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Fall Symposium

Save the Date!

FaCET is pleased to announce the speaker and date of the 2016 FaCET Fall Symposium. It will be held on Thursday, August 18th, from 8:30am until 4pm. The Keynote will be held in two morning sessions, with additional workshops and breakout sessions following lunch.


The Keynote speaker this year is David Chase and is tentatively entitled “Knowing About Learning: Assessment Design and Practice.” David is the Vice Dean of Academic affairs at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles, California. He leads the planning, evaluation and execution of the Conservatory’s academic administration.

Registration is free and lunch is provided with an RSVP.

RSVPs can be sent to

Online registration will be available soon.

January Symposium Speaker

Dr. Jillian Kinzie will be the speaker for the Spring 2016 FaCET Conference. The conference is scheduled from 830A to 3p on Tuesday, January 12th2016 at the Kauffman Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road). .
Dr. Kinzie received her PhD in higher education, with a minor in women’s studies, from Indiana University. Her research interests include college choice, first year student development, teaching and learning, and access and equity. Presently, she serves as the Associate Director for the Center for Postsecondary Research and The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute.
The focus for this day is understanding the NSSE data  and how to use these data to enhance learning,  increase student engagement, and improve undergraduate education. Specifically, the focus will include differences in student engagement by gender, race-ethnicity, and first generation college status. Additionally, knowing how to assess the impact of programs aimed at improving student success, such as learning communities, undergraduate research, and service learning, will be discussed.
This conference is free and open to all faculty and graduate teaching students. To ensure there are sufficient lunches, please register by January 5, 2016.
The Symposium Agenda can be downloaded here: Spring 2016 FaCET Symposium
RSVPs can be sent to, or register online here.


2014 – 2015 FaCET Summary Report

A lot has happened this past year at FaCET

Our focused goals for FaCET for the 2014-2015 academic year were to support the General Education Program, assist the Emeriti College to develop programs of interest to those individuals, and  collaborate with the Online Program and the School of Graduate Studies to provide programs of interest to tenured/tenure track and non-tenure track faculty.

These goals led to a full schedule of meetings and workshops.

The full summary report is available to download.


Downloadable version: Summary Report 2014

2015 FaCET Fall Symposium

The Agenda has been finalized for the 2015 FaCET Fall Symposium. It will be held on Aug 20,2015 from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM at the Kaufman Conference Center Town Square. Registration is free, but required by 5pm August 13th. Lunch will be provided free to everyone who registers by that date. This fall the symposium is open to both faculty and GTAs.

A full day of workshops has been planned, with some sessions repeated in the morning and afternoon to allow for flexibility of schedule in the last week before the fall semester begins.


For registration and a full online view of the agenda: Registration

Downloadable Full Agenda: Fall 2015 FaCET Conference

TEG Extension

The Teaching Enhancement Grant deadline has passed, and due to a lack of applicants, we have decided to extend the deadline to Wednesday, April 1st, at noon. This is the final deadline and no further Grant applications will be received after this date. This is great opportunity to receive funding for research that meets the guidelines outlined here:

The application can be accessed at the above link.

FaCET 2015 Spring Smyposium Wrapup

The Facet Spring Symposium is over and we now look forward to this years Fall Symposium. With the highest attendance in several years to a FaCET Symposium, it was a full day of keynotes and workshops. The keynote Speeker, Dee Fink, was well received and his lecture on ‘5 High-Impact Teaching Practices” was packed with information.

If you were unable to attend, the slides from Dee’s lectures (both from the High Impact Teaching Practices and the late morning session “Designing Courses for Significant Learning) are available at the bottom of the post. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!




High-Impact Teaching Practices: UM-KC – 5 H.I.T.P. – Dec 2014

Designing Courses for Significant Learning: UMKC – ICD – 3 hr – 2015

Building the Future University Today

FaCET, in connection with the Emeritus College, is pleased to offer the following event.

Steve Lehmkuhle, former UMKC Interim Chancellor and former UM Vice President for Academic Affairs, currently Chancellor at University of Minnesota Rochester, will be in town on February 19th in the afternoon.  He has offered to give a presentation titled “Building the Future University Today” describing his work at UM Rochester.  This presentation will be at FaCET from 3-430P. 


