Faculty Workshops


CII seminars and workshops are aimed at encouraging Georgia State faculty to think deeply about their teaching, build community around educational innovations, explore new approaches to solving pedagogical problems, and identify tools that open new possibilities in face-to-face and online settings.

CII seminars are designed to facilitate idea sharing, brainstorming, community building, and collaborative problem solving, while workshops are more technology focused and often include click-along style instructional approaches.

How to Give a Great Lecture

We’ve all been inspired by great lectures and lecturers, but putting a finger on what makes a lecture or lecturer great is sometimes difficult. This seminar will discuss the art and the science of delivering great lectures.

Beyond the Lecture

Even if you consistently deliver great lectures, lectures are not always the best way to promote deep student engagement with course content or collaboration among peers. This series of seminars offers a forum to entertain new ways to encourage students to think about and interact with course content.

Digital Humanities Series

This series of seminars will discuss how teachers can approach their teaching and assessments in ways that encourage students to use digital tools and services to engage with course content, create media, and extend learning beyond the classroom.

Helping Your Students Visualize Data

The ability to organize and make sense of data and present findings is a crucial digital age skill, necessary for many students to not only understand and process difficult concepts but also develop the kinds of skills that will make them attractive to potential employers. Come to this session to explore ways to visualize qualitative and quantitative data.

Mobile Learning Pedagogies – The Power of Phones, Tablets, and Apps

Formerly “Teaching with iPads,” this tap-along seminar offers a chance to discuss ways to integrate mobile devices, apps, and services into your teaching and assessment.

Online Learning: Resources and Practices

Facilitating and encouraging learning in online settings often requires faculty to rethink ways that they teach in more traditional, in-person, face-to-face settings. This seminar offers a forum to discuss the some techniques and resources that can promote learning in online spaces.

Polling Students: Transforming Your Teaching with Real-time Feedback

Understanding how well students are understanding content is a crucial part of the ongoing, formative assessments necessary to gauge what teachers should say or do next in the classroom. This seminar offers suggestions and evaluations of various means of polling students in large and small-group settings.

The Lie of the “Digital Native”

It’s simply not true that all students possess the skills they need to succeed in online settings simply by virtue of having been born after a certain date. This seminar discusses the kinds of supports that all students need to engage with content appropriately within educational spaces.

Designing a Digital Syllabus

Digital syllabi can be much more dynamic, flexible, interactive, and media rich than their paper-based counterparts. Come to this discussion to chat about the pros and cons and do’s and don’ts of digital syllabi.

Design Thinking and the Classroom

The CII offers design consultation services, but what does that mean? This seminar attempts to pull together ideas about how design thinking can change the way you approach your teaching and assessments.

D2L: Getting Started

Desire2Learn is the University System of Georgia’s central learning management system. If you are interested in the kinds of things that D2L and associated tools can do for you, this introductory overview is just what you need to get started.

D2L: Facilitating Active Online Participation

Well-designed online classes offer a variety of ways for students to interact with instructors and each other. This workshop offers an overview of the tools available to facilitate rich and authentic online interactions.

D2L: Assessing Student Progress

Instructors exploring online course management solutions can choose from a variety of student assessment tools. This workshop explores ways to streamline the grading process and provide students useful and prompt feedback.

Creating Online Classrooms with Blackboard Collaborate

Teaching a fully online course with a synchronous component? Want to hold virtual office hours or exam reviews? Interested in having virtual meetings or inviting a speaker to your class who lives out of the area? Collaborate can do all these things and more! This session will show you the ins and outs of using Collaborate and some tips for creating engaging and meaningful online sessions.

Hosting Virtual Guest Speakers

Travel can be expensive, inconvenient, and sometimes impossible. However, Georgia State faculty members have access to all sorts of digital tools that can help bring experts into the classroom virtually. This seminar offers an overview of how to use available digital technologies to bring guest experts into your classrooms or other meetings.

Virtualizing Your Office Hours

It is important that students who are not able to be present physically in office hours are still able to get the help they need. This seminar will discuss how office hours might be virtualized in ways that are not only helpful to students but also respectful of faculty members’ time. We’ll also discuss general office-hour do’s and don’ts. Both tools and techniques will be discussed.

Setting Up Online Collaborative Work Spaces

Digital technologies enable all kinds of online collaborations among students, faculty, and researchers. This seminar will offer an overview how collaborative projects can be integrated into work at Georgia State, including a discussion of both techniques and available tools.

Creating Online Conversation Spaces

It’s true that online forums sometimes do less than encourage deep and respectful dialog. However, it would be a mistake to essentialize all online content as shallow and vapid. This seminar will offer techniques and tools to encourage deep interactions among students in online settings.

