Third Thursdays

Third Thursday sessions are designed to provide proactive and quick training, tips, and tools to help Western Carolina’s faculty members continually pursue excellence in their teaching. Please bring your lunch and join us as we collaborate on a range of topics related to teaching and learning.


Registration begins mid-August 2019

September 19, 2019 : Getting started with Active Learning

This is a hands on ‘active’ workshop highlighting quick and easy to use active learning techniques.

1hr. (12PM – 1PM) Hunter Library

October 17, 2019 : Practical use of Panopto

In this session, we will cover the basics of Panopto and how its integration to Bb should be approached at WCU. Faculty will configure a course, provision Panopto folders, and identify one way to use Panopto in their course.

1hr. (12PM – 1PM) Hunter Library

November 21, 2019 : Grading Made Easy

Tips for maximizing the Blackboard Grade Center. 

1hr. (12PM – 1PM) Hunter Library

January 16, 2020 : Powerful Presentations

Join us to learn science principles, theories, and practice developing powerful presentationshop. Faculty will learn to locate a free CC image online for use in a presentation and discuss how utilizing it will adhere to Richard Mayer’s Multimedia Principle.


1hr. (12PM – 1PM) Hunter Library

February 20, 2020 : Synchronous Discussions

This workshop will cover discussion/lecture techniques using Collaborate.

1hr. (12PM – 1PM) Hunter Library

March 19, 2020 : Introduction to Qualtrics

Hands-on introduction to basics of Qualtrics. Participants will create a short survey highlighting regularly used Qualtrics features.

1hr. (12PM – 1PM) Hunter Library

April 16, 2020 : Fantastic Faculty: WCU Teaching Award Winners Share Their Strategies

WCU award-winning faculty discuss their teaching strategies and lessons learned through a career in teaching.

1hr. (12PM – 1PM) Hunter Library

May 21, 2020 : Comparing Our Choices: The Next Generation of Online Learning Management System at WCU

Workshop will focus on a summary of Vendor Demos, Comparisons and Faculty Input for the Learning Management System at WCU.

1hr. (12PM – 1PM) Hunter Library

June 18, 2020 : Inclusive Teaching Strategies

This workshop will cover four types of faculty inclusive teaching strategies: content, instructional practices, student-instructor interactions, and student-to-student interactions

1hr. (12PM – 1PM) Hunter Library

Coulter Faculty Commons


Brown Bag
Lunch Sessions

Featured Speakers include:

Dr. Eli Collins-Brown, Kong (CK) Chen, John Hawes, Dr. Terry Pollard, Dr. Jonathan Wade, Mary-Anne Wike