Campus-wide Safe Space Training

Will be held on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at the Student Union Rm 320, from 1-4pm

RSVP to by November 3rd


More information and the official flier can be accessed here

2014 FaCET Conference Aftermath

With good reviews across the board, the 2014 FaCET conference was a success. Keynote Speaker Saundra McGuire spoke on “Supplemental Instruction: Increasing Student Engagement, Performance and Retention.” The conference was held at the Kaufman Conference Center, the site of this coming January’s conference as well. The breakout sessions were for the most part well attended, and every one constructive.


We look forward to the Spring Conference!





Keynote Powerpoint: UMKC FaCET Conference Aug 2014

Faculty Senate/Ombuds Training Schedule

Faculty Senate/Ombuds Training Schedule
In the spring 2014 semester, the Faculty Senate Chair, Faculty Ombudsperson, and HR Training professionals conducted a survey asking UMKC faculty the training topics and formats they would find most relevant. From this survey, we’re creating four training sessions for faculty.
All sessions will be held in FaCET in Miller Nichols Library on the second Monday of the month, from 2:00 to 3:30. Registration is limited, so check your calendars and register with FaCET ( to reserve your space.

  • September 8: How to have difficult conversations
  • October 13: How to effectively manage conflict
  • November 10: How to work with difficult people
  • December 8: Student Incivility in the Classroom

Sessions will be facilitated by Nancy Day, Faculty Ombudsperson, Peggy Ward-Smith, Faculty Senate Chair, and representatives from UMKC’s HR training staff.

Fall 2014 FaCET Symposium

Registration is Open for the Fall 2014 FaCET Conference

Entitled “Stellar Student Support: Enhancing Learning Through Supplemental Instruction, General Education and Online Education”, the FaCET conference will be held 8:30am-3:30pm August 22nd at the Kauffman Conference Center. Lunch will be provided for anyone who registers by August 15th here.

Please be sure to RSVP by the deadline to ensure we have an accurate number for lunch and to plan effectively for the workshop sessions.

Please RSVP no later than noon on Friday, August 15th. Be sure to email Peggy Ward-Smith with any dietary restrictions (



Official Program: 2014-FaCET-Conference.updated

Save the Date!

The 2014 FaCET Fall Symposium will be held on Friday, August 22nd at the Kauffman Conference Center. It is entitled “Stellar Student Support: Enhancing Learning Through Supplemental Instruction, General Education, and Online Education.”

The keynote will be given by Dr. Saundra McGuire, the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching at the Louisiana State University.

More details will be posted as they are finalized.


Wrapping up the 2014 FaCET Spring Symposium

The 2014 FaCET Spring Symposium in now completed. It was a packed day with a huge amount of information given and received. A big thanks goes out to all who participated or attended.

If you were unable to attend any of the main sessions, power points or pdfs of the material presented are attached:

– Kansas City Regional Equity Network: Equity Profile of the Kansas City Region
Regional Equity Network Presentation

– Jodi Rios: Interdisciplinary research and Engagement in Higher Education and the Challenges of Infusing Community Engagement and Diversity in the Classroom
Service Learning – Jodi Rios

– Denis Medeiros: Interdisciplinary Graduate Education
Interdisciplinary Doctoral Graduation Education

We hope to see everyone again at the FaCET Fall 2014 Symposium!

Spring 2014 Teaching Enhancement Grants

A deadline has been set for Spring 2014 Teaching Enhancement Grant applications.

The applications are due no later than Tuesday, March 18th, by 5pm. Late applications will not be considered.

For more details about Teaching Enhancement Grants, to find out who is eligible, and to download the application forms, visit:

International Teacher Education Conference: Call for Papers

February 5-7, 2014
Call for papers
The main goal of International Teacher Education Conference is to provide a multinational platform where the latest trends in education can be presented and discussed in a friendly environment with the aim to learn from each other. Prospective presenters are encouraged to submit proposals for papers and posters/demonstrations that offer new research or theoretical contributions. Presentations should be in Turkish, English and Arabic and should address both theoretical issues and new research findings.
Furthermore if the presenter is unable to attend the oral presentation, video presentations are available. For further information on how to submit, please refer to the Paper Submission section on our website. For paper guidelines, please refer to the Paper Guidelines section.
ITEC 2014 conference will take place on February 5-7, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Sharjah Hotel, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates..
All full papers (in all languages) will be published in an online proceedings book on ITEC web site after the conference.

We would like to invite you to share your experience and your papers with academicians and professionals.

Conference Languages
The official languages of the conference are English and Turkish. Proposals can be sent and be presented in either language. But all submission process will be done in English. Please, submit your proposal according to the following presentation category descriptions in paper guidelines.

