OFTC instructor named Governor’s Teaching Fellows

Lauren Poss working from her home office.

OFTC English Instructor Lauren Poss as she teaches class from her home office

Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) instructor Lauren Poss will spend the upcoming academic year learning more ways to make her students successful.

Poss, an english and learning support instructor, was selected for the 2020-21 Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program, an outreach of the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia, established in 1995 by then-Gov. Zell Miller, to provide Georgia’s higher education faculty with expanded opportunities to develop important teaching skills and to address the pressing need for faculty members to use emerging technologies and instructional tools that are becoming increasingly important for learning in today’s society.

Poss teaches her classes online and was overjoyed when she was notified in early April that she was among the 18 faculty members selected for the program from post-secondary institutions across the state after a highly competitive application and selection process.

“As an instructor of online classes,” explains Poss, “I submitted my application with a proposal that focuses on using available technology to give off-campus students a real-time classroom experience where visuals are shared, lecture is heard, and instructor/student interaction as well as student/student interaction is possible.”

“At a time when we are sheltering in our homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online classes have become the primary way to take classes,” continues Poss. “Whether we are in a classroom physically or virtually, the quality time and interaction with the instructor and class should be the same for the student.”

OFTC President Ms. Erica G. Harden said the college is “very proud of Ms. Poss in being selected for the prestigious program. She is an innovative instructor who utilizes a variety of instructional design strategies to engage online students just as if they were sitting in her traditional classroom.”

Poss said her priority as an instructor is student success, “and I try to find a variety of innovative instructional strategies to engage online students just as if they were sitting in her traditional classroom.”

As part of the academic year symposia program, the instructors will attend three-day symposia — from Wednesday to Friday the first week of the month — at the Institute of Higher Education on the UGA campus six times between September and April.

“This program is taught by the very best faculty in the field who have researched and tested the techniques delivered at the symposia,” Poss said. “I am looking forward to applying the skills learned at the symposia to my classroom and also sharing the tools and techniques with my colleagues.”

With her bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from Georgia Southern, Poss teaches strictly online classes from her home in Atlanta to OFTC students in middle Georgia. She is also teaches classes in film as an adjunct at Ashford University.