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The Center for Faculty Development (CFDFREEMississippi) and the Office of Online Learning (onlineFREEMississippi) are available for one-on-one consultations through email and virtual meetings.

Faculty Ambassadors are available at this link and available for one-on-one support.

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Weekly Webinar & Workshop Series

 July

This workshop will cover how to build a strong course that integrates face-to-face and online components. The workshop will cover:
• Building a class shell that integrates face-to-face and online content seamlessly
• Protocol in fall 2020 in-person classrooms (masks, social distancing, entering and exiting the space)
• First day of class plans
• Communication with students through Canvas
• Best practices for virtual office hours
• Effective use of the gradebook tool in Canvas
• Scheduling due dates and synchronous class experiences

Presenter: Kelly Lester, Center for Faculty Development
Monday, July 6, 2020 | 9:00 - 10:30 am

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this workshop to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the workshop along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, please email CFDFREEMississippi.

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This is a virtual APPQMR Workshop hosted via Cisco Webex.

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.

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.

  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric – Virtual Workshop
  • 30 minute break for lunch

This workshop is only available to faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Requirements:

  • Access to reliable internet.
  • Computer with webcam and microphone.
  • Computer/laptop to access/complete workshop tasks.
  • Individuals must attend the full day workshop to receive APPQMR certification.

What happens after I register?
You will receive an email of your requirements to complete in order to receive the workshop materials and access to the Webex meeting.

48 hour notice required for cancellations. This provides us the opportunity to fill the space.

Questions? Issues? Email susan.raybornFREEMississippi.

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During the COVID-19 Pandemic, we moved swiftly to continue our university work of teaching from a remote environment. The layers of our work in academia were additionally met by homeschooling our own children. The expectations of productivity in teaching, research, leadership, and parenting led to a disproportionate balancing act. Join the coffee chat to share strategies or simply to listen for supportive ideas.

Here are a few articles to support the chat:

· Inside Higher ed article on journal submissions by gender and the pandemic impact on parenting, female professors

· A female STEM professor’s view on the impact of COVID in women’s research productivity

· What Homeschooling During COVID-19 Taught Me About My College Teaching

Provide your information via the "Remind Me" button below to receive a quick reminder about the Coffee Chat along with the Zoom link to join us. Email CFDFREEMississippi if you have any questions.

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This workshop will offer detailed overviews of Webex and Teams, and examine how they can be used within a class.

Presenter: Mark Ferguson, Office of Online Learning
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:15 pm

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this workshop to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the workshop along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, please email CFDFREEMississippi.

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This is a virtual APPQMR Workshop hosted via Cisco Webex.

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.

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.

  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric – Virtual Workshop
  • 30 minute break for lunch

This workshop is only available to faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Requirements:

  • Access to reliable internet.
  • Computer with webcam and microphone.
  • Computer/laptop to access/complete workshop tasks.
  • Individuals must attend the full day workshop to receive APPQMR certification.

What happens after I register?
You will receive an email of your requirements to complete in order to receive the workshop materials and access to the Webex meeting.

48 hour notice required for cancellations. This provides us the opportunity to fill the space.

Questions? Issues? Email susan.raybornFREEMississippi.

Register Now

This is a virtual APPQMR Workshop hosted via Cisco Webex.

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.

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.

  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric – Virtual Workshop
  • 30 minute break for lunch

This workshop is only available to faculty at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Requirements:

  • Access to reliable internet.
  • Computer with webcam and microphone.
  • Computer/laptop to access/complete workshop tasks.
  • Individuals must attend the full day workshop to receive APPQMR certification.

What happens after I register?
You will receive an email of your requirements to complete in order to receive the workshop materials and access to the Webex meeting.

48 hour notice required for cancellations. This provides us the opportunity to fill the space.

Questions? Issues? Email susan.raybornFREEMississippi.

Register Now

This intermediate level workshop will focus on how to manage your course storage allotment in Canvas and how you can save space with other software available through USM.

Presenter: Mark Ferguson, Office of Online Learning
Thursday, July 9, 2020 | 10:30 - 11:45 am

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this workshop to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the workshop along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, please email CFDFREEMississippi.

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The electronic dossier files will require bookmarks for the major sections and subsections of the PDF files. This session is geared towards faculty who are preparing their dossiers for promotion/tenure/pre-tenure review.

Participants will review the basics of creating PDF files (Save as, Print to), combining and manipulating PDF files, and adding Bookmarks to PDF files.

Presenter: Allison Gillespie, Office of the Provost
Monday, July 13, 2020 | 9:00 - 10:30 am

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this workshop to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the workshop along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, please email CFDFREEMississippi.

