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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an opportunity you would like to add to this list.
Have you heard about the new theme for D2L Brightspace? Not a huge deal. Workflows are the same, but it looks a little different. Oh, it's mobile responsive (finally!).
How about Zoom? Zoom will be replacing Blackboard Collaborate. It's our new synchronous tool.
They are both going live May 14.
Join Scott and Ryan as we demo them both. All sessions are in Tech Hub (016 of Lehman Library). They are open sessions and will last about an hour. Feel free to come and go.
Wednesday, May 2. 11:00 AM
Thursday, May 3. 3:30 PM
Monday, May 7. 1:00 PM
Tuesday, May 8. 9:30 AM
Thursday, May 10. 11:00 AM
New Design to D2L Brightspace is on the way!
D2L has updated Brightspace's layout. For better or worse, their new design is called "Daylight." It will now have a clean white look. It will also be responsive and viewable on phones and tablets. Daylight is not a new LMS. It is simply the name for the new design.
We are going to turn on Daylight on 5/14/18.
What Will Change?
- Layout will be clean and white
- Navigation will change by removing links to tools. Students will now access Quizzes, Discussions, etc through Quicklinks in the Content area. More instructions to come.
- Changes to layout of course home page and widgets
- New course banner and images
- At the same time we will moving to a new syncronous tool called Zoom. Our Collaborate contract expires on 6/30/18
What Will Not Change?
The workflows will remain the same. In other words how you use D2L Brightspace tools will not change. Only the appearance will change.
This is perhaps the biggest change. We are using this as an opportunity to update the NavBar. We removed unused links (Locker, Surveys, Checklist) and consolidated other tools into the Content area (Quizzes, Discussions, Assignments)
It will add one more click for Faculty, but it will improve the Student experience significantly.
Give Daylight a Test Drive
We have a test server set up. You can see how your Spring 2018 courses will look.
Click "Guest Login"
Use your current login. If that doesn't work then use your previous password.
This test server is a snapshot of our live server from Feb 2018.
Throughout the Spring 2018 semester we will be providing sneak peeks and training regarding Daylight. This includes: webinars, workshops, web pages and other various information.
Stay tuned for a current version of your Spring 2018 Courses on a test server, so that you can see how your courses will look in Daylight. In the meantime you can review some info in the resources below.
You can visit "Daylight Central" on D2L's community page.
Check out the Daylight discussion area to see what other people are talking about.
It's confusing with all of these terms flying around. Here's some info to help you get it straight.
D2L = Company name. You might say, “D2L is based in Canada” or “D2L made it confusing by having so many different names for their products.”
Brightspace = LMS (product) name. So you would say, “I logged into Brightspace for the latest announcement” or “I took my quiz on Brightspace.”
Daylight = The name for the new Brightspace design. It’s basically just a term for their marketing campaign. This name will fall away as D2L requires all instances of Brightspace to switch to Daylight. You might say “Wow. Brightspace will actually work on a phone now that we have Daylight turned on"
On 7/1/18 we will be officially supporting Zoom as our syncronous learning tool. Zoom will replace Blackboard Collaborate. PASSHE selected Zoom for their ease of use and video & audio quality: not to mention their ability to support a variety of devices.
With Zoom, it's easy to:
- Conduct simple online HD video and audio sessions with students, other faculty, or anyone with a computer
- Run on-the-fly or scheduled presentations
- Hold virtual office-hours
- Project a guest speaker in the classroom
- Perform live demonstrations in real time
- Collaborate on documents with your colleagues or external partners
- Share your screen
- Use a virtual whiteboard
- Chat with your students
- and more!
In the coming weeks, look for more information on how we will be rolling out Zoom.
These sites provide easy access to product information, short video tutorials and user guides.
If you have any questions, please contact Ryan or Scott in IDWT | 717-477-1816 | email@example.com
Downloading Collaborate Classic Video Files
You may or may not have heard; our contract with Blackboard Collaborate will expire June 30, 2018. 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 should download your Collaborate recordings as an mp4 file. Please contact Ryan or Scott if you have any questions.
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.
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.
Call for Presenters!
RECAP is not just a conference; it is a tradition at West Chester University!
The RECAP Conference, an annual event showcasing the use of technology to enhance teaching & learning in higher education, will be Thursday, May 17, 2018.
Information Services and Technology Division invite you to present and lead at the
26th Annual RECAP Conference 2018
Thursday May 17, 2018
Business and Public Management Center
West Chester University
Innovate 2018 - Attend or Present
When: May 11, 2018
Each year, the Innovate program is created with YOU in mind: educators, administrators, and thought leaders interested in advancements in teaching, learning and technology. Who better to present than those who live and breathe these approaches every day?
Innovate 2018 is now accepting submissions from those who want to present at the May 11, 2018, event. If you are employing a unique or refreshed idea in the classroom, apply now(link is external) to share it with your fellow Innovate attendees.
