CAE Back-to-School Workshops Open for Registration

Location: Egan School of Nursing & Public Health, NHS 210

Please join us for CAE’s Fall Back-to-School workshops, designed to help you integrate all we learned and continue to learn about adapting to teaching and learning as a community. Join us for any or all of our pedagogical workshopsdrop-in help sessions, or writing time together. We will be joined by faculty and professional staff who will offer their expertise. Above all, we will continue to acknowledge the unique community of practice that will sustain us as we begin a new school year. Please remember to bring your mask!

PLEASE NOTE: All of our Back-to-School workshops and Drop-In sessions will take place in the Egan School of Nursing and Public Health, room NHS 210.


10:30 am - 11:45 am: Teaching this Fall: Where Am I? Where Are Students? Where Do We Meet?
So much of all we have experienced in the past two years must be considered in order to craft our approach to teaching this fall.  Join us for our opening session of the fall back to school workshop week to discuss how we teach from a changed place, and to reflect on meeting students where these two years have taken them. Register at

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm: Meeting Students Where They Are Emotionally 
We know that, like our own, the emotional lives of our students have been deeply transformed and informed by the experiences of the last two years.  Join us as we explore how to approach students in ways that best support their emotionally well-being. Register at

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm: How Do We Match Our Pedagogy to Where Students Are Academically
One benefit of all we learned from the flexible teaching approach of the last two years is that we are capable of pivoting based on the needs of our immediate environment, but how do we internalize that approach to stay “alert to the pivot” of a given moment?  And what does it mean to match our pedagogical approach to students as they are experiencing this moment with the academic preparation they received over the last two years?  Join us for a discussion that helps to prepare us to build in the kind of flexibility we learned to embrace during COVID. Register at


10:30 am - 11:45 am: Anti-Racist Pedagogy 
Are you called to start integrating anti-racist pedagogy into your teaching practice for Fall 2021? This session will introduce some best practices of anti-racist pedagogy and course planning, and create a familiarity with anti-racist approaches. Register at

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm: Integrating Zoom into On-Campus Pedagogy 
From Breakout rooms to in-meeting chats to virtual whiteboards, Zoom offered us new opportunities for re-envisioning student engagement. Join us for a conversation reflecting on what we learned from using Zoom over the past 18 months — and how we might leverage the tool effectively moving forward in our face-to-face teaching environment. (Please note, this is not a technical/how-to workshop.) Register at

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm: Using Quip to Drive Student Engagement 
Quip is a modern, mobile-friendly collaboration and communication tool that many faculty have found to greatly enhance student engagement, group work, and online discussions.  In this session, we’ll look at some of the ways Fairfield instructors have used Quip to connect with students - and connect students with each other. Register at


1:30 pm - 2:45 pm: An Introduction to Blackboard
If you’re new to Blackboard - or if you’ve simply forgotten some of the basics over the course of the past 18 months - join the CAE and Academic Computing/ITS for this introductory session on getting starting with the Blackboard course management system.  Learn how to create assignments, quizzes, and tests; manage and automate grading; and comment on papers right on your screen (or even better, on your iPad with your stylus!).  Get all of your courses set to go for September - and for more specialized assistance, come back on Thursday for one-on-one consultations during Tech Drop-In hours. Register at


10:30 am - 11:45 am: Designing Digital Scholarship Assignments (Co-sponsored with the DiMenna-Nyselius Library)
Adding digital components to traditional course assignments can provide students with transferable digital skills and new perspectives on the potential of their own scholarship while introducing new classroom dynamics in which faculty and students learn and create together. However, digital assignments can be difficult to scaffold and evaluate in the course of a semester. This session will present ideas of digital tools that can be used to help explore increasingly complex digital assignment design as well as the benefits of pursuing digital assignments. Register at

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Tech Drop-In Hour (with refreshments)
Drop in for one-on-one consultations with Academic Computing staff members on Blackboard, Kaltura, Quip, Padlet, or any other tech tool that ITS supports. No registration required

1:00 pm -  2:15 pm:  Integrating Library Course Guides and Tutorials into Coursework (Co-sponsored with the DiMenna-Nyselius Library)
An introduction to the DiMenna-Nyselius Library’s suite of librarian-created tutorials, both static and interactive, as well as course guides tailored to meet the research needs of your students. Following the overview, we will discuss various ways to integrate these resources into courses to enhance research coursework and improve student research skills. Register at
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm: Blackboard & Kaltura
In this session, you’ll get a thorough overview of Kaltura, the University’s online streaming video service, learn how it integrates seamlessly into Blackboard, and find out how you can use it to build a shared video repository, add captioning to your videos in a variety of languages, and create video quizzes that integrate directly into your Blackboard Grade Center. Register at


10:00 am -  3:00 pm: Writing Retreat 
Kick off the Fall semester "write"! Join the CAE and a community of colleagues for a day-long retreat on Friday, August 27, 10 am - 3 pm, to 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. Lunch included. Register at

10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Syllabus Drop-in
Drop in for a one-on-one consultation with the CAE about any aspect of your syllabus (learning outcomes, assessment strategies, active learning activities, etc.).  No registration required

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Carol Ann Davis
Jay Rozgonyi
Emily Smith
Directors, The Center for Academic Excellence

For more information, contact Center for Academic Excellence / 2416 /