Here you will find session recordings for Blackboard, Yuja, Zoom, Microsoft Products, and other academic and productivity tools/technologies.
Learn the basic tools and concepts of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. These recording introduces you to the Acrobat Pro work area and commonly used tools. In this recording, we will cover topics like editing text and images, protecting your document, preparing fillable forms, collaborating with others, and adding external and internal links.
Presented by: Zak Aubol
Adobe Express is an easy to use online image editing tool. The application comes with free templates, pictures, and other assets you can use in your graphic design.
Learn the basic tools and concepts of Adobe Express. This video introduces you to the Adobe Express work area and commonly used tools. In this video, we will cover topics like template designs, adding assets, and collaborating with others.
Presented by: Zak Aubol
Learn the basic tools and concepts of Adobe Photoshop. This recording introduces you to the Photoshop work area, and how to open, save, and export your images. In this training, we will be using an example of how to resize an image to fit the specifications of an OmniUpdate Featured Content (feature snippet) image.
Presented by: Zak Aubol
This workshop will guide participants through the basic tasks and decisions required to set up a course in Blackboard. This workshop is for individuals who are new to Blackboard.
Presented by: Naomi Hanson
Blackboard: Interacting with Students (Blogs, Wikis, Discussion Boards)
Learn about the features and differences in Blackboard’s integrated blogs, wikis, journals, and discussion boards. The focus of this session is on the pedagogy, reasons for using the tools, how they are different, why you would use one versus the other, examples, grading rubrics and how to set them up in your course(s).
Presented by: Elizabeth Becker
Blackboard: Introduction to Creating Tests
Create Blackboard online tests and surveys to measure student knowledge, gauge progress, and gather information from students. Learn how to create a test, select and create questions, and deploy a test with the appropriate settings. Review the differences between auto-graded questions and instructor-graded questions. Manage availability of test scores in the Grade Center.
Presented by: Kristi Swartz & Dara Faul
Blackboard: Introduction to the Grade Center
Learn how to customize Grade Center in your course to fit your grading style and learn about the new Blackboard Grades Integration feature that allows you to pull final grades from Blackboard into Campus Connection. We can also assist with setting up your Weighted Totals.
Presented by: Kristi Swartz
DocuSIgn training sessions provided by Amanda Sehner, Sr. Product Consultant/Solutions Engineer with DocuSign.
DocuSign 101: This on-demand webinar is designed for beginners. Our expert covers all the basics including: signing and sending. We hope you will leave this session ready to execute new DocuSign tips and tricks!
Template Creation PowerForm: This on-demand webinar is designed for beginners to moderate users. Our expert covers the steps in the template creation process and then take that template and turn it into a PowerForm.
Streamline your browsing with Google Chrome. In these recorded sessions, you will learn how create a Google Chrome account, and navigate in Google Chrome more efficiently by uncovering unique features and utilizing shortcuts. We will talk about search features and customizable settings.
Presented by: Zak Aubol
Jaggaer Shopper, and Jaggaer Approver and Requester Training sessions are provided by David Krause and the UND Procurement & Payment Services division.
Jaggaer Shopper Training: This training covers topics such as Shopping via search bar, Completing and assigning your cart, Bids/RFP requests, and much more.
Jaggaer Approver and Requester Training: This training covers topics such as How to place an order as a requester, How to approve, reject and other options, and much more.
Jaggaer Invoicing Training: In this recording you will gain a better understanding of how invoices work in the Jaggaer system, how they integrate with PeopleSoft, how payments terms are determined, and how to enter a payment request.
Users will come away with the ability to tailor their Windows and Office experience through the understanding of the integrated features that make our products one the most inclusive in the industry.
Power Automate is a service that helps you create automated workflows between your favorite apps and services to synchronize files, get notifications, collect data, and more. Follow along with Peirece, Andre & Roberto
Excel Tips & Tricks
Learn how to quickly navigate in excel worksheets and tabs, create a chart with one keystroke, link charts to Word and PowerPoint files and use a feature called FlashFill that automatically fills your data when it senses a pattern. We will also talk about using an Excel feature called QuickAnalysis to create charts, tables, and totals automatically. Then, we will look at some common functions and work with Excel lists.
