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Fall 2017 Professional Development & Academic Workshop Calendar 

Aug. 2017 - The 2017 Fall Workshop Calendar is available. All workshops will be held in DeMoss Hall 3014 (formerly 3032). You can register through the ProDev Portal (CTE tab).

Teaching Analysis Poll (TAP)

Invite a CTE consultant into your classroom to poll your students on teaching effectiveness. This poll is designed to help you learn how to better serve your students.

Why wait until students are gone to get their feedback?  Email CTE@liberty.edu to schedule a TAP from October 9-27. TAPs take just 30 minutes of class time, and 30 minutes to debrief. 

Faith Learning Integration: Brown Bag Lunch Series

Faith Learning Integration Brown Bag Luncheons are scheduled on select Tuesdays from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in DeMoss Hall, Room 3014.

Faculty members are encouraged to bring their own brown bag lunch. Seating is limited to ensure faculty interaction. 

Register in the Pro Dev Portal (CTE tab).

Sept. 12 "Math, Science, and God" by Dr. John Vadnal
Oct. 10 "We Are Right to Reject Evolution" by Dr. Daniel Howell
Nov. 14 "Science and the Bible" by Dr. W. David Beck
Dec. 5 "Is the Shroud of Turin Jesus' Burial and Resurrection Garment?" by Dr. Gary Habermas

Creating Videos with Kaltura

July 2017 -Faculty have access to Kaltura, an easy to use tool for creating effective and engaging video. With Kaltura, faculty can create screen capture video, or narrated PowerPoints, welcome and announcement videos, embed quizzes in videos, create video assignments for students, and monitor student engagement.

  • Video Tutorials are available at https://watch.liberty.edu/channel/Kaltura/73058011
  • Drop-in Support was held on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 24 & 25 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in DH 3014 (formerly DH 3032).
  • Training workshops took place on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 24 & 25 from 3 – 4:00 p.m. in DH 3020 (formerly DH 3028). 

Live Kaltura Fall Workshop Series: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. - DH 3014 (formerly DH 3032)

  • Sept. 8 - Creating Screen Capture with Kaltura
  • Sept. 18 – Making Video Announcements with Kaltura
  • Oct. 20 – Embedding Quizzes in Kaltura
  • Nov. 10 – Narrating PowerPoints with Kaltura

WebEx workshops (For residential and/or LUO faculty): 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. EST https://libertyu.webex.com/join/twdoss 

  • Sept. 8 - Creating Screen Capture with Kaltura
  • Sept. 18 – Making Video Announcements with Kaltura
  • Oct. 20 – Embedding Quizzes in Kaltura
  • Nov. 10 – Narrating PowerPoints with Kaltura

Submit your Teaching Tips Today! 

CAD would like to invite faculty members to submit their own Teaching Tips to CTE@Liberty.edu. We will filter through submissions and select tips to be featured on our Twitter page. 

Please read the following parameters:

  • Submit brief teaching tips (140-character maximum) that are appropriate for LU faculty through CTE@Liberty.edu.
  • Credit for the tip will be given in each post.
  • Note- submitted tips can be used at any time throughout the school year.

Aug. 23 ISS Sessions Postponed until Jan. 17

Institute for Student Success - Jan. 17

The Institute for Student Success (the breakout workshop portion of orientation), originally scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 23, was postponed until Jan. 17. Faculty members and/or attendees who pre-registered for any of the breakout workshops will have their registration transferred to Jan. 17. A full, detailed schedule will soon be available on the CTE website, www.Liberty.edu/CTE.  Please contact CTE@Liberty.edu with questions.

August Faculty Orientation

New Faculty Orientation - Aug. 17-18, 2017

New Faculty Orientation was held on Thursday, Aug. 17 and Friday, Aug. 18 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  New, full-time, residential faculty met in the Jerry Falwell Library Terrace Room on Thursday and in DeMoss Hall, Room 3020 (formerly 3028) on Friday.  

All-Faculty Orientation - Aug. 21-23, 2017

All-Faculty Orientation was held on Aug. 21-23; Focused Faculty Meetings and Blackboard, Kaltura, and Top Hat Support were held on Aug. 24-25. 

*Monday, Aug. 21 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  All full-time, residential faculty met in the Montview Alumni Ballroom (3rd floor, DeMoss Hall addition).  Registration and continental breakfast began at 8 a.m.  Lunch was served.

*Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  All full-time faculty met in the Montview Alumni Ballroom. Registration and continental breakfast began at 8 a.m.  Lunch was hosted by Athletics at Williams Stadium. 

