Recordings: Thursday August 20, 3:30 – 4:00 Central/4:30 – 5:00 Eastern