Faculty Professional Development August 25

Academic Affairs and Academic Services will be putting on two professional development opportunities on this Friday, August 25, in CLS 214:
So You Have an Accommodation Letter: What’s Next?
12:00-1:00 pm
 This session, led by Access Center manager and lead psychologist Patience McGinnis, will go over the ins and outs of the accommodation letters many faculty receive when the semester starts. These letters require that professors make reasonable accommodations for students with federally defined disabilities. Patience will go over what the letters mean in practice, what reasonable accommodations look like, and who to turn to when you need help with the accommodation.
Getting Started with Blackboard
2:00-3:00 pm
Ryan Thomas will walk faculty through the steps of getting Blackboard working the way you want it to for your new class. This is an audience-driven session, so bring your questions. But we expect to cover basic gradebook questions, organizing class materials, setting up quizzes and other basics.
More Sessions Soon
We will be releasing a full schedule of faculty development sessions for September soon, with fifteen sessions on ten different subjects. For September we will be holding all these sessions in CLS 214 on Fridays due to some space constraints, but hope to eventually offer some opportunities on other days as well. Responding to demand, we will also be covering some subjects around OneDrive and the Office 365 suite in future sessions, as well as a variety of teaching-focused topics, and a session on preparing ahead of time for possible campus closure.
Walk-in Support & HelpDesk
We continue to have walk-in Blackboard support sessions on Tuesdays from 12:00-3:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in CLS 219 (the IT conference room). Other times are available by appointment.