Teaching at Southern

October 2018, The Center for Teaching Excellence

Saundra McGuire to Speak at GSU

During this Momentum Year, we hear many faculty discussing how to get students more motivated, more engaged, especially in their core classes. For the second year in a row, Georgia Southern will host a visit from Dr. Saundra McGuire, author of Teach Students How to Learn. She provides practical, research-based strategies to teach students how to learn.


Dr. McGuire's October 17th presentation will be available on all 3 campuses.


Wednesday, October 17

12:15-1:50 PM


Ogeechee Theatre-Armstrong Campus (Presentation)

Cone Hall 2029 - Statesboro Campus (Live Stream)

Liberty Campus 108 (Live Stream)


Register here to attend the presentation.

FLC: Understanding Students to Foster Success

We expect our students to come to college with a foundation of academic skills, but the reality is that many of them lack the knowledge they should have learned in high school.


The purpose of this Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is to get to know our students so we can better prepare them to succeed in their college careers. Who are Georgia Southern students? What competencies do they have, and what competencies can we help them develop to become successful college students? These are some of the major questions we'll seek to answer through readings and conversations.


Contributing are other campus units, including FYE and Housing, who will share their perspectives on our students. By the end of this FLC, you will gain a deeper understanding of who your students are and pedagogical strategies you can employ to promote improved learning in your classroom.


Tuesdays, beginning October 16 to November 6 (attendance at all meetings expected)

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Cone Hall 2029 - Statesboro Campus


Register Now

SoTL Fellows Panel

Drs. Jinrong Li (Writing & Linguistics) and Peter Rogers (Civil Engineering & Construction Management) will present on their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research projects, which they conducted as Georgia Southern SoTL Fellows with support from the CTE.


If you are interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, writing instruction, or teaching a flipped or technology-enhanced course, this session is for you! Dr. Li completed a study focused on strategies and methods to help improve linguistic accuracy of students' writing in a second language. Dr. Rogers investigated how lightboard videos impact student learning in a flipped classroom. The session will include time for Q&A with the presenters.


We require a minimum of 5 participants, so please make sure to register before this Wednesday, October 17.


October 18

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Hendricks Hall 3001 (Public Health)

Statesboro Campus


Register Now

Registration Open: Spring 2019 Teaching Online Certificate (TOC) Program

Registration is open for the TOC Program in Spring 2019!


The program begins January 28, 2019.


The TOC Program certifies faculty to deliver and design online courses at GSU. The program consists of three parts: a seven-week online workshop, a four-week course development practicum, and two face-to-face technical training workshops. The estimated time commitment is 36 hours.


For more details, see the TOC page on our website.

Upcoming CTE Workshops & Folio Training

REGISTER HERE


Tuesday, October 16

Folio Foundations - Quizzes

10:00 - 11:00 AM

COE 2151 (Statesboro)


FLC: Understanding Students to Foster Success Begins

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Cone Hall 2029 (Statesboro)


Folio Foundations - Assignments & Discussions

1:15 - 2:00 PM

Solms Hall 207 (Armstrong)

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Wednesday, October 17

Folio Integrations - WebEx Online Classrooms

10:00 - 11:00 AM

COE 2151 (Statesboro)


Needs Assessment Focus Group

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Cone Hall 2029 (Statesboro)


Teach Students How to Learn by Dr. Saundra McGuire

12:15 - 1:50 PM

Ogeechee Theatre (Armstrong)

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Thursday, October 18

SoTL Fellows Panel

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Hendricks Hall 3001 (Statesboro)


Folio Foundations - Web Accessibility (Documents)

12:15 - 1:00 PM

Solms Hall 207 (Armstrong)

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Monday, October 22

Needs Assessment Focus Group

12:20 - 1:00 PM

Solms Hall 207 (Armstrong)

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Thursday, October 25

WebEx: Needs Assessment Focus Group

11:00 - 11:45 AM


Using Collaborative Annotations to Promote Critical Reading

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Solms Hall 207 (Armstrong)


WebEx: Needs Assessment Focus Group

3:30 - 4:15 PM

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Friday, October 26

Meet the Office of Research Integrity

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Solms Hall 207 (Armstrong)

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Tuesday, October 30

Folio Foundations - Gradebook & Grading

12:15 - 1:00 PM

Solms Hall 207 (Armstrong)


Resources for Data Collection (OIE)

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Solms Hall 207 (Armstrong)

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Wednesday, October 31

Resources for Data Collection (OIE)

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Biological Sciences 3356 (Statesboro)

Open Lab - Course Support, Design, & Development

ARMSTRONG CAMPUS

This is a pilot program for Fall 2018 to accommodate faculty scheduling conflicts with CTE workshops.


Instructional Designers will be available in Solms 207 for faculty seeking support for:


  • developing instructional materials (video, audio, images)
  • web accessibility (and best practices)
  • learning activities
  • Folio (and best practices)


October 16, 18, 23, & 29

November 1, 5, & 9

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


October 19, & 24

November 7 & 13

12:00 - 4:00 PM


October 26

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM and 2:30 - 4:00 PM


October 30 & November 15

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM and 3:00 - 4:00 PM


Faculty from all campuses are encouraged to attend these Open Lab hours. If you would like a private consultation or conversation, please contact the CTE office on Statesboro Campus at (912) 478-0049, the Armstrong Campus at (912) 344-3607, or email us at CTE@georgiasouthern.edu.

Observations & Mid-semester Feedback

If you are looking for a way to document your dedication to teaching and teaching effectiveness, we can help. CTE staff are available to:


  • conduct classroom observations for non-evaluative feedback on your teaching practices and
  • facilitate midterm-student feedback focus groups in your classes so you can gain an insight into your students' learning experience before the semester is over.


Contact cte@georgiasouthern.edu or your college liaison (see below) to schedule a consultation and discuss what an observation or mid-semester student feedback can do for you!


Dr. Lauren Barbeau (lbarbeau@georgiasouthern.edu)
CAH, CBSS

Dr. Claudia Cornejo Happel (ccornejohappel@georgiasouthern.edu)
JPH-COPH, COB, WCHP

Stacy Kluge (skluge@georgiasouthern.edu)

Online Courses

Dr. Nancy Remler (nremler@georgiasouthern.edu)
COE, Liberty Campus

Debbie Walker (dwalker@georgiasouthern.edu)
CEC, COSM

Meet the Staff

Stephen Hufsmith, Instructional Designer

Hello! I am an Instructional Designer with the Center for Teaching Excellence on the Armstrong Campus. I've been here for two years, having worked at the Boston University's Office of Distance Education for the previous 10 years. I enjoy working one-on-one with faculty, guiding them in developing new online and hybrid courses, as well as updating existing courses.


My husband and I moved to Savannah in 2016 after having spent too many winters in New England. We, along with our 9-year-old Cavachon (Cavalier King Charles-Bichon mix), love the warmer climate. Having come from Boston, I love the Red Sox, but have embraced the Savannah Bananas summer collegiate team since our arrival in Savannah. My love for the Bananas team has grown to the point that I ran my first 5k, the Running of the Bananas.