Current Programs

Blackboard Learn 2016 Training

Concordia Faculty Seminar: Discovery of New Treatments for Severe Pain Lacking Dependence

Monday September 12, 11:45-12:30 in the Lake Shore Room
Led by Chris Cunningham (Pharmacy) 

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First in a series of informal interactive presentations and conversations on faculty projects including grants, research, and service designed to spark new ideas, provide opportunities for meaningful discussion, and increase collaboration. Bring your own lunch; dessert provided by the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)


Magna Live Webinar: How to Design and Facilitate Online Discussions that Improve Student Learning and Engagement

Tuesday September 13, 1:00-2:00 in the Lake Shore Room

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In this session, we will review how online discussion design and facilitation have evolved and provide practical strategies and tools you can use to create a cohesive online learning community that will enhance student engagement and learning. 

After the webinar the recorded link will be available to all faculty for 30 days. If you can’t attend Sept 13 but want to be sent the link, use this link: Registration Link (cannot attend)


Lunch and Learn: Pitfalls of Wrting Learning Objectives and Writing Multiple Choice Test Questions

Thursday September 15, 12:00-1:00 in the Lake Shore Room
Led by Beth DeJongh (Pharmacy) and Susan Gallanis (CELT)

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Brown Bag: Peer Review of Teaching

Wednesday September 21, 12:00-1:00 in R006
Led by Elizabeth Evans

Learn how to support one another through teaching observations.

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How to Lead a Focus Group for Data Collection

Thursday September 22, 12:00-1:00 in R006
Led by Angela Walmsley

Participants will learn about the value of focus groups in data collection, particularly in qualitative or mixed methods studies. Topics: set up a focus group, best techniques for a successful turnout, data collection, and interview protocol.

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Blackboard Portfolios

Monday September 26, 2:00-3:00 in R006
Led by Susan Gallanis

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Faith, Learning and Vocation: Worldview of Worldviews: What the Christian Worldview Means for our Teaching and Learning at Concordia

Wednesday September 28, 12:00-1:00 in the Lake Shore Room
Led by Jason Lane (Theology) and Susan Mobley (History)

The University Liberal Arts Outcomes (ULAOs) include a learning outcome on worldview proficiency. This session introduces faculty to an understanding of how a Christian worldview informs teaching and learning and includes practical examples of how to integrate a Christian worldview in classroom discussions in multiple disciplines.

Free lunch for faculty and academic staff who register in advance.

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GrantForward - Identifying Potential Funders for Your Program

Tuesday October 4, 3:00-4:00 in R006
Presented by the Office of Sponsored Programs: Daniel R. McCollum and Julie Dresen

Learn how to locate potential funders for your research project; select a funder; identify funder rules and regulations. Participants will also be introduced to the steps of the application and earn how to obtain the necessary internal approvals.

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Learn to use Cayuse424 to Create and Submit Grants

Thursday October 6, 12:00-1:00 in R006
Presented by the Office of Sponsored Programs: Daniel R. McCollum and Julie Dresen

Demonstration of Cayuse424, a fast, easy-to-use web application created specifically to simplify the creation, review, approval, and electronic submission of grant proposals.

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Ancillary Research Agreements 
Presented by the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP)

Friday October 7, 12:00-1:00 in R006
Led by Tom Hall (Attorney at Law) and Daniel Sem (Dean, School of Business)

This workshop will examine the different types of ancillary research agreements, when and why they are necessary, problematic clauses, and negotiation tips and tricks. Participants will: learn when an ancillary agreement may be necessary, become familiar with the different types of ancillary agreements, learn problematic terms in ancillary research agreements, and learn negotiation tips for ancillary agreements.

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Lunch and Learn: How to Build Student Engagement in Course Eval

Wednesday October 12, 12:00-1:00 in the Lake Shore Room
Led by Carrie Scheel

Students often do not understand the importance of providing effective constructive feedback to their instructors in the end of course rating form. This session will offer a set of strategies to improve not only the quality of student comments but the participation rate of your students in the instructor rating form.

Includes free lunch for faculty and academic staff who register in advance
Bring your tray from the cafeteria

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Faith, Learning and Vocation: Christ at the Center of Curricula

Wednesday October 26, 12:00-1:00 in the Terrace Room
Led by John Montgomery

No lunch provided, but you may bring your own.

Teaching some "secular" subjects from a Christian standpoint may appear difficult or impossible.  Faculty teaching in disciplines that do not immediately seem to lend themselves to a faith and learning connection may believe that the only possible witness to students is a “good Christian life" or prayer at the beginning of class. This session offers examples of theological and apologetical integration in a variety of academic fields, with the aim of encouraging faculty to connect Christian faith and learning here at Concordia, committed as we are to a biblical worldview.  Time permitting, illustrations from diverse fields such as mathematics, chemistry, medical areas, history, literature, law & human rights may be included. 

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Concordia Faculty Seminar: Creating an Integrated International Business and Mandarin Chinese Undergraduate Program

Thursday October 27, 11:45-12:30 in the Lake Shore Room
Led by Jane Bishop (Business)

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Bring your own lunch. Dessert provided by the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).


Lunch and Learn: The Power of Helping Students See Their Learning Progress

Wednesday November 9, 12:00-1:00 in the Terrace Room
Led by Bernard Bull

Making student progress visible is a powerful tool for increasing confidence, motivation, and learning. In this session, we will explore of a series of strategies for doing this in your course.

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Faith, Learning, and Vocation: A Gospel Understanding of Human Nature

Thursday November 17, 12:00-1:00 in the Lake Shore Room
Led by Jason Lane and Rachel Pickett

The University Liberal Arts Outcomes (ULAOs) include reference to students learning a “biblical understanding of human nature in relationship to the Gospel.” This presentation/conversation expands on the meaning of this area of the core and how it might impact teaching in other disciplines.

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Concordia Faculty Seminar: Embedded Librarian: Tool Development and Feasibility Study

Monday November 21, 11:45-12:30 in the Lake Shore Room
Led by Janet Levey

Embedded librarians provide library services directly to online students and are present throughout a course at the postsecondary level. In this role, embedded librarians are vital in guiding students to scholarly materials and developing the learners’ research skills. Online courses have incorporated embedded librarians since 2005; however, this pedagogy is underutilized in online nursing education. A preliminary study using the Levey-Nowak Embedded Librarian Presence Instrument was undertaken to discover the underlying structure of the phenomena of an embedded librarian.

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Bring your own lunch. Dessert provided by the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).


Fall Book Group
Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation

Written by Saundra Yancy
Group led by Elizabeth Evans

Meet 6 Mondays from 2:00-3:00 in R006
September 19, October 3, 17, 31, November 14, 29

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