*Wednesday, Aug. 23 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. All full-time faculty met in the Montview Alumni Ballroom for the Symposium on Research & Scholarship. Registration and continental breakfast began at 8 a.m. Lunch was served.

ILLUMINATE Award Winners 

May 2017:

ASL Interpreter Simulation Day
Nicole Thorn, Modern Languages; College of Arts & Sciences

Design Thinking Day
Eva Palmer, Cam Davis, & Paul Reynolds, Studio & Digital Arts; School of Communication & Digital Content

Doctor, What Do These Lab Results Mean?
Ben Kalu, Mark Blais, & Davis McGuirt, Biochemistry; Biology and Chemistry; School of Health Sciences

Empowering Students to Assess the Effectiveness of Class Presentations via 360° Recording
Frank Tuzi, Richard Bansley, & James Long, School of Engineering & Computational Science

Enhancing Visualization of Magnetic Fields in Electromagnetic Fields Course
Carl Pettiford, School of Engineering & Computational Science

Equipping Churches in Worship Instruction
Paul Rumrill, Lavon Gray, & Stephen Muller, School of Music

Honing in on Student Success: An App-Based Library Scavenger Hunt
Rorie Fredrich, Amy Hassenpflug, & Tim Siegel, Jerry Falwell Library & College of General Studies

Learning Public History through Exhibits and Interpretation
Donna Donald, History; College of Arts & Sciences

Preservation vs. Progress: An Observational Study
Lisa Campbell, Family & Consumer Science; College of Arts & Sciences

Shakespeare LIVE!
Ginny Dow, Jean Tweedy, & Kyle Hammersmith, College of General Studies

Simulated Educational Technology Integration: A Problem-Based Learning Initiative
David Holder & Randall Dunn, Learning Technology; School of Education

Urban Education Immersion Experience 2017-2018
Monica Huband, Kristina DeWitt, & Daniel Rule, Teacher Education; School of Education

Using Cell Line Models to Advance Students Understanding of Cell Function and Metabolism
Pei Zhang & Jeremy Sellers, Biology and Chemistry, School of Health Sciences

Visual Tracking Equipment in Aviation Safety Research
Mitch Morrison, Steven Brinly, & Andrew Walton, School of Aeronautics

President's Award for Excellence in Teaching Winners Announced

April 2017: Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016-17 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching:

Brianne Friberg, School of Behavioral Sciences, Undergraduate Residential

Robert Francis Ritchie, College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Online

Ellen L. Black, School of Education, Graduate Residential

Amanda J. Dunnagan, College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Online

Call for Workshop Proposals

April 2017: The Call for Workshop Proposals for Aug. 2017 Orientation/Institute for Student Success was open from April 1-30.  Workshops will be held during the morning of Wednesday, Jan 17, and will be 50 minutes in length.

Teaching with Technology Boot Camp

March 2017: CAD accepted faculty applications for the Teaching with Technology Boot Camp (June 5-9), a week-long intensive faculty professional development experience on integrating technology into everyday classroom teaching.  Throughout the experience faculty observed demonstrations and participated in guided practice with tools that help (a) present content, (b) communicate or collaborate, (c) schedule, organize, or capture, and (d) assess learning or provide feedback.  Upon completion, faculty were provided mentoring from skilled practitioners to help them implement what they learned.  Lunch and stipends were provided.  

Publishers' Week in the CTE

Feb. 2017: CAD welcomed faculty to Publishers’ Week, Feb. 7-9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (DeMoss Hall, Room 3014).

Faculty were encouraged to come and learn about new technologies, textbooks, course packs, e-books, publishing opportunities, and more. Complimentary sponsored lunch was provided to the first 100 faculty in attendance each day.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 7:

    Lunch Sponsors: Baker Academic ~ Cengage ~ Kendall Hunt ~ Jones & Bartlett

    IVP Press ~  Soomo Learning ~ Wm. B. Eerdmans 

  • Wednesday, Feb. 8:

    Lunch Sponsors: MacMillan ~ W.W. Norton ~ Wiley Enterprise

    Academx Publishing ~ B&H ~ Pearson ~ Liberty University Press

  • Thursday, Feb. 9:

    Lunch Sponsors: McGraw-Hill ~ MBS Direct ~ Sage Publishing

    B&N Bookstore ~ Lexham Press ~ Zondervan ~ zyBooks

Dr. James Lang Addressed the Faculty at January Professional Development Day

Jan. 2017: Dr. James Lang addressed the faculty on Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning and Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty. In addition to being a published author Dr. Lang has conducted workshops on teaching for faculty at more than seventy-five colleges or universities in the US and abroad.  In September 2016 he received a Fulbright Specialist grant to work with three universities in Colombia on the creation of a MOOC on teaching and learning in STEM education.  He has a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in English from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University and currently works as the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College, as well as a Professor of English.

