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Course Descriptions

This page lists a description and learning goals for all current faculty academy sessions. Courses are first listed by semester and then by order of offering during the semester. See the Faculty Academy Schedule for a quick look at the timeline of courses. Courses labeled (Y1) are required for full-time, year 1 faculty while (Y2) courses are required for full-time, year 2 faculty. Courses labeled (e) are electives. All courses are open to full-time and part-time faculty working at GHC. 

Spring 2015 Courses

The Craft of Teaching: STEM Fields (Y1): 

This panel session focuses on the specific craft of teaching STEM at GHC. After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on your own STEM teaching practices.
  • Implement new STEM teaching practices in your own classroom.

The Craft of Teaching: Social Sciences (Y1): 

This panel session focuses on the specific craft of teaching STEM at GHC. After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on your own social sciences teaching practices.
  • Implement new social sciences teaching practices in your own classroom.

The Craft of Teaching: Humanities (Y1): 

This panel session focuses on the specific craft of teaching STEM at GHC. After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on your own humanities teaching practices.
  • Implement new humanities teaching practices in your own classroom.

Advising with Blackboard Collaborate (e): 

In this interactive session you'll experience the advising process using the video conferencing tool Blackboard Collaborate. Collaborate is a fantastic advising tool; however, as with any technology there are practical and FERPA issues to contend with if you decide to use it. After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Set up a Collaborate Advising session.
  • Create private advising breakout rooms.
  • Advise a student in Collaborate. 
  • Manage multiple students advisees.
  • Solve minor technical issues.
  • Seek help with technical issues.

Advanced Teaching with Blackboard Collaborate (e): 

Many faculty members at GHC are comfortable holding office hours and even teaching via Collaborate. This session is intended for experienced Collaborate teachers that want to investigate the advanced features of the system. After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Create and manage breakout rooms.
  • Create and manage quizzes.
  • Save and share whiteboards, chat logs, and other in-session content.
  • Create a session plan.
  • Preload whiteboards and other content.   

Mac 101 (e): 

Are you uncomfortable using the Mac Operating System? If so, come to this session and learn to love your new friend Mac. After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Save, download, find, and manage files. 
  • Customize the Desktop Dock.
  • Use the Spotlight feature.
  • Locate and use the Apple menu.

Horizon Report (e): 

The annual Horizon Report discusses the most important technology trends in Higher Education at the present and in the near future. This collaborative effort is created by educators throughout the country and contains a plethora of practical tips and examples. This session will highlight these trends as well as allow for discussion/debate amongst attendees. After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate current and forecasted technology trends.
  • Apply this evaluation to your future course design.

Got Your 6: Interacting with Student Veterans (e): 

In the military, “Got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” The saying originated with World War I fighter pilots referencing a pilot’s rear as the six o’clock position. It is now a common term in the military that highlights the loyalty and cooperation found in military culture. With the wars overseas drawing down, more than one million student veterans are expected to attend America’s universities and colleges. As nontraditional students, veterans face numerous challenges as they transition to life on campus, from administrative to reintegration to academic issues. However, recent research shows that a peer-support network and the support of the institution can lead to higher academic outcomes for student veterans. Join GHC's commitment to assist Veterans with: 

  • transition and retention in an accessible, supportive and welcoming environment
  • financial, educational and community resources through support and advocacy
  • personal, professional and educational success, through collaboration of faculty, staff, students and community partners

Teaching Online: Free & Easy Tools (e): 

There are so many new free online tools coming out every week that it's impossible to keep up! This course will highlight some of the best new tools of 2015. After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Find and subscribe to instructional technology blogs.
  • Find and evaluate free online tools.
  • Integrate these tools into your courses. 

Accessibility by Design: Part 1 & 2 (Y2): 

Description coming soon!

Teaching Online  (Y2): 

In this panel session we will be joined by several elearning veterans from throughout the institution. This is your opportunity to ask questions and bask in the golden glow of online expertise. After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on your own online teaching practices.
  • Implement new online teaching practices in your own classroom.

