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IDC Event Registration

Please fill out the form below to register for an event hosted by the IDC. This form may be used multiple times. You do not necessarily have to sign up for every event you wish to attend all at once. Seating is limited. If an event is full, we will contact you and give you the option to be put on a waiting list. Please Scroll down to see a full description WITH dates and times of each event listed.
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The CTE coordinates a variety of events featuring topics relating to faculty members in any stage of their career. We welcome every faculty member to participate in events of interest to them. Faculty may volunteer to present on topics of interest to their colleagues, and suggestions are always welcome.


Book Discussion Groups

Each semester the CTE sponsors book discussion group opportunities for faculty to meet and discuss a book and how it can inform their teaching.  Each attendee is provided with a copy of the book to utilize for the semester. Participation in a book discussion group fulfills one of the requirements in the Recognition Program.  Be watching for future opportunities of this kind.

The Science of Learning: Thursdays at 2:45 p.m. - Bill Lammers, Facilitator

[Sept. 1, Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10]

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Pre-Semester Events

Introductory Online Course Design Workshop (Fulfills the 3-hour face-to-face workshop requirement in the Recognition Program)

Current faculty will be equipped with essential resources and strategies for designing a course for effective online delivery.

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Lunch & Learn Events (View Flyer)

The CTE presents a series of Lunch & Learn events throughout the year.  This is a format of instructional development facilitated by faculty and staff for faculty. These events will all be hosted in the Presidential Dining Room, and attendees will be provided lunch in the Christian Cafeteria. Access to the Presidential Dining Room is found through the side entry under the black awning at the southwest corner of Christian Cafeteria.

Strengthening Student Resilience

Thursday, September 10, 2015, at 12:15 p.m.

More Effectively Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at 12:15 p.m.

More Effectively Teaching Students with Academic Challenges

Friday, October 2, 2015, at 12:00 p.m.

Developing Meaningful Program Assessment

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at 12:00 p.m.

More Effectively Teaching Nontraditional Student Populations

Thursday, November 12, 2015, at 12:15 p.m.

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Instructional Workshops & Consultations

Instructional workshops and consultations are designed to assist faculty in the endeavor to improve instruction, improve classroom management and construct teaching portfolios. These workshops are valuable for course design and preparation of the teaching portion of their advancement, promotion and/or tenure documentation. There are two main instructional workshops offered by the CTE: Teaching Portfolio and the Teaching Observation Partners.

The Teaching Portfolio workshop offers an opportunity to learn how to construct a portfolio to document one's teaching. Writing and discussion exercises provide a starting point for the portfolio development process. This session will help faculty prepare the teaching portion of their advancement, promotion and/or tenure application.

Deb Kuster, CTE Instructional Consultant, will facilitate Teaching Portfolio workshop sessions for faculty this semester:

Teaching Portfolio Workshop
(Fulfills one of the requirements in the Recognition Program)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 2:40-4:00 p.m. - Torreyson West 319 (CTE Conference Room)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 8:30-10:00 a.m. - Torreyson West 319 (CTE Conference Room)

Deb Kuster will also facilitate orientation training sessions on the Teaching Observation Partners (TOP) for faculty this semester.  Participants will form pairs to conduct mutual classroom observations for instructional improvement purposes.

Teaching Observation Partners (TOP)
(Fulfills one of the requirements in the Recognition Program)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 2:40-4:00 p.m. - Torreyson West 319 (CTE Conference Room)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 8:30-10:00 a.m. - Torreyson West 319 (CTE Conference Room)

Instructional Consultant Deb Kuster can also be contacted for individual, confidential teaching consultations.  To request an appointment, you may email her directly at or (501) 450-5785.

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Faculty Learning Communities - (View Flyer)

Would you like to join with other faculty to talk about teaching?  Are you interested in exploring instructional topics with a small, interdisciplinary group of faculty?  Then consider becoming a member of a Faculty Learning Community.  Faculty members may select a book to discuss, engage in the Teaching Observation Partners, and/or determine an instructional improvement project of interest to the group.

Coffee Talk:  - Ed Powers, Facilitator


First & Second Year Faculty:  Thursdays at 2:40pm - Deb Kuster, Facilitator

[Sept. 10, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 29, ]

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Teaching & Learning with Technology

The IDC hosts various workshops throughout the year for faculty members seeking to improve their skills in instructional technologies.  These include a variety of topics ranging from online and hybrid course design to building effective presentations.

Blackboard Learn 9.1 Introductory Training - See the Blackboard Training Events Page

Webinar: Designing Secure Online Tests & Quizzes

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at X-Period - Online Webinar

Collaborate: Designing Effective Interactive/Collaborative Classes

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at X-Period - Torreyson West 319

Webinar: Clearing Up Grade Center Confusion

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at X-Period - Online Webinar

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Online Teaching and Course Design

The CTE offers a variety of resources and services intended to support faculty who are involved in online teaching.  CTE instructional designers are available to provide individual consultations and customized training for faculty groups in addition to the workshops, seminars, and other scheduled events listed here.

Introductory Online Course Design Workshop (Fulfills one of the requirements in the Recognition Program)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at 9:00am-12:00 PM - Torreyson West 319

Asynchronous Online Seminar on Online Teaching (Fulfills one of the requirements in the Recognition Program)

Monday, February 2 - Friday, February 20, 2015

This fully-online seminar is designed to give faculty the experience of taking an online course from the perspective of both the student and the instructor.  It is delivered asynchronously over a 3-week period of time using Blackboard.  A model course is used to demonstrate the essential components of an effective online learning experience.

Online Course Development Marathon

Tuesday, May 5, 12:30-3:30pm  AND  Wednesday, May 6, 9:00am-12:00pm

This working event provides a rare opportunity for faculty to retreat to a highly productive environment and spend six hours developing and/or improving their online courses.  CTE staff will be on hand to provide just-in-time, individualized support as faculty finally find time to incorporate new tools, strategies, and creative elements into their online courses.  This has been an extremely popular event, so you will want to register early as there is limited space!

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Center for Teaching Excellence Recognition of Achievement

The CTE has developed a plan to allow faculty to follow one or two tracks to achieve a recognition for achievement in the following areas:

  • Distinctive Growth in On-Ground/Hybrid Teaching
  • Certificate in Online Teaching

The objectives of the CTE through this program are to encourage ongoing instructional improvement, to recognize faculty for engaging in rigorous faculty development activities, and to establish a campus-wide mark of professional achievement related to teaching.

Faculty members wishing to participate or learn more should visit the Recognition for Achievement page.

New Faculty Orientation

The CTE coordinates a two-day pre-semester orientation each August for new full-time faculty to help them become familiar with the campus and meet their colleagues.  For more information on this year's New Faculty Orientation, visit the New Faculty Orientation page or contact the IDC.

Past Events

For a full list of past events, see the following documents:

IDC Spring 2015 Programs

IDC Fall 2014 Programs

IDC Spring 2014 Programs

IDC Fall 2013 Programs

IDC Events Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

IDC Spring 2012 Programs

IDC Fall 2011 Programs

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