In Fall 2021, Faculty Commons offered two different series:
- Flexibility, Adaptability and Availability: Teaching in the New College Classroom. This series of lectures focuses on how to navigate the new college classroom that combines traditional face-to-face teaching with everything we have learned about teaching in a pandemic. The workshops explore the importance of remaining flexible, adaptable, and available in order to promote academic success.
- Teaching Essentials. This micro-workshop series sees Faculty Commons join forces with important services, programs, and departments on campus. The series highlights the wealth of resources that faculty can utilize to directly and positively impact their teaching and professional experiences. Sessions are limited to 30 minutes to accommodate busy schedules.
Debra James and Alysia Pace
In this workshop session, Debra James and Alysia Pace share a description of supplemental instruction, explain the research that describes the benefits of supplemental instruction, discuss the selection and training for supplemental instruction leaders and provide information on how faculty can utilize supplemental instruction to generate positive learning outcomes for students.
This Faculty Commons session focuses on incorporating Google Jamboard into your classroom, both virtually and in-person. Google Jamboard can enhance classroom participation by allowing students to visually portray their thinking and learning. In addition, Jamboard helps instructors gain knowledge on what their students are comprehending in real-time. This tool is excellent for collaboration in all types of classroom settings, including in-person, online, synchronous, and asynchronous.
Mark Sciuchetti Jr.
Creative Commons Training would be beneficial to Jacksonville State University, a regional University with a large population of underrepresented and lower income students. The use of OER is extremely important in Higher Education and can contribute not only to the financial and mental health of students, but also to the professional growth of the faculty and staff at the University. Come learn about OER and Creative Commons, tools that can make your classroom a flexible, adaptable, and available classroom for you and your students.
In this presentation, Taleah Collum discusses ways in which she has made her classroom adaptable to unexpected changes the pandemic presented. Some of these ideas include making all projects, exams, and other assignments based online even when in the physical classroom. She will also speak a little on how to she keeps students engaged in both online and traditional settings.
Eliezer Yanson Jr.
Anxiety, fear, and insecurity are some of the emotions students face when taking a class. This presentation offers ideas to help remove barriers and build rapport between teacher and student and among peers. The presenter will also share personal favorites of team building activities for the participants to enjoy.
Do you want to increase student engagement with course readings? Do you want to get students conversing outside of course meetings? Don't know what social annotation software is? This presentation is for you. It provides an introduction to Hypothes.is, a social annotation software tool. It also offers concrete examples--from a pilot program in a hybrid History course in Spring 2021--of how the tool can deepen student engagement with course materials and with one another leading to richer classroom interactions regardless of discipline or mode of course delivery.
Debra James and Candi Burton-Momon
In this workshop, Debra James and Candi Burton-Momon provide faculty with general information and a behind the scenes view of Tutoring Services at JSU. They discuss the types of tutoring services offered through the Student Success Center and highlight how tutors are trained to be peer support professionals.
Letting my students debate controversial topics in the classroom has been a great experience for everyone. “Pro” and “Con” teams organize, do a little research, then prepare for their debate. “Debate Day” allows motivated students to shine.
Resistance takes many forms in the classroom. All a student has to do is simply nothing: Not prepare for class discussion, not speak during the entire class, not express any emotion or stare blankly as their instructor/professor during the class. However, there are effective methods to engage students and combat resistance in the classroom.
This presentation focuses on the brain state model outlined in Conscious Discipline to rebuild connection with students after COVID. The session will include reading student behavior as communication and strategies for how to connect with students who are returning to campus after the pandemic.