Promotion & Tenure  (Y1): 

Description coming soon!

Crafting Great Rubrics  (e): 

Description coming soon!

Creating Engaging Videos: Part 1 & 2  (e): 

Description coming soon!

Ethical Concerns in Higher Education (Y1): 

Description coming soon!

Introduction to Faculty Senate (Y1): 

Description coming soon!

Student Judicial Processes  (Y1): 

Description coming soon!

Using Data for Teaching Improvement (e): 

Description coming soon!

Using Quality Matters to Improve Your Course (e): 

Description coming soon!

Open Online Resources (e): 

Description coming soon!


Fall 2014 Courses

Introduction to Faculty Academy (Y1): 

This session introduces the philosophical and practical structure of Faculty Academy. After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the relevance of Faculty Academy to your professional development at GHC.
  • Navigate the Faculty Academy and IRC websites.
  • Begin constructing a teaching philosophy.
  • Identify and communicate with relevant faculty mentors and faculty peers.

Build a GHC Faculty Website (Y1):

This hands-on session introduces the basic steps involved in setting up your required GHC Faculty website using the GHC Website management system. After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Log in to your faculty webspace.
  • Add new pages.
  • Change page protection and active/inactive settings.
  • Add and order navigation links. 
  • Create and format accessible text.
  • Upload and format accessible images.
  • Create hyper-linked text and images.
  • Embed accessible videos.

Introduction to Desire 2 Learn (Y1)

This session introduces Desire-2-Learn, a Web-based, course-management tool. After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Login to D2L.
  • Navigate to and edit your profile
  • Set viewing preferences.
  • Locate your D2L courses.
  • Manage D2L email.
  • Create and post news items.
  • Create and edit an html file.
  • Add a demo student to your course.
  • Locate and use D2L help resources.

D2L Gradebook (Y1)

This session introduces the Grades function in D2L. Gradebook is the most important tool to learn in D2L since your students will be clamoring for online grade accessibility. If you only learn one tool in D2L make it the Gradebook. After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Locate the Grades tool.
  • Discriminate between the Settings, Enter Grades, Manage Grades, Schemes, and Set Up Wizard options. 
  • Set up a grade book using the Set Up Wizard.
  • Create a Grade Item using Manage Grades.
  • Enter grades using Enter Grades.
  • Explore Settings. 
  • Explore Schemes.

D2L Quiz Tool (e)

Quizzes are a popular assessment option in D2L; however, the Quiz tool in D2L contains a plethora of options that can sometimes be confusing. After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Discriminate between Quizzes, Self Assessments, and Surveys.
  • Create questions in the Quiz Question Library.
  • Create a new Quiz.
  • Login as a demo student and take your quiz.
  • Grade your quiz.

Classroom Management (Y1)

As faculty we all encounter difficult issues in the classroom that run the gamut from sleeping students to personal challenges with time management. After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Identify resources about and colleagues with expertise in classroom management.
  • Initiate a Care Committee memo.
  • Initiate a student disciplinary proceeding.
  • Choose and apply effective classroom management techniques.

Classroom Engagement (e)

Both veteran faculty and neophytes across disciplines sometimes need a little help engaging their students. In this faculty-driven session you will work with other attendees to design and practice one engagement strategy for your classroom. All first year faculty attendees will receive a copy of Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers and Drive. After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss and apply current research on motivation.
  • Design formative and summative evaluations to gather student feedback.
  • Design effective, assignment-based engagement strategies appropriate to your discipline.
  • Navigate the Student Engagement Techniques text.

Classroom Assessment (e)

We all know about the standard triumvirate of student assessment - questions in class, quiz, and test/research paper. However, a wide variety of other techniques exist to spice up your assessment endeavors. In this faculty-driven course you will work with other attendees to design and practice one assessment strategy for your classroom.All first year faculty attendees will receive a copy of Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers. After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Design effective formative and summative assessments to measure student affect, knowledge, and behavior. 
  • Navigate the Classroom Assessment Techniques text. 

