Volume 5, Issue 8 - January 25, 2021

Happy New Year!

Welcome back and to the start of 2021! We are confident that it will be a positive and productive year for you and the College of Coastal Georgia. Special thanks to all faculty and staff for making our Mariner community a special place in terms of learning and in supporting student growth and development. Recognition also goes to the hard work of our deans, chairs, and directors as they strive to support and advocate for their units, prioritize initiatives, and communicate the fantastic work of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners. We have much to value and much still to do, especially with the challenges imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. Stay strong, stay healthy.

Prevention is More Important than Ever Now
Although there has been remarkably rapid development of several vaccines that promise protection against COVID-19, we still need to be vigilant. With winter upon us and infection rates spiking, prevention — social distancing, frequent hand washing, and wearing masks — remains our best defense. Please continue to reference our Spring 2021 News and Updates web page for useful information related to guidelines from the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the University System of Georgia (USG). Although we will eventually get past this, we need to continue to maintain social distancing, hand hygiene, and the wearing of masks to protect ourselves and others.

Faculty Scholarship

Dr. Jessica Morris, Assistant Professor of Education, is scheduled to present at the Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) Conference on February 7, 2021. She will be co-presenting with Briana Fields, a recent teacher education alumna (CCGA '20) 7th Grade Reading Teacher at Risley Middle School. (Briana continues to serve Coastal Georgia as a Writing Center Coach in addition to her full-time teaching job).

The State Conference Theme is "Reimagining the Classroom: Teaching with Flexibility, Dexterity, and Courage." Due to COVID-19, they will be virtually presenting their session, “Active Learning and Engagement in the Age of Flexible Instructional Contexts," using nearpod as a platform for K-12 educators and college professors across the state.

School of Business and Public Management faculty members affiliated with The Reg Murphy Center for Economic and Policy Studies published several articles recently in The Brunswick News.

Dr. Lisa McNeal, Director of eLearning, and Dr. Jennifer Gray, Professor of English, had their article, Beyond Tickets and Comma Splices: Using Writing Center Coaching Techniques to Support Online Learners, published in the Georgia Educational Researcher journal. The article focuses on how writing center philosophies can be applied to help desk responses across campus.

Introducing Blackboard Ally
To support our commitment to a more inclusive campus, we’re introducing a new tool called Ally into D2L courses to help improve the accessibility of course content. Ally provides just-in-time guidance to faculty on how to correct accessibility issues with course content, which means that learning materials will work better on mobile phones and tablets as well as with assistive technologies. Students will also be able to download alternative formats of files by clicking the dropdown icon next to the file name, and choosing a version of the file most appropriate for their device and need. To learn more, visit Ally, or contact Dr. Lisa McNeal (lmcneal@ccga.edu) with questions.

Virtual Conference Opportunity

Teaching Matters - Gordon State College

In lieu of a 2021 conference, Teaching Matters will be a special e-publication of thought pieces.

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2021

Teaching Matters is celebrating its eighteenth annual interdisciplinary conference at Gordon State College on its main campus (Barnesville, Georgia). Presentations/discussions will focus on innovative and creative pedagogical methods, approaches to various texts and/or concepts, and theories. The conference is open to all of those who have a passion for pedagogy; conference presentations are designed so that educators can share ideas and strategies that promote student success, student engagement, and active learning. For more information, visit the Teaching Matters website.

Faculty Development Needs

The Center for Teaching and Learning and Faculty Development Committee are surveying to gauge future faculty development needs in an effort to develop a series of programming and professional development opportunities. If you have not taken the survey yet, please do so this week. It should take 10–12 minutes to complete. Click here to take the survey.

QEP Progress Report

As you know, the College of Coastal Georgia is undergoing its reaffirmation of accreditation established by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Part of this process requires developing a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that addresses an issue to enhance student learning and/or student success. During the spring and summer of 2020, faculty, staff, students, and administrators worked together to select the QEP topic, COMPASS: Integrated Career and Academic Planning. The QEP Development Committee was then charged with developing this initiative to help students succeed academically by aligning their academic goals with a career path. Students will have an improved understanding of connecting academic courses to career goals for a clear pathway to graduation.

Knowing that many people were involved in the topic selection process and have a continued interest in the plan's success, the QEP Development Committee has created a monthly newsletter to keep the campus community informed of our progress. The newsletter will include updates from subcommittees, next steps in the process, related information, and upcoming events, such as virtual town hall meetings.

Please take the time to read the first edition of the 2022 QEP Progress Report

*** At this moment, you have a chance to give our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) a user-friendly name!

Please use this link to cast your vote!

Thank you for your support and help as we finalize our QEP slogan!

Upcoming Events
  • February 8 - Midterm for 1st Session
  • February 26 - Midterm Grades due 5:00 PM (Full Session)

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: February 22, 2021.

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