Presented by: Linda Muchow, Technology Specialist | Alexandria Technical & Community College
This course is designed to help learners fill in some blanks about key features in Excel, important rules about formula construction, and time-saving shortcuts.
Presented by: Patti Heisler the Collaborative Learning Manager with NDUS
Follow along with Zak Aubol, Staff Career and Professional Development Coordinator from TTaDA, to learn about FindTime. FindTime is an Outlook add-in that makes scheduling easier and more efficient by allowing the host (scheduler) to propose multiple times/dates to invitation recipients through a meeting poll which they vote on.
Follow along with Patti Heisler the Collaborative Learning Manager at NDUS's Academic Services and Training Department, and learn about Microsoft OneDrive topics like:
- Access from your browser
- Organizing OneDrive
- Managing Shared Files
- And much more!
Microsoft OneNote Basics presented by Pattie Heisler with NDUS, is designed to orient users who have had little to no exposure to Microsoft OneNote. In this session, participants will learn:
- Concept behind Microsoft OneNote
- Searching for information in OneNote
- Creating a notebook section
- Creating a notebook page
- Text containers
- Reorganizing a notebook
- Creating subpages
- Linking pages
- Working with tables and formulas
- Linking to Outlook meetings
- Email a page
- Sharing notebooks
Follow along with Tim and Shawn from Microsoft to learn the basics of Microsoft Outlook.
Microsoft Outlook Bookings
This short how-to video on using Microsoft Bookings provides step-by-step instructions on how to set up and manage appointments. The video covers topics such as creating a new booking page, setting up available times and services, managing information, and integrating with Outlook calendars.
Office 365 Teams is more than a Chat or Meeting tool, it is a collaboration tool allowing Faculty and Staff to communicate and share ideas with others. This training is lead by Ida, Lea, & Pat from Microsoft. They cover topics including Chat, Meetings, Calls, Personal Settings, and much more!
Follow along with Patti Heisler the Collaborative Learning Manager at NDUS's Academic Services and Training Department, and learn about the four basic areas within Teams you need to know about:
- Chat functionality
- Teams meetings
- Teams sites
- Stream (recordings)
Follow along with Zak Aubol, Staff Career and Professional Development Coordinator from TTaDA, to learn some tips and tricks of Microsoft PowerPoint. This recording, shows you how to remove backgrounds from images, apply design ideas, and creatively use transitions and animations.
Microsoft Tasks by Planner and To Do
Follow along with Zak Aubol, Staff Career and Professional Development Coordinator from TTaDA, to learn some more about Microsoft Tasks by Planner and To Do. This recording, shows you how to create a plan, buckets and tasks, assign tasks, and much more!
Follow along with Zak Aubol, Staff Career and Professional Development Coordinator from TTaDA, to learn some more about Microsoft To Do. This recording, shows you how to create tasks and lists, access your tasks from Outlook, share lists and assign tasks, and much more!
These recordings demonstrate how to complete the Journal Voucher Process and Delete an Expense Report in PeopleSoft.
Presented by: Laura Nelson | Director of Finance with Procurement & Payment Services
Qualtrics is a robust tool that is easy to use for creating and deploying surveys and analyzing results. In this training, you will learn the basics of how to successfully get started with Qualtrics. You will learn how to create a survey or project. This includes adding and editing questions, as well as how to add basic logic to your questions to increase survey usability. We will also cover how to activate and distribute your survey and view some of the different reporting options.
Presented by: Elizabeth Becker
Qualtrics is a robust tool that is easy to use for creating and deploying surveys and analyzing results. In this video, you will learn the advanced tools and options in Qualtrics.
Presented by: Zak Aubol
Scholarship Central Admin Training
This video provides the tools necessary to navigate through Scholarship Central as both a scholarship review committee member and/or scholarship administrator.
Improve your social media strategy to better connect with your audience. Learn how to create dynamic posts, increase engagement and adopt best practices for each of today’s top social platforms. We’ll provide the tools you need to bolster your content, from Instagram photo tips to TikTok ideas, and break down what success on social media looks like.
