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August 29th, 2013 by Eric

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MSC #47B
Plymouth, NH 03264

Teaching with Technology Blogs

October 20th, 2015 by Melinda

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Teaching Online/Blended Courses

October 20th, 2015 by Melinda

Online Instructor Consultation Program

This consultation program has been designed to accommodate the individual needs of all participating faculty. This is required of any instructor who is new to teaching 100% online, or replacing at least 33% of a course’s seat time with online meetings (blended format).
Please contact Scott Robison ( a full term before the course start date to begin the process.

Here are the required steps:

  1. The instructor has an initial consultation with an LTOE instructional designer and completes a needs assessment survey.
  2. The instructor is enrolled in and utilizes the resources in the Teaching Online at PSU course in Moodle. If applicable, the instructor consults with the instructional designer regarding course development needs.
  3. Two weeks before the course start date, a pre-course review is completed by an instructional designer. The instructor is invited to discuss any suggested changes to the course. A copy is provided to the Department Chair.
  4. The instructor teaches the course.
  5. A post-course review is completed by an instructional designer and is provided to the instructor. The instructor is invited to discuss the post-course review with the instructional designer.
  6. The Department Chair receives a copy of the post-course review.

To get started, please contact Scott Robison (

Click HERE to view the list of instructors who have participated in the Online Instructor Consultation Program (PSU users log into myPlymouth first).

Click HERE to download the course review checklist noted above.

Click HERE to access Learning Technologies and Online Education’s Policies and Procedures.

Strategic Discussions about Clusters

September 25th, 2015 by Melinda

Join Provost Bernier and the deans for the following four Strategic Discussions about Clusters.

Sessions 1 & 2: “Purpose, timeline, themes, and planning”

Thursday October 1st 3-4:30 p.m. in the Frost Commons AND

Friday October 2nd 7:30-9 a.m. (similar content offered twice) in the Frost Commons.
The focus of these initial sessions will be to outline the purpose(s) of clusters–in other words, what do we hope clusters will accomplish for PSU in terms of its teaching (and learning), research, & service mission. We will also share the timeline for initial steps in moving to clusters/open labs.
Then we will explore themes for clusters: some have been identified through previous meetings, we’d also welcome ideas participants want to share during the session.
Finally, we’ll consider next steps in the planning process.


Sessions 3 & 4: “Diving deeper: Building off themes & ideas”

Monday October 5th 3:30-5 p.m. in the Frost Commons AND

Thursday October 8th 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. in the Frost Commons.

These sessions will build off of the previous sessions. Depending upon next steps, established during sessions 1 & 2, these sessions would likely result in deeper conversations around specific clusters and/or on questions related to implementation.

Please let us know if you plan to attend (and which session(s) by emailing

Further details from the deans and provost:

The sessions will be a series of conversations that all faculty are invited to. The first two sessions will be similar in content; the second two sessions will build off of key themes and ideas developed during the initial sessions. Sessions have been scheduled early mornings and late afternoons, on different days of the week, in the hopes we can accommodate the schedules of as many faculty members as possible. We see it as critical that we work together to shape the clusters, but there is also some urgency to our work. We seek to identify and conceptually define the clusters by the close of the fall semester. This will allow us to talk about the clusters and our strategic direction with each other, our potential partners, present & future students, and key stakeholders.

Thank you! We look forward to the conversations.

“Slow Reading”

September 25th, 2015 by Melinda

Facilitator: Elliott Gruner, Director of Composition.

Wednesday, Nov 18th 12:15-1:15 p.m. and Thursday Nov 19th at 11a.m.-12 p.m. in CETL Faculty Lounge (Lamson 113)

“Reading” is one of our General Education skills, but what does this skill entail? Join in this conversation to expand our ideas on what “good reading” means across disciplines and discourses. Borrowing from Tom Newkirk’s book “Slow Reading,” we’ll work against some notions/measures of successful reading (speed, amount, some “study skills” approaches, etc.) to focus on six practices Newkirk recommends: performing, memorizing, centering, problem finding, reading as a writer, elaborating.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend via email at


September 25th, 2015 by Melinda

Facilitators: Michael Davidson, MLIS, Assist. Professor, Web Services Librarian and  Elliott Gruner, Professor of English

Wednesday, Oct 28th 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in CETL Faculty Lounge (Lamson 113)

This discussion will explore how search differs from research. Online and mobile search practices, processes, and algorithms have become naturalized and are often thought of as benign, utilitarian public services. Of course, they are not–all search engines mediate information in some way. Should we know more about and be able to teach “what’s in the water” when it comes to the search tools we now use? How has the mass mediation of information influenced how you teach research in your own discipline? What should we be teaching students about “the culture of search”?

Please RSVP if you plan to attend via email at

PSU Writing Retreat At Bear Tree, Pittsburg, NH

September 25th, 2015 by Melinda

Registration is open for the Spring 2016 PSU Writing Retreats sponsored by the discipline of Philosophy. The Spring retreats will be held at AT BEAR TREE in Pittsburg, NH.

The Spring dates are March 18-20, 2016.