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Faculty and instructors will learn strategies for facilitating writing and speaking assignments in online or hybrid environments. Drawing on evidence-based practices from the scholarship of online teaching and learning, this workshop addresses how to scaffold assignments across a unit and create consistency for students. Attendees will be introduced to online tools for feedback and collaboration, such as Canvas rubrics, commenting, and peer review functions as well as Google Docs. Each strategy will include practical suggestions for implementation, so faculty and instructors are encouraged to bring drafts and ideas for their course plan or syllabus.

Presenters:
Maria Conti Maravillas, PhD, Writing Center Director and English faculty
Laura Stengrim, PhD, Speaking Center Director and Communication faculty
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this workshop to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the workshop along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, please email CFDFREEMississippi.

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This “coffee chat” will serve as an informal discussion for faculty to share ideas for their courses in the fall including course designs, content material, assignments, approaches to motivating students, and more. 

Provide your information via the "Remind Me" button below to receive a quick reminder about the Coffee Chat along with the Zoom link to join us. Email CFDFREEMississippi if you have any questions.

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Facilitating successful online courses can be major time drains for instructors if not approached correctly. As the number of online courses that each faculty member is asked to facilitate increases, effectively managing and maintaining course quality becomes difficult. Utilizing best practices for the design, management, and facilitation of online courses will improve instructors’ capacity to deliver high quality programs in an efficient manner.

Join our expert instructor for an online training to learn innovative approaches for efficiently managing your course workload in online instruction. We will discuss time efficient strategies for:

--Designing courses and assignments
--Providing personalized student feedback
--Facilitating productive discussion boards
--Integrating just-in-time course improvements

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this webinar to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the webinar along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, please email CFDFREEMississippi.

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Writing assignments offer students ways to use higher order thinking and application, but when students plagiarize they do not learn the course content. This workshop will offer ways to structure writing assignments to deter plagiarism. Simple but meaningful adjustments to assignments can help students be more invested in the assignment and less likely to plagiarize. In addition we will address how to detect when students have plagiarized even without using resources such as Turnitin.com.

Presenter: Cindy Blackwell, Center for Faculty Development/Academic Integrity Officer
Thursday, July 16, 2020 | 10:30 am - Noon

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this workshop to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the workshop along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, please email CFDFREEMississippi.

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This panel will focus on approaches and advice for faculty submitting dossiers to move from Associate Professor to Full Professor.

Panelists:
Stacey Hall, Senior Associate Dean of the College of Business
Bonnie Nicholson, Associate Director of the School of Psychology
Glen Shearer, Professor in the School of Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences
Lachel Story, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this panel discussion to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the workshop along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, please email CFDFREEMississippi.

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Teachers often use presentation software in the classroom, whether the faculty member is outlining a problem that will be used to spur a discussion, reviewing basic concepts, or presenting organizational outlines to assist students with note taking.  Too often, however, the information presented—often in a PowerPoint presentation—consists of one-dimensional, wordy lists of notes and concepts that distract students more than they teach.  This presentation discusses how to effectively, succinctly, and ethically provide useful information using PowerPoint.  The demonstration will begin with a basic overview of research on visual presentation and will then provide design tips, instructions on how to and how not to use animation and hyperlinks, and guidelines for how to embed video and audio clips.

Presenter:
Andrew Haley, Associate Professor in the School of Humanities
Monday, July 20, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this workshop to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the workshop along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, please email CFDFREEMississippi.

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This intermediate level workshop will build on the basics of building assignments, quizzes, and the gradebook. Topics covered include:

·       How to create, edit, and grade a Turnitin assignment
·       How to grade essays and short answer quiz questions
·       How to moderate a quiz
·       How to access the quiz log
·       How to create category weights in the course and effects in the gradebook

Presenter: Mark Ferguson, Office of Online Learning
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:15 pm

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this workshop to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the workshop along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, please email CFDFREEMississippi.%20

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This beginner level workshop will focus on ways to support student learning in the virtual learning environment. Topics covered include:
• Motivating students
• Setting clear expectations and communication with students
• Supporting students’ time management
• Making good use of discussion boards for student involvement and learning
• Holding productive office hours and virtual meetings in the Canvas environment.

Presenter: Kelly Lester, Center for Faculty Development
Thursday, July 23, 2020 | 10:30 am - Noon

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this workshop to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the workshop along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, please email CFDFREEMississippi.

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Testing was one of the greatest challenges faculty met with the sudden shift to online learning. Maintaining integrity in an online testing environment poses unique challenges. This workshop will address some of the ways to make testing more integrity-friendly with some simple adjustments to testing strategies as well as faculty mindsets about testing.

