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Writing Successful CFR Proposals
The Council for Faculty Research (CFR) funds supports two kinds of projects: research and creative activity. Both types begin with a proposal written by a faculty member. This session will suggest strategies and tactics for preparing a successful proposal. CFR Proposals are due by February 9, 2022, giving participants time to incorporate information from this session into their submissions. More
Starts Starts: 1/18/2022 1:00 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 21 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
The Effective, Efficient Professor @ EIU
This presentation is for both new faculty or those who might feel stuck in a rut. Phillip Wankat’s ideas within The Effective, Efficient Professor: Teaching, Scholarship and Service are presented through EIU’s unique combination of teaching, research, and service. The presentation contains two major features to build momentum for increased productivity. First, efficiency. Hear one professor’s approach to be more efficient by intertwining teaching, research, and service! Second, effectiveness. Hear one professor’s approach for getting internal funds to support your teaching, research, and service in order to be more effective! Working smarter, not necessarily harder, will help ensure you have time to do the things you have to do, want to do, and hope to do. More
Starts Starts: 1/25/2022 1:00 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 23 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Faculty Learning Community - Engaged Reading Group
This Faculty Learning Community (FLC) will focus on a critical reading of "Relationship-Rich Education" by Peter Felton and Leo M. Lambert.

This powerful book can challenge us to consider the power of relationships in our classes, departments, colleges, and the university. Working together, we can look for opportunities and develop strategies, and at the final session, consider whether these may be sustainable in our roles across campus.

We will consider questions such as:
• What might be the root of inequitable student engagement and outcomes?
• What practices at EIU nurture meaningful interactions?
• What do we already do in our classes to encourage purposeful interactions?
• What is one concrete idea we could act on now to make the education of our students more relationship-rich?

Note the dates - we will meet to discuss the book in February and March, and reconnect in April to discuss any changes we have made or could make in our roles on campus.

Enrollment includes a free copy of the book compliments of the FDIC as well as warm beverages, snacks, & good conversation.

Limited to 12 participants

Starts Starts: 2/1/2022 9:00 AM
Sessions Sessions: 5
Location Location:
Status Status: 10 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 12 seats
Online Course Development Institute (OCDi)

The Online Course Development Institute was established to provide faculty at Eastern Illinois University a professional development opportunity to experience best practices in online teaching and guidance in quality online course development. The OCDi is for EIU faculty developing or redesigning an online course and teaching online for the first time at EIU.


The goal of the OCDi is to provide faculty with suggested guidelines and training necessary to develop a quality online course which will enhance the online teaching and learning experiences of both faculty and students and encourage effective engagement and collaboration in the online environment.


“All instructors of online courses must submit proof of having completed the Online Course Development Institute (OCDI), Illinois Online Network’s “Master Online Teacher" certificate or another documented and equivalent training activity before teaching the courses/sections for the first time.” The EIU Online Course Policy can be found at https://www.eiu.edu/eiucaa/OnlineCoursePolicy.pdf.


  1. The participant will be able to develop a course for online delivery using standards presented for effective online course design.
  2. The participant will be able incorporate strategies for effective online teaching and learning.
  3. The participant will be able to integrate technologies that will engage students in the online environment and align with the course objectives.
  4. The participant will be able to meet the university requirement for teaching an online course.


The course contains eight content modules. The topics of each module are listed below.

  1. Overview, Introduction, and Learner Support
  2. Learning Objectives and Instructional Design
  3. Accessibility and Usability
  4. Instructional Materials
  5. Course Activities and Learner Interaction
  6. Assessment and Measurement
  7. Course Technology
  8. Online Teaching Strategies


The OCDi Training Course is an online, self-directed course. Participants work through the content modules at their own pace. However, the facilitator is always available to answer questions, provide consultation, review assignments, and post grades and feedback. The course includes online activities, online resources, technology tutorials, and an online synchronous discussion scheduled at the participant’s convenience.


I am often asked the time requirement necessary to complete the OCDi training which is a difficult question to answer. The training originated as an 8-week face-to-face course followed by the completion of the online course development. The same course components remain but the course has been developed into a self-directed, online course. Because the course is self-paced, completion time often depends on many factors including the motivation, technology skills, experience, and time demands of the person completing the training.

Dates Dates: Open Enrollment, Self-Paced
Location Location:
Status Status: 149 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 200 seats
Zoom Your Way

Want to know more about conducting Zoom meetings and using Zoom features? What about integrating Zoom in D2L for class meetings? Zoom Your Way is a one-on-one training session for EIU faculty and staff. The session is customized to meet your needs. You schedule the Zoom Your Way session at a time convenient for you. You select the Zoom topics you want to learn more about. After registration, you will receive an email with a link to schedule your session. You must use that link to schedule a meeting time convenient for you.

Topics include:

  • Scheduling Zoom meetings
  • Customizing the Zoom settings in your EIU Zoom account
  • Hosting a Zoom meeting (includes audio, video, participants, and chat)
  • Screen Sharing and Annotations (includes the whiteboard, sharing a PowerPoint and other screen sharing options)
  • Polling
  • Breakout Rooms
  • Recording options
  • Integrating Zoom in D2L
  • Attendance reports for Zoom meetings

Intended Audience: EIU Faculty and Staff

Dates Dates: Open Enrollment, Self-Select Meeting Time
Location Location:
Status Status: 170 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 200 seats
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