Faculty Institute Banner with text: Treasures in Our Backyard, Innovative teaching and learning with what we have, May 16th 2019. Onsite at UMA.

Information for Attendees

Thank you for registering for the Faculty Institute on May 16th, 2019 at the UMA-Augusta campus. Please keep reading for some important logistical details regarding the conference.


The 2019 Faculty Institute officially kicks off at 9:00am in the Jewett Auditorium. Please be prompt! We ask that everyone first check in and register in the Danforth Art Gallery across the hall to receive a name badge, conference folder, and small gift. Coffee and refreshments will also be served. Early bird sessions are available on a first-come first-served basis beginning at 7:30am. See the Schedule & Sessions page for available sessions. Registration and a continental breakfast opens at 7:30am.

Choosing Sessions

We invite you to download the Guidebook conference app to help you plan your day. You can also see all of the sessions listed in your browser on the Schedule & Sessions page. You will see them grouped by time with their location listed, a description, along with session materials and bios of the presenters.

In the Guidebook app, we asked you to select your preferences for sessions by clicking “Register now” to help us to us align sessions with seating needs. If you change your mind, click “Unregister”. You are not committed to those preferences. Each session is first-come first-served, so please plan a second choice session in case your first choice is full.

You can also use Guidebook to view campus and building maps to discover where you need to go for your next session, login and connect with colleagues, take notes, engage in conversation, and view session resources. We ask that you only download the Guidebook app on one device.


During registration, you noted your dietary preferences. We are working closely with the caterer to make sure that there will be delicious food available to suit everyone’s needs. A light breakfast will be available in Jewett Hall at 7:00AM, and a boxed lunch will be available in the Randall Student Center at 11:45AM. Please only take the type of lunch you requested. They will be clearly marked. Afternoon refreshments will be available in Jewett Hall and the Katz Library beginning at 2:15PM. We also invite you to see the full menu online.

Google Course Kit

Join Google as they present on Course Kit, a tool that allows you to create, analyze and grade assignments within your LMS using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drive. This live interactive session includes an overview of how the new features help instructors grade more efficiently, give richer feedback and collaborate with students.

Learn more about Google "Course Kit."

LMS Respondent presentations

Each of the 3 potential new Learning Management System respondents will present a demonstration of their tools. For your convenience, they will offer their demonstration three times throughout the day. The sessions will also be streamed and recorded, so if you choose not to attend in real time, you can still see recordings online. The 3 respondents are Blackboard’s Learn Ultra, Instructure’s Canvas, and Desire2Learn’s Brightspace.

BYOD: Bring Your Own Device

Our goal this year is to be 90% paperless. You will receive a folder and some papers when you register in the morning, and some of your sessions might have paper handouts, but the majority of resources you will need for the Faculty Institute will be available on this website. Please bring a device with you this year. Many of the sessions you attend will require the use of a mobile device or laptop. You can find these resources in the session description on the Schedule & Sessions page.

To use your device at this conference, it will need to be registered on the Tempest network. You can do this in advance, or you can receive support from the Help Desk when you get here. There will be a Help Desk in Jewett Hall and Katz Library.

Mileage Reimbursement

Mileage reimbursement must be submitted (by you) via Concur. Travel meals will not be reimbursed; breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack/coffee will be provided on May 16. If you need Concur Support, contact your campus Procurement Coordinator, or visit the UMS portal Concur Travel and Expense page (login may be required). A representative from the procurement office will be available at the Poster Session to assist with submitting mileage.

Chart field information for mileage expense in Concur is as follows:

Dept 8100122
Fund 13
Program 88765
Project 8250109
Operating Unit 830

Note: a limited number of rooms are made available to travelers from UMPI, UMFK, and UMM. These rooms must not be included in your expense report, please. This is not typical of the procurement process and is unique to this specific event. We reserved rooms at a heavily discounted rate by means of a “room block.” Lodging requests made on your Expense Report may not be reimbursed.


Join us in the online conversation about this event on Twitter by using the hashtag #UCFacultyInstitute. We will be live tweeting the event, and we invite you to do the same. We will hold multiple drawings for prizes throughout the day using the hashtag. Prizes can be picked up at the Academic Learning Services desk in Katz (photos of the location and prize-attendants will be posted on Twitter to help you retrieve your prizes). 

If you're new to Twitter, you've got time to download it and get started. The more you tweet, the more chances you have to win great prizes, like the book from our Keynote Presenter Julie DirksenDesign for How People Learn, 2nd Edition.


Finally, FYI, the following accessibility considerations have been made for the conference:

  • An accessible version of folder and presentation materials is available upon request
  • Increased signage throughout campus
  • All gender restrooms located and labeled in Jewett Hall
  • Phone available for attendees in lower level Katz, Academic Logistics area
  • Lactation room for pumping/nursing in 26 Katz (with labels and mini-fridge for storage)
  • Fridge available for storage of medication or breast milk in 26 Katz
  • Dog bowls for service animals located in lobby of Jewett Hall and front entrance of Katz
  • Presentation accessibility best practices shared with presenters in advance
  • Faculty Institute staff are also available to assist with questions the day of the event. (All Faculty Institute staff will be identified on their badge.)


We understand that plans change and life happens. Please help us keep an accurate head count for the catering, supplies, and evaluations by letting us know if you will not be able to attend. We understand that plans change and life happens. If you need to cancel your registration, please email mina.matthews@maine.edu to notify us.

Brought to You By

The UCFI19 is funded by the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and by this year’s campus host, the University of Maine at Augusta. The agenda and keynote are selected by a committee of faculty and staff from across the system, and the event is made possible by the diligence and hard work of the University of Maine at Augusta’s Academic Learning and Instructional Services staff. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday May 16!