Presented by: Hayley Kuntz
Student Supervisor Prep
Is this your first year supervising student employees? If not, are you looking for a refresher or assistance as you prepare for the upcoming year? Look no further! This video will cover the resources available to student employee supervisors, as well as compliance reminders, and important dates and deadlines.
Underutilized Staff Resources
This video will provide an overview of important resources that are available to university staff members but are often underutilized. These resources are Seeds for Staff Success (a professional development grant offered through Staff Senate), InfoBase (a free-to-use online learning platform), The Writing Center, and the Chester Fritz Library.
During this video, you will get a quick library virtual tour, learn about a wide range of materials and software, and gain a better understanding of what these resources can do for you and where to go to access them.
This session will be led by representatives of the Chester Fritz Library, The Writing Center, The Teaching Transformation and Development Academy (TTaDA), and Staff Senate.
Learn how to build student engagement in your online course using voice, video, and text commenting with VoiceThread. VoiceThread is a new tool that is available in Blackboard that can provide collaborative spaces with video, voice and text commenting among students and instructors.
Presented by: Elizabeth Becker
YuJa is an all-in-one service for recording, editing, storing, and streaming multi-formatted video and audio content across any device. YuJa also provides built-in automatic captioning and is integrated into all Blackboard courses. Using the YuJa streaming service improves the delivery and viewing of your video and audio content in your courses. It is mobile-device-friendly and adjusts the stream based on network speed, browser, and device.
Presented by: Chad Bushy & Ted Storkson
Zoom is a cloud-based videoconferencing and collaboration platform. With Zoom, you have the flexibility to create virtual classrooms and invite students to join from their desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Students can also share content from their devices. Zoom is intended to be used for live/synchronous sessions for UND academic and business purposes.
Presented by: Chad Bushy
These sessions focus on Pedagogical strategies and best practices.
The Implications of AI for Higher Ed - What you Should Know about AI and Student Work
This session is part 1 in our 2-part series on AI.
The recent release of Chat GPT, a large language modeling system, has elevated concerns about the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on higher education. At the same time, it has also introduced unique opportunities for teaching and learning. Join us for a panel conversation about current issues on AI, how these systems work, and what is on the horizon. We will also explore the current conversations around policy, ethics, and privacy, and how we can prepare for a future with AI.
- Heather Wages, Director of Policy & Administration, Academic Affairs
- Jennifer Cook, Assistant Professor, School of Law
- Tom Stokke, Assistant Professor, School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
- Jonathan Green, Instructor, Languages
Moderator: Madhavi Marasinghe CIO, University IT
This session is part 2 in our 2-part series on AI.
As ChatGPT and other AI systems capture public attention, educators are grappling with what this means for supporting and assessing student learning. How do we maintain equitable, transparent, and engaging classroom experiences in a rapidly changing AI landscape? This panel will explore these issues as well as what it could mean to engage with AI while developing critical thinking, research, and writing skills for the future.
- Nikola Datzov, Assistant Professor, School of Law
- Tammy Pettinato Oltz, Assistant Dean for Law Library and Information Services and Assistant Professor, School of Law
- Bill Caraher, Associate Professor, History & American Indian Studies
- Jessica Zerr, Administrative Director of Composition and Teaching Professor, Department of English
Moderator: Anne Kelsch, Director of Faculty Development and Professor, History
From Word Games to Computer-Assisted Writing Tools Exploring Student Use and Grade Outcomes
In this session we explore the rise of computer-assisted writing tools in the classroom and their impact on student performance. We begin by drawing a connection between word games and these tools, highlighting the similarities between how humans use word and letter patterns to predict the next word in a conversation, and how machines are trained to do the same. We then present data gathered from 2021-2023 showing increases in self-reported student use of computer-assisted writing tools on tests, and what the grade outcomes are. Finally, we explore the philosophical implications of these tools, including how they lack motivation for truth or lies, their rapid proliferation, and how professors might adapt to student use of these tools in the classroom.
