Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight Series: Exploring the Teaching Toolbox in Data Science

Diane Woodbridge headshotTo support the diverse learning needs of her MS in Data Science students, see how Dr. Diane Woodbridge recalibrated her teaching methods, and “flipped” her classes.

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The Joy of Rhetoric

Leigh MeredithWhen Assistant Professor Dr. Leigh Meredith tasked her first-year students to create group videos exploring the rhetoric of media messages, she inspired their interest in the foundational principles of rhetoric.

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Real-time Formative Assessment and Student Learning in Biology

Dr. Kia BlaisdellDr. Kai Blaisdell, Adjunct Professor in Biology, engages her students with polling and gathers insight on their learning to inform her instruction.

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Teaching Hybrid v.1—Finding Your Technology Threshold

Cynthia SchultesFor Adjunct Professor Cynthia Schultes, PhD, limiting the educational technology components in her Masters of Professional Communication course made it more manageable.

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Teaching Tax Law Online

Josh RosenbergProfessor Josh Rosenberg in USF’s online Tax LL.M. program structures his courses to support online learning. He makes small changes every semester and gets feedback from his students, support from his program, and guidance from USF’s Instructional Design team to inform his process.

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USF’s Doctor of Nurse Practice Program (DNP) course translates an in-class activity for online learning

Nancy SelixThe Policy and Ethical Implications for Health Care Outcomes course, developed by Nancy Selix, DNP, FNP-C, CNM, CNL, was redesigned to a hybrid format course from its original format as a face-to-face (F2F) course. Angie Portacio, MA. Ed., instructional designer (ID) for the School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP), met with Professor Selix, so they could examine course design options together. In bringing certain facets of the F2F course to online, several gaps were identified during the redesign process.

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From Slavery to Obama: Transforming and Preserving a Flagship Critical Diversity Studies Course

Dr. Clarence JonesWhen USF Distinguished Visiting Professor Dr. Clarence Jones developed and taught his Critical Diversity Studies course, From Slavery to Obama, it was initially offered to a small group of undergraduates who half-filled the stadium-seating in an old lecture hall. Shortly after launching the course, it became clear that the material and the instructor were extraordinarily compelling and of real historical importance. USF’s Critical Diversity Studies Department moved to format the course for an online audience. In 2016, the course was published online, extending its reach beyond one classroom at USF.

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Supporting Active Learning With Video

Professor SudaKyoko Suda, Associate Professor, Modern and Classical Languages teaches undergraduate Japanese language 100 and 200-level classes. The challenge is finding enough class-time to allow students to practice Japanese language. Echo360 was the recommended solution because it allowed her to easily capture presentations off the computer with audio narration and video.

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Authentic Learning In Online and Hybrid Courses

David Ryan headshotEmbracing the challenge of designing effective online and hybrid courses, USF's MAPC Program, headed by Academic Director, David Ryan, creates an authentic learning environment that bolsters its students' professional success.

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Promoting Online Group work

Kelly EngleThe Instructional Design team worked with Dr. Kelly L'Engle, Assistant Professor in the Population Health Sciences department, to bring her project-based course, Program Planning and Evaluation, online as part of the online Masters of Public Health Program.

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Creating Multimedia Lessons (and Flipping your Face-to-Face Course)

Marie ClaudeAssociate Professor Marie-Claude Couture, MS, PhD worked with USF’s Instructional Design Team during Summer, 2016 to transform her face-to-face masters course, Epidemiology, into online and hybrid versions for USF’s Master of Public Health program.

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Technology Awards for Innovation Award Recipients of 2019

Omar MirandaFull time Faculty Award:
Omar Miranda, Assistant Professor, Arts and Sciences

Technology has helped bring the recitation of poetry into the modern era. This instructor has tried to change the way that poetry is taught in the literature classroom to make it more fun and engaging for USF students. He is the founder of Recited Verse, an online community dedicated to creating and sharing original audio recordings of poetry.

With this interdisciplinary project, he partnered with faculty and students in the Departments of Computer Science and Art, trying to bring together all these intellectual strengths and skills for the benefit of students and educators not just in English but also in other disciplines.


Susan StrykerAdjunct Faculty Award:
Susan Stryker, Adjunct Faculty, School of Management

This instructor uses technology in the classroom to maximize students learning, interest, and skill sets. She is a leader in the use of Canvas for homework and classwork assignments. She uses Poll Everywhere to stimulate classroom engagement and discussions. She implemented 3-D printing in her Entrepreneurial course for prototyping projects.

She shares her use of emerging technologies with colleagues in the department, thus motivating them to try innovative teaching methods in the classroom. She helps colleagues use Canvas along with other educational technologies and has participated in 3 USF Hackathons, mentoring students and serving as a judge.

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Teaching with Technology Video Series

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Associate Professor Brandi Lawless, Communication Studies

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Professor Juliet Spencer, Biology presents "Using an Electronic Microscope."

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Associate Professor, Evelyn Rodriguez, Sociology, presents "Digital Storytelling"

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Professor Brandon Brown, Physics presents "Using A Smart Podium in a Physics Classroom."

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Associate Professor Kevin Oh, Education presents "Use of the Canvas Discussion Board."