Teaching Transformation & Development Academy

The Teaching Transformation & Development Academy (TTaDA) is an innovative collaboration of dedicated staff and faculty with a mission to provide our campus community quality professional development, online and lifelong learning, teaching with technology, and quality in teaching.


Are you dealing with constantly changing priorities, continual interruptions, procrastination, too-much email? Is your work area covered with paper, reports, manuals and other stuff? If you answered yes, you probably are not using your time as effectively as you could. This session will review time management basics and provide techniques and tools to help you become more effective with your time and your priorities.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 03:00pm - 04:30pm

Would you like to learn how to make grading easier and less time consuming? Blackboard Grade Center has many features that allow you to do just that. 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.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 09:30am - 10:30am
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm

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.

Thursday, February 6, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm

Qualtrics is a robust tool that is easy to use for creating and deploying surveys and analyzing results. In this training, you'll learn the basics of how to successfully get started with Qualtrics. You'll 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.

Thursday, February 27, 2020 01:00pm - 02:00pm

YuJa, 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. This makes viewing easier and more personalized for your students.

This session is offered face-to-face or for those at a distance via Zoom.

Thursday, January 23, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
Monday, February 10, 2020 01:30pm - 02:30pm

Learn how to build student engagement in your online course using voice, video, and text commenting with Voice Thread. 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. This workshop will cover some different ways of using VoiceThread in your course to promote student engagement as well as how to set up a VoiceThread in your course.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 01:00pm - 02:00pm

Our work in higher education often calls on us to serve as champions, advocating for our students, our colleagues and our communities. In this interactive session we will learn about professional techniques designed in Theatre Arts to develop the ability to use your voice and to advocate for those not well-positioned to advocate for themselves. Camilla Morrison (Theatre Arts) will share her expertise, drawing from Theater of the Oppressed approaches, providing participants with tools and the opportunity to practice so that when they need to advocate for others, they are able to do so more successfully. Come join us as we learn how to serve as more effective champions.

Friday, February 7, 2020 09:00am - 10:30am

Active learning activities and pedagogical strategies can look different in online learning environments, particularly in asynchronous courses when students are not interacting in real time with the instructor or each other. In this session we will share how to incorporate into your online courses intentional student-centered pedagogies, such as active learning, that can help generate the deep learning we associate with well-designed face-to-face instruction.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 01:00pm - 02:00pm

Effective working relationships, strong careers, and well-functioning organizations all draw from the same source of power: the ability to talk openly about high-stakes emotional and controversial topics. Attend this workshop to learn and practice the skills required to successfully have difficult conversations.

UND Partners with Emily Holth, Sustainable Solutions

Thursday, February 13, 2020 12:30pm - 02:00pm
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 12:30pm - 02:00pm
Friday, April 17, 2020 12:30pm - 02:00pm

Through the SELFI, all UND instructors receive student evaluation of their teaching, as well as student feedback. The SELFI report is part of your professional record and an important data point to think about in your development as a teacher. Our session focus will be on how to think about student evaluation of teaching, how to interpret your SELFI scores and how to get better feedback this coming semester.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 01:00pm - 02:00pm

As a widely diverse and unique student population that enrich our college classrooms, this session will inform participants about unique characteristics and culture that military and veteran students bring to the classroom, as well as needs they may have. We will explore strategies that faculty can engage in an effort to be inclusive and supportive of their academic success.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm

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 and grading rubrics. The logistics of setting up the various tools is provided in handouts and tutorials. Faculty can also request a one-on-one consultation with an Instructional Designer for help setting them up in their course.

This session is offered face-to-face or for those at a distance via Zoom.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm

Leadership is not about personality, popularity, title, role or age. It is about behavior - an observable set of traits, skills, and abilities. Leadership is about inspiring others to make extraordinary things happen, oftentimes against uncertainty. Ultimately, leadership development is self-development. Make the choice to develop your leadership skills! Come learn aspects of the research-based leadership principles developed by The Leadership Challenge, with trained facilitator Dr. Jeanie McHugo (Physician Assistant Studies).