- Sean T. Hammond, Minor in Sustainability Studies Coordinator, Earth System Science & Policy
The Art of Teaching: My Educational Journey
Listen to Frank White as he discusses his leadership philosophy and evolution as an instructor, mentor, and community advocate. - Sponsored by Staff Senate.
Alternative Assessment Strategies
Traditional, high stakes testing can deter student learning, and online classes provide additional challenges to testing integrity and learning outcomes. Alternative assessments provide opportunities for students to develop active learning and deep learning strategies that can lead to content mastery instead of rote memorization.
Presented by: Jenny Reichart
In a Hybrid Flexible (HyFlex) Class, students can choose to attend class either in an assigned face-to-face environment or in an online environment, synchronously or asynchronously.
Dr. Brian Beatty, Associate Professor of Instructional Technologies, Department of Equity, Leadership Studies and Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University led a discussion on HyFlex and Hybrid Course Design (combining online and classroom college students in the same class) with UND faculty over Zoom. The discussion highlighted the HyFlex design as a way to meet the needs of students (and institutions) as we move through the current crisis and build a more resilient education system for the future.
Dr. Beatty's primary areas of interest and research include social interaction in online learning, flipped classroom implementation, and developing instructional design theory for Hybrid-Flexible learning environments. Dr. Beatty pioneered the development and evaluation of the HyFlex course design model for blended learning environments, implementing a student-directed hybrid approach to better support student learning.
Dr. Beatty's Session Materials
- Hybrid-Flexible Course Design: Implementing Student-Directed Hybrid Classes
- Active Learning in Hybrid and Physically Distanced Classrooms (Vanderbelt University)
- FlexSpace: A free, open repository and exchange on Hyflex ideas and resources
- CSU: QLT Course Review Instrument
- CSU: QuARRy (Quality Assurance Resource Repository)
- HyFlex Course Design PowerPoint
- Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT) Instrument
- Managing Large Classes
- Course Print - ITEC 082501 Digital Product Usibility Testing
Additional HyFlex Resources
Practical Tips for Teaching Online
Whether you asked to move your on-campus course to an online format due to pedagogical issues, health concerns or another reason, the Teaching Transformation and Development Academy (TTaDA) is here to help. In this 90 minute workshop, we will provide some simple design principles and tips to help you and your students navigate through Blackboard. You will learn how to cultivate faculty presence, use best practices for online teaching, record short videos using YuJa-video recording with captioning, use Zoom to the fullest extent (linking Zoom to Blackboard, breakout rooms, whiteboard) and navigate the TTaDA website for additional resources.
Presented by: Khalifa Alshaya & Kizito Mukuni
Implementing High-Impact Practices Across Modalities
The concept of High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs) has been around for years, but the conversation about transitioning HIPs to online and blended/hybrid environments is just getting started. In this interactive workshop, Dr. Katie Linder, a co-editor of High-Impact Practices in Online Education, led participants through the creation of an HIP implementation action plan that is applicable in face-to-face, blended/hybrid, and online classrooms. Participants learned more about the state of the research for HIPs, had the opportunity to discuss tips and strategies for incorporating various HIPs across modalities, and left with an actionable plan for implementing one or more HIPs into a modality of their choice. For those who were unable to attend the session the recording and materials are provided.
Health & Wellness
These sessions are focused on mental health, reducing stress, and more.
Mental Health 101 for Non-Clinical Higher Education Professionals
We know that our students are experiencing higher levels of stress than they have ever before. In an effort to be sure we are supporting them as best we can, we wanted to provide a workshop on mental health that will help us understand when students may need a referral for clinical services (e.g., Counseling Center, Psychological Services Center, Student Health). Non-clinical professionals will gain a strong foundational knowledge of mental health concerns in this 2-part workshop. We will review common mental health diagnoses and warning signs and high-risk behaviors such as substance abuse, non-suicidal self-injury, and suicide.
Mental Health in the Workplace
This presentation will describe Mental Health Matters, a program through the City of Grand Forks, and discuss mental health in the workplace. This will include tips for creating a safe and healthy working environment for all, signs and symptoms of a colleague who may be experiencing a crisis, and evidence-based approaches to speaking with someone who may be struggling.
