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Teaching Conversations Series

The Teaching Conversations program fosters camaraderie and teaching excellence among professors. All faculty and teaching staff are invited to join Teaching Conversations 2018-2019, a series of six conversations over the full academic year. One of the most beneficial aspects of these teaching conversations arises in the sharing of experiences and insights from our classroom practices.

Optional: If you attend five out of six sessions, you can earn a Teaching Institute 2018-2019 Certificate. You’ll need to also write a brief, two-page assessment of how these sessions influenced your practices. If you choose to do this, please submit it via email to your campus facilitator by the end of spring exams.

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Feel free to attend one or more sessions.  Please REGISTER for each individual session [UNG login required]

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 Schedules

Please note that spring 2019 rooms may get bumped for instruction.

Cumming Campus

Teaching Conversations: Cumming Fall 2018

Please note that the September 10, 2018 session will be held in CMG 262.

Date Place Topic Facilitator Plan
9/10/18 CMG 262 Smoothing the Transition: Helping Your Freshmen Adjust to College Work Steve Pearson Overview and discussion regarding retention issues and ways to address these early in students' coursework.
10/8/18 CMG 161 Peer Observation of Teaching: What is It and How Can We Do It Effectively? Lori Furbush Learn how to partner with peers to get fresh insights for your teaching through descriptive, collegial peer observations.
11/12/18 CMG 161 Establishing Teaching Effectiveness for Annual Reviews, Tenure, and/or Promotion Lori Furbush Strategies for developing your teaching portfolio and evidence for teaching effectiveness.

Teaching Conversations: Cumming Spring 2019

Date Place Topic Facilitator Plan
1/14/19 CMG 161 Teaching with Transparency: Designing Assignments to Increase Student Success Lori Furbush Easy strategies for designing clear, effective assignments in any discipline.
2/11/19 CMG 161 Cumming’s  Unique Place in a Five-Campus University Lori Furbush Conversation about fostering a richer teaching and learning environment at Cumming. Shared strategies for building campus culture.
4/8/19 CMG 161 Our Best Teaching Moments: What Worked and Ideas for Next Year Lori Furbush Celebration and sharing of this year’s successes. Conversation about topics for next year’s Teaching Conversations.

Dahlonega Campus

Teaching Conversations: Dahlonega Fall 2018

Date Place Topic Facilitator Plan
9/10/18 Hansford 209 Balancing Teaching and Scholarly Productivity: How to Kill two Birds with One Stone Rebecca Johnston Practical ideas and  discussion about how to maximize time and maintain scholarly productivity while managing teaching and service loads.
10/8/18 Hansford 209 What’s Happening in My Class: Using Research Methods to Get Answers Rebecca Johnston Using Angelo and Cross’s seminal Classroom Assessment Techniques, learn easy, discipline-specific approaches for insights into your students’ learning and your own teaching via self-evaluation.
11/12/18 Hansford 209 Eliciting Greater Student Participation and Intrinsic Motivation in Your Classes Rebecca Johnston Increase student participation through sharing fresh strategies to foster interactive classes. Easy, effective ideas from James Lang’s Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning.

Teaching Conversations: Dahlonega Spring 2019

Date Place Topic Facilitator Plan
1/14/19 Hansford 209 Documenting and Highlighting Teaching Effectiveness for Annual Reviews, Tenure, and/or Promotion Rebecca Johnston Ideas for developing your teaching portfolio, documenting teaching effectiveness, and compiling evidence for the annual review.
2/11/19 Hansford 209 Facilitating Learning Transfer in your Classes Rebecca Johnston Practical applications of the Transfer of Learning theory in helping your students to apply what they studied elsewhere in your class.
4/8/19 Hansford 209 Our Best Teaching Moments: What Worked and Ideas for Next Year Rebecca Johnston Celebration and sharing of this year’s successes. Conversation about topics for next year’s Teaching Conversations.

Gainesville Campus

Teaching Conversations: Gainesville Fall 2018

Please note that the September 10, 2018 session will be held in Nesbitt 5105.

Date Place Topic Facilitator Plan
9/10/18 Nesbitt 5105 Smoothing the Transition: Helping Your Freshmen Adjust to College Work Steve Pearson Overview and discussion regarding retention issues and ways to address these early in students' coursework.
10/8/18 Nesbitt 3203 Peer Observation of Teaching: What is it and how do can we do it effectively? Diana Edelman and colleagues Learn how to partner with peers to get fresh insights for your teaching through descriptive, collegial peer observations.
11/12/18 Nesbitt 3203 Bring Your Best: An Assignment-Sharing Session Diana Edelman and colleagues Cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas about what works with UNG students. Bring an assignment or learning activity. Also get some quick ways to boost student participation, drawing on James Lang’s Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning.