Faculty Bb Drop-In Support

Jan. 2017: The Center for Teaching Excellence offered drop-in Blackboard support on January 13 & 16. Our Educational Technologists worked with interested faculty 1-on-1 on a variety of Bb related topics.

Spring 2017 Workshop Calendar 

Jan. 2017: The Spring 2017 Workshop Calendar is available.

IMPACT Grants for Professional Development for Residential Adjunct Faculty- Applications Due Jan. 30

Dec. 2016: “Impact Grants for Professional Development for Residential Adjunct Faculty,” provided by CTE, are designed to encourage faculty growth, enhance student learning, and improve teaching practices by covering the expenses associated with attendance at a higher education teaching and learning or professional trade conference. Special consideration is given to attendance at conferences that support QEP initiatives of the development, design and dissemination of collaborative research including curricular redesign, integration of technology into the classroom and collaborative and/or interdisciplinary teaching/learning opportunities. See CTE's Conference page for conference ideas.

Eligibility and application requirements include:

  • Having at least one semester of teaching experience at Liberty Univeristy prior to applying.
  • Being scheduled to teach as a Liberty University resident adjunct in the Spring 2017 semester.
  • Filling out the application and forwarding it to your Chair for their endorsement.
  • Requesting your Chair email the completed apllication to CTE @liberty.edu by January 30.

Awardess must agree to:

  • Attend one meeting with CTE staff, their department budget manager, and a Liberty University travel service representative.
  • Adhere to all Impact Grant and university travel policies and procedures.
  • Implement conference content and/or ideas into a course or do an oral report to their department with CTE staff member present at either occasion.

IMPACT Grant Information Sheet

More information or to access the application, residential adjuncts should visit the CTE Grants page. The deadline to apply is January 30, 2017. Email CTE@liberty.edu with any questions.

ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching for 2017-18 Applications 

Dec. 2016: Faculty applications are now open for the "ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching." Full and part-time residential faculty members, as well as online faculty teaching on-campus intensives are eligible to apply.  Individuals or teams of two or three may apply for the grant to implement new pedagogical techniques, classroom activities, class trips, and/or purchase materials that foster learner-centered active learning* experiences for students.  Visit the Grants page for more information. The application deadline is March 31, 2017 at midnight. 

*Active Learning: In order to learn, students must do more that just listen: They must read, write, discuss, or be engaged in solving problems. In particular, students must engage in such higher-order thinking tasks as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Active learning engages students in two aspects - doing things and thinking about the things they are doing.

ILLUMINATE Grant Information Sheet

 

 

 

 

Illuminate Winners Announced for the 2016-2017 School Year

Congratulations to the 2016-17 IlLUminate Grant award winners. More information on the awardees and their projects can be found on the CTE Grants Page.

New Technology Available in the CTE

March 2016: The CTE is happy to announce that two mini iPads and two Swivls are available for faculty checkout. The Swivl is a lecture capture tool that allows faculty to use their phone or tablet to record with your presentation. Check out www.swivl.com for more information. If you would like to borrow either an iPad or a Swivl, stop by the CTE in DH 3032.

Impact Grant Winners Announced

 

Feb. 2016: CTE is happy to announce the recipients of the Impact Professional Development Grants for Residential Adjunct Faculty. This is the first time these grants have been awarded and will support these adjunct faculty members in their professional development by allowing them to attend a conference.
Congratulations to:

 

President's Award for Excellence in Teaching Nominations

Jan. 2016: Nominations for the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching were accepted through February 14th. Winners will be announced soon.

Publishers' Week in the CTE

Jan. 2016: Publishers' Week, which took place in January 2016, was a great success. Faculty enjoyed light refreshments and were able to meet with representatives from a variety of publishers listed below.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 2: Baker Academic,Brazos, Barnes & Noble, Cengage, Eerdmans, Lexham, Sage/CQ, and Zondervan/Harper Collins
  • Wednesday, Feb. 3: Kendall Hunt, IVP Academic, LU Press, Macmillan, W.W. Norton, Wiley, McGraw-Hill
  • Thursday, Feb. 4: Academx, AMG, B&H, Pearson, Soomo, and Xanedu

Dr. Maryellen Weimer - Keynote January 13 PD Day

Dec. 2015: Liberty welcomed Dr. Maryellen Weimer to Towns Alumni Hall, 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., for January 13 Professional Development Day. Dr. Weimer presented a keynote entitled Learning About Teaching, and two workshop sessions on Assumptions that Foster Instructional Growth and Five Reasons to Get Students Talking More in Class and Five Ways to Do It.

