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Recorded Course Design and Pedagogies Workshops from Assoc Colleges of the Midwest

The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) is a consortium like our own LVAIC consortium.

The ACM member colleges collaborated in summer 2020 to offer a series of ACM Online Course Design and Pedagogies Workshops. Addressing concerns and uncertainty about how faculty and students would engage each other in fall 2020, the workshop series offered guidance and best practices on the concepts, skills, and techniques needed for ACM faculty to redesign and reimagine residential face-to-face course content for the online environment in ways appropriate to the liberal arts context.

Topics included:

  • Teaching and learning with care and hope: Ways of being with crisis, trauma, and uncertainty in the classroom and beyond
  • The liberal arts mindset at a distance: Tactics for building a hybrid course
  • Reimagining your syllabus for responsiveness: Aligning goals, assessment, and strategies for teaching
  • Developing effective assignments for the hybrid context and beyond
  • Design your course once for multiple modalities
  • Considerations for hands-on/performance/embodied experiences in remote learning environments
  • Fostering student collaboration and group work in remote and socially distanced learning environments

View the recordings here.

Instructor Roundtable and Dinner June 13 – Save the Date

March 2019 Training Workshops

Workshop: Memory Recall Techniques for Instructors: Weds, Nov 29 at 3 pm (on campus) or 7 pm (online)

Make learning more memorable for your students! Memory Recall Techniques for Instructors: Wednesday, November 29 at 3 pm (Dooling Hall, Room 40) OR 7 pm (online via Blackboard Collaborate).

Registration appreciated at Questions: or 610-282-1100 x2290.

Memory Recall Arnold

Research suggests that students create stronger connections with course material when it is presented in smaller portions in continuous cycles throughout a learning experience. Come and learn about techniques including micro lessons, mass vs. spaced studying, and priming exams. Your hosts will include DEIT instructional designers Jen Walz and Chris Hewatt as well as special guest collaborator at the 3 pm session, Dr. Sarah Starling, Assistant Professor of Psychology.

See you next Wednesday, November 29! Don’t forget.

Eric Hagan
Director, Distance Education and Instructional Technology

jog your memory

Spring 2016 DEIT Faculty Workshops and Special Events

To register for a workshop, click here:


Blackboard Fundamentals

  • Monday, May 2, 7 pm, online
  • Saturday, May 14, 10 am, Dooling Hall, Room 40 (lower level)
  • Monday, June 6, 7 pm, online
  • Saturday, June 25, 10 am, Dooling Hall, Room 40 (lower level)

Blackboard Collaborate (how to run live online class sessions)

  • Wednesday, May 11, 7 pm, online
  • Saturday, June 18, 10 am, online

Panopto (how to create high quality pre-recorded lectures)

  • Saturday, May 28, 10 am, Dooling Hall, Room 40 (lower level)
  • Wednesday, June 8, 7 pm, online

Distance Education Welcome Chat (DEIT/Library orientation for new instructors)

  • Thursday, June 2, 7 pm, online

To register for a workshop, click here:

Special Events

Faculty Workshop Day (full-time faculty – registration info to be sent separately)

  • Tuesday, May 17, 1 pm, Gambet Center

LVAIC Serving Adult Learners Conference @ DeSales University

  • Thursday, May 26, all day starting at 8 am
  • $30. Includes continental breakfast, lunch, conference materials
  • More information and registration information at this link

Instructor Roundtable and Dinner

  • Wednesday, June 15, 6 pm, DeSales University Trexler Library. Register at this link.

Questions or to schedule a one-on-one appointment? Email or call 610-282-1100 x2290.

Instructor Training Webinar from Respondus – Prevent Cheating during Online Exams

To register and find more information, click here:

Are you worried about cheating during online exams in your course?

Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor are two academic dishonesty prevention tools licensed by DeSales and available to all instructors to use in their Blackboard courses. The Lockdown Browser prevents students from actions such as copying and pasting, viewing additional web pages, and having other programs open on their computer on Lockdown Browser-enabled exams. As a second layer of cheating prevention, adding Respondus Monitor to a Lockdown Browser-enabled exam will record students via webcam throughout the duration of the online exam to ensure there are no books, notes, or other outside help sources.

