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Faculty Teaching & Learning Communities

Join a CETL Faculty Teaching & Learning Community to meet faculty with similar interests and participate at the forefront of educational discussion at the university. Communities will receive $100 of professional development funding to put toward community goals and will meet 9 or more times during the 2017-2018 academic year. Register by Friday, September 15.

Surviving & Enjoying Your First Year of Teaching

Facilitated by: Laura Carruth (CETL Director)
This Faculty-TaLC is for new (or fairly new) instructors. The topics will be determined by the Faculty-TaLC members and may include developing and evaluating classroom activities, technology in the classroom, writing and assessing student learning outcomes, how to prepare for promotion and/or tenure, how to document teaching effectiveness, campus employee wellness programs, mentoring, work/life balance.

Meeting frequency: 1-1.5 hrs every three to four weeks as decided by the Faculty-TaLC members.
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Atlanta Studies

Facilitated by: Ashley Holmes (English), Marni Davis (History), and Brennan Collins (CETL)
The Atlanta Studies Faculty Teaching & Learning Community will explore topics and methods for incorporating the local Atlanta area — its rich history, and its contemporary achievements and challenges — into one’s curriculum and assignments. Pedagogical topics, while ultimately selected by the faculty members, might include constructing histories of Atlanta, analyzing archeological artifacts, creating digital maps, documenting local stories, analyzing local urban/suburban problems, or incorporating experiential, place-based learning. While members of the community will help guide its purpose and goals, we envision opportunities for sharing and building new assignments and resources, as well as possible field trips to engage with and be inspired by the city of Atlanta.

This Faculty-TaLC will meet once/month for 1 to 1.5 hours. The schedule of meetings will be decided by the Faculty-TaLC members.
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Student Emotional Intelligence and Metacognition

Facilitated by: Robert Maxwell (Biology) and Traci Sims (Nursing)
A key element in student success is self-awareness. Effective students learn to look inward, to see where they are struggling, and then have the perseverance to succeed by making the necessary changes in attitude, behavior and studying. While the individual topics for discussion will be selected by participating faculty members, potential topics might include:

  • Sharing strategies to use emotional intelligence to enhance student success.
  • Techniques to help students develop perseverance or ‘Grit’.
  • Teaching students how to self-identify gaps in their learning.

This Faculty-TaLC will meet once/month for 1 to 1.5 hours. The schedule of meetings will be decided by the Faculty-TaLC members.
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Teaching Large Enrollment Courses

Facilitated by: Cyntoria Johnson (Criminal Justice)
Teaching large enrollment courses can be a challenge. How can you adapt materials and activities that were used successfully in a small class for a large class? How can you develop a positive class climate? How can you encourage student engagement? What kinds of assessments work best? How do large online courses differ from large face to face courses? This Faculty-TaLC will explore a variety of factors related to teaching large courses in order for participants to develop strategies for their own courses and to help define the best practices for Georgia State students.

This Faculty-TaLC will meet once/month for 1 to 1.5 hours. The schedule of meetings will be decided by the Faculty-TaLC members.
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Global Learning and Course Internationalization

Facilitated by: Mourad Dakhli (International Business) and Mary Helen O’Connor (Office of International Initiatives and English-Perimeter)
With internationalization of the university as a primary objective in the strategic plan, faculty are seeking ways to integrate global learning into their curriculum. Study abroad, student exchanges, and other international experiential opportunities are options for a small portion of the student body. Collaborative online international learning (COIL) is a teaching and research methodology offering a cost-effective way to extend the benefits of international education to larger numbers of students using technology. Many faculty members are already using technology to connect their students with international teaching and research opportunities around the world. This Faculty-TaLC will support the exploration and development of new international collaborations as well as support current partnerships. Open to faculty from all disciplines, this group will provide professional development support to faculty seeking ways to integrate global perspectives and collaborations in their courses.

This Faculty-TaLC will meet once/month for 1 to 1.5 hours. The schedule of meetings will be decided by the Faculty-TaLC members.
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