Teaching Conversations: Gainesville Spring 2019

Date Place Topic Facilitator Plan
1/14/19 Nesbitt 3203 Teaching with Transparency: Designing Assignments to Increase Student Success  Diana Edelman and colleagues Easy strategies for designing clear, effective assignments in any discipline.
2/11/19 Nesbitt 3203 Establishing Teaching Effectiveness for Annual Reviews, Tenure, and/or Promotion Diana Edelman and colleagues Strategies for developing your teaching portfolio and evidence for teaching effectiveness.
4/8/19 Nesbitt 3203 Our Best Teaching Moments: What Worked and Ideas for Next Year Diana Edelman Celebration and sharing of this year’s successes. Conversation about topics for next year’s Teaching Conversations.

Oconee Campus

Teaching Conversations: Oconee Fall 2018

Date Place Topic Facilitator Plan
9/10/18 SRC 532 Building Rapport in the Classroom Katherine Kipp Successful strategies for building positive relationships with students and the benefits of this for their learning.
10/8/18 SRC 532 Transfer Students: A Toolkit for Teaching and Advising Katherine Kipp and colleagues Strategies and conversation about working with transfer students.
11/12/18 SRC 532 Establishing Teaching Effectiveness for Annual Reviews, Promotions, and/or Tenure Katherine Kipp and colleagues Easy steps to  develop your teaching portfolio and evidence for teaching effectiveness.

Teaching Conversations: Oconee Spring 2019

Date Place Topic Facilitator Plan
1/14/19 SRC 532 Oconee’s Unique Place in a Five-Campus University Katherine Kipp and colleagues Conversation about fostering a richer teaching and learning environment at Oconee. Shared strategies for building campus culture.
2/11/19 SRC 532 Professional Development and Renewal Katherine Kipp and colleagues Down-to-earth discussion about being a successful professor and having a life.
4/8/19 SRC 532 Our Best Teaching Moments: What Worked and Ideas for Next Year Katherine Kipp Celebration and sharing this year’s successes. Conversation about topics for next year’s Teaching Conversations.

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 Schedules

Cumming Campus

Teaching Conversations: Cumming Fall 2017

Date & Time Place Topic Facilitator Plan
Wednesday,
September 20, 2017
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Cumming 162 Classroom Management: Creating a Classroom Environment With Engaged Learners Jennifer Williford Tips and ideas exchange about what has worked in our classrooms to keep students engaged; practical take-aways
Wednesday, 
October 18, 2017
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Cumming 161 Working With Dual-Enrolled (MOWR, Move On When Ready) Students Jennifer Williford Practical advice and conversation about teaching with Dual Enrolled (Move on When Ready) students
Wednesday,
November 15, 2017
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Cumming 161 Faculty Annual Report: How to Effectively Prepare Yours! Jennifer Williford Presentation and Q&A about how to prepare an effective faculty annual report

Teaching Conversations: Cumming Spring 2018

Date & Time Place Topic Facilitator Plan
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Cumming 161 Technology in the Classroom:  What Really Helps Students Learn? Jennifer Williford Ideas exchange about technology in the classroom with practical take-aways
Wednesday,
March 21, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Cumming 161 A Fine Balance: Strategies for Life and Work Jennifer Williford Tips and ideas exchange about how to stay ahead at work while maintaining a life at home
Wednesday,
April 18, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Cumming 161 Finding and Using Resources for Research and Publications Jennifer Williford Tips and conversation about how to find meaningful resources for research and publications

Dahlonega Campus

Teaching Conversations: Dahlonega Fall 2017

Date & Time Place Topic Facilitator Plan
Wednesday,
September 20, 2017
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Dahlonega
Barnes Hall 216
SoTL: Turning Your Teaching into Publishable Research Panel of former UNG SoTL Award winners

Rebecca Johnston
Informal panel presentation, discussion, and Q&A with practical take-aways
Wednesday, 
October 18, 2017
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Dahlonega
Barnes Hall 216
Teaching with Transparency: Designing Assignments to Increase Student Success Rebecca Johnston Easy strategies for designing clear, effective assignments in any discipline
Wednesday,
November 15, 2017
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Dahlonega
Barnes Hall 216
Examining Teaching in Relation to Student Evaluations Panel of former UNG Teaching Excellence Award winners, Miriam Segura-Totten, Martin Blackwell and Jennifer Graff.

