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Teaching Conversation Series

The Teaching Conversations program fosters camaraderie and teaching excellence among professors. All faculty and teaching staff are invited to join Teaching Conversations 2017-2018, 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 5 out of 6 sessions, you can earn a Teaching Institute 2017-2018 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 2017 - Spring 2018 Schedules 

Cumming Campus

Teaching Conversations: Cumming Fall 2017

Date & Time Place Topic Presenter(s) and 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 Presenter(s) and 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 Presenter(s) and 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

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 Presenter(s) and 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 Presenter(s) and 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 Presenter(s) and Facilitator Plan
Wednesday February 14, 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
Topic to be determined in Session 1. Diana Edelman Topic to be determined in Session 1.
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 Presenter(s) and 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 Presenter(s) and 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 18, 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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