36th Showcase on Teaching and Learning Call for Proposals
The Showcase on Teaching and Learning will be held as a virtual conference on August 18, 2021. As we are starting to look beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, the FCTL Advisory Council is inviting faculty to submit presentation proposals on how we can leverage our recent experiences teaching with technology and new modalities for learning. How can we build upon these experiences to enhance student engagement and reimagine what teaching and learning might look like during and after the pandemic?
We invite proposals for 50-minute, interactive virtual sessions that highlights the innovative use of a technology or pedagogical strategy and its impact on teaching and learning. We will record sessions for faculty who are unable to attend and will only be made available to the campus community.
Presenter time slots will be limited for the day of Showcase, but we will be offering some faculty presentations as Showcase Friday sessions throughout Fall semester.
The submission deadline is March 31st. Showcase proposal submission
For questions, please contact FCTL@MissouriState.edu
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.
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.
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.
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.
The FCTL Academic Community is on Yammer!
You may be asking yourself “what the heck is Yammer”? Yammer is essentially a social networking tool for organizations that helps facilitate conversation and sharing of ideas and resources. It is part of the Office 365 package here at Missouri State.
The FCTL instructional designers have created a Yammer Community site as an extension to the resources available through the Academic Community in Blackboard. We want to use it as another way to collaborate with faculty through shared ideas and resources around the topics of Teaching and Learning. It is an open group so all you need to do is locate Yammer in your Office 365 apps, select Discover Communities, locate the FCTL’s Academic Community and select Join. We look forward to connecting with you on Yammer!
LinkedIn Learning – Professional Development Opportunity
All employees now have access to LinkedIn Learning content through their My Missouri State portal. Instructions for access: https://www.missouristate.edu/Human/linkedin-learning.htm
Participate in the March LinkedIn Learning Challenge celebrating Women’s History Month.
Public Affairs Talks! Voices from the Past: Pandemics and What We Have Learned
Presented by: Dr. Tom Dicke and Dr. Philippa Koch
Date: March 24, 2021 [Wednesday] Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Format: Live Zoom Webinar with moderated Q&A. This event is free and open to the public.
Pandemics are not new. However, for most of us, COVID-19 is the first pandemic we have experienced first-hand. There have been numerous periods of mass illness and epidemics that have affected America, specifically during the early years of our country’s formation and the more well-known Spanish Flu (1918-1920). Join us as we have a conversation with two of our campus experts, Dr. Tom Dicke and Dr. Philippa Koch, about these past events, what we have learned, and how those experiences were similar or different from what we are experiencing today.
Questions? Contact Stacey Trewatha-Bach at StaceyTrewatha@MissouriState.edu.
Writing and Wellbeing
Are the pressures of productivity, perfectionism, and/or the pandemic taking a toll on your health and well-being?
If you missed the workshop with Helen Sword, you can view the recording. She can help you establish a calming, nurturing writing routine that will replenish your physical and emotional energy rather than sucking you dry.
Regularly scheduled writing blocks can increase your productivity and publishing rates.
The FCTL will be hosting monthly Virtual Faculty Writing Retreats this semester to provide faculty time to focus on scholarly writing in the company of colleagues.
For Spring 2021, we have simplified the Virtual Writing Retreat Sign Up process. Each month, we will have a two day session with day-long Zoom rooms open. People may drop in and out as they please and work together virtually for as long as they like. Each Zoom link )provided below) will be good for both days of each month’s retreat. We will schedule any workshops or special activities during the same Zoom meetings. All sessions are 9 am – 4 pm.
- Thursday-Friday March 25-26 https://missouristate.zoom.us/j/95728336863
- Thursday-Friday April 22-23 https://missouristate.zoom.us/j/95018181528
- Wednesday-Friday May 19-21 https://missouristate.zoom.us/j/92290130095
Please register through MyLearning Connection by searching for “Faculty Write Program” and choose the blocks and workshops you wish to attend.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or feedback.
This event is proudly sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.
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.
Magna Professional Development opportunities
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.
MSU has a license to the Magna Commons library which provides on-demand professional development on a variety of topics. These programs are available at no cost to you and include a variety of topics like online teaching, active learning, grading and feedback, classroom inclusion, and others.
You can activate your account by going to the Magna Subscription link in the Blackboard Academic Community. If you have questions about how to activate your account, contact the FCTL@MissouriState.edu
Below are descriptions to programs that you can easily watch in an hour. Schedule lunch with Magna and discover some new practical ideas that you can easily incorporate into your classroom.
Monday Morning Mentor
Beginning January 25th, a new 20-Minute Mentor will be available on Monday mornings. Through your Magna subscription, the program will be available for on-demand viewing for one full week.
Here are the next few sessions that will be available:
- Mar. 8, 2021 What Are 9 Practical Steps to Implement Mastery Learning?
- Mar. 15, 2021 How Can Effective Note-taking Improve Online Student Learning?
- Mar. 22, 2021 How Can Educational Programs Use Backwards Design to Drive Learning and Student Success?
- Mar. 29, 2021 How Can a Teaching Calendar Help Me Be More Effective and Efficient in the Online Classroom?
- Apr. 5, 2021 How Can I Gauge Online Learning Through Engaging Activities and Assignments?
Go to the Academic Community to activate your subscription and view the complete schedule. Passwords will be provided weekly.
Self-Care Resources for Faculty
This Faculty Resource webpage is a collection of self-care resources and advice on teaching during times of uncertainty.
FCTL Course Development Boot Camps – Virtual
The Online Course Development Boot Camp is now offered virtually!
The next session will be May 17 to 28, 2021.
All sessions will run from 10:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. and no cap on the enrollment.
You will have the opportunity to participate in the Boot Camp through an online experience much like students do when taking an online class.
The Boot Camp is an immersive-style experience providing you hands-on training and a structured process for developing an online course.
Throughout the two-week time frame, you will participate both synchronous and asynchronously to create an online course. [All synchronous sessions will be recorded for later review. After you register you will receive an outline of Boot Camp sessions and activities.] You will receive feedback and support from an instructional designer throughout the entire process.
The Boot Camp will include:
- Best practices related to online courses and teaching
- Technology tools that are used in online teaching (lecture capture, test proctoring tools, and others)
- How to translate learning activities to the online classroom and create opportunities for student collaboration and engagement
- Legal and ethical issues associated with online teaching such as copyright, accessibility, and academic integrity
For more information contact the FCTL@MissouriState.edu or visit the FCTL website. Please register through My Learning Connection by searching for “Two Week Virtual Online Boot Camp”.
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 or if any questions.