Rebecca Johnston
Overview and panel discussion about student evaluation criteria and relationship between teaching practice and student evaluations

Teaching Conversations: Dahlonega Spring 2018

Date & Time Place Topic Facilitator Plan
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Dahlonega
Barnes Hall 216
Balancing Teaching and Scholarly Productivity One Additional Presenter

Rebecca Johnston
Conversation and tips on maintaining scholarly productivity while managing teaching and service loads; practical take-aways
Wednesday,
March 21, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Dahlonega
Barnes Hall 216
Lecturing: How to Reach Your Audience; Incorporating Activity and Interaction Rebecca Johnston Presentation and ideas exchange for adding worthwhile activities to lectures and class time. Fun ideas, conversation, and practical take-aways
Wednesday,
April 18, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Dahlonega
Barnes Hall 216
Chat and Eat: Summarizing the Series Rebecca Johnston Ideas exchange about year's take away points; informal chat and eat

Gainesville Campus

Teaching Conversations: Gainesville Fall 2017

Date & Time Place Topic Facilitator Plan
Wednesday,
September 20, 2017
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Gainesville
Nesbitt 3203
Scholarly Productivity: Breathing New Life into Your Teaching and Career Michael Rifenburg

Diana Edelman
Informal panel presentation, discussion, and Q&A with practical take-aways
Wednesday, 
October 18, 2017
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Gainesville
Nesbitt 3203
Best Practices in Engaging Students Diana Edelman Participants will share tips and strategies they have used for keeping students actively engaged.
Wednesday,
November 15, 2017
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Gainesville
Nesbitt 3203
Teaching with Technology Molly Daniel, Leigh Dillard

Diana Edelman
Ideas exchange on simple but effective ways to incorporate technology into your courses; practical take-aways

Teaching Conversations: Gainesville Spring 2018

Date & Time Place Topic Facilitator Plan
Friday, February 23, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Gainesville
Nesbitt 3203
TILT: Transparency in Learning & Teaching Diana Edelman Easy strategies for designing clear, effective assignments in any discipline
Wednesday,
March 21, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Gainesville
Nesbitt 3203
Smoothing the Transition: Helping Your Freshmen Adjust to College Work

Dr. J. Stephen Pearson

Diana Edelman

This workshop will present retention issues that can be addressed early in students' coursework and will ask faculty to consider ways that we can address them in first-year courses
Wednesday,
April 18, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Gainesville
Nesbitt 3203
Final Thoughts & Future Plans Diana Edelman Conversation about favorite ideas from this year and setting goals for next year

Oconee Campus

Teaching Conversations: Oconee Fall 2017

Date & Time Place Topic  Facilitator Plan
Wednesday,
September 20, 2017
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Oconee 532 Interdisciplinary Team Teaching Lance Bardsley
Dan Cabaniss
Rosaria Meek
Michael Kemling

Katherine Kipp
Presentation about team teaching followed by Q&A and open discussion
Wednesday, 
October 18, 2017
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Oconee 532 Incivility in the Classroom Lance Bardsley

Katherine Kipp
Beginning parameters, then open discussion about the increase in disruptive behaviors in class and what we can do about it.
Wednesday,
November 15, 2017
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Oconee 532 Information Literacy and Undergraduate Research: Can We Send our Students to Conferences? Karen Redding
Laura Ng
Jeremy Cooper
Jill Shultze
Barry Stennett

Katherine Kipp
Short presentations, then open discussion about using these high-impact practices at Oconee

Teaching Conversations: Oconee Spring 2018

Date & Time Place Topic Facilitator Plan
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Oconee 532 Teaching with Technology: Ours and Theirs Katherine Kipp Ideas exchange about what technology we’re using in class and how to manage student device usage in the classroom
Wednesday,
March 21, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Oconee 314 What Happened to the Textbook: How to Encourage Students to Read Dan Cabaniss

Katherine Kipp
Tips and conversations about motivating students to read
Wednesday,
April 25, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Oconee 532 The Honor Code, Plagiarism, and Cheating Katherine Kipp Some parameters and conversation about how to handle student honor code infractions, including plagiarism and other types of cheating in face-to-face and online courses

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