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Note: If you would rather take individual workshops, click here to see our calendar.

CETLA’s Summer Institute offers you an opportunity to earn certification for professional development that will enhance teaching, learning, and assessment. It also gives you a chance to earn certifications that are required for teaching hybrid, distance-learning, HU-TEACH, and Writing-Across-the-Curriculum courses at Howard. The Institute consists of 1- to 5- day seminars taught by CETLA’s staff and guest instructors. Upon successful completion of the requirements, you will receive a certificate to include in your reappointment, merit, promotion, and tenure file.

This year CETLA has scheduled the following seminars (click on a title for complete information):

  1. Blackboard Catchup: May 1-4 
  2. Course Redesign (for HU-TEACH): May 8 OR May 9 (9am – 5pm)
  3. Best Practices in Distance-Learning: May 15-19 (online)
  4. HUOL Online Programs Building Information Session May 16, 11am-2pm
  5. Institutional Assessment: May 22  10am-3pm
  6. MATLAB (May 23 11-1pm)
  7. Writing Across the Curriculum: May 24-26 (9:30am -12:30pm on campus)
  8. APT Digital Portfolio Boot Camp: Come and get it done! June 6, 12pm-3pm
  9. New Refworks Platform: June 7 (10am-1pm)
  10. Information Literacy: June 8, 10am – 2:30pm




May 1-4, (Times vary, so see the calendar.)

Dr. Helen Bond, CETLA
Mr. Carl Brown, CETLA

***Notice*** This seminar is designed for faculty who have taken or "tested" out of BB01, but otherwise have limited experience with Blackboard. If you have already taken multiple Blackboard workshops, but would like to be certified, please sign up for the workshops you need. Click here to see the list of workshops required for certification. Click here to register via the May calendar.

The Blackboard course management system offers faculty many tools for improving teaching. learning, and assessment. This four-day seminar will show you how to take advantage of these tools. You will learn how to do the following:

Building Courses

Using Collaborative Tools

Creating Assessments

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Writing Across the Curriculum 

May 24-26, 9:30am - 12:30pm (breakfast served)

This seminar will show you how students can "write to learn" the subject matter of a discipline and how you can help them "learn to write" about a discipline. To find out more about WAC or to get WAC certified, contact Professor Daria Winter at dwinter@Howard.edu. You will learn to do the following:

After successfully completing the seminar and revising your syllabus for the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee(WAC), you will earn a certificate that entitles you to certain privileges. WAC-certified faculty are eligible to use the Turnitin plagiarism detector and the Writing Center's tutorial services for their WAC-approved classes. Also, WAC-certified faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences and the Division of Allied Health may teach courses that fulfill the third writing requirement.

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Information Literacy

June 8, 10:00am – 2:30pm  (lunch served)

Guest Librarians:  Ms. Adia Coleman, Mr. Lopez Matthews

Come engage with the Howard University Library’s latest resources—hands-on in CETLA’s computer classroom!

Session 1 - "Library Resources" (Adia Coleman)
View the Libraries and Centers page
View the Research page
Learn how to use the new search box
Learn how to search for books, ejournals, databases, and more
Manage Your Library Account
View the Faculty page

Session 2 - "Digital Howard" (Lopez Matthews)
Learn about Digital Howard
View the demonstration
Create your own profile

Session 3 – “RefWorks”  (company representative)
Access and log into RefWorks.
Navigate within RefWorks.
Import references.
Organize, edit, and locate references stored in RefWorks folders.
Generate a bibliography.
Format a paper using Write-N-Cite.

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Best Practices in Distance-Learning

May 15-19 (online)

Course Builder
Dr. Teresa Redd, CETLA
Mr. Carl Brown, CETLA

***Prerequisite: Blackboard Certification***

(Click here to see whether you are already certified or, if not, how you can earn certification. You should know how to use the full range of Blackboard features, including the Discussion Board, GradeCenter, Assignment Tool, Group Pages, and Chatroom.)

This online seminar will introduce you to effective strategies for teaching Distance-Learning (DL) classes i.e., classes in which virtually all instruction and interaction occur online. Having mastered Blackboard technology, you will use it to meet the unique challenges of teaching a DL class, while taking advantage of the unique opportunities that DL offers. To achieve these goals, you will experience what it is like to take a DL course in CETLA's site, while building a DL course in your own Blackboard site. During this interactive online seminar, participants will do the following:

This course runs from Monday through Friday. Since it is asynchronous, you do not have to log on at a particular time; however, since this is an interactive course, you must log on at least once each day. Also, since the course is the equivalent of CETLA’s on-site summer seminars, plan to devote at least three hours a day to the course. (If you print out assigned articles, you won't have to spend all of that time online.) Once you have successfully completed the assignments, you will receive a certificate documenting that you are DL-certified.

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Course Redesign: Flipping the Classroom and Designing Hybrids

Prerequisite: Blackboard experience.  Please bring a syllabus for the class you wish to “flip.”

May 8 or May 9, 9am-5pm (breakfast and lunch served)

Note: Required for HU-TEACH participants who plan to post 30-60% of instruction online.


