Online Teaching & Learning Series Spring 2023

Online@JSU and the online teaching faculty at JSU provide engaging and interesting presentations, demonstrations, workshops, and discussions about online teaching and learning. They cover best practices in teaching online and provide strategies and techniques that they are currently using in the field to effectively teach online. You are invited to attend and be part of the conversation about quality teaching in the online environment and learn and implement new strategies and techniques to improve your teaching online.

Workshops and presentations are delivered virtually in Microsoft Teams or in person in 208 Self Hall.

New to online learning? Visit the Orientation to Online Learning at JSU.

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Combatting Surveillance with Anti-Carceral Pedagogies

Presenters: Dr. Cara Messina and Dr. Emrys Donaldson, Assistant Professors, English, Arts & Humanities

Cara Messina Emrys Donaldson
Dr. Cara Messina Dr. Emrys Donaldson

When: Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Where: Microsoft Teams

Type: Faculty Research Presentation

Abstract: This workshop will define and describe anti-carceral pedagogical practices that challenge notions of surveillance, punishment, and control in the classroom. JSU has a diverse body of students in terms of race, gender, sexuality, disability/ability, and socioeconomic status, which means incorporating anti-carceral pedagogies is all the more important. How do we center student learning and growth without enforcing notions of conformity and power? How do we see ourselves as teachers and guides, rather than carceral figures who surveil and punish? We will provide explicit examples of carceral pedagogy and anti-carceral pedagogy in test-taking, assignment design, and grading; we will also share outcomes from our own classrooms.

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To Infinity & Beyond: Taking Online Assessment Beyond Reading and Quizzes 

Presenter: Dr. Mark Sciuchetti, Assistant Professor, Chemistry & Geosciences, Science & Mathematics  

Mark Sciuchetti

When: January 30, 2023, Monday, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Where: 208 Self Hall

Type:  Workshop/Presentation

Abstract: Come explore the use of OER (Open Education Resources) for engaging with students in the classroom. We will examine various types of assignments for assessment beyond the traditional quiz and where you can find Open Sources Material for more engaging assessment.

Utilizing Interactive Virtual Simulations in Introduction to American Government  

Presenter: Dr. Benjamin Gross, Assistant Professor, Sociology & Political Science, Social & Behavioral Sciences 

Ben Gross

When: January 31, 2023, Tuesday, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm 

Where:  Microsoft Teams

Type:  Presentation - Research/In-Class Teaching

Abstract: This presentation shares a case study concerning how to use non-publisher resources and incorporate them into a virtual classroom. Numerous interactive activities, games, and simulations exist on the internet that are not produced by publishers. Developing ways to include these resources in a meaningful learning experience presents multiple challenges. These include finding worthwhile virtual activities, disagreement between the course material and virtual activity, the intended audience of the virtual activity is not a college student (e.g., high school student), and the successful integration of an activity that does not exist within the Learning Management System (e.g., Canvas). This presentation describes how PSC 100 – Introduction to American government incorporates online simulations from iCivics while overcoming these and other challenges. Thus, the presentation provides a case study that demonstrates how professors can creatively engage with less-than-ideal virtual resources to produce worthwhile interactive experiences for students. 

While there are numerous engaging online activities for college courses, non-publisher resources present challenges to be incorporated into a course. Instead of seeing these challenges as endpoints, this presentation shows the opportunities these provide in including these resources in an online course. 


  • Resources on how to find non-publisher virtual activities will be shared. 
  • Exploring the opportunity that exists when activities and course materials disagree will be discussed. 
  • Sharing ideas on how to scale up materials intended for a lower-level audience will be provided. 

The Merger between Inquiry-based Instruction and Project-based Learning  

Presenter: Dr. Russell Hammack, Associate Professor, Secondary Education, Education & Professional Studies 

Russell Hammack

When: February 13, 2023, Monday, 10:30 am to Noon 

Where: 208 Self Hall

Type: Research Presentation

Abstract: Discover how to use both project-based learning and inquiry-based instruction together to help students move towards a deeper understanding of content knowledge and subject matter expertise.

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Canva: The Free Design Tool that Does So Much More!  

Presenter: Mica Mecham, Director, Faculty Commons

Mica Mecham

When: February 14, 2023, Tuesday, 10:30 am to Noon 

Where:  Microsoft Teams

Type: App/Tool Workshop

Abstract: Learn how to create a Canva account, and how to leverage Canva to teach and engage students in your course(s). Canva can be used to create interesting visuals such as videos, charts, graphs, presentations, infographics, documents, and more.  

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New normal in higher education for the post-COVID-19 world: Reimagining and reexamining factors for student success in online learning 

Presenter: Dr. Hungwei Tseng, Associate Professor, Senior Instructional Designer, Online@JSU 

Hungwei Tseng

When: February 27, 2023, Monday, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Where:  Microsoft Teams

Type:  Research Presentation

Abstract:  As the novel coronavirus rapidly spread worldwide since March 2020, emergency transitions to the remote education process need to be made in all institutions so as not to interrupt students’ learning. However, it also exposed some students to diverse and ‘just in time’ rapid learning experiences they never previously faced that could potentially diminish their productivity and obstruct them from being successful. At the same time, students’ online learning readiness and self-regulated learning skills have also been challenged. In this study, we intended to investigate to what extent factors of online course design and student learning impact on students’ success in the online learning contexts after online student characteristics are controlled. The results revealed that time management, course design/structure, and quality facilitation are significant predictors of online student success. Implications and suggestions will be provided during the presentation. 

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Perusall: The Social Annotation Tool

Presenters: Dr. Ashley Turner & Dr. Jenna Ridlen, Assistant Professors, Biology, Science & Mathematics 

Ashley Turner
Jenna Ridlen
Dr. Ashley Turner Dr. Jenna Ridlen

When: February 28, 2023, Tuesday, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Where:  Microsoft Teams

Type:  App/Tool Workshop

Abstract: Attendees in this session will learn about the online app, Perusall. Perusall is a social annotation platform that works with all types of content, including books, articles, web pages, videos, podcasts, and images.