Faculty Workshops

All workshops offered by the Center for Academic Development (CAD) are available for residential and online faculty, as well as graduate teaching assistants.  Strategic sessions targeting Early Career Residential Faculty and Online Faculty are offered every year.  

Spring 2018 Workshop Calendar 

The Spring 2018 Workshop Calendar for the Center for Academic Development has been released.  Sign up for these workshops in the ProDev portal under the CTE tab.

Spring 2018 Faculty Book Studies

Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creating Instruction
• By R. M. Conrad & J. A. Donaldson; Led by Alexandra Barnett
• Select Tuesdays, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., DH 3014
• February 27, March 27, April 24
• For residential & online faculty who teach online
• Email CAD@liberty.edu to register

Marching Off the Map: Inspire Students to Navigate a Brand New World
•By T. Elmore; Led by Tom Doss
•Select Tuesdays, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., DH 3014
•February 20, March 13, April 17
•Email CAD@liberty.edu to register

Upcoming 2018 Application Deadlines

President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching
• Nominations: Jan. 17-Feb. 14
• tinyurl.com/CTEPresidentsAward
• Faculty may nominate their colleagues for graduate and undergraduate, online and residential awards of $5,000.

ILLUMINATE Grants for the Improvement of Teaching
• Applications: Jan. 17-March 31
• tinyurl.com/ILLUMINATEGrant
• Up to $1,500 (teams to $4,500)for faculty to implement new active learning techniques.

Teaching with Technology Bootcamp
• Applications: Jan. 17-April 30
• tinyurl.com/TWTBootCamp
• A weeklong, intensive training session on integrating technology into the classroom. Lunch, mentoring, and stipends provided.

Teaching Analysis Poll (TAP)

Why wait until after your students are gone to get their feedback? Schedule a Teaching Analysis Poll (TAP). Set up a time between March 5-30. TAPs take just 30 minutes of class time. Email CAD@liberty.edu to schedule.

Blackboard Bootcamp - May 24, 2018

8:30 a.m. – Coffee

9:00 a.m.  – Welcome and Morning Sessions

  • Getting the Most out of Discussion Boards (Alex Barnett & Josh Novalis)
  • Eliminating Course Clutter (Kathy Calvert)
  • Making a Course Banner (Tom Doss)
  • Course Copy/Import Export/Res Devs (Kathy Calvert)
  • Test & Quizzes (Kathy Calvert)

11:30 a.m. – LUNCH (provided)/ Q&A

12:30 p.m.  - Afternoon Sessions

  • Rubrics (Erin Jenkins & Paige Ripley)
  • Grade Center (Kathy Calvert)
  • Using Video in Blackboard (Tom Doss)
  • Timesavers, Tips & Tricks (Kathy Calvert)
  • Communicating with Blackboard (Kathy Calvert)
    • Announcements/Emails/Etc.

3:00 p.m. - Dismissal/ Q&A

Faculty, GSAs, and FSCs are eligible to attend. This is an on-campus experience. DeMoss Hall, Room 3014. Sign up in the ProDev Portal (CTE tab).

All-Faculty January Winter Conference & Institute for Student Success (ISS)

UPDATE: Sessions 1 & 2 are cancelled due to a weather delay. The day will start with Session 3 at 10 a.m.  

The All-Faculty January Winter Conference & Institute for Student Success will take place on January 17, 2018. The schedule has been set and faculty can now register for sessions in the ProDev Portal (CTE Tab).

Faculty will attend breakout sessions in the morning on the fourth floor of DeMoss Hall.  See the schedule for workshop titles, presenter names, and session descriptions.  Registration is now open; faculty should register for sessions I-IV in the ProDev Portal (CTE Tab) in advance. A boxed lunch and research poster session will take place in Montview Alumni Ballroom from 11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m., followed by the guest speaker and university updates.  This year’s speaker will be the famed cognitive neuroscientist, Dr. Caroline Leaf.  

Guest Speaker - Dr. Caroline Leaf
Her passion is to help people see the link between science and God as a tangible way of controlling their thoughts and emotions, learning how to learn, and finding their sense of purpose in life.

“The Perfect You and Quantum Physics” This session discusses the philosophy and the science behind the ‘Perfect You’. Topics include materialism, interactive-dualism, idealism, the seven metacognitive models and Quantum Physics, which has as its basic ingredients free will, directed attention as the result of a choice, and the effects and consequences of these choices.