Mr. Carl Brown, CETLA

This year's focus will be “flipping the classroom,” and designing "hybrid" courses by posting 30-60% of course content online. By doing so, faculty can “free up” classroom time to engage students in small group activities, case-based learning, class discussion, and other types of active learning.
Upon successfully completing this seminar, participants will be able to do the following:

Morning: Designing a “Flipped”or "Hybrid" Curriculum

Afternoon: Promoting Active Learning

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Institutional Assessment

May 22, 10:00am - 3:00pm (lunch served)
Sponsored by the Office of Institutional Assessment & Evaluation (OIAE)

Come find out how your colleagues are assessing programs and how you can use assessment tools to improve teaching, learning, and accreditation in your classroom and program. For more information contact Dr. Michael Wallace at mbwallace@Howard.edu. To view the power point(s) click below.


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New Refworks Platform

June 7, 10:00am - 1:00pm

New RefWorks offers all of the bulleted features of Legacy RefWorks listed below.  Additionally, New RefWorks offers many new features, including automatic data collection, expanded sharing capabilities and enhanced full-text document collection and management. RefWorks is an Internet-based research records management service that facilitates the collection and management of citations to articles, books, web pages and many other types of sources. For more information contact  Head Librarian of the Business School, Tommy Waters at tommy.waters@Howard.edu.

RefWorks can facilitate many of the most tedious aspects of your research work by empowering you to:

  1. Electronically collect, organize and manage your references in a personal database
  2. Easily format bibliographies, footnotes and in-text citations into almost any output style
  3. Conveniently link references to full-text articles, eliminating unwieldy storage of paper copy
  4. (New) Auto completion of references and suggestions from Summon
  5. (New) Easy one click saving of individual web pages or references from research literature databases
  6. (New) Automated recognition of uploaded documents
  7. (New) Built-in document reading for PDF, RTF and MS Office files
  8. (New) Enhanced sharing of documents with the ability to highlight and add notes.
  9. (New) Automatic identification of missing style elements, e.g. doi or journal title
  10. (New) Off-line access to all of your full-text attachments (documents)

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HUOL Building Online Programs Information Session

Tuesday, May 16, 11:00am - 2:00pm at CETLA! (lunch served)

Have you or your colleagues been thinking about developing an online degree or certificate
program and don’t know where to start?

Start here!

Come join us on May 16, from 11am-2pm at CETLA to learn about how to get your online
program off the ground. Participants will be introduced to HUOL’s Readiness Checklist designed
to help schools and colleges identify what steps they need to take and what resources are
currently available to help them. This seminar builds on the good work of HU-TEACH in helping Faculty create hybrid and online courses to now start developing hybrid and online programs.

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APT Digital Portfolio Boot Camp

June 6, 12:00pm - 3:00pm (lunch served)

CA06: Building e-Portfolios with Pbworks Sites (Boot Camp 3 hours)
Prerequisite: Bring a digital photo, vita, syllabus and PowerPoint on a flash drive.

Are you planning to apply for merit, promotion, or tenure in the coming years? Learn how to build a digital portfolio that will help you and your colleagues assess your teaching as well as your research, service, and professional development. E-portfolios make it easier for you to store, back up, find, update, and deliver your materials. They also make it easier to display the websites and multimedia you incorporate in your courses. At the same time, e-portfolios make it easier for your reviewers to access your materials and assess them in context. To request this workshop contact Dr. Helen Bond at hbond@howard.edu and copy cetla@howard.edu. So come learn how to perform the following tasks, using the free Pbworks application:

1. Create an e-Portfolio site, using a Pbworks work space.
2. Modify the work space template (e.g., pages, sub-pages).
3. Add text, photos, hyperlinks, videos, and other multimedia via your flash drive and Google Drive.
4. Embed Google apps (e.g., calendar).
5. Share your site with external viewers for review and/or comments.
6. Secure your site.

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May 23, 11:00am - 1:00pm at CETLA. Bring your own device. Wi-Fi is available. (lunch served)

Millions of engineers and scientists worldwide use MATLAB® to analyze and design the systems and products transforming our world. MATLAB is in automobile active safety systems, interplanetary spacecraft, health monitoring devices, smart power grids, and LTE cellular networks. It is used for machine learning, signal processing, image processing, computer vision, communications, computational finance, control design, robotics, and much more.

Come and find out how you can use this software for your classroom! Currently Howard has a license for MATLAB, Simulink, and 48 companion toolboxes (includes all applicable toolboxes on your license). The TAH license covers on-campus and home software use for all instructors, staff, and researchers, as well as classroom and lab installations. Students are also covered by the TAH license and will be able to install software on their home or laptop computers. Each participant is expected to bring their own laptop with MATLAB already installed. We will have time prior to the workshop, from 10-11 am, to assist in the installation if needed. Call Howard University's Help Desk at 202-806-2020 to secure a free MATLAB license prior to the workshop. To find out more about MATLAB contact Dr. Talitha Washington at talitha.washington@Howard.edu. To view the power point click here.

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