Here’s the last FPD Monthly Update for the 2020-2021 academic year

Inclusive Teaching Series

This week’s webinar “Cultivating Critical Self-Reflection” marked the end of a semester-long series of workshops and webinars on inclusive teaching. Many thanks to everyone who attended and participated in the discussions.

All of the handouts and presentation slides from the series are available online at

The FPD program will launch a fully-online Inclusive Teaching Series in Fall 2020. Look for the schedule this summer.

Cornerstone Curriculum

In addition to being the central location for finding upcoming PD events, Cornerstone functions as a repository for training materials. Here are just some of the many resources you can find in Cornerstone:

To access these and other training materials, go to: > Work Tools > Cornerstone > (hover over) Learning Tab > Learning >  Catalog. From there, you can type your search terms or curriculum title.

Note that “training” was selected next to the Search button. This filters the selection and makes these recordings easier to find. To narrow further, one can select the materials icon under “training” on the left.

Many thanks to Pam McGowan for building the curriculum items and providing these instructions!

Academic Integrity

Jarret Dyer (adjunct faculty member and coordinator of Specialized Testing Services) is the co-author of the recently published “Academic Dishonesty and Testing: How Student Beliefs and Test Settings Impact Decisions to Cheat.” The article, co-authored by Heidi C. Pettyjohn and Steve Saladin, appears in the current issue of the Journal of the National College Testing Association.

Four Connections

The FPD program and Center for Student Success have received a Resource for Excellence Grant for Four Connections for Student Engagement, a year-long faculty learning community in which participating faculty will implement four key teaching and learning practices which have been shown to equitably improve in-class retention rates (Kistner & Henderson, 2014; Ames & Heilstedt, 2019).

The call for participants is open through May 30th. Interested adjunct and full-time faculty can learn more and apply online by visiting

ICYMI – Blog Updates

Summer PD Courses

Registration for all summer courses is available in Cornerstone

Condensed Prep for Summer Online Teaching (self-paced: begins 5/4)

Early registration access for Condensed Prep for Summer Online Teaching starts now! This accelerated training plan is designed specifically to prepare you to teach online this summer. It condenses the principles of the Foundations of Online Teaching course into a short, self-paced module and combines that with support from an Instructional Designer during the course design phase.

Foundations of Online Teaching (FULL)

Designed for Faculty and Administrators, the focus of this online course is on being an effective online facilitator. Topics include: Developing your online course environment, Effective communication online, Techniques to build instructor presence, Media in the online environment, and Adaption and accessibility. This fully online, traditional format Blackboard course offers best practices and techniques for creating an engaging and successful online experience.

Small Teaching Online – Summer Reading Seminar (5/27 – 6-24) – Wednesdays, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

This 5-week, online reading seminar will use Flower Darby’s 2019 book Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes as the central text for examining engagement, motivation, and community-building in online courses. Participants will facilitate chapter discussions and identify actions they will take to apply the course content to their own teaching practices. Online synchronous meetings will be held in Collaborate Ultra.

Best Practices for Instructing and Supporting Students with Disabilities (6/4 – 7/30) – Thursdays, 1:00 PM – 3:50 PM

Designed primarily for faculty, this course provides insights, tools, and resources in order to better instruct and support students with disabilities in the classroom and your offices.

Upcoming PD

The following no-registration-required sessions continue through May 15th:

Drop-in Assessment Assistance

Weekly Meditations

PD Out in the World

2020 Pedagogicon – Eastern Kentucky University

Friday, May 15, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Online Conference Click here to register for the conference

News Literacy Project Webinar Series

Every Thursday in May (May 7, 14, 21 and 28) at 1 p.m. CT

  • What it means to be ‘news-literate’: The skills students need to know – May 7th


  • Exploring the misinformation landscape – May 14th


  • Teaching digital verification to spark news literacy learning – May 21st