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Please join us for a workshop focused on revising student assignments to increase student success. In this workshop, we will learn how to use a research-based assignment template to create more transparent and aligned assignments. Findings from a large-scale study provide evidence that transparent assignments enhance student success-- especially for low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented college students (Winkelmas, Bernacki, Butler, Zochowski, Golnice & Harriss Weavil, 2016).

Next class: Tuesday, August 10

This workshop provides an overview of the AsULearn online grade book. Whether you grade with a point system or assign percentage weights to items or categories, this workshop will get you started. Exporting grades to Excel or importing grades may be discussed, if time permits.

Next class: Monday, August 2

This workshop will be catered towards "Welcome to App" group leaders who will be facilitating discussions on the 2021-2022 Common Reading Book "Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home" by Nora Krug. Your complimentary copy of the book is available for pickup at the University Bookstore.

There will be two duplicate prep sessions offered online in Zoom. Please select which session you plan to attend:

—Thursday, August 5, 2021; 11:00am-12:15pm —Thursday, August 5, 2021; 2:00-3:15pm

Next class: Thursday, August 5

Course Accessibility

Office of Disability Resources Type of course Faculty Training


Increase inclusivity by enhancing the accessibility of your course and course materials to benefit a wide range of learners. We will review accessibility basics, common accommodations, and learn strategies to ensure online materials are accessible.

Next class: Wednesday, August 11

Would you like to use rubrics to better evaluate student work and to more efficiently provide feedback? A rubric is a scoring tool based on the criteria for evaluating the quality of student work and can be used for research reports, essays, projects, performances, and presentations. In this workshop, we will present basic guidelines for creating and using rubrics and participants will spend time developing or revising a rubric for one course assignment. In addition, we will learn tools and strategies for using rubrics to efficiently grade course assignments.

Facilitators: Tina Hogan (IRAP) and Susan Colby (CAE) Susan Colby, Center for Academic Excellence

Lindsay Masland, Psychology

Next class: Wednesday, August 11

Faculty Diversity Recruitment Training

Human Resources Type of course Diversity and Inclusion


Newly formed faculty search committees are requested to register. Registration is not required for Internal searches. Search committee training will include familiarizing committee members with emerging practices in diversity hiring, including outreach efforts and training intended to reduce the impact of unconscious bias throughout the search process.

Please Note: These sessions are limited to Faculty Search Committees only. Training for all other search committees on campus can be found under Search Committee Guidance and Strategies.

Next class: Thursday, August 26

H5P is a feature in AsULearn that allows instructors to create interactive content within your their course. This first part of this workshop will be a quick 30-minute tour of H5P. We will explore the use cases and types of interactive tasks you can build in AsULearn as well as how to edit existing H5P files. Afterwards participants will be given time to create in their own course if they desire.

Next class: Thursday, August 12

This introductory workshop will cover the basics of using Kaltura to host videos for delivery in AsULearn.

This is intended for faculty and staff that have no prior understanding of Kaltura, but may have used Panopto, YouTube, Zoom Cloud Recordings or uploaded MP4's directly in AsULearn and want to learn about an easier, more efficient method for using video in AsULearn.

Next class: Tuesday, August 3

Lunch and Learn: Creating a Liquid Syllabus

Center for Academic Excellence (FAD) Type of course Teaching & Learning with Technology


Student survey data suggests that learners very much appreciate having information about courses prior to beginning. A liquid, web-based syllabus, is a great way to communicate basic course info, and is an inclusive and engaging way to humanize the course prior to its beginning. Join in to learn a simple way to make great connection with your students!

Next class: Tuesday, August 3

As we head into a new academic year, spending time as a community thinking about what we've learned about teaching and learning, ourselves, and our students is important as we aim to continue to develop our practice and foster student success. Join us for an afternoon of events focused on reflecting, restoring, and reinvigorating for the coming year.

