Volume 5, Issue 7 - December 14, 2020

Seasonal Reflection
Although it has been just a few short months since the first day of fall classes, it has been a time of transformation and grit on both the Brunswick campus and Camden Center. We have much to be thankful for and much to celebrate, especially as we face the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Given the outstanding work and commitment by faculty and staff, we have enjoyed sharing key accomplishments and milestones along the way through the Monday Mariner. As the fall semester ends, we think about all we are grateful for, and our relationship with you is indeed one.

Please continue to wear face coverings, wash hands, physically distant, stay home if you are sick, and get tested. If you receive a positive test or are exposed to someone with COVID-19, please follow the recommended steps. More information is available at www.ccga.edu/campusreturn.

Wishing you all a joyous and restful holiday season -- stay healthy and safe, Mariners!

Faculty Scholarship
Dr. Claire Hughes, Associate Professor of Teacher Education, was named as one of the “22 To Watch” in the Fall 2020 issue of Variations 2e Journal, focusing on the needs of “Twice-exceptional” learners. Dr. Hughes' research and presentations were highlighted.

Dr. Carla Bluhm, Associate Professor of Psychology, was recently featured in a Brunswick News article entitled, Challah bread baking connects to past, present.

Dr. Nelbert “Doc” St.Clair, Assistant Professor of Cyber Defense and Criminal Justice, co-presented (virtually) with Dr. John Girard, Peyton Anderson Endowed Chair & Professor of Information Technology, Middle Georgia State University, at the 24tt Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE), a paper entitled, “Judging Competencies in Recent Cybersecurity Graduates.”

Dr. Mary McGinnis, Assistant Professor of English, had a book review of A. Ellwanger's Metanoia published in Southern Communication Journal.

School of Business & Public Management faculty affiliated with The Reg Murphy Center for Economic and Policy Studies had articles appearing recently in the Brunswick News:

Expanded Student Mental Health Support Services
While we continue to battle COVID-19, college and university health professionals across the country are monitoring a growing crisis among young adults struggling with mental health problems, including suicidal ideation, anxiety, and depression related to COVID-19. The University System of Georgia (USG) is doing its part by launching a comprehensive plan to significantly expand student mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Brian Kemp has allocated $11.5 million of the Governors Education Relief funding to support mental health and student support services within the USG. A significant portion of the funding will expand USG clinical resources to ensure every student has access to virtual psychiatric care and clinical counseling services, including in-person counseling options through a partnership with Christie Campus Health. Funding will also support the creation of a USG Mental Health Consortium, which will develop a long-term service model for USG’s 26 institutions.

Visit USG significantly expands access to student mental health support services for more details.

eLearning Updates
Want to get ahead? Spring 2021 classes are available for faculty as of December 11, 2020. Next semester faculty have the opportunity to use two new tools within D2L: Blackboard Ally and Video Note.

  • Blackboard Ally is a tool that integrates seamlessly into D2L and focuses on making digital course content more accessible. See this site for an overview of Ally’s features. There will be a Blackboard Ally Training session during Launch week.
  • Video Note allows instructors to record short videos in various places within D2L. Watch this video for a demonstration of this tool.

Virtual Coastal Scholars Showcase 2021
March 18-19, 2021 ... Call for Proposals (CFP) – deadline EXTENSION: January 1, 2021

We encourage you to present your scholarly work at the third annual Virtual Coastal Scholars Showcase or submit your publication citations to the Coastal Scholars Institutional Repository.

The purpose of the Coastal Scholars Showcase is to provide opportunities for faculty and staff to present their scholarship/creative expressions to colleagues, students, and community members. We hope that in this collaborative environment, ideas for future scholarship can germinate as faculty and staff learn from each other’s experiences.

This event will take place virtually. It will be free and open to the public, and we encourage you to invite your students to attend. Please mark your calendars and respond to the attached Call for Proposals.

There will be multiple modes of participation: 1) Presentation, 2) Performance, 3) Gallery walk, 4) Poster session, and 5) Panel discussion. In addition, faculty and staff are invited to have their publication citations added to the Coastal Scholars Institutional Repository.

Submit Proposals to Neda Moinolmolki (nmoinolmolki@ccga.edu) by January 1, 2021.

Questions about Coastal Scholars Showcase 2021 can be directed to Neda Moinolmolki (nmoinolmolki@ccga.edu).

D2L - Spring 2021 Updates

Coastal Georgia continues to implement creative solutions for the Spring 2021 schedule to ensure proper social distancing occurs in classrooms. In some departments, according to Provost Johnny Evans, "the listed class meeting time remained the same on the course schedule, but instructors will have to divide the students up so that only a portion attend face-to-face on any given day. Your department chair has communicated with you if this was the case for any of your classes."

Key Reminders

  • All D2L courses are set to open for students one week early on Monday, January 4, 2021
  • Before that date, you need to post a news announcement on the main page informing students
    • Your class will meet according to the time posted on their course schedule OR
    • Who will be attending which class periods; i.e., your news announcement would provide a list of who should attend when, for example, Tuesday v. Thursday
  • All faculty must post a news announcement in all courses to identify which scenario students should follow, with pertinent details.
  • The School Dean and/or Department Chair will follow-up with faculty on more specific guidance related to the required D2L news announcement.

Student Portal Message (appearing through Friday, January 15)

  • "Some face-to-face and hybrid classes may meet online certain days or weeks of the semester. D2L course pages will be available starting Monday, January 4, 2021. You must log on before classes begin to determine when each of your classes will meet face-to-face versus online."

Student Email Message (to be sent Monday, January 4)

  • "You can now access your D2L Courses for your spring full session and first session classes. Please check each of your D2L courses this week for instructions on how you should access your courses next week. Some face-to-face and hybrid courses may meet online certain days or weeks of the semester."

ASK JACK Message (to be sent Wednesday, January 6, only to students who had not yet logged into D2L)

  • "Check your D2L Courses for how each of your classes will meet next week. Some classes will meet virtually for the first day of class."

Distance Learning Administration 2021 - Call for Papers and Presentations
  • July 25-28, 2021
  • Jekyll Island Club Hotel
  • Jekyll Island, Georgia

Proposals are due December 28, 2020

The Distance Learning Administration Conference focuses on the administration and management of distance learning. The conference specifically addresses the needs of those who plan, manage, and support distance education activities. The Planning Committee of Distance Learning Administration 2021 invites proposals from the introductory through advanced level on all topics related to distance learning management and administration. Topic strands include:

  • Managing Growth in Distance Education
  • Training & Support for Distance Instructors
  • Support for Distance Students
  • Budget and Cost-Benefit of Distance Education
  • Marketing Distance Courses and Programs
  • Distance Learning Ethics and Copyright Issues
  • Organizational Issues in Distance Education
  • Quality Assurance and Evaluation Striving for Excellence

Proposal Submission

Upcoming Events
  • January 6 – Spring 2021 Launch – All-College Meeting
  • January 11 – Spring Classes Begin

Call for Contributions
If you would like to contribute an article, news item, or event notice for our newsletter, please contact Dr. Jim Lynch at jlynch@ccga.edu - Next issue: January 25, 2021.

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