Teaching with Edublogs

Edublogs is a WordPress-based blogging and website creation service that offers Georgia State faculty, staff, and students a free and easy way for students to share text-based and multimedia content online. This seminar will explore ways that faculty can integrate student blogs and websites into their syllabus to deepen student engagement with course content, encourage collaboration, and provide a means online student assessment. We will also explore how you can apply gamification principles to encourage student blogging through the ClassBadges integration.

Strategies for Assessing Student Learning

The ways that you assess student learning should reflect how you want your students to engage with, use, and be transformed by your course content, as well as how you want them to process content and contribute to conversations within an outside your classroom. This seminar will be a chance to connect your pedagogical aims with a variety of kinds of student assessments.

Designing Prior Knowledge Tests

Great teachers design learning environments and activities that acknowledge and tap into students’ prior knowledge and experiences. Doing so helps teachers scaffold activities so that students stay in what Vygotsky dubbed their respective “zones of proximal development.” This seminar discusses strategies for assessing what your students already know, so that you can help them extend and transform the way that they engage with your course content.

Designing Effective Multiple-choice Assessments

We at the CII encourage instructors to employ a variety of assessment types and to match assessments with pedagogical aims. Sometimes, a multiple-choice assessment is exactly the tool for the job. This seminar outlines strategies and tools that can help faculty design effective, in-person or online multiple-choice assessments.

Digital Portfolios: Strategies and Tools

In addition to resumes and statements of interest, employers in creative and professional fields often ask that job seekers submit digital portfolios, so that they can get a better understanding of applicants’ knowledge, skills, and potential contributions. By having students develop digital portfolios of their work in degree-credit classes, faculty can not only get a deeper look at what their students have (and haven’t) learned but also offer students the chance to develop digital communications skills attractive to potential employers.

Peer Review: Strategies and Tools

Thoughtfully integrating peer review strategies can give students the prompt and frequent feedback they need without creating mountains of work for faculty. Having students to review and comment on peers’ work also promotes metacognition when reviewers return to their own assignments.

Integrating Digital Media Assignments into Your Classroom

Digital media assignments (DMAs) include all sorts of technology-enabled projects such as video and audio shorts, websites, digital stories, comic books, eBooks, animations, digital art, animations, games, Khan Academy-style videos, and much, much more.

eBook and eText Creation – What’s Possible?

Electronic publishing offers a way to deliver highly customizable and interactive content to students in variety of affordable formats. This seminar outlines the evolving nature of the e-publishing landscape, highlighting possibilities, resources, and the affordances of various tools, devices, and formats.

Building eTexts in D2L

This workshop will discuss what D2L, the University’s easy-to-use learning management system, can and can’t do for faculty who want to (re)construct textbooks or course resources as eTexts.

eTextbooks with InDesign 1: Getting Started

InDesign is Adobe’s powerful desktop publishing software. This workshop will begin to introduce how to use InDesign to create eBooks.

eTextbooks with InDesign 2: Adding Media and Interactivity

This workshop picks up where eTextbooks with InDesign 1: Getting Started left off, introducing a variety of additional topics related to adding media and interactivity to eBooks.

Creating eTextbooks with Apple’s iBooks Author

Apple’s free iBooks Author tool offers an easy-to-use way to build and export media-rich, interactive eTextbooks for iOS or Mac OSX. This workshop will walk through the steps involved in choosing templates, adding text and multimedia, exporting, and publishing.

Screen Captures with Camtasia

Faculty interested in creating voiceover PowerPoints, software or process demonstrations, or otherwise capturing what happens on screen will be happy to discover in this click-along workshop how simple the process can be.

Recording Khan Academy-style Presentations with Camtasia

Khan Academy (www.khanacademy.org) demonstrates how simple, sparsely produced educational videos can make big educational impacts. This workshop walks faculty through the steps involved in creating Khan Academy-style screen captures using Camtasia and drawing tablets.

Creating Simulations with Captivate

Captivate is Adobe’s powerful eLearning content production tool. This workshops outlines the steps involved in creating software simulations that require interactivity, such as clicking or typing to advance slides, expose menus, or complete a process.

Creating Interactive Media with Captivate

Adobe Captivate makes it possible to take existing video footage & presentation material and add choose-your-own-adventure-style engagement. Such interactivity allows instructors to not only record what they do in face-to-face classroom or on-the-job settings but also transform and extend opportunities for student engagement online.

