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Plan, Prepare and Engage Workshop Series

Plan, Prepare and Engage Workshop Series LogoPlan, Prepare and Engage (PPE) is a workshop series hosted by the Center for Faculty Development (CFD) emphasizing course design through interactive workshops is set for August 1 - 11, 2022. Now in its second year, the pre-semester workshop series' goal is to hold these sessions prior to Faculty First Week in an effort to give faculty more time to make course design changes for the upcoming semester.

Faculty are encouraged to bring their laptops and work on their courses during the workshops and open office hour sessions held at the CFD, International Center 319, on the Hattiesburg campus. All workshops will be offered in a hybrid format - in person in the CFD and virtually on Zoom.


Open office hours in the Center for Faculty Development is a time faculty can work with ACUE trained colleagues, bounce ideas off CFD staff, or work quietly away from an office space that tends to be distracting. No registration is needed just walk in to International Center 319.

  • Monday, August 1 | 9:00 - 11:45 am
  • Wednesday August 3 | 9:00 - 11:45 am
  • Thursday, August 4 | 1:00 - 3:45 pm
  • Tuesday, August 9 | 2:30 - 3:45 pm
  • Wednesday, August 10 | 9:00 - 10:15 am
  • Thursday, August 11 | 9:00 - 10:15 am


Mental Health First Aid Training
Monday, August 8 | 8:30 am - 3:30 pm | In-person - Limited spots available
Presenters: Student Counseling Center Trained Staff

Mental Health First Aid is beneficial to everyone in our communities. You will learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

In-person learners will receive their training as an 8-hour, Instructor-led, in-person course. Blended learners complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course, and participate in a 4.5- to 5.5-hour, Instructor-led training. Upon completion of all tasks, you will receive a certificate as a proud and newly certified Mental Health First Aider.

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Academics, Research, and Engaging in the Esports Arena
Tuesday, August 2 | 10:30 - 11:45 am
Presenters: Denny Bubrig and David Dickert 

ESports is significantly wider and deeper than the stereotype of the student/teenager in front of a console unit late at night in their room. Since 2015-16 and its entry into the United States, ESports has ballooned into a competitive, multi-dimensional industry in a manner similar to most traditional sports leagues. Attendees of this session will get a brief snapshot of the global vantage point of esports and how they may be able to get connected. 

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Behind the Scenes: Course Evaluations and General Surveys 
Wednesday, August 3 | 2:30 - 3:45 pm
Presenters: Megan McCay, Amanda Kale, and Donna Holifield 

The Office of Institutional Research oversees survey dissemination and analysis of results for course evaluations, exit surveys, and withdraw surveys. The focus of this presentation will be how to access and interpret the results as well as how they may assist faculty and administrators in future planning, etc. 

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Inclusive Design: Lessons from the Pandemic and Rethinking Learning 
Wednesday, August 10 | 10:30 - 11:45 am
Presenters: Karen Aderer and Kelly Lester 

The skillsets and pedagogical approaches of faculty expanded as the pandemic unfurled and the continued effects for students and instructors will unfold over the next years. This session will provide an overview of current needs of students at Southern Miss and guide participants through classroom strategies and practices to nurture an inclusive environment. Participants will investigate how to embed adaptable, accessible, and flexible practices to meet students where they are.  

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Assessment in STEM Education 
Friday, August 5 | 9:00 - 10:15 am
Presenter: Hugh Broome 

STEM courses are often crammed full of content. This workshop approaches the coverage versus depth challenge through the identification of takeaway concepts, the alignment of assessment with those concepts, the selection of appropriate cognitive levels, and the selection of suitable assessment types. 

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Detecting and Deterring Academic Misconduct Through Assessment Design 
Tuesday, August 9 | 9:00 - 10:15 am
Presenters: Hugh Broome and Vanessa Haynes 

Academic misconduct has been on the rise since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Detecting misconduct is one prevention method and is a vital skill required in both face-to-face and online assessment scenarios; deterring misconduct is another prevention approach. Certain assessment design strategies can aid in detecting and deterring academic misconduct. 

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Centering Adaptation, Access, and Flexibility: Equity in Meeting the Needs of Students  
Tuesday, August 9 | 1:00 - 2:15 pm
Presenters: Bridgette Davis and Michelle McLeese 

In this PPE workshop, we will explore techniques to improve adaptation, accessibility, and flexibility for students in learning and assessments. By working to improve our classroom cultures (in person and online) in these areas we will also benefit faculty. Please join us as we work collaboratively to tweak, modify, or develop an assignment of yours for an upcoming course of yours.  

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Science of Learning: Strategies for Increasing Engagement and Retention 
Thursday, August 4 | 10:30 - 11:45 am
Presenters: Kruti Surti and Alen Hajnal 

This session focuses on utilizing learning principles to design courses that are engaging and improve information retention. We will talk about chunking and microlearning, which are two research-driven strategies that can help simplify dense information and make course content easier to absorb. Next, we discuss the importance of deliberate practice and how it is linked to learning. Throughout this session you will get a chance to apply these strategies to your own courses.  

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Online Classes – Getting Ready for the Next Semester 
Monday, August 1 | 2:30 - 3:45 pm OR Thursday, August 11 | 10:30 - 11:45 am
Presenter: Mark Ferguson 

The focus of this workshop is faculty who are teaching classes online. This workshop will demonstrate how to easily and efficiently move/copy content from a previously taught course in Canvas into your current semester courses and provide some additional information to make teaching a bit easier for online instructors. 

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Using Canvas Studio within your Online Courses 
Tuesday, August 2 | 9:00 - 10:15 am OR Thursday, August 11 | 1:00 - 2:15 pm
Presenter: Mark Ferguson 

The focus of this workshop is on faculty teaching online courses that plan to create asynchronous lecture videos, have existing asynchronous lecture videos, and plan to use those videos within their Canvas course. This workshop demonstrates how faculty can use Canvas Studio to accomplish that. 

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Canvas Basics 
Thursday, August 4 | 9:00 - 10:15 am OR Wednesday, August 10 | 1:00 - 2:15 pm
Presenter: Susan Rayborn 

New to USM and never used Canvas, or new to teaching online? This workshop is designed to make you comfortable in the online environment. 

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Preemptive Deterrence of Academic Misconduct: Framing your Expectations 
Tuesday, August 9 | 10:30 - 11:45 am
Presenters: Kelly Vera and Hugh Broome 

Academic misconduct is often a path taken by students who do not understand the significance or consequences of their actions. Studies indicate that consistent reminders and clear expectations of what constitutes misconduct can help deter such behavior. This workshop will highlight some large and small strategies to assist instructors with deterring academic misconduct. 

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Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
Monday, August 8 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Presenter: Susan Rayborn

The University of Southern Mississippi Office of Online Learning is hosting the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop for Southern Miss faculty. Space is limited and registration closes 2 days before the date.

Learn the underlying principles behind the QM Rubric and the critical elements of the QM quality assurance process. Learn about drafting helpful recommendations as you apply the Rubric to an actual course.

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Center for Faculty Development
319 International Center

118 College Drive #5211
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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