“Spirit, Soul and Body Integration” This session presents the Biblical view of the spirit, soul, and the body as separate but intimately integrated entities. Mental health and stress play an important role. Attendees will learn how to detox their minds and grow their brain.

About the Guest Speaker

  • National Speaker
  • Author
  • Cognitive Neuroscientist
  • Ph.D. in Com. Pathology
  • Researched “Mind-Brain Connection”
  • Clinical practice with underprivileged teachers
  • Developed an original theory & process that has transformed the lives of patients with Traumatic Brain Injury, learning disabilities, autism, dementia, & emotional mental health issues
  • Teaches how to use the mind to detox & grow the brain. 

Faculty Call for Research Posters Extended

Jan. 17 Winter Conference & Institute for Student Success
Montview Alumni Ballroom (3rd Floor, Backside of DeMoss Hall)

The Faculty Call for Research Posters for the “Jan. 17 Winter Conference & Institute for Student Success” is open from Nov. 17-Jan. 11.  Poster sessions allow for the discussion of research and/or best practices in an informal scholarly environment. Posters will be presented to a roaming faculty audience during the 11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. lunch session.  Approval will be done on a rolling basis.  Accepted posters will be notified via email.  Interested faculty should email CAD@Liberty.edu with any questions or with their proposal.

Call for Research Posters: (email CAD@Liberty.edu answers to the following 5 questions)

  1. Author(s)
  2. Title
  3. Category (Scholarship of…)
    1. Discovery -original research that advances knowledge;
    2. Integration -synthesis of information across disciplines, topics, or time;
    3. Application -application of disciplinary expertise with results that can be shared;
    4. Teaching & Learning - the systematic study of teaching and learning processes.
  4. Abstract, Description, or Overview (100 words or less preferred)
  5. What is the real-world application or impact?

Preferred Design Format for Accepted Posters: (http://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/research_week_templates/)

  • Upon acceptance, posters should be 30” x40” or 36”x48”.  Faculty may print their own poster or may submit to the Center for Research and Scholarship for complimentary printing.
  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Literature Review or Background
  • Research Plan/Process: include (a) Approach, Method, or Practice; (b) Data, Analysis, Material, or Discovery; and (c) Findings, Results, Presentation, or Work/Product.
  • Discussion and/or Future Research: include real-world application or impact
  • References
  • Author(s) Name, Institution

Jan. 18- Top Hat Certification

Top Hat and Liberty are partnering to bring you the Top Hat Certification workshop. Earning your certification is a great way to build and share knowledge, gain experience in successful teaching strategies, and stand out as an innovative educator who is mastering the use of technology in the classroom. The certification workshop is open to Faculty, Staff, and GSAs.

Thursday, Jan. 18, DH 3020
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Registration, Check-In, and Certification Training
12:30 -1:30 p.m. - Lunch Provided by TopHat (for registered attendees)
1:30-2:30 p.m. - Elective Session: Tactics for Real-Time Assessment
2:30-3:30 p.m. - Elective Session: Flipping the Classroom and Active Learning
3:30-4:30 p.m. - Open Forum

Faculty, Staff, and GSAs register at:  https://tophat.com/edtech/become-a-liberty-top-hat-expert/

Fall 2017 Workshop Calendar 

July 2017: Fall 2017 Workshop Calendar for the Center for Academic Development has been released.  Sign up for these workshops in the ProDev portal under the CTE tab.

Early Career Requirements

Faculty Cohorts Hired in 2009-2010 and After

  • First Year

    • Faith Learning Integration Panel

    • Teaching Tips: First Day of Class

    • Teaching Act: Facilitating Learning

    • Blackboard at Liberty University

    • Stopping Plagiarism Before It Starts

    • Start Smart

  • Second Year

    • Constructing Meaningful Writing Assignments

    • Blackboard: Grade Center Management

    • IT's Best Kept Secrets

    • Evaluating Classroom Assignments

    • Teaching Act: Assessment of Learning

    • FLI: Spiritual Formation from a Distance

  • Third Year

    • Teaching Act: Student Engagement

    • Blackboard: Course Copy/Course Restore

    • Technology Integration Elective

    • The ESL Student Writer

    • Teaching Act: Higher, Deeper, Critical Thinking

    • FLI: Filling Naturalism's Void

Veteran Faculty

Veteran faculty is encouraged to avail themselves of workshops throughout the year that will enhance their teaching/professional development.  During Faculty Orientation, all faculty must participate in selected offerings unless they are involved in teaching assignments.