Forward is the theme for 2018 and we will explore the future of teaching and learning with technology through three threads:
- Access: This thread will delve into the intentionality of institutions reaching underrepresented populations, as well as the intersection of affordable materials, equitable technology and high-quality learning experiences.
- Technology: Students live in a society where technology and everyday life are integrated. This thread will allow educators to explore technology trends in order to properly prepare students to solve 21st-century problems.
- Learning Environments: We’re seeing a dramatic shift in not only how education is delivered, but where it is delivered. This thread will discuss how the learning environments we create force us to re-examine how people learn.
Find more information about the Innovate RFP process here(link is external), as well as presentation tips. The deadline to submit is Friday, February 2, 2018.
Location: Ohio State University
Developing and Managing Competency-Based Education
When: May 15-17, 2018
Learn how your institution can overcome challenges and make sound decisions as you develop or improve your competency-based education (CBE) program. This conference goes beyond an overview of what CBE is in order to help you make genuine progress on your initiative. With the guidance of our experts you will be better able to:
- Understand CBE trends and what may work best for your institution
- Determine institutional priorities and readiness to adopt the CBE model
- Prepare for CBE accreditation, financial aid, transcripting, and resourcing
- Learn sound principles for program design and student learning assessment
Experts from five institutions on the leading edge of CBE will connect you with the tools you need to create and maintain high-quality CBE programs. Whether you are in the beginning stages of planning your program or are already entrenched in the development process, this program can help your CBE initiative succeed.
Location: Orange County, CA
Quality matters also hosts many online courses related to online and blended courses. You can see a complete list here.
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
Women's Leadership Success
in Higher Education
When: June 4-5, 2018
Are you looking to take the next step in leadership, but aren’t sure where to start? What particular strengths do you have that can help you lead with excellence? Would you like to connect with other female leaders in higher education for learning and support? Please join us for this powerful learning experience.
During this event, we will look at how gender and other factors such as generation, geography, and diversity gives you a unique perspective that can shape and empower your leadership style. You will also have opportunities to build an affinity network with your peers that can provide mentorship and guidance as you move forward with your goals following the event.
Location: Boise, ID
STEM Facilities Planning and Design Institute
When: June 4-6, 2018
During this conference, you will discover how you can design or renovate your STEM facility to incorporate best practices in teaching spaces, laboratories, and communal spaces. This event has helped countless planning teams get on the same page and work toward common goals for their updated facility. You will hear from a mix of both academic and architectural perspectives, visit a recently renovated facility, and learn how to design a STEM facility for your institution that helps:
- Recruit and retain high-quality STEM students and faculty
- Enable and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and learning
- Optimize lab, classroom, and learning spaces
- Incorporate flexible design to accommodate advances in STEM
- Increase the efficiency and sustainability of your space and budget
- Align research and instruction in a single facility
When two members of your team register, a third can attend for 50% off the registration price.
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
STEM Facilities Planning and Design Institute
When: June 11-13, 2018
Gain the skills you need to lead the strategic vision of your academic department as well as lead and inspire your faculty colleagues. During this practically-focused training, you will learn tools and tactics to help you be successful in both duties as a department chair, including:
- Handling the most difficult complaints that you face
- Developing a vision and setting goals within your academic department
- Motivating and mentoring your faculty
- Setting performance expectations for faculty
- Dealing with difficult faculty colleagues
- Managing crises that occur on your watch
Location: New Orleans, LA
Untapped Data: Enhancing Teaching and Learning
When: July 25, 2018
Description: A conversation around the evolving use of data. Colleges collect reams of data about student outcomes, but use little of it to influence how professors teach and students learn. A look at how and why that’s starting to change.
Location: Washington, DC
Teaching with Technology Conference
When: October 5-7, 2018
Description: Incorporating technology into your teaching involves much more than learning how to use a specific piece of software. It’s about exploring the relationship between technology and pedagogy—starting with what you want your students to know and be able to do, and how technology can support and enhance their learning. This conference will help you take a more strategic approach to teaching with technology.
Location: St. Louis
Advanced Leadership Development
in Higher Education
When: October 8-10, 2018
Join us for a three-day, intensive leadership development program designed specifically for higher education. This comprehensive, robust, and practical training is facilitated by leadership development experts with more than fifty years of combined experience. As a part of this unique leadership training, you will:
- Complete a 360° assessment and will work in peer-to-peer coaching teams
- Receive one-on-one coaching with the program facilitators
- Master skills in four areas of leadership: personal, interpersonal, team, and systems
- Learn alongside peers from across the enterprise of higher education
- Participate in interactive and experiential sessions to assess and develop your leadership style
- Build a toolkit of leadership techniques and frameworks that you can use immediately
- Develop a leadership portfolio with your strengths and challenges, goals, values, and reflections
Location: Atlanta, GA
New Models for Educational Materials
When: April 18, 2018
In the not-so-distant past, educational materials for students meant textbooks and maybe lab equipment for science courses. The big choice for students was “new or used?” Long lines at the campus bookstore meant that a new semester was starting.
