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Faculty member and students pen article to aid faculty in online transition

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UNG doctoral students Renee Hayes, left, and Kristie Kiser, right, worked with their UNG Ed.D. faculty member, Dr. Michael Lanford, center, for an article published in University Business to help faculty across the country with the transition to online instruction.

A University of North Georgia (UNG) faculty member and two students in the online Doctor of Education program wrote an article for University Business that offers tips to ease the transition to online courses for higher education faculty across the U.S due to COVID-19. The article's title is "You've moved your course online, but is it impactful?"

Dr. Michael Lanford, assistant professor of higher education at UNG, said it was a good experience for students Renee Hayes and Kristie Kiser to work through the editing process for a journalism article.

"There's a real benefit to learning how to adjust your writing to a broader audience," Lanford said.

Kiser, who is a student success coordinator at UNG, said Lanford made the publication process seem less daunting.

"With his encouragement, it just seemed like it would be a simple thing to do," Kiser said. "He's really supportive of his students, and that made all the difference in this case."

All three of the authors on the article were grateful to find a way to help during COVID-19.

"This was a very collaborative writing project," said Hayes, director of the Academic Enhancement Center at Georgia Gwinnett College. "We tried to develop a short, easy-to-read piece that's going to help faculty make their lives a little bit easier."

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