Presented by: Ashlee Kleveland, Community Mental Health Coordinator with the City of Grand Forks
Managing Stress: Activating the Parasympathetic Nervous System
Getting out of “Fight/Flight/Freeze” mode and entering into “Rest and Digest” mode is key to reducing stress and increasing our productive energy. In this recording you will practice three simple and effective techniques to activate your parasympathetic nervous system.
Presented by: Jodi Ramberg with the UND Counseling Center
Join Alexis O’Halloran, Licensed Counselor with the University Counseling Center, to learn practical techniques to help manage stress and anxiety.
Impact of COVID-19 on the Black Community: A Vaccine Forum
Follow along as speakers address concerns regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine.
Speakers include Dr. Christy Hewling, senior physician director of quality and patient safety, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center,Kennesaw, Ga. ; Dr. Kirk Hewling, board certified physician, Cherokee County Community, Atlanta, Ga.; Dr. Kristopher Chrishon, executive director of academic assessment, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law; and Jessica Doty, R.N., director of UND Student Health Services.
Wellness and Self-Care During Times of Isolated Uncertainty
During a time of unexpected isolation and uncertainty, self-care and mental wellness can often be put on the backburner or we are left wondering how we can make this a priority. On May 8, 2020, Angie Muhs, Assistant Professor of Social Work and mental health expert, led over 60 UND staff through wellness and self-care strategies that everyone could implement immediately. Throughout the hour, she presented a PowerPoint, provided us with handouts and also broke us into small groups for additional conversation. Please find the associated recording and resources available to you if you were unable to join the session or would like to revisit it.
Queer History of UND
Critical Conversations Series: Session 1
The University of North Dakota has a complex history in supporting LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff. In this session, you will learn from Dr. Jeff Maliskey, Director of the Pride Center, about the history of Queer resistance and student activism at UND from the 1980s to present day. The history provides a foundation for understanding current LGBTQ+ experiences in higher education and implications for future practice.
Jeff Maliskey, PhD - Director Pride Center, Diversity and Inclusion
The Exclusionary Campus: Impacts on LGBTQ+ Student Retention (In-Person)
Critical Conversations Series: Session 2
Academic performance, mental health concerns, and exclusionary practices in higher education are contribute factors that are impacting LGBTQ+ student retention. In this session, you will learn about the experiences of LGBTQ+ students and identify ways in which we can strive to create belonging, building a more equitable and inclusive campus climate and improving student academic success and retention
Jeff Maliskey, PhD - Director Pride Center, Diversity and Inclusion
Queer & Trans Inclusive Pedagogy & Practice
Critical Conversations Series: Session 3
Research establishes that inclusive learning environments are an essential element of success for all students and LGBTQ+ students in particular. This session explores ways in which instructors and student support staff can make intentional changes to course material and support services to normalize and expect LGBTQ+ inclusion as part of their pedagogy and practice. In this session we will examine strategies to increase inclusion, recognition, and visibility of queer and transgender students in the classroom, in fields of study, and across campus.
Jeff Maliskey, PhD - Director Pride Center, Diversity and Inclusion
Invisible Disabilities and Access
This session focuses on the lived experience of members of the UND community, sharing their insights on ableism in academia.
Jordyn Dulaney, a student in Commercial Aviation
Kayla Hotvedt, Lead Academic Advisor for the College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Wendelin Hume, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Studies
Dr. Nathaniel Johnson, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics
Joseph Vacek, Associate Professor of Aviation and Law
Dr. Anne Kelsch, Director of Faculty Development
Microagressions Five Part Series
Microaggression Series: Session 1 - Understanding Why Microaggressions Exist
In part one of this Microaggression Presentation Series, Dr. Cerynn Desjarlais, Director Online Counseling Program and Clinical Assistant Professor, focuses on understanding why microaggressions exist. She will provide a brief overview of what microaggressions are and how they manifest, followed by the history of the concept, and a review of historical oppression contributing to the microaggression phenomenon. Explicit and implicit biases at both the individual and systemic level will be discussed in depth to understand contextual factors surrounding microaggressions. Ultimately, this session aims to give the audience a broad overview of what microaggressions are, why they exist, and how they impact our everyday interactions. A zoom link will be provided with the confirmation email.
