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October 17, 2008

Going the Distance: Designing and Delivering Quality Online Courses and Degree Programs

Chris Randall, Kennesaw State University

Target Audience: USG Faculty

Due to the length of the workshop the entire workshop has been divided into three recorded parts.

  • Part One (28 minutes)
  • Part Two (42 minutes)
  • Part Three (1 hour, 35 minutes)

November 14, 2008

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: Copyright & Fair Use In the University System of Georgia

Gail Gunnells, General Counsel for TRX

Target Audience: USG Faculty & Librarians

Due to the length of the workshop the entire workshop has been divided into three recorded parts.

  • Part One (54 minutes)
  • Part Two (1 hour, 25 minutes)
  • Part Three (35 minutes)

January 23, 2009

Developing Research & Teaching Portfolios

Susan Herbst & Linda Noble, University System of Georgia

Target Audience: Tenure-track Faculty

  • Developing Research Portfolios – Susan Herbst (1 hour, 40 minutes)
  • Developing Teaching Portfolios – Linda M. Noble (1 hour, 35 minutes)

February 13, 2009

Successful Grant Writing

Tina Straley, Executive Director, The Mathematical Association of America

Target Audience: All USG Faculty

  • Successful Grant Writing (1 hour, 53 minutes)

March 6, 2009

Scholarly Communication

Cliff Lynch, Bill Potter, Michael Best, Tyler Walters and Tom Maier

Target Audience: USG Faculty & Librarians

Due to the length of the workshop the entire workshop has been divided into four recorded parts

  • Part One
    A Changing Society, Changing Scholarly Practices, and the New Landscape of Scholarly Communication Clifford Lynch (1 hour, 20 minutes)

  • Part Two
    The Current State of Journal Publishing & Open Access Journals 2.0
    Bill Potter and Michael Best (59 minutes)

  • Part Three
    Repository Programs: What Can They Do for Faculty
    Tyler Walters (53 minutes)

  • Part Four
    Cyber Infrastructure: Removing Barriers in Research and Scholarly Communications Tom Maier (38 minutes)

April 23, 2009

Institutional Effectiveness & Student Learning Assessment, Day 1

  • Student Learning: Forces, Issues and Expectations
    Tom Benberg (58 minutes)

  • New Directions for the Regent’s Advisory Committee on Institutional Effectiveness
    Bob Boehmer (52 minutes)

  • A Lifecycle Approach to Institutional Effectiveness
    Susan Paraska (56 minutes)

  • Strategies for Aligning Institutional Assessment with Student Learning
    Thomas P. Pusateri (1 hour, 26 minutes)

April 24, 2009

Institutional Effectiveness & Student Learning Assessment, Day 2

  • Writing and Assessing Student Learning Outcomes to Improve Classroom and Program Effectiveness
    Tristan Utschig, & Jonathan Gordon
    Part One (1 hour, 10 minutes)
    Part Two (1hour, 7 minutes)

  • Assessing General Education From Multiple Perspectives
    Kristina Cragg, Sherri Gravett, Jane Kinney, Byron Brown (1 hour, 30 minutes)

September 11, 2009

Encouraging Academic Integrity: But, If Necessary, Detecting and Dealing With Academic Dishonesty

Bill Hill

  • Morning session (1 hour, 40 minutes)
  • Afternoon session, Part One (1 hour, 7 minutes)
  • Afternoon session, Part 2 (1 hour, 35 minutes)

October 16, 2009

Free Instructional Resources for USG Faculty

Mike Rogers, Marie Lasseter, Ginger Durham, & Mark Johnson

  • Marie Lasseter, USG SHARE
  • Part One (1 hour, 2 minutes)
  • Part Two (24 minutes)
  • Ginger Durham, Facilitating Learning Online and Adoptable Templates (57 minutes)
  • Mark Johnson, USG iTunesU and Podcast Server (30 minutes)

November 13, 2009

Responsible Conduct in Research

David Lee, David Knauft, & Jessica Orbock

  • Part One, Regina Smith (59 minutes)
  • Part Two, David Lee (55 minutes)
  • Part Three, David Knauft (1 hour, 4 minutes)
  • Part Four, Regina Smith (29 minutes)

January 22, 2010

Creating Effective Learning Environments for the Millennial Learner

Incivility, Inattention, and Multitasking! Oh My! Creating Effective Learning Environments for the Millennial Learner

Christy Price, Dalton State College

  • Part One (1 hour, 16 minutes)
  • Part Two (1 hour, 57 minutes)
  • Part Three (50 minutes)

February 19, 2010

Teaching With Clickers: Engaging Students with Classroom Response Systems

Derek Bruff, Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University

  • Part One (1 hour, 41 minutes)
  • Part Two (1 hour, 44 minutes)

March 26, 2010

The Scholarship of Teaching & Learning: What, Why, How and Who?

