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Faculty Development: Faculty Development Sessions

Source for your MSU Faculty Development Needs

Faculty Development Center Sessions

 

 

 Welcome! The Faculty Development Center looks forward to bringing you new sessions coming this Fall 2022!

 

The Faculty Development Center provides opportunities for ongoing discussions about pedagogy and instructional design. These are accomplished in one-on-one and group settings through faculty consultations, classroom visits, faculty learning communities, workshops, and conferences. We collaborate with people and programs on Murray State’s campus and beyond to support the advancement of engaging pedagogy and effective instructional design. We support the university’s core mission of teaching excellence by helping cultivate an institutional climate that values, promotes and rewards teaching excellence at Murray State University.

We look forward to working with you!

The Faculty Development Center

Affordable Textbooks and Open Educational Resources

AFFORDABLE TEXTBOOKS AND OPEN
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

 


 

How much are your students paying each semester for their textbooks? How can faculty help reduce student out-of-pocket costs?

In this session, Cris Ferguson, Dean of the University Libraries, will discuss initiatives spearheaded by the University Libraries to provide access to required texts for class free of cost to students and faculty.  Working with you and your department, the Libraries can identify texts freely available online or available for the Libraries to purchase for the entire campus community.

Session participants will explore Open Educational Resources within their subject areas and review the following:

  • University Libraries Affordable Textbooks program

  • Freely available resources for use in the classroom

  • Initiatives in the state of Kentucky to reduce student out-of-pocket costs for learning materials

When: Tuesday, October 4, 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Where: https://murraystate.zoom.us/my/msufacdev  

Register:  https://forms.gle/cxM8SZNeiyeye6jb8

Using Canvas Studio to Expand Your Use of Video, Screen Capture and More

USING CANVAS STUDIO TO EXPAND YOUR USE OF 

VIDEO, SCREEN CAPTURE AND MORE
 

 

Do you want to expand your use of videos in your courses?

Canvas Studio is MSU’s newest video management tool that is conveniently integrated into Canvas. Studio allows you to create, edit, and store screen captures and video recordings for use throughout your Canvas courses. Additional features allow you to create closed captioning, back-up your existing video files for cloud-based storage, and more, to allow you to efficiently manage your video media and create engaging content for your course. 

Academic Applications Solutions and the Faculty Development Center will facilitate a training session that will equip attendees to do the following:

  • Access Canvas Studio at the global and class level

  • Capture videos from your screen, webcam or both

  • Edit within the provided screencast-o-matic editor environment

  • Using Studio media in course content

  • Adding closed captioning to Studio recordings

  • Backup your video files 

  • Download existing Zoom videos and upload them into Studio 

  • View video insights (individual participation metrics)

If time allows, additional features may be covered, and additional questions from participants will be explored. 

Presenter: Academic Applications Solutions 

When:  Tuesday, October 11, 3:30 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

              Friday, October 28, 12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.           

Where: Online: Via Zoom: https://murraystate.zoom.us/my/msufacdev 

Register:  https://forms.gle/cxM8SZNeiyeye6jb8

While Pursuing the Degree: Connecting the Certifications With Learning Objectives

WHILE PURSUING THE DEGREE: CONNECTING THE CERTIFICATIONS WITH LEARNING OBJECTIVES
 


Do you encourage your students to obtain certifications in social media, digital applications or other platforms to enhance their marketability?

Certifications showcasing social media and digital skills and talents are evidence of specific skills or knowledge in an occupation, industry or technology. Earning additional certifications beyond the academic credential can help students become more marketable. This session is based on two graduate courses in the public relations curriculum in which students conduct audits to look for programs or platforms in which they can earn two certifications before the end of the term. The lesson can be adapted to any academic field or discipline.

By the end of this session, faculty will be equipped to do the following:

  1. Review learning objectives for at least one course that could include a certification lesson.

  2. Design a lesson with a focus on credentials for students to earn during the course.

Presenter: Dr. Melony Shemberger, Associate Professor of Mass Communications

When: Wednesday, October 12, 10:30 a.m.  - 11:20 a.m. 

