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Upcoming Presentations Mark the Start of Project Innovate at Valdosta State University

As Interim President Dr. Cecil Staton has consistently emphasized, this is a year for the VSU community to focus on innovations that will critically address student recruitment, retention, and graduation rates. In large measure, what we do now will impact the future of Valdosta State University. Project Innovate will be a campus wide effort to stimulate thinking and encourage ideas to improve VSU. A website that will provide information and describe activities and support for innovative ideas will soon be unveiled.

However, the first event is upon us. We are very glad to announce Dr. Jon Landis, a Development Executive at Apple Inc., will speak to students and faculty, at no expense to the University, next Thursday, September 3rd. He will first speak to students from 11am-12:15pm in the Odum Library Auditorium. The title of his presentation is, “How to Own Your Education and Get Hired.”

Dr. Jon Landis will also speak to faculty on Thursday, September 3 from 2-3:30pm in the Student Union Theatre. The title of his presentation is, “Ensuring the Relevance of a University Education in a Time of Change.” His talk will set the stage for our understanding of where higher education is heading and the current and looming changes that will impact our work.

We look forward to seeing you next Thursday for this glimpse into the future.

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Dr. Spires examines the Impact of Social Mobility and Marginalization among youths in Hong Kong.

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One of the COEHS’s own, Dr. Bob Spires of the Middle, Secondary, Reading and Deaf Education department, spent the summer representing VSU in Asia.  Dr. Spires worked as a research consultant with Hong Kong-based charity Project Share working on social mobility and marginalization issues with disadvantaged youth in Hong Kong, as well as field research in Thailand and Cambodia. Project Share offers workshops and internships to disadvantaged youth in the New Territories area of Hong Kong. Check out their website here www.projectsharehk.org/ . Picture shows project share’s induction workshop preparing youth for their summer internships.

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What a Student Learned From a Short Experiment in Self-Directed Learning

Like a lot of students, 17-year-old Nick Bain says he really likes his school, but sometimes it can feel like a chore. Read More…

Article by Jenny Brundin| MindShift | KQED News

 

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Textbook Transformation Grant

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Valdosta State University’s Dewar College of Education and Human Services faculty and staff were among those whose grant proposal was accepted in the first round of the Textbook Transformation Grants during academic year Fall 2014 – Spring 2015, through a new University System of Georgia initiative called Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG). Drs. Scheffler, Andrews, and Sartin submitted a proposal to replace a science education textbook with open educational resources as well as redesign the course ECED 4500.
To learn more about this initiative or the VSU grant proposal, please visit http://www.affordablelearninggeorgia.org/.

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