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The Office of Faculty Development offers an assortment of different programs every year based on the needs and feedback of our faculty and staff. All events are free of charge to UNMC faculty.

If you have questions about registering or want to register by phone, call 402-559-5929.

 NEW THIS YEAR: One-and-Done Stack Day Sessions

To make your learning more efficient, we're offering One-and-Done Stack Days, where you get all your development done in one afternoon, but on multiple topics. That means you get four hours of continuing education credit in one day — and don't have to worry about it for the rest of the year! Check out our Oct. 25 Stack Day!

Events Open for Registration

Thinking on Your Feet: Advanced Communications Workshop

 

Advanced Communication Skills Workshop: Part 1

Getting on the Same Page: Strategies to deal with difficult encounters

We've all been there — trying valiantly to converse with an incredibly difficult person. While most health care professionals understand the overall concepts on ways to improve these stressful encounters, they have limited opportunity to practice the skills in a low-stakes environment. This event will allow you to practice the art of immediately communicating your ideas while also understanding the feelings of other participants. Get more details.
Date and Time  Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 3 - 5 p.m. -- Session Full. Email us to be put on the wait list.


Thinking on Your Feet: Advanced Communications Workshop

 

Advanced Communication Skills Workshop: Part 2

Actions Speak Louder than Words: Strategies to project and identify nonverbal signals

While strong verbal skills are important, you can say as much — if not more — with your body language. So how do you ensure you're projecting the right message and accurately reading the nonverbal signals of others? This event allows you to practice strategies to ensure your body language communicates the desired message. Get more details.
Date and Time  Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 3 - 5 p.m. -- Session Full. Email us to be put on the wait list.


Thinking on Your Feet: Advanced Communications Workshop

 

Advanced Communication Skills Workshop: Part 3

Dousing the Flames of Burnout: Strategies for thriving personal wellness

Rolling with the punches is a necessary skill for all health care professionals. But what happens if you are thrown off your game or if you keep encountering roadblock after roadblock? What skills can you develop to help break out of this repetitive loop? Join us to practice and master techniques that allow you to look at experiences in a different light in order to prevent burnout and improve wellness. Get more details.
Date and Time  Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 3 - 5 p.m. -- Session Full. Email us to be put on the wait list.


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One-and-Done Stack Day: Session 1

Innovations in Education: Lessons Learned from a Lecture-less Curriculum

While research has shown that lectures can be an ineffective way to learn, they remain a significant part of instructional hours at most health sciences schools. However, curriculum can be developed using the science of learning, and unconventional teaching methods may be the missing element for learning to “stick.” Despite the evidence for moving away from lectures, the hurdles are challenging to overcome and there must be a shared vision from leadership in order to be successful. Get more details or read presenter bio.
Date and Time  Thursday, Oct. 25 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Register Now


Getting the Most Out of Your Multiple-Choice Questions

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One-and-Done Stack Day: Session 2

Designing Multiple-Choice Questions That Make the Grade

Administering and grading multiple-choice exams are easy — but building effective questions is hard. In this engaging session, you'll receive strategies and resources to ensure you always hit the mark with well-constructed exams. You'll also discover how to interpret item analysis reporting to determine and increase test effectiveness. Get more details.
Date and Time  Thursday, Oct. 25 from 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. -- Register Now

Personal Consultations on Writing Multiple-Choice Questions
Assessment experts from the UNMC Interprofessional Academy of Educators will be holding 1:1 sessions to help faculty members analyze their existing multiple-choice questions or answer additional questions on the topic. Experts will be available at the following times:


Accommodations in Modern Health Science Education

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One-and-Done Stack Day: Session 3

Championing Student Success: Accommodations in Modern Health Science Education

UNMC student requests for accommodation have quadrupled in just the last 4 years, an important trend in all of higher education. But, student anxiety, technical standards, accommodation systems, seen and unseen disabilities, and organizational resources, among many factors, can make doing the right thing for our students hard to navigate. This session focuses on national and local examples of accommodation needs and processes and will help faculty be champions of student success. Get more details.
Date and Time  Thursday, Oct. 25 from 3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. -- Register Now


Thinking on Your Feet: Advanced Communications Workshop

 

Advanced Communication Skills Workshop: Part 4

Growing Big Ears: Strategies to improve active listening

People's appraisal of their listening skills is very similar to how they view their driving skills — above average. Yet if you've ever driven in rush hour traffic, you know that is not the case for many people on the road. It takes a lot of effort and skill to be present in conversations. Join us to assess your current listening skills and practice strategies to enhance them. Get more details.
Date and Time  Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 3 - 5 p.m. -- Session Full. Email us to be put on the wait list.


