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AppLC: App DigiFab

Academic Technologies Department (formerly LTS) Type of course Exploring best pedadogical practices


App DigiFab, the Digital Design and Fabrication Learning Community at Appalachian State University, is a group of faculty and staff exploring the professional and educational use of computer-aided design (CAD) and digital fabrication hardware used for three-dimensional design, visualization, and fabrication. The group includes members from the departments of Fine Arts, Applied Design, and Sustainable Technology & the Built Environment, and explores multiple applications related to digital design, fabrication, and representation.

The participants have selected the following meeting schedule for Fall 2022. Aug 26 (group picture Day), Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, and Dec. 9 from 3:30 to 5pm. However, this may change based on a variety of factors.

Next class: Friday, August 26

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: Thursday, September 1

The AsULearn Essentials course is a five-week, lightly facilitated, asynchronous, cohort-based course aimed at helping faculty become acquainted with Appalachian State's Learning Management System (LMS) AsULearn. Faculty will gain experience using AsULearn from a student's perspective, as well as practice using some of the most common educational technology tools in their own AsULearn course. Deliverables for this course have been designed to assist faculty with creating and building their own AsULearn course.

Upon successful completion of all four learning modules, faculty will earn the AsULearn Essentials Badge indicating that they have mastered the basic functions of the LMS.

Next class: Friday, August 19

If you've never used the AsULearn gradeboook, you're not alone. Your spreadsheets have worked just fine for years, right? But wouldn't it be nice to finally eliminate all those emails from students wondering about their grades? Trust us, this is a teaching move students really dig (read: gets your teaching evals up) AND it saves you time - so it's great bang for your buck. And yes, the gradebook CAN handle your unusual grading scheme - the possibilities are basically limitless. Give us one hour to walk you through your plunge with a lot less angst than you might expect, so you can get on to other things this semester.

Next class: Thursday, September 1

This workshop will introduce users to Banner Self-Service, Web-Focus Dashboards, and E-print. The main topics covered will include how to access your funds, fund reconciliations, and online budget queries and transfers. The workshop is primarily designed for new departmental administrative staff and includes hands-on instruction and demonstrations.

Next class: Thursday, August 18

Basic CMS Administration

University Communications Type of course Scala (Digital Signage) User Training


This workshop is required for users who will be working in the Scala Content Management System (CMS).

This workshop introduces users to the Scala Content Management System (CMS) at Appalachian.

Users who will be uploading media, managing content and/or maintaining a Scala screen(s) will need to attend a session of this workshop prior to being granted access to Scala CMS.

Also appropriate for anyone wanting a refresher.

Next class: Wednesday, August 31

Belk Library - Campus Connection

Human Resources Type of course Campus Connections


Campus Connections are short 1-hour meet ups at various locations around campus. These events are designed to inspire you and the students you serve to become engaged campus citizens and form lasting relationships. The investment you make now will serve you well as you continue your service at AppState!

A primary mission of the University Libraries is to assist those who pursue knowledge. The tour of Belk Library & Information Commons will present the building's services, study spaces, collections, and technology offerings which support our mission and demonstrate to new campus employees the value of the library to students, staff, faculty, and the community. Join us for this tour of the Belk Library!

Next class: Friday, August 26

Breathing and Meditation Practice

Human Resources Type of course HR Personal Development


Introduction to and practice of the Wim Hof breathing method (30min to 45min). There will be a short description of benefits from the Wim Hof Method of breathwork and meditation.

Following breathwork will be a 10 to 15 min. silent meditation.

Facilitated by Matthew Cooper, Counseling for Faculty and Staff

Next class: Monday, August 22

Budgeting 101

Human Resources Type of course Teaching and Learning


Come learn how to live (budget) your life while doing what you love. This workshop will share financial tips and resources to help you manage your life (budget) while living within your means, saving & investing to give you freedom & flexibility now & in the future.

Presenter information:
Angela Brown is a senior lecturer at Appalachian State University. She teaches workforce education, business communication, and personal money management courses for career and technical education (CTE) in the RCOE’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Next class: Friday, September 9

Campus Activities - Campus Connection

Human Resources Type of course Campus Connections


Campus Connections are short 1-hour meet ups at various locations around campus. These events are designed to inspire you and the students you serve to become engaged campus citizens and form lasting relationships. The investment you make now will serve you well as you continue your service at AppState!

Campus Activities facilitates transformational student experiences by creating a vibrant student life community where all students feel valued, connected, and successful. We are committed to the holistic development and success of all students, the cultivation of inclusive spaces and communities, and the fostering of meaningful relationships and lifelong learning. Campus Activities oversees Fraternity & Sorority Life, Clubs & Organizations, APPS, and put on events for Welcome Week and Homecoming.

Please explore our website and get inspired to get involved in the countless clubs, organizations, programs, and learning opportunities we offer! https://campusactivities.appstate.edu/

Next class: Thursday, August 25

Campus Ambassador Tour - Campus Connection

Human Resources Type of course Campus Connections


Campus Connections are short 1-hour meet ups at various locations around campus. These events are designed to inspire you and the students you serve to become engaged campus citizens and form lasting relationships. The investment you make now will serve you well as you continue your service at AppState!

