Professional Development Opportunities for Faculty

On this page you will find a list of PD Opportunities. This page is updated on an ongoing basis so be sure to come back regularly.

Please email Ryan and Scott at if you have an opportunity you would like to add to this list.

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Shippensburg Events


Safe Computing Strategies: Protecting Yourself and the University

When: 9:30 am-10:30 am, November 7, 2017. Location: Old Main Chapel

and 11 am - 12 pm, November 8, 2017. Location: Forum

Description: Topics discussed include: identity theft, information and data security, password security, workstation security, network security

Center for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching (CFEST)

CFEST New Faculty Mentorship

Some faculty seek formal mentorship that extends beyond the first year. The CFEST New Faculty Mentorship program is a service that matches tenure-track and adjunct faculty within their first five years of employment with a mentor from another department or college. The mentor provides advise and support in one or all three areas of responsibilities, specifically teaching, scholarship and/or service. This mentoring relationship can be especially valuable as new faculty ready themselves for tenure and promotion. The mentor and mentee set a goal or determine a task to enhance teaching, scholarship and/or service. They meet as needed to complete the goal or task. For more information, see the tabs attached to New Faculty Mentorship at or contact Lynn Baynum at

2017 New Faculty


Data Management Workshop Series
Finding Repositories and Writing Metadata

When: 2-3 PM, November 8, 2017

Description: This workshop will demonstrate repository searching and identification strategies and will also provide instructions for writing metadata and readme.txt files.

Location: LL205

Writing a Data Management Plan

When: 2-3PM, November 29, 2017

Description: This workshop will focus on the finer details of writing a data management plan. It will go further in depth than the data management overview and will demonstrate how to use DMPTool to compose a data management plan. The workshop will also focus on specific aspects of what should be included in a plan and will provide examples of plans for popular grant applications.

Location: LL106

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Instructional Design and Web Technologies (IDWT)

Winter 2017 and Spring 2018 D2L Brightspace Course Shells

We are scheduled to begin creating the Winter 2017 and Spring 2018 course shells in D2L Brightspace the week of 11/13/17. For confirmation simply log into Brightspace and see if your courses are in your My Courses widget.

Contact Scott or Ryan with any questions. | x1816

Upcoming Course Purge - 12/18/17

PASSHE has adopted a System-wide D2L Course Retention Policy, which keeps courses active in the D2L system for three (3) years. After three years, courses will be purged from the Shippensburg Brightspace (formerly called D2L) environment. In accordance with this policy, Shippensburg University will be purging (deleting) all courses from Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 during the week of December 18, 2017. Purged courses will be “gone for good.”


Determining Course Shells to be Purged:

Faculty can determine which course shells will be purged by:

1. Logging into D2L (
2. Scrolling down the D2L Home Page to view the “My Courses” Widget.
3. Courses listed under the Summer 2014 and FALL 2014 semesters have “TO BE PURGED:” at the beginning of the course name.

Faculty will need to export and save any course content and/or student work/data they would like to retain from those courses.

Saving Student, Content, and Grade Data:

Faculty who want to save student information from course shells should:
1. Back up student work (Discussions, Dropbox area),
2. Download a copy of your gradebook (Grades area),
3. Export quiz data, and
4. Export (copy) your course shell (Edit Course > Import/Export/Copy Components) to your hard drive (Note: Exporting backs up course content only).

Please visit the Instructional Design and Web Technologies site for more information on the purging process.

Instructional Design and Web Technologies staff is available by appointment to help you. Please send an email or call x1816 to schedule an appointment.

Downloading Collaborate Classic Video Files

You may or may not have heard. Our contract with Blackboard Collaborate will expire June 31, 2017. We will be migrating to a new synchronous classroom platform called Zoom. Zoom has many benefits and we consider it an improvement. We will release more details in the future.

In the meantime, you can download your recordings as an mp4 file. Please contact Ryan or Scott if you have any questions.

Follow this link for instructions to download your Collaborate files.

Online Instruction-100
Are you planning to teach online within the next few semesters?