Laura Regassa, Lorraine Gilpin, Laura Frost, Trent Maurer, & Judith Longfield
Georgia Southern University

  • Part One (2 hours)
  • Part Two (1 hour, 28 minutes)

April 23, 2010

Assessing Global Learning

Caryn McTighe Musil & Kevin Hovland
AAC&U Office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives

  • Part One (2 hours, 2 minutes)
  • Part Two (1 hour, 5 minutes)

September 20, 2010

Advocating for Open Textbooks

  • Presenters: Marie Lasseter - Office of Faculty Development, USG and Zoe Salloom - Georgia State University
  • Trainers from the Community College Open Textbook Collaborative
  • Location: ITS - Athens
  • Session: Face-to-Face Monthly

October 15, 2010

Assessing Students, Top 10 Flaws in Constructing Multiple-Choice Items, Top 15 Complaints by Students about Taking Tests

  • Presenters: Ron Berk – Johns Hopkins University
  • Faculty from Georgia College and State University
  • Location: Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville
  • Co-sponsored with Georgia College & State University
  • Session: Face-to-Face Monthly

November 19, 2010

AAC&U’s Value Based Rubrics: A Powerful Pedagogical Tool

  • Presenter: Donna Gessell - North Georgia College and State University
  • Location: ITS - Athens
  • Session: Face-to-Face Monthly

January 21, 2011

Creating Educational Podcasts

  • Presenter: Jim Wolfgang
  • Digital Innovations Group – Georgia College and State University
  • Location: ITS - Athens
  • Session: Face-to-Face Monthly

February 18, 2011

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning:  Impact in the Classroom and Beyond

  • Presenters: Dr. Delena Gatch (Physics), Dr. Diana Sturges (Health Kinesiology), Dr. Judith Longfield (Center for Excellence in Teaching),Dr. Laura Frost (Chemistry) - Georgia Southern University
  • Location: Gainesville State College
  • Session: Face-to-Face Monthly

March 18, 2011

Encouraging and Supporting Undergraduate Research

  • Presenters: Chris Reaves - Georgia Institute of Technology, Shamin Khan, Cindy Henning, and Samuel Abegaz - Columbus State University, Diana Young - Georgia College and State University
  • Location: ITS - Athens
  • Session: Face-to-Face Monthly

April 22, 2011

Assessing Student Learning on Study Abroad Trips

  • Presenters: Tracy Harrington - Bainbridge College, Martha Hughes - Georgia Southern University, Gerrit Voogt - Kennesaw State University, Margee Bright Ragland - Georgia Perimeter College, Teddi Cunningham - Valdosta State University, Diane Napier - University of Georgia
  • Location: ITS - Athens
  • Session: Face-to-Face Monthly

September 14, 2011

Distance Learning Leadership: Operations, Opposition and Opportunities

  • Presenters: Dr. Anthony Piña, Dean of Online Studies and Distinguished Lecturer of Graduate Studies at Sullivan University, Kentucky
  • Session: Online
  • Description: Dr. Anthony Piña will share a distance learning leader’s toolbox that includes research from the ivory tower, latest trends from the “cloud,” and strategies from the trenches to facilitate operations, minimize opposition and enhance opportunities for our distance learning programs.

September 16, 2011

Improving Large Lecture Class Learning Outcomes and Adapting STEM Labs

  • Presenters: Stephen Rehberg, Georgia Tech and Peggy Brickman, University of Georgia
  • Trainers from the Community College Open Textbook Collaborative
  • Location: ITS - Athens
  • Session: Face-to-Face
  • Descriptions
    • Part 1 – As classes become larger and students become more diverse, many faculty are turning to the principles of “Universal Design” to reduce the barriers to learning that can easily be associated with higher education today. Find out how to:(1) give your students more options for acquiring information and knowledge;(2) provide multiple ways for your students to demonstrate what they know;(3) use multiple means of engagement to tap into learners’ interest, offer appropriate challenges, and increase motivation.
    • Part 2 – “STEM Labs” How can you adapt your labs to student’ needs while still maintaining the academic rigor that you and your departments require?
      In this SciTrainU workshop, we will explore how we can adjust pedagogy to improve student learning in the lab environment. We’ll consider various models of instructional design, including Universal Design for Learning, inquiry-based labs, and alternative assessments. We will help you to determine how best to accomplish your lab instructional goals.

