“Create a learning experience.”
Instructors retain students by creating an environment which stimulates curiosity and promotes collaboration. While students may not take time to attend a lecture, they will make time to engage in a new experience.
Dynamic course design and innovative activities help students develop competitive, creative, and rhetorical skills. Move students out of their comfort zones by teaching them to use technology in meaningful ways.
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"She has some fantastic ideas and videos. It is amazing to see her material."
"I just wanted to write and say how much I enjoyed your presentation. Sometimes one gets lucky in life and hears just the right thing at just the right time, and that was the case for me. Thanks again for a great and incredibly helpful session!"
"Thank you so much for all your positive support. In my opinion, you're the hardest working and most ethical and conscientious department chair. You spend so much time looking out for your faculty."
"You have the professionalism coupled with a graceful social touch that will enable you to make a difference in many people's lives. You are an excellent teacher, concerned for the students, and I can see how the students will benefit from your return to the classroom. That having been said, it was just those qualities that endeared me to you."
"You have taught me more than anybody ever has and for that I am extremely grateful. Thank you so much for working so hard during this pandemic for us, given the situation we were put in."
“Thank you for being a great professor!”
“Your notes have encouraged my writing. Thank you for a wonderful semester.”
“Thank you for having me in your class and for being an amazing teacher. I really enjoyed being your student.”
"I think the world of you & your leadership."
"I have always given you an excellent evaluation and I believe that you have been a truly distinctive leader of this mixed group of faculty. You have handled situations with grace and tact. I believe that you are destined for a career of distinction."
“You were very helpful this semester even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you so much!”
“I've learned so much this semester. I wouldn't change anything. Hands down one of the best instructors I've had on any level"
"In class, you said, "Never put your name on something that is not your best work." What you said has had a greater impact on my life than you could imagine. I feel as if it applies to so much more than an English assignment. Ever since you made that statement, it has been on my mind constantly. Those words have guided me through decisions I have had to make in the past couple of days. For that, I am so grateful."
"I just wanted to first say thank you for helping make the semester more achievable for all of your students and all of the work you have to put into content, grading, and everything you do!"
"Thank you for the professional instruction you delivered to me as a first-time student in this country. As a Russian immigrant, I was very concerned about completing a college-level class in English. I followed the guidelines of the class, and I am thrilled with the results. After taking this course, I feel more confident in speaking and writing in the English language. Thank you!”
"I have improved my writing skills because of this course and your help. I wish you the very best for the future.”
“I also wanted to say thank you for everything so far. You're a really great professor and really sweet and I'm glad that I signed up for your class.”
“Thank you for all your work and effort this semester. I look back and see that I have learned a great deal in your class. You are obviously a very dedicated professor. Because of you, your class was a professional environment for serious learning!”
"Thank you! It was such a pleasure having you as a professor. You were organized and prompt and accessible for questions and comments, everything students wish for when taking a class.”
"Thanks! It was a pleasure being in your class. You challenge our writing skills and what I've learned in your class will help me each day, especially on my job. Again, Thank You!"
Carissa Gray is an associate professor of English and former department chair of English, Arts, and Humanities. Having served in higher education for nineteen years, she is committed to accessible education and student success. She founded ITC to train faculty in best practices in instructional technology.
Carissa conducts workshops at regional and national conferences. She presented “Reunite, Reconnect, Reengage: Make Learning an Experience” at the National Organization for Student Success Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and at the Teaching Matters Conference in Barnesville, Georgia. She also presented “Engage: Make Learning an Experience” at the Robert McCabe Conference and at Wesleyan College. Her curriculum vitae provides a comprehensive list of academic and professional endeavors.
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