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Follow the Money: Supporting Your Scholarly Habit
The seminar is not about the procedures of writing a grant proposal. The intent is to offer insights rather than advice. The presentation is structured around seven "tips." The tips are the habits of EIU people who have attracted external funding for their interests. More
Starts Starts: 10/21/2021 12:00 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 13 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 25 seats
Faculty Commons

Last year during the lock-down and isolation of the pandemic, the FDIC hosted a series of “Faculty Commons”, a space and time online to simply commune with others. With a little agenda and a lot of grace, we hosted these sessions to act as one would in a coffee house or tearoom, not a webinar or workshop. What we discovered in these gatherings was that – even online – we as faculty crave that space to just be among each other, to talk about our experiences, and to share our stories.

This academic year, we will again begin our Faculty Commons on the third Thursday of each month – our first gathering will be on October 21 at 2p. We will meet on Zoom. The Zoom meeting link will be sent to registrants in the confirmation and reminder emails. We recommend saving the meeting link on your calendar for easy access on the day of the webinar.

It is validating to know that you are not alone. We do some really brilliant, but difficult work. We have been asked to do more with less, but also thrive in moments once thought to be impossibilities. These are the themes we talk about in our Faculty Commons, and I look forward to these conversations.

Starts Starts: 10/21/2021 2:00 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 11 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 15 seats
Innovative Ways of Teaching with Perusall

Perusall is a social annotation tool that can be easily embedded in D2L Brightspace. Many faculty use it to replace asynchronous online discussions, and many of them use it before the class and bring in any topics that need to be further addressed in face-to-face meetings. Faculty have reported that Perusall has substantially increased student engagement in online discussions and students have also shown higher interest in participating in Perusall online discussions than traditional D2L online discussions. In this workshop, Dr. Bruehler and Dr. Ghent will showcase some of the innovative ways that they used Perusall in their classes. In addition, Dr. Ding will present some pedagogies of how to use Perusall in a class including how to prepare students and how to familiarize students with Perusall.

The webinar will conducted through Zoom at the time listed. The Zoom meeting link will be sent to registrants in the confirmation and reminder emails. We recommend saving the meeting link on your calendar for easy access on the day of the webinar.

A recorded version of the presentation will be available after the webinar for those unable to attend.

Starts Starts: 10/27/2021 2:00 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 41 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 50 seats
Level Up Your Research Process with Citation Management Software
Grow your expertise with citation management software by attending this session on Zotero. Learn how Zotero can help you organize your sources, create formatted citations and bibliographies in seconds (really!), and collaborate with your research partners. Bring your own laptop if you’d like, or use one of the available desktop computers (tablet computers don’t yet support the full functionality of Zotero). More
Starts Starts: 11/3/2021 12:00 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 10 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 20 seats
Getting to Know Kaltura
Kaltura is a video capturing, editing, and storage service available to every faculty, staff and student at EIU. This workshop is aimed to empower participants to edit, caption, add a quiz to an existing Kaltura video, and embed this video in D2L. After registration, each participant will be sent a link to a video which demonstrates how to access Kaltura through EIU. Participants will capture and record a 5-minute video (a lecture or discussion) with talking and use this video during the face-to-face portion of the workshop while learning from the facilitator. At the end of this workshop participants will be able to capture and record a video in Kaltura, edit their video, add a quiz to their video, caption their video, and embed their video in D2L. More
Starts Starts: 11/10/2021 1:00 PM
Sessions Session: 1
Location Location:
Status Status: 18 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 20 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: 155 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: 173 open seats left
Class Size Class size: 200 seats
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