Presenter: Cindy Blackwell, Center for Faculty Development/Academic Integrity Officer
Monday, July 27, 2020 | 9:00 - 10:30 am

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this workshop to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the workshop along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, please email CFDFREEMississippi.

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This session will explore strategies and techniques in the fully online classroom to intentionally build a caring, compassionate learning environment.  Instructional principles of adult learning will be incorporated as the means for fostering transparency, feedback, and individualized instruction.  Techniques will be presented that represent a variety of instructor ease with technology.

With the recent experience of continuing to teach students during the Covid-19 pandemic, the need to connect with our students in ways that show compassion and recognition of their many struggles became more apparent than ever.  The need to do so, however, is not limited to the time of a pandemic.  Today’s college students face higher levels of anxiety and depression than ever before, with a reported 39% of them experiencing at least one mental illness (Berger, 2018).  Coupling these statistics with the warning that the additional mental health effects of the pandemic will likely continue much longer than the immediate threat of the virus, our students will be desperate to connect and forge relationships where possible (North, 2020).  Means to connect and build those relationships in the online classroom will be presented in a scaffolded manner.  Digital icebreakers and tools for general connecting will be explored.  Canvas tools will be demonstrated that allow instructors to tailor personalized messages along a variety of criteria that might warrant enhanced instructor-student contact.  Campus resources for students needing extensive interventions will also be presented. When students are battling anxiety and depression, the additional frustrations of a poorly designed and presented course can be overwhelming for students and place them at further risk for poor academic performance.  Tips for facilitating transparency, clarity, and a feedback loop for instructor evaluation and action will also be provided.  All techniques presented will be along a continuum of technological expertise.  Instructors who are more technologically advanced, as well as those who consider themselves digital immigrants, will all be challenged to seek ways to connect with students in ways that feel authentic and manageable.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Presenters:

Angel Herring, Associate Professor in Child and Family Studies
Mya Rome, Visiting Instructor in Child and Family Studies
Mariann B. Taylor, Assistant Teaching Professor in Child and Family Studies

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This panel, designed for faculty moving from the Assistant level to the Associate level, focuses on best practices for putting together a dossier, writing the narrative essay, and soliciting feedback before submission. The panel will highlight the 4 P’s: Plan, Predict, Partner, and Prepare.

Panelists:
Jacob Breland,
Associate Professor, School of Management
Melanie Leuty,
Associate Professor, School of Psychology
Beth Tinnon,
Associate Professor, School of Professional Nursing Practice
Wei Wang,
Associate Professor, School of Marketing

Thursday, July 30, 2020 | 10:30 am - Noon

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this panel discussion to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the workshop along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, please email CFDFREEMississippi.

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August

This beginner level workshop will focus on ways to support student learning in the virtual learning environment.

Topics covered include:
·       Motivating students
·       Setting clear expectations and communication with students
·       Supporting students’ time management
·       Making good use of discussion boards for student involvement and learning
·       Holding productive office hours and virtual meetings in the Canvas environment.   

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this panel discussion to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the workshop along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, please email CFDFREEMississippi.

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Join Susie Murphy, Interim Assistant Director and Elizabeth Killinger of the Office of Disability Accommodations, in a discussion about ways to make courses and materials accessible in the hybrid and online environment.

Provide your information via the "Remind Me" button below to receive a quick reminder about the Coffee Chat along with the Zoom link to join us. Email CFDFREEMississippi if you have any questions.

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Given that institutions generally require instructors to provide a syllabus that contains assignments and a schedule of course content, students likely interact with the document more than they interact directly with their instructor—especially in large courses. Because the syllabus plays such an important role in teaching and learning, it is important to understand the discourse around it and the effects the discourse has on reality/materiality. Unfortunately, “syllabi are often treated as informational, not rhetorical, documents” (Womack, 2017, p. 501). Regardless of an instructor’s intent, the syllabus is indeed a rhetorical document, and its discourse shapes students’ understanding of and engagement with the course, the instructor, and the institution.

The facilitator has conducted several studies on the discourse of syllabi and how this discourse shapes the material reality of students and the student-instructor relationship. As a result of these studies, the facilitator identified specific ways in which the format, tone, and content of syllabi define the course experience, beyond what is intended by the instructor. For example, students describe the experience of being caught off-guard by syllabus contest as a “fight” they can’t win. Similarly, syllabus-related memes depict students and instructors as adversaries with the syllabus as their battleground. Between these sentiments, clunky formats, and harshly-worded or absent policies, syllabi can a relationship dynamic that has little hope of generating space for dialogue, collaboration, and generation of new knowledge.