Proposal & Abstract Submission Deadline : January 24, 2014
Full Paper Submission : January 26, 2014
Registration : January 24, 2014
Conference : February 5-6-7, 2014

FaCET Spring 2014 Symposium

The Spring 2014 FaCET Symposium is almost here!

It is entitled “The Pedagogy of  Civic and CommunityEngagement” and will be held on January 17th from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Student Union Room 401 C-D.

More details concerning the speakers and workshops as well as the complete schedule for the day can be found in the attached flyer: FaCET-conference-agenda-Jan-2014.FINAL

Lunch will be provided for anyone who RSVPs to by Monday, January 13th.

Lead @ S&T Showcase

Lead @ S&T Showcase:

Learning Enhancement Across the Disciplines

Showcasing Best Practices in Interactive and Collaborative Learning

Tuesday – Wednesday

February 11-12, 2014

See the attached flyer for more details, and to RSVP: LEAD Showcase Announcement

October Sessions at FaCET

2pm Wednesday, October 2nd: Writing Intensive Instructors Discussion

2pm Tuesday, October 8th: Workshop on General Education Assessment (Nathan Lindsey)

2:30pm Wednesday, October 16th: Wednesday at FaCET (Beth Medley) AND

Wednesday at FaCET (Dianne Smith)

2:30pm Wednesday, October 30th: Curb Cuts and Keyboards (Scott Laurent)

KCPDC 2013-2014 Schedule

The Kansas City Development Council is sponsoring a number of faculty development seminars this Fall and Spring. The topics include workshops on: Instructional Strategies, Managing a Learning environment, Diversity in the Classroom, and more. While the first event has already passed, many more remain.

The schedule, along with more detailed information concerning speakers and location can be found in this attachment: KCPDC 13-14 Schedule – Faculty

Instructional Strategies

As Part of the Faculty Development Program, Anne Mahoney will be giving a lecture entitled “Instructional Strategies” this Friday, September 20th at 1pm. For more information and to RSVP see: FDP Flyer_092013

The 2013 FaCET Fall Symposium has been completed. Thank you to everyone who contributed, and those who came out for it!

FaCET Fall Discourse Schedule

We have finally mapped out a tentative schedule of the discourses to be held at FaCET for the fall. Stay tuned for possible revisions later on in the semester.



Wednesday at FaCET: Workshop on using Weave Online

Nathan Lindsey and Dan Stroud                     Wednesday           Sept. 4 2013         FaCET   2-3:30

Wednesday at FaCET: Beyond Google: the Library at UMKC

Sue Sykes-Berry and Cindy Thompson          Wednesday         Sept. 4 2013         FaCET   2:30-4

Wednesday at FaCET: Workshop on Creating RooWriter

Henri Wood                                                          Tuesday              Sept. 10 2013       FaCET   2-3:30

Wednesday at FaCET: Workshop on Assessment Basics

Nathan Lindsey                                                   Wednesday             Sept. 18 2013       FaCET   2-3:30

Wednesday at FaCET:

Marion Stone                                                       Wednesday              Sept. 25 2013       FaCET   2:30-4


Wednesday at FaCET: Writing Intensive (WI) Instructors Discussion Group

Henri Wood                                                          Wednesday              Oct. 2 2013           FaCET   2-3:30

Workshop on General Education Assessment

Nathan Lindsey                                                   Tuesday                    Oct. 8 2013           FaCET   2-3:30

Wednesday at FaCET:

Beth Medley                                                         Wednesday              Oct. 16 2013         FaCET   2:30-4

Wednesday at FaCET:

Dianne Smith                                                       Wednesday              Oct. 16 2013         FaCET   2:30-4

Wednesday at FaCET:

Scott Laurent                                                       Wednesday             Oct. 30 2013         FaCET   2:30-4


Workshop on Conducting Focus Groups

Nathan Lindsey and Dan Stroud                     Tuesday               Nov. 12 2013       FaCET   2-3:30

Wednesday at FaCET

Brenda Dingley                                                    Wednesday            Nov. 13 2013       FaCET   2:30-4

The FaCET Fall Symposium was a Success!

The FaCET Fall Symposium was held on August 15th. Herb Childress spoke on “Wicked Problems,” followed by an engaging discussion on on both the problems and solutions to them. His talk covered why we need a more interdisciplinary approach to modern issues, and was warmly received. Following his lecture and discussion were lunch and a series of sessions covering a variety of topics.

