Courses and Training

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A variety of formats and topics are available to support Ferris/Kendall faculty, adjunct, and staff interested in technology-enhanced and online learning.  Scroll down for December’s workshops or take advantage of our 24/7 professional learning available through Hoonuit Trainings (offered via MyFSU).  

Don’t see a topic you’d like to know more about?  Contact Tracy Russo, Senior Online Designer at 231-591-2802 or email

Informal Professional Learning Groups

#CoffeeEDU:  First Wednesday of each month at 3:30pm, starting December 5, in the UC.  

Are you teaching a dual-enrollment class, thinking about it, or a parent of a dual-enrolled student?  Teaching college courses to high school students comes with a unique set of challenges and benefits. Join us as we share ideas and resources on what works in this context. High School teachers welcome!

Meeting of the Minds about VR:  Second Thursday of the month, 10am, starting December 12, in the UC.  

Interested in learning more about VR?  Already using or planning to use VR in your teaching? Join us as we share ideas and resources on how to support VR for Ferris students and beyond.

Course Design Basics Series

Intro to Online Teaching and Learning, Tuesday, December 17, 9-noon, location TBD. 

What characteristics make up a quality online teaching and learning experience?  What are today’s learners looking for in online classes? How do we make sure online classes are at least as good (if not better) than the face-to-face equivalent?  If I teach online, what should I expect? What if I’d like to teach online, but not sure my subject will work well for the online format? In this session, these and other questions will be explored through viewing successful online courses.  A basic “tech tool kit” will be shared for participants to build their online repertoire. If you think you might be teaching online in the future OR are currently teaching an online course you feel is outdated, this session is for you. Provides an overview of the Ferris Course Quality Rubric and Design Process Components.

Special Topics & Events for Course Design Support

2019 Ugly Sweater Contest (And Ugly Activity Revision), Wednesday, Dec.  18, 10:00am – 1:00pm, in Alumni 114.

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Whether you are new to teaching or have taught for years, most of us have at least one “ugly activity” that didn’t go the way we planned it.  Wear your ugly sweater and bring an activity to this lighthearted approach to course improvement. We’ll share our trials and tribulations, turning them into future rock-star quality lessons for next time around!  Prizes will be awarded for the ugliest sweater as well as the funniest telling of an activity gone awry. Bring your lunch or a munchy if you want–coffee, water, and cookies provided!

More training options coming in January–details soon!