Teaching at Southern

September 2018, Center for Teaching Excellence Newsletter

CTE Open Houses

New name, new location: Join us for an open house on both campuses!

Enjoy light refreshments, explore our new space, and chat with staff about professional development opportunities at the Center or teaching ideas you have in mind.

Armstrong: Thursday, September 13th from 1:30-3:00 PM - Solms Hall 211

Statesboro: Friday, September 14th from 2:00-4:00 PM - Cone Hall 2029

**Note that the Statesboro office has moved!**

Bring your business cards for door prizes. You do not have to be present to win.

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September Events

SoTL Award Winner Presentation

Motivating and Retaining Student Learning Gains

by Dr. Shainaz Landge

Dr. Landge, winner of the GS SoTL Award and GS Award for Teaching Excellence (2018), will present on her SoTL research dedicated to investigating student motivation and retention of learning gains. While her SoTL projects were grounded in the teaching of chemistry, she will discuss how the findings of her research are applicable across disciplines. Dr. Landge will also share insights into the SoTL research and publication process.

Friday, September 7

12:30-1:30 PM

3001 Hendricks (Public Health Building)

Register Now

Academic Integrity Workshop

Are you concerned about academic dishonesty in your face-to-face and online classes? In this facilitated, online workshop we will discuss ideas for promoting academic integrity through course design, strategies to prevent cheating, and tools available to us in Folio to help us in this mission.

September 10-October 7

Online Folio Course

Facilitated by Claudia Cornejo Happel and Louise Fechter

Register Now

Open Educational Resources (OER) FLC

Open Educational Resources (OER) have been on the discussion table for several years. Perhaps you have thought about incorporating OERs into your own courses? Perhaps you wonder how this is possible, or when/how you would ever find the time to revamp a course? Join the OER Faculty Learning Community and explore your options. Academic Librarians and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) will provide guidance in types/availability/options of OER materials, as well as guidance in designing a course using OER. Faculty who participate will work towards building a proposal to submit to Affordable Learning Georgia for an upcoming round of Textbook Transformation Grants.

Statesboro and Armstrong campuses

Sept. 12 and 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 7

10:00-11:00 AM

Register Now

SoTL Commons Conference Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals is now open!

Submission deadline is September 17, 2018.

Conference dates: January 24-25, 2019 on the historic Savannah Riverfront at the Hyatt Regency, Savannah.

Hosted by the Georgia Southern University Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), the SoTL Commons is an international conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning with an intimate feel - listen to high quality presentations from nationally and internationally recognized speakers and join in conversations with a community of scholars from around the world.

For the most updated conference information and to submit your proposal, please see the SoTL Commons page.

We Want to Hear from You

In order to provide you with first-rate assistance and opportunities, the CTE asks that you respond to a brief survey linked below to give your input on potential future programs.

The questions revolve around what content you think best for your professional development, how the CTE conducts workshops, and how we communicate with you.

Please go to the Faculty Needs Assessment survey.

Saundra McGuire to Speak in October

Do you believe that students can learn more deeply and achieve more success than they do at present? Would you like to find ways to inspire unmotivated, disengaged students? Dr. Saundra McGuire, author of Teach Students How to Learn, provides practical, research-based strategies to teach students how to learn.

Dr. McGuire's October presentation will be live-streamed to the Statesboro and Liberty campuses.

Wednesday, October 17

12:00-1:30 PM

Ogeechee Theatre-Armstrong Campus

Register here to attend the presentation.

Web Tool Trainings

Louise Fechter and Keyasha Johnson will host multiple Folio Foundations Technical Workshops on both Statesboro and Armstrong campuses.

Workshop subjects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Building a Learning Module
  • Grade Book and Grading
  • Quizzes
  • Folio Communications
  • Dropboxes

For a full list of workshops and to register, visit our Folio Foundations technical workshops page.


Textbook Transformation Grants Round Twelve Applications

due September 10, 2018

Register now: Research on Teaching and Learning Summit

hosted by Kennesaw State University October 12, 2018

Register now: Innovation in Teaching Conference

hosted by the University of Georgia October 19, 2018

Meet the Staff

Lauren Barbeau, Faculty Developer, Statesboro

I serve as the liaison to the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the College of Graduate Studies. In the Center, I coordinate our certificate and badge programs as well as our graduate student programming. Before coming to Southern, I taught writing and literature courses. My teaching experience inspires my current research interests in reading and writing for critical thinking.

As a first-generation college student, I also enjoy researching best practices for easing the transition from high school to college for first-year and first-gen students. If these topics are of interest to you, look for forthcoming workshops!