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Faculty Development Archives

Archived sessions of the Faculty Development Series are available for viewing on USG YouTube by selecting the session title.

Academic Year 2011-2012

Distance Learning Leadership: Operations, Opposition and Opportunities

September 14, 2011

  • 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.

Improving Large Lecture Class Learning Outcomes and Adapting STEM Labs

September 16, 2011

  • 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.

Intro to ePublishing - more than PDFs

October 12, 2011

  • 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.

Creative Technology Uses in Instruction

October 14, 2011

  • 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.

Academic Dishonesty

November 9, 2011

  • 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.

Designing Games for Instructional Purposes

November 18, 2011

  • 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.

Section 508 Compliance and Online Course Content

December 7, 2011

  • 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

Creating a Collaborative Learning Community

January 20, 2012

  • 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.

Mentoring Adjunct/Part Time faculty

February 8, 2012

  • 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.

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

February 17, 2012

  • 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.

Marketing Your Program through Social Media

March 14, 2012

  • 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.

Class from Hell

March 30, 2012

  • 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.

What’s Online Will Hurt You

April 11, 2012

  • 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.

Leading Undergraduate Research Programs

April 20, 2012

  • 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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