Teaching at ECU Series

Teaching at ECU: Resources and Best Practices

We’ve partnered with experienced Pirate Faculty, the Learning Technologies team, and others to present this series on best practices for teaching at ECU. We encourage you to join us for one or all of these sessions! Most sessions will be recorded and posted for later viewing.

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August 27, 2024
2:00 – 3:00
Mentoring Signature Honors Projects: the opportunities and requirements for the Mentor
Are you a mentor for a Signature Honors Project (SHP)? Join this session to learn about the requirements for the student for the SHP and how you can help better support your student. Register Here

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September 4, 2024
12:00 – 1:00
Fostering Student Success: Enhancing Faculty Communication and Student Resource Engagement with ECU Connect
Effective communication between faculty and students is crucial for student academic success. This session delves into innovative strategies and practical tools designed to strengthen faculty-student interactions by utilizing ECU CONNECT to promote student engagement with available success resources. By the end of this session, participants will have a comprehensive toolkit to enhance communication with their students, effectively connect them with success resources, and ultimately contribute to their academic and personal success. Facilitated by Elizabeth Coghill and Dylan Moore Register Here

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September 9, 2024
1:00 – 2:00
Create your own high-quality video presentations
Want to develop videos for your courses that look more engaging or polished – and do so efficiently? During this session Tim Madden (Recipient of the Max Ray Joyner Award for Excellence in Teaching through Distance Education) will showcase some of the at-home video equipment he finds most helpful, discuss how these are aligned with his instructional goals, and introduce a hands-on resource in the OFE this year where you can experiment to find the A/V hardware that is the best match for your specific goals – all while developing materials for your course.
September 11, 2024
9:00 – 10:30
Supporting your Undergraduate Students
Join this session to hear an overview of many of the support resources available to undergraduate students at ECU. If you teach courses at the undergraduate level, this session will help you know where you can help students proactively plug into academic, co-curricular, and wellness supports. Register Here

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September 18, 2024
3:00 – 4:00
Insider Insights: The Student Experience Unveiled by Tutors and Mentors
What are your students really experiencing in classes at ECU? Gaining a deeper understanding of student academic experiences can help faculty offer targeted support to address common challenges. In this session a panel of peer tutors and academic coaches from the Pirate Academic Success Center will share insights into the challenges students face during their first year of college. Facilitated by Elizabeth Coghill and Amber Arnold Register Here

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September 24, 2024
10:00 – 11:00
AI-Driven Education: From Curriculum Planning to Classroom Implementation
This hands-on session will demonstrate, using a range of tested prompts, how ChatGPT and other AI tools can increase student engagement by quickly creating personalized, interactive learning experiences. Additionally, the session will address the challenge of the generative AI era: How can we equip students with artificial intelligence applications without compromising skill development? Participants should plan to bring a laptop to the session. Facilitated by Todd Finley Register Here
September 26, 2024
1:00 - 2:00
#ECUnited Civil Discourse Initiative – Information Session
ECUnited is not just a hashtag. Through partner programs, education, and resources, the #ECUnited initiative has been a driving force in deepening our understanding of civil discourse and freedom of expression that shape our local and global communities. This Information Session will provide an overview of this initiative and how to connect. Register Here

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October 1, 2024
10:00 – 11:30
Supporting your Graduate Students
Join this session to hear an overview of many of the support resources available to graduate students at ECU. If you teach courses at the graduate level, this session will help you know where you can help students proactively plug into academic, co-curricular, and wellness supports.

Facilitated by Kathy Cox


  • Graduate School (Kathy Cox)

  • The Writing Center (Nikki Caswell)

  • The Center for Communication Excellence (Pam Hopkins)

  • Disability Support Services (Paul Harwell)

  • Center for Student Success and Dean of Students Office (Lauren Thorn)

  • Global Affairs – supporting International Students (Jon Rezek)
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October 3rd, 2024
11:00 a.m.
Teach, Meet, and Collaborate: Improving your Virtual Presence for Online Work
Have you ever spent an hour-long Teams meeting watching someone else’s ceiling fan spin as they read their slides to you? Maybe you’ve sat through a recorded course lecture that sounds like the speaker is even less interested in their material than you are. Neither one is fun. In this session, attendees will learn ten free ways to improve their virtual presence including how to make eye contact with their audience, why it’s a good idea to stand up when giving an online presentation, and how much of your ceiling the audience should see (hint: zero percent). Tim Madden will facilitate this hands-on interactive presentation for faculty, staff, and administrators. Register Here

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January 21, 2025
9:00 – 10:00
Civil Discourse and the Academy
Participants will discuss and review Freedom of Expression regulations, examples of positive and effective civil discourse, and ways to manage dialogue and free speech topics in the classroom. Register Here

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