Where: Online: Via Zoom: https://murraystate.zoom.us/my/msufacdev

Register:  https://forms.gle/cxM8SZNeiyeye6jb8

Using Games to Increase Student Retention and Participation

USING GAMES TO INCREASE STUDENT
RETENTION AND PARTICIPATION



 

Would you like to engage students through synchronous or asynchronous study games? Looking for some fun ways to easily create games for students to work on asynchronously or as a part of your Zoom or live class?  

This session will look at fun game-based sites that can help you build your own activities. We will work from this collection of game sites (https://bit.ly/3e3DjqQ) created by the facilitator, Shannon Eastep. One tool we will look at is Flippity!  Flippity has many templates that can be used to set up activities and games for your class. These include a quiz show, flashcards, scavenger hunts and more!  

By the end of this session, participants will be equipped to do the following:

  1. Discuss the pros of using game-based learning in the classroom.

  2. Compare multiple game-based websites to find a suitable tool for individual classes of participants.

  3. Demonstrate multiple game sites including Flippity and Quizlet and encourage participant participation.

Presenter: Shannon Eastep, Senior Lecturer/Instructional Technology Coordinator, College of Education, Northern Kentucky University 

When: Thursday, October 13, 2022; 9:30 a.m.  -10:20 a.m.  

Where: Online: Via Zoom: https://murraystate.zoom.us/my/msufacdev

Register:  https://forms.gle/cxM8SZNeiyeye6jb8

Book Group-The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life

BOOK GROUP - THE COURAGE TO TEACH: EXPLORING THE INNER LANDSCAPE OF A TEACHER'S LIFE

 

Are you looking for words of wisdom to reignite your passion and guide you as you experience the joys and pains of teaching?

Good news! You are invited to join Dr. Firm Faith Watson, Director of the Faculty Development Center and your colleagues, to discuss and practice the practical strategies highlighted in the book, titled The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life! 

This book includes words of wisdom to inspire, motivate, and guide you, while addressing the pain and pressures that come with teaching. You will discover time-honored wisdom and contemporary clarity about the art of teaching that will equip you to do the following.

  • Reclaim your own vision and purpose against the threat of burn-out

  • Explain why good teaching cannot be reduced to technique alone

  • Practice the relational traits that good educators have in common

  • Forge learning connections with your students and "teach across the gap"

  • And much more!

You will also have opportunities to share insights that resonated with you from the book group in future lightning sessions at Murray State.

The first 7 to register will receive a free copy of the book!

When: Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: October 13, 20, 27; November 10, 17, and   December 1 (Lightning Session)

Where: Online: Via Zoom: https://murraystate.zoom.us/my/msufacdev 

Register:  https://forms.gle/cxM8SZNeiyeye6jb8

Writing Group Challenge

WRITING GROUP CHALLENGE


 

Are you working on a publication or other writing projects? Interested in joining a group of faculty to work consistently toward your writing goals in a quiet virtual space? Need a challenge to get your work done?

Consider joining the FDC's Writing Group Challenge to get your work done! Whether you need to work on your articles, books, book chapters, grant, or other writing projects, you will be challenged to commit to your most important goals and receive encouragement, accountability, and much more along the way.

Facilitator: Dr. Firm Faith Watson, Director, Faculty Development Center

When:  Mondays: October 10, 24; and November 7; 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Where: Online: Via Zoom: https://murraystate.zoom.us/my/msufacdev 

Register:  https://forms.gle/cxM8SZNeiyeye6jb8

Academic Advising 2022

ACADEMIC ADVISING SERIES

 

 

What resources, ideas, and tips do you need to be an effective academic advisor?

The Academic Advising Series is back for Fall 2022 and will allow academic advisors and support staff the opportunity to engage with presenters on important, pertinent and best practice academic advising topics. Participants will get strategies to develop and refine their academic advising skills, compile an academic advising resource toolkit, review relevant resources, and consider the needs of today's students to have more productive advising sessions.

