Category Archives: For Staff

Modules 1 and 2 now available in the Learn Ultra Instructor Orientation course 

In Blackboard, as a part of the Courses list in the Assorted Dates area, you will find the Blackboard Learn Ultra Instructor Orientation course to help you prepare to use Blackboard Learn Ultra. If you have a large number of active courses, you may need to search for the course by its title. Each week, for three weeks, you will be notified of a new module to complete. 

The Orientation course activities won’t be graded or reviewed. The course is made up of self-paced activities to help you transition from using Original Course View to the Ultra Course View. Additionally, by completing this orientation course, you will gain insight into the experience your students will have when we switch to the Ultra Course View in Fall 2021. 

On November 3, you will also have Ultra Course View sandboxes available to you in your Courses list in the Assorted Dates area or under the Sandboxes group of courses. These sandboxes will provide a space for you to experiment with new features in the Ultra Course View while completing modules in the Orientation course. 

In next week’s OnCampus we will share more information about Module 3 training and the upcoming course sandbox availability.  

— Karly Good, ITS 

Donate items to scholarship fund auction

Do you have unique Drake items that you want to find a new home for?

Consider donating your Drake memorabilia and treasures to the Office of University Communications and Marketing to auction off for their scholarship fund. Their unique fundraising efforts caught the attention of The Chronicle of Philanthropy in this article.

The office has collected pieces of Drake memorabilia over the years and auctioned them off on their scholarship Facebook page. Many Bulldogs on campus have expressed a generosity of spirit in donating items they have once found joy in, but are now ready to let go after binging the Marie Kondo series.

Some past items have included a piece of the blue oval, Bulldog bookends, flags, bobble heads, Drake basketball sketches, signed Bucksbaum posters, and even non-tangibles like tennis lessons or dog sitting.

If you have any items to donate, or want to make a financial contribution, please email us at Details about the auction will be published in a future issue of OnCampus, giving you a chance to secure your rare Drake items!

Niki Smith, University Communications and Marketing

Call for proposals: Equity and inclusion in higher education

Drake is partnering with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) to host a virtual conference on equity and inclusion in higher education March 3–5, 2021.

The 2021 Global Citizen Forum will bring together educators, students, policy makers and citizens from around the world to explore the struggles, strategies, and solutions for creating a more equitable and inclusive higher education field.

Call for proposals
We invite proposals for practitioner and paper presentations; workshops and interactive sessions; posters; and roundtable or panel discussions. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to apply to present. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis with final decisions made by Nov. 30, 2020.

To submit your proposal, please fill out this Google Form that asks for:

  • Presenter(s) information
  • Title and description of presentation or workshop
  • Methods for participant involvement (i.e. discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis)
  • Audience: faculty, staff, students, community members
  • Ideal session length
  • Copy of relevant files (if applicable)
  • Website (if applicable)

Visit our webpage to learn more about the conference, submit a proposal or register as an attendee.

— Hannah Sappenfield, Global Partnerships Coordinator

Social media directory audit

The Office of University Communications and Marketing maintains a social media directory for every Drake University-affiliated social media page. Take a look around to see which departments have pages, follow them, and invite your friends to follow along:

While you’re looking around, let us know if your department page has changed. Maybe you have a department name change, you want a new cover photo, or you don’t see your URL on the directory at all.

Additionally, we would like to start compiling a list of Drake-affiliated Facebook groups with a focus on program-specific groups. Below are links to examples of these groups.

Drake PR & SPC and Graduate Programs:

Drake English:

Drake Rhetoric, Media, & Social Change:

Drake SJMC Group:

Drake Program in LPS:

Drake University ABA Program:

— Niki Smith, University Communications and Marketing