The Center for Faculty Excellence strives to provide opportunities for BGSU educators to discuss learner-centered, integrative teaching. We hope that through participation, each educator can develop more pedagogical “capital.” We sincerely invite you to join our community of learners by registering for the discussions/workshops listed below. All workshops will be located in the CFE location (103 Olscamp Hall) unless otherwise noted. 


Building an Effective Syllabus

In this workshop, participants will learn about how to craft an effective syllabus. A syllabus can be an important document that does much more than simply provide a schedule of events and a list of expectations and policies. Carefully crafted, an effective syllabus can illustrate critical course components (e.g., clear course expectations, schedule and method of assessment, student support services, pedagogical efforts to engage students in the learning process, etc.) that promote student learning and success. Participants are encouraged to bring sample copies of their own syllabus.


  • Monday, August 1, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Monday, August 15, 10:00-11:00 am


Location: Olscamp Room 110



Connecting Learning Expectations with Assessment

In this workshop, participants will identify strategies for how to connect what they want students to know with how they plan on assessing them. There will be active discussion on best practices for creating a clear statement on course expectations, as well as preparing a schedule and method of assessments. Additionally, participants will identify how to connect learning expectations to class activities and assignments.

  • Wednesday, July 27, 1:00-2:00 pm
  • Friday, August 5, 1:00-2:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 18, 9:00-10 am


Location: Olscamp Room 110





Canvas 101 Workshop

Canvas 101 is an on-campus training workshop that provides experience with Canvas features including: settings, notifications, assignments, discussions, grading, and quizzes. An open question and hands-on session will be included in this workshop. Participants are asked to bring a laptop or to notify the CFE if they will need one provided.

  • Wednesday, August 3, 1:30-3:30 pm
  • Monday, August 8, 9:00-11:00 am
  • Tuesday, August 16, 9:00-11:00 am
  • Thursday, August 18, 1:30-3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, August 31, 1:30-3:30 pm

Location: Olscamp Room 110



Canvas Advanced Quiz Workshop

This in-depth training for faculty members will show how to create quizzes in Canvas. Topics will include types of questions such as Fill in the Blanks, Matching, Multiple Choice, as well as creating Quiz Banks for randomizing questions to help prevent cheating.


  • Tuesday, August 2, 9:00-11:00 am
  • Friday, August 19, 1:30-3:30 pm

Location: Olscamp Room 110




Top Hat 101: Engaging Your Students Fall 2016

Top Hat helps professors easily create an interactive teaching experience. 

Professors use this web-based teaching platform for real-time assessment of students’ understanding of course material; keeping them engaged throughout the entire lecture and saving time on administrative tasks (such as attendance).

This workshop will simulate a mini-lecture using Top Hat. Professors will have the chance to create questions, discussions and interactive content.

A representative from Top Hat, who will also provide snacks and refreshments, will facilitate this workshop on August 2nd and August 3rd.

For more information on how Top Hat works you can watch this short video.

For questions and additional information, contact the CFE at cfe@bgsu.edu or 419 372-6898.

Location: Olscamp Room 110