When: 4 remaining sessions: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

  • Tuesday, October 18 - Mid-semester Mindset:  Moving and grooving at mid-semester. Evaluate students’ success and prepare for advanced scheduling and productive academic advising meetings.

  • Speaker:  Peggy Whaley, Director, Center for Student Engagement and Success and Staff

  • Wednesday, October 26 - “I’m first!  Help me be successful.” How do you support our first-generation Racers?  Join the session to learn more.
    Speaker: Stephen Keene, Program Advisor for  Student Support Services

 

  • Tuesday, November 8 - First-Year Academic Advising Model Pilot Update: Learn about the new advising pilot to support first-year Racer success and retention
    Speaker:  Leanna McClure, Coordinator of First-Year Academic Advising         

  • Wednesday, November 16 - Fellowship, Food, and Celebration!  Let’s get together – face-to-face – and have a bit of cheer as we head into the end of the semester and the holiday season. No zoom today.  Location TBA.

Facilitator: Peggy Whaley, Director, Student Engagement and Success

The sessions will be facilitated via Zoom and recorded.  Recordings will be posted via the Faculty Development Academy in Canvas and on the Academic Advising website.

Where: Online: Via Zoom: https://murraystate.zoom.us/my/msufacdev             

Register:  https://forms.gle/cxM8SZNeiyeye6jb8

An Introduction to New Quizzes in Canvas

AN INTRODUCTION TO NEW QUIZZES IN CANVAS 

 

 

Did you know that Canvas Quizzes is being redesigned and streamlined for better workflow, now known as New Quizzes! 

New features are being systematically released as we move toward the 2024 New Quizzes transition date. In this session, we will explore designing, features, and settings in New Quizzes as well as discussing the timeline for the full release of New Quizzes. We will discuss the migration of Old Quizzes to New Quizzes.

This session, facilitated by Academic Applications Solutions, will equip participants to do the following:

  • Explore the new menus and color schemes/graphics

  • Review new terminologies and increased control of items such as muting grades and repositioning assignments

  • Examine new options for grouping assignments in the Gradebook

  • Explain the connection between assignments, Gradebook and Speedgrader

Presenter: Academic Applications Solutions 

When:  Wednesday October 19, 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. 

Where: Online: Via Zoom: https://murraystate.zoom.us/my/msufacdev 

Register:  https://forms.gle/cxM8SZNeiyeye6jb8

Promoting Academic Integrity in Your Course

PROMOTING ACADEMIC INTEGRITY IN YOUR COURSE


 

Looking for ways to promote academic integrity while guarding against academic dishonesty in your face-to-face, blended or online courses?

In this session, we will review the following:

  • Academic Integrity versus Academic Dishonesty

  • Strategies to promote Academic Integrity

  • Canvas assignment and test design strategies that make academic dishonesty significantly more difficult.

  • Resources to guard against Academic Dishonesty (including Turnitin plagiarism detection software and Respondus lockdown browser and monitor)

Presenters:  Dr. Firm Faith Watson, Director, Faculty Development Center and members of Academic Applications Solutions Team.

When:  Tuesday, October 25, 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. 

Where: Online: Via Zoom: https://murraystate.zoom.us/my/msufacdev

Register: https://forms.gle/cxM8SZNeiyeye6jb8

Mastering Content Management in Canvas

MASTERING CONTENT MANAGEMENT IN CANVAS


 

Need help to migrate, manage, and streamline your Canvas course content?

Do you find that as you move content from one semester to the next that your course gets congested with extra, unused content? Maybe you have wondered how to efficiently share a quiz or a module with a colleague quickly and easily. This session will answer those questions and help you to declutter and manage your course content as you move from semester to semester. We will explore the tools throughout Canvas that allow you to migrate, share, and repurpose content quickly and efficiently.  Session participants will be equipped to do the following:

  • Copy past materials from single items to entire courses from one course to another

  • Reuse content from previous courses

  • Export course content for archival purposes

  • Share course content with other MSU faculty 

  • Import and share course content with Canvas Commons

Presenters: Academic Applications Solutions and the Faculty Development Center 

When: Thursday, November 3, 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. 

              Wednesday, November 9, 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.    

Where: Online: Via Zoom: https://murraystate.zoom.us/my/msufacdev 

Registerhttps://forms.gle/cxM8SZNeiyeye6jb8

Designing Assignments for Deeper Learning: A Two Part Series

DESIGNING ASSIGNMENTS FOR DEEPER LEARNING:
A TWO PART SERIES


 

Are you designing assignments that engage your students deeply? Are you interested in honing your assignment design skills?

Join Dr. Firm Faith Watson, Director of the Faculty Development Center and your colleagues for a two-part series dedicated to designing assignments that will help your students engage deeper with the course content. You will hone your skills to design meaningful assignments, including reviewing best practices, sharing and reviewing selected assignments with other faculty for collegial constructive feedback, making changes as needed, and sharing your revisions with the group.

When:  Tuesday, November 15, 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. 
             Tuesday, November 22, 2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.    

Where: Online: Via Zoom: https://murraystate.zoom.us/my/msufacdev 

Register:  https://forms.gle/cxM8SZNeiyeye6jb8

Seven Principles of Good Teaching

SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF GOOD TEACHING


 

If you identified some of the most important principles of good teaching what would they be?

Join us in this session to review seven research-based principles for good teaching practice. These principles have been tried and tested for years, and they have stood the test of time both in face-to-face and online learning. You will leave this session with practical strategies, some of which, you may apply right away.

Presenters:  Dr. Firm Faith Watson, Director, Faculty Development Center 

When:  Wednesday, November 30, 2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.   

Where: Online: Via Zoom: https://murraystate.zoom.us/my/msufacdev 

Register:  https://forms.gle/cxM8SZNeiyeye6jb8

The Faculty Development Academy

 

THE FACULTY DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

 

Good news! We have organized the Faculty Development Academy (FDA), a virtual space (via Canvas) for you to access on-demand professional development resources in areas that include, but are not limited to, the following: Strategies for Teaching and Learning, Teaching Well With Technology, Scholarly Activities, Promotion and Tenure, Leadership, Wellbeing and Work-Life Balance.

What else is in this FDA for me?

In this self-paced academy, you have opportunities to do the following:

  1. Access on-demand resources (e.g., session recordings and handouts)

  2. Reflect on your learning (including personal application or plans to apply what you learned), and earn badges and certificates

Access the FDA featured sessions and more by self-enrolling in the FDA via  Canvas: https://murraystate.instructure.com/enroll/WTGYHH

SELF-PACED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  SELF-PACED PROFESSIONAL  DEVELOPMENT  

RUBRIC REHAB: DESIGNING AN EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR INSTRUCTORS AND LEARNERS

RUBRIC REHAB: DESIGNING AN EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR INSTRUCTORS AND LEARNERS

How would you evaluate the quality of a student's work? If you were to judge a chocolate chip cookie contest, how would you determine the winning cookie? 

Most likely, you would be given a rubric to help you. Just as a rubric is important in deciding the best cookie, a rubric also can be instrumental in assessing a student's work. This micro-learning training will guide you through the main parts of a rubric and how to create a rubric in Canvas. 

Session Objectives:

  1. Identify the main parts of a rubric.
  2. Apply the elements of a rubric to a student assignment.
  3. Create an effective rubric using the Canvas rubric tool.

Presenter:  Dr. Melony Shemberger, Associate Professor, Mass Communication 

When: This is a self-paced multimedia video.

Where: This micro-learning opportunity was created in Adobe Captivate and uploaded in a Canvas course for participants to self-enroll at this link: https://murraystate.instructure.com/enroll/7G3KMT.