Jan. 2016: Dr. Maryellen Weimer, our January professional development speaker, provided lists of journal articles about teaching and learning from the perspectives of several discipline areas. 
      Assumptions that Grow College Teachers
      Classroom Interaction Resources
      Learning About Teaching

New "Impact Professional Development Grants for Residential Adjunct Faculty"

Dec. 2015: Impact Professional Development Grants for Residential Adjunct Faculty,” provided by CTE, are designed to encourage faculty growth, enhance student learning, and improve teaching practices by covering the expenses associated with attendance at a higher education teaching and learning or professional trade conference. Special consideration is given to attendance at conferences that support QEP initiatives of the development, design and dissemination of collaborative research including curricular redesign, integration of technology into the classroom and collaborative and/or interdisciplinary teaching/learning opportunities.

 

ILLUMINATE Grant Applications Now Open

Nov. 2015: Faculty applications are now open for the "ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching." Full and part-time residential faculty members, as well as online faculty teaching on-campus intensives are eligible to apply.  Individuals or teams of two or three may apply for the grant to implement new pedagogical techniques, classroom activities, class trips, and/or purchase materials that foster learner-centered active learning* experiences for students.  Visit the Grants page for more information. The application deadline is March 15, 2016

*Active Learning: In order to learn, students must do more that just listen: They must read, write, discuss, or be engaged in solving problems. In particular, students must engage in such higher-order thinking tasks as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Active learning engages students in two aspects - doing things and thinking about the things they are doing.

To apply for the grant, visit http://tinyurl.com/ILLUMINATEGrant

Spring 2016 Workshop Calendars Released

Nov. 2015: The Spring 2016 workshop calendars for the CTE have been released.  Sign up for these workshops in the ProDev portal under the CTE tab.

Blackboard Blitz at CTE

Nov. 2015: CTE held a "Blackboard Blitz" on Thursday, January 14 - a one day series of eleven back-to-back 30-minute Bb workshops. Faculty were welcome to attend any or all of these sessions. Workshops took place in the Center for Teaching Excellence, DeMoss Hall, Room 3032.

One-on-one consultations were also available during this time.

Interested in Flipping Your Classroom?

Flipping classes is a hot topic in education, but finding the right tools can be a stumbling block. Teachers interested in narrating their PowerPoint, should try Office Mix. The free plug-in allows users to record their voice over their slides. Then they can export the presentation as a movie file to embed in Blackboard. Second, the CTE classroom now features a Telepresence system. 

 

An ILLUMINATE Grant in Action

Kyle Harris, an Assistant Professor of Biology, was awarded an ILLUMINATE Grant to purchase supplies to allow his students to research the symbiotic relationship between crayfish and brachiodbellids. The supplies allowed students to bring their field observations into the classroom.

Three students presented their research at the Virginia Academy of Science fall meeting held at Virginia State University. It was the first time these students presented at a science conference.

Be sure to check the CTE website often for the upcoming dates to apply for an ILLUMINATE Grant.

Mark Your Calendars for Carols & Cocoa

Oct. 2015: Be sure to mark your calendars for the CTE's annual Carols & Cocoa on Friday, December 11 from 10 a.m. til 2 p.m. This annual event is a staple in the CTE and all faculty are welcome to drop by for a hot cup of cocoa and some delicious appetizers. It's always a great time of fellowship before the Christmas break. We look forward to seeing you all there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LUO Professional Development Videos and Quizzes Now Available

Sept. 2015: The six required 2015-16 LUO Professional Development videos and quizzes are now available in the Faculty Portfolio tool.

LUO Faculty Workshops Offered "Live" and via WebEx

Sept. 2015: CTE will offer an optional series of professional development workshops specifically designed for LUO faculty "live" in the CTE, DeMoss Hall, Room 3032 and via WebEx. Interested faculty should register in the ProDev Portal (CTE tab).

KOINONIA

(koy-nohn-ee´-ah) n. fellowship, meaning to share or to partner, to invest in

Aug. 2015: The Center for Teaching Excellence welcomed 20 new faculty into its Koinonia Mentoring program.  The term "koinonia" originates from Greek and is found in the New Testament to mean communion by intimate participation.  Koinonia is designed to help new faculty better assimilate into our unique Liberty University culture, provide effective training and guidance, and create an environment rich in constructive influence that results in collegial interest and peer investment.  CTE Teaching Advisor Shawn Bielicki understands that a critical part of the program involves matching mentors and mentees based on backgrounds, experience, and interests.  The mentor and mentee relationship is a nurturing one.  In essence, the mentor assumes the roles of a guide, role model, friend, advisor, and cheerleader; the mentee assumes the roles of a listener, learner, friend, advisee, and colleague. 