Herb Childress

A video recording was made of the event, and will be posted soon. Check back as we hope to post this within the next several days.

Thanks to everyone who presented or contributed in making the day a wonderful experience of discussion and learning!


The agenda for the day can still be downloaded here: FaCET agenda 8-13

The video will be posted here:

Congratulations to All Recipients of the Spring 2013 Teaching Enhancement Grants!

This semester, FaCET experienced a outstanding turnout with applicants for the Teaching Enhancement Grants for 2013.   We appreciate everyone’s contributions and would like to take a moment to congratulate all of the TEG recipients for this semester:


-Scott Baker, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages

-Melita Belgrave, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy

-Susan Bennett, Clinical Instructor of the School of Nursing

-Brenda Bethman, Director of the Women’s Center

-Kelly Cochran, Clinical Assistant Professor of the School of Pharmacy

-Katherine Smith, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean-School of Nursing

-Lakshmi Venkitachalam, Assistant Professor of School of Medicine

-Laurel Watson, Assistant Professor of School of Education

-Daniel Weddle, Clinical Professor of the School of Law

-Henrietta Wood, Full-Time Lecturer of English


Thanks once again to all those who applied this semester, FaCET appreciates all of your hard work and dedication to teaching excellence!

Recording for Graduate Students in Distress: How To Recognize Warning Signs and Avoid Violent Results of Stress, Strain & Strife

Below is the recording information for Graduate Students In Distress: How To Recognize Warning Signs & Avoid Violent Results Of Stress, Strain & Strife.
If any of the links below do not work, please copy and paste them into your browser.
StudentLingo is a series of interactive on-demand workshops, action plans and valuable resources focused on helping students achieve their academic, personal and career goals.  Workshops can be purchased individually or in  packages. There are 6 NEW workshops!

The FaCET Spring Symposium was a Great Success! Recording of this Event Attached!

A big thanks goes out to all that were able to attend the spring installment of the FaCET Symposium!  For those of you who were unable to attend or would like to view this session again, please find the link posted below:

“Utilizing Experimental Software to Enhance Undergraduate Research Experiences” By: Megan K. Littrell-Baez, Ph.D. Psychology Department

Undergraduate students are always looking for more ways to engage in “high-impact” learning experiences. I recently developed a course titled “PSYCH 450: Guided Research in Learning and Memory” intended to serve this purpose. The course afforded undergraduate psychology students a new opportunity to experience the research process in a group setting. This experience is complementary to the currently available PSYCH 490 course in which students work directly with a faculty member on a research project. The specific learning objectives for the course, offered during Spring 2012, were as follows:


1) To gain in-depth knowledge on a topic within Cognitive Psychology with a special emphasis on the Psychology of Learning and Memory.

2) To develop professional skills necessary for research in psychology through participating in hands-on training in the creation of experimental materials, engaging in discussions of current research, conducting an experiment, and presenting the research in a formal poster.

3) To engage in an in-depth research experience guided by a faculty member.

What an exciting endeavor for the students! Psych 450 students began their research experience by forming two “research teams” that they worked with for the entire semester. As a team they engaged in small-group discussions, developed research materials, and conducted an experiment. As a class, we read and discussed several research articles focused on topics within the psychology of learning and memory. Through this process, the students began to gain a clear understanding of why and how their team’s study could potentially explain a specific cognitive phenomenon.


Prior to teaching the course, I applied for a Teaching Enhancement Grant (TEG) so that I could purchase a specialized research software package for the students to use in class. This software package, E-Prime 2.0, is often used by social scientists to create experiments that involve the presentation of visual and auditory stimuli. The software package also includes components that may be used for data collection and analysis. I held training sessions in class during which the students learned how to use E-Prime to create experimental programs, collect data, and organize and interpret the data. Furthermore, each team had the opportunity to use this software to run participants in an actual research study.


At the end of the semester, each research team worked with me to analyze the data they had collected. Each team organized their project in a poster that was presented at the annual Students Engaged in Artistic and Academic Research (SEARCH) symposium.  After SEARCH, the students completed a final writing assignment, reflecting on their experiences in PSYCH 450. Their responses suggested that the course provided them with a rewarding experience. Below are some sample quotes from the students:


“This class was interesting in compared to other classes because it allowed us to ‘Learn by doing’, in that instead of learning through the traditional lecture format where information is largely second or third hand, we got to actually see what we were talking about in action and gain skills in the process.”

