New Faculty FAQ

 

Getting Oriented

  1. How do I get my Jag Card?
  2. How do I find my way around campus
  3. Where can I get a bite to eat?

Preparing for Classes

  1. How do I navigate the PAWS system?

Building on Success

  1. Is there training available in how to use USAOnline, the course management system for putting my class materials online?
  2. What teaching strategies are there to consider?

Thriving at USA

  1. What resources are available to help me with technology?
  2. How can I get funding for my research and teaching efforts?

ILC and Me

  1. What role does ILC play in orienting new faculty to teaching at USA?
  2. How does the ILC help faculty prepare for their first classes?
  3. What does the ILC have to offer to support successful instruction?
  4. How can the ILC help faculty thrive in their teaching role?

 

Getting Oriented

1. How do I get my Jag Card?

Jag Cards are the official identification card at South. You can get one at the Student Center or you can submit a photo online:

http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/studentcenter/photosubmission.html

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2. How do I find my way around campus

https://www.southalabama.edu/maps/campusmap.pdf

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3. Where can I get a bite to eat?

The USA Student Center is the center of activity on the University of South Alabama campus. It is home to the Food Court, the USA Bookstore, and the USA Mail Hub. Other dining locations are here: http://usouthal.campusdish.com/Locations.aspx

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Preparing for Classes

1. How do I navigate the PAWS system?

This will give you the basics on how to navigate through PAWS. It will show you your schedule, how to enter grades, and show you a summary of your class list. http://www.southalabama.edu/paws/pawsclawin.pdf

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Building on Success

1. Is there training available in how to use USAOnline, the course management system for putting my class materials online?

Sakai 101 is USA's basic certification program that represents the minimum competencies required for using Sakai effectively for courses and collaborative projects. Individuals can achieve Sakai 101 Certification three different ways:

  • by successfully completing the four-part on-campus training workshops delivered by the ILC
  • by successfully completing the four-part online training modules delivered by the ILC through Sakai
  • by providing evidence of the required competencies without formal ILC training

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2. What teaching strategies are there to consider?

The ILC offers several workshops, but here is a quick guide that you can utilize right now: http://southalabama.edu/departments/ilc/resources/FiftyStrategies.pdf

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Thriving at USA

1. What resources are available to help me with technology?

Media Services is responsible for acquiring, building, repairing, maintaining, support, and installation of computer-related equipment for classrooms, computer labs, faculty and staff. The coordinator is responsible for supporting classroom technology and video conferencing room, and scheduling the computer labs for student use, classes, and special events. More information is available at : http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/ceps/cepstechnology.html

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2. How can I get funding for my research and teaching efforts?

The Research and Scholarship Development Grant (RSDG) Program has been created to provide tenure and non-tenure track faculty with funding to help build their research and scholarly careers. More information is available at: http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/research/rdl/funding-opportunities/internal-funding-opportunities.html

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ILC and Me

1. What role does ILC play in orienting new faculty to teaching at USA?

The Innovation in Learning Center promotes coordinated professional development initiatives and integrated instructional technologies for the traditional classroom, blended courses, and fully online learning environments.

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2. How does the ILC help faculty prepare for their first classes?

The ILC's faculty development efforts are primarily concentrated in the offering of a wide variety of workshops. Some of these workshops are about teaching strategies and techniques and others are about technologies, but all of them are designed to make sure that faculty leave feeling they have a new tool in their instructional toolbox.

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3. What does the ILC have to offer to support successful instruction?

Recent instructional workshops have included the following topics:

i. Critical Thinking

ii. Aligning Objectives and Assessments

iii. Deepening Dialogue and Reflection in Online Courses

iv. Increasing Interaction with Online Content

v. Active Learning in Large Classes

Find more information at http://southalabama.edu/departments/ilc/index.html

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4. How can the ILC help faculty thrive in their teaching role?

The ILC can help you develop your syllabi, courses, course materials, learning outcomes for students, and much more. There is more information at http://southalabama.edu/departments/ilc/new_faculty.html

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