Events calendar

The Faculty Professional Development Program offers numerous on-and off-campus enrichment opportunities, including:

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Making Knowledge: Integrating a Maker Culture into Courses & Your Curriculum

Thursday, December 1
10 am-12 pm
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons (Cline Library Room 169)
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Have you been looking for unique, new, or innovative ways to have your students represent ideas, concepts or design projects? Are you looking for strategies to stir imaginations and develop creative literacy in your classes, moving students from passive recipients of learning to active creators? Come join us to learn about the potential power of making in your classroom and curriculum.
Maggie Melo, from the University of Arizona, will offer a thought-provoking presentation on ways to develop a maker-centric curriculum--most notably in non-STEM disciplines. Drawing from personal experience, Melo presents the ways she has incorporated experiential and maker-based learning in her first-year composition and technical writing classes. This session will cover example lesson plans, assessment tools, and samples of student work.

A panel of NAU Faculty who utilizes maker culture and technology in their classrooms will provide additional insight for attendees. You will leave this talk and workshop with strategies to infuse maker culture into your STEM and non-STEM classrooms alike.

Co-sponsored with the Teaching, Learning, and Research Services Librarians

Facilitator: Maggie Melo is a PhD candidate and English instructor at the University of Arizona. Her dissertation centers on the rhetorics of innovation as it pertains to gender and maker culture. She currently helps manage the University of Arizona’s makerspace, the iSpace, where she facilitates workshops on topics such as e-textiles and 3D printing. She’s also active in the hacker and maker scene in Tucson where she serves as the lead for the Google Women Techmakers organization. Read her article on integrating making into a composition course here

Teaching with Multimedia: Applying Evidence to Optimize Teaching and Learning

Thursday, December 1
1:30 - 3:30 pm
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons (Cline Library Room 169)
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This presentation, led by content experts from across the country, will provide suggestions for effectively designing learning experiences and incorporating multi-media approaches into your teaching. Presenters will provide an overview of Cognitive Load Theory and the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning, describe how application of principles derived from these theories influences learning experiences, and demonstrate specific applications of these approaches when designing traditional and multi-media-based learning activities and materials.

Co-sponsored with the Department of Physical Therapy

Facilitators: Missy Criss PT, DPT, GCS, Assistant Professor, Chatham University
Susan Grieve PT, DPT, MS, OCS, Assistant Professor, Samuel Merrit University
Jason Cook PT, DPT, PCS, Assistant Professor, Des Moines University
Michael T. Lebec, PT, Ph.D., Program Director and Associate Professor Physical Therapy Program, Northern Arizona University  

Universal Design for Learning: How to Improve Satisfaction & Retention for Students at all Learning Levels 

Thursday, December 1
12:00-1:00 pm
College Of Education Room 212
Webinar presentation, no registration required

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This webinar is for faculty who are interested in learning about Universal Design for Learning (UDL). To improve interactions with students, increase access for students on mobile devices and to engage and motivate students.

Engage in conversation with your colleagues after the webinar: College of Education, The Regent’s Library (on the first floor) from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Show up, Learn, Listen, Brainstorm how things might look for your course. To read a more detailed description of the event click here.

Sponsored by e-learning Center, College of Education Educational Specialties, and the Faculty Professional Development Program. 

Century Club Community of Practice 

Friday, December 2
2:00-3:00 pm
Cline Library Room 168
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The Century Club is a community of practice that seeks to share knowledge and experiences of faculty members teaching large enrollment courses. Members meet to share effective or promising practices and discuss how they teach their large courses. 

Facilitator: Larry Gallagher, Director, Faculty Professional Development Program

January 2017

6th Annual Teaching Day 2017
"Sightlines: Uncovering Perspectives That Can Strengthen Engagement in Learning
What? So What? Now What?"

Thursday, January 12
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
duBois Conference Center
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Lunch will be provided

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We see the components of a course or curriculum from our perspective, or sightline, and seek to communicate those perspectives about content, learning and success to our students. Students see the same things from their own sightline(s). We often assume that our sightline is received and understood, of not shared by our students. Acknowledging that there are multiple sightlines is a process for both teacher and student to open up another avenue for communication about the shared responsibilities necessary for achieving significant engagement in learning. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Linda Shadiow, will help us to understand the importance of understanding and using sightlines to enrich the learning environment.

Following the keynote presentation and lunch, we will be hosting a series of breakout conversations to explore the concept of sightlines in our teaching. Topics include: 

  • Spark creativity and innovation in our courses
  • Help our students understand why we teach what we teach
  • Foster practical metacognition in learning
  • Engage in culturally responsive teaching and many more.

Dr. Linda Shadiow is the Former Director of Faculty Professional Development and Emeritus Professor in Educational Foundations
and author of "What Our Stories Teach Us".

This event is organized and convened by the NAU Teaching Academy with support from the Office of the Provost and
the Faculty Professional Development Program.

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop

Friday, January 13
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
ITS North Training Lab, Building 54, Room 106
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Lunch will be provided

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What is course quality?

  • Join us as we identify the critical elements of the nationally recognized Quality Matters (QM) course quality assurance program. This one-day workshop will focus on the QM Rubric in order to frame a peer-to-peer conversation on some of the components of course quality.
  • Dialogue with your colleagues on best practices for online and blended class design
  • Devise definitions of course quality
  • Discover ways of supporting our diverse students in online and blended classes
  • Discuss the importance of course learning objectives for planning a well aligned and effective course
  • Design your class according to research-based best practices

Registration with e-Learning Center
This event is sponsored by the e-Learning Center.

Productive Beginnings Session 5
"Creating 360 degree relationships that help you in your career"

Friday, February 3
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Health & Learning Center Room 2405
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Productive Beginnings Session 6
"Wrapping up your first year … and thinking ahead to the next year"

Friday, April 14
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: University Union Havasupai Room A/B
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(The Productive Beginnings series was created with the new faculty member in mind, but these sessions will contain information of relevance to all faculty. Please consider joining the session if the topic is of interest to you. Participation in earlier sessions in the series is not a pre-requisite.)

Series information here

*Programs will be added to the calendar as dates and times are confirmed. Please check back frequently.