“By allowing students to gain first-hand, experience with research processes provides a unique set of tools for psychology students.”

“The most interesting and exciting part of this course was the collaboration.  I really enjoyed working with my group and meeting new people.  At the same time, it was really exciting to get the results, even if they were not what we wanted to see.  I liked making the poster and presenting at SEARCH, and I really hope I will be able to do that again in the future.”

“I feel extremely grateful that I was able to be a part of this class for its ‘pilot’ run. I enjoyed doing hands-on work in the realm of learning and memory, which I have always found to be fascinating…It has been an excellent catalyst as an introduction to the world of research without feeling overwhelmed or overly pressured.”

Overall, I am confident that this was a great experience for the students, and they will benefit not only from their experience collaborating on and conducting a research study, but also from gaining training for a software package that they might not have had access to otherwise. I would like to thank FaCET for the TEG and the opportunity to engage students in an exciting learning and research opportunity!

Upcoming Wednesday Sessions at FaCET!

I hope your semester is getting off to a great start!  The Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching would like to inform you all of the upcoming sessions that will be held every Wednesday from 2:30-4pm.  A wide variety of topics will be covered at these sessions, and everyone that is able to attend is strongly encouraged!  Attached below, you will find a schedule of these upcoming sessions for the fall, as well as presenters and topics covered.  As usual, RSVPs may be sent to me: (

We hope to see many of you there, and please feel free to pass along the word to anyone you think may be interested.  Thanks again for all of your support for FaCET, and we look forward to seeing many of you soon!

Wednesday FaCET Sessions Scheduled for Fall of 2012 Semester

Teaching and Learning Technology Conference 2012 Presentations Available

It has been approximately 1 month since Missouri S&T’s Teaching and Learning Technology Conference 2012. It was a tremendous success!
We (Educational Technology at Missouri S&T) are very grateful to everyone who sponsored the event and—even more importantly—to everyone who attended the event, which makes the whole year-long process worth the blood, sweat, and tears.
Presentations from the TLT 2012 conference are now available online on our EdTech web site.
We have also uploaded videos of both the opening keynote (Dr. Kenneth C. Green) and closing keynote (Dr. Klaus Woelk) speeches.
I apologize for taking so long to put them online. Right after the conference, our EdTech web site was transferred from one web content managing platform to another, a fairly difficult and complex task.
We are already planning our next conference for TLT 2013 [March 14-15]. Although it is still early, if you have an idea for presenting at our conference, feel free to drop us a line at We’ll be more than happy to listen to your ideas. We would also welcome any additional feedback you would like to share about the conference.
We look forward to seeing you next year!
Malcolm Hays
Instructional Developer
Educational Technology

From ‘Good to Great’ in Assessment-Now Available to View on Blackboard!

If you missed the opportunity to attend the From ‘Good to Great’ workshop this afternoon presented by Dr. Nathan Lindsay, you’re still in luck!

-Another opportunity to attend this workshop will be available Friday April 13th from 11-12pm in room 4302 of the Health Sciences Building.

-If you are unable to attend tomorrow’s session, you can still view the Tegrity video of this workshop through FaCET’s blackboard site.  Simply log on to Blackboard, log on to the FaCET’s blackboard section, and click on the “FaCET Videos” link on the left hand column.  If you have any trouble accessing this Tegrity capture, you can contact the FaCET GRA, Katie Willis for further assistance at


FaCET’s 2012 Symposium Keynote Address is Now Available to View through Blackboard!

If you didn’t get to make it to our annual Symposium this year, you still have a chance to view the keynote address of Paul Hanstedt!  To watch the video, just log on to the FaCET blackboard site, and click on “FaCET Videos” in the left-hand column.  Click on the link “Keynote Address of Paul Hanstedt Jan. 6th, 2012,” and enjoy!

Assessment Consulting Available Tuesdays this Spring!

Need help with your programs’ assessment plans?

Schedule a Assessment Mentoring Sesssion

Drew Bergerson, Professor of History & FaCET Fellow for Assessment

Tuesdays from 2:00 to 4:30 PM at FaCET by Appointment Only

During these typically one-hour sessions, Drew Bergerson will work closely with one faculty group at a time to explain assessment (if you are beginners), solve practical problems with your assessment procedures, explain reviews from the University Assessment Committee, adapt your prose to the requirements of the reporting program (WEAVEOnline), or some combination of the above. Administrative Assistants are welcome, but these groups must be led by faculty.