 

Fall 2015 Workshop Calendars Released

August 2015: The Professional Development and Academic Calendar for Fall 2015 has been released and is available as a PDF below this article. The CTE is also happy to announce the creation of Blackboard 30 minute "workouts" that will take place in the CTE classroom, the Tilley Center, and Room 118 in the new Health Sciences Building. These small workshops will cover topics such Portfolios, ResDevs, creating Banners, and more. The full fall schedule is also available as a PDF below. Be sure to check out both schedules.

Fall 2015 Workshop Calendar

Blackboard 30-Minute Workouts Schedule
 

Semester-Long Book Studies Announced

July 2015: The semester-long book studies for the 2015-16 school year have been announced. In the fall Shawn Bielicki will led a study of the book "Amplified Leadership: 5 Practices to Establish Influence, Build People, and Impact Others" by Dan Reiland. The group will meet on August 31, Sepember 28, October 26, and November 30 from 3:15-4:15 PM in the CTE classroom in DH 3032. In the spring of 2016 Sharon Wheeler will lead a study of Daniel Pink's "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us." 

Space is limited so email the CTE at cte@liberty.edu if you would like a reserve a space. 

2015-16 Orientation Schedules Released

July 2015: New Faculty Orientation will take place August 12-13 and All-Faculty Orientation/Institute for Student Success will take place August 14, 17, and 18.

Take-A-Break Heads to the Wild West

April 2015: On Friday, May 1 CTE hosted the spring Take-A-Break from 10 am.m til 2 p.m. in the CTE classroom, DeMoss Hall 3032. The theme was the "Wild West" for the annual end-of-year celebration. Teachers are welcome to stop by during that time for some great food and fellowship. Gene Autry crooned from the speakers and bar-b-q and root beer was on the menu. We look forward to seeing you all there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014-15 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 2014-15 President's Award winners.

 

2015-16 ILLUMINATE Grants Announced

Congratulations to the following recipients of the ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching for projects to be implemented in the 2015-2016 academic year. 

Call for 2015-16 Workshop Proposals

The CTE Call for 2015-2016 Workshop Proposals Share Point site opened on April 15 and remained open through June 1, http://tinyurl.com/73jgg4n. Proposals are on some aspect of teaching and learning. In addition, topics related to leadership, research, diversity, metacognition, effective use of instructional technology, and faculty/student wellness were considered. Workshops were scheduled for the August 18 Institute for Student Success and repeated later in the academic year.

 

 

School of Divinity Partners with CTE to Offer Workshops

March 2015: The School of Divinity partnered with CTE in welcoming Drs. Stephen and Mary Lowe to Liberty for "Exploring spiritual formation online: The ecology of spiritual formation." Two sessions were offered in the Scholars Lounge in the Jerry Falwell Library. Session one was: "Exploring spiritual formation online: Constructing a scriptural framework for understanding biblical ecology." The topic for Session was: "Examining online learning ecologies:Understanding how adults grow and develop through a defined learning ecology."

FERPA

MARCH 2015: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was passed by Congress in 1974. It grants four specific rights to students when they enroll or register with an academic program at a college or university. David Corry, General Counsel for Liberty University, has created a video outlining the act and the rules associated with it. Faculty can view the video in the FCC CTE. 

ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching

Feb 2015: Faculty applications were accepted for the "ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching." Full and part-time residential faculty members, as well as online faculty teaching on-campus intensives were eligible to apply.  Individuals or teams of two or three applied for the grant to implement new pedagogical techniques, classroom activities, class trips, and/or purchase materials that foster learner-centered active learning* experiences for students.  Visit the Grants page for more information.

 

Publisher's Week in the CTE

Feb. 2015: The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) welcomed faculty to Publishers’ Week, Feb. 10-12, 2015.  Multiple publishers set up inside the CTE (DeMoss Hall 3032) each day to welcome the over 300 faculty members that stopped by.  Faculty took time to out of their busy calendars to come down and learn about new the technologies, e-books,  textbooks, course packs, publishing opportunities, and more.  Many vendors provided refreshments and giveaways.

 

 

Dr. Willmington's Coffee Cup Briefs

Jan. 2015: Dr. Willmington's Coffee Cup Briefs can be found on the FCC_CTE in Blackboard. Just navigate to the FCC_CTE in Blackboard and click on the Workshop Resources by Topic menu link on the left side of the page.

IMR Announces Jan. 8 Webinar

Jan. 2015:  The Institute for Military Resilience is hosting a webinar on Thursday, January 8 at 8 p.m. The webinar is entitled "National Spiritual Renewal in the New Year: Can America Bounce Back?" and will be led by Major Bob Dees, Associate Vice-President for Military Outreach. 