Student Services (Y1)

This course will include a wide variety of guest panelists to answer all of your questions about student services at GHC. Panelists will include representatives from advising, financial aid, information technology, registrar, admissions, financial aid, WIA, student life, tutoring, assessment, counseling, and disability services. After taking this class you will be able to:

  • Discriminate between the different student services offered by GHC.
  • Recommend the appropriate service to students in need.

GHC Travel (Y1)

GHC is a multi-campus institution and during your career here you will most likely travel between campuses to teach. In addition you will likely travel for practical and professional conferences. This session presents a basic overview of travel at GHC. After taking this course you will be able to:

  • Fill out and submit a travel request form.
  • Create and submit an expense report with accompanying documentation.

Basic Advising (Y1)

In this course we will look at the nitty-gritty of advising.  All faculty at GHC advise and it is often cited as one of the most meaningful and enjoyable experiences.  Your advising assistance and connections made with students are invaluable to student success. After this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss and help create two-semester course plans with students based on student job and family responsibilities.
  • Describe the implications of  semester hours and withdrawal on financial aid.
  • Discriminate between STEM and non-STEM programs of study.
  • Discriminate between Learning Support and non-Learning Support programs of study.
  • Define and understand the importance of academic advising
  • Cite faculty advising responsibilities at GHC
  • Locate learning support policies and options
  • Locate general core curriculum requirements
  • Differentiate between transfer and career programs
  • Apply advising considerations for GHC students to course planning
  • Explain implications of credit hours and withdrawals on student financial aid
  • Explain the difference between STEM vs. non-STEM math paths and programs
  • Locate who does what, where, and how
  • Explain basic transfer facts to students

Intermediate Advising (Y2)


In this course we will briefly review what you learned in Advising Y1 then move to the ‘how-to’ side of your advising responsibilities.  This is the time to ask, ask, ask.  We want to hear from you and to answer any questions you may have from your first year teaching and advising. You should leave confident that you are an awesome orientation advisor and early bird advising star without having to know it all. After taking this class you will be able to:

  • Effectively use ScoreCard
  • Set up your advising calendar in the eScheduler
  • Know when to refer students and to whom
  • Be an amazing advisor without having to know it all

Library Services (Y1)

Did you know that GHC has fellow faculty members here to help you and your students with research, copyright, citations, technology, and much more? They're your friendly, skilled, and helpful librarians! After taking this class you will be able to:

  • Identify GHC library services.
  • Navigate the GHC library website.
  • Request a library instruction session.
  • Request books and articles from other libraries.

Copyright (Y1)

Copyright has always been a concern in academia; however, legal concerns and questions have increased recently along with the popularity of web scholarship and electronic publishing. For instance, in 2008 three major academic publishers sued Georgia State University for breach of copyright laws. The court eventually ruled in GSU's favor in 2012 but the publishers appealed in 2013. The suit continues to this day with possible long-term consequences for colleges and students. After taking this class you will be able to:

  • Define copyright, creative commons, open educational resources, and fair use. 
  • Identify the implications of the TEACH act.
  • Describe the (current) implications of the Georgia State copyright lawsuit. 
  • Use the USG Fair Use Checklist to determine fair use.
  • Effectively link to fair use, creative commons, and open educational resources available from the GHC library and beyond.

