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Banner Basics for Beginners

Center for Academic Excellence (FAD) Type of course Professional Development


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: Wednesday, December 1

Scholars and teachers in higher ed today contend with a set of conditions, controversies, and conflicts over campus climate, free expression, academic freedom, and the nature and purpose of our work. Should we be as “objective” as possible or should we be devoted to political causes and activist goals? Are we subject matter experts and authorities in our classrooms, or should we be breaking down power inequalities and finding ways to establish solidarity with our students? This Learning Community will read and discuss a number of key articles and books related to these debates.

Next class: Friday, December 3

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, December 1

Early Career Writing Retreat

Center for Academic Excellence (FAD) Type of course Professional Development


Early Career Faculty are invited to join us for a virtual writing retreat. There's no better feeling going into a semester break than the one you get when you can check a writing project off of your to-do list!

We'll meet for four days to make some major headway on the scholarly project(s) of your choice. We'll set goals, examine time management strategies, consider accountability frameworks, and of course, WRITE, WRITE, WRITE! Past participants have used the retreat to complete manuscript revisions, begin outlining a new project, finish a chapter, progress on dissertations, and more.

Each day will start with check-ins, goal-setting, and sharing writing/time management strategies via Zoom. Then, we'll break off into groups and work according to your individual preference--either in breakout rooms (with or without cameras), in the main room (with or without cameras), or off of Zoom altogether. We'll have periodic check-ins for accountability and to celebrate progress.

You do not need to be available for all retreat hours/days to participate. Once you register, we'll contact you with more information. So, come join us to get some writing off of your plate!

Please note that you do not need to register for all days—that's just a funky feature of the Workshop Scheduler. Registering for one gets you access to the full retreat.

Next class: Tuesday, December 14

Faculty Diversity Recruitment Training

Human Resources Type of course Diversity and Inclusion


Newly formed faculty search committees are requested to register (click on the "more information" link below for a memo from the Provost).

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. Registration is not required for Internal searches.

Next class: Wednesday, December 1

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: Friday, December 3

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: Monday, December 6

VoiceThread: How-to

Center for Academic Excellence (LTS) Type of course Tools for Teaching


VoiceThread is a powerful tool that can be used to create engaging course activities to foster deeper learning. VoiceTread allows us to increase all three engagement factors: student-to-student, student-to-content, and student-to-instructor.

These set of workshops are designed to be hands-on, giving you, the faculty, the tools you need to create your own VoiceThread activity to use in your classes. You are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop or have a computer available during the workshop so that you can create your VoiceThread activity during the workshop. If you are not ready to put a VT activity into your course, you may use a dev course. If you need a dev course/sandbox AsULearn course to practice in, please contact the workshop coordinator and they can assist you.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to...

Next class: Friday, December 10