In the last decade, colleges have seen a revolution in education materials – changing what they were, how they were bought and sold and the business models of the companies that sold them. During this webcast we will explore some of the changes – in policies and attitudes – at the classroom, campus and industry levels.
The following topics and more will be addressed during this webcast:
- The growth surrounding educational resources
- How technology enhances literature learning
- Faculty attitudes on educational materials and OER
D2L 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. We have included a few recommended webinars below.
Magna Online Seminars
Magna 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.
PASSHE Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment, a totally virtual conference
Description: 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
Inside Higher Ed
Inside 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.
Pearson 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.
- Why quality reviews are becoming a common practice in more and more institutions
- How quality reviews can help enhance the effectiveness of your institution’s online offerings
- The various methods available for conducting successful reviews
- Ways to provide effective feedback to instructors before the start of an online course
- Subscription quality review services (e.g., Quality Matters)
- Publicly available quality review rubrics
- Instructions for creating your own quality review rubric at your institution
- How to provide constructive feedback to faculty during the review process
- Each program is available for a full week for on-demand viewing, 24/7.
- 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:
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.
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.
Designing for Learning
Description: This is a roundup list of best practices for designing and developing online courses
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.
What Institutions Expanding their Online Degree Offerings Can Learn from the Recent Closure at University of Texas
Will Online Ever Conquer Higher Ed?
Grade Increase: Tracking Distance Education in the United States is the 14th annual report of the state of online learning in U.S. Higher education. The Survey, conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group and co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Pearson, and Tyton Partners, is the leading barometer of online learning in the United States.
Distance education enrollments increased for the fourteenth straight year, growing faster than they have for the past several years.Key findings include:
- The number of distance education students grew by 5.6% from Fall 2015 to Fall 2016 to reach 6,359,121 who are taking at least one distance course, representing 31.6% of all students.
- and more!
Professional, Cotinuiing, and Online Education Update by University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)
Daily updates of news, research, and trends by UPCEA
Best Practices for Professional Email
Natalie Lundsteen offers some basic tips to help you have clear and confident electronic communication.
Prediction: 2018 Will See More Blended Learning, Alternative Credentials and International Competition
How the 'Slow Ed Tech Movement' Is Bringing a Sense of Purpose to Academic Technology
Slowing the pace of education technology work makes projects more sustainable, gives people a chance to connect, allows for more meaningful conversations and helps prevent burnout.
Libraries Find New Ways to Flourish in the Digital Age
Online Course Enrollment Sees Relentless Growth
Survey: Students sing praises for digital learning tech
The Future of Undergraduate Education: The Future of America.
Our nation’s effort over two centuries to provide education to everyone who lives and works within the United States is an expression of a core belief, one that has survived a long history of challenges: that all people, through learning, can achieve higher goals for themselves and for society as a whole.
Progress toward universal education has expanded most recently to colleges and universities. Today, almost 90 percent of high school graduates can expect to enroll in an undergraduate institution at some point during young adulthood and they are joined by millions of adults seeking to improve their lives. What was once a challenge of quantity in American undergraduate education, of enrolling as many students as possible, is now a challenge of quality—of making sure that all students receive the rigorous education they need to succeed, that they are able to complete the studies they begin, and that they can do this affordably, without mortgaging the very future they seek to improve.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences formed the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education to develop a national strategy to help students and their families, colleges and universities, government policy-makers, and business leaders and philanthropists reach this next level. The future success of our democracy, our economy, and our nation will depend on our commitment to an inclusive ideal of an educated society.
The Future of Undergraduate Education, The Future of America – the final report of the Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education – is available online.
Online and Adult Learners More Satisfied with College Experience than Traditional Students - Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology
According to a new national survey, online and adult students are generally more satisfied with their overall college experience than traditional on-campus students. The 2017 National Student Satisfaction and Priorities Report from Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a provider of enrollment management, student success and fundraising solutions for higher education, found that 67 percent of adult learners and 74 percent of online students rated their satisfaction level as "satisfied" or "very satisfied," while only 53 percent of students at four-year public institutions and 54 percent at four-year privates said the same. Students at two-year public institutions and career schools were in the middle, at 64 percent and 66 percent satisfied, respectively.
Workshop Facilitation Techniques & Tools for Facilitating Groups, Workshops & Classes
This program onWorkshop Facilitation & Design is great for people who need to teach something or get collaborative results with a group. Workshops will introduce tools and techniques for facilitating group discussion and activities. Participants will engage in different types of facilitation, discussion, and identify the challenges that they expect to face and develop solutions using the tools presented. This is relevant for both students and professionals.
Exploring the new world of online credentials -
Librarians are the Forgotten Course Design Resource - In addition to us friendly Instructional Designers, librarians can help you design your course!
Moving from Silos and Burnout to Community and Engagement -
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:
- Interactive, and
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.
We Are Living in the Age of Online Learning - An article about the current state of online learning
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.
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.
‘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.
Four Student Misconceptions about Learning - This article covers four common misconceptions that students have about learning. It will help you overcome them.
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.
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.
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
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.