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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
Each semester the IDC 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.
Introductory Online Course Design Workshop (Fulfills the 3-hour face-to-face workshop requirement in the Recognition Program)
Facilitator: Dustin Summey, Wednesday, January 7, 2015, from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Torreyson West 319
Current faculty will be equipped with essential resources and strategies for designing a course for effective online delivery.
Focus on Learning: Eat, Engage, Energize (View Flyer)
The IDC presents the Eat, Engage, Energize luncheon series. This is a format of instructional development facilitated by faculty for faculty. These events will all be hosted in the Presidential Dining Room and attendees will be provided with a Christian Cafeteria lunch ticket. Access to the Presidential Dining Room is found through the side entry under the black awning at the southwest corner of Christian Cafeteria.
Deep Learning: Academic Engagement in Residential Colleges
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 12:15pm - President's Private Dining Room in Christian Cafeteria
Making the UCA Core More Meaningful for Students
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 12:00pm - President's Private Dining Room
Am I Ready to Teach Online? (Faculty Panel hosted by Dustin Summey)
Thursday, March 12, 2015, at 12:15pm - President's Private Dining Room
Mentoring Round Table: What's In It for Me?
Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 12:15pm - President's Private Dining Room
Creating Captivating Syllabi (That Students Actually Read)
Friday, April 10, 2015, at 12:00pm - President's Private Dining Room
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 Faculty 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 17, 2015, at 2:40-4:00pm - Torreyson West 305 (IDC Conference Room)
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at 8:30-10:00am - Torreyson West 305 (IDC 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)
Monday, February 9, 2015, at 8:30-9:50am - Torreyson West 305 (IDC Conference Room)
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 2:40-4:00pm - 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 DKuster@uca.edu or (501) 450-5785.
Teaching Circles / Community Connections - (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 Teaching Circle. 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.
Blended Learning: - Ed Powers, Facilitator
[Feb. 18, Mar. 4, Mar. 18, Apr. 1]
First & Second Year Faculty: Thursdays at 2:40pm - Deb Kuster, Facilitator
[Jan. 22, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Mar. 5]
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
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)
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. IDC 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!
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, visit the New Faculty Orientation page or contact the IDC.
For a full list of past events, see the following documents: