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Modules and Groups and Videos...Oh My!

We have a number of opportunities for you to engage to help you to continually grow along your journey as an educator.

On this page, you will find eLearning modules (click on the image above to learn more about these) that you can work through on your own time and at your own pace, information about Faculty Interest Groups (FIGs), video recordings from sessions that we have recorded in the past, and there are more opportunities on the horizon!

eLearning Modules & Sessions

We have a number of eLearning modules and recorded sessions that we are developing on various topics related to teaching and learning. Click on the titles or images below to launch the module that you are interested. Also, remember to:

  1. Check back here often as we are constantly developing new modules, and
  2. Check out the Additional eLearning Modules & Sessions page for many other modules


D2L Brightspace DemoThe following is a link to a recording of a demonstration of the Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) by D2L:

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Mirror Me, Mirror You - Creating High Quality Self- and Peer-Assessment Activities With Lane Sidebottom & Marlin Schaich

Monday, March 25th, and Wednesday, March 27th

Self- and peer-assessment activities can be a highly effective way to help develop students’ self-regulated learning skills. This session will focus on identifying best practices for creating and implementing these kinds of activities, which require thoughtful planning and careful implementation. Click here to access the video and handouts for this session.

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Coaching for Success – Using Feedback to Boost Student Achievement with Keisha Bosan & Emily Barr

Tuesday, Feb. 26th, and Thursday, Feb. 28th 

Detailed, constructive, and timely feedback are essential for student learning and success. But what are some of the essential elements of quality feedback and how can we help students to effectively use this information? This session explored these and other questions - Click here for the handouts for this session and below is a link to a video recording:

"Your Stress is Stressing Me Out!" - Helping Students to Cope with Anxiety With Kim Hall & Kathy Dworak, January 2019

While it is not new to higher education, anxiety and stress can cause many students to under-perform in their classes and careers. In this session, we will learn about strategies that we can use in our classes to help students not only manage these anxieties but also develop the habits they need for career-long success. The video is below and click here for the handouts for this session.

Development Day Spring 2019 With Hilary Applequist & Heather Henrichs

This day focused on three themes, each with their own session: 1) Crafting Critical Thinking Competencies; 2) Developing Self-Assessment Abilities; and 3) Essential Elements of Effective Feedback. Click here to see a description of these session, view the videos, and access the presentation slides and handouts, or click on the image below.

"Clickers? Apps? WebEx? Hooray!" With Jackie Hoeft & Jeanine Kernen

With the number of instructional technologies continuing to grow, we can sometimes feel at a loss for where to begin. This session will focus on how to select and effectively utilize technologies that can help our students to learn more deeply. Click here for the handouts for this session.

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"Not Another Worksheet!" - Overcoming Activity Fatigue With Whitney Robertson & Craig Zimmer

Whether it is discussion boards in an online course or worksheets in an on-ground class, students can become tired of engaging with the same types of activities over and over. In this session, we will learn how to avoid this "activity fatigue" and develop courses that help keep students engaged across the class. Below is a video recording for this session. Click here to access the handouts for this session.

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Minding Our Ps and Qs - Tactics for Promoting Professionalism With Karen Johnson & Lisa Fuchs

While most students act in courteous ways most of the time, there can still be concerns over texting in class, talking negatively about their courses, and other behaviors that are reflective of professionalism. In this session, we will learn more about setting high expectations in these areas as well as class strategies that can help to develop these lifelong dispositions. Click here for the handouts for this session.

Talking to Learn & Learning to Talk with Kathy Babcock & Tara Whitmire - April 16, 2018

In this session, we will learn more about how to facilitate engaging class discussions in online as well as on-ground courses. Come and learn about the different kinds of discussions that we can engage students in as well as tips for how to design and implement them more effectively. Click here to access the handouts for this session.

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Beginning with the end in mind: Using Backward Design to develop your classes and programs - April 16, 2018

Before we can guide our students on a learning journey, we first have to know where we are headed and the path(s) that we are likely to travel to get there. This session will provide an overview of Backward Design, a course development method that can be used to build more effective classes and programs. Click here to access the handouts for this session.