Microaggression Series: Session 2 - Discussing the Types of Microaggressions
In part two of this Microaggressions Presentation Series, Dr. Cerynn Desjarlais (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology), Director of Online Counseling Programs and Clinical Assistant Professor, focuses on understanding the different types of microaggressions that exist. She will provide an overview of microaggression subtypes including microassaults, microinsults, and microinvalidations. She will discuss how to identify various types of microaggressions and differentiate between them. She will also discuss groups that are the most likely to be targeted by microaggressions, including microaggressions that are targeted at intersectional minority identity statuses. Ultimately, this session aims to give the audience a more nuanced understanding of microaggressions, and information to discern the various types of microaggressions and how they affect various minority groups.
Microaggression Series: Session 3 - Explaining how Individuals are Impacted by Microaggressions
In part three of this Microaggressions Presentation Series, Dr. Cerynn Desjarlais (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology), Director of Online Counseling Programs and Clinical Assistant Professor, focuses on understanding how individuals are impacted by microaggressions. She will provide an overview of the physical health, mental health, relational, and academic performance/work implications of microaggressions. She will discuss how microaggressions accumulate and contribute negatively to the health and wellbeing of those with minority group identity statuses. The concept of microaffirmations will be introduced as a potential means to affirm minority identity statuses which may help to counter the harm that is incurred by microaggressions. Ultimately, this session aims to help the audience attune to how individuals experience microaggressions mentally, emotionally, and physically, and understand how these subtle instances of discrimination can have a significant impact on wellbeing and performance domains.
Microaggression Series: Session 4 - Microinterventions: How to Intervene when they Occur
In part four of this Microaggressions Presentation Series, Dr. Cerynn Desjarlais (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology), Director of Online Counseling Programs and Clinical Assistant Professor, focuses on how to intervene and respond when microaggressions occur. She will provide an introduction to the concept microinterventions which are recommended in the literature to respond when microaggressions occur. Microintervention strategies at the individual level, group level, and systems level will be discussed. Ultimately, this session aims to give the audience information to help formulate ways to respond to microaggressions when they occur which support self-advocacy, allyship, and helping to educate others about the impact of microaggressions in the hopes of preventing future microaggressions from reoccurring.
Microaggression Series: Session 5 - How Microaggressions are integrated into Textbooks Curriculum, Assignments, and Grading
In part five of this Microaggressions Presentation Series, Dr. Cerynn Desjarlais (Ph.D., Counseling Psychology), Director of Online Counseling Programs and Clinical Assistant Professor, focuses on understanding how microaggressions manifest in the classroom. She will provide an overview of how microaggressions surface within curriculum, assignment instructions, syllabi, textbooks and reading materials, classroom interactions amongst students and instructors, classroom policies, grading criteria, and higher education in general. She will discuss how to identify these microaggressions and how to make related changes to prevent these occurrences. Ultimately, this session aims to give the audience an understanding of how they can assess and alter their classroom structure, curriculum, class policies, and practices to prevent and mitigate microaggressions.
Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education? by Jay Timothy Dolmage.
As an institution, higher ed has a lot to learn about disability, be it visible or invisible. Dolmage asks us to consider our standard practices and unquestioned assumptions, highlighting the ways in which traditional academic structures can be inaccessible and discriminatory to students, faculty, and staff with disabilities. He also provides insight into how ableism manifests in classrooms and across campus, offering practical strategies for addressing and preventing that. Dolmage's goal is “to affirm disability as a shared and positive identity while challenging the use of disability as something that can be used to disqualify or stigmatize” (7).
We invite the campus community to join this conversation as we address physical, academic, and structural barriers that our students and colleagues face and implement UND's strategic vision for a more inclusive and welcoming future.
This panel discussion will focus on the lived experience of members of the UND community, sharing their insights on ableism in academia.
