Workshops for Departments and Campuses

The Faculty Development Center offers faculty development workshops for departments and campuses across Webster University's international network on a wide variety of topics, personalized to fit the needs of your faculty. This page provides information on the types of workshops we offer and it explains the process of setting up a workshop.

Recent workshop topics:

  • Engaging a Community of Adult Learners
  • Engaging Your Networks to Empower Your Students

Potential topics for your workshop:

  • Using technology to support student learning (WorldClassRoom, Office 365, Adobe, Concourse)
  • Pedagogy that supports engaged learning and student motivation (active and collaborative learning; reflection;classroom assessment techniques; creating a shared vision in a course)
  • Making learning relevant (creating experiential opportunities; relating material to individual motivations, to career goals, or to professional standards; incorporating student expertise into your course)
  • Helping students access the opportunities within the Webster network (connecting them with resources for student success; supporting undergraduate research)
  • Engaged learning for busy working adults
  • Inclusive teaching and teaching in diverse classrooms

Typical length of workshop:

45 minutes to 1 ½ hours, which can be embedded within a departmental or campus meeting or offered as a stand-alone activity. 

How we deliver workshops:

  • On the Webster Groves campus, we can deliver workshops in person or remotely via WebEx.
  • For all other campuses, we can deliver workshops remotely via WebEx.

Process to set up a faculty development workshop for an individual department or an individual campus:

  • Contact the Faculty Development Center as askfdc@webster.edu. We will schedule the timing and topic of your workshop according the needs of your faculty.
  • We will talk to you in person or via phone, email, or WebEx to discuss the format and topic of the workshop.
  • Once we have finalized a date and determined a topic, you promote the event to your faculty.

Process to set up a faculty development workshop for multiple campuses: 

When? 

What? 

Who? 

3-6 months before workshop 

Contact the FDC to schedule workshop and workshop walkthrough. Email askfdc@webster.edu 

Workshop point-person (whoever is requesting the workshop: campus director, department chair, faculty member, or staff) 

3-6 months before workshop 

Talk with FDC about your goals for the workshop, drawing on your campus needs or a survey of your faculty. If necessary, the FDC  will draw up an outline of the workshop and submit it to you for your approval.  

Workshop point-person and FDC staff 

2 months before workshop 

Workshop content development 

FDC staff 

2 months before workshop 

Invite faculty to the workshop 

Workshop point-person 

1 month before 

Remind all participants of upcoming workshop 

Workshop point-person 

1 month before 

WebEx invitation sent out 

FDC staff 

1-2 weeks before workshop 

Walkthrough via WebEx (30 min to 1 hour) 

Workshop point-person and other other organizers, on-location technology support staff, FDC staff 

Day of the Workshop 

Workshop 

All participants, including faculty, all organizers, on-location technology support staff, FDC staff 

1 week after workshop 

Follow-up meeting via WebEx 

Workshop point-person and other other organizers, FDC staff 

FAQs about faculty development workshop for multiple campuses:

Why do you schedule a workshop walkthrough? 
We want to ensure that everything runs smoothly the day of the workshop. We value our faculty’s time, and we do not want to have to solve technical problems during the time we’ve allotted for the workshop. Additionally, for some faculty, this workshop may be an initial exposure to the WebNet+ model, and we want them to have a positive experience. 

Why do you suggest a follow-up meeting after the workshop is over? 
We want to hear from you about what you think went well and what we could improve. We typically reserve the last five minutes of the workshop for faculty to complete workshop evaluations, and we go over their feedback during this follow-up meeting. 

We have a department or campus meeting next week and we’d like the FDC to participate. Can we still make it work? 
If at all possible, we will make it work, but we prefer to have some lead time to develop our workshops to fit your needs. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to ask!