CAE's January Back-to-School Workshops Now Open for Registration!

Location: Dimenna-Nyselius Library

The Center for Academic Excellence is pleased to announce our slate of Back-to-School workshops for January 2019.  Most require registration so please sign up early - and if you have any questions, just email  We look forward to seeing everyone as prepare for the spring semester.

Writing Retreat
Monday, January 14, 2019
10 am - 3 pm, Library 107C
Coffee/tea and lunch provided
Register here!
Kick off the Spring semester ""write""! Join the CAE and a community of colleagues for a day-long retreat on Monday, January 14, 10 am - 3 pm, in Library 107C. Plan, begin, revise, or complete writing projects (e.g., manuscripts, books, reports, portfolios/dossiers). Consult with peers or CAE staff about any stage of your writing process, or use the time for some solo writing. Bring your writing materials and tools.

Blackboard Drop-In Hours
Monday, January 14, 2019
10 am - 12 pm, Library 233
Whether you're a Blackboard newbie who doesn't know where to turn or an old pro who is just looking for a new angle to engage your students, you can take advantage of these informal meetings with ITS/Academic Computing staff members. It's a great way to get feedback on the practices you're already using, or to glean some new ideas to implement in the coming semester - wherever you are in your Blackboard use, we guarantee you'll come away with something new and valuable to implement.

Syllabus Drop-In Hours
Monday, January 14, 2019
10:30 am - 12 pm & 1 – 2:30 pm CAE Directors’ Offices, Library Lower Level
Drop in for a one-on-one consultation with a CAE Director about any aspect of your syllabus (learning outcomes, assessment strategies, active learning activities, etc.). And new this spring: Get some help from ITS/Academic Computing in understanding how well your syllabus meets ADA Accessibility standards - and what you can do to make it better!

IT Security Refresh
Monday, January 14, 2019
12 pm - 1 pm, Library 233
Register here!
Join members of ITS/Academic Computing and the CAE for a tasty lunch and meet Justin Hickey our new Chief Information Security Officer who will be on-hand to discuss best practices in regards to protecting your technology assets in this cloud connected institution. Emerging attack types, identity protections, defense strategies, and any questions or comments you may have will be discussed in this open ended conversation.

Weatherproofing Your Class
Monday, January 14, 2019
1 – 2:15 pm, Library 233
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Have our recent winters’ storms and class cancelations left you scrambling to catch up in your courses? Join ITS/Academic Computing and CAE staff for a session on weatherproofing your class. We will help you brainstorm ways to use tools such as Blackboard, Quip, and iPad apps to develop specific strategies that will meet your learning objectives, develop a communication plan to connect with your students, and leave with a plan of action for weatherproofing your course.

Why You Don’t Know that You Want an iPad Stylus
Monday, January 14, 2019
2:30 – 3:45 pm, Library 233
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With the distribution of new iPads this past September, all full-time faculty now have mobile devices that support a new and highly sophisticated level of stylus. Anyone can request a stylus from Academic Computing, but if you've never used one before you probably don't know why it can be such a useful tool. In this session, ITS/Academic Computing staff will demonstrate a wide range of iPad apps that can take advantage of the Logitech Crayons they're distributing - from marking up PowerPoints as you present them, to commenting on digital versions of student papers, to achieving a remarkable level of handwriting recognition. Note: Please bring your iPad and Logitech Crayon or Apple Pencil to the session if you register.

Providing Accessible Content with Blackboard Ally
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
9 – 10 am, Library 107C
Register here!
Blackboard Ally is integrated in Blackboard at Fairfield and assists faculty with making digital course resources more accessible. Blackboard Ally helps you approach accessibility in a way that is beneficial to all students. In this workshop we take an in-depth look at Ally's 3-step model for improving accessibility. We will explore what Ally is, how it works, how it scores digital course content within Blackboard and its positive impact on students.

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