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Faculty Development

Welcome to the temporary web page for Faculty Development and the Teaching and Learning Center

  1. Faculty Development Workshops

  2. Student Course Evaluations through IDEA by Anthology

  3. Formative TEacher Observations and Consultations through the TLC

  4. Summer and Fall Faculty Learning Communities and Reading Groups through the netvue grant and the SCTLC

  5. Writing Center Office Hours and SupporT

  6. Mentor Program for New Faculty

  7. Simpson Online Faculty Academy (SOFA)


Would you like to receive calendar invites to all of our programming? Email mark.pleiss@simpson.edu, and he will add you to the list.

Click here for a copy of the brochure from our Teaching & Learning Center Appreciation Night. It includes a listing of all workshops and awards from the 2021-2022 year.

Click here for our list of faculty development workshops for Fall 2021

Click here for our list of faculty development workshops for Spring 2022

Click here for the SCTLC Fall Newsletter. It includes a summary of workshops offered and attendance.

2. Student Course Evaluations (IDEA by Anthology)

The IDEA by Anthology Campuslabs website holds all of the information you need in one place. Below is Mark's breakdown of what you need to know.

The course evaluation system includes three sections (The Instructor, Learning Objectives, and The Course), each with a set of questions. See the link here, scroll to the bottom, and you'll find a PDF of the full set of questions that students answer. The site also includes additional background on the IDEA system.

The second section, Learning Objectives, includes a set of 13 LO's that you will select as "essential," "important," or "minor." When the course evaluations open (two weeks before the end of the semester), you will want to select only 3-5 as "important" or "minor." Your selections will weight the results of the data provided by students. If you do not complete this section by the date that the evaluations close (see below), then the results will be weighted evenly across all 13 objectives, many of which will not have anything to do with your course.

The short videos below give more detail on this process. The first walks you through the user experience for faculty. The second explains the user experience for students. The third includes how to access the portal, best practices for identifying learning objectives, and how to complete your selections.

The Faculty Experience

The Student Experience

How to Select Student Learning Objectives

The Process for Faculty and Students

Two weeks before the end of a course, the instructor and their students will receive an email from Mark Pleiss (via Campuslabus). The email to the instructor will include a link to a portal where they can select learning objectives, and it will also include resources for increasing student response rates. The email to the students will include a link to complete the evaluation and a brief note about why the process is important. Access for students and faculty will also be available through Moodle.

How to Increase Student Responses

Keys for Successful Response Rates Research

This link will take you to a list of best practices from faculty at Simpson who have received 80-100% on their evaluations. If two or fewer students respond to your evaluations, you will not be able to see them. You will need to request your feedback from Mark or your Chair. See the Thresholds for Viewing Reports for more information.

Research and best practice show the single greatest factor to increase participation in online student ratings surveys is for faculty to express and demonstrate how the results are important and used in making meaningful change. The next most influential factor is to set aside time in class to complete the surveys. Lastly, you may consider giving mid-term course evaluations and discussing the feedback with students in class. This shows buy-in and sends the message that the process is important.

View our Response Rates Guide
See: Top 10 ways to boost student response rates.  
Please consider the Thresholds for Viewing Reports as reports won’t generate if response rates are too low due to the need for anonymity. 

Time in class can be limited. However, when applicable, if you allow approximately 10-20 minutes for your students to complete surveys during class, research shows response rates improve. Mobile devices with an Internet connection can all be used to access the surveys. Students may log in with their institution credentials (ID and password). Students will also be receiving a notification and email reminders to complete their surveys. Even so, in-class reminders are very helpful. The student access link does not change and can be used from one term to the next.

If you have more questions about the system, you can contact Anthology (legacy Campus Labs) Support for assistance.

How to Interpret Student Response Data

Before getting started, you should first familiarize yourself with the survey form that students complete, the Sample Diagnostic Feedback Survey.pdf. Note the different sections: The Instructor, Progress On, The Course, Qualitative Feedback Box. You'll notice that the "Progress On" section is the part that aligns with your selection of student learning outcomes.

Once you are familiar with the survey, you will want to access your faculty portal and pull up the feedback data from each class that was surveyed. The link is here. The link is also sent to you via email when the course evaluations open and close, and it is available on your Moodle dashboard. Shortly after grades post, you will receive an email from Mark that your reports are ready to view. Once you login and select the course evaluations from one of your courses, you will open the IDEA Interpretation Guide (see below).

The Guide below walks you through each section of the IDEA Diagnostic Report.

IDEA Interpretation Guide.pdf

For additional information, select the link here and scroll to the bottom. There, you'll find information about Comparison ReportsProgress on Relevant Objectives, and more.