If you would like to learn more about these two academic integrity testing tools, instructors are invited to attend the LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Online Exams webinar sessions hosted by Respondus. These webinars will be held on Wednesday, 2/17 at 1 PM ET and Wednesday, 3/2 at 8 PM ET. Please note these webinars are open to instructors from all institution, since this session is hosted by the Respondus Training team and is not specific to DeSales University faculty – feel free to pass this opportunity along to colleagues at other universities!

The FREE, 45 minute webinar will include:

  • How Lockdown Browser and Monitor prevent cheating in proctored and non-proctored exams
  • Live demos of software
  • Helpful tips & tricks on getting started with both tools

To register for either session, click here:

If you have additional questions on how to get started with Respondus Lockdown Browser or Respondus Monitor right away, please contact the DEIT Department (x2290 or, and we will be happy to walk you through enabling Respondus for your exam.


Fall 2015 DEIT Updates: Message from Dr. Eric Hagan

Faculty colleagues:

As the Fall Semester gets underway, I wanted to communicate to you about several items that may impact your teaching. To follow-up or get more information, contact DEIT at or 610-282-1100 x2290. In addition, my personal contact information appears at the bottom of this message.fallupdatesleaf2015

  1. Blackboard course template change

As you know, all DeSales University courses are associated with a Blackboard “course shell.” This course shell has a template applied to it that results in a default course structure. After testing a new template in the ACCESS program during the second half of last year with positive feedback from faculty and students, a new template is now being applied to all courses in all programs. This instructor-customizable template is intended to incorporate best practices in technology-enhanced learning and provide students with a better and more consistent navigation experience. The functionality of Blackboard is unchanged. Some of the cosmetic changes you will immediately notice are the addition of a “Start Here” section and the relabeling of “Content” to “Weekly Units”.

It is NOT mandatory to use all elements of the template nor is the intent to change the way you teach. Indeed, although application of the template can benefit many courses, aspects of the template may be inappropriate for some courses and teaching strategies. Instructors are free to hide or delete content elements that they do not wish to use (in fact, many items are already hidden by default). If you need assistance in configuring your course or in using (or not using) the new course template, contact DEIT. You are also invited to attend one of the upcoming evening online workshops on the new template (see

  1. Classroom tech upgrades

Under the leadership of Instructional Media Engineer Mike Yorgey, each summer DEIT takes the opportunity to perform various classroom technology upgrades. Here is a quick run-down of this summer’s activity:

Dooling Hall – 1st Floor Classrooms:

The 1st floor classrooms (104-109) have gone digital. Instructors that teach in these classrooms need to know that the DOOLING HALL 1ST FLOOR CLASSROOMS NO LONGER HAVE VHS VIDEOTAPE PLAYERS. The DVD/VHS players formerly in the Dooling 1st floor classrooms have been replaced with BluRay players (these players play both BluRay and DVD disks). The 1st floor classrooms also have new screens and projectors and digital HDMI connections for newer laptops. Instructors that rely on VHS tapes have several options, including replacing tapes with DVDs or BluRay disks or having DEIT digitize (free of charge) content from the tapes so it can be played from a DVD or streamed from our media server. If you anticipate the need to digitize VHS tape content, please contact DEIT as soon as possible for assistance as the conversion process takes time.

Dooling Hall lower level, New Social Sciences and TV/Film labs:

As part of larger projects involving Campus Environment and IT, Mike Yorgey did the instructional media work on the new Social Sciences lab and refitted the Academic Computing Center classroom, Dooling Hall Room 14-D, for use by TV/Film students.

Dooling Hall Room 227:

Replacement of SMART Board, addition of ultra-short throw projector.

Hurd Science Center:

Work to allow display of digital imaging microscopes, work in process to add projector to 2nd floor conference room.

  1. New faculty support (any faculty, for that matter!)

DEIT has a variety of support resources available for new faculty members or experienced faculty members that want to try something new. Our instructional designers, Jim Holton, Chris Hewatt, and May Truong-Merritt (new as of this summer), are here to help you use technology effectively in your teaching. Contact DEIT to schedule a one-on-one collaboration session or access to register for a scheduled workshop. DEIT staff are also available for hands-on technology walk-throughs in the classroom where you will be teaching. We also have a variety of self-service resources available in the faculty community in Blackboard as well as on the DEIT Web site

DEIT is here to support the faculty. Let us know how we can help!