Thinking on Your Feet: Advanced Communications Workshop

 

Advanced Communication Skills Workshop: Part 5

Dealing with the Elephant in the Room: Strategies to enhance emotional awareness

Whether you're delivering difficult news to a patient, providing sensitive feedback to a student, or having a heated discussion with a peer, these tough conversations stir strong emotions on all sides. So how can you move beyond exchanging information to understanding the emotion behind the facts — and how to react accordingly? Join us for strategies to recognize your own emotions and respond appropriately to the emotions of others. Get more details.
Date and Time  Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 3 - 5 p.m. -- Session Full. Email us to be put on the wait list.


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New Faculty Onboarding

Fireside Chat with the Chancellor

New faculty are invited to pull up a chair next to the fireplace in the Linder Reading Room and have a face-to-face, informal conversation with Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, where you'll get personal insights and advice about how you can advance your career at UNMC.
Date and Time  Thursday, Nov. 29 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Register Now


Complete Calendar of Events

August 2018  

Hidden Messages: What every faculty member should know about microaggressions and their macro Impact

Visiting faculty member Dr. Cynthia Ganote will lead an interactive workshop defining and discussing key concepts associated with microaggressions. Microresistance strategies will be highlighted and activities used to demonstrate how to apply these techniques in academic environments.
Date & Time: Aug. 16, 2018 from 2PM - 4PM


Premier Education Event: You can lead a learner to knowledge, but how can you assess what they’ve learned?

There is more to assessing a learner’s understanding of material and concepts than a 20-question quiz. This session will explain how to effectively assess your learner’s level of understanding. Included in the event will be discussion and demonstration of a variety of ways to assess the impact of the materials or concepts you’ve taught to them. You’ll also gain helpful tips on how to write good learning objectives — the beginning step to performing an effective assessment. These tools and techniques are effective in the classroom, clinic, and research environments.
Date & Time: Aug. 28, 2018 from 1PM - 3PM

September 2018  

Virtual Coaching with Rob Kramer: Coaching in Conflict

Receive real-time coaching from Executive Coach Rob Kramer to help you craft and use highly effective and powerful questioning techniques.
Date & Time: Sept. 11, 2018 from 8:30AM - 9:30AM


Work Smarter, Not Harder: Speed Mentoring for a Successful Academic Career

An array of campus experts will be available to inspire you with their top secrets for developing a successful academic career in our fast-paced world. We'll demystify the tried-and-true secrets found to be the most advantageous for careers at UNMC — helping you garner advice that may otherwise take you years to collect!
Date & Time: Sept. 14, 2018 from 1:30PM - 3PM


New Faculty Onboarding: Boost Your Visibility with Top Influencers on Campus

New faculty are invited to join campus deans and key leaders, who will share advice on how to have a successful academic career.
Date & Time: Sept. 21, 2018 from 11:30AM - 1PM

October 2018  

Getting on the Same Page: Strategies to deal with difficult situations (advanced communication skills workshop part 1)

We’ve all been there — trying valiantly to converse with an incredibly difficult person. While most health care professionals understand the overall concepts on ways to improve these stressful encounters, they have limited opportunity to practice the skills in a low-stakes environment. In this session, participants practice the art of immediately communicating ideas while also understanding the feelings of other participants.
Date & Time: Oct. 10, 2018 from 3PM - 5PM


Actions Speak Louder than Words: Strategies to project and identify nonverbal signals (advanced communication skills workshop part 2)

While strong verbal skills are important, you can say as much - if not more - with your body language. So how do you ensure you’re projecting the right message and accurately reading the nonverbal signals of others? In this session, you'll practice strategies to ensure your body language communicates the desired message.
Date & Time: Oct. 17, 2018 from 3PM - 5PM


Dousing the Flames of Burnout: Strategies for thriving personal wellness (advanced communication skills workshop part 3)

Rolling with the punches is a necessary skill for all health care professionals. But what happens if you are thrown off your game or if you keep encountering roadblock after roadblock? What skills can you develop to help break out of this repetitive loop? Join us to practice and master techniques that allow you to look at experiences in a different light in order to prevent burnout and improve wellness.
Date & Time: Oct. 24, 2018 from 3PM - 5PM


Innovations in Education: Lessons Learned from a Lecture-less Curriculum

While research has shown that lectures are an ineffective way to learn, they remain a significant part of instructional hours at most health sciences schools. However, curriculum can be developed using the science of learning, and unconventional teaching methods may be the missing element for learning to “stick.” Despite the evidence for moving away from lectures, the hurdles are challenging to overcome and must be a shared vision from leadership in order to be successful.
Date & Time: Oct. 25, 2018 from 11:30AM - 1PM


