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See what was offered last year.

Registration for this year’s events coming in May 2018.

Sessions are open to everyone who teaches at UD. Registration has advantages: a guaranteed seat in popular sessions and a friendly e-mail reminder 24-hours before the event. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows. Register via the links on this page or visit the session calendar for chronological access to events.

Faculty Commons Welcome

Featured Sessions

Exciting new additions to the line-up include:

  • James Lang’s “Small Teaching” Tips: Easy-to-Adopt Techniques for You! 
    Agnes Ly, Psychological & Brain Sciences
  • Learning from Scratch: Using Immediate Feedback Assessment Tools to Assess Student Learning
    Lynn Worden, Human Development & Family Studies, and  Chanele Moore, Associate in Arts Program
  • Team-based Learning
    Ellen Monk, B&E Accounting & MIS and Mark Serva, B&E Accounting & MIS
  • Advising Skills and Technologies: A Toolbox for Advising Undergraduates
    Naomi Nash, Student Success Collaborative, Carolyn Quinci, Office of University Registrar, Dan Reidinger, Office of University Registrar, and Latoya Watson, Associate in Arts Advisement, Undergraduate Academic Services

Session Title

Session Description

Advising Skills and Technologies: A Toolbox for Advising Undergraduates

August 24, 9:45-11:15am

Blue Hen Success Reference

Advising Skills and Technologies Hand-out

How do you feel when advising undergraduates?

  1. Scared to death and totally unprepared?
  2. Afraid you would get everything completely wrong?
  3. Overwhelmed by the numerous UD policies and systems?
  4. All of the above?

This interactive session will utilize case studies, role playing, as well as small and large group discussion to illustrate common advising issues and the ways in which they may be approached. Facilitators will provide information and guidance on academic policies, campus technologies, and the soft skills needed to help faculty strengthen their advising portfolios.

Affordable Course Content NOW! Treasure Hunt for Open Textbooks and Open Educational Resources

August 17, 12:45-2:15pm

OER Treasure Hunt Presentation

Where can you find course materials for free? How do you know you can use them without getting in trouble with copyright? What do we know about the effectiveness of leveraging open course content such as open textbooks? How can you leverage library materials to lower costs for students? This session will address these questions, provide a guide to the best places to start your search for quality, open content, and allow time for attendees to search for materials.

Apps to Engage Your Students

August 24, 9:00-9:45am

Apps to Engage Your Students Presentation

As the number of online apps increases, it may be overwhelming to look for effective apps that will successfully integrate into your course. We will look at a variety of apps that you can use across different curricula to engage and motivate students and to increase productivity. We will also explore the importance of using apps to strengthen students’ skills. Bring your own device. A few of the apps that we will cover follow with additional apps to come:

· Padlet – collect students’ thoughts on a topic with this free online bulletin board

· Twitter – gather resources, increase professional development, and chat with others worldwide with this free social networking tool

· Kahoot – poll your students in real-time with this free tool

· Google Trends – measure the impact of a search term at different times and in different countries to foster discussion and to interpret data

· Evernote – go paperless and keep track of notes and files for free across two devices

Bringing Info Lit into your Classroom- 6 strategies you can implement to support your students’ skills

August 15, 12:45-2:15pm


Are you interested in challenging your students to think deeply about the information that they use, their strategies for finding, evaluating, using and sharing information? This session will introduce strategies for engaging your students in these topics in the classroom, featuring examples of librarian and faculty collaborations.


Canvas Basics

August 15, 9:45-10:30am

Canvas Basics Presentation

Come and see what Canvas can do! This is an overview of its basic functionality and a how to get started. Try it – we think you will like it!

Canvas Speedgrader and Rubrics. Try it, we know you’ll like it.

August 16, 9:45-10:30am

August 22, 1:30-2:15pm

Canvas Speedgrader Presentation

Too much clicking? Not anymore. Come see how the Canvas Speedgrader tool works. You can include rubrics, annotations, media feedback and more!

Collaboration within Canvas

August 16, 9:00-9:45am

August 22, 12:45-1:30pm

Collaboration within Canvas Presentation


Thinking about adding collaboration activities in your teaching? See how Canvas can help facilitate group work, peer review and other activities.

Copyright in Instruction

August 16, 11:15-12:00pm

Copyright in Instruction Presentation

The use of video, images, and textual material created by others is often a necessary component of your courses. How can you use these materials and comply with copyright? The talk will focus on fair use and various alternatives to fair use. We will discuss the decision process involved in determining if fair use can be justified and what some alternatives might be considered.

Curriculog (Faculty Senate APA and Course Inventory Replacement) Session

August 16, 3:00-3:45pm


A session on the work-flow tool purchased by the University in 2016 and implemented for the 2017-18 Academic Year. Any faculty or staff who are tasked with Course Inventory responsibilites or part of the APA process are encouraged to attend. This software will be the sole environment for all course and program revisions, deactivations, and new proposals.

ePortfolios – Now a High-Impact Practice

August 22, 3:00-3:45pm

ePortfolios – Presentation

Come learn about, share and see how eportfolios are being used on campus. See how they provide a vehicle for students to reflect on their own learning and integrate diverse learning experiences into their own story.

