Center for Teaching and Learning

2023 Schedule

 

The goal of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Georgia Military College (CTL) is to support GMC’s Strategic Initiatives through increasing student academic support and faculty development opportunities.

Along with the Academic Success Center, the CTL dedicates itself to promoting and motivating students to increase their desire to learn through creating an environment that encourages self-efficacy needed to achieve academic success by:

  • Assisting students with the development of academic skills
  • Providing academic advising to students to obtain their personal and educational goals
  • Providing tutoring services through online access or face-to-face interaction to meet the needs of a larger population of students

ADVISING/CAREER PLANNING

FACULTY RESOURCES
Online Teaching Toolkit from the Association of College and University Educators
Teaching the Skill of Learning to Learn
OLC Faculty Resources

PDFAC SPOTLIGHT – How GMC Faculty are using Retrieval Practice
“I created a Bingo session and hold with my students each term in Week 7, which ultimately serves as a final exam study guide instead of the black and white list that was used by my professors in college and passed out to the class. I usually hold the session on Sunday evening of Week 7 when more students can dedicate some time. I used to hold on Thursday evenings of Week 6, but that became problematic for those who work. During this session, students call into my conference line, and I serve as the caller. They are required to print/generate their bingo cards prior to the session. This is the link they use: https://bingobaker.com/play/1953896/ee9a2cb637f8fc938bad48be307de6ef

Once the first three students call bingo, I ask that they provide an overview of two of the concepts of their choice whether that is a definition or information regarding why the concept is important to our criminal justice system. This gives them an opportunity to interact with their classmates as well. This has proven to be a big hit in my CRJ 103 course (Criminal Procedures). After comparing prior terms, I have noticed great improvement in the final exam grades. Call List Link: https://bingobaker.com/words/1953896

I have had such positive responses from students and usually in a course of 12 or so, seven students participate!”
– Tosha Wilson-Davis, Justice Studies Department Chair, GMC Global Online Campus

STUDENT RESOURCES
OLC (Online Campus) Student Resources

LOCATION

The Center for Teaching and Learning is located at 521 South Jefferson Street in Milledgeville, Georgia.

CONTACT

Dr. Athea Harris – Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
aharris@gmc.edu | (478) 387-7195

SERVICES OFFERED INCLUDE:
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Academic Alert/Starfish

WHAT IS ACADEMIC ALERT?


Academic Alert is an “early alert” student retention initiative at Georgia Military College. Instructors will be able to raise concerns, offer praise, or refer students to academic support resources by raising “flags” if there is a concern or send “kudos” to students who are performing well in their courses.

Flags and kudos can be manually raised at any point during the term and/or through Progress Surveys during weeks two and four of the quarter.

Once a flag is raised, the student receives an email explaining the flag and includes the instructor’s comments. An Academic Success Coach also receives an email notification about the flag and then reaches out to the student in order to offer support services.

WHAT IS STARFISH?


The Starfish Enterprise Success Platform is a suite of academic advising tools that will integrate with Colleague, our Student Information System (SIS), that manages student data for admissions, billing, financial aid, course scheduling, and transcripts and Moodle, our Learning Management System, that manages course grade books.

Students, Instructors, Advisors, Success Coaches, Tutors, and support staff will all use Starfish to plan, monitor, communicate, refer, and encourage successful progress toward degree completion.

Starfish has additional features, such as online appointment calendaring and a communication networking system to connect students with the support they need.

WHY IS GMC USING STARFISH?


In an effort to standardize its Academic Success services, GMC has selected Starfish as its early alert and intervention software system. Starfish is expected to:

  • Enhance communication between Instructors, Advisors, Success Coaches, Tutors, and other support staff
  • Ensure students receive the help they need in a timely manner
  • Make campus resources more accessible to students
  • Allow instructors to quickly provide feedback to students and help connect them with services
  • Increase course completion rates
  • Increase graduation rates

STARFISH RESOURCES


STUDENT GETTING STARTED GUIDE (PDF)
FACULTY/STAFF GETTING STARTED GUIDE (PDF)
STARFISH FLAG DESCRIPTIONS (PDF)

STARFISH FAQs (PDF)

Getting Started with Starfish – Student Profile Setup (VIDEO)

Getting Started with Starfish – Faculty/Staff Profile Setup (VIDEO)

How to Complete a Progress Survey

How to Manually Raise and Clear Flags

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Success Coaching

GMC Instructors can meet with you one-on-one to discuss your academic progress and offer suggestions for success, but sometimes, you may need more assistance. In that case, we are here to help!

