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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 IDC 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 (View Flyer)

Each semester the IDC sponsors at least two book discussion groups. Faculty meet every two weeks to discuss the book.  Each attendee is provided with a copy of the book to utilize for the semester. Participation in one of the book discussion groups fulfills one of the requirements in the Recognition Program.  Following are the books that will be used this semester:

Mentor: Guiding the Journey of Adult Learners - Bill Lammers, Facilitator, Wednesdays at 1:00 PM

(Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 26, & Mar. 12)

Motivating and Retaining Online Students - Dustin Summey, Facilitator, Tuesdays at 3:00 PM

(Jan. 27, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, & Mar. 11)

Teaching Naked - Ed Powers, Facilitator, Wednesdays at 2:00 PM

(Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 26, & Mar. 12)

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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)

Facilitator: Dustin Summey, Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Torreyson West 319
CANCELLED (new date TBA)

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

Blended Learning Circle (Fulfills one of the requirements in the Recognition Program) (View Flyer)

Facilitator: Ed Powers, Tuesday, January 7, 2014 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Torreyson West 319

Membership in the Blended Learning Circle is open to experienced teachers who desire to modify existing face-to-face courses, assess the outcomes, and share their experiences with others. Join the circle by registering above.

The “circle” consists of faculty members who are curious about blended instruction and willing to experiment with blended techniques in courses during the forthcoming academic year. The circle begins with a one-day workshop facilitated by Ed Powers (Associate Professor of Sociology, veteran instructor, IDC Faculty Technology Coordinator). The workshop introduces blended learning course design options, implementation techniques, and assessment strategies. The circle continues into the fall and spring semesters with implementation of blended techniques in courses, evaluation of outcomes, and group discussions about effective blended strategies. The circle is a lab for instructional innovation and a forum for faculty members to share great ideas (and cautionary tales).

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Focus on Learning: Eat, Engage, Energize (View Flyer)

The IDC presents Eat, Engage, Energize.  This is a format of instructional development facilitated by various faculty on the UCA campus. These events will all be hosted in the Presidential Dining Room.  Attendees will be provided with a Christian Cafeteria lunch ticket. Attendees can access the Presidential Dining Room through the entry under the black awning at the southwest corner of Christian Cafeteria on the day of event.

Best Practices in Student Retention - Ron Novy & Julia Winden-Fey

Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM - Presidential Dining Room

More Engaging Lectures - Lynn Burley

Wednesday, Feburary 5, 2014 at 12:00 noon - Presidential Dining Room

Creating Effective Rubrics - Susan Gatto

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:15 PM - Presidential Dining Room

Using Role-playing in the Classroom - Matt Harper, Kim Little, Tracie Rushing, & Story Matkin-Rawn

Monday, March 10, 2014 at 12:00 noon - Presidential Dining Room

Service-Learning Projects - Faculty Panel of Service-Learning Fellows

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 12:00 noon - Presidential Dining Room

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Focus on Learning: 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 promotion and/or tenure documentation. There are two main instructional workshops offered by the IDC: Teaching Portfolio and Teaching Observation Program.

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 three hour session will help faculty prepare the teaching portion of their promotion and/or tenure application.

Deb Kuster, IDC Coordinator, will facilitate Teaching Portfolio workshop sessions for faculty this semester:

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

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 2:30 PM-4:30 PM - Torreyson West 305 (IDC Conference Room)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM-4:00 PM - Torreyson West 305 (IDC Conference Room)

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

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

Monday, February 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM-10:00 AM - Torreyson West 305 (IDC Conference Room)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM-4:00 PM - Torreyson West 305 (IDC Conference Room)

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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Teaching Circles - NEW! (View Flyer)

Would you like to join with other faculty to talk about teaching?  Are you interested in exploring instructionally related topics with a small, interdisciplinary group of faculty?  Then consider becoming a member of a Teaching Circle.

Teaching Circles will meet once a month over a 6-month period (Sept.-Nov. & Jan.-Mar.).  Faculty members may select a book to discuss, engage in the Teaching Observation Program, and/or determine an instructional improvement project of interest to the group.

During 2013-14, two Teaching Circles will be formed.  Meetings will be held in the Student Center room 226.

Circle 1: Thursdays at 3:00 PM - Deb Kuster, Facilitator

[Jan. 23, Feb. 20, Mar. 13, Student Center 226]

Circle 2: Fridays at 2:00 p.m. - Patty Phelps, Facilitator

[Jan. 24, Feb. 21, Mar. 14, Student Center 226]

Online Teaching Circle:  NEW! - Dustin Summey, Facilitator

[Jan. 29 at 3:00 p.m. in TORW 319 then Online!]

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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

Rethinking Your Course Organization

December 5, 2013 at XPeriod - Torreyson West 319

Preparing Your Course for the Move: Course Copy & Archive

December 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM - Torreyson West 319

Using Collaborate Plan! for Class Preparations (webinar)

January 16, 2014 at XPeriod - online

Bb Full Grade Center - Going Deeper

February 6, 2014 at XPeriod - Torreyson West 319

Collaborate (Synchronous Platform) Basic Introduction (webinar)

February 25, 2014 at XPeriod - online

Online Test Security Options at UCA (webinar)

March 18, 2014 at XPeriod - online

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Online Teaching and Course Design

Dustin Summey, instructional design specialist in the IDC, offers a variety of resources and services intended to support faculty who are involved in online teaching.  He is 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)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM-12:00 PM - Torreyson West 319

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

Monday, February 10, 2014 - Friday, February 28, 2014

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.

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Instructional Development Center Recognition of Achievement

The IDC has developed a plan to allow faculty to follow one or more of three tracks to achieve a recognition for achievement in the following areas:

  • Distinctive Growth in On-Ground Teaching
  • Focused Study of Blended/Hybrid Teaching
  • Certificate in Online Teaching

The objectives of the IDC 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 IDC 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, contact the IDC.

Past Events

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

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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