Workshop attendees will benefit by learning some of these specific ways in which a course syllabus sets the stage for the relationship between instructors and students, in particular how the syllabus plays a role in enabling or foreclosing equitable student experiences. Most useful, the group will have the opportunity to dissect a syllabus, deconstructing it and reconstructing it in a way that centers students and fosters a welcoming, productive student-instructor relationship.

Presenter: Emily Johnson, Assistant Professor in the School of Education
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 | 10:30 am - Noon

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this workshop to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the workshop along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, please email CFDFREEMississippi.

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Covid – 19 has caused shifts in career services pedagogies, inclusive of career planning and job search processes. The rapid changes in employment opportunities, internships, and student employment are affecting students and employers seeking to find the new normal in planning for career transitions and discovering professional opportunities in a time of constant change. Attendees will discover current trends from the National Association of Colleges and Employers and strategies for helping Southern Miss students navigate the road from college to career.

Presenter: Rusty Anderson, Career Services and Paige Jones, Center for Pathway Experiences
Thursday, August 6, 2020 | 10:30 am - Noon

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this workshop to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the workshop along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, please email CFDFREEMississippi.

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Collaborative Projects, a high-impact practice, can teach students applicable skills for career development, including: teamwork, negotiation, distribution of work, and application of feedback. In the online learning environment, these types of projects require attention to clear guidelines, project design and scaffolding of project components, knowledge of technology, and  transparent assessment. This session will offer ways to incorporate collaborative projects into courses on both a small scale and on a longer comprehensive scale.

Presenters:
Lawanda Baskin, School of Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice
Greg Bradley, School of Management
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this workshop to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the workshop along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, please email CFDFREEMississippi.

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With over 15 million students and several million more faculty and staff at U.S. institutions of higher education, it is not surprising that campus safety is of great interest to the public, and the public safety community. Many institutions are instituting broad safety measures. As faculty members, you may view these measures as an invasion of your privacy or an inconvenience. Unfortunately, no campus, no matter how small or quaint, is immune from human-made or natural disasters in today’s world.

As faculty members, you create student learning environments based on principles of challenge and support, relationship building and open-door policies. How can you maintain these principles at the heart of your work while making every effort to keep yourself, and your campus community, as safe as possible? No matter what, it is important to act on your instincts instead of pushing concerns aside.

Campus officials are often the first line of defense against campus violence because they are responsible for recognizing and referring troubled students. Understanding potential myths, along with stark realities, may be helpful as you work day-to-day to “decode” the meanings behind student behavior.

This presentation will allow faculty to discuss safety within the classroom and review scenarios that will be realistic and relatable to their role. Faculty members will leave this presentation with tools to use in their classroom and campus resources to reach out to when situations occur.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 9:00 -10:00 am
Presenters:

Sirena Cantrell, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
Chief Rusty Keyes, USM Police Department

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this workshop to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the workshop along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions please email CFDFREEMississippi.

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With our mission to foster the intellectual development and creativity of the university community, University Libraries is pleased to provide specialized services to faculty to support their research and teaching needs. In addition to our collection of books, e-books, audiovisual materials and online databases, we provide library instruction, subject guides and tutorials, workshops, course reserves and copyright guidance, and interlibrary loan services. Join Cook Library’s public services librarians as we introduce new and returning faculty to the resources they need to promote teaching and learning. Attendees will learn how to use Seymour Info, schedule library instruction sessions, request interlibrary loan materials, and place materials on course reserve!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Presenters:

Hali Black, First Year Experience Librarian
Tracy Englert, Science, Nursing, and Health Librarian
Michele Frasier-Robinson, Education and Human Sciences Librarian
Sarah Mangrum, Access Services & Assessment Librarian
KC New, Arts and Humanities Librarian
Nadine Phillips, Interlibrary Loan Librarian

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this workshop to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the workshop along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, please email CFDFREEMississippi.

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This panel discussion will feature faculty whose creativity and approach to transitioning classes online in spring 2020 led to a successful learning experience for their students. Faculty panelists will describe their approach and results, followed by a Q&A.

Thursday, August 13, 2020 | 10:30 am - Noon
Panelist:
--Michelle McLeese, Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor in th School of Social Science and Global Studies
--Susan Rayner, Instructor in the School of Professional Nursing Practice
--Mya Rome, Visiting Instructor in the School of Child and Family Sciences
--Teresa Walker-Cartwright, Lecturer in the School of Kinesiology and Nutrition
--Denis Weisenburg, Professor in the School of Ocean Science and Engineering

The Center for Faculty Development will be providing this panel discussion to you through Zoom. Please register below so that we can send you a reminder about the event along with the Zoom link to join in. If you have any questions, email CFDFREEMississippi.

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Center for Faculty Development
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118 College Drive #9638
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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