Dr. Sherry Fieber-Beyer - Assistant Professor, Space Studies
Hunter Pinke - UND Alumni, BSME-2021 and Former UND Football Captain
James Grijalva - Friedman Professor of Law
Stephanie Yarnell - Psychology major
Fall 2021 Book Read
Diversity's Promise Kick Off
Diversity's Promise Wrap Up
In alignment with One UND Strategic Plan and the Fall Innovative Learning Symposium, Academic Affairs and TTaDA invite faculty, staff and graduate students to participate in the 2021 Fall Book Read featuring Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making It Work by Daryl G. Smith. In this book, Smith brings together research from a wide variety of fields to propose a set of clear and realistic practices that will help colleges and universities locate diversity as a strategic imperative and pursue diversity efforts that are inclusive of the varied—and growing—issues apparent on campuses without losing focus on the critical unfinished business of the past.
To become more relevant to society, the nation, and the world, while remaining true to their core missions, colleges and universities must continue to see diversity—like technology—as central, not parallel, to their work. Indeed, looking at the relatively slow progress for change in many areas, Smith suggests that seeing diversity as an imperative for an institution's individual mission, and not just as a value, is the necessary lever for real institutional change. Furthermore, achieving excellence in a diverse society requires increasing institutional capacity for diversity—working to understand how diversity is tied to better leadership, positive change, and research in virtually every field, student success, accountability, and more equitable hiring practices.
This book emphasizes a transdisciplinary approach to the topic of diversity, drawing on an updated list of sources from a wealth of literatures and fields. The tables and figures have been refreshed to include data on faculty diversity over a twenty-year period, and the book includes new information about gender identity, embedded bias, student success, the growing role of chief diversity officers, the international emergence of diversity issues, faculty hiring, and important metrics for monitoring progress.
Spring 2021 Book Read
The Teaching Transformation and Development Academy’s Spring 2021 book read was How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones.
This coming-of-age memoir depicts the experiences of a young, black, gay man cultivating his identity in the American South. In our continued Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts on campus, we will highlight this intersectional memoir as part of our broadening inquiries into DEI work by uplifting black voices during spring semester’s Black History Month.
This Fall, the Teaching Transformation and Development Academy (TTaDA) led a campus-wide faculty, staff, administrator and GTA book study on How to be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Praised by the New York Times as “The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind,” Kendi’s groundbreaking work provides an essential counterpoint in the national conversation about race and resonates in this collective moment of reckoning. The term Kendi introduces—being an anti-racist—sets forth the idea that people can either be racist or anti-racist, and that there is no in-between. Racists, he argues, are people who support racist policies through their actions, inactions or ideas; anti-racists actively confront racial inequalities. Being neutral isn’t enough. Dr. Kendi urges us to actively combat racist systems and policies, and provides tools to do so. We hope you will join us for this important conversation.
UND Spring 2020 Innovative Learning Symposium: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education
On March 5, 2020, The Teaching Transformation and Development Academy and Academic Affairs held the UND Spring Innovative Learning Symposium: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education, featuring Dr. Thomas Tobin, Universal Design for Learning Expert. Dr. Tobin is the Program Area Director for Distance Teaching & Learning on the Learning Design, Development, & Innovation (LDDI) team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as an internationally recognized speaker and author on topics related to quality in technology-enhanced education, especially copyright, evaluation of teaching practice, academic integrity, and accessibility/universal design for learning.
This symposium was made available to all faculty members, staff, administration and graduate students looking to strengthen the engagement, interaction, and performance of all students. Access these recordings and materials to learn more about Universal Design for Learning beginning with a keynote and workshop that will help make educational materials and practices inclusive for all learners and broaden our focus away from learners with disabilities and toward a larger ease-of-use/general-inclusion framework.
The Kickoff Event features keynote speakers University President Andrew Armacost and Chief of Staff Rob Carolin as they share their thoughts on the book Elevate by Robert Glazer and their leadership philosophies as it pertains to the University.
The Wrap-up Event features kenote speakers AVP of Human Resources and Payroll services Peggy Varberg, and Professor and Chair of Physician Assistant Studies Jeanie McHugo as they share their thoughts on the book Elevate by Robert Glazer and their leadership philosophies as it pertains to the University.