Below is the text only version of the October Edition of the Faculty Commons Newsletter


The leaves might not be changing yet, but hopefully you’re in a comfortable fall groove with your courses. That means it is time to solicit feedback, and check-in about other important teaching deadlines.

Read on for our trademark to-do lists, easy-to-use templates, and timely announcements about opportunities and programs that will keep you on track until winter.

Dear Faculty Commons,

In class the other day, I experimented with a new teaching technique and was really blown away by how much the students appreciated it (some students even came up after class saying how much they enjoyed and learned from the class activities that day). I’m going to keep an eye on doing this, but are there good ways to figure out what techniques are really engaging my students and capture that feedback?


Frantic for Feedback

Read our response on how to gather and analyze mid-semester feedback from your students (including a template you can copy and use!)

5 things to consider when choosing ebooks

The spring 2019 textbook deadline is coming up on October 15!

Here are five quick things to think about as you select your course readings

Checking in with yourself

Do you find yourself sitting at your desk for several hours at a time?

Are you groaning when you stand up or sit down?

We got our desk setup checked by UD’s Ergonomics Program and we are feeling much better!

Take a peek into what an ergonomics consultation looks like and see how it can help you!

Using Canvas to collect and analyze students usage

Canvas has great learning analytics tools to help you examine relationships between student engagement and learning outcomes.

Learn how to identify students with low participation and multiple missing assignments so you can reach to to them early.

3 things to do at the Tech Open House

The annual Tech Fair has anew name and a new setup! All employees are welcome to come investigate and explore all the technology UD has to offer.

Check out our top “must do’s” at the Tech Open House on October 23.


Online Learning Town Hall

October 2 | 1:30 PM

Are you interested in providing input into how IT can better support the growing need for online and hybrid courses?

Join this interactive discussion about strategies to support faculty and students who teach and learn online.

Faculty Preview: Spring 2019 Narrative Art and Illustration Exhibition

October 3 | 4:00 PM

Get an up-close look at the books, prints, drawings, and paintings stated for the spring 2019 exhibition.

Roundtable: Making Group Work Work

October 5 | 3:30 PM

Engaging students in group work is not easy, but it is worth the effort! Dr. Dawn Berk, assistant professor of Mathematics and director of the Mathematical Sciences Learning Lab, will discuss what research indicates about group work and how to ensure that group work supports students’ learning.

Join us for this interactive session.

Publishing: Navigating the confusing world of copyright, authors’ rights, and open access

October 23 | 1:00 PM

Join Dr. Julia Oestreich, director, University of Delaware Press, for a discussion about copyright, authors’ rights, and open access.

Listen in!

Tech Open House

October 23 | 11:00 AM

Formerly known as the Tech Fair, this year’s Tech Open House is an exciting event where you can explore all kinds of technology offerings at the University.

Join your colleagues for this dive into all things tech at UD.

Faculty Commons Book Club

November 1 | 12:30 PM

Stephanie Kerschbaum, associate professor of English and Faculty Success Program Coordinator, will be guiding attendees through a discussion of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport.

Get registered and get reading!

Roundtable: The Procrastinator’s Guide to Canvas

November 2 | 3:30 PM

It’s the 11th hour for Sakai users! There are less than 100 days to migrate your courses off of Sakai and onto Canvas. Sakai closes on December 21, 2018!

Learn how to move your course content and make personal archives of student data from past courses at this session.

Telling your Research Story with Analytics and Metrics

November 13 | 3:30 PM

You have dedicated a lot of time, energy, and work to your research. It makes sense that you would want to know how people are engaging with your work.

Get acquainted with tools you can use to easily track and illustrate the impact you have as a scholarly author.


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