Designing Effective Multiple-Choice Questions That Make the Grade

Administering and grading multiple-choice exams are easy — but building effective questions is hard. In this interactive workshop, you’ll receive strategies and resources to ensure you always hit the mark with well-constructed exams.
Date & Time: Oct. 25, 2018 from 1:15PM - 2:30PM


Championing Student Success: Accommodations in Modern Health Science Education

UNMC student requests for accommodation have quadrupled in just the last 4 years, an important trend in all of higher education. But, student anxiety, technical standards, accommodation systems, seen and unseen disabilities, and organizational resources, among many factors, can make doing the right thing for our students hard to navigate. This session focuses on national and local examples of accommodation needs and processes and will help faculty be champions of student success.
Date & Time: Oct. 25, 2018 from 2:45PM - 4PM

November 2018  

Growing Big Ears: Strategies to improve active listening (advanced communication skills workshop part 4)

If you've gotten distracted during a conversation by something going on around you, by forming responses while the other person is still speaking, or by multitasking, it is probably time to brush up on your listening skills. In this session, participants assess current listening skills and practice strategies to enhance them.
Date & Time: Nov. 7, 2018 from 3PM - 5PM


Dealing with the Elephant in the Room: Strategies to enhance emotional awareness (advanced communication skills workshop part 5)

Whether you're delivering difficult news to a patient, providing sensitive feedback to a student, or having a heated discussion with a peer, these tough conversations stir strong emotions on all sides. So how can you move beyond exchanging information to understanding the emotion behind the facts — and how to react accordingly? In this session, participants learn strategies to recognize your own emotions and respond appropriately to the emotions of others.
Date & Time: Nov. 14, 2018 from 3PM - 5PM


New Faculty Onboarding: Fireside Chat with the Chancellor

New faculty are invited to pull up a chair next to the fireplace in the Linder Reading Room and have a face-to-face, informal conversation with Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, where you'll get personal insights and advice about how you can advance your career at UNMC.
Date & Time: Nov. 29, 2018 from 11AM - 1PM

January 2019  

Putting Learners in the Driver’s Seat: How personalized learning steers learners and trainees to greater competency

Discover how faculty are taking a personalized learning approach to tailor the educational experience to meet an array of learning needs, while still providing a consistent, high-quality learning experience. You’ll learn how a learner-centered approach enables learners and trainees to follow their own paths through competency-based education, ultimately empowering them to take ownership of their learning opportunities.
Date & Time: Jan. 10, 2019 from 12PM - 1PM


Technology in Education in the Digital Age

Learn from experts how you can incorporate technology into your courses with the least amount of time and fuss.
Date & Time: Jan. 10, 2019 from 1PM - 2PM


Engaging Students: Creating multi-sensory learning activities with iEXCEL iWall

Engaging students using technology can be a challenge. In this session, we will present the 5 critical components for developing multi-sensory learning activities. Using the iEXCEL iWall, faculty can create an activity that informs, entertains, motivates, educates, and engages students.
Date & Time: Jan. 10, 2019 from 2PM - 3PM


Virtual Coaching with Rob Kramer: Growing Talent - Coaching for Development and Performance

Receive real-time coaching from Executive Coach Rob Kramer to help you craft and use highly effective and powerful questioning techniques.
Date & Time: Jan 15, 2019 from 8:30AM - 9:30AM


Campus Conversations: The NOW and the NEXT in Learning and Technology

Created in partnership with University of Nebraska Online, this session will feature David Kelly as he explains where we are today and where we will be tomorrow with technology in the classroom.
Date & Time: Jan 31, 2019 from 11:30AM - 1PM

Last Year's Events  

We hope you enjoyed our events during the 2017 - 2018 academic year. In case you weren't able to join us, feel free to watch the events in iLearn Online. Here's a list of our events for the past year:

September 2017
• Twitter Training Drop-in Events
• Shining the Spotlight on Search Committees
• Twitter Chat on Leadership

October 2017
• Do what you do ... and get published, too!
• Innovation to Dissemination: Tips to turn your educational innovations into Scholarship

February 2018
• Power Presentations: 3-part certificate program

March 2018
• Campus Conversations - Boost Student Engagement: 10 quick and easy strategies for online learning

May 2018
• Reach Your Recruitment Goals: Building on UNL's success

June 2018
• Thinking Outside the Box: Building a culture of workplace flexibility