Academic Success Coaches can provide information on study strategies, reducing stress or overcoming test anxiety.

SUCCESS COACHES BY CAMPUS
CAMPUS NAME EMAIL PHONE
Global Online College Dr. Jeff Wells jwells@gmc.edu
Augusta Dr. Tami Burton thburton@gmc.edu 706-305-4864
Columbus LeAnn Bennett lbennett@gmc.edu 678-846-6006
Dublin Erik Walton ewalton@gmc.edu 478-410-3454
Eastman Kendra Snelling ksnelling@gmc.edu 478-225-0214
Fairburn Eric McBeth emcbeth@gmc.edu 678-846-9315
Fayetteville LeAnn Bennett lbennett@gmc.edu 678-846-6006
Madison Susan Spearman

Amelia Summers

sspearman@gmc.edu

afsummers@gmc.edu

 

406-752-7503

Milledgeville Jan Kump jkump@gmc.edu 478-387-4934
Sandersville Vicci D. White vdwhite@gmc.edu 478-225-0213
Stone Mountain Eric McBeth emcbeth@gmc.edu 678-846-9315
Valdosta Jan Kump jkump@gmc.edu 478-387-4934
Rockdale Eric McBeth emcBeth@gmc.edu 678-846-9315
Warner Robins Kendra Snelling ksnelling@gmc.edu 478-225-0214
Zebulon LeAnn Bennett lbennett@gmc.edu 678-846-6006
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Resources

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Study Tips

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Tutoring

Mission

The mission of the GMC Tutoring Center is to serve as a center for learning assistance, providing a support structure that allows students to gain self-confidence and independence in their academic work. The ultimate purpose of tutoring is to create independent learners.

GMC offers FREE tutoring to all students. Contact your campus tutoring center to inquire about the types of tutoring available for you.

Hours

Tutor schedules vary each quarter; please contact your campus to determine the tutoring schedule for the current term.

Augusta: 

  • Library hours are from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Fridays.
  • Most tutors are full time faculty members and can assist students in a variety of subjects.
  • Students can sign up for tutoring session at the library.

Columbus:

  • Students can receive tutoring in the Columbus Campus Student Learning Center – Room 203
  • Tutoring is available for English and math.  English tutors can also assist with editing writing assignments for other disciplines.
  • The tutoring schedule changes quarterly and is available at multiple locations on campus.

Dublin: 

  • Students may ask the front desk for more information about the tutoring schedule.
  • Contact

Eastman:

  • Tutoring is available through Zoom with the Warner Robins campus tutors.  Appointments can be made through Starfish.
  • Instructors also offer tutoring during their office hours.

Fairburn: 

  • Tutoring hours are from 10:30 AM to 1:30PM and 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM.
  • The Math Lab provides tutoring for all LSS math courses and college algebra.
  • The Learnign/Writing Lab provides tutoring for courses such as English, history, political science, Spanish. writing, and biology.
  • Students also have access to computer for research, word processing, and printing in the Learning/Writing Lab.

Fayetteville:

  • Scheduling for tutoring sessions will be updated and posted to the webpage each quarter.
  • Click here for schedule.

Milledgeville: 

  • Tutoring is available daily.
  • Please check the schedule here or outside the tutoring lab for the times you can see tutors by subject
  • Tutoring center is located in Zell-Miller Hall Room 122.
  • Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday 8 AM to 9PM, Friday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Sunday evening 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
  • Direct all tutoring questions to miltutoring@gmc.edu or 478-387-7373.
  • Tutoring is free and no appointment is necessary.
  • Check for a specific tutor by subject here. 2021 QTR II Schedule.

Online:

  • Students can access free tutoring services anytime through their Moodle account.
  • If students have question they may ask through Smarthinking.

Valdosta: 

  • Students can recieve help from many tutors who have years of experience in teaching and helping students
  • Students may contact their academic advisor for question regarding tutoring and can set up their own tutoring hours accordingly
  • Click here for Tutoring Schedule

Warner Robins:

Madison:

  • Students are encouraged to utilize GMC’s free tutoring services when needed.