October 12, 2011

Intro to ePublishing - more than PDFs

  • Presenters: Frank Lowney, Georgia College
  • Session: Online
  • Description: ePublishing is a broad field, including eBooks used as textbooks, novels and more. Faculty can use rich media that provide many interactive features for things like lab manuals, department guides, supplemental materials and student authoring. And, it is all within your grasp using free and/or easy applications.

October 14, 2011

Creative Technology Uses in Instruction

  • Presenters: Kevin Mobbs, College of Coastal Georgia and Frank Lowney, Georgia College
  • Location: ITS - Athens
  • Session: Face-to-Face
  • Description: Bring one of your powerpoint presentations and learn new and creative ways to redesign it. Also, have you ever considered capturing some content from your computer for video playback? Learn some techniques for doing so and strategies for use of such material.

November 9, 2011

Academic Dishonesty

  • Presenters: Bill Hill, Kennesaw State University
  • Session: Online
  • Description: What are the popular cheating techniques? Is there a best way to handle cheating in the classroom? Is plagiarism cheating? Answers to these questions and others will be discussed.

November 18, 2011

Designing Games for Instructional Purposes

  • Presenters: Jeff Chastine and Jon Preston
  • Location: Georgia Gwinnett College
  • Session: Face-to-Face
  • Description: Have you ever wondered how you could use gaming in instruction? Are there specific subject areas that work best for game development? How do you go about developing a game and can you test using games? Learn the answers to these questions and others you may have.

December 7, 2011

Section 508 Compliance and Online Course Content (Online Session)

  • Presenters: Janet Sylvia, University of Georgia
  • Session: Online Session
  • Description: Section 508 requires that electronic and information technology be equally accessible to persons with and without disabilities. The Board of Regents of University System of Georgia has determined that institutions under the BOR fall within the scope of Section 508. In this seminar we will talk about how to design Section 508-compliant online courses including: course structure, color scheme, layout, navigation, hyperlinks, backgrounds, and images. We will also discuss strategies and resources for creating accessible course content: documents, audio-narrated presentations, and multimedia files (audio/video). This information applies whether you are placing course content on a website or within your online course. Closed captioning for this webinar made possible by the USG Office of Faculty Development

January 20, 2012

Creating a Collaborative Learning Community

  • Presenters: Meredith Ginn & Shea Mize, Georgia Highlands College, Kim Huett and Jason Huett, University of West Georgia
  • Location: ITS - Athens
  • Session: Face-to-Face
  • Descriptions
    • Part 1 This workshop will explore techniques for setting up co-curricular learning communities, as presenters discuss their experiences linking the political science and communication courses. Lessons learned from implementing a pilot learning community will be reviewed as well as syllabi alignment, cross-over projects, and group assignments that strengthen the learning community experience. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate as “mock students” in several modeled activities and have the opportunity to complete brainstorming packets with colleagues on how learning communities might be implemented at their own institutions.
    • Part 2 Wikis promote collaborative knowledge building among groups of people. An introduction of wikis will be followed by specific examples of wikis that were or still are used to support teaching, learning, and/or administrative functions covering how wikis can be used as a highly functional knowledge management space. Participants will learn the basics of creating and editing a wiki hands-on foray into Wikispaces.

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February 8, 2012

Mentoring Adjunct/Part Time faculty

  • Presenters: Amy Coleman, Georgia Perimeter College
  • Session: Online
  • Description: Learn techniques and methods for mentoring, training, encouraging, and retaining adjuncts in order to increase student satisfaction and retention.

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February 17, 2012

Integrating teaching, service, and scholarship: Publishing what you do where it counts

  • Presenters: Linda Noble, USG Board of Regents and Iris, Saltiel Columbus State University
  • Location: ITS - Athens
  • Session: Face-to-Face
  • Descriptions: Too many faculty members think their responsibilities of teaching, research and service do not intertwine. But in this case, it’s OK to get out of your lane! . Research, teaching, and service can and should be integrally related, each informing the other. Research on teaching and assessment of student learning can be a part of your scholarship. Learning ways to use your teaching, student learning assessments, and service as components of scholarly work is important for faculty. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to:
    • Turn your regular activities into publishable material
    • Select portions of teaching, service and scholarly work for publication
    • Build and organize a scholarly agenda.

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March 14, 2012

Marketing Your Program through Social Media

  • Presenters: Melanie Clay, University of West Georgia
  • Session: Online
  • Description: Ever wondered how to use Facebook or Twitter to “get the word out” about your program? Better yet, how do I use these media effectively? This session has those answers.

