Faculty Development Opportunities

Upcoming Workshops

Academic Affairs and IT’s Academic Services and are pleased to announce two workshops for which faculty can receive a stipend.

Teaching Techniques for Hybrid and AMS classes
May 15, 16, & 17
1:00-4:30 pm

May 15: Teaching with Recorded Video, AMS, or Blackboard Collaborate
May 16: Organizing Your Course Content in Blackboard / Facilitating Online Discussions
May 17: Creating Better Assessments with Blackboard / Understanding the Gradebook

The faculty development stipend is $75/session and faculty can sign up for any combination of the three sessions. Graduate students are welcome to participate, but are ineligible for the stipend.
Teaching Information Literacy in an Age of Online Disinformation
May 30 & May 31
1:00-4:30 p.m.

May 30: Introduction, Research, and the New Digital Literacies
May 31: Building a Digital Literacies Lesson for Your Course

This workshop will demonstrate techniques you can teach students to be better consumers of online information. While this two-day workshop focuses on helping students navigate the new disinformation online environment, the techniques can be used by everyone to be better and more effective at finding trustworthy information online. Participants should come to both sessions: the first session will demonstrate techniques used by modern fact-checkers, and the second session will show how to teach these skills to students in the context of any course. Each session has a $75/day stipend, $150 total. Graduate students and staff are welcome to participate but are ineligible for the stipend.

Space and stipends may be limited for these workshops, so please let us know if you are considering attending. Please contact Chris Rhoads at 6-9709 or crhoads@wsu.edu if interested.

More information on location, agenda, and facilitators will follow in the next few weeks.


Available Training

Academic Affairs and Academic Services recently offered the following faculty development opportunities. If you are interested in providing any of these sessions for your department, please contact Chris Rhoads at 6-9709 or crhoads@wsu.edu.


Using OneDrive for Storage and Sharing
This entry level presentation covers how to save documents to OneDrive for easy, off-campus access to your work files and how to share these files with others.

Collaborating with OneDrive
The companion class to “Using OneDrive for Storage and Sharing,” this class digs deeper into how to work on specific documents with other people using comments, revision histories, and concurrent editing.


So You Have an Accommodation Letter: What’s Next?
Review the ins and outs of accommodation letters including what the letters mean in practice, what reasonable accommodations look like, and who to turn to when you need help with the accommodation.

Universal Design: Building a Class That Serves Everyone
This session goes over what Universal Design for accessibility means and what it looks like in practice, and offers some baby steps you can take towards it.

Accessible Documents
Ensuring that your documents are accessible is a fairly easy process. Learn how to create accessible Word and PowerPoint documents from the start and how to fix those documents that are not currently accessible.

Accessible/Affordable Videos
Finding video content that is both affordable and accessible can be difficult. Learn the challenges and various options available for incorporating more media in course spaces.

Hidden Disabilities
with Michael Dunn, associate professor of special education and literacy
Learn and discuss different types of hidden disabilities and how to help these students manage academic tasks.

Hidden Disabilities
with Dr. Allison Chambers, Staff Psychologist
Increase knowledge and awareness of mental health disorders that commonly impact university students, the signs and symptoms to look for, and how to support individuals experiencing distress.

Captioning YouTube Videos Using Amara
Learn step-by-step instructions for captioning and subtitling YouTube videos for Universal Design or disability accommodations using Amara.


Getting Started with Blackboard
This is a faculty-driven introduction to Blackboard and covers topics such as uploading your syllabus, organizing your materials, setting up your gradebook, assignments and quizzes.

Organizing Your Class in Blackboard
Learn simple techniques to organize and label your activities in Blackboard including week or module-based folder structures, “imperative” labels, video and document embedding, and completed weekly checklists.

Blackboard Tips and Tricks
Explore some of the relatively unknown aspects of Blackboard and learn ways to utilize them for your course as well as how to make functions that you currently use work better for you.

Better Quizzes with Blackboard
Learn how to use the best of Blackboard’s quiz features without falling into the deadly trap of the over-engineered quiz.

Accessible Blackboard
Following a few simple guidelines can make a huge difference in the accessibility of your course and ensure compliance with accommodation letters.


Getting Started with Labs Sites
The labs sites are a web environment for faculty to advertise their and/or their students’ work. In this workshop, we cover the basics of how to administer your site, add users, craft pages, and design the general look of your site.

Preparing Your Class for a Campus Closure
Learn how to prepare your class to use technology during a campus closure.

Helping Students Sort Fact from Fiction on the Web
Learn the latest research on why web readers struggle in evaluating web information, what strategies work, and how these strategies can be taught in any class.