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Established in the Spring of 2014, the Faculty Commons is JSU's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The Faculty Commons provides faculty training and professional development opportunities for the JSU faculty, our CORE partners in Pk-12 schools, and the JSU community. The Faculty Commons was established in response to Strategic Objective 1.1, which states “the University will create, furnish, equip, and staff a Teaching and Learning Center” (approved 10/17/11).

The Faculty Commons supports all areas of teaching and is open to suggestions and/or requests from faculty concerning the programs offered.  In addition, as a unit of the Office of Teaching, Learning and Technology, the Faculty Commons strives to support faculty use of technology to the fullest extent possible.

Monday Morning Mentors

How Do I Design Innovative Assignments to Foster Learning in the Online Classroom?

September 18 - 24 | Password: innovative35

Upcoming Events

Planning an Effective Lecture Presentation

September 19: 2:30 – 4:00 pm, 208 Self Hall
Presenter: Ms. Tanya Sasser, Instructor of English

Do your lectures have your students drooling, dozing, and daydreaming?  Are you guilty of "death by PowerPoint"?  Based on the latest brain science, this workshop will teach you how to grab and keep your students' attention and create presentations designed for maximum content retention. Learn how to trade your podium for a campfire, go from sage to storyteller, and transform your classroom into a "radical space of possibility."    Please bring your laptop or iPad to this workshop.

Using Diverse Tools to Assess Instruction

September 20: 2:00 – 3:30 pm, 208 Self Hall
Presenter: Ms. Gena Christopher, Director of Faculty Commons

You assess your student's learning every day.  Are you assessing your teaching?  How do you know if you are using the best teaching strategies to reach the students who are in your classes this semester?  Let's talk together about possible methods to assess our own teaching.  Bring your ideas with you to share with your colleagues.

Planning a Blended Course

September 22: 2:00 – 3:30 pm, 208 Self Hall
Presenter: Ms. Mica Mecham, Instructor of English

Research indicates the the best model for teaching is neither 100% online or 100% face-to-face.  In this workshop, we will share ideas for preparing a blended or hybrid course in order to insure student success.

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