Extending our Teaching Community: Support for AA and Adjunct Faculty LUNCH PROVIDED WITH REGISTRATION

August 15, 10:00-1:00pm, 306 Gore Hall


This session will include a brief overview of the services at the Newark campus that are available remotely or through virtual consultation. Participants will work through some “just-in-time” teaching concerns, including how to support constructive and respectful classroom dialogue, how to set clear expectations for your students, and how to structure your in-class and out of class time most effectively. Our “working lunch” time will be spent discussing how to talk to your students about cheating. Participants will also be invited to leave feedback for the Faculty Commons Partners on the kinds of programming that would best support their needs.

Faculty Commons Book Club: Fall 2017 Common Reader,  “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead

August 23, 12:00-1:30pm

Facilitated and lunch provided by First Year Seminar (FYS). Join us for a discussion of the University’s Fall 2017 Common Reader, “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead. Discover how to make connections to your class content.


Google Drive and Google Sites to support collaborative assignments

August 15, 9:00-9:45am


Managing group work can be a challenge. Learn how to leverage Google products to support enriching group activities. Co-presented with: Bob Ketcham, Biological Sciences, students use smartphones to take pictures of microscope slides and present findings during labs using G’Slides, and Phillip Penix-Tadsen, Languages, Literature and Cultures, challenges students to collaboratively build an informational website instead of the same old group presentation.

Google Insider Tips: optimizing Drive, Calendar, Sites, and add-ons

August 17, 9:00-9:45am


Are you using the Google Suite of products and want to learn some effective techniques? This showcase session offers tips including: Drive file organization, Calendar Appointment Slots, Sites easy web design, and favorite add-ons. Participants are invited to share their own favorites during this interactive exchange.

Helping Distressed and Distressing Students

August 17, 9:45-10:30am


You may be reading about the increase in mental health issues among college students. Our session will highlight the current trends while offering ways to identify and respond to students in distress. We recognize that the role of first responder can be challenging. Tips for self-care will be offered along with information about campus mental health services.

How to Develop and Direct a Study Abroad Program

August 24, 11:15-12:00pm


Learn the basics of how, and why, to develop and direct a winter or summer study abroad program. This session is facilitated by Lisa Chieffo, Associate Director for Study Abroad in the Institute for Global Studies.

How to Use the Technology in your Classroom

August 22, 11:15-12:00pm

Join us for this overview of the various classroom layouts and technology connection hook-ups found in centrally scheduled UD classrooms. Learn which rooms have VGA or HDMI ports; if you don’t understand those terms you should definitely consider attending this session. Hands-on connection practice will be available for those who bring their teaching laptops.

i>clicker for beginners

August 23, 9:00-10:30am

Instructors new to i>clickers and rusty veterans will benefit from this introduction to the latest version of the software and review of fundamental tasks. Best practice discussions will help all get classes primed and ready for meaningful clicker activities on day one. Bring your teaching laptop for the best experience.

i>clicker refresher

August 17, 2:15-3:00pm

August 23, 11:15-12:00pm

Want to dust off the i>clicker cobwebs before the semester begins? This compact session provides exacly what you need jumpstart use of clickers this semester.

Insights from Canvas DataAugust 22, 2:15-3:00pm


Turbo charge your Canvas experience with some of the extras that are right at your fingertips. Learn about how Canvas analytics can help you understand how students are accessing and using your content and tools. Threadz, a data visualization application for your discussion tool, will quickly allow you to see how students are connecting with others. Find out about these applications and others that can enhance your teaching strategies.

Integrating Career Development into Your Course Subjects

August 22, 2:15-3:00pm

Career Services is more than just resume writing, interviewing, and networking. Want to learn how to integrate career/professional development into your classes? Want to connect your assignments to industries and jobs within your discipline (or beyond)? This session will provide an overview of CSC resources and how to make them work within an academic class.

James Lang’s “Small Teaching” Tips: Easy-to-Adopt Techniques for You!

August 23, 1:30-3:00pm


James Lang’s book “Small Teaching” argues that to produce changes in our classrooms we don’t need to make large, drastic revisions. Small changes matter. Learn about different examples of “small” techniques that target different kinds of student issues. Work with your peers to identify the core issues you struggle with as a teacher. Then you’ll create your own “small” teaching activities! At the end of the session, you will have a handful of concrete activities to immediately implement for your Fall classes.

Agnes Ly demonstrates impact of “Small Teaching” principles at the 2017 Summer Faculty Institute.

Learning from Scratch: Using Immediate Feedback Assessment Tools to Assess Student Learning

August 22, 9:00-9:45am

Explore strategies using a unique tool to assess your students’ learning and to reinforce important concepts. The Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT) takes traditional multiple-choice tests to a new level, providing instant feedback in an interactive way. Participants will have the opportunity to use the form and explore different ways to use the IF-AT to support classroom instruction and student assessment.

