36th Showcase on Teaching and Learning
Thank you to all the presenters and the attendees who helped make Showcase a success!
If you were not able to attend, recordings of sessions are available in the Academic Community on Blackboard.
Magna Professional Development opportunities
Magna Summer Enrichment Course
Time is running out on this opportunity! All courses end on September 18th and usually take 20 hours to complete.
Magna Publications is offering online courses on effective college teaching, online teaching practices, flipped instruction, and student engagement. Available courses:
Developing and Teaching an Online Course
Start Teaching Online
Practical Solutions for Flipping your Classroom
Complete course descriptions can be found at 2021 Summer Enrichment Courses.
Contact the FCTL@MissouriState.edu if you would like to register for one of these courses.
Are You Interested in Participating in an Online Seminar Directly from Your Office?
MSU has an institutional license to the following on-demand resources.
· The Teaching Professor – access great articles and practical, evidence-based insights on strategies for creating a better learning environment. This online newsletter has been a trusted guide for educators for more than 30 years. Editor Dr. Maryellen Weimer has over 25 years of experience in college teaching. She has authored a number of books and is a highly-regarded proponent of effective teaching practices.
· Magna Commons – a content library of on-demand versions of many of Magna’s most popular Magna Online Seminars, covering a broad range of topics of interest to faculty and administrators.
· 20-Minute Mentor – a content library of on-demand versions of Magna’s popular 20-Minute Mentor programs, covering a broad range of faculty development topics. (See below).
Access these resources by activating your Magna subscription through the Academic Community located in Blackboard. Select the Academic Community from the Community tab in Blackboard, and from the Academic Community’s main menu, select Magna Subscriptions located under Professional Learning. Follow the instructions provided to activate your subscription.
Monday Morning Mentor
These sessions will become available on Monday mornings. Through your Magna subscription, the program will be available for on-demand viewing for one full week.
How Can I Increase Exam Security with Custom Question Banks?
For faculty who want to increase their exam security, this 20-Minute Mentor demonstrates how to use question banks to create unique exams and improve academic integrity.
How Can Discussion Responses Give Narrative Shape to an Online Class?
For online teachers who are looking to create a more useful and engaging discussion board that ties to course content, this 20-Minute Mentor provides practical strategies to manage the discussion board and use it to frame course content.
How Can I Adapt My Teaching So Students Thrive in a Polysynchronous Classroom?
For teachers in any modality that are required to synchronously teach students in-person and virtually, this 20-Minute Mentor details how polysynchronous instruction can provide concrete tools for adapting teaching to both modalities to maximize through learning.
How Can I Ensure Academic Integrity in the Online Classroom?
How Can I Teach Soft Skills to Better Prepare Students for the Workplace?
This Magna 20-Minute Mentor discusses core power skills which include: teamwork, communication, positive attitude, critical thinking, professionalism, and time management. You’ll also learn a four phase approach to integrating soft-skill education into a curriculum and how to design related activities to unleash the full potential of your students.
How Can I Encourage Students to Stay Connected with Course Content After Class?
Learn techniques you can use to deepen student understanding of course material—after class is over—that you presented in the classroom. These techniques include creating reflection videos and cartoon making, among others.
How Can I Effectively Move Peer Reviews Online?
For online teachers who need to engage students in a peer view of written assignments, this 20-Minute Mentor details specific instructions of how to accomplish this online, as well as what technology tools are best suited for this process.
For information on all sessions for this semester, see Fall 2021 Schedule
Go to the Academic Community to activate your subscription and view the complete schedule. Passwords will be provided weekly.
Online Learning Consortium™ Faculty Workshops in September and October
The OLC offers an extensive online learning opportunities for education professionals. Check out the workshops available in September and beyond.