Led by Appalachian Student Ambassadors, a select group of student leaders, who give personalized tours of Appalachian's campus to VIP alum, prospective students, and staff. Please join us for this event to hear from passionate students about what they love most about App State.

Please contact Dalton Akos at akosde@appstate.edu if you have any accessibility concerns and we will be happy to accommodate.

Next class: Monday, September 12

Kaltura is a tool baked right into AsULearn that makes the creating, storing and sharing of videos in your courses falling-off-a-log easy. No more need to make them in Zoom, send to YouTube, and bring links into AsULearn - they're already there. Whether you bring in videos from elsewhere or make them yourself, Kaltura is place to keep them right "next" to your courses that allows you with a couple of easy clicks to share them with as many courses as you like. You can also have students make videos for assignments, and yes - even in forum posts. This is one of those super-intuitive, does-a-lot tools you'll wish you had tried four semesters ago.

Next class: Thursday, August 18

If it's so touted by educators as a key classroom strategy, why do students roll their eyes when they see it listed on the syllabus? Learn strategies for designing a peer review setup that your students will actually use, like and accomplish great things with, and will even save you time and energy.

Next class: Tuesday, August 30

EmpowHER is a university-supported affinity group designed to cultivate an intentional and meaningful community for women of color in faculty roles and staff roles at App State. Through the co-creation of a supportive community of women, individuals will have the ability to explore their identities, share lived experiences and discuss what it means to be a woman of color navigating the joys and challenges of higher education. EmpowHER has a community track for staff and a community track for faculty of all ranks to support navigating the unique experiences of multiple types of employees at App State. The book club is available to both tracks. Please visit the website (click "more information" below) to get your complimentary copy of the book.

Dates for Book Discussion September 16th 8:30 am-9:30 am October 13th 12:30 pm-1:30 pm

Next class: Friday, September 16

Here at last―and none too soon―is a resource that delivers the research base, tools, and courage to tackle one of the most challenging and emotionally charged conversations in today’s schools: our inconsistent grading practices and the ways they can inadvertently perpetuate the achievement and opportunity gaps among our students.

With Grading for Equity, Joe Feldman cuts to the core of the conversation, revealing how grading practices that are accurate, bias-resistant, and motivational will improve learning, minimize grade inflation, reduce failure rates, and become a lever for creating stronger teacher-student relationships and more caring classrooms. Essential reading for schoolwide and individual book study or for student advocates, Grading for Equity provides

A critical historical backdrop, describing how our inherited system of grading was originally set up as a sorting mechanism to provide or deny opportunity, control students, and endorse a "fixed mindset" about students’ academic potential―practices that are still in place a century later. A summary of the research on motivation and equitable teaching and learning, establishing a rock-solid foundation and a "true north" orientation toward equitable grading practices. Specific grading practices that are more equitable, along with teacher examples, strategies to solve common hiccups and concerns, and evidence of effectiveness. Reflection tools for facilitating individual or group engagement and understanding.

As Joe writes, "Grading practices are a mirror not just for students, but for us as their teachers." Each one of us should start by asking, "What do my grading practices say about who I am and what I believe?" Then, let’s make the choice to do things differently . . . with Grading for Equity as a dog-eared reference.

Come join your AppState colleagues as we take this journey together and explore how we can grade for equity in our courses.

Next class: Friday, September 9

Health Promotion - Campus Connection

Human Resources Type of course Campus Connections


Campus Connections are short 1-hour meet ups at various locations around campus. These events are designed to inspire you and the students you serve to become engaged campus citizens and form lasting relationships. The investment you make now will serve you well as you continue your service at AppState!

Health Promotion for Faculty and Staff (HPFS) provides Appalachian State University staff, faculty, retirees, and their spouses/domestic partners with programs and services that help to promote a healthier lifestyle and a better quality of life. Major components of the program include health and fitness, preventive care, and outreach programs. Our facilities are available to all faculty, staff, retirees, and their spouses/domestic partners at no charge.

How to find the "Hidden Gem" (AKA Varisty Gym): If you enter the gymnasium from Rivers Street, immediately upon entering the glass doors, take the stairs (down) to your left (next to the water fountain). There is a "Health Promotion for Faculty and Staff" poster, at the top of the stairs. If you enter Varsity Gym from the campus side, you are greeted with the Military Science trophy case. Go down the stairs (two flights), pass vending machines (on your left). Walk across the gymnasium floor (short side) toward Rivers Street. Once you are in the lobby, take the stairs (down) to your right (just past restrooms and water fountain).

Next class: Friday, September 2

Are you looking for ways to make your assignments more transparent to your students in an effort to help them better achieve your learning objectives? Come find out how the advanced grading options in AsULearn Assignment can help.

