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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Music professor reaps rewards after enrolling in CTLL academies | News at UNG

Photo: J.K. Devine
"After Esther Morgan-Ellis enrolled in the Faculty Academy on High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs) and the Faculty Academy on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at UNG, she and her students have reaped the rewards" notes J.K. Devine, Communications Specialist.

University of North Georgia (UNG) assistant music professor Esther Morgan-Ellis, left, enrolled in the Faculty Academy on High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs) and later the Faculty Academy on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Mary Carney, director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Leadership (CTLL), co-founded and directs the SoTL with Laura Ng.

University of North Georgia (UNG) assistant music professor Esther Morgan-Ellis wanted to pair composers with students in her music history class. She also sought to improve her students' writing skills.

"I was looking for a superior alternative to the research paper," she said.

When Morgan-Ellis enrolled in the Faculty Academy on High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs) at UNG in spring 2014, she found a solution. She devised a new project melding her two ideas — connecting students directly to contemporary composers and requiring them to present a paper at its conclusion — because it was a requirement for her own class. She then developed a survey — a skill she learned in the Faculty Academy on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) — to measure the project's success.
 
Three years later, the single assignment has reaped rewards. Morgan-Ellis has a new project for her music history class. A few students have presented their papers at national conferences for undergraduate research in 2016 and 2017. And Morgan-Ellis' article about her project and its results will appear in the Journal of Music History and Pedagogy in March 2018.

Mary Carney, director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Leadership (CTLL) at UNG, said that kind of success is the purpose of her department and its professional development programs. Carney and Laura Ng co-founded and direct the SoTL Academy as part of CTLL’s mission to foster UNG’s community of scholars as they pursue research-based design and implementation of significant educational experiences.

UNG's HIP Faculty Academy provides tools and peer mentoring so faculty can refine skills essential to their own and their students’ success in the classroom by:

Designing (or redesigning) a service-learning or undergraduate research assignment that uses selected quality dimensions.

Applying educational taxonomies to be intentional about student learning outcomes...

For more information about HIPs, SoTL and Write Now, visit the CTLL website.
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