Office of Academic Innovation

Faculty Professional Development Events

Register for events by selecting the check boxes next to the workshops that you would like to attend. You may check more than one. Fill out the form at the bottom of the page and then click Submit. If you don't see the workshop you are looking for, please feel free to forward your suggested workshop topic to


Teaching Seminar: Evaluating Student Learning (and your teaching): An Introduction to Classroom Assessment

Date:  Friday, November 14, 2014

Time:  3:30-6:00 p.m.

Place:  Smith Hall Room 340

Facilitator: Dr. Cindy Ghent, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Description: The purpose of the seminar series is to foster discussion of key topics and issues in college teaching.  Participants will discuss how to promote active learning in the classroom, lead effective discussions, foster a positive classroom atmosphere and develop an understanding of the principles of classroom assessment.  Seminars are designed to help you critically reflect upon and expand your own ideas about teaching and learning.  The seminar series is open to any Towson University faculty and staff (including doctoral students) who may be interested in learning and talking about teaching.  The format of the seminars will be largely discussion-based, with some reading material and optional writing assignments to aid in professional growth.


UDL & Cultural Diversity Session

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Place: Loch Raven Room, University Union

Facilitator(s):  Dr. Patty Rice Doran, Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education & Dr. Elyshia Aseltine, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice

Description:  This interactive session will explore the synergy between Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and responsive pedagogy, particularly with respect to student diversity, inclusiveness, and culturally sustaining practices.  Participants will review the applicability of UDL principles and guidelines for diverse student populations and will identify strategies for engaging, supporting and challenging students who bring various forms of diversity to the classroom.


Introduction to Blended Course Design (7 Days Online Plus a 2-Hour In-Person Session)

Date(s): Online January 6 - 12, 2015 followed by an in-person session on January 13, Cook 404B, Time TBD

Facilitator: Joe Brightman, Instructional Designer & Technologist

Description:  This workshop models blended instructional practices via a one week online asynchronous session followed by a two-hour in-person active learning group session at Towson.  This experience is ideal for faculty interested in developing a blended course or in the beginning stages of the development process.

During the online segment of the workshop, participants will begin with an overview of the elements of blended course design and the pedagogy needed to support blended instruction.  In addition, participants will explore blended instruction by reviewing resources, participating in active discussions, and evaluating their current course structure.  The online segment of the workshop is both asynchronous and facilitated; you will have flexibility to complete workshop activities at any time or location you like, as long as you complete activities by each date and time indicated on the workshop calendar. During the in-person session you will use the blended course template provided to draft a plan for your own blended course. 

Participants will not be required to be at their computer at any specific times during the online class segment.  If there is interest from the group a Webex meeting may be scheduled to support participants.  Expect to reserve at least 6-8 hours of your time in order to complete the online portion of the course.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the elements of a student-centered blended course
  • Determine how to choose which learning activities will be conducted in-class or online, based on instructional goals
  • Discuss the change process and how to manage the transition from traditional to blended instruction

Preparing Your Course for Online Delivery (16 Days)

Date: January 8 - January 23, 2015

Time: Noon-11 p.m.

Place: Online

Facilitator: Audrey Cutler, Instructional Designer and Trainer

Description: This 16 day workshop will assist faculty to being to transition an existing face-to-face course into a robust, accessible online instructional offering.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Prepare an effective module of online instruction
  • Develop a course plan and gather materials for a quality course as defined by the Quality Matters Standards
  • Locate instruction design, library, and technical resources for assistance through the design process
  • Evaluate technologies for potential use in online/blended courses

The workshop is both asynchronous and facilitated; you will have flexibility to complete workshop activities at any time or location you like, as long as you complete activities by each date and time indicated.  You will not be required to be at your computer at any specific times.  Expect to spend an average of 12-14 hours on the workshop each week.

Past Events

Past events have included: Campus Technology Open House, WebEx and Blackboard Teaching Circles, and workshops on topics such as Responding to Writing Effectively, Flipped Classrooms, Capturing Voice & Screens with Ease Using Screencast-O-Matic, Making Online Classes More Interactive, Creating High Impact Grading Guidelines, Preparing Your Course for Online Delivery, and Blackboard 101.

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Phone: 410-704-2005



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