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Events and Workshops

Future programming suggestions are welcome at

Fall 2019 Programs

Teaching Practice Sessions

Wednesday, Oct. 2: Wagner Teaching Fellows Colloquium

4:15-5:30 p.m., TWC 128C

Professors Leslie Cameron, Mark Mahoney, and Joy Mast will discuss their projects, now entering their second year. Descriptions of their interesting work can be found at Wagner Teaching Fellows.

The Wagner Teaching Fellows program is designed to support Carthage’s commitment to excellence in teaching through exploration of new practices. Support for the program is provided by the Wagner Fund, which recognizes the contributions of Herbert “Hub” Wagner ’25, a star athlete who later served Carthage as a head coach, athletic director, and professor of history, and his wife, Olive Torgeson Wagner, who served as dean of women. Mr. Wagner received the Carthage Distinguished Alumni Award in 1983, and was inducted into the Carthage Hall of Fame in 1984. The Wagner fund was established by Axel C. and Ann Wagner Bundgaard.

Please join us to learn more about our colleagues’ work in an informal setting, with refreshments. An RSVP is appreciated but not required.


Instructional Design Workshops


Instructional designer Zubia Mughal is offering ten 40-minute sessions throughout the 2019 fall semester. Each session is offered twice a week at different times and dates. For your convenience, all sessions are virtual (through Zoom) and LIVE (through Teaching Commons, Hedberg Library, 223) at the same time! Registration can be found at Instructional Design Workshop.


Zubia Mughal,; Teaching Commons,


  • Session 1: Social Engagement Strategies on Schoology
    11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10, and 10:30-11:15 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11
    Mobile learners are eager to engage with you and your course materials through the Schoology Mobile App! Discover the many ways you can foster this healthy engagement for a satisfying learning and teaching experience.
  • Session 2: Assess Your Teaching Presence on Schoology
    11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, and 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18
    Conduct a self-assessment using a research-based tool to discover the degree of teaching presence you have in your Schoology course environment.
  • Session 3: Acknowledge Diversity on Schoology
    11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, and 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25
    Addressing student diversity aids in creating an inclusive learning environment. In this session, discover the do’s and don’ts when communicating your ideas and content on Schoology.


  • Session 4: Getting Started with Articulate Rise
    11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, and 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2
    Learn how to use Articulate Rise to author your interactive lessons that are mobile responsive and work beautifully on Schoology. Hands-on session!
  • Session 5: Getting Started with Developing Videos
    11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, and 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9
    Learn the different types of instructional videos. Learn how to use Screen-castomatic to create your videos and post them on Schoology. Hands-on session!
  • Session 6: Go LIVE on Schoology
    11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, and 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15
    Increase your teaching presence on Schoology. Learn the various scenarios where you can go LIVE with the aid of the video-conferencing and other tools on Schoology.
  • Session 7: Utilize Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication Tools on Schoology
    11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, and 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30
    When teaching mobile learners, you want to offer both synchronous and asynchronous learning environments on Schoology. Maximize the variety of content engagement tools you can offer your students through Schoology.


  • Session 8: Identify Effective Strategies to Reduce Faculty Workload on Schoology
    11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, and 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6
    Discover how you can automate your grading using Rubrics and e-portfolios, plan student workload, create common assessments, design feedback and configure them on Schoology.
  • Session 9: Facilitating Effective Discussions on Schoology
    11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, and 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13
    Schoology discussion boards are a great way to create a whole-class involvement. Find out how you can conduct deeper engagements within these discussions that also align with your learning outcomes.
  • Session 10: Configure Accessibility on Schoology
    11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, and 10:30-11:15 Wednesday, Nov. 20
    Create delightful, immersive and accessible learning content and experiences using the do’s and don’ts explained in this session.


Support for Part-time Faculty

Monday, Aug. 26: Connecting and Reconnecting Session

5:30-8 p.m., Saemann Lab - Hedberg 217

The Connecting and Reconnecting session for part-time faculty was initiated in 2012 upon the recommendation of several part-time faculty. The purpose of this session is to share important information about Carthage, the liberal arts tradition, and important resources for students and faculty with part-time faculty who are often on campus only in the evening or on weekends.

Those who attend will learn the following:

  • What Carthage’s identity and mission as a liberal arts college means for its faculty, staff, and students.
  • How you can help a student with special learning or emotional needs get the support they need to be successful.
  • How to use our E-Learning course management system, including recently added tools.
  • How to use the student outreach system to the Center for Student Success if a student in your class is not being successful or if you have other concerns.
  • How your students can utilize the services of the Writing Center as a resource on all types of written assignments.
  • Where to get answers to any questions you might have now, or may have during the semester.


Upcoming Teaching Commons Events

  • A schedule of programming for April-May will be announced in early March. If you have suggestions for sessions it is not too late to share them at
  • This year’s course design workshop will be held on May 30, 31, and June 1. Details will be announced in early April.
  • Registration for next year’s (2019-20) faculty learning communities will be held later this semester. Suggestions for new topic-based or cohort-based communities are invited at