This session is brought to you in partnership with UND Human Resources.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 03:00pm - 04:30pm

Whether we like it or not interpersonal conflicts occur every day in our workplace. Many people are uncomfortable with conflict and avoid problem areas with the hope that the issues will just go away. As we know these problems do not disappear. Learn about the conflict experience and how to handle these conflicts more effectively and become more emotionally intelligent while working with others.

UND Partners with Emily Holth, Sustainable Solutions

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:30pm - 02:00pm
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 12:30pm - 02:00pm
Thursday, April 16, 2020 12:30pm - 02:00pm

Do you find yourself always putting off things that need to get done? Join Dr. Bob Mocadlo, an assistant professor of accountancy and participant in the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity's Faculty Success Program, as he shares some tips and techniques from the program and beyond that have helped him and others overcome procrastination and accomplish his goals.

This session is offered face-to-face or for those at a distance via Zoom.

Friday, January 31, 2020 03:00pm - 04:00pm

Bring your lunch and join us for a conversational session about the ways that style guides and academic organizations are changing their perspectives on pronoun use for academic writing and implications for teaching. In addition, we'll share and discuss recent trends and best practices for collecting demographic survey data on gender and sexuality. Come to learn, share, and engage.

Monday, February 3, 2020 12:00pm - 01:00pm

Revision is much more than just proofreading or editing. Rather, revision literally means "re-seeing" your work. As writers, we often work through this process with our peers, both as a reviewer and receiver of feedback. In this workshop we will discuss strategies for revising at different stages of the writing process and in various roles. Participants should be prepared to write! Please note that these workshops are designed to address general writing principles and practice writing shills that should transfer across disciplines. This workshop is open to graduate students from any discipline and at any stage of the writing process.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 01:00pm - 02:00pm

How do you know if your Blackboard course materials are accessible? How do you fix it if they are not? There are tools available in Blackboard and Microsoft Office to help with these tasks, and Education resources has invited UND's Teaching Transformation and Development Academy to show us how to use "universal design" in a hands-on session using your own course materials. Universal design for learning principles for learning environments are based on the knowledge that a broad range of human abilities exists. Therefore, the creation of content needs to be made as usable as possible for as many as possible regardless of age, ability, or situation. Designing for a wide range of users from the beginning of the building process can increase usability without significantly increasing the time it takes to build. The results benefit everyone and reduce modifications later when students, instructors or content changes.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 01:30pm - 03:00pm
Thursday, February 13, 2020 09:30am - 11:00am

Managing the research and writing process can be a challenging and time consuming skill to develop. Citation managers, like Zotero and Mendeley, can be tremendously helpful tools for streamlining the research, reading, writing, collaboration, and citation process. In this session, we will dive into some of the features of Zotero and Mendeley beyond the basic set-up (such as annotating, organizing with tags, sharing bibliographies with collaborators, etc.). Information for picking the right citation manager for your research can be found on the Chester Fritz Library's website (libguides.und.edu/citation-managers), and librarians are available to assist you with any questions you have!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 02:00pm - 03:30pm

This session is designed to support the development of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statements commonly requested when applying for academic and non-academic positions, applications, and funding opportunities. We'll explore what these statements are, what they often include, and how to begin writing one.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 02:00pm - 03:30pm

YuJa, an all-in-one service for recording, editing, storing and streaming multi-formatted video and audio content across any device. This hands-on workshop will focus on the editing features available within YuJa. Participants will learn how to trim the start/end and cut from the middle of existing videos. They will also learn how to insert slides, text, and other videos. Editing video/index chapters, tracking editing actions, editing captions, adjusting audio level, and saving/replacing and edited videos will also be covered.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm
Monday, February 24, 2020 01:00pm - 02:30pm