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March 30, 2012

Class from Hell

  • Presenters: Peter Lindsay, Georgia State University
  • Location: Georgia Southwestern State University
  • Session: Face-to-Face
  • Description: What do you do when, with 12 long weeks to go, you realize that you have the class from hell – one you dread walking into? What did you do? What made it the class from hell? Was it the disruptive student? Was it you? Learn some techniques to work with such classes.

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April 11, 2012

What’s Online Will Hurt You

  • Presenters: Stan Gatewood, USG Board of Regents
  • Session: Online
  • Description: Are you worried about identity theft? Well that’s not the only thing on the internet to be worried about. Learn what other pitfalls are out there.

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April 20, 2012

Leading Undergraduate Research Programs

  • Presenters: Samuel Abegaz, Cindy Henning and Shamim Khan, Columbus State University, David Williams, University of Georgia
  • Location: ITS - Athens
  • Session: Face-to-Face
  • Description: Undergraduate research is thriving on many of our campuses. Hear first hand examples of what students are doing and how faculty are supporting them.

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November 16, 2012

Accessibility Matters: Section 508 Compliance in Higher Education

  • Presenters: Janet Sylvia - University of Georgia
  • Location: ITS - Athens, Georgia Athens - ITS
  • Session: USG Office of Faculty Affairs Faculty Development Series Face to Face Session

January 9, 2013

Tales from the Implementation of a Quality Assurance Coordinator

  • Presenters: N. Rigole, A. Koohang, Terry Smith
  • Location: online

January 18, 2013

Finding, Using, and Creating Open Educational Resources and Open Textbooks

  • Presenters: Marie Lasseter, Bonnie Robinson
  • Location: Athens

February 13, 2013
  • Presenter: Georgia Harper
  • Location: online

February 22, 2013

Improving the Connection with Online Students Through Intro Videos and Weekly Update Videos

  • Presenter: Dale Suffridge
  • Location: Athens

March 13, 2013

Accessibility & Disability: General Requirements and Individual Accommodation

  • Presenters: Janet Sylvia, Web Accessibility Group Leader, CAES-University of Georgia; Kimberly Tanner, Director - Access Office, Valdosta State University
  • Location: online

March 15, 2013

How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching

  • Presenter: Michele DiPietro
  • Location: Kennesaw State University

March 22, 2013

Problem Driven Learning : Enabling and sustaining innovative and informed curricular design.

  • Presenter: Joe Le Doux
  • Location: Athens

September 10, 2013

How's it Going Really? Assessing Student Learning in the Classroom

Presenter: Tris Utschig, Georgia Tech

This session is designed to help participants choose and use a variety of assessment tools and techniques that can help us better understand our students’ performance in the classroom. Important concepts underpinning successful classroom assessment will be introduced, a variety of classroom assessment tools and techniques will be described, and connections to helpful literature will be provided. During the session each participant will have an opportunity to articulate their own assessment needs, select several options for their own course from among a variety of effective assessment tools and techniques, and plan for initial implementation of one or two tools and techniques.

October 8, 2013

All Aboard!

Presenter : Meg Moore, eMajor CEO & Director of the Office of Extended Learning at Valdosta State University

Abstract: The University System of Georgia eMajor Initiative launched in Fall 2012. Today, eMajor includes three undergraduate degrees and two affiliate institutions, Dalton State College and Valdosta State University. The eMajor programs exist to provide online undergraduate degrees of the highest quality Georgia learners. With majors and concentrations that focus on preparing adults to advance on their careers or to pursue new career paths, eMajor is a student-focused option offering access to online programs, targeted student support to promote student retention and graduation, and a demonstrated commitment to standardized Prior Learning Assessments (AP, CLEP, CBE) to ensure adult learners earn credit for the professional learning and experiences they have accumulated during their career. eMajor offers new opportunities for partnership and collaborative success across the USG. In this session we will discuss the process for institutional affiliation, how institutions can increase retention and graduation rates for adult learners through eMajor partnership, and the opportunities that eMajor offers for faculty, administrators, and students across the University System of Georgia. Join us to learn about the opportunities of becoming an eMajor Affiliate!

October 15, 2013

Measuring Grit: Do Non-Cognitive Attributes Impact Academic Success, Engagement, Satisfaction and Retention?

Presenter: Dr. Mac Adkins

Learn about how schools measure and remediate non-cognitive factors such as students’ availability of time, support from family, levels of motivation, willingness to ask for help, and technical skills.

