January 20, 2012
University of Georgia, Athens
One Day Closer to Graduation!
Caricature by Tom Sito and
arranged by Pat Connolly Sito
Presentation: One Thing I Learned about Teaching & Learning (10:30 AM) Presenter
Roundtable: Reflecting on the Governor's Teaching Fellows Project: Conversations on its
Implication and Dissemination on our Teaching, Scholarship, & Service (3:00 PM) Author
One Thing (I Think) I Learned About Teaching (10:30 AM)
Presentation Author: Dr. Keith Hopper, Professor of Information & Instructional Design, Southern Polytechnic
Presenter: Dr. Joan E. Leichter Dominick (List of other presenters posted on GTF 2012 Program)
Happiness is a Twitter Hashtag #One Day Closer to Graduation by Dr. Joan E. Leichter Dominick
Happiness is a Twitter Hashtag #One Day Closer to Graduation. I write that phrase on the board each day
to celebrate learning and its connection to graduation. When a senior in my class recently created the hashtag
to twitter about her excitement of presenting her senior portfolio in class, I learned that a small daily inspiration
has a big impact on the student's joy of learning.
1. What do you think of having a daily vision for your course?
2. What would it be?
3. How would you implement it?
Reflecting on the Governor's Teaching Fellows Project: Conversations on its
Implication and Dissemination on our Teaching, Scholarship, & Service (3:00 PM)
Roundtable Author: Dr. Joan E. Leichter Dominick
Developing a GTF Project has been a critical learning component since the inception of the Governor's Teaching
Fellows Program. This current conference will mark the 17th Year of the Governor's Teaching Fellows program,
providing a rich opportunity to examine the impact of the project on our role in higher education. Come join the
conversation on reflecting and sharing your Governor's Teaching Fellows Project and its subsequent implication
and dissemination on your Teaching, Scholarship, and Service. A possible outcome of the roundtable would be
to strategize opportunities to collaborate, archive, and develop possible longitudinal research on our Governor's
My GTF Project (1996-1997) was entitled "The Senior-Year Experience. "The project focus was to further develop a senior
course, initially move it to an institutional elective capstone course, and explore ways to incorporate technology.
This project was a professional life changer for me at Kennesaw State University. I have been involved with this course now entitled KSU 4401: Senior Seminar for the past 15 years. President Emeritus Betty Siegel, Kennesaw
State University conceptualized and taught the first Senior Senior Seminar class in 1990, she asked me to
work on the course and teach the course with her in 1997. We have continued to work together on the Senior-Year
Experience to this day. the GTF program gave me the time, education , and opportunity to develop
this course that has helpsed take our KSU College Seniors "One Day Closer to Graduation". Helping them
honor, understand, and connect their learning from self to society for the betterment of all.
Here are some examples of what has developed because of my GTF's Project:
Multimedia Developer, Kennesaw State University Multimedia Development Group and Dr. Joan E. Leichter
My Web 2.0 Resources for KSU 4401: Senior Seminar networking with KSU College Seniors, Graduates,
& Stakeholders in College Senior Success:
Dr. Jorge Perez, Faculty Executive to the President, Associate Professor of Information Systems at Kennesaw State University, is a contributing guest lecturer in KSU 4401: Senior Seminar on Graduating in a Digital World. To find out more about his seminar consult The Complete Graduate Resource - College Graduate 2.0
The Kennesaw State University SYE Course was part of a blind study of seven SYE institutions and their programs conducted by the Advisory Board Company this past summer 2009. This study showcases seven innovative models of SYE Programs. Permission to use this research was secured from the Advsory Board Company.
Continue the discussion of the preconference workshop by joining on the Web 2.0 Community Senior-Year Experience Strategies @ http://www.senioryearexperiencestrategies.ning.com: (private community send your email for an invitation) Created for Stakeholders in College Senior Year Experience or join the public Facebook Group "The Complete Graduate Resource"
Accepted but Cancelled: Pre-Conference Workshop:
Special thanks to President Emeritus Betty Siegel for beginning the Senior-Year Experience, President Daniel Papp, . Dean Ralph Rascati, and to Dr. Rebecca Casey, Chair of the Department of University Studies, for her constant support of the Folio Thinking Process in our student success programs. To Dr. Randy Hinds and Ms. Shannon Cronen for supporting my growth and development in the technology of teaching and learning. Thanks to my colleagues at KSU Multimedia Develop Group Patti Dunne, Michael Leitman and ITS Trainers Sid Kemp, Motaz Sharkasi. Thanks to Dale Suffridge, Manager of Distiance Learning Center. Thanks to Ben Cope, KSU Alumnus, EPOC Designs & Internet Genius.