Please contact to make an appointment.

2017 FaCET Conference in January

Carol Geary Schneider, Ph.D. and president emerita of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, will speak at the FaCET conference Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kauffman Conference Center.

Under Schneider’s leadership, the Liberal Education and American’s Promise (LEAP) program was initiated.  She will focus on initiatives that engage the students and provide a 21st century college education.

More details will be forthcoming, but please save the date.

Fall Symposium Conference Schedule

Fall 2016 Focus on Assessment

Conference Schedule

Kauffman Conference Center

8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30-11:45 Keynote:  Knowing about Learning: Assessment Design and Practice

David Chase

Town Square
11:45-Noon Break
Noon-12:30 Lunch Town Square


Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Session #1

Town Square Brookside Room Troost Room Brush Creek Room Paseo Room Kansas City Room
Follow-up on Keynote (Chase) Preparing Future Faculty Through an Online Graduate Certificate Program (Friend, Barber, Maher, Schlein) Creating Innovative Solutions to the Challenges of Teaching Large Anchor Classes (Levy, Everett) Managing Cultural Differences to Teach ESL/International Students (Holland-Wempe) Accelerated Sessions:

· ePortfolios as Assessment Tools (Ajmi)

· Assessing Open Access (LeBeau)

· The Interactive Syllabus (Ellis-Claypool)

Blogs in the Online Classroom (Doss, Phegley)
1:20-1:30 Break


Session #2

Town Square Brookside Room Troost Room Brush Creek Room Paseo Room Kansas City Room
Follow-up on Keynote (Chase) Designing an ePortfolio to Assess Undergraduate Nursing Student’s Progression in Clinical Competencies (Belchez, Luckenbach) Tools for Complete Collaborative Course Design from Assignments to Outcomes (Rose) The Campus-wide Graduate Writing Intiative at UMKC (Friend, Bollinger, Salvo-Eaton) Accelerated Sessions:

·Effective Classroom Communication (Melling, Johnson, Gordon)

·5 Minute Animations (Grimes)

·Animoto Basics (Ellis-Claypool)

Beyond Captions: Practical Strategies for Creating Accessible Math Videos (Messina)
2:20-2:30 Break


Session #3

Town Square Brookside Room Troost Room Brush Creek Room Paseo Room Kansas City Room
Follow-up on Keynote (Chase) Using online faculty training, plus the eCampusAlberta Quality eToolkit, plus dedicated instructional designers to manage and assess the completeness and quality of new online courses (Crossland) Tests, Rubrics and Analytics: Using Blackboard to Provide Continuous Formative and Summative Feedback in Your Course (Liddeke, Mabry, Mead) The Basics of Learning Objectives (Barker) Accelerated Sessions:

·  Layered Competency:  A New Model for Higher Education (Speer)

·  Ethical Image Use (Hartwell)



Breakout #1               12:30pm-1:20pm


Town Square

Follow up with David Chase


Brookside Room

Preparing Future Faculty Through an Online Graduate Certificate Program

Jennifer Friend, PhD, Associate Dean, SGS; Carolyn Barber, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Education;  Michelle Maher, PhD, Professor and Program Coordinator, Higher Education Administration; Candace Schlein, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Education

UMKC prepares graduate students for faculty careers at diverse institutions through the graduate certificate in College Teaching and Career Preparation, a program known as Preparing Future Faculty (PFF). This presentation shares a collaborative effort led by the School of Graduate Studies and three faculty members from the School of Education to convert the PFF program to a 100% online delivery to provide greater access to students. The six PFF Seminar courses and three courses in the School of Education will be online certified as part of this project: (1) The College Student, (2) Educational Psychology: Focus on Teaching in Higher Education, and (3) Apprenticeship & Conference in College Training. The presentation will share the faculty members’ plans to re-design courses through online learning strategies such as gamification (students earning badges for achieving learning outcomes), and goals for restructuring each course to facilitate and assess learning in online learning environments.


Troost Room

Creating Innovative Solutions to the Challenges of Teaching Large Anchor Classes

Gayle Levy, Assoc Professor of French and Honors College Director and William Everett, Curator’s Professor of Musicology

Teaching large Anchor classes can pose challenges for instructors who want to create classroom community and a vibrant setting for student participation in class discussion and team projects. In this break-out session Profs. Bill Everett and Gayle Levy share some of those challenges and possible solutions that they have used.


