Eastern Faculty Training & Development


Chalk & Table provides a variety of training and professional development opportunities for new and experienced faculty members. These range in length from one- or two-hour courses to multiple week offerings.

Check back regularly for additional offerings and visit our Events Calendar for start dates along with additional meet-up opportunities for continued education.

Below you will find descriptions of our current offerings:

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Monthly Online session

My Media/ Kaltura - May 15

Video can be an amazing teaching tool. Do you have videos that you are using in your course?  With the My Media/Kaltura, an add-in for Brightspace, you can make video(s) easy to access by students via mobile devices or on their computer. Don't have a video and want to create media content for your course? The My Media/Kaltura tool can do desktop capture, video, and voice recording. You and your students now have the tool to create videos that can be used anywhere within Brightspace. Registration for this session here.

  • Time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Date: 5-15-2017
  • Place: Zoom (link will be sent to you automatically after you register)

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Create Interactive Lessons Using EDpuzzle - June 19th

Learn how this easy and free tool promotes active learning by making any video interactive, whether you created it or found it online (think TEDtalks or any of the thousands of online resources). Instructors can incorporate questions and comments that students respond to at strategic points in the video lesson.  You can also track your students’ progress through the gradebook feature and give them feedback. EDpuzzle is a simple-to-use tool to increase accountability, engagement, and learning.

If you teach on ground you may be wondering, “Why do I need to create online lessons? Are they relevant for me?”  The answer is, Yes! Here are a few reasons why EDpuzzle is valuable for on-ground courses.

  • The lessons can be used prior to a session to prepare for deeper engagement when you are with your students
  • The lessons can be a good follow up for practice and review of concepts
  • The lessons are an easy way to move your session online in the event of class cancellations (weather, illness, etc.)
  • Time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Date: 6-19-2017
  • Place: Zoom (link will be sent to you automatically after you register)

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How to Create a Test/Quiz in Brightspace - July-24

Learn how easy it is to make a quiz/test in Brightspace. There is also a tool that can convert a Word document test/quiz into Brightspace format.

  • Time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Date: 7-24-2017
  • Place: Zoom (link will be sent to you automatically after you register)

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Understanding the Grades tool - August

Learn how to create a grade item to record grades. See how you can associate an activity like an assignment or discussion topic with a grade item to automatically update your grade center when you grade. Learn how to create a category and how to use that category to add weighting to your grade center. You will also see how you can use that category to drop the lowest grade in a group of items. Learn how to display a running grade average to your students and how to easily answer that student question “What is my highest possible grade is at any point in the course?”

  • Time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Date: TBA
  • Place: Zoom (link will be sent to you automatically after you register)

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FDC100 Brightspace Basics  

A  self-paced introduction to the basic skills, terminology, and competencies needed to use Brightspace. Topics include: overview; creating news items; email; creating and editing content items; discussion board; grades; assignments.  Those who complete the requirements earn "Brightspace Basics Certification" status at Eastern.  Required for all new adjunct instructors.

Email Brightspace@eastern.edu to Register

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FDC101 ZOOM

Zoom provides an online meeting room for synchronous (live) or asynchronous class sessions. Faculty can record their lessons to share with learners who cannot attend the live sessions. Students use Zoom for live presentations in online courses.  This platform is also used to hold class when an on-ground or blended class session has had to be canceled.  This is an online, self-paced training course requiring one to two hours to complete. Required for all new adjunct instructors.

Email Brightspace@eastern.edu to Register

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FDC200 LEARNING TO TEACH ONLINE

An overview of best practices related to online course facilitation, including building learning communities, developing social presence, engaging students, creating quality discussions, and incorporating active learning strategies. Participants are introduced to basic standards of the Quality Matters program.  This is a four-week online training course with assignments totaling five to six hours due weekly.  It is offered multiple times during the year.

Date: July 24th to August 20th

 

 

"While waiting for an online course assignment, I am using the best practices, strategies and resources taught in FDC200 in my on-ground class, and my students are delightfully engaged in content and process.  They are invested in what we are studying, encouraging and supporting each other; their talents and strengths are fitting like a puzzle and they are taking ownership of their education.  I go home flying high after every class.  FDC200 is well worth prioritizing on every professor's schedule."  

Shari Draayer, Sociology Instructor

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FDC102 TURNITIN – INTEGRITY TOOL & WRITING ASSISTANCE

The Turnitin® tool helps promote critical thinking, ensure academic integrity, and improve student writing.   Turnitin offers free, live, expert training webinars multiple times per week for any teacher or instructor who is interested in learning how to use Turnitin.

Dates: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Time: Varies (45 minute session)
Session Info:
During each session, you will learn how to create and manage assignments using Turnitin. Delving deeper, we'll show you how to navigate and interpret originality reports and show you how to add comments, provide feedback, and use rubrics to grade papers.

How do I attend?

Simply use the following button to join a session.  There’s no need to pre-register.  Once you click on the button to join, a calendar with session times will appear.  Attendees are welcome to attend as often as they wish (during the course of the academic year).

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TAKING YOUR ONLINE COURSE TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Have you taught a course online and wonder how you can improve it? In this session you will learn practical next steps to make your course more interactive and engaging.  The components of developing an exemplary online course are introduced in order for you to create a plan for revising your course.

Participants must have taught their online course at least once prior to this session and bring a copy of the syllabus. 

Email Sherry Kull for details on how to register.