Turnitin (e)

Turnitin is a cloud-based, comprehensive grading, plagiarism detection, and peer review system available to all faculty at GHC. After taking this class you will be able to:

  • Login and navigate the Turnitin website.
  • Create a class.
  • Create an assignment.
  • Enroll students.
  • Access and run an Originality Report.
  • Edit and grade student papers with Grademark

Respondus 4.0/Studymate Author (e)

Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Desire2Learn. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment, or moved from one LMS to another. Whether you are a veteran of online testing or relatively new to it, Respondus will save you hours on each project. In this hands-on workshop you will use Respondus 4.0 to create, store, and upload tests to D2L.  In this session you will:

  • Create exams and assessments offline using a Windows interface
  • Review the 15 question types you can make , including calculated and algorithmic formats 
  • Import questions from MS Word (including embedded images), rich-text, QTI, and tab/comma delimited formats
  • Access to thousands of Respondus-compatible publisher test banks – FREE to instructors who adopt a participating textbook
  • Review questions before publishing them to the LMS
  • Publish exams and assessments directly to an online course (media files are automatically uploaded)
  • Discover the “batch publish” feature allows assessments and surveys to be published to multiple courses in a single step**
  • Determine point values and exam settings offline
  • Print exams/surveys directly from Respondus, or save files to MS Word or rich-text format

StudyMate Author is a Windows-based authoring tool that enables instructors to create learning activities that students access within online courses or anywhere on the Internet. In this interactive  session, you will have learn about and use

  • Three authoring templates make content creation easy
  • 12 learning activities (including flash cards, self-quizzes, crosswords, and more) support a range of learning styles
  • The free Respondus Test Bank Network lets instructors quickly create activities from publisher content.
  • How activities and games are viewable on smartphones and tablets
  • items can be imported from other StudyMate projects and other applications, such as Respondus
  • Content can be imported directly from Word docs or text files.

Respondus LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor (e)

When students use Respondus LockDown Browser they are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications. When an assessment is started, students are locked into it until they submit it for grading. Respondus Monitor is a companion product for LockDown Browser that enables institutions to protect the integrity of non-proctored, online exams. Students use their own computer and a webcam to record assessment sessions, all without leaving the institution's learning management system.

This session is focused towards faculty teaching eLearning classes.  However, faculty teaching other classes are welcome, but will may not have full access to both products at this time.  The session will demonstrate the “How To’s” and advantages of LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor to faculty and students in eLearning courses. 

Statutes, Policy, & Procedures (Y1)

In this session we'll explore GHC's Policies and Procedures Manual. This document serves as your guidebook to many aspects of your career at this institution and covers a variety of topics relevant to faculty including academic freedom, academic integrity, faculty pay, and tenure. We'll also take a look at GHC's statutes related to governance and committee work. After taking this class you will be able to:

  • Navigate the Policies and Procedure Manual.
  • Identify and explore professional challenges using GHC's policies.
  • Begin designing your tenure plan.

Assessment at GHC (Y1)

GHC is committed to continual program improvement. As such, the college has a continual assessment process in place. After taking this class you will be able to:

  • Navigate the Describe the assessment process at GHC.

Creating Interactive Presentations (e)

Although PowerPoint is an effective organizational tool for professors it doesn't always engage students. You've probably heard the phrase death by PowerPoint - or even experienced this syndrome yourself! Many professors are now using a multitude of newer, flashier, web-based alternatives to PowerPoint. On the other hand, others are rethinking PowerPoint itself and using it in new and powerful ways. During this session we'll take the second approach and create visually stunning, interactive presentations using PowerPoint. After taking this class you will be able to:

  • Apply graphic design principles to the design of PowerPoint presentations.
  • Create a "template-less" PowerPoint.
  • Locate and edit creative commons images.
  • Create effective text.

Creating Effective Syllabi (e)

Course syllabi serve many functions from contract to class calendar to teaching philosophy statement. However, the humble syllabi can be customized to create a more readable, personal, and democratic document. During this session you'll explore innovative and engaging course syllabi designs. After taking this class you will be able to:

  • Create syllabi that meet departmental and institutional standards.
  • Create more readable and appealing syllabi using graphic design and information architecture principles.
  • Write personal, meaningful syllabi statements.

D2L 10.3 Info Session (e)

Desire2Learn will be upgraded from version 10.2 to version 10.3 during GHC's Winter Break. Come to this session to get a sneak peek of some of the new features available to you January 2015. After taking this class you will be able to:

  • Navigate the D2L 10.3 interface.
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