 

 

January 7 All-Faculty Professional Development Schedule

Jan. 2015:  The All-Faculty January Professional Development Day is scheduled for January 7, 2015 in Towns Alumni Hall.  Continental breakfast, sponsored by the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement and the Center for Teaching Excellence, begins at 8:30 a.m. Sharon Wheeler, Director of the CTE, will offer a welcome followed by a message by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim Provost Dr. Ronald Hawkins.  A panel discussion entitled "Preparing Our Students to Engage the Post-Modern World" will follow.  Tom Hinkley, Manager of IT Communications, will close with important information about new Blackboard features and other IT updates.  

Blackboard Walk-In Support Times

Jan. 2015:  With the anticipated Blackboard upgrade occuring during the Christmas Break, CTE is offering walk-in support January 7, 8, and 9 from 1-3 p.m. in the CTE classroom, DeMoss 3032. Educational Technologists Cory Anderson and Sue Crabtree will be there to walk you through several new features, as well as to assist you with any other Blackboard issues.

 

 

2014-2015 Semester-Long Book Studies at the CTE

Jan. 2015:  The CTE is excited to welcome faculty to semester-long book study.  Book studies meet monthly on select Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in DeMoss Hall 3032.  Participation is limited and advance registration is required.  Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book and be asked to help facilitate one of the sessions. Please email CTE@liberty.edu for more details or to secure a spot.

Spring 2015: "Learner-Centered Assessment on College Campuses: Shifting the Focus from Teaching to Learning." Led by Shawn M. Bielicki.
 

2014-15 “Shut Up and Write!”: Community of Practice

Fall 2014:  The Center for Teaching Excellence hosts a "Shut Up and Write" group.  With the goal of supporting faculty writing and scholarship, the Community of Practice (CoP) provides a quiet, comfortable place to write; free of students and office distractions.  Past participants have appreciated the commitment or dedicated time to write.  The group is led by teaching advisor Shawn Bielicki and meets on Tuesdays from 2-3 p.m. in the CTE Forum, DeMoss 3032. A typical session involves a quick greeting, a short prayer or devotional, and then doing as the name suggests... quietly writing.  Sessions run while school is in session.  All faculty are welcome.  No advanced registration is required.  Coffee and tea are served.

 

Carols & Cocoa a Huge Success

Dec. 2015:  CTE was excited to welcome over 150 faculty members for Carols & Cocoa.  Administrative Assistant Tom Doss showcased his talent on the keyboard while faculty sampled delicious holiday treats.  CTE wishes all a wonderful and blessed Christmas season.

 

ILLUMINATE Grant Winners Announced

CTE is proud to announce the recipients of the ILLUMINATE Grants.

 

 

Faculty Course: Global Perspectives

Fall 2014:  Faculty members were invited to join us this on a journey into God's story as we connected the dots between the Bible, our role as educators and how our disciplines and departments can connect with the culturally diverse world of the 21st century. This was an 11-week discussion group. We studied several articles before meeting each week and discussed what we have read.

Current Legal Issues Workshop

Aug. 2014: The Center for Teaching Excellence's workshop series continued with "Current Legal Issues in Education."

For a complete list of CTE workshops, please click here

CTE Welcomes New Faculty to Campus

Aug 2014:  The Center for Teaching Excellence welcomed over 50 new faculty to campus this year. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014-15 CTE Workshop Calendar Released

Aug. 2014:  The CTE is pleased to announce the release of the 2014-15 Calendar of Professional Development Workshops.  Click to view and/or download.  

2014-15 LUO Required Professional Development Announced

Aug. 2014:  The Center for Teaching Excellence offers six workshops targeted to online faculty each year.  These workshops are recorded and can be accessed using the ProDev Tracking feature inside the Faculty Portfolio tool.  Online faculty members are required to view these workshops and encouraged to view other recorded trainings.


ILLUMINATE Grant for the Improvement of Teaching Awardees

Fall 2014:  The CTE is pleased to announce the winners for the ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching”: 

To see past winners, visit the ILLUMINATE Grants Implementation Gallery

 

2014-15 Faith Learning Integration Luncheons and Gallery

Fall 2014:  The CTE has planned a series of brown bag lunches centered on the topic of faith learning integration for the 2014-15 academic year.  The format resembles a roundtable discussion with audience input and participation. 

The CTE also expanded their “Faith Learning Integration Gallery” on their website.  The gallery showcases several successful examples of Liberty University faculty seamlessly integrating faith and learning.  The additions welcomed examples from faculty from various departments.  Anyone interested in reading more about integrating faith and learning should stop by the CTE and borrow one of several new books on the topic.