Interpretation Guide for Department Chairs and Administrators

If you are a department chair or administrator with reviewing access, click this link to review the student course evaluation scores of faculty members within your department.

For Additional Questions or Support Through Anthology: 

1) Chat with Us 9 am - 5 pm ET weekdays 
2) Call us at 716-270-0000 8 am - 8 pm ET weekdays 
3) Email us at support@campuslabs.com or use our ticket form.

3. Formative Teacher Observations

The Simpson College Teaching and Learning Center provides formative, confidential teacher observations and consultations for any instructor who is looking for feedback on particular aspects of their craft. Reach out to mark.pleiss@simpson.edu for more information.

4. 2022 Summer & Fall Faculty Learning Communities

Have a book on teaching, inclusive practices, or DEI that you would like to share with your colleagues? Contact Mark.

Summer 2022

1. Summer Vocation Reading and Work Group (Stipends!). Led by Mara Bailey and sponsored by our NetVUE Grant, this summer Faculty Learning Community of six people will read and discuss Patrick Reyes’ The Purpose Gap: Empowering Communities of Color to Find Meaning and Thrive (2021). The group will meet four times total. This includes an in-person, morning retreat and three more meetings on Zoom. Click here to learn more and sign up.

2. Reading and Peer Mentoring Group: Teaching Diversity and Social Justice (Books and Food!). More than just a reading group, this peer mentoring group will discuss the book Navigating Difficulty Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice (2021), share our own stories of difficult moments, and help each other identify ways to prevent and respond to those moments. This is not a group for people who have all the answers; it's a group for people seeking ways to improve our teaching of diversity and social justice, whether that teaching occurs in a course focused on diversity/equity/inclusion/justice (DEIJ) or in a course where DEIJ issues are addressed only occasionally. Led by Sal Meyers. The group will meet via Zoom from 10-11 a.m. every other Wednesday from June 1 to July 27. Interested? Click here to sign up.

3. How do I teach Writing? Summer Faculty Work Group with Colin Payton, Director of the Writing Center (Books and Food!). This learning community will meet throughout the summer with Colin Payton to hone your upcoming writing projects. Supplies, books, and food will be provided by the SCTLC. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Faculty Learning Communities for Fall 2022

1. Year-Long Faculty Learning Community on Inclusive Teaching (Stipends!). This year-long FLC will meet six times during the year and will provide faculty an opportunity to share their best inclusive teaching practices with their colleagues. Click here to sign up!

2. Fall DEI & VOCATION Faculty Reading Group (Stipends!) Led by VP of DEI Keyah Levy, this Fall Faculty Learning Community will meet once a month (1 morning retreat + 4 in-person meetings) between August-December to discuss Eddie S. Glaude’s Democracy in Black (2016). Participants will be asked to take something that they have learned from the reading group and use it to create a lesson for students in a first-year course (Foundations I, II, or 100-level). That material must in some way address the idea of vocation or living with authenticity, meaning, and purpose. It will be shared on the NetVUE Vocational Discernment Moodle page for other instructors to use. Click here for more information and to sign up.

5. AVISO Office Hours and Support through CARs.

Support available with Corey Landstrom upon request. email corey at Corey.landstrom@simpson.edu.

Click here to be redirected to the Center for Academic Resources. There, you will find information about The Writing Center, Academic Coaching, Tutoring, and More.

Writing Center Support

(MAY TERM) MWF, 8-11 asynchronous


6. Mentor Program for New Faculty

Each year, the Teaching and Learning Center pairs new faculty with a mentor from outside their unit. If you are interested in participating, email Mark at mark.pleiss@simpson.edu. Stipends, food, coffee, and an invitation to an end-of-year party are offered to all mentors who meet with their mentee once a month from August through April.

7. Simpson Online Faculty Academy 2022-2023 (SOFA)

SOFA 2022 Flyer.docx

Eight-week course from June 6 to July 25 

Fully asynchronous format with weekly assignments due at the end of each week 


Upon completing the class, attendees will be able to: 

  • Use Moodle at a higher level 

  • Understand the best practices and common language for course design and online learning through the Online Course Quality Review Rubric (OSCQR) 

  • Apply the OSCQR rubric to their online presence (or course) and execute it in Moodle through lessons, assignments, and evaluations 

  • Create and operationalize widgets, video recordings, asynchronous lessons, the gradebook, and more 

  • Engage in further work related to best practices in online and in-person teaching and learning 


Upon completion of all the assignments in the 8-week course, full-time faculty will receive a $500 stipend.