University Libraries & IDEA Hub Faculty Development Opportunities

The Center for Faculty Excellence partners with the University Libraries and IDEA Hub (Innovate, Discover, Explore, Advance) in offering faculty program opportunities. The University Libraries and the IDEA Hub functions as a faculty collaborative space to create and enhance technology in teaching and research. If you have questions regarding University Libraries programming, contact Jennifer Brady and for IDEA Hub questions, contact Kathy Craig.

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Writing NIH Data Management & Sharing Plans

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Date & Time: Wed., Jan. 18
; 1:00-2:00 p.m. CST/12:00-1:00 p.m. MST
Deliverable: Virtual via Zoom (not Teams)
Facilitator: Rose Fredrick, MLIS, Research & Instruction, University Libraries

Are you ready for the new National Institutes of Health (NIH) Data Management & Sharing Policy that goes into effect on January 25, 2023?  The policy will require all NIH-funded researchers to submit a Data Management and Sharing Plan for review when applying for funding. The Data Management and Sharing Plan outlines how scientific data from your research will be managed and shared. This session will provide an overview of the policy requirements, the required elements of a Data Management and Sharing Plan, and the tools and resources available to prepare for your next NIH funding proposal. Additional information will be provided on choosing a data repository and getting more in-depth support from the library.

 Attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the requirements and scope of the 2023 NIH Data Management & Sharing Policy, including differences from the former Data Sharing Policy
  • Identify the required elements of a Data Management and Sharing Plan
  • Locate tools and resources to assist in completing a Data Management and Sharing Plan, such as DMP Tool and NIH resources
  • Contact the library for data management consultations, including assistance in choosing a repository or drafting a Data Management and Sharing Plans


Measure for Measure: Finding Impact Metrics in the Library

Date & Time: Tues., Feb. 7; 2:00-3:00 p.m. CST/1:00-2:00 p.m. MST
Deliverable: Virtual; Zoom (not Teams)
Facilitator: Chris Carmichael, MSLIS, Research & Instruction, University Libraries

As the scholarly publishing landscape continues to expand, determining the value of any publication becomes more complex. No single metric can or should be a deciding factor. Join Chris Carmichael for this workshop to learn what kinds of metrics are available, where they can be found, and how to use the libraries’ resources to keep track of your impact.

By the end of this session, attendees will know:

  • How to navigate the libraries’ website to get to impact metric resources,
  • Differences between metric providers,
  • How to search Scopus to find journal, author, and article-level metrics

Virtual Scholarly Identity: Creating & Maintaining Your Online Presence

Date & Time: Tues., Feb. 21; 11:00-12:00 CST/12:00-1:00 MST
Deliverable: Virtual; via Zoom (not Teams)
Facilitator: Karina Kletscher, MLIS, AHIP, Research & Instruction, University Libraries

Curating your virtual scholarly presence allows you to increase your visibility as a researcher and clearly communicate about your works and research interests. Whether you are a student, emerging researcher, or seasoned scholar, digital research profiles can aid in distinguishing you from other researchers, network with readers and peers, attract collaborators, streamline funding processes, and create central access to your scholarship. In this workshop, we will walk through ORCID, ScienCV, Scopus Author Profile, and Google Scholar profile to demonstrate how these tools and platforms can best support your research needs and goals and to create a cohesive online scholar identity.

By the end of this presentation, learners will be able to:  

  • Understand the importance of virtual scholarly profiles for research and funding.  
  • Identify tools, platforms, and resources available to create identifiers and biosketches.  
  • Create profiles and plan to maintain a cohesive virtual identity and presence.  

Custom Visual Aids for Your Curriculum

Date & Time: Tues., Feb. 28; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon CST/9:00-11:00 a.m. MST
Deliverable: : Hybrid; In-person at CFE Training Room (RAL-L33-L34) & Virtual via Zoom (not Teams)
Facilitator: Rich Jenkins, MS, IDEA Hub, University Libraries & Kate Johansen, MS, eLearning, Center for Faculty Excellence

Creighton University has many tools available to help close the learning gaps cause generated by the concepts in your curriculum that are difficult to convey. From infographics to videos and even complex manipulatives for groups to use, faculty have resources to help them build better learning tools. We will describe those resources, summarize the accessibility concerns associated with creating new teaching aids, and present a design template for use in creating new aids.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify two learning objectives that students struggle with in material you present
  • Use Accessibility Guidelines to identify required accommodations
  • Describe three tools available to the Creighton community and where to find them


That's neat! Tidying Data with OpenRefine

Date & Time: Fri., Mar. 3; 2:00-3:00 p.m. CST/1:00-2:00 p.m. MST
Deliverable: Hybrid; In-person at Library Classroom (RAL-217) &  Zoom (not Teams)
Facilitator: Rachel Menzel, MLIS, Research & Instruction, University Libraries

One of the most time-consuming aspects of working with spreadsheet data is the cleaning process: the fixing, splitting, and standardizing entries prior to the work of analysis. OpenRefine is a powerful and secure open-source tool for cleaning up said data before it can be manipulated, transformed, or visualized by machine. More intuitive than Tableau Prep, it is quick to learn while still creating a product that can be utilized in a wide variety of programs like Tableau, R, Python, Excel, and more. In this workshop, we will take a brief tour of OpenRefine’s features, including how to utilize its data standardizing, deduplication, and column-splitting tools.