Online Instruction-100 (OLI-100) is a course that teaches you the basics of teaching online. Faculty planning to teach online at Shippensburg University for the first time can register at any time and you have until you teach your class to complete it at your own pace.

About OLI-100

This totally online course provides instructors with

  • instructional strategies for online classes,
  • national quality standards for online classes,
  • instructions for using various Brightspace tools,
  • a student’s perspective.

Contact Ryan or Scott in IDWT to register.

Guidelines to Accessibility
Do you want to make your courses more accessible to students?

Guidelines to Accessibility (OLI-050) is a set of resources designed to make your class more accessible to students with learning disabilities.

Guidelines to Accessibility (OLI-050)

This totally online course provides instructors with

  • definition of disabilities, accommodations, and accessibility,
  • an overview of the laws that exist to protect individuals with disabilities,
  • accessibility strategies as they relate to different forms of content.

All faculty have been enrolled in the Accessibility Course. It should appear in your list of courses. Simply search the minibar at the top of your screen for the word "accessibility". Contact Ryan or Scott in IDWT with questions.

Copyright Overview
Do you need help determining if content you have is legal to use?

Copyright Overview (OLI-075) is a set of resources designed to help you understand and decipher the complexities of copyright law. It is a basic primer that gives you resources to find more information.

Copyright Overview (OLI-075)

This totally online course provides instructors with

  • an if-yes-than flowchart to determine legality of content
  • an overview of copyright
  • an overview of Fair Use
  • an overview of Creative Commons
  • an overview of the TEACH Act
  • links to resources
  • a copyright self-check

All faculty have been enrolled in the Copyright Overview course. It should appear in your list of courses. Simply search the minibar at the top of your screen for the word "copyright". Contact Ryan or Scott in IDWT with questions.

"Brightspace Daylight Experience" is on the way!

D2L has updated Brightspace's layout. We are going to switch to Daylight within the next year. We will give you more information as we get it.

In the meantime, you can study up on the changes by following the link below to "Daylight Central."

Try logging into a test version of Brightspace with Daylight turned on and testing it out.

Log into dev to test

Check out the Daylight discussion area to see what other people are talking about.

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Off-Campus Conferences & Workshops

Quality Matters

Quality matters also hosts many online courses related to online and blended courses. You can see a complete list here.

Course Design for Competency-Based Education

When: November 14-15, 2017

Description: Learn how to apply competency-based education course design principles to your traditional academic programs.

Location: Orlando, FL

Follow this link to learn more.

Teaching Professor Conference

When: June 1-3, 2018

Description: The Teaching Professor Conference provides a thought-provoking forum for educators of all disciplines and experience levels to share best practices that advance college teaching and learning. The three-day conference features preconference workshops that provide hands-on learning, provocative plenary presentations, carefully selected concurrent sessions on a range of relevant topics, poster presentations highlighting the latest research, and ample opportunities for conversations with fellow attendees

Location: Atlanta, GA

Follow this link to learn more.

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Upcoming Webinars

Making Math Content Accessible in Brightspace

When: 3 pm EST, November 7, 2017

Description: Accessible math content using plain-text editors to produce beautiful web documents to upload into your courses. See a glimpse into our ongoing journey from typical word processing and math plugins to a workflow through free markdown editors, mathjax, and HTML documents. No coding experience required to produce responsive accessible web documents.
Register for this webinar here.

D2L Webinars

D2L LogoD2L is continually hosting webinars and has been for years. You can visit D2L's website to view upcoming and past webinars. Some topics include: widgets, using video effectively, customizing lesson plans, using D2L to gamify, and many, many more.

Visit D2L's website to sort and search webinars.

Magna Online Seminars

Magna LogoMagna Online Seminars have built a reputation for their quality, timeliness, and relevance. Live and interactive, they feature leading educators and thought leaders delivering thought-provoking, practical presentations. Plus if you can’t make the live event, all seminars are available on-demand for a full 30 days. Our Online Seminar Package also includes a copy of the recording on CD, the full transcript, and supplemental materials. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.

Visit Magna's website to sort and search webinars.