If you are interested in attending  the spring writing retreat (or both), please contact one or both of us, Maria Sanders ( or Annette Holba ( for more details. Spaces are limited so register now to secure your own room in the lodge or your own cabin on the lake. This year meal choices are expanded, breakfast will be hot, and the agenda includes breaks for hiking, kayaking, and therapeutic massage. If you plan to attend and have not yet registered, please contact us as soon as you can so we can provide you with registration information for At Bear Tree. If you are not sure about attending the retreat and want to know more, contact us and we can send you more information, sample weekend schedules, pictures, and even testimonials from other faculty who have attended in the past. We hope you can join us this year!

Faculty Workshop and Help Session August 24th 2015

August 17th, 2015 by Melinda


Monday August 24, 2015

Register Here

Help sessions


8:30-9:15 a.m. Mandatory Promotion and Tenure Evaluator Training Lamson 113– CETL Faculty Lounge

Information from the Provost’s Office and navigation of ePortfolio for effective review. (Facilitators: Julie Bernier and Marylena Sevigney)

9:30-11:30 a.m. Drop-In Moodle Gradebook Reviews Lamson 113– CETL Faculty Lounge

Make sure you’re prepared to submit 6-week grades for all of your students this Fall term. Stop by and let our staff take a quick look – we’ll make sure your Moodle Gradebook is doing what you want it to! (Facilitators: Stacey Curdie-Meade)


Note: these workshops are not “introductions” to the topics. These are facilitated workshops for faculty to brainstorm with one another on the given topics. If you’d like an “introduction” to any of these topics, contact CETL at any time. Also, be sure to attend the Summer Symposium each June where faculty introduce one another to topics that have enriched their teaching.

Faculty: Bring assignments and course materials to workshop! 

All events held outside Lamson 113, at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

9:30-10:15 a.m. Collaborative assignments: Share your successes and frustrations around collaborative assignments and discuss new online group-facilitation tools developed by PSU faculty. (Facilitator: Scott Coykendall)

10:30-11:15 a.m. Develop an Action Plan for your Research & Scholarship. Stay on track with your scholarship by setting and following your customized plan. Learn more about the Bear Tree Writing Retreat. (Facilitators: Annette Holba and Maria Sanders)

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Workshop your Moodle Gradebook. Work with other faculty to see how they’re using Moodle Gradebook and to share your own discoveries. (Facilitator: Stacey Curdie-Meade)

12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch through the line at Prospect Dining Hall

1:15-2:00 p.m. Workshop your e-Portfolio Assignments. Work with other faculty to see how they’re using ePortfolios and to share your own discoveries. (Facilitator: Marylena Sevigney)

2:15-3:00 p.m. Workshop your Experiential and Service Learning Projects. Work with other faculty to see how they’ve developed projects and to share your own discoveries (Facilitators: Jess Dutille and Thad Guldbrandsen)

3:15- 4:00 p.m. Workshop your Course to use Open Educational Resources. Find ways to integrate Open Educational Resources into your existing courses. (Facilitators: Robin DeRosa and Christin Chenard)

Register for workshops here.

For more information, contact The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Inspired Course Redesign Group

August 17th, 2015 by Melinda

If you’re looking for inspiration to design a new course or rework an existing one, this group is for you. Together we’ll take a fresh look at instructional design. Using the DIME model of course redesign, we’ll write behavior based learning objectives and make instructional design choices using structured decision making.

Our aim will be to create unique course experiences, using a framework that moves us beyond the boxes that past experiences and university learning management systems can create. The goal is to craft the kind of teaching and learning experiences we want for our students and for ourselves and then determine how to deliver them using technology to assist.

This group meets monthly. Members are encouraged to come with a particular course in mind to (re)design over the course of several sessions. Robyn Parker, College of Business Administration, will facilitate these hands-on, working sessions. Parker’s research focuses on the effects of new technologies in organizational and instructional contexts. Her recent book, Redesigning Courses for Online Delivery: Design, Interaction, Media, Evaluation, provides the framework for group discussions. It is available full-text through the library.

To participate, contact Robyn by September 20th.

What do we meant by “class participation”?

August 17th, 2015 by Melinda

Facilitated conversation with Karolyn Kinane

Mon Sept. 14th 2:30-3:30 p.m. OR

Tues Sept 15th 1-2 p.m. (Same workshop offered twice)

Lamson 113

Light refreshments served

Please RSVP 24 hours in advance

CETL Summer Symposium Presenter’s Material

June 16th, 2015 by Melinda

Here are some of the materials that presenter’s used during their 45 minute discussions:


Christin Chenard ~ OER Resource Roundup 


Michael Davidson ~ Advanced look at the next library website


Annie Hagar ~ Problem Solving: an everyday, life-long skill 


Christian Bisson ~ Creating Adventure in the Classroom    Personal Learning Contract

                              AP3320.01 – Syllabus Spring 2011        AP2210 – Syllabus Spring 2015 


Sandra McBournie ~ Contemplative Mind: Practice for Student, Teacher, and Self