By the end of this presentation, learners will be able to:

  • Import a tabular data file into OpenRefine
  • Utilize OpenRefine data standardization utilities
  • Employ OpenRefine tools such as splitting cells
  •  Export a cleaned version of the sample dataset

Media Literacy Rundown: Diving into the Abyss-Panel Program

Date & Time: Fri., Mar. 17; 11:30-12:30 CDT/9:30-10:30 MST
Deliverable: Hybrid; In-person at Library Classroom (RAL-217) & Zoom (not Teams)
Facilitators: Rose Melonis, MLIS, Research & Instruction, University Libraries with Peggy Rupprecht, PhD & Samer Al-Khateeb, PhD, Computer Science, Design, & Journalism, College of Arts & Sciences

A panel discussion featuring Dr. Peggy Rupprecht and Dr. Samer Al-Khateeb, regarding what it means to be a media literate consumer and producer of electronic information. We’ll discuss the impacts of misinformation and disinformation in the news, and how to avoid the filter bubble. The discussion will explore news bias, strategies for expanding our own sources of information to diffuse bias, social media bots, and how to effectively fact-check.

Learners will be able to:

  • Describe the differences between misinformation, disinformation, and “fake news”
  • Understand social media manipulation
  • Recognize news bias

Create an Online Escape Room for Your Class

Date & Time: Tues., Mar. 21; 2:00-3:00 p.m. CST/12:00-1:00 p.m. MST
Deliverable: Hybrid; In-person at CFE Training Room (RAL-L33-L34) & Virtual via Zoom (not Teams)
Facilitator: Kathy Craig, MS, IDEA Hub, University Libraries

It is a challenge to come up with ideas for engaging learning experiences for students. One option is to create an escape room. They have been around since 2007 and have grown in popularity since. Created as an immersive game, educators have found that it can be an engaging learning activity. Many are physical locations with participants solving puzzles to escape the room. However, they can also be made for digital delivery. This presentation will explore how free Google Sites, Slides, Docs, and Forms can be used to create one. Examples will be presented along with resources that will be available in BlueLine.

Learning Outcomes:

  • At the end of the presentation and with the materials provided in an accompanying BlueLine course, participants can create a storyboard to outline an online escape room associated with their topic.
  • Participants can use various Google tools to create an interactive Google slide and develop a form to create challenges for students.
  • Using the resources provided, participants will be able to create an online escape room.


Breaking Student Assignment Topics Ruts

Date & Time: Tues., Apr. 18; 2:00-3:00 p.m. CDT/12:00-1:00 p.m. MST
Hybrid; In-person at Library Classroom (RAL-217) &  Zoom (not Teams)
Facilitator: Deborah Divis, MLIS, Research & Instruction, University Libraries

Do you have students that struggle with finding an assignment topic? Do some students choose the default example as a topic resulting in an unpassionate project? Maybe you wish for more variety in the topics chosen. Creighton University Libraries showcases user-friendly resources that inspire learners to explore and connect with a variety of engaging topics.

Participants of this session will be able to: 

  • Identify and locate selected inspiring resources 
  • Demonstrate how students can use selected resources to find a topic 
  • Articulate how using these resources tie into our Ignatian values 
  • Understand various ways CU Libraries can support instructional objectives

Getting Started Creating with Sansar

Date & Time: Fri., Apr. 21; 1:00-2:30 p.m. CDT/11:00- a.m.-12:30 p.m. MST
Deliverable: In-Person; IDEA Hub (RAL-L07/L08)
Facilitator: Chad Brocker, IDEA Hub, Creighton Libraries

The use of virtual worlds (computer generated environments) is one part of the upcoming metaverse that will take over the internet as we know it today. The IDEA Hub likes to keep up with the latest and greatest platforms for hosting these virtual worlds. We currently design and develop our worlds using the Sansar platform. This presentation will demonstrate how you too can get started using this exciting platform. 

Participants will learn:

  • How to navigate and interact with Sansar.
  • How to communicate with other users in the platform.
  • How to create and customize their own avatars.