Partnering with the DSS office

August 16, 2:15-3:00pm

Did you know that the Disability Support Services (DSS) office provided services to over 1300 students with disabilities last year? This number is expected to grow in the coming years. In this session, you will learn about the barriers that students with disabilities face, typical services and accommodations that are provided, and how students and employees register with DSS. You will also preview several assistive technology tools that students may be using in your classroom!

Post It Notes to the Rescue! Five quick tips for Enhancing Student Engagement

August 17, 3:00-3:45pm


Sometimes an instructor just needs a quick, inexpensive, non-technical energizer to increase individual and class engagement. Post-It Notes do the trick. Learn and practice at least five ways you can use small and large Post-It notes to assess student understanding, encourage your students, give group work a new twist, teach study habits, and get class feedback.

Qualtrics: Simple surveys, big impact

August 16, 12:45-1:30pm

August 23, 3:00-3:45pm

After going over creating Qualtrics accounts using single sign-on (SSO), this session will cover the basics of creating simple surveys. We will go over writing good survey questions, adjusting survey flow, choosing survey distribution options, collaborating with others on a survey, and generating and interpreting basic reports. Time permitting, we’ll use a Start / Stop / Continue survey as an example.

Qualtrics: Advanced uses for faculty and departments

August 16, 1:30-3:00pm


In this session, we will explore some of the more advanced Qualtrics features that can be used by faculty and departments to create surveys, solicit participation in surveys, and report survey results. We will address topics such as embedded data that can make surveys easier for participants to complete, e-mail campaigns that can be created to schedule survey invitations and reminder messages, and customized reports that can be shared as webpages or pdfs.

Streaming Media & Your Syllabus

August 15, 10:30-11:15am

Streaming Media & Your Syllabus Kanopy Presentation

Learn how to find and seamlessly integrate streaming media resources, licensed for instructional use by the Library, into your syllabi.  This session will include information on a newly acquired streaming service which will add 25K+ high-quality feature films and documentaries to the Library’s current offerings.

Team-Based Learning

August 17, 10:30-12:00pm

Team based Learning PBL and Flipping

Timer slides.pptx

RAP quiz sample

Team-based learning is the hottest student engagement strategy for group-work activity today in higher education. Recently, many schools have switched to this pedagogy, actually replacing lecture and even problem-based learning. Come and see why this teaching approach is getting so much attention! Read more about this teaching strategy at:

Time to Revamp the Old “Group Presentation”

August 15, 12:00-12:45pm


Come learn about activities that guide students through the creation, sharing, and evaluation of digital essays. Student assignment media options beyond the static paper or manually presented PowerPoint can encourage collaboration, facilitate peer-review, and foster students’ professional online presence. Techniques for re-working your existing assignments to incorporate auto-advancing slideshows, Infographics, and student produced Youtube videos may be easier than you think!

UD Capture – The “Record, Review Retain” Revolution

August 22, 12:00-12:45pm

The content for over 300 UD courses is captured for instructors each semester. Faculty have used this content for students with learning disabilities, exam reviews, supplemental information and to give students a more versatile way of learning. This service is free of charge for UD Courses, and instructors need not do anything extra when teaching for UD Capture. Find out real world examples of this teaching “fail-safe”, and how it can expand the way you deliver course content.

Using Library Resources in your Online/Hybrid Class

August 15, 2:15-3:00pm


This session will provide an overview of services that can help you stay copyright-conscious as you leverage the rich resources available at the library for your course. You will learn how to find or create permalinks to the library’s online content to ensure stable access. The session will also discuss the library’s Electronic Reserves service which scans paper copies of materials into PDF format and makes them available to students through DELCAT Discovery.

Video Conferencing and Studio Recording Options

August 15, 3:00-3:45pm

August 22, 9;45-10:30am

Comparison Tipsheet

Videoconferencing allows two or more sites to meet face-to-face with participants at a distance using cameras, microphones, and screen sharing tools. Some examples of possible uses are full credit courses with off campus students or instructors, grant meetings, thesis defenses, and guest speakers. We offer self-service desktop conferencing and full-service room based conferening, as well as a variety of video recording services for asyncronous projects and classes. In this session, we will give a brief overview of the available facilities, along with a few demonstrations of the programs in action.

Where’s the Noise? Helping Students Communicate

August 17, 12:00-12:45pm


Videoconferencing allows two or more sites to meet face-to-face with participants at a distance using cameras, microphones, and screen sharing tools. Some examples of possible uses are full credit courses with off campus students or instructors, grant meetings, thesis defenses, and guest speakers. We offer self-service desktop conferencing and full-service room based conferening, as well as a variety of video recording services for asyncronous projects and classes. In this session, we will give a brief overview of the available facilities, along with a few demonstrations of the programs in action.

Writing Good Clicker Questions and Polling Techniques

August 23, 10:30-11:15am

Writing Good Clicker Questions and Polling Techniques Presentation

Ready to ramp up your multiple choice questions to increase learning in your classes? This session introduces strategies to write questions that promote higher levels of thinking. Use of text and numeric entry options recommended for proficient i>clicker users will be introduced based on audience interest.


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