Brush Creek Room

Managing Cultural Differences to Teach ESL/International Students

Stephen Holland-Wempe, Language and Intercultural Specialist, Applied Language Institute

Managing visible and invisible cultural differences is essential in assisting ESL/ESOL/ELL/international students in Discourse/Anchor courses, and applicable to other courses as well.  In this workshop, we will explore explaining the cultural expectations we have of our students. We, as instructors, may not be aware of some or many of our culturally based expectations and how they differ with what students have learned in their original culture and first language, e.g. organization in presentations and essays, which, in another language, are many times new and abstract for ESL/ESOL/ELL/international students.  These differences, for example, are embedded within a culture and for native speakers of a language frequently much easier to learn.  Often international students need further and more in-depth learning in this regard.  What are some opportunities to help fulfill this need?  Thus, this workshop focuses on exploring the management of cultural differences for teaching ESL/ESOL/ELL/international students.


Paseo Room

Accelerated Sessions:

  • ePortfolios as Assessment Tools (Ajmi)
    • Electronic portfolios are a great way to engage students in an active learning process by giving them the opportunity to gather, record, and reflect on their own work. The value of portfolios go beyond the classroom as they can also be used to help students during the transition between education and employment. In this session, I will share some examples of electronic portfolios used in higher education as well as a video-based format we introduced to our law students.
  • Assessing Open Access (LeBeau)
    • This accelerated talk assesses where we are with the Open Access (OA) publishing model. Catch up with OA and see how it has grown and what it might mean for you and for your students.
  • The Interactive Syllabus (Ellis-Claypool)
    • It’s in the syllabus! How many times do you get questions about assignments, due dates, and requirements that are beautifully presented and clearly constructed in the syllabus? Even with our careful presentation and detail-oriented approach to this binding document, some students simply aren’t reading the syllabus. Perhaps there is another way to reach our students, who just want to skip to the assignments and point distribution of the course. Practice using free software from to create an “interactive syllabus” and discover if there is another way to ensure all students engage with the assessment details in your course.


Kansas City Room

Blogs in the Online Classroom

Crystal Doss, Assistant Teaching Professor and Jennifer Phegley, Professor, English

This breakout session will describe how to use blogs in the online classroom. The session will cover the rationale behind using blogs, provide sample blog assignments, and show two ways to assess blogs, including sample rubrics.


Breakout #2               1:30pm-2:20pm


Town Square


Brookside Room

Designing an ePortfolio to Assess Undergraduate Nursing Student’s Progression in Clinical Competencies (Belchez, Luckenbach)

Clinical experience provides opportunity for nursing students to build clinical reasoning, management and evaluation skills. Clinical immersion experience allow nursing students to integrate prior learning in the role of baccalaureate generalist nurse as provider of care. During this clinical immersion, students learn how to evaluate client changes and progress overtime and develop a beginning clinical competency and proficiency in delivering safe patient care (AACN, 2008). Assessment of nursing student’s clinical competencies requires standardized structure and processes that can be easily used by instructors and students in clinical setting. Using an ePortfolio to assess student’s clinical competency and track student progression can provide a platform for both student and instructor to monitor development in the program.


Troost Room

Tools for Complete Collaborative Course Design from Assignments to Outcomes (Rose)

Have you ever wanted to completely design a course collaboratively via the cloud? Or take a basic set of course descriptions, assignments and course outcomes and be able to easily diagram the whole course structure? Would you like to visually build and check your entire course’s design with aligned outcomes and assignments linked exactly together? Would you like to build project management and development benchmarks into this visualized design so a team of faculty and instructional designers can convert it to a cohesive online experience? By the end of this workshop you will learn the basic techniques to accomplish all of these goals!  Dr. Rose will present a demonstration of a cloud-based app which can be used by faculty and/or instructional designers to extensively map outcome alignment, assignment planning and course effectiveness. During the demonstration a planning map containing curricular elements for assessment planning and course-design reviews will be built.