Creating Effective Assessment – Sept 13–19
Fundamentals: Increasing Interaction & Engagement – Sept 20–26
Blended Learning: Applying Best Practices into Course Design – Oct 4 – Oct 30
New to Online, Essentials Part I: Getting Started – Oct 11 – Oct 17, Nov 8 – Nov 14, Dec 6 – Dec 12
Designing Courses with a Multimodal Approach – Oct 11 – Oct 17
Getting Started with Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) Course Design – Oct 11 – Oct 17, Nov 29 – Dec 5
Creating Infographics for Learning, Oct 25 – Oct 31
Designing Game-Based Learning, Oct 25 – Oct 31
Exploring Interactive Video Tool, Oct 27 – Oct 29
Curriculum Innovation Grants
The call for submissions for Curriculum Innovation Grants will open on September 20, 2021. More information will be provided soon.
Submissions will be due on October 31, 2021.
Curriculum Innovation Mini Grants
There is now additional funding available for Curriculum innovation mini-grants. Awards are limited up to $1,200 per grant application.
Curriculum innovation mini-grants support faculty with ‘pivoting’ their courses during the ongoing Coronavirus.
Applicants must complete an application indicating:
What one change do you want to make to your course? i.e., better engage students with the content, create more engaging video lectures, determine better strategies for blended instruction.
What do you think might help you with this change? i.e., document camera or other video equipment, digital tools that will engage students, not sure.
How will you know if you were successful in creating this change? i.e., I will see better scores, I will have more engaging course materials online, my students will be more satisfied with their learning experience.
Submit Curriculum Innovation Mini-Grant Application.
Mini-Grants are one-time funding and faculty should consider ongoing costs such as annual subscription services. Applications will be considered until the funding is depleted.
Faculty Writing Retreats
Faculty Writing Retreats (in-person and virtual) will help you meet your writing goals for the year. Begin new articles, revise and resubmit, polish your book proposal, complete your last edits, and connect and collaborate with other faculty scholars.
For Fall 2021, in-person Writing Retreats are back! Register for any of the following dates. If you register, you may also choose to write along in your office or at home and join our lunchtime roundtable via Zoom.
FCTL Conference Room, Meyer Library Room 204 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fall 2021 dates:
Friday September 17th
Friday October 22nd
Friday November 19th
Mon-Tue Dec 20th-21st
Please register through My Learning Connection by searching for “Faculty Writing Retreats Program” and choose the sessions you wish to attend. If you sign up, you are not obliged to stay all day if you have other obligations.
Participants will be sent a form to log their goals and contacted prior to each event with a reminder.
Lunchtime Workshops may feature special topics and/or guest presenters on writing and research productivity.
Morning coffee and catered lunch provided by the Office of the Provost.
For more information or to be put on the mailing list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Showcase Fridays are an extension of the annual Showcase on Teaching and Learning providing an opportunity to learn and discuss with colleagues a variety of topics and issues surrounding the science and art of teaching. These may include teaching with Zoom, service-learning pedagogy, strategies for assessment and student feedback, or inclusive teaching.
These sessions will be available via Zoom – 11-11:50 am on Fridays.
Links will available on Blackboard’s Academic Community and will be emailed to faculty each Monday.
September 17, 2021
Encouraging student self-care in an online physiological psychology classroom: Can a modest effort make an impact?
Facilitator: Carly Yadon
Instructor support is associated with various positive outcomes for students, particularly for online learners. The concept of student well-being is becoming more widely recognized, yet the role of instructor is under explored. Students enrolled in an online physiological psychology course participated in a control or experimental group section that contained an integrated self-care blog and supporting communication and tools. The specific tools used as well as outcome measures will be shared. Integrated classroom discussions about self-care may serve to help students reduce stress, connect with their instructor and peers, ideally facilitating skills that could be carried with them into the future.
September 24, 2021
Student Experiences and Attitudes in an Online Interprofessional Education Module
Facilitators: Jeanie Skibiski, Tara Stulce, Jessica Willis
Interprofessional education (IPE) has been cited by the World Health Organization as a method to prepare health care professionals to enter the workplace as a member of a collaborative practice team. Using patient safety scenarios, 2 diverse groups of students interacted with the goal of increasing knowledge of patient safety in a Blackboard Community created for the project. An additional goal was to measure any changes in the student’s overall attitude regarding IPE using a standardized tool (IPAS). Qualtrics embedded data feature enabled anonymous data collection and comparison between the 2 groups of students.
