The Center for Faculty Excellence is “hitting the road” to bring faculty training to the colleges! CFE “Road Shows” can be customized for specific area needs and CFE staff will come to your location to deliver the presentations during departmental meetings or other convenient times for faculty. 

    Your syllabus will demonstrate the interplay of your understanding of students’ needs and interests, your beliefs and assumptions about the nature of learning and education, and your values and interests concerning course content and structure. Your syllabus will provide your students with essential information and resources that can help them become effective learners by actively shaping their own learning. Participants receive informational handouts and sample syllabi to generate thoughts and questions about developing learner-centered syllabi.

    This workshop is designed to help equip you as an instructor with activities to support the development of critical reading skills within course materials.  Resources and discussion will focus on gauging student reading skills, and reading and note taking activities to incorporate into current coursework.  If students in your courses need help getting up to speed with their reading skills, this workshop is the place to start.

    Educators know that working in groups can benefit students in various ways, but it too often happens that group projects do not accomplish their intended purpose, and many students say they don’t like group work—especially those motivated students who end up doing all the work. This session will provide a solid introduction to successful group projects.

    Educators across the country­—from Sal Khan of the Khan Academy to Eric Mazur of Harvard—are experimenting with the idea of the inverted or “flipped” classroom, in which what would normally be covered in classroom lectures is covered outside of class, and in which classroom time is used to actively engage students in discussion and problem solving. Come to this workshop to learn what it means to “flip” either an entire course or individual assignments.

    One of the best ways to help students evaluate their own work and progress is to engage them in evaluating the work of their peers.  Done well, peer assessment can be a significant tool in helping students refine their abilities as learners. Join us to discuss how to teach students to be effective peer assessors.

    L. Dee Fink has given us permission to use his “Self-directed Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning.” According to Fink, the “guide is intended to introduce a useful and systematic process for designing courses. It is based on the same components found in most models of instructional design, but it assembles these components into a relational, integrated model rather than a linear one.” Learn more about this design and how to use it for your courses.

    There is a good deal of evidence that students learn best when they are able to articulate what they have learned, how they learned it, and how new information connects to their prior knowledge. This process of thinking about learning is called reflection, and it is a crucial skill for every college student to possess. Many educators give students “reflection” assignments, asking them to reflect on experiences they have had or courses they have taken. Unfortunately, the process of reflection does not come naturally to all students and many can benefit from deliberate instruction on how to reflect critically and well. Join us in this discussion about teaching reflection.

    This presentation is designed for faculty who will be teaching online and/or building an online course in Canvas.  It will cover select pedagogical aspects of teaching online as well as the basics of online course design utilizing Quality Matters ( principles.  In addition, participants will use Canvas during the seminar to begin building an online course.  Upon completion of the seminar, faculty will have the tools needed to develop an online course as well as have an understanding of online pedagogy and learning from the online student perspective. Faculty are asked to have completed Canvas 101 Open Lab Workshop prior to attending. This presentation can be tailored to align with department needs.  

*Faculty will need to bring laptops with wireless capability to this presentation.  

    This seminar is intended for faculty who will be developing and teaching an online course for the first time.  This 100% online course places faculty in the role of an online student, so while learning about online course development and teaching, faculty will simultaneously experience the online student perspective.

    This course was developed around the principles of Quality Matters, a faculty centered peer review process and course development rubric designed to certify quality in online course design (  The course structure can serve as a potential model, if applicable, for an online course design.  Canvas 202 is a 2-week instructor-led course and there are assignments, discussion board activities, and due dates.

    Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. Colleges and universities across and beyond the U.S. use the tools in developing, maintaining and reviewing their online courses and in training their faculty. This presentation introduces faculty to the Quality Matters rubric and process for building online and blended courses, describes the online course peer review process, as well as presents additional professional development opportunities for faculty.

    This presentation will introduce the Canvas “LTIs”, otherwise known as “Learning Technology Integrations”, a set of tools that extends the functions of the Canvas Learning Management System. These “cool tools” can be utilized to enhance the teaching and learning experience in a Canvas course and provide options for increasing student engagement and interaction as well as demonstrate creative and innovative means of presenting content using current technology.  

    Faculty will learn about digital content tools, media content tools,  lecture capture tools, student polling tools, tools for plagiarism detection, and many others. This presentation can be tailored to focus on specific tools or a general overview of all tools can be presented.  

*To request a CFE Road Show, contact the Center for Faculty Excellence at or (419) 372-6898.