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Faculty Development adds instructional design support for faculty.
We are delighted to welcome instructional designers Cynthia Sarver and Michael Wilder to Faculty Development and to the St. Thomas community. Cynthia and Michael join a growing university-wide community of staff experienced in pedagogy, flipped, blended and online learning, and academic technology.Instructional design support is available to all faculty, Adjunct and full-time.
Features from Past Issues of Synergia Newsletter.
In case you missed it... here are the highlights from past issues of Synergia.
Professional Writing Services
Faculty Development expands professional writing services! We are happy to announce that Dr. Mary Reichardt is joining Faculty Development as Coordinator of Professional Writing Services. Mary is working closely with UST's Grants and Research Office to provide integrated services for faculty involved in grant writing and other projects.
Professional Development On-Demand and in 20 Minutes
We've subscribed to on-demand 20 Minute Mentor videos to help you fit professional development into your busy schedule. The video programs deliver actionable insights in highly focused 20-minute presentations on topics including blended and online learning, classroom management, course design, grading and feedback, student engagement, and more.
UST Faculty Learning Communities
Watch your UST email for an announcement about the FLC topics for the 2015-16 academic year and for a call to join a community.
UST Disability Statement updated for AY2015-16
The Disability Resources office has updated the syllabus statement for the 2015-16 academic year. Please be sure to update your syllabi with the new statement.
Adjunct Professional Development Grant Recipients
The following UST faculty received an award from the Adjunct Professional Development Grant. Applications are still being accepted.
From the Director - May 2015
Using IDEA: Reflections after five years
As you prepare your year-end teaching reflection/narrative, take control of the interpretation of your IDEA data. Use it to inform your own self-evaluation and plans for the following semester, and to contextualize your teaching performance for those evaluating it.
We've been using the IDEA system for managing the student feedback process now for five years, and the Committee on Teaching Evaluation is analyzing a recent faculty survey gathering your impressions. I've been keeping an eye on expert recommendations regarding the use of student feedback and have pulled together some observations and advice, hoping it might help inform ongoing conversations about uses and misuses of IDEA.
Captioning Your Videos
IRT has developed a new resource guide to orient you to the options available at UST for video captioning your lectures, the ways you can increase the accessibility of YouTube or Vimeo videos through captioning, and finding and using captioned videos from UST's Media Resources Collection. If you are already streaming your videos through Ensemble and are ready to increase the accessibility of your lectures through closed captioning watch this short (captioned!) video to learn how you can use CaptionSync to automatically create captions for your videos.
Faculty Development Grant Deadlines
Upcoming Faculty Development grant deadlines for AY 2014-15.