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

Two Faculty Development Programs offered during Summer, 2021.

These sessions are required for full and part-time faculty who did not attend the Course Design and Pedagogy session or the Blackboard for Effective Course Delivery session offered during Summer 2020. Faculty who did attend these sessions in Summer 2020 are welcome, but not required to attend.

Both session are 90 minutes and offered via Zoom.

Introduction to Four Instructional Methods at CUWAA

Beginning Spring 2020, Concordia modified course development and instruction to meet the challenges presented by the pandemic. We utilized a variety of instructional delivery methods during the last year. In this session, we will build upon what we learned during COVID to remain resilient, flexible, and prepared for the future.

This session is an overview of four instructional methods used at CUWAA: 100% Virtual, Polysynchronous, Face-to-Face with Occasional Zoom, and Online Asynchronous teaching. The session will focus on how you can most effectively plan and deliver your course in any of these four methods. The goal is to share best practices and resources for teaching and for communication with students. This session is required for full and part-time faculty who did not attend the Course Design and Pedagogy session offered during Summer 2020. Faculty who did attend the session in Summer 2020 are welcome, but not required to attend.

Registration is required for this event.

  • Monday August 9, 9:00 – 10:30 am Central/10:00 – 11:30 am Eastern (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.

Blackboard for Effective Course Delivery 2021

The focus of this session is using your Blackboard course site as a tool for organizing course content and communicating with students. Topics include faculty expectations for Blackboard, including using assignment “drop boxes” for all students to submit their assignments, using the Content area effectively, and more. We will highlight important features of the Grade Center, share a sample Blackboard course template, explain how to avoid hitting the course size maximum, and provide an effective course review checklist. This session is required for full and part-time faculty who did not attend the Blackboard for Effective Course Design session offered during Summer 2020. Faculty who did attend the session in Summer 2020 are welcome, but not required to attend.

Registration is required for this event.

  • Monday August 9, Noon – 1:30 pm Central/1:00 – 2:30 pm Eastern (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.

New and Returning Faculty Development Day

Thursday August 5
All sessions are via Zoom. Link to register for all sessions

Schedule for the Day

Designing Your Course and Syllabus – Elizabeth Evans, Kate Robertson
8:15 – 9:30 Central/9:15 – 10:30 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
9:45 – 11:15 Central/10:45 – 12:15 Eastern
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.

Faculty Resources – Elizabeth Evans, Susan Gallanis, Rachel Heil
12:15 – 1:15 Central/1:15 – 2:15 Eastern
Learn what resources are available to you as faculty, including research/scholarship/grant support, where to find them, and who to contact if you need more help.

Active Lecturing – Susan Gallanis
1:30 – 2:30 Central/2:30 – 3:30 Eastern
Learn strategies to engage students and maintain their attention when you lecture including effective PowerPoint design.

Zoom and Recordings – Justin Frisque
2:30 – 3:30 Central/3:30 – 4:30 Eastern
Learn some Zoom basics including how to download and access your CUWAA account, make recordings. Learn where recordings should be stored long- and short-term.

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.

Christian Vocation and Personal Meaning: Supporting Student Mental Health

Tuesday August 17, 10:00 – 11:30 am Central/11:00 am – 12:30 pm Eastern via Zoom

Facilitator: Rachel Pickett, Professor of Psychology, First Year Experience Director

This session will focus on the concept of Christian Vocation as a way to engage students in exploring meaning and purpose as a tool to foster positive psychological well-being. A brief foundation on the impact of COVID19 and student mental health will be provided along with research supporting the link between meaning, purpose, and well-being. Resources on vocational discernment, campus outlets/referral processes, and discussion techniques grounded in humanism will be presented. Participants will explore ways to incorporate vocation in their interactions with students. This workshop can apply to the NetVUE grant.

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

We will send you another confirmation the day before the event. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Evans.