Center for Academic and Professional Enhancement (CAPE)

Workshops & Presentations


Upcoming presentations:

Academic Boot Camp 2016

CAPE is happy to announce the dates for Academic Boot Camp 2016 (ABC2016) – Tuesday July 12th, Wednesday July 13th and Thursday July 14th. Participants are required to attend all three days of the Boot Camp. Successful completion of Academic Boot Camp requires participation in a final project based upon the knowledge, skills and attitudes presented in ABC 2016. Registration forms are available through the Dean’s office of each college. The deadline for registration forms is June 20, 2016 at 5pm.


The CAPE Center on Blackboard

Your “one stop” for everything CAPE. Log in to BlackBoard and look for the course CAPE Center where you will find the monthly calendar, registration page, links to recordings of CAPE presentations and webinars, as well as links on-demand online resources such as Lynda.com, Academic Impressions, and MagnaCampus.

https://bb.westernu.edu/  – look for the course CAPE Center


Online Training Resources

Don’t forget to check out the Training tab on the YOU portal page and access great on-demand training tools like Lynda.com and Magna Publications. Lynda.com must be accessed through the YOU Portal page, but the MagnaPubs resources may be accessed by clicking these links: www.magnacommons.com   and  www.mentorcommons.com , or typing the same terms into your internet browser window. The subscription authorization codes for the Magna sites are available on the YOU Portal Training page or by contacting CAPE.

How to get to the YOU Portal page

Are YOU interested in presenting for CAPE? Would you like to share your knowledge and expertise with your colleagues? Do you have any suggestions for timely and worthwhile topics? Contact Tim Wood at X8644 or tjwood@westernu.edu


Previous Presentations

To ensure that our Faculty has access to important resources, and for convenience, CAPE records workshops whenever possible. Please use the links below to access these presentations and related materials.

Spring Break Faculty Development Week 2011

Schedule/Outline Academic Technology for Effective Course Design & Instruction – Monday, 3/21/11, J. Kellogg, C. Coats, F. Kolarz Designed to increase awareness for the ways educational technology can enhance learning, introducing new features and technology upgrades. Topics include Blackboard collaborative tools, online testing, classroom responders, desktop screencasting, and web conferencing. Includes actual faculty demonstrations. Recorded Presentation – Capture Date/Time: 2011-03-21 09:00:00

Recorded Presentation – Capture Date/Time: 2011-03-21 10:30:00

PowerPoint Slides:

  Case Writing for Interprofessional Education; Problem Based Learning – Tuesday, 3/22/11 – S. Macintosh, J. Tegzes, G. Singer-Chang Rooted in principles of PBL, this workshop will focus on writing cases designed to facilitate student learning and the development of clinical reasoning skills. The workshop will emphasize IPE,  and selected cases may be utilized as part of the IPE curriculum.  However participants will also be able to write cases for their own curricular integration. Handouts:

  Humanistic Studies at WesternU Panel – Wednesday, 3/23/11 – j. Ramirez, S. Kovacs, G. Singer-Chang Presentation/discussion to increase awareness and highlight some of the many educational research efforts & projects involving humanism at WesternU.  The OIR will share relevant data collected which is available for educational research projects. Recorded Presentation – Capture Date/Time: 2011-03-23 09:00:00


  Small Group/Large Group Teaching – Thursday, 3/24/11 – Joseph Gambone, DO, MPH Dr. Gambone is currently assisting COMP in its transition to incorporate more large group/small group curriculum delivery.  He will share significant insights from his participation in this process at Harvard & UCLA along with lessons learned. Recorded Presentation – Capture Date/Time: 2011-03-24 12:00:00


How to Write an Article for Publication (2-18-2010) – Elizabeth Hoppe, OD, MPH, DrPH

Assessing Student Learning Outcomes

Are you struggling to assess student learning outcomes (SLO) for purposes of accreditation? Do you want to know how successfully your curriculum achieves specific learning goals? We will review what cognitive and affective outcomes are, and how to evaluate both kinds. You will learn various best practice approaches to assess SLO s to help you better gauge how students are learning.

Assessing Student Learning Outcomes Presentation

Test Item Writing and Analysis

In this presentation,, you will learn strategies for writing reliable and valid multiple choice test items for their courses. In addition, we discuss elements needed to write Board-like multiple-choice items that assess higher order student learning. We also explore statistical methods for analyzing the quality of test items and discuss how to use results to refine your exams.

Test Item Writing and Analysis Presentation


The Neurobiology of Medical Education: Teaching to Transform the Brain – John Pelley, PhD

Putting Together Your Educator’s Portfolio – James Tysinger, PhD