Faculty Development

Academic Affairs Division

Faculty Development Series

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

October 17, 2008

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)

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

November 14, 2008

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)

Developing Research & Teaching Portfolios

January 23, 2009

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)

Successful Grant Writing

February 13, 2009

Tina Straley, Executive Director, The Mathematical Association of America

Target Audience: All USG Faculty

  • Successful Grant Writing (1 hour, 53 minutes)

Scholarly Communication

March 6, 2009

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)

Institutional Effectiveness & Student Learning Assessment, Day 1

April 23, 2009
  • 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)

Institutional Effectiveness & Student Learning Assessment, Day 2

April 24, 2009
  • 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)

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

September 11, 2009

Bill Hill

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

Free Instructional Resources for USG Faculty

October 16, 2009

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)

Responsible Conduct in Research

November 13, 2009

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)

Creating Effective Learning Environments for the Millennial Learner

January 22, 2010

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)

Teaching With Clickers: Engaging Students with Classroom Response Systems

February 19, 2010

Derek Bruff, Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University

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

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

March 26, 2010

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

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

Assessing Global Learning

April 23, 2010

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)

Advocating for Open Textbooks

September 20, 2010
  • 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

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

October 15, 2010
  • 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

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

November 19, 2010
  • Presenter: Donna Gessell - North Georgia College and State University
  • Location: ITS - Athens
  • Session: Face-to-Face Monthly

Creating Educational Podcasts

January 21, 2011
  • Presenter: Jim Wolfgang
  • Digital Innovations Group – Georgia College and State University
  • Location: ITS - Athens
  • Session: Face-to-Face Monthly

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

February 18, 2011
  • 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

Encouraging and Supporting Undergraduate Research

March 18, 2011
  • 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

Assessing Student Learning on Study Abroad Trips

April 22, 2011
  • 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

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 (Online Session)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Accessibility Matters: Section 508 Compliance in Higher Education

November 16, 2012
  • 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

Tales from the Implementation of a Quality Assurance Coordinator

January 9, 2013
  • Presenters: N. Rigole, A. Koohang, Terry Smith
  • Location: online

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

January 18, 2013
  • Presenters: Marie Lasseter, Bonnie Robinson
  • Location: Athens

Copyright and Fair Use

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

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

February 22, 2013
  • Presenter: Dale Suffridge
  • Location: Athens

Accessibility & Disability: General Requirements and Individual Accommodation

March 13, 2013
  • Presenters: Janet Sylvia, Web Accessibility Group Leader, CAES-University of Georgia; Kimberly Tanner, Director - Access Office, Valdosta State University
  • Location: online

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

March 15, 2013
  • Presenter: Michele DiPietro
  • Location: Kennesaw State University

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

March 22, 2013
  • Presenter: Joe Le Doux
  • Location: Athens

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

September 10, 2013

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.

All Aboard!

October 8, 2013

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!

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

October 15, 2013

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.

Scholarly Open-Access Publishing and the Peril of Predatory Publishers

October 22, 2013

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.

Implementing the 4 R’s of Open Textbooks

November 12, 2013


  • 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.

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

January 14, 2014

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

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

January 21, 2014

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.

Accessibility Considerations for Desire2Learn 10.2 Courses

February 4, 2014

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.

Accessibility Solutions for Online Educational Environments

February 18, 2014

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)

March 4, 2014

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

March 18, 2014

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

April 1, 2014

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 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.

Understanding Your Veteran and Military Students

October 7, 2014

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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Kissing Pricey Textbooks Goodbye: Teaching with Open Access

October 21, 2014

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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ePortfolios for Learning, Assessment, and Career Development

October 22, 2014

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

November 4, 2014

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

November 18, 2014

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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The Quality of Learning in MOOCs

January 6, 2015

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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Complete College Georgia Initiatives, Part 1

January 20, 2015

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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Infographics, Part 1

January 21, 2015

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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LoudCloud: Equipping Faculty and Institutions for Competency-Based Education

January 27, 2015

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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Infographics, Part 2

January 28, 2015

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

February 17, 2015

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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Complete College Georgia Initiatives, Part 2

February 24, 2015

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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Quality Matters in the USG

March 10, 2015

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.


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

March 24, 2015

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 abolitionseminar.org, 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 riseandfallofslavery.wordpress.com and the history of global apocalyptisicm, viewable at historyoftheend.wordpress.com. Hear more about his experiences and consider how you can integrate these models into your own classrooms.

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Webinars, Courses, and Keynotes: Online Presentations that Deliver

January 14, 2016

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.


Teaching in Times of Tragedies

January 20, 2016

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.


Panel: Successful Practices in Teaching Adult Learners Online

January 28, 2016

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.


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

February 9, 2016

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.


Edunav: Helping students manage their education and achieve their goals

February 17, 2016

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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Introduction to Web Accessibility

February 23, 2016

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.


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

March 10, 2016

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.


Reacting to the Past

March 17, 2016

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.


Using OER and No-Cost Resources in Course Design

March 23, 2016

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.


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

April 5, 2016

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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