Sandersville:

  • Students are encouraged to utilize GMC’s free tutoring services when needed.

Stone Mountain:

  • Students are encouraged to utilize GMC’s free tutoring services when needed.

At the Tutoring Center, you have access to computers with internet acces and Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

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Student Resources

Each student processes information different ways and are encouraged to discover which learning styles best suits them.

Khan Academy is an online tutoring website that offers practice problems, instructional video, and a personalized learning dashboard that allows students to learn and study at their own pace.

Students who visit the GMC library have access to the faculty as well as a variety of academic text in order to better prepare them for their classes and studies.

Bloom’s Taxonomy is an essential part of students being able to see what is required in order to achieve a higher level of thinking so they may improve their studying methods.

Students can also pick up helpful tips on how to work with a tutor since not every student is accustomed to working with a tutor.

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Placement Testing

Due to the challenges many students are facing with the coronavirus pandemic, for the Summer and Fall I 2020 terms, GMC is waiving placement placemnt testing requirements. 

The ACCUPLACER Test is an adavptive, untimed online test that evaluates a student’s skills in three subject areas: reading, writing, and mathematics.   ACCUPLACER is designed to help place students into specific courses at the appropriate academic level according to their individual needs and basic knowledge. GMC currently uses the following Next Generation Accuplacer tests for placement:

  • Reading
    Next-Generation Reading assesses the test-taker’s ability to derive meaning from a range of texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas, writing modes, and complexities. Both single and paired passages are included. Four broad knowledge and skills categories are assessed:Information and Ideas
    Rhetoric
    Synthesis
    Vocabulary
  • WritePlacer
    Students taking WritePlacer are presented with a prompt and asked to write an essay of 300 to 600 words. A prompt consists of a short passage. Following the passage is an assignment that requires the student to focus on the issue addressed in the passage.
  • Mathematics
    Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) assesses the following knowledge and skills:Rational numbers
    Ratio and Proportional Relationships
    Exponents
    Algebraic Expressions
    Linear Equations
    Linear Applications and Graphs
    Probability Sets
    Descriptive Statistics
    Geometry Concepts

How Do I Know If I Need to Take an ACCUPLACER test?

If a student has previously completed a college-level Math and English class receiving a grade of “C” or higher or has the required SAT or ACT scores, then they are not required to take the placement test.  The methods of establishing a student’s academic level are further outlined in the GMC Academic Catalog.

 

Georgia Military College strongly encourages students to prepare for testing prior to arrival for the placement test.  

Resources for test preparation:

Testing Taking Tips

Free Web-based Study App

Next Generation Sample Reading Questions

WritePlacer Guide with Sample Essays

Next Generation Quantative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) Sample Questions

 

Additional Information

Any incoming student needing an accommodation based on a disability should make their request known prior to scheduling the examination by contacting the Manager of Disability Services at (478)-387-4902 or cwells@gmc.edu.

For additional information, please visit the Office of Student Disability Services’ Webpage.

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Learning Support Services

The Division of Learning Support Services (LSS) provides instruction for students who need to improve their basic academic skills before attempting college-level courses. These students will hold Conditional Admission status. Courses include Reading, English, and Mathematics.

More Placement Exam Information

These courses:

  1. do not apply towards degree requirements.
  2. have no influence on grade point average (GPA), and
  3. may not be transferred. Students entering degree or non-degree programs who wish to register for any course which has a Learning Support Services prerequisite in an area must meet LSS requirements in that area.

LSS Procedures

GMC will honor learning support courses taught at Board of Regents schools. Test scores and course completion records will be considered valid for two years. Students who have not successfully completed LSS courses at a previous college must enroll in equivalent courses at GMC. Students must complete all Learning Support Services courses in the first sixty (60) quarter hours attempted at GMC, excluding MSD, PED, and PER 101 courses. All required LSS English and reading courses should be completed within the first thirty (30) quarter hours attempted at GMC.

LSS students will enroll in at least one LSS course per term until they have completed this requirement. Failure to complete the required LSS course work in 60 hours will require that in subsequent terms the student enroll only in LSS courses until the requirements are met.

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