October 22, 2013

Scholarly Open-Access Publishing and the Peril of Predatory Publishers

Presenter: Jeffrey Beall, University of Colorado Denver

Emerging scholarly publishing models are changing the culture of scholarly communication. One of these new models, gold open access, provides free, universal access to scholarly literature. However, this model, financed by article processing charges paid for by authors or their funders, has led to the publication of questionable research. Numerous unscrupulous or “predatory” publishers using the gold open-access model have appeared, accepting papers just to earn the author fees. Greater scrutiny is required by all involved in scholarly communication from authors, to reviewers, editors, and even tenure and promotion committees. This talk will tell the story of the emergence of questionable publishers and explain how scholars and academic librarians can identify them. A particular journal’s inclusion in a library database doesn’t always mean it is legitimate. This webinar will provide an overview of the issues related to scholarly open-access publishing of importance to academic librarians, focusing on the unintended consequences such as predatory publishers and their abuse of the gold open-access model.

November 12, 2013

Implementing the 4 R’s of Open Textbooks


  • Sarah Katherine Mergel, Dalton State College
  • Bonnie Robinson, Univ. of North Ga
  • Christy Talley Smith, Univ. of West Ga
  • Marie Lasseter, USG

A growing number of open textbooks are freely available to reuse, redistribute, revise, and remix by anyone, anywhere. They are one way to help mitigate the high cost of textbooks for students and their families. But what exactly is an open textbook? Do open textbooks match commercial ones in terms of content and instructional design? Are all open textbooks quality-controlled through editorial and peer review? Is writing an open textbook considered scholarly work that counts towards professional development in tenure review? How can you apply your professional skills to reuse, adapt, and build upon the works of others and improve upon the quality of the works already available? The presenters for this session served on a collaborative team to develop an open textbook and will consider these and other questions. They will also discuss the following:

  • The value of openly sharing instructional resources,
  • A collaborative process for developing and publishing open textbooks,
  • Ways to adopt, reuse, and adapt open textbooks for local instructional needs, and
  • Faculty/author perceptions about creating and using open textbooks.

January 14, 2014

Affordable Textbook Solutions in the USG: E, Free, and Open Textbooks

Team members present a new USG project to help student success by providing affordable textbook alternatives, based on The California State University’s Affordable Learning Solutions project. This one-stop service helps identify electronic, open, and free textbook and educational resources, as well as online materials in GALILEO and at USG libraries.


  • Virginia Feher, Georgia Regents University
  • Mark Flynn, Columbus State University
  • Debbie Holmes, College of Coastal Georgia
  • Denise Dimsdale, Georgia State University
  • Jeffrey Gallant, Valdosta State University
  • Lauren Fancher, GALILEO / BOR
  • Marie Lasseter / Faculty Development/ BOR
  • Merryll Penson, GALILEO / BOR
  • Jason Steele, GALILEO / IWS / BOR

January 21, 2014

MERLOT 101: Finding, Evaluating & Integrating Open Educational Resources into Your Courses

Presenter: Tim Tirrell

If you’re reluctant to use open education resources because you’re concerned about quality and longevity or think they take too long to find and are too hard to integrate then give us an hour of your time to change your mind. This webinar shows you how to use MERLOT find and evaluate content-specific resources and demonstrates how to browse, search and use tools such as the Federated Search and Personal Collections to quickly build your collection of OER.

February 4, 2014

Accessibility Considerations for Desire2Learn 10.2 Courses

Presenter: Janet Sylvia

What accessibility features are built into the new Desire2Learn (D2L) ver.10.2 learning environment? How do instructors leverage those features to develop accessible courses and content? What tools should they use? What tools should they avoid? In this seminar, we will discuss and demonstrate how to utilize key accessibility features of D2L ver. 10.2 to develop online courses that are accessible to all students.

February 18, 2014

Accessibility Solutions for Online Educational Environments

Presenters: Arthur Murphy and Christopher Lee

Online education, including MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses), can provide a wonderful opportunity for people with disabilities if the course materials are made accessible for them. Join the presenters as they lay a framework and highlight techniques for ensuring MOOC and other online learning environments are accessible to all. This presentation will provide the faculty and support staff a tool kit of resources and strategies. The presenters will also review current accessibility trends and research in the field of virtual learning.

March 4, 2014

Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Presenter: Denise Domizi

At its most basic level, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) can be thought of as the systematic study of teaching and learning; it involves asking a question, gathering evidence, drawing conclusions based on that evidence, and making those findings public for the benefit of others. The purpose of this session is to introduce participants to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and to discuss ways to get started in SoTL research.