1:00-2:00pm Special Presentation: Reassessing, Reimagining, and Recalibrating Teaching and Learning Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Peter Doolittle, Professor of Educational Psychology and Higher Education Pedagogy scholar Session Description: COVID-19 disrupted everything. What did we learn about higher education teaching and learning? What must we: Remember? Forget? Change? Retain? Balance? Agitate? It’s time for that conversation.

2:30-4:30pm "Community Conversation" Facilitator: Dr. Lindsay Masland, Associate Director for Faculty Professional Development, Center for Academic Excellence Session Description: Join us for a series of facilitated conversations focused on reflecting, restoring, and inspiring each other with insights and approaches garnered during the past year. This 'world cafe' style event will give us time and space to come together as a community to share insights and approaches.

Tuesday, August 10th; 10:00-11:30am "Student Voices" Facilitator: Dr. Jennifer Snodgrass, Hayes School of Music Session Description: This session will feature a panel of students who will share their pandemic teaching experiences and insights.

Next class: Monday, August 9

Turnitin is an integrated AsULearn service for faculty and students that provides a number of writing-related and originality tools:

Originality Check: Identifies similarities between student writing submissions with a database of billions of webpages, journal articles, periodicals, publications, and stored student papers, in order to address uncited quotations and facilitate a discussion about integrity in academic writing. Feedback Studio: A tool specifically designed for providing feedback for an evaluation of writing, with drag/drop custom comments, voice feedback, and rubric/grading form support. PeerMark: A tool to set up peer review (in the Turnitin environment) of existing Turnitin assignment submissions.

This professional development session will be conducted entirely in a Zoom web conference. You may participate in this session from any Internet-connected computer, on or off-campus. You are not required to have a webcam or microphone to participate in the session, but it may enhance your experience to have them. Once you register for the workshop you will be sent additional information on accessing this webinar.

Next class: Wednesday, August 11

Looking for a simple way to increase interactions between your students, helping students engage more with your content, and providing you a create presence in your online and hybrid courses? VoiceThread may be the answer!

Fall VoiceThread Workshop Offerings:

  1. VoiceThread Showcase (see how your colleagues are using VT in their courses) - Aug. 9th at 10am
  2. VoiceThread New Assignments - Aug. 11th at 10am
Next class: Monday, August 9

This faculty learning community is specifically for instructors who are brand new to both academia and App State. We’ll meet monthly to focus on learning the ins and outs of your new institution and career, and through a peer support/mentoring model, we’ll build community around work/life balance, time management, understanding expectations, goal setting, and more.

This learning community is designed for new faculty in their 1st or 2nd years of their career. Monthly meetings days and times will be determined based on participant schedules. (The time slot listed in this registration form is merely a placeholder and not the actual meeting date). The community will be facilitated by Lindsay Masland, Associate Director of Faculty Development and Associate Professor of Psychology.

Next class: Monday, August 16

This faculty learning community will serve as an opportunity to hold space for the things we’ve gone through collectively and independently over the last two years. We’ll gather monthly to reckon with what we’ve learned, what we’ve lost, and what we hope for as teachers, scholars, and humans.

This AppLC will utilize the Circle Way approach to facilitation, a non-hierarchical, democratic approach to group interactions. Participants will be empowered to assume shared ownership of the actions of the group as we work together to define what we need and what we can give.

Because the success of a community relies on participants' commitments to one another, the only requirements are a commitment to attempt to attend all sessions and a willingness to engage in the cultivation of supportive and brave space. This "AppLC" is open to faculty at any career stage—we welcome anyone who feels the need to "hold space."

The dates and times of our meetings will be collaboratively determined by interested participants. At this time, registration is simply an indication of your interest to participate in this community. (August 16 is simply a placeholder and is not the actual date).

Next class: Monday, August 16

Intended for Workshops departmental administrators who manage and schedule courses. These sessions provide informal training and Q&A opportunities.

Next class: Friday, August 6