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USG Faculty Development Monthly Series:
Academic Year 2014-2015

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All Faculty Development Series sessions this year will be conducted online from 12 noon to 1:30PM Eastern via Blackboard Collaborate. Access the Meeting Rooms at The Digital Innovation Group @ Georgia College where first-time users can go to the Collaborate Support Desk where and view the "Getting Ready for an Event" information. You will need speakers (internal or plug-in), and a microphone (internal or plug-in) is strongly recommended, but not required.

Join the session by entering the meeting room Professional Development Center at The Digital Innovation Group @ Georgia College.

For more information contact Ginger Durham, Director of Faculty Development.

September 9, 2014

Quality Matters in Action

Presenters: Kokila Ravi, Natalie McManus Chu, Vance Gray, Harry Akoh, and Gyuheui Choi, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Thanks to an ALC subaward, faculty at Atlanta Metropolitan State College have engaged with Quality Matters and have revised their online courses based on the QM rubric. Our faculty panel will share specific ways in which Quality Matters workshops enable them to improve their online courses and also guide them in their efforts to create online courses specifically designed for adult learners. In addition, our new faculty orientation includes a face to face as well as online segment on Quality Matters to prepare new faculty for online instruction.

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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.


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.