Faculty Support for 2020-21

Teaching Distance Learning: Best Practice Sessions For Faculty

Session Title and Topic




Organizing a Blended Distance Learning Course: Best Practices

Join Dr. Karyn Allee-Herndon, Assistant Professor in Mercer's Tift College of Education, as she discusses her approach to designing and organizing a blended distance learning course. Blended courses require a careful balance of on-campus and online learning activities that both deliver a quality teaching and learning experience and fulfill direct and indirect instructional time for the credit hours offered. Dr. Allee-Herndon will demonstrate her own course organization and respond to questions about course organization and design.

Dr. Karyn Allee-Herndon

Tift College of Education

Monday, March 29 12:00-12:50



Meeting Direct and Indirect Instruction Time in Distance Learning Courses

Mercer abides by the Carnegie unit for credit hours and SACSCOC requires a minimum amount of direct instruction (the instructor teaching) and indirect instruction (the students learning on their own) per credit hour. In distance learning courses in which instructors are not in the classroom for 3 or more hours a week, direct and indirect instruction methods can vary. Join Susan Codone, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, for both calculations of direct and indirect instruction time for different credit hours, applications for fully online and blended courses, and a discussion about creating a time budget or table to include in your syllabi (as required).

Dr. Susan Codone

Center for Teaching & Learning

April 8




New Echo360 Engagement Features + Full Zoom Integration

Distance learning faculty can use Echo360 to increase student engagement in class and to automatically move Zoom recordings into the Echo360 course library in Canvas. In this session, Jason will show you how to insert polls into any video you bring into Echo360 and use these polls for student engagement, assessment and more. Jason will touch on the other existing engagement tools and as well as Echo360 Analytics. Jason will also show you how to easily move a recorded Zoom video to your course Echo360 library so that you can experience all the benefits of Echo360 even if you are using Zoom as your web conference or recording platform. This new feature will allow students to access videos in Canvas much more easily.

Jason Gildner, Echo360


April 12 3:30pm


April 22 3:30pm




Best Practices for Discussion Prompts and Modeling Responses

Join Dr. Tanya Sharon, Professor of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, for a 30-minute overview of her approach to creating discussion prompts in Canvas for her distance learning classes. Tanya also provides students with examples of what good responses are like, helping them to map a way toward writing responses that meet and exceed expectations. This short session will provide a demo of discussion prompts and model responses as well as a short Q&A time.

Dr. Tanya Sharon, CLAS


April 13



Teaching STEM Distance Courses: Online Labs and More

Dr. Kathy Kloepper is an Associate Professor of Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is Vice-Provost of Engaged Learning. Known for pioneering the undergraduate distance learning course "Chemistry for Bears", Kathy will show us how to think about teaching STEM material in distance learning courses, including the use of online labs and more.

Dr. Kathy Kloepper, CLAS

April 19



Building Community and Instructor Presence in Distance Courses

Dr. Jared Champion, a 2018 Governor's Teaching Fellow and Assistant Professor of Writing and Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Professional Advancement, is an experienced distance learning instructor. Join him as he demonstrates from his own courses how to build a cohesive sense of class community in distance learning courses, and be present for students in ways that include both synchronous and asynchrononous methods. Both class community and instructor presence are two principles of online learning covered in the Teaching Online course, and Jared will introduce us to applied methods of implementing both best practices so that you can improve your own approaches to both.

Dr. Jared Champion, COPA

April 22




Faculty Explainer Sessions: Mercer Distance Learning Updates

Your attendance in the Zoom session will automatically be entered into Activity Insight for you.

This one-hour investment of your time will help you understand how to incorporate new Mercer requirements into the design & implementation of your distance learning courses, whether you teach in a full distance learning program or just offer one online course per year, like in the summer. The policies and guidelines apply to all distance learning courses in all programs and courses, so please attend and learn how these requirements will help you make your distance learning courses most effective for your students. All sessions are delivered via Zoom.

