Apollo Club - Creating A Faculty Learning Community

Research indicates that much of how faculty learn to teach online and improve their online courses occurs through interaction with other faculty. The purpose of the Apollo Club is to promote faculty discussions about online teaching and to create a community of online faculty who share experiences with one another at UWG. The Apollo Club is free and open to all UWG faculty and staff interested in using distance technologies to enhance or deliver quality education. The club's name comes from the Greek god Apollo, who by one definition was "strongest when at a distance."

Apollo Luncheons / Presentations

Members received a personal invitation to the free luncheons which are held monthly except during the Summer term. At these informal and fun luncheons, door prizes are awarded and a faculty member delivers a short presentation on a tool or teaching strategy that has worked particularly well in their online class environment. Non-members may attend by keeping an eye