March 18, 2014

Math on Wire

Presenter: German Vargas

This presentation explores the challenges, (real and perceived) of both students and faculty of Learning Support Math at College of Coastal Georgia. Common misconceptions around a modular redesign will be discussed as well as the “Do’s and Don’ts” learned from the implementation at College of Coastal Georgia. Join us to see how this high wire analogy can help us address these challenges and propose solutions to overcome them.

April 1, 2014

Managing Student Teams Using the CATME System

Presenter: Misty Loughry

This session will demonstrate how the CATME SMARTER Teamwork system can help faculty from all academic disciplines manage student teams effectively and efficiently. The web-based CATME tools are free for use in higher education at One of the system’s tools, Team-Maker, allows instructors to assign students to teams based on instructor-specified criteria. CATME Peer Evaluation is a tool for self-and peer-evaluation of team-members’ contributions to the team. The system also includes tools to allow students to practice rating and to support effective team meetings. In this session, Dr. Loughry will demonstrate the tools and discuss ways to use them to enhance students’ team experiences and avoid some of the common frustrations that students and faculty often experience when teams are used in college classes.

October 7, 2014

Understanding Your Veteran and Military Students

Presenter: David Snow, EdD, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

Join Dr. David Snow, Director of Military Affairs at the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia for an overview of issues currently facing veterans and active military who wish to attend college, what faculty and administrators should know about these students, and current initiatives across the USG.

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October 21, 2014

Kissing Pricey Textbooks Goodbye: Teaching with Open Access

Presenter: Susan E. Hrach, PhD, Columbus State University

As textbook costs rise and free online materials proliferate, are we ready to cut ties with traditional sources of content? We’ll consider a new role for faculty as curators of content and what that means in theory and in practice. Presenter Susan Hrach will share a recent pilot experience with a literature course, including student responses to the textbook-free learning environment.

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October 22, 2014

ePortfolios for Learning, Assessment, and Career Development

Presenter: Dr. C. Edward Watson, University of Georgia

ePortfolios are web-based, interactive tools that are designed to help students create, organize, reflect upon, and share evidence of their educational accomplishments, both in courses and across co-curricular activities. ePortfolios are also used to assist programs and departments with self-studies, assessment activities, and accreditation challenges. This session will provide an overview of the current ePortfolio landscape by examining the key promises offered by such tools in teaching and learning, assessment, and professional development contexts. Significant time will be spent exploring the pedagogies that employ ePortfolio processes and technologies. Appraisals of existing technologies along with a consideration of current technological limitations will be discussed. The session will conclude with a brief summary of key findings from within ePortfolio scholarship and how that information should inform future ePortfolio practices.

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November 4, 2014

My Students Won’t Stop Behaving Badly, Now What?

Presenter: Kathleen S. Lowney, PhD, Valdosta State University

From texting to rude behavior to tantrums and even violence, faculty can encounter disruptive behavior by students in face-to-face, hybrid, and online environments. We’ll talk some about low level disruptions, techniques to resolve them, and then focus on how to de-escalate those which could spiral out of control.

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November 18, 2014

Success is in the Details: How Do I Get the Technology Solutions I Need For Work, School and Home?

Presenters: Doug Hyche, Jack Delinsky, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

Technology touches all aspects of our life - work, school, and personal life. How do you get the technology solutions you need swiftly and at low cost? Join members from Software Resource & Services (SRS) and the Customer Relationship Management Team, divisions of the Board of Regents Information Technology Services office, to learn more about the technology solutions, resources, and additional opportunities you can leverage both inside and outside the classroom. This presentation will include a brief overview of SRS’s Institutional and Personal Stores where significantly discounted name brand software can be purchased for institutional and individual use. Additional resources, endeavors, and opportunities to participate will be discussed. You will walk away from this presentation knowing more about key University System resources that can help you move forward both personally and professionally.

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January 6, 2015

The Quality of Learning in MOOCs

Presenter - Thomas C. Reeves, PhD, The University of Georgia

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other forms of open education are viewed as positive disruptive innovations by some and as threats to traditional education by others. The discord over MOOCs is especially evident in the higher education sector. This presentation examines the evidence for and against MOOCs, especially with respect to the quality of the learning accomplished by participants. The presentation also describes inconsistencies in learning assessment in MOOCs, and suggests innovative assessment strategies based on authentic tasks. Finally, recommendations are made for advancing the efficacy and impact of MOOCs through educational design research.