Transforming PowerPoints with Adobe Presenter

Adobe Presenter lets you start with your existing PowerPoints and end up with interactive, scenario-based eLearning content. This workshop will walk through the steps involved in importing slides, adding interactivity, and exporting.


Panopto offers a very simple, user-friendly way to capture a PowerPoint lecture and post it online. This workshop walks through the steps involved in creating digital representations of online lectures.

eLearning Content Construction Lab

Bring your own content to this open lab session. Instructional designers from the CII will be on hand to help faculty find and start using exactly the right tools and techniques to meet their pedagogical aims.

Getting Started Making Your Own Videos and Movies

This three-part, hands-on series dives into the knowledge and skills that faculty need to begin constructing their own short films and documentaries. Technologies and techniques involved at every stage, from planning to post-production will be discussed and explored.

Recording, Editing, and Publishing Podcasts

This extended workshop outlines tools and techniques involved in planning, recording, editing, and publishing audio podcasts. If you’re a faculty member interested in professionalizing your audio recordings, this will be time well spent.

These workshops are delivered in partnership with Lower Division Studies in the English Department. RSVP registration for these events is not required. You may simply show up to attend.

Why the Email Matters–Teaching the Topic of Email Communication in Undergraduate Writing Courses

This workshop is delivered in partnership with Lower Division Studies, in the English Department. This mentoring session will explore pedagogical approaches for teaching email and electronic communication in composition and other undergraduate writing courses.

Using YouTube as a Teaching Aid in the Composition Classroom

This workshop is delivered in partnership with Lower Division Studies, in the English Department. This session will present a number of lower-stakes assignments that incorporate YouTube, as well as a major assignment that uses the Fine Brothers’ popular “Reacts” series as a basis for teaching students how to combine others’ ideas with their own in order to produce unique, research based arguments.

Using Canvas as the Primary Learning Management System in the Composition Classroom

This workshop is delivered in partnership with Lower Division Studies, in the English Department. The session will include the following: an introduction to Canvas, a walk through the major components (syllabus, calendar, discussion), an examination of the Wiki an instructor can make for extra information, loading class files and documents, peer- review usage, and how to grade using the system with and without a self-created rubric.

‘It Worked for Me’ — Swapping Successful Writing Assignments

This workshop is delivered in partnership with Lower Division Studies, in the English Department. This mentoring session will focus on how to share assignments digitally as well as the swap itself.

The Gradebook: Setting up D2L for Assessment

This workshop is delivered in partnership with Lower Division Studies, in the English Department. This session will be about setting up D2L for assessment and how to use it as a tool to interact with students.

Using Technology as Tools in the Composition Classroom

This workshop is delivered in partnership with Lower Division Studies, in the English Department. With the advancement of technology and the internet, there are a lot more options available to the Composition instructor. The presenter will provide a short introduction to four of these tools (Canvas, Prezi, Engrade, and Dropbox), highlight their good points and their bad points, and facilitate further discussion.

Using Podcasts in the Composition Classroom: Beyond Teaching Grammar

This workshop is delivered in partnership with Lower Division Studies, in the English Department. This session presents recommendations about particular podcasts that instructors can use as texts for analysis and response.

Teaching Writing with Technology: WordPress, Canvas, Dropbox, and Google Docs

This workshop is delivered in partnership with Lower Division Studies, in the English Department. The presenter will serve as a facilitator for this workshop on teaching writing with technology.

Developing Assignments to Limit Plagiarism

This workshop is delivered in partnership with Lower Division Studies, in the English Department. The presenter will discuss creating assignments that are personal and interesting to the students to help keep them from plagiarizing. Assignment samples will be provided.

English 3130: Business Writing — Course Design Considerations and Pedagogy

This workshop is delivered in partnership with Lower Division Studies, in the English Department. The goal of this session is to facilitate conversation with those in attendance–whether experienced business writing instructors or those with an interest in teaching the course–that explores considerations in course design and technical or business writing pedagogy.

Learning to Teach from Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do

This workshop is delivered in partnership with Lower Division Studies, in the English Department. The presenters will introduce key points from Ken Bain’s work and address the following three items: developing key concepts of learning, addressing expectations of the students, and unifying concepts to enhance the learning process.

MLA & APA: How to Make these Citation Styles More Engaging Do

This workshop is delivered in partnership with Lower Division Studies, in the English Department. The presenter will share some assignments that help engage interest in MLA and APA citation styles. Assignment samples will be provided.

New Faculty Seminar

Congratulations on your new faculty position at Georgia State! This discussion is meant to point you to the resources and tools you need to help you become an innovative teacher, scholar, and researcher. Come with your questions and get ready to hit the ground running.