Teaching with Technology Boot Camp

Taking place each year in mid-June, Teaching with Technology Boot Camp is a week-long intensive faculty professional development experience on integrating technology into everyday classroom teaching.  Throughout the experience, faculty observe demonstrations and participate 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 is provided mentoring from skilled practitioners to help them implement what they have learned.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The Center for Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) will record CEUs and email associated certificates (at no charge) to all faculty/staff who satisfactorily complete qualified university-provided training. This includes TWT Boot Camp (4.0 CEUs) and full tracks of LUO professional development (0.6 CEUs).

Graduate Student Assistants (GSA)

GSAs are welcome to attend nearly all CTE workshops, roundtables, communities of practice, and training during the academic year.  Registration for workshops can be found in the Pro Dev Portal (PDP).  In addition, several GSA specific training and roundtables are scheduled, such as effective classroom management, assessment, student engagement, Blackboard, audience response devices, and effective lecturing.  Check the GSA orientation schedule and workshop calendar for the latest information or log into the GSA_FCC.

GSA Certificate of University Teaching

GSAs are also eligible to earn a Certificate of University Teaching.  For more information log into the GSA_FCC or stop by the Center for Academic Development, DeMoss Hall 3014.

New Faculty Orientation (NFO) & All-Faculty Orientation (AFO)

August 17-23, 2017

New Faculty Orientation and  All Faculty Orientation are held in August of each year. The CAD hosts a variety of workshops and informational sessions during this period. 

2017-18 Schedules:

Featured Workshops & Events

Workshop Calendar

Blackboard Training
for Faculty

Center for Academic Development, DeMoss Hall 3014
Sign up in the ProDev Portal (CTE Tab)

Blackboard Workshops
Mondays @ 10:30 a.m.

Aug. 28: Bb Bottom-Line Blackboard 
Sept. 4: Bb Course Content
Sept. 11: Bb What Does Your Course Say?
Sept. 18: Bb/Kaltura: Video Announcements
Sept. 25: Bb Grade Center                  

Oct. 2: Bb Tests & Quizzes
Oct. 9Bb Safe Assign
Oct16: Bb Interactive Rubrics             
Oct. 23Communication from Bb
Oct. 30: Bb Course Copy/Course Restore                                                         

Nov. 6: Bb Create a Course Banner        
Nov. 13: Bb Video
Nov. 27: Bb Course Copy/Course Restore             

Semester-Long Faculty Book Studies

Book studies meet on select days in DeMoss Hall 3014. 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 CAD@liberty.edu for more details or to secure a spot.

Fall 2017:  "Generation iY" by T. Elmore.

  • Sept. 19
  • Oct. 17
  • Nov. 7

Fall 2017:  "Creating a Sense of Presence in Online Teaching" by R. Lehman. 

  • Sept. 26
  • Oct. 31
  • Nov. 28

(*For faculty who teach online)

Fall 2017:  "How to Get Started in Arts & Humanities Research w/Undergrads" by I. Crawford. 

  • Sept. 13

  • Oct. 11

  • Nov. 8

  • Dec. 6

Adobe in the Classroom
A presentation and demonstration of Adobe products available on campus.

Fridays @ 10:30 DH 3014
Register in the ProDev Portal
(CTE tab).  

  • Sept.15: Adobe Post - Creating Graphics
  • Sept. 22: Adobe Page - Digital Storytelling
  • Sept. 29: Adobe Voice - Classroom Projects

Faith Learning Integration (FLI) Brown Bag Lunch Series

FLI Brown Bag Luncheons are scheduled on select Tuesdays from
11: 15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. in DeMoss Hall 3014.

Fall 2017

  • Sept. 12: “Math, Science, & God" 
  • Oct. 10: “We are Right to Reject Evolution"
  • Nov. 14: “Science & the Bible"
  • Dec. 05: “Is the Shroud of Turin Jesus' Burial & Resurrection Garment?"

Register in the ProDev Portal (CTE tab).  Faculty are encouraged to bring their own lunch.  CTE provides snacks and drinks.


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