2014-15 Orientation Guest Speaker: Stephen Chew

Aug. 2014: Dr. Stephen Chew presented "Improving Student Performance by Addressing Student and Teacher Misconceptions about Learning. Chew discussed and demonstrated key cognitive principles that must be addressed for effective pedagogy to take place.

 

2014-15 Orientation Keynote Speaker: Linda Mintle

Aug. 2014:  Dr. Linda Mintle presented, “The Assault on Christianity: A Strategy for Cultural Engagement."  

 

CTE Staff Presented at Conferences

July 2014:  Liberty University’s Center for Teaching Excellence garnered additional exposure recently as its staff presented at various educational conferences.  In June, Director Sharon Wheeler and Educational Technologist Sue Crabtree presented on the coaching model used in the Teaching with Technology Boot Camp at the Teaching Professor Conference in Boston, MA.  In Feb., Teaching Advisor Shawn Bielicki co-presented with Donna Donald and Troy Matthres on strategies and techniques for student engagement in large classes at the Higher Education Pedagogy Conference in Blacksburg, VA.  In Jan., Bielicki presented on mentoring new faculty at the International Academic Conference in Orlando, FL.

Large Class Workshops Scheduled

Fall 2014:  The CTE hosts four workshops in a series specifically designed around teaching large classes:  Active Learning, Effective Lecturing, Classroom Management, and Making Personal Connections. All workshops take place in the CTE Training Classroom, DeMoss 3032 from 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.  Faculty are encouraged to register for the workshops in the Pro Dev Portal (CTE tab). 

  • Effective Lecturing in Large Classes (Sept .29)
  • Active Learning in Large Classes (Oct. 13)
  • Classroom Management in Large Classes (Jan. 23)
  • Making Personal Connections in Large Classes (April 10)

 

Teaching with the iPad Boot Camp - A success

June 2014:  The Center for Teaching Excellence, in partnership with IT, conducted a "Teaching with the iPad Boot Camp".  The Boot Camp was led by official Apple trainers inside the CTE, DeMoss Hall 3032, from June 23-25.  Participants learned various strategies to increase their productivity, create content, utilize apps, and present material. 

TWT Boot Camp - Empowering Effective Educators with New Technology

June 2014:  The 2014 Teaching with Technology (TWT) Boot Camp was a huge success.  Thirteen faculty members participated in a week-long immersion into teaching technologies.  Faculty were exposed to various tools to help them assess learning, communicate, collaborate, support student research, present content, and utilize select features of university supported technology.  The participants will now implement a technology into their course during the upcoming semester. 

Take-A-Break at the CTE

May 2014:  Nearly 140 faculty dropped by the CTE's year-end celebration, "Take-A-Break" for fun, games, and snacks. Faculty enjoyed plenty of seasoned popcorn, soft pretzels (with dipping sauces), flavored lemonade and a coffee bar.

Publishers' Week at CTE

Feb. 2014:  The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) welcomed nearly 200 faculty to Publishers’ Week, Feb. 11-12 and Feb. 19, 2014.  Multiple publishers setup inside the CTE, DeMoss Hall 3032, each day.  Faculty reserved some time on their busy calendars to come down and learn about new technologies, e-books, textbooks, course packs, publishing opportunities, and the like.  Many vendors provided refreshments and giveaways.

 

2014 January Professional Development - With Guest Speaker Dr. Sylvia Hart Frejd

Jan. 2014:  The CTE teamed up with IT and the Jerry Falwell Library to present this January's Professional Development on Jan. 8.  Faculty enjoyed a continental breakfast before hearing various updates from CTE, IT, and the Jerry Falwell Library.  Dr. Sylvia Hart Frejd presented: The Digital Invasion: How Technology is Shaping You and Your Relationships and Three Conversations Everyone Must Have.  IT also introduced the "New Electronic Portfolio Process for LUO/LUR/Full/Part-time Faculty: FacultyPortfolio."

Certificate of University Teaching - First GSA Recipient Awarded

Nov. 2013:  Elyse Pinkie from the School of Education was the first graduate student assistant to receive the Certificate of University Teaching.

The Liberty University Certificate of University Teaching program is managed by the Center for Teaching Excellence in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies. This program is designed for GSAs who are interested in pursuing teaching at the college or university level. After meeting the initial requirements of two semesters of teaching and attendance at orientation workshops, GSAs progress through a program including multiple teaching observations, reflection on teaching practice, and consultations on particular teaching topics. They also develop a complete teaching portfolio including a CV, philosophy of teaching statement and documentation of classroom work that they have prepared. GSAs also get credit for working closely with a faculty member in a mentoring relationship, attending GSA roundtables, membership in professional organizations, publication, and conference presentation.