Scholarly Networking in the Age of LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter

Being a successful scholar in today’s higher education landscape is less about inhabiting an ivory tower than it is engaging in vibrant networks of learning and scholarship.

Creating an Impressive End-of-year Report

End-of-year reports should be celebrations of your work. This seminar offers strategies and tools for developing end-of-year reports that help you shine, from the planning phase through writing and publication.

Richard Halverson: Seven technological changes that are reshaping teaching and learning

New media technologies are reshaping how people interact and learn in and out of schools. In this talk, Rich Halverson will discuss how technologies such as social media, digital media production communities, fantasy sports, massively open online games and courses, learning management systems and mobile devices are changing teaching and learning, and how such tools and practices might be directed toward creating the kinds of learning environments we want.

Richard Halverson: Technologies for education vs. technologies for learners: How technologies have, haven’t and might change schooling

Many scholars have argued that schools are immovable objects that deflect all irresistible forces for change. Other scholars suggest that since information technologies have transformed learning in the wild, they will inevitably change learning in schools as well. In this talk, Rich Halverson will consider how the accountability policies of the past decades have called for the technological transformation of the administrative aspects of schools, but have left teachers and learners literally to their own devices. Rich will talk about critical design opportunities for leaders to design learning environments to bring the power of learning technologies to teachers, learners and families as well as administrators.

Spatial Symposium: An Introduction to Mapping

Workshop Leaders: Amber Boll and Nicole Ryerson
With the right tools-everyone can be a cartographer! Come learn about the various web services and software you can use to visualize spatial data. We encourage you with ideas of how mapping can apply to your own research. No GIS or mapping background required.

Spatial Symposium: Data Collection

Workshop Leaders: Amber Boll and Nicole Ryerson
Data collection is a vital first step for making a map. During this presentation, we will walk you through how to access open source data and format your own data to input into various mapping tools. We encourage you with ideas of how mapping can apply to your own research. No GIS or mapping background required.

3D Modeling with Agisoft

Workshop Leaders: Andrew Vaughan and Robert Bryant
Creating 3D models of objects ranging from small items to large landscapes has never been easier. Agisoft software allows you to create detailed 3D models simply by using a digital camera. This introductory workshop will provide an overview of what is possible with Agisoft Photoscan.

Demographic Maps and Data Made Easy: Social Explorer

Workshop Leader: Joe Hurley
In this Social Explorer session you will learn how to quickly create demographic maps using United States census data from 1790 to 2012. You’ll also learn how to generate tabular census data reports from the national down to the block group level.

Demographic Maps and Data Made Easy: SimplyMap

Workshop Leader: Joe Hurley
In this SimplyMap session you will learn how to perform a spatial and demographic analysis of various locations, such as state, city or census tract, including a radius around a location. SimplyMap provides access to United States census data, including normalized census data from 1980 to 2010, and also business, marketing, and health data. You’ll learn how to display your analysis on a map and how to export your data to Excel.

Bloomberg Workshops

Workshop Leader: Laura Carscaddon
Curious about the Bloomberg Terminals in CURVE? This workshop will introduce you to the terminals, including how to set up a login, the kinds of information available through them, some commonly used functions, exporting information and how to get help.

Cleaning Data with OpenRefine

Workshop Leader: Tricia Clayton
Does your data suffer from inconsistent entry patterns, misspelled words, extra spaces, and unpredictable punctuation? This introductory session will provide an overview of OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine), a free and powerful tool for cleaning messy data in order to prepare it for analysis and visualization. You will learn how to upload your data into a project, use facets and filters to organize and view your data, cluster and merge cells that are similarly structured, and perform simple transformations of cell values.

R User Group

Meet-Up Leader: Chris Goode
Don’t Fear The Command Line! Come join us to learn how to use R, the free, open-source statistics platform. This semester we’ll be discovering how to use R to make beautiful graphs, explore data with descriptive statistics, and test hypotheses with t-tests, ANOVA, ANCOVA, and MANOVA, all in terms of a linear regression model. If you’ve never worked with R or written syntax for a statistics program, this is the workshop for you. We will be working through a very simple textbook and figuring out how R works together. For more information, please e-mail Dr. Chris Goode at cgoode@gsu.edu.

Student Entrepreneur Hands-On Lab

Program Leaders: Ricky Hunter and Jovonni Pharr
This 10 week program introduces students to customer discovery, business model canvas, and pitches while it helps them build a network of resources to turn ideas into a business.

Additional Technology Training

Georgia State faculty, staff, and students can enroll in a wide variety of technology training from the CII for free, as well as take advantage of lynda.com and Skillsoft (eTraining) online learning libraries.

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