A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants the evening prior to the session.

Please register with your **Mercer email address**. No other email addresses will be recognized or receive the Zoom link.

Faculty Explainer Sessions: Distance Learning Updates
Monday, March 15, 12:00-1:00pm  REGISTER
Friday, March 19, 12:00-1:00pm  REGISTER
Tuesday, March 23, 2:00pm-3:00pm  REGISTER
Tuesday, April 6, 2:00pm-3:00pm  REGISTER

Faculty Development Preparation for Spring 2021

Take the Teaching Online course to complete your training requirement to teach distance learning courses at Mercer. Faculty are automatically enrolled and the course should appear on your dashboard. If you do not see it, please submit a ticket to the Helpdesk to be enrolled in the course.  

Watch the Fall 2020 Research Talks with Mercer Researchers

Click on a "Watch The Recording" link and enter your Mercer credentials to view.

Dr. Sarah GardnerDr. Sarah Gardner: How to Make Time for Research and Writing.   WATCH THE RECORDING

Dr. Sarah Gardner is a Mercer Distinguished University Professor of History who teaches courses on the American South, the Civil War Era, and on Reconstruction and the Gilded Age. She also contributes to Mercer’s Great Books Program. She is currently working on a book project that examines reading habits and practices during the American Civil War. She has received more than 15 competitive research fellowships and grants to support her work.


Dr. Seongkum HeoDr. Seongkum Heo: How to Find Research Gaps and Develop Plans to Fill Them.  WATCH THE RECORDING

Dr. Seongkum Heo is Professor and Piedmont Healthcare Endowed Chair of the Mercer's Georgia Baptist College of Nursing. Her research has been extramurally funded by the American Nurses Foundation and the American Heart Association. She is the author and co-author of more than 50 research based articles and abstracts focusing on heart failure and chronic disease, with three manuscripts noted as the top ten cited by Heart and Lung.


Dr. Nader MoniriDr. Nader Moniri: How to Navigate Manuscript Authoring Guidelines. WATCH THE RECORDING

Dr. Moniri is Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Mercer's College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Moniri joined the faculty of Mercer's College of Pharmacy in 2006 and has authored 41 publications. He earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Division of Medicinal Chemistry at the School of Pharmacy at UNC - Chapel Hill. Trained primarily in molecular pharmacology and medicinal chemistry, Dr. Moniri completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Moniri is the primary research administrator for the College of Pharmacy. 

Dr. de-Claisse-WalfordDr. Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford: How to Develop a Personal Approach to Research, Writing & Publication

LISTEN: Partial audio file only

Friday, November 13 | 2:00-3:00pm via Zoom

Dr. Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford is the Carolyn Ward Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages and Director of the Masters of Theological Studies degree program in Mercer's McAfee School of Theology.


Dr. Leslie Taylor and Dr. Craig MarkerDr. Leslie Taylor and Dr. Craig Marker:  How To Identify Journals that are a Good Fit for Submission and Publication. 

Dr. Leslie Taylor is a professor of Physical Therapy and Associate Dean for the College of Health Professions. Dr. Taylor is the founding chair of Mercer’s Department of Physical Therapy joining the University in 2009. She received her PhD in Sociology, graduate certificate in gerontology, Master of Science in Counseling and Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Georgia State University. She has over 35 years of clinical experience as a physical therapist, working in a variety of clinical settings, including private practic

Dr. Craig Marker is Professor, Chair and Program Director of Clinical Psychology in the College of Health Professions. He received his PhD and MS in clinical psychology from Rosalind Franklin University and a postdoctoral respecialization in quantitative methods from the University of Virginia. He received a MS in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University and a BS in psychology from Grand Valley State University. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida.

About the Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching & Learning offers university-wide support for instruction to  all Mercer faculty Dr. Susan Codonemembers. The Center offers events along with group and one-on-one support and guidance for teaching in traditional face-to-face and online distance learning courses. Dr. Susan Codone is the Center Director.

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