Recorded Webinars

PASSHE Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment, a totally virtual conference

PASSHE LogoDescription: For the past seven years, Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has presented Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment, a totally virtual conference. The 2017 conference was held in February, but the sessions were recorded. Each session is live and interactive. Topics have ranged from gamification to academic integrity to new technologies to many more.

All sessions going back to 2009 have been recorded for you to view for free. You can browse them here.

Meeting Student Needs with Day One Access to Digital Materials

Presented by: Campus Technology

Description: Digital course materials have emerged over the past 10 years as a cost-effective and more engaging option to print textbooks. This webcast will feature a college dean and eTextbooks thought leader who will discuss:

  • Why many students increasingly prefer eTextbooks
  • How delivering digital materials on the first day of classes sets students up for success
  • Tips for securing stakeholder buy-in for a digital-only program

Click here to watch the webinar.

Inside Higher Ed

Inside higher ed logoInside higher ed has a list of recorded webinars for higher ed going back for several years. The range of topics is diverse and covers almost all topics related to higher ed including: digital accessibility, higher ed economics, recap of survey of university presidents, and more.

Click here to watch the webinar.


Pearson Logo SmallPearson has collated an extensive list of recorded higher ed webinars. Check out their current list and watch at your leisure. You can browse them here.

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Monday Morning Mentor

Coffee Cup with Monday Morning Mentor logoBelow you will find the LINK AND PASSWORD to view this week’s Monday Morning Mentor (MMM) video.Note that this video and its associated materials are available through Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017.

How Do I Stay Calm When Students Push My Buttons?

Presentation date: November 20, 2017, and on-demand for one week

Link to the Presentation

From this link, you can view the featured presentation, as well as access the transcript, handouts, and supplemental material. These materials will not be available to be viewed until Monday when the presentation becomes available.

NOTE: You will need to enter the following password in order to view next week’s program:buttons33

Description: How to handle classroom bully behavior

Students aren’t always perfect.

Sometimes they can be downright rude, arrogant, and insulting.

How do you, as an instructor, keep your cool when your students are clambering on your LAST NERVE?

The program presenter shares his approach in How Do I Stay Calm When Students Push My Buttons?, a Magna 20-Minute Mentor session.

Learning goals
College students’ behavior can be rude, arrogant, and insulting at times. This timely and targeted session will help you develop reasonable responses to students with unreasonable behavior.

At the conclusion of this classroom management program you will:

  • Know the importance of setting behavioral expectations in your syllabus
  • Be prepared to stay calm when dealing with difficult behavior
  • Understand why aggressive or sarcastic responses are not helpful
  • Be aware of how a student’s motivation can influence behavior
  • Appreciate the importance of listening to students
  • Implement the five steps of the universal approach to handling button-pushing events

Topics Covered
We help you develop reasonable responses to students with unreasonable expectations or behavior.

After watching this focused 20 Minute program, you will understand:

  • The most important thing not to do
  • Techniques to keep your classroom management options open
  • How thinking like a detective can help you deal with problematic student behavior
  • Tips for engaging in positive conversation, even with negative students
  • A universal approach to handling button-pushing events

We include a role-playing demonstration, with the presenter demonstrating both ineffective and effective ways of handling conflict with a "typical" college student.

Each MMM includes a 20 minute online video focused on central and emerging topics in college-level teaching and learning, as well as a transcript of the video and associated handouts and other related material.
Each program is available for a full week for on-demand viewing, 24/

Programs can be viewed on your desktop PC or any mobile device.

To access this week’s video click on the link above.
To access the materials from past Monday Morning Mentors:

Materials from prior MMM are posted on Ship’s S:/ drive. Follow this path to access prior MMM materials: S:/ > Public > Employee > Monday Morning Mentor > 2017-2018 Academic Year.

Upcoming topics:

Nov. 13, 2017How Can I Make My Exams More Accessible?
Nov. 20, 2017How Do I Stay Calm When Students Push My Buttons?
Nov. 27, 2017 How Do I Establish an Engaging Atmosphere in My Online Classroom?
Dec. 4, 2017 How Can I Make My Exams More About Learning, Less About Grades?
Dec. 11, 2017 What Do Adjunct Faculty Need to Be Successful in the Online Classroom?