Brush Creek Room

The Campus-wide Graduate Writing Intiative at UMKC (Friend, Bollinger, Salvo-Eaton)

Written communication is a significant part of the graduate student experience and optimizes future career success. This presentation provides an update on the Graduate Writing Initiative (GWI) at UMKC to expand graduate student written communication skills. Graduate student (N = 537) and faculty (N = 142) survey results indicated that additional resources were needed for students to build strong writing skills. A Graduate Writing Advisory Committee (GWAC) was formed with diverse student and faculty representatives. GWAC members facilitated monthly writing workshops open to all graduate students and created online writing resources that included a Blackboard organization site, a webpage, and video tutorials. A partnership was also formed with the Emeritus College to provide one-on-one mentoring, and the Graduate Writing Specialist piloted peer writing groups. The results of these GWI activities will be shared, followed by an open discussion among attendees related to lessons learned and future plans for the GWI.


Paseo Room

Accelerated Sessions:

  • Effective Classroom Communication (Melling, Johnson, Gordon)
    • Employers have expressed concern that recent graduates lack soft skills, specifically communication skills. Though students learn about effective communication in a general education class, they may not be encouraged to use these skills throughout their coursework.  In this session, experienced faculty from communication studies will offer tips on how to foster effective communication in the classroom, regardless of the discipline.  Presenters will cover: differences between academic and professional communication; addressing speech anxiety; and translating public address skills to digital platforms.
  • 5 Minute Animations (Grimes)
    • Amada Grimes, PhD, School of Nursing
    • The attendees will learn how to use the basic component of using Powtoons animation software. This will provide them with the skills to create fun lectures that keep the attention of students.
  • Animoto Basics (Ellis-Claypool)
    • Our students respond to short videos with colorful images, and engaging music. The average viewing session on youtube is 40 minutes, which means users and clicking through several videos in one sitting. What if you introduced a topic, or provided a quick review before a quiz, or highlighted the achievements of your students with a custom video? Would they watch and be engaged with the display? Discover a simple online software that allows beginners to create engaging, colorful videos with very simple tools and very little time.


Kansas City Room

Beyond Captions: Practical Strategies for Creating Accessible Math Videos (Messina)

The symbolic and graphical nature of mathematics presents challenges in creating math videos that are accessible to all learners. The task of “building in” accessibility can seem daunting, and instructors often don’t know where to begin. This session provides an introduction to math video accessibility, including legal requirements, captioning tools, and best practices. Participants will also learn practical strategies for selecting, displaying, and reading accessible math that can help all students to engage with the content.


Breakout #3               2:30pm-3:20pm


Town Square



Brookside Room

Using online faculty training, plus the eCampusAlberta Quality eToolkit, plus dedicated instructional designers to manage and assess the completeness and quality of new online courses (Crossland)

MidAmerica Nazarene University has been building about fifty new business courses in support of three new online business programs. After evaluating three available quality management systems, we chose the eCampusAlberta Quality eToolkit ( This system is licensed under free Creative Commons Attribution, and comprises a comprehensive rubric to assess course quality. We combined this quality management tool with intensive faculty training, plus assignment of instructional designers to team up with each faculty member to build the courses. We established a two-part cycle of quality management, with a minimum threshold of quality required before course launch, and then a second cycle of post-instruction improvements with a higher minimum threshold. This presentation is an interim report on this project, which is now about 75% complete.


Troost Room

Tests, Rubrics and Analytics: Using Blackboard to Provide Continuous Formative and Summative Feedback in Your Course (Liddeke, Mabry, Mead)

Blackboard’s toolset includes many features that provide the instructor information about student performance and participation. These same tools also empower instructors with the ability to regularly inform students about their progress in the course. Join us for a fast paced look at some examples of how these tools can be used in your class to help increase student awareness of his/her progress towards the overall goals of the course.


Brush Creek Room

The Basics of Learning Objectives (Barker)

Have you ever asked yourself “Why is it so important to develop appropriate learning objectives prior to developing a course or training?” This session will answer this and other important questions. Focus will be on creating SMART learning objectives. Time will be spent learning how to use Bloom’s Taxonomy effectively and appropriately. Discussion will include the learning objectives ABCDs (audience, behavior, conditions, degree) and Mager’s Tips on Instructional Objectives. Included will be the “do’s and don’ts” of writing learning objectives. An exploration of various topics that should be represented in learning objectives and what are “nice-to-know.” Examples will be shown to create a better understanding of what it takes to create impactful learning objectives.


Paseo Room

Accelerated Sessions:

  • Layered Competency: A New Model for Higher Education (Speer)
  • Attendees will be able to apply the layered competency model to their own classes and classes they are designing for others. Attendees will also reflect upon the use of external digital achievements and their place in modern online education.
  • Ethical Image Use (Hartwell)