Peace and blessings,


Eric J. Hagan, Ed.D.

Director, Distance Education and Instructional Technology DeSales University

DEIT Faculty Workshops September 2015

New faculty are encouraged to join DEIT in their monthly Distance Education Welcome Chat online workshop on 9/3/2015 from 7:00 – 7:30 PM to meet other new faculty, and learn more about the support and services that the DEIT and Library staff provide.

New to Blackboard or looking to refresh your knowledge of the basics? Faculty can join DEIT on To learn more about Blackboard on the online Blackboard Fundamentals workshop on 9/14/15 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. An additional in person Blackboard Fundamentals workshop will also be held on 9/26/2015 in Dooling 40-2 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM.

Starting with all Fall 2015 courses (including Traditional Day, ACCESS, and Graduate sessions), all course shells in Blackboard have the new “WEEKLY UNITS” template applied to their course. The New Course Template Overview for Instructors half hour online workshops will be held on 9/8/2015 and 9/22/2015 from 7:00 – 7:30 PM. These sessions will review the new look for courses and the best practices for using the new template. The new template will not affect the functionality of Blackboard, but does have a new, improved layout for the left navigation menu.

DEIT is also offering faculty workshops on Panopto and Blackboard Collaborate. The in person Panopto workshop will be held on 9/12/2015 in Dooling 40-2 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM. The online Blackboard Collaborate workshops will be held on 9/16/2015 and 9/30/2015 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.

To register for a workshop, click here:



Panopto: Is the Flipped Classroom the New Norm?

The staff at Panopto, a lecture capture application which allows instructors to capture video, audio, screencasts, and/or PowerPoint in a recorded format to share to students, has found that since the dawn of the concept of the “flipped classroom” in 2007, there has been a radical shift towards the idea of the flipped classroom becoming more and more common in classrooms.

According to Panopto’s article:

  • One in three instructors have flipped their classroom
  • One in three instructors are planning to flip their classroom
  • Two in five instructors have not tried flipping their classroom

Panopto projects that by next year at least half of all instructors will have tried flipping their classroom.

To learn more about Panopto and the flipped classroom, read the full article here:


DEIT is happy to work with instructors on learning how to flip their classroom with Panopto. Schedule a personal workshop with a member of DEIT through our Workshop Session Request Form found here: .

Call DEIT at 610-282-110 x2290 or email us at to learn more!



Happy Spring?

It’s a little difficult to think Spring when it’s in the single digits outside, but the academic calendar says it’s Spring Semester. Even if the flower buds won’t be evident for a while, every new academic term provides the opportunity for a fresh start for students, faculty, and staff.

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.”
— St. Francis de Sales

If you are thinking about using technology in new ways in your teaching, DEIT can help. Visit for a list of upcoming workshops on topics such as Blackboard Fundamentals, Blackboard Collaborate (for live online sessions), the Panopto lecture recording system, and classroom clickers. You can also request a custom workshop using our Workshop Request Form. Or schedule a one-on-one collaboration session with a member of the DEIT staff by contacting us at or 610-282-1100 x2290.

If you have an idea but don’t know whether there’s a technology to meet your need, let us know and we’ll do the research. We are always eager to help you execute on your creative ideas for classroom or online teaching.

Here are a few technologies we are evaluating and looking for faculty to try:

  • Swivl. A robotic turret that pairs with a recording device like an iPad or smartphone to record lectures or presentations in a very easy-to-use manner. Let us know if you’d like to give our Swivl a test drive.
  • ApprenNet. A Web-based system for creating and managing real-life video challenge exercises. The instructor creates a video challenge, the students submit video responses performing a skill, other students provide peer feedback, and finally the instructor provides an expert response and feedback to the students. ApprenNet can provide a highly engaging alternative to the standard Blackboard discussion board. Nursing is already piloting the system – let us know if you want in.
  • Respondus Monitor. Monitor provides an enhanced level of cheating deterrence for Blackboard online exams by recording the student’s exam session using the student’s Web cam and microphone. If you have a need for this level of security, contact us and we’ll help you set up your exam accordingly.

Peace and blessings,

Eric J. Hagan, Ed.D.
Director, Distance Education and Instructional Technology

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