Design, Redesign, Collaborate – Faculty Development Day

Hold the date of May 3, 2013 and register below for our faculty development day workshop event organized around the theme of improving instruction through better design. Activities will include a morning plenary session which will focus on the common challenges of design and redesign for all types of courses, a lab session (offered twice– in the morning or afternoon) on the uses of Blackboard Collaborate, and a lunchtime panel on redesign featuring faculty presenters.

Among the subtopics we will explore is that of small group work, which remains one of the most challenging design and implementation issues for faculty. As part of our lunchtime panel, we will learn from fellow faculty who have redesigned major components of their courses and in the afternoon, identify the most suitable Blackboard layout and tools to match various types of course content and activities.  Faculty will also have an opportunity to explore how Blackboard Collaborate can provide some additional options for faculty presentation of content, for virtual office hours, and for faculty-student and student-student interaction.

This on-site event is open to and appropriate for all SPS faculty, whether teaching face-to-face, online or hybrid courses. Faculty are welcome to attend any or all sessions during the day, but we ask you to register and to indicate your preferred Blackboard Collaborate lab session and whether you are joining us for lunch, so that we are able to accommodate as many faculty as possible.

Where: Murphy Institute, 25 W. 43rd St. (between 6th and 5th Ave), 18th floor.


9:00-9:25 am Welcome and intro
9:30-10:45 am Plenary session, design and redesign issues
10:45-10:55 am Break
11 am-12:25 pm Best Practices for designing and assessing group assignments


Blackboard Collaborate Lab (morning session)
12:30-2 pm Lunch and faculty panel on process and result of design and redesign
2:05-3:30 pm Options and tools for layout and organization within Blackboard


Blackboard Collaborate Lab (afternoon session)