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Instructional Design

Instructional Design: Adult Learners

Description: A 45m training course that teaches adult learning theory. Adult learners have specific needs that have to be considered during the instructional design process. In this course, one in a series on instructional design, Jeff Toister explores the best practices and techniques that will help designers work with, and train, adult learners. Explore the theory behind adult learning, discover techniques to increase active (vs. passive) learning, see how to identify and surmount barriers to learning, and get additional resources for developing training for adults.

Watch the free training here

A Strengths Approach to Online Teaching

Description: Too often we approach new tasks, especially in the area of technology, by focusing on what we cannot do. Sally Kuhlenschmidt envisions how teaching an online class would proceed if we started from our particular strengths.

Read the paper here.

Designing for Learning

Description: This is a roundup list of best practices for designing and developing online courses

Read the article here

Designing Instruction for Significant Learning

Description: A systematic, learning-centered approach to course design offers the only chance we have to ensure that the majority of students have a significant learning experience

Writing Instructional Goals and Objectives

Description: This site will introduce you to instructional goals, the three types of instructional objectives you may need to create to reach your goals, and the best way to write and assess them.

Read the webpage here.

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Other Resources

Exploring the new world of online credentials -

Read the article here.

Librarians are the Forgotten Course Design Resource - In addition to us friendly Instructional Designers, librarians can help you design your course!

Read the Faculty Focus article here

Moving from Silos and Burnout to Community and Engagement -

Read the article here

Courses with No Syllabi: A Unique Instructional Model at LDS Business College - Interesting interview with Bruce Kush, the president of LDS Business College.

i4 means campus instruction that is:

  • Immersive,
  • Integrated,
  • Interactive, and
  • Iterative.

To pilot this model, Bruce worked with an LDS faculty member to pilot a semester-long leadership course with no syllabus. He is going to tell us why he decided to do this and what it looked like along the way.

Watch the interview here.

We Are Living in the Age of Online Learning - An article about the current state of online learning

Read the article here

Faculty Focus, Higher Ed Teaching Strategies from Magna Publications - This website has a list of articles related to Higher Ed teaching strategies. It is updated often and contributed to by professionals.

Visit Faculty Focus for current articles

On Campus, Failure Is on the Syllabus - A Smith College initiative called “Failing Well” is one of a crop of university
programs that aim to help high achievers cope with basic setbacks.

Read the article here

‘Glacial Progress’ on Digital Accessibility - Data from 700,000 classes show digital course materials have gotten only slightly more accessible to students with disabilities over the last five years.

Follow this link to read the article

Four Student Misconceptions about Learning - This article covers four common misconceptions that students have about learning. It will help you overcome them.

Follow this link to read the article

Learning Styles are NOT an Effective Guide for Learning Design - Probably today's most ubiquitous learning myth is that people have different learning styles and that these learning styles can be diagnosed and used in learning design to create more effective learning interventions. This myth has resonated and spread throughout the world's learning-professional community probably because it hints at an idea that seems sensible -- that people learn differently. Unfortunately, there are dozens and dozens of ways to separate people by type, so it's hard to know which distinctions to use for which learner, for which topics, for which situations. More importantly, the research evidence shows clearly that using learning styles in designing/deploying learning does not reliably improve learning results.

Read the article here

Turnitin White Paper - This brief white paper discusses the myriad forms of plagiarism, and argues that the most effective methods for addressing them do not involve treating students as unethical “cheaters,” but rather, focus on developing their writing and research skills.

Click here to download the white paper.

Best Practices for Using Video in Learning eBook -

  • Tips on producing effective videos for learning without breaking the bank
  • Instructional design best practices for using video in your courses
  • Getting started with video-based assessment

Click here to read the eBook in your browser

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Tech Tips

Accessibility Tip - Special Access

By utilizing the Special Access features of the Quiz and Assignment folder tools you can provide accommodations for specific students. This may include additional time to complete a quiz or assignment that is outside the availability set for the entire class. You can access these options by editing your quiz or assignment folder, clicking on the Restrictions tab and scrolling to the bottom under Special Access.

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