HLC Guidelines Presentation - April 2018

The following presentation was is a repeat of the presentation that was given at the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) conference on April 9, 2018 and provided a beginning overview of the Educational System Guidelines that we have developed in CREATE. Be sure to also check out the slides for this session. We also have these detailed evidence-based guidelines, along with many other resources, on our CREATE site.

iLearning 101: Creating e-learning modules to improve learning with Colleen Steinhauser, MSN - March 2018

With so much to study from so many different classes, students find it hard to know where to begin and how to engage with course material. In this session, you will learn how to create e-learning modules to help guide your students through important content in more dynamic and interactive ways that will boost their mastery of content and competencies.

Making learning visible: Using formal and informal tools to know where students really are! With Drs. Larry Hughes & Hilary Applequist - Feb. 28, 2018

The professor asks a question and a couple of students answer. But where is the rest of the class in relation to the content? What do they really understand? And where do they need our help? This session will offer formal and informal strategies to more accurately gauge how well our learners are comprehending course concepts/skills. We will also discuss how we can then use these assessments to modify our instruction on-the-fly.

Development Day - Techno-Charged Teaching - Feb. 9, 2018

Here was the description for this day: Our theme will be "Techno-Charged Teaching!" (see the agenda below) where we will be exploring a number of apps and technologies that can boost student engagement and provide us with insights into what our students are (or are not) understanding. This day will be BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device), so grab your laptop, tablet, and/or smart phone and come ready to get digitally down and dirty!


 Additional Modules & Sessions: Click here to access additional modules - enjoy! 


Faculty Interest Groups (FIGs) are a small group opportunity to delve into some aspect of teaching and learning in a more in-depth way. Currently, a FIG on Active Teaching & Learning Strategies is running right now. For more information on this FIG, please contact Harsha Sharma who will be facilitating this group:

Harsha Sharma 

We are also currently in the process of planning FIGs for the next semester. For more information on these, please contact the chair of the Faculty Development Committee:

Kelsey Urban


Do you have an idea for a FIG?

Please contact one of the members of the Faculty Development Committee to find out how to propose a FIG for the future.

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Be sure to check out the links and brief resources that we have sent out recently. Either click on the image above or click here to access these links and handouts.

Also be sure to check out these sites for additional and FREE webinars, training sessions, etc. to support your teaching and learning needs:


Over the next year or two, we will be working to develop certificate and orientation programs to help support you in your ongoing development as a professional educator. These program are intended to offer more compact and comprehensive engagement with various aspects of quality of teaching and learning. Keep an eye out for more information!


2-Minute Tips - Spring 2019
Critical Thinking Skills in Nursing Students - Comparison Between Freshmen and Seniors - 2015.pdf (.pdf, 89K)
Online unfolding case studies to foster critical thinking - 2017.pdf (.pdf, 130K)
Effective Teaching Strategies - 5 Feedback Elements.docx (.docx, 17K)
Promoting Learning and Achievement Through Self-Assessment - 2009.pdf (.pdf, 227K)
Teaching Students How to Manage Feedback.docx (.docx, 17K)
Guidelines for Facilitating Peer Reviews.pdf (.pdf, 715K)
Unlocking the Mystery of Critical Thinking.docx (.docx, 17K)
CREATE 2-minute tips - Spring 2019.docx (.docx, 15K)
Mindfulness and physical exercise for depression among nursing students - 2017.pdf (.pdf, 309K)
State of Mind in the College Classroom.docx (.docx, 17K)
CREATE's 2-Minute Tips - Fall 2018
Increasing Students In-Class Questions.docx (.docx, 19K)
Preparing to teach in active learning classrooms.pdf (.pdf, 461K)
How Good Are Your Discussion Facilitation Skills.docx (.docx, 97K)
Towards a Positive U.docx (.docx, 17K)
Better-Student-Questions_Snyder.pdf (.pdf, 191K)
CREATE 2-minute tips - links to websites - Fall 2018.docx (.docx, 213K)
10 high impact teaching strategies - 2017.pdf (.pdf, 49K)
Helpful Training Handouts

While these are not full training sessions, the following handouts have been used in our sessions and are fairly self-explanatory. Of course, if you need further support with any of these, please do not hesitate to contact us (!

Grading With the Rubric.pdf (.pdf, 249K)
Adding A Grading Rubric to an Assignment.pdf (.pdf, 391K)
Yuja Lecture Capture (.docx, 530K)
Yuja and Closed Captioning (.docx, 399K)
Using Web Ex for Online Meetings/Trainings (.doc, 810K)
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