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Innovative Teaching Workshop Series 2023
January 10 - 13, 2023

The Center for Faculty Development will offer its Innovative Teaching Workshop series for the spring semester January 10 - 13, 2023. The annual series is comprised of hybrid and virtual workshops offered on topics including teaching with learning assistants, making the classroom fun, addressing the growth of cheating enabled by COVID and technology, and refreshers for online learning tools and resources available for your classroom.

Innovative Teaching Workshop Schedule

Currently, USM utilizes a video recording and streaming tool: Canvas Studio. This tool connects to Canvas and allows for content to be integrated course shells. This workshop provides an overview of both Canvas Studio. This workshop is a brief introduction of the features of Canvas Studio  and how you may use it within your course and how your students may use it as well.

Presenter: Mark Ferguson, Director of Academic Technology, Office of Online Learning
Tuesday, January 10, 2023 | 10:00 – 11:15 am | Virtual – Zoom

When classes became a largely de facto online experience, scholars of all levels became dependent on technology in new ways whether it be for submitting assignments or for using programs like TurnItIn to detect plagiarism and other issues. Yet, there has recently been a boom in methodologies used by students that bypass plagiarism checks and enable student dishonesty, thus this workshop will provide examples of student behavior that disrupts the academic community and discuss how to discover this hidden deceit to maintain the value of the academic community.

Presenter: James Thomas, Assistant Professor, School of Education
Tuesday, January 10, 2023 | 1:00 – 2:15 pm | Hybrid – IC 319 & Zoom

This workshop for faculty and instructors in any discipline will discuss strategies for using writing and speaking to facilitate student engagement. Dr. Joseph Cheatle (Director of the Writing Center and Assistant Professor of English) and Dr. Laura Stengrim (Director of the Speaking Center and Associate Professor of Communication Studies) will offer insights, facilitate discussion, and share resources. They will focus on how to create effective assignments and how to provide feedback for student writing and speaking in face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring drafts of their syllabi and assignment sheets for small group workshopping.

Joseph Cheatle, Director, Writing Center
Laura Stengrim, Director, Speaking Center

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 | 8:30 – 9:45 am | Hybrid – IC 319 & Zoom

An introduction to learning assistants, who are undergraduate students that facilitate active learning and discussions in classes. The workshop will explore the learning assistant model, practices for incorporating learning assistants in course design, and methods for effectively utilizing the peer-to-peer opportunities presented through the use of learning assistants.

Hugh Broome, Associate Director, Center for Faculty Development
Emileigh McCardle, Math Zone Director & Lecturer

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 | 10:00 – 11:15 am | Hybrid – IC 319 & Zoom

PowerPoint is a tool that is often utilized in face-to-face classroom environments; this workshop will explore the features of PowerPoint that can be utilized in an asynchronous online class environment.

Presenter: Mark Ferguson, Director of Academic Technology, Office of Online Learning Wednesday, January 11, 2023 | 1:00 – 2:15 pm | Virtual – Zoom

Building a sense of belonging in the classroom can directly impact student efficacy and success. Further, “Failing to feel a strong sense of belonging on campus can impact how underrepresented student populations integrate, perform and persist” (Study International, 2020). This session will offer small additions and teaching strategies to enhance student belonging within courses. The session will also include time to workshop ideas of the participants for the upcoming semester.

Presenter: Kelly Lester, Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
Thursday, January 12, 2023 | 8:30 – 9:45 am | Hybrid – IC 319 & Zoom

This workshop introduces instructors to the options of using on-site versus virtual proctoring through Examity.

Presenter: Susan Rayborn, Instructional Support, Office of Online Learning
Thursday, January 12, 2023 | 10:00 – 11:15 am | Virtual – Zoom

Dropout Detective is a tool inside Canvas that helps identify "at-risk" students. This workshop explores how instructors can use this robust tool to help increase student retention.

Presenter: Chad Seals, Online Coordinator, Office of Online Learning
Thursday, January 12, 2023 | 1:00 – 2:15 pm | Virtual – Zoom

An interactive workshop focused on valuing diversity, equity, and inclusivity (DEI) in creating syllabi and course assignments. Participants will review current syllabi and course assignments through the lens of inclusivity. (Note: Please bring a digital or hard copy version of syllabus including an assignment description for review during the workshop)

Bonnie Nicholson, Professor, School of Psychology
Shane Wood, Assistant Professor, School of Humanities

Friday, January 13, 2023 | 8:30 – 9:45 am | Hybrid – IC 318 & Zoom

Southern Miss has an expectation that faculty utilize our Learning Management Software: Canvas. This workshop will feature a varied set of topics based on the needs of the participants. It will feature explanations and demonstration of Canvas features that may benefit faculty and students. Specific topics may include: Basic Assignment Setup, Grading assignments submitted through Canvas, Turnitin Assignment setup and troubleshooting, Gradebook Group Weighting, Basic Gradebook troubleshooting, an introduction to the Canvas Rubrics tool, the differences between classic and new quizzes, basic quiz setup, things to consider to prevent cheating, using test banks, and randomizing questions and Question Banks.

Presenter: Mark Ferguson, Director of Academic Technology, Office of Online Learning
Friday, January 13, 2023 | 10:00 – 11:15 am | Virtual – Zoom

Presenters will discuss reasons for implementing game-based learning strategies in classroom. Attendees will be able to learn the strategies used to design the games and to facilitate classroom game-use.

Banu Bas, Chao Meng, Wei Wang, & Gallayanee Yaoyuneyong
School of Marketing

Friday, January 13, 2023 | 1:00 – 2:15 pm | Hybrid – IC 318 & Zoom

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