Events calendar

Upcoming Events


Designing Clear and Effective Assignments
Oct. 12, 2:30 - 3:30 pm - Cline 131 & Remotely via Collaborate Ultra

We often have a clear idea of what we expect from students in the assignments in our courses. However, this may not be as clear to our students. If we use a transparent approach to designing our assignments, our students are more successful and we get the work we were hoping for.

Facilitators: Theresa Carlson, Academic Librarian, Cline Library; Brittany Blanchard, Academic Librarian, Cline Library; Kristin Ziska, Instructional Designer, e-Learning Center, Amy Smith, Undergraduate Retention
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Lunch & Learn: Our Native American Students
Oct. 17, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Cline Library 169 & Remotely via Skype

NAU ranks 9th in the nation for awarding degrees in all disciplines to Native American students. We currently enroll over 800 Native America students who represent over 100 tribal affiliations. Bring your lunch and join us to find out how we can help our Native American students be successful in our classrooms.

Facilitator: Sharon Doctor, Director, Native American Student Services
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Writing Better Tests Part 1: How to Design Assessments to Measure a Range of Learning Outcomes
Oct. 25, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Cline 169 & Remotely via Collaborate Ultra

So often course learning goals and assessments don’t match, leading to different learning outcomes than expected. Learn how to consider the underlying structure of your learning goals when designing assessments and writing tests. Bring your syllabus and a current test or assessment to review at this workshop.

Facilitator: Sara Abercrombie, Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, College of Education
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Writing Better Tests Part 2: Best Practices in Multiple Choice Item Writing
Nov. 1, 11:30 - 12:30 pm - Cline 169 & Remotely via Collaborate Ultra

Learn the do’s and don’ts of objectively scored item writing in this interactive workshop. The emphasis of this workshop is how to write multiple-choice items, but other objectively scored items, such as binary choice, fill-in-the-blank, and matching will also be covered. Bring a current test or exam to revise during the workshop.

Facilitator: Sara Abercrombie, Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, College of Education
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UDL Community of Practice
Oct. 27, 9:30 -10:30 am - Cline 169 & Remotely via Collaborate Ultra

This community of practice brings together interested faculty members who have foundational knowledge of universal design of learning (UDL) or are actively implementing principles of UDL to share ideas about effective practices for teaching and/or research. Additonal meeting: Oct. 27, Nov. 17, Dec. 8, Jan. 19, Feb. 9, Mar. 23, Apr. 13 & 27.
Facilitator: Sharon Gorman, Sr. Instructional Designer, e-Learning
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Century Club

Oct. 27, 2:00 - 3:00 pm - Cline Library 169

The Century Club seeks to share knowledge and experiences of faculty members teaching large enrollment courses. Members meet to share effective or promising practices and discuss how they teach their large courses. Additional meetings: Dec. 8, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar 31, & Apr. 27.

Facilitator: Larry Gallagher, Director, Faculty Professional Development Program
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Safe Jacks / Campus Connect Suicide Prevention Training
Oct. 30, 3:00 - 5:00 pm - Cline Library 169

Research has demonstrated that approximately 80% of students who died by suicide were not known by college mental health professionals. Faculty members, who have high levels of contact with students, can serve a vitally important role in identifying and supporting students in crisis and referring them to the appropriate mental health services. Join us in this workshop to learn how you can become part of a network of support for our students.
Facilitators: Larry Gallagher, Director, Faculty Professional Development Program and
Carol O'Saben, Director Campus Health Services-Counseling Services
Co-sponsored with NAU Counseling Services
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Making Assessment Clear and Useful for Our Students
Nov. 1, 9:30 -10:30 - Cline 169 & Remotely via Collaborate Ultra

Assessments that are designed with transparency in mind create the conditions for powerful student learning. Join us in this session to learn about strategies for designing clear assessments.

Facilitators: Sue Pieper, Assessment Coordinator, Office of Curriculum Design & Academic Assessment, Kristin Ziska, Instructional Designer, e-Learning Center, & Amy Smith, Undergraduate Retention
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Lunch & Learn: Our Veteran Students
Nov. 3, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Cline 169 & Remotely via Skype

Bring your lunch and join us to discuss how we can best serve our Veteran students in our classrooms.
Facilitator: Laurie Jordon, Assistant Director, Veteran & Military Services
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Faculty Learning Communities (FLC)

An FLC is a cross disciplinary group of faculty that conduct an in-depth, ongoing, scholarly, and systematic discussion on a common area of inquiry. Members develop and implement projects that require them to apply and test new ideas and information about student learning

The following learning communities are still accepting new members.

Critical Thinking in the Age of Complexity
Begins Oct 18, 1:00 - 2:30 pm - Cline Library 169

This FLC will explore how to encourage critical thinking skills in a complex and information rich world.
Meets Wednesdays (10/18, 11/18, 12/6, 1/10, 1/31, 2/22, 3/21 & 4/5)

Facilitators: Jeff Berglund, Liberal Studies & English & Theresa Carlson, Cline Library
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How do I join a session remotely?

Collaborate Ultra
 *WEB CONFERENCING OPTION: Join virtually via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. (Resources on how to use Collaborate Ultra)

Copy and paste the below link into a web browser. (Google Chrome or Fire Fox are recommended)
Make sure you have logged out of Blackboard (or any program that requires CAS authentication); otherwise you may get an error when accessing the below guest link.

POINTERS: Once you are in the Collaborate Ultra session, locate the icon set at the bottom of the Collaborate Ultra session window:

* Click on/off the microphone icon to “unmute" and “mute" your microphone
* Click on/off the video icon to activate/deactivate your webcam
* Use the raised hand icon if you have a question
* Open the Collaborate Panel (bottom right-hand purple icon) to access Chat feature and post something

If you have any questions please contact the Faculty Professional Development Program at or 928-523-9972.
Skype for Business

*PHONE CONFERENCING OPTION: Join remotely via Skype for Business. (How do I install & sign in to a SKYPE meeting? & How do I join a SKYPE meeting? )


  • If you registered for an event that will have remote access via Skype you will find the access link in the event Outlook invite in your NAU email.
  • From you NAU computer, click the link Join "Skype Meeting". You will then join the meeting. If you have a camera you can click to turn on, along with audio. It is best to keep the audio muted until the meeting starts. You can you the message icon to IM into the meeting if you do not have audio.
  • From a personal device or having trouble joining click "Try Skype Web App", a web page to install Skype will be brought up. Follow the prompts to install and join meeting. Mac users will need to click the Lync client. 

  • I still can't join! Just join us by phone and call the phone number in the Outlook invite. You will be prompted to type in the Conference ID # (found in the Outlook invite) and asked to say your name. You will then be connected to join. 

  • Please plan to log on 5 - 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. 


If you have any questions please contact your Faculty Professional Development Program at or 928-523-9972.