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.

January 17, 2019 : Rubrics in Blackboard

This workshop will cover the basics of creating, editing and grading with rubrics in the Blackboard Grade Center.

1hr. (12PM – 1PM) Hunter Library

February 21, 2019 : High Impact Practices

In this session, we will share the high-impact educational practices of George Kuh and how the Commons supports many of these practices, such as OneBook, first-year seminars and experiences, and collaborative learning.

1hr. (12PM – 1PM) Hunter Library

March 21, 2019 : Basics of Qualtrics

If you are ready to launch your first online survey or registration, but you don’t know where to begin, this is an opportunity to learn the basics of Qualtrics. Bring your humor, your mind, and your lunch to this workshop.

1hr. (12PM – 1PM) Hunter Library

April 18, 2019 : Grade Center

This workshop will cover some of the handy how-to’s of the Blackboard Grade Center to maximize your efficiency and minimize your aggravation.  We will discuss creating and using categories, setting up Weighted Totals, columns for extra credit, and suggestions for using tracking attendance and participation.

1hr. (12PM – 1PM) Hunter Library

May 16, 2019 : Course (Re)Design

This is an opportunity for faculty members at any stage of their careers to revise an existing course or plan a new course from scratch.

1hr. (12PM – 1PM) Hunter Library

June 20, 2019 : Panopto

Would you like to learn more about Panopto? During this session we will explore how to use Panopto in Blackboard, configure the Panopto tool for your Blackboard course and touch on a few editing tips to make using Panopto much easier.

1hr. (12PM – 1PM) Hunter Library

July 18, 2019 : By Popular Demand

You determine the topic for this session. Any subject we have not covered during the 2018/2019 Third Thursday sessions is fair game.

Topic will be decided by popular vote.

1hr. (12PM – 1PM) Hunter Library

Coulter Faculty Commons


Brown Bag
Lunch Sessions

Featured Speakers include:

Jack Caldwell, Kong (CK) Chen, Sue Grider, John Hawes, Jeanine Irons, Terry Pollard, Jonathan Wade, Mary-Anne Wike