Center for Teaching and Learning
Academic Year 2022-23 Programming
What to do about ChatGPT?
ChatGPT and CopyAI are newish text generating tools / slash search engines powered by artificial intelligence. They are capable of generating quality text that could be used as the body of papers and essays. Plagiarism checkers like Turnitin do not catch text from AI tools since such text has not been published before. This workshop will discuss preliminary observations about these tools and ways to structure assignments that either deter students from using them or use them in productive ways. See https://openai.com/blog/chatgpt/ to create an account and try ChatGPT yourself.
Workshop sessions will be held via Zoom. Please register and a link will be sent to you a day before your session.
Wednesday, January 4: 11:00-11:45
Thursday, January 5: 3:00-3:45
Friday, January 6: 12:00-12:45REGISTER
SNAG’EM Canvas Essentials Workshops
The SNAG’EM acronym summarizes the features of Canvas that should be present in all courses, in all delivery formats, and for all students. SNAG’EM stands for Syllabus, Navigation, Announcements, Grades, Engagement, and Modules. These are the baseline Canvas features to make our courses most usable and most effective for students. Based upon The Universal Design for Learning and relevant literature in learning management system use, course design, and neurotypical and neurodiverse students, the SNAG’EM workshop will help you use Canvas well and will serve as a checklist to help make sure your course is effective for all of your students. The SNAG’EM workshop is intended for any Mercer faculty member and will be offered routinely via Zoom during the semester.
January workshop dates are:
Tuesday, January 3, 2:00-2:45
Thursday, January 5, 2:00-2:45
Friday, January 6, 10:00-10:45
Friday, January 6, 2:00-2:45
Attendance will be added to Activity Insight for you.
Spring 2023 Mercer Faculty Book Club
The Spring 2023 Book Club for Mercer faculty members will offer monthly meetings from January – April to allow faculty members to discuss the Universal Design for Learning Framework and related instructional trends in higher education. Our book this spring is Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education by Thomas Tobin and Kirsten Behling. This book club is intended for Mercer faculty members and meetings will be held via Zoom. Please register to participate by Friday, January 20, 2023. Participants will be enrolled in an accompanying Canvas course with additional resources, and can provide a semester-end brief reflection (>500 words) on the book and intended instructional applications.
To better facilitate participation, this book club will meet online once a month from 12:00-1:00pm on Mondays and 3:00-4:00pm on Tuesdays. Participants only need to attend one day each month and may alter meeting days to accommodate schedules. A confirmation email with a Zoom calendar invitation and a copy of the book will be sent to the first 30 faculty members who register by January 20, 2023. A companion Canvas course will be available with additional resources on The Universal Design for Learning Framework, so any faculty member is welcome to attend any book club session with or without the book.
Book Club Meeting Dates and Times
Monday, January 23, 12:00-1:00
Tuesday, January 24, 3:00-4:00
Monday, February 20, 12:00-1:00
Tuesday, February 21, 3:00-4:00
Monday, March 20, 12:00-1:00
Tuesday, March 21, 3:00-4:00
Monday, April 17, 12:00-1:00
Tuesday, April 18, 3:00-4:00
Seats available: 30
Faculty Research and Writing Colloquium 2022-23
The Faculty Research and Writing Colloquium is underway!
The Colloquium is a year-long, longitudinal faculty development experience intended for new and junior faculty members who are actively working on a research and writing project during this academic year.
The purpose of the program is to provide a protected development time for writing, accompanied by mentoring, coaching, and peer review to help faculty members complete their research and writing projects. Faculty members meet together biweekly from September 2022 – April 2023.
This year’s Colloquium participants include:
Matthew Sroka, Tift College of Education
Phoebe Moon, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Carol Sargent, Stetson-Hatcher School of Business
Kristina Henderson, College of Professional Advancement
Dina Schwam, College of Professional Advancement
Nadia Barnett, College of Professional Advancement
Caroline Anglim, School of Medicine
Sarah Bauer, School of Engineering
Lucy Gitonga, Tift College of Education
The full-year 2022-23 cohort is located on the Macon Campus, led by Dr. Deneen Senasi, Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The Center for Teaching & Learning offers university-wide support for instruction to all Mercer faculty members.
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. She is certified as an Institutional Coordinator for Quality Matters and in Applying the Quality Matters Rubric for Distance Learning.