NFO (New Faculty Orientation)

Aug. 2013:  CTE welcomed 59 new full time residential faculty to Liberty University.  New Faculty Orientation was a two day event, offering professional development, a session with the Provost and Vice Provost, a campus tour, and a meet-and-greet with university administration.   New faculty learned about the Koinonia Mentoring Program from teaching advisor Shawn Bielicki, integrating faith and learning from Drs. Ronald Hawkins, Kevin Corsini, and Ben Guteirrez, and athletic academic support from the atheltics department.

Orientation Guest Speaker - Philip S. Tuttle, Walk Thru the Bible

Aug. 2013:  CTE was pleased to welcome Philip S. Tuttle from Walk Thru the Bible at All-Faculty Orientation in August. Tuttle presented, "Teaching with Style," a dynamic session on transforming students' attentiveness and teaching effectiveness.  Faculty enjoyed his presentation, passion and heart for learning.  Tuttle discussed part of the 7 Laws of Teaching in a practical and encouraging manner.  Faculty commented that he was "a great combination of professional teaching and Christ focus." 

 

Keynote Speaker - Pastor Chris Williamson

Aug. 2013:  As part of All-Faculty Orientation, the CTE was pleased to welcome alumnus and pastor, Chris Williamson, on Friday August 9. Willamson addressed the faculty with an encouraging message about unity through diveristy.

 

CTE Expands Resources for Faculty Working with Military Students

 
Liberty University is blessed to have tens of thousands of active military, reserves, guards, cadets, and veterans from all branches of the service studying residentially or online.  To help better prepare faculty to teach and reach our military students and veterans who sometimes have unique circumstances and needs, the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) has expanded its resources.
 
On the CTE website, www.liberty.edu/cte, a new page has been created under the “Faculty Resource” tab, specifically designed for faculty working with military students.  This resource page was developed to better acquaint faculty with the challenges that student soldiers face and better prepare faculty to successfully guide these students toward degree completion.  The “Working with Military Students” page contains links to Liberty University offices and supports on campus, suggested scholarly articles, guides, and reports, and a list of books.  The page also contains resources from other institutions and organizations.

Offering Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Conjunction with Professional Development

Liberty University is committed to providing our online faculty with professional development that enhances skills acquisition in the online teaching and learning environment. In recognition of the importance of serving and maintaining an outstanding online faculty and documenting compliance with required accreditation standards, the Center for Teaching Excellence is offering a required series of 6 professional development sessions per year (3-fall semester and 3-spring semester). While recognizing the uniqueness of the online learning environment, these offerings provide a comparable component to the on-campus offerings for residential faculty which are scheduled during required Orientation and available throughout the year.

At the end of the academic year, online faculty who have completed all 6 sessions may apply to receive .6 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) from the Liberty University Center for Professional and Continuing Education (under CASAS) for a fee of $25.00.  Contact CPCE for more information.

KOINONIA

(koy-nohn-ee´-ah) n. fellowship, meaning to share or to partner, to invest in

The Center for Teaching Excellence introduced its new faculty Koinonia Mentoring program to twenty new full-time faculty hires.  The term "koinonia" originates from Greek and is found in the New Testament to mean communion by intimate participation.  The Koinonia Mentoring program is designed to help new faculty better assimilate into our unique Liberty University culture, provide effective training and guidance, and create an environment rich in constructive influence that results in collegial interest and peer investment.  Teaching Advisor Shawn Bielicki designed the program to be semi-structured, but openly conversational and relational.  Interested new faculty members opted-in to the mentoring program, requesting a confidential mentor outside of their department who is willing to take them under their wing for one year.

 

Future Teachers: GSA Training Program

The CTE teamed with the Graduate School to create and present a training program for Liberty University GSAs entitled, “Future Teachers: GSA Training Program”.  The program included three distinct workshops: Bb@Liberty University with Susan Crabtree, Transitioning from Student to Teacher with Shawn Bielicki, and Developing Presence in the Classroom with Amanda Rockinson-Szapkiw and Sharon Wheeler.  Each workshop was designed to better prepare our GSAs and meet the challenges they will face in the classroom.   The workshops were well received by graduate students and participating teachers alike.

BYU Director Visits CTE


Dr. Russell Osguthorpe, Director of Brigham Young University’s Center for Teaching and Learning, visited the Center for Teaching Excellence to learn more about the university and how professional development is delivered, as well as to benchmark programs and procedures. 
 

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