The Advanced grading option in the AsULearn Assignment tool gives faculty a wider range of options over the direct grading method. This workshop will explore the creation and use of rubrics and grading guides available in AsULearn's built in assignment tool.

Next class: Tuesday, September 13

This workshop will provide information and guidance in setting up quizzes in AsULearn that discourage cheating. Participants will also discuss pedagogical practices for online assessment to help promote quality student works, meaningful results, and an overall better learning experience for both students and faculty.

Next class: Tuesday, August 30

Campus Connections are short 1-hour meet ups at various locations around campus. These events are designed to inspire you and the students you serve to become engaged campus citizens and form lasting relationships. The investment you make now will serve you well as you continue your service at AppState!

Come to learn a general overview of Information Technology at App State - support, security, hardware/software and Google tips and tricks.

Next class: Friday, September 16

Intro to Scala: Media Design

University Communications Type of course Scala (Digital Signage) User Training


Any area can create and share appropriate university-wide messages with campus. Having a Scala system is not required.

This workshop introduces users to the guidelines for creating and sharing digital slides at Appalachian, including digital signage slide specs, designing slides and best practices, and side sharing and distribution.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone who wants to create digital slides for distribution to campus.

Next class: Thursday, September 8

McKinney Alumni Center - Campus Connection

Human Resources Type of course Campus Connections


Campus Connections are short 1-hour meet ups at various locations around campus. These events are designed to inspire you and the students you serve to become engaged campus citizens and form lasting relationships. The investment you make now will serve you well as you continue your service at AppState!

All App State alumni are automatically part of the Alumni Association! Come learn about the programs and support we provide for our nearly 140,000 alumni.

Next class: Thursday, August 18

Pivot User Training

Office of Research Type of course Office of Research


This training session will help new users of the Pivot funding search database:

Next class: Tuesday, September 13

Staff Search Committee Guidance and Strategies

Human Resources Type of course HR Employee Development


Have a search coming up for an EHRA or SHRA position? Are you a newly appointed Search Chair or need a refresher course? This information session will cover established recruitment practices that are thoughtful and proactive, promoting an efficient search to achieve successful hires for Appalachian State University.

Topics covered will include: Implicit Bias, Sourcing/Recruitment/Advertising, Search Committee Composition, Evaluative Criteria & Applicant Screening, Interviewing, Reference Checks, and Communication with Applicants.

The last portion of the workshop will be dedicated to Questions and Answers.

Next class: Thursday, August 25

Supervisor Development Series

Human Resources Type of course HR Supervisor Development


Representatives from Human Resources, Title IX, University Ombudsperson, Environmental Health and Safety, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Disability Resources will provide the training you need to be a successful manager at App State. This 4-part series is spread across multiple days in an effort to minimize the impact to your workday. Please attend all session to the extent possible. Topics will include the following:

Session 1 Role of Manager/Transition from Peer to Manager Leave Management (FMLA, FIL, Work Comp, STD, LTD) Disability Resources

Session 2 Interviewing, Merit-based selection New Orientation & Onboarding Process Conflict Resolution and Facilitating Difficult Discussions Identity Conscious Supervision

Session 3 How Coaching Works Safety & Preparedness Workplace Harassment and Discrimination EEODF

Session 4 Payroll Issues Performance Management Employee Relations (Disciplinary Process, Grievances)

Next class: Wednesday, September 7

Campus Connections are short 1-hour meet ups at various locations around campus. These events are designed to inspire you and the students you serve to become engaged campus citizens and form lasting relationships. The investment you make now will serve you well as you continue your service at AppState!

University Sustainability offers many wonderful programs and services to the campus community such as the Free Store, Food Pantry, Campus Gardens, and many sustainable energy initiatives. Join us for this event to learn How You Can Get Involved.

Next class: Tuesday, September 6

UREC - Campus Connection

Human Resources Type of course Campus Connections


Campus Connections are short 1-hour meet ups at various locations around campus. These events are designed to inspire you and the students you serve to become engaged campus citizens and form lasting relationships. The investment you make now will serve you well as you continue your service at AppState!

Please join us for this exciting campus connection at University Recreation (UREC). University Recreation's (UREC) mission is to facilitate an inclusive environment where recreation and wellness opportunities transform, engage, and care for the App State community to enhance student learning and development. This event features a tour of the Student Recreation Center, overview of each facility (Quinn Rec Center, Mt. Mitchell, Bike App, Camp Broadstone and State Farm fields), membership information, and overview of programs and services (aquatics, fitness, sports, and outdoor programs).

Next class: Tuesday, August 30

Over the last few years, many instructors have experimented with their approach to due dates and late policies. Some have seen success with completely eliminating both, but many have not. Instructors have remarked that due date flexibility results in increased workload for them and decreased output by their students. In this session, we'll discuss several approaches to late work including:

  • Best-By Dates
  • the Scaffolded Syllabus
  • the Oops Pass
  • the Late Work Explanation Form

Come join us to discuss ways to enhance flexibility and support for our students that are still manageable for us as instructors.

Next class: Thursday, August 18