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January 20, 2015

Complete College Georgia Initiatives, Part 1

The session will provide an update on three initiatives launched as a part of the University System of Georgia Complete College Georgia Incubator Grants. Topics included in the session are:

Chaudron Gille, University of North Georgia
Capturing Student Services Data to Improve Success & Completion

Kelly McCoy and Helen Tate, Georgia Southwestern State University
Project Storm Spotter: Developing a Data-Driven Response to Student Risk

Timothy Renick, Georgia State University
Integrating Financial Risk Factors into GPS Advising through Data-based Markers, Predictive Analytics and Student Counseling

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January 21, 2015

Infographics, Part 1

Presenter: Lisa Johnson

After participating in this workshop, you will be able to distinguish infographics from other graphic formats, recognize the characteristics of an effective infographic, recognize various strategies for using infographics in instructional designs, locate existing infographics for use in instructional designs, recall techniques for creating effective infographics, and plan use of familiar technologies to create infographics. [[Participants are encouraged to practice creating infographics after this workshop and to attend Part II of this workshop series to share their creations for evaluation by peers.]]

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January 27, 2015

LoudCloud: Equipping Faculty and Institutions for Competency-Based Education

Presenter: Rhonda Blackburn

Delivering and managing a successful competency-based education program requires rethinking several aspects of course design and student management. This session will highlight the key considerations required to build an engaging CBE program including direct assessment versus credit equivalency considerations; building a competency map and aligning course level competencies to occupational standards; authoring robust assessments to align to competencies; building different study plans; developing unique grading systems into the program; tracking and managing student outcomes against preset goals, and using data to improve curriculum. The session will include observations and learnings based on CBE deployments at community college, public, and for-profit institutions.

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January 28, 2015

Infographics, Part 2

Presenter: Lisa Johnson

After participating in this workshop, you will be able to recall techniques for creating effective infographics, use of familiar technologies to create infographics, evaluate infographics using a rubric, and plan for the use of infographics as part of effective instructional materials design for instruction and in the assessment of student learning. [[Participants are encouraged to attend Part I of this workshop series before participating in this Part II, or to have at least viewed the archive of the Part I session in preparation for Part II.]]

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February 17, 2015

Facing HOPE: A College and Community Collaboration to share stories of triumph over poverty

Presenter: Juliana Breithaupt

Join us as we share a collaborative service-learning project shared by Georgia Highlands College, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, and Berry College of Rome, GA.  As part of the National Facing Project, these three colleges joined forces to “give a voice to the voiceless” in their community while teaching students about strategic interviewing and writing processes.  Learn more about how your College can join this national project!

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February 24, 2015

Complete College Georgia Initiatives, Part 2

The session will provide an update on three initiatives launched as a part of the University System of Georgia Complete College Georgia Incubator Grants. Topics included in the session are:

David Pollock, Bainbridge State College
A Self-paced, Competency-Based Model for Learning

Sara Selby and Molly Smith
A Flippin’ Great Idea, Mac! Using iPads to Facilitate a Flipped Core Curriculum

C. Edward Watson, University of Georgia
Reducing Costs for Students through Open Education Resources

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March 10, 2015

Quality Matters in the USG

Presenters: Irene Kokkala, University of North Georgia and Raleigh Way, Georgia Southern University

Irene will provide an overview of the Quality Matters internal review process at the University of North Georgia. The presentation will focus on faculty involvement in the quality assurance of online instruction through the use of the Quality Matters rubric.

The Instructional Designer Association is a Special Interest Group of Quality Matters. Instrumental in the creation of the group, Raleigh Way will provide an overview of the mission and goals of a group that focuses on instructional design and instructional designers in higher education.


March 24, 2015

Presenting Learning to the Public: Using Word Press as Assessment Tool

Presenter: Ben Wright, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Students pour countless hours into coursework only to see the product of that labor result in a paper or exam which is either discarded or filed away in cabinet. This talk proposes that we consider ways to turn student learning into enduring monuments of achievement. Taking this approach can dissolve the boundaries of the classroom and enable students to make connections between their academic work an the wider world. Ben Wright has taught a series of courses that ask students to produce websites that archive and present student learning. Drawing on his experience as the editor of, a NEH funded digital seminar for K-12 educators, Wright has worked with students in creating websites for a course on the rise and fall of Atlantic slavery, viewable at and the history of global apocalyptisicm, viewable at Hear more about his experiences and consider how you can integrate these models into your own classrooms.

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September 9, 2015

QM Implementation Plan

Presenter: Brichaya Shah, Kennesaw State University


September 15, 2015

How the Brain Works

Presenter: Allison Friederichs, University College | University of Denver

As adult learners now make up the majority of U.S. students, it is more important than ever for educators who administer and teach in post-traditional programs to understand how the adult brain learns. This session examines how the adult brain learns and offers, first, suggestions for faculty in post-traditional programs to capitalize on this knowledge to maximize the effectiveness of their teaching; second, implications of this knowledge at the program level will be examined.