Course Video Sharing for Faculty
The Office of the Provost, the FCTL, and Information Services would like to share some information with faculty about uploading video to Blackboard.
We are recommending video be shared via Microsoft Stream or YouTube. Please see How to Share a Video to Blackboard.
As storage space is at a premium, you are encouraged to remove video files. Here is an article on how to do so How to Remove Video Files from Blackboard.
Blackboard is not a video streaming service and storage is at a premium. Videos need to be stored on a video streaming platform such as Microsoft Stream or YouTube. The links to the videos can be shared within your Blackboard courses. Here is a list of Blackboard best practices Blackboard Best Practices for Faculty.
LinkedIn Learning – Professional Development Opportunity
LinkedIn Learning (LIL) is an on-demand e-learning library now available to all faculty, staff, and students to support your academic efforts. The video content can be assigned to students as stand-alone or built into Blackboard and used as course prerequisites, student remediation, or supplemental material. The extensive library consists of course subjects, soft skills, software programming, technical training, hobby, and passion projects. If needed, LIL can even tailor content specific to your course based on learning objectives.
If faculty and staff are interested in exploring personal career development opportunities or need CEU’s for professional certifications, LIL may also have what you need.
LIL can be accessed on a desktop, tablet, and mobile phone with 24/7 customer service support. Faculty/Staff can activate their free license through the MyMissouristate.edu portal on the Profile/Professional Development channel.
Students will activate their license through the MyMissouristate.edu/Registration/Resources channel.
For instructions in incorporating LinkedIn Learning content into your curriculum, please visit:
For all IT-related questions, visit the Team Dynamics ticketing system available at https://missouristate.edu/helpdesk.
18th ANNUAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONFERENCE 2021 – Bridging the Divide
Join campus and community as this year’s conference explores the facets of Bridging the Divide, September 27-30. View the entire schedule of in-person speakers and special events such as the President’s Local Spotlight and the film presentation Songs from the Street. Over 30 panelists from across the nation will provide numerous perspectives on topics covered by 18 live zoom webinar panel sessions. Most sessions reflect general class starting times. Free and open to the public, highlighted speakers include:
Keynote: John Quiñones, Tues., Sept. 28, 7:30 pm at Juanita K. Hammons Hall
Shereen Marisol Meraji, Wed., Sept. 29, 7:30 pm via live zoom webinar
Bill Doherty, Thurs., Sept. 30, 12:30 pm via live zoom webinar
Daryl Davis, Thurs, Sept. 30, 7:30 pm at Juanita K. Hammons Hall
For more information visit publicaffairs.missouristate.edu/conference or contact the Office of Public Affairs Support.
Assessment Grants Opportunities
Faculty Assessment of Student Learning Grants are available. The purpose of these grants is to support you, the faculty, in your innovative practices in the assessment of student learning.
Apply today for a $500 Program Assessment Grants to share how your program assesses student learning.
Self-Paced FCTL Course Development Boot Camps
Since June 1, 2020, the resources from the FCTL’s virtual online boot camps have been available as a self-paced course development boot camp. This self-paced version will cover many of the same things as the virtual and on-campus boot camps, but you will be participating at your own schedule and can contact the FCTL Instructional Designers at any time during this process. Their contact information is listed in the meet your instructional designers area of the modules.
What’s included in the self-paced course development boot camp
Best practices related to online courses and teaching
Different assessment options available in Blackboard
How to remove potential barriers for students with disabilities.
Strategies to foster community and engagement in the online classroom
Strategies to prevent student cheating
Copyright and fair use in distance education
How to find the self-paced boot camp (access begins June 1, 2020)
Log into Blackboard and select the Community Tab at the top of the page.
Select Academic Community from the My Organizations module.
Once in the site, on the main menu, locate “self-paced course development boot camp” to access the boot camp materials.
Upon completion of each of the activities within the module you will be able to print a certificate of completion.
Contact the FCTL@MissouriState.edu for additional information on any of these opportunities.
36th Showcase on Teaching and Learning