Tag Archives: English Brown Bag

Teaching the International Detective Novel – English Professional Development Series

Cumming | 246
Dahlonega | LTC 162
Gainesville | Nesbitt 5105 (Video Teleconference launch site)
Oconee | 564

Patsy Worrall and Rebecca Rose will present their English 1102 International Detective Fiction Project.  They’ll discuss the origins of the project, the selection process for the novels, the scaffolding of the assignments, and final projects.  In addition, they’ll discuss the Study Guide that supports the research for the project and the criteria for the information included in the Study Guide.  The project is continuing to evolve, and at the end of the workshop, suggestions and comments will be appreciated.

“Adding Africa and Mesoamerica to World Lit 1: An Introduction to Sundiata and the Popol Vuh”: EPDS

Cumming | 262
Dahlonega | BH 315
Gainesville | Nesbitt 5105 (VTC launch site)
Oconee | 564

Facilitated by Steve Pearson

Although it is not difficult to create a truly global World Lit 1 course–China, Japan, India, and the Middle East have plenty of great texts–finding material for teaching early African and Mesoamerican literature can be more challenging. Two of the most widely anthologized texts for those areas, the Sundiata and the Popol Vuh, are both useful but can be daunting to newcomers. This presentation gives an overview of the two stories and provides ideas about how to connect them to other texts on your syllabus.


The Adaptive Classroom: Learning to Love (or Survive) the Rise of Technological Teaching Tools – English Professional Development Series

Cumming | 246
Dahlonega | LTC 162
Gainesville | Nesbitt 5105
Oconee | 564  (Video Teleconference launch site)

Facilitated by Karen Redding.

The Gates Grant project data collection is complete, though the analysis is still in the works…and will be for quite a while. What have we learned about the use of “Adaptive Learning Technology”? What have we learned about our teaching? What do you want to know? This conversational brown bag will describe the grant project’s scope and UNG’s approach to the parameters, as well as explain some of the data that we’ve collected over two semesters of pilots in first-year composition and developmental language arts courses. We will also discuss the successes and challenges of using technology, and we hope to have a conversation with attendees about anxieties, excitement, or anything in between, about the use of adaptive technology as a teaching tool.



Individualism vs. Reciprocity: A Rubric for Incorporating East Asian Literature, Art, and Philosophy into Your World Literature Course – English Professional Development Series

Cumming | 246
Dahlonega | LTC 162
Gainesville | Nesbitt 5105  (Video Teleconference launch site)
Oconee | 564

Facilitated by Shannon Gilstrap

In an attempt to re-deliver some of the information learned during the East-West
Center’s Infusing Chinese and Japanese Art, Religion, and Philosophy Into the Undergraduate Curriculum program, this session will present a possible organizational pattern for integrating Japanese and Chinese Art, Literature, and Philosophy into a World Literature Course that may be a little light on East Asian literary works. The information may be simply one unit in the course, or may be used to organize the entire semester.


“I Don’t Really Read that Kind of Stuff: Teaching the Literature, Science, and Sociology of Science Fiction” (English Professional Development Series)

Cumming, 246
Dahlonega, LTC 162

Gainesville, Nesbitt 5105
Oconee, 564  (Video Teleconference launch site)

Facilitated by Karen Redding

Karen attended the two-week Intensive Institute for the Teaching of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas Gunn Center for Science Fiction Studies in June of this year. The group of graduate students, K-12 teachers, and university professors from across the country, and around the world, read 25 SF novels significant to the genre and discussed the influences of social change, science, technology, and literature both on and of these authors and texts. Karen will describe her own experience using SF as the frame for her World Literature course and her plans for interdisciplinary collaboration with colleagues on future iterations of this course, as well as the potential for the use of SF in first-year composition courses. Come for the pop culture trivia, stay for the new understanding of the fun of science fiction in the college classroom.



The Writing Center: What We Do Can’t Be Outsourced

Cumming | 262
Dahlonega | LTC 162
Gainesville | Nesbitt 2214 (Video Teleconference Launch Site)
Oconee | 564

Facilitated by Jim Shimkus

Shimkus will outline the programs and services of the UNG Writing Center and talk about how these compare with a for-profit online tutoring service purchased by UNG.



Holistic Scoring: A Quicker and Less Painful Alternative to Traditional Grading: English Brown Bag Series

Cumming, 262
Dahlonega, LTC 162
Gainesville, Nesbitt 5105 (Video Teleconference launch site)
Oconee, 564
Facilitator: Diana Edelman-Young

Traditional essay grading often takes hours and hours and is fraught with frustration and anxiety for the grader. Unfortunately, the time we spend commenting on final drafts of essays is often wasted as students rarely read, much less incorporate, those comments. Holistic scoring is a much quicker method of grading because it considers the essay as a whole product. Scoring essays holistically takes only 2-3 minutes per essay. This workshop will demonstrate the philosophy and methods behind holistic scoring, including the development of rubrics and sample essays. At the end of the session, participants will have an opportunity to score an essay holistically.

To register for the workshops above, please fill out this *Workshop Registrationnew window form or email rsvp.ctll@ung.edu.

Writers’ Perspectives on Teaching English Composition | English Brown Bag Series

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
(RSVP by Friday, March 21st)
12: 00 – 1:00 pm

Cumming | UC 262
Dahlonega | LTC 162
Gainesville | Nesbitt 5105
Oconee | Classroom 213 /VC1

Presented by: Kathryn Hinds and Erin Ganaway

This brown bag discussion will focus on ways that creative writers bring their perspective to the teaching of First-Year Composition.

To sign up for the workshop above, please send the name of the workshop and the campus on which you will attend to: rsvp.ctll@ung.edu.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant | Adaptive Learning Marketing Acceleration Program | English Brown Bag Series

Monday, March 24, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 pm

Dahlonega | Library Technology Center, Room 162 Gainesville | Dunlap Mathis, Room 137
Oconee | Classroom 312

Facilitated by: Karen Redding
In June of this year, University of North Georgia was awarded a $99,999 grant to work with adaptive learning technologies in developmental courses, particularly English 0099, Reading 0099, and ESL. Dr. Kris Roney and Karen Redding, project co-directors, will explain the purpose of the grant, share the goals and structure of the UNG project, as well as discuss the potential scaling up of the program to use in English composition and developmental and entry-level math courses.


If you are interested in attending this workshop, please send the name of the workshop and the campus on which you will attend to: rsvp.ctll@ung.edu.