USG Faculty Development Monthly Series:
Academic Year 2013-2014
General Information: All of the sessions this year will be conducted online from 12 noon to 1:30PM via Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Wimba) except for the September 24 session that will be conducted via Adobe Connect. Registrants will be sent all appropriate information prior to each session.
Registration is free to USG faculty and staff. For more information contact: Ginger Durham, Ginger.Durham@usg.edu
Spring Term Registration
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
Accessibility Considerations for Desire2Learn 10.2 Courses
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.
Presenter: Janet Sylvia
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.
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.
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.
Managing Student Teams Using the CATME System
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 www.CATME.org. 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.