Dr. Friederichs will offer theoretical underpinnings and practical tips for brain-based teaching, as well as considerations for broader program-level application of this knowledge.

Note: There is no video archive of this session.

September 24, 2015

ReadSpeaker: Text to Speech Solutions

Speaker: Joe Messanella

ReadSpeaker is a D2L brightspace partner, our text-to-speech technology is integrated in the D2L lms, USG campuses just need to follow the USG guidelines to have it activated in their instance for testing/production. This will provide a listen feature with highlighting for the D2L based courses. Aligning with UDL, ADA and QM guidelines, ReadSpeaker caters to different learning styles, enhances the learning experience for all students , and is an assist for those who are for example dyslexic, ESL, learning disabled, ADHD, non-trads, Veterans and international students. At this time, the University of West Georgia, Georgia Perimeter College, and eCore are ReadSpeaker clients


October 7, 2015

Study Abroad and Service Learning

Presenter: William Finlay and Markus Crepaz, University of Georgia

The focus of the session will be on developing, running, and teaching in study-abroad programs. We will be explaining what happens on the ground when one takes students to another country–what works and what doesn’t, what to encourage and what to avoid, and why study abroad, if done as it should be, is an unmatched learning and teaching experience.


October 22, 2015

Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning & Web 2.0 Resources

Presenter: Renita Luck, Darton State College

We are educators because we are passionate about sharing information and helping others discover the joy of learning. And, while the cognitive processes for learning may not have changed over the years, how we engage those processes most certainly has. The demand for 21st-century skills such as digital literacy, collaboration, and critical thinking mandate that we infuse our lesson plans with technological resources and engage our students in collaborative, interactive environments.

Whether or not the thought of using technology in your classroom fills you with excitement or dread, this workshop is for you. By exploring three principles of the Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning and freely available Internet resources, this workshop will help guide you in the process of incorporating technology into your existing lesson plans in ways that will engage the student and maximize the use of cognitive processes to enhance active learning.


October 28, 2015

Case-based Teaching in a Digital Platform

Presenter: Joan Walker, Pace University

Case-based teaching is a valuable instructional method because it immerses learners in authentic problems while also introducing them to the way an expert thinks. As more of the higher education curriculum moves online, an outstanding question is “Can case-based teaching translate to a digital platform?” This session uses two learning theories to address this question. First, consistent with constructivism, the session demonstrates how an inquiry cycle framework can be used across disciplines to organize the sequence of cognitive tasks required during case-based reasoning. Second, it explains how observational learning theory and vicarious experience can inform the choice of materials to be embedded in the inquiry cycle shell. To experience this online architecture, the presenter will walk attendees through a multimedia e professional task of parent-teacher conferencing. The demonstration case shows how video models, opportunities to make decisions, and expert feedback can be organized to facilitate learning. Results from over 200 novice teachers are used to illustrate how online instructors can automate assessment of student learning in case-based tasks and in turn, how instructors can transform those assessment results into scholarly research data.


November 3, 2015

SoTL in STEM Fields

Presenter: Paula Lemons, University of Georgia

Many college science instructors have questions about their students’ learning. For example, do the reading quizzes I provide make a difference? What are students thinking when they take my exams? Do students gain conceptual understanding of key scientific concepts when they take my course? This session is for science faculty who would like to design systematic investigations of student learning in their courses. We will discuss how to design these investigations and will consider what can be gained from qualitative and quantitative approaches to educational research. We will also work through a case study that provides a real-life example of educational research in the college science classroom.


November 11, 2015

Designing Online Courses

Presenters:Traci Stromie and Josie Baudier, Kennesaw State University

Join us to learn more about intentional design for online courses. Thinking about organization, navigation, and alignment before students even register for your course is crucial for success. We will be discussing effective practices (Boettcher, 2013), Understanding by Design (Wiggins & McTighe, 2006), and designing with the Quality Matters standards in mind.


November 18, 2015

Critical Thinking Project

Presenter: Val Czerny, East Georgia State College at Statesboro

Join Val for a presentation about how East Georgia State College’s QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) sparked the idea for a new publication, where students’ critical thinking skills are highlighted and discussed. The publication, Essais, is in the process of becoming a part of faculty assessments, where faculty members are developing ways to use the essays to prompt further connective critical thinking in their classrooms.