Events calendar

Upcoming Sessions & Spring Book Discussions

Universal Design of Learning Community of Practice
Jan. 19, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Cline Library 169 
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This community of practice brings together faculty members who have foundational knowledge or actively implementing principals of universal design of learning (UDL). Join us to share ideas on effective practices. This group will meet on 1/19, 2/9, 3/16, 4/13, & 4/27

Facilitator: Sharon Gorman, Senior Instructional Designer, E-Learning & Matthew Minister, Instructional Designer Intermediate, e-Learning 


Book Discussion Orientation: "Discussion in the College Classroom"
Jan. 22, 2:30 - 3:30 pm or
Jan. 23, 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Cline Library 169 & via Skype
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Engaging and powerful discussions need not be a rare situation in college classrooms. In his book "Discussion in the College Classroom," Jay Howard helps us frame discussions that are engaging, interactive, and create powerful learning experiences.

Facilitator: Larry Gallagher, Director Faculty Professional Development Program

Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers

Jan. 24, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Cline Library 169 & via Skype
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Often students are asked to explore and learn using written and verbal modes of communication. By asking them to respond in imaginative ways, we can deepen their learning. Come join us in this session to explore ways we can unlock learning by tapping into students' creativity.

Facilitator: Larry Gallagher, Director Faculty Professional Development Program

Century Club Community of Practice 
Jan. 26, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Cline Library 169
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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. Meets last Friday of the month.

Facilitator: Larry Gallagher, Director, Faculty Professional Development Program



Beyond the Test: Using Multiple Means to Sample student Learning

Jan. 29, 2:30 - 3:30 pm
duBois Conference Center Aspen C/115
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Tests have traditionally been the most used tool to sample student learning. This session will look at other ways to sample and document student learning using both formative and summative approaches.

Facilitator: Larry Gallagher, Director Faculty Professional Development Program

Book Discussion Orientation: "Diversity and Motivation Culturally Responsive Teaching in College"
Jan. 30, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm or
Jan. 31, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cline Library 169 & via Skype
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Diversity & Motivation helps to define norms, illustrate practices, and provides tools for four fundamental conditions for intrinsically motivated learning: establishing inclusion, developing a positive attitude, enhancing meaning, and engendering competence. In this book, the authors provide perspectives on the social justice implications of each condition.

Facilitator: Larry Gallagher, Director Faculty Professional Development Program

Book Discussion Orientation: "Small Teaching"
Jan. 30, 2:30 - 3:30 pm or
Jan. 31, 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Cline Library 169 & via Skype
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Introducing small activities that require minimal preparation and grading can have a significant impact on students' attention, engagement, and learning. Using James Lang's book "Small Teaching" we will explore these ideas during the spring semester.

Facilitator: Larry Gallagher, Director Faculty Professional Development Program

Ideal Learning Environments for Millennials: A Deeper Dive 
Tuesday, February 6
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Cline 169 & Via Collaborate Ultra

Bring a lunch and join this session to discuss ways to create a positive, transparent online teaching environment that students will respond to with enthusiasm. Learn how to work with elements such as unique visual images, engaging content, and multiple tones and voices to keep students involved. See how to become e-approachable and come across as more “real.” This is a more in-depth session to explore what you learned from the 1/29 Monday Morning Mentor webinar "How do I Create the Ideal Learning Environment for Modern Learners". 

Facilitator: Kristin Ziska Strange, Instructional Designer, e-Learning


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.