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USG Faculty Development Monthly Series:
Academic Year 2015-2016

All Faculty Development Series sessions this year will be conducted online from 12 noon to 12:30PM Eastern via WebEx. Upon registration you will receive an email with a link to the WebEx session and a link to setup the WebEx Event Manager in advance. You will need speakers (internal or plug-in). A microphone (internal or plug-in) is recommended, but not required.

For live closed captioning during the event, please point your browser to https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=USG.

For more information contact the Office of Faculty Development, facultyresources@usg.edu.

January 14, 2016

Webinars, Courses, and Keynotes: Online Presentations that Deliver

Presenter: Sherry Clouser, University of Georgia

Preparing to give an online talk can be a little intimidating - you want to make sure that your visuals are engaging, but they must also be clear and support your message. In this session, we will explore some general design concepts to keep in mind, as well as ideas for inviting your attendees to actively participate.


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January 20, 2016

Teaching in Times of Tragedies

Presenter: Michele DiPietro, Kennesaw State University

Every time national or local tragedies happen (e.g., 9/11, Virginia Tech, Newtown), their impact is felt on our campuses. These occurrences are thankfully infrequent, but this means instructors are not prepared to teach in their aftermath. My research indicates that most professors are very confused about how to respond to a tragedy, what their role should be and what actions are most effective. In fact, my research also indicates that the most common response to tragedies in the classroom was the one the students found least helpful. Rather than being prescriptive, this presentation will draw on this research to help participants define their role and consider a list of effective strategies that will work best for them.


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January 28, 2016

Panel: Successful Practices in Teaching Adult Learners Online

Moderator: Jason Huett, University of West Georgia

What are some of the most important elements to successfully teaching adult learners in an online environment? In this session, we have brought together a panel of experts from across the University System of Georgia to share their experiences and expertise, and to answer your questions about teaching adult learners online.


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February 9, 2016

Semi-flip: How to Flip Your Classroom One Activity at a Time

Presenters: Elizabeth Lucht and Marina Smitherman, Dalton State University

Designing individual active learning assignments to address challenging course concepts is an effective bridge between didactic lecture and the fully flipped classroom for faculty interested in improved student learning gains who prefer lecturing. This session describes the tools, design and implementation of two highly effective interactive activities for a semi-flipped classroom.


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February 17, 2016

Edunav: Helping students manage their education and achieve their goals

Presenter: Jeff Relue

In this session learn how students can better manage their education and register every term to the optimal set of courses and sections, shortening their time to graduation and minimizing wasted credit hours.

Utilizing existing data in real-time from both the student information system (for example: class schedules and student records) and degree audit system (policies, rules and the course catalog), Edunav automatically generates an optimal personalized map-like plan for each student based on their chosen career/life-goals (degrees & certificates) and personal circumstances. See how the degree plans continuously adjust as circumstances change, always picking the best set of courses and sections, guiding students to a successful on-time completion.

Additionally, with a view into all the student plans, the service forecasts the need for future course capacities allowing institutions and departments to plan accordingly.

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February 23, 2016

Introduction to Web Accessibility

Presenter: Janet Sylvia, University of Georgia

If any of your academic course content is delivered over the web, then it must be accessible for all students - including students with disabilities. In this session we will cover accessibility requirements and provide 10 Tips for Creating Accessible Course Content. These are easy steps everyone can take to help ensure academic courses are accessible for all students.


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March 10, 2016

Distance Education: Implementing Design and Delivery Standards in an Online Program Area

Presenter: Katie Mercer and Raleigh Way, Georgia Southern University

This webinar will be of interest to anyone interested in developing distance education policies and procedures within a single academic unit.

Dr. Katie Mercer works in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University, where she is charged with oversight of quality assurance for online course development for the College. As a result, Dr. Mercer has developed the Distance Learning Quality Implementation Plan, a policies and procedure manual that outlines expectations for online course design, delivery, and for faculty who teach the courses. Dr. Mercer will discuss her approach to the development, rollout, and oversight of the quality assurance program.


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March 17, 2016

Reacting to the Past

Presenters: Chase Hagood and Naomi Norman, University of Georgia

Reacting to the Past’s approach to teaching and learning consists of elaborate games in which students are assigned roles informed by classic texts in the history of ideas. Class sessions are run entirely by students; instructors advise and guide students and grade their oral and written work as well as participation. This workshop will introduce the general approach of Reacting’s pedagogy, provide an overview of current game offerings, and examine various faculty development partnerships and initiatives that have sustained the growth and dynamism of Reacting to the Past at The University of Georgia.


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March 23, 2016

Using OER and No-Cost Resources in Course Design

Moderator: Jeff Gallant , University System of Georgia

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free resources with an open license which allow for reuse, redistribution, remixing, and revising. Using OER in college courses can save students money on textbook costs, foster more equitable access to materials, and engage students in interesting ways that all-rights-reserved copyright often does not allow. This panel is a collaboration between Affordable Learning Georgia and the USG Office of Faculty Development, featuring instructional designers and USG Centers for Teaching and Learning faculty and staff, discussing current OER course design practices in face-to-face, hybrid, and online instruction.


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April 5, 2016

The Concept of “Intersectionality” and Its Use in Political Science Classrooms

Presenter: Dovile Budryte

Recently, the concept of intersectionality, referring to the ways in which various identities and forms of oppression intersect, has become visible in various fields, including political science and international relations. With its origins in black feminist studies, this concept is often used by student political activists interested in various issues, including women’s rights and the political rights of various groups. How can this concept be used in contemporary political science and international relations classrooms? Drawing on examples from several classes, I plan to highlight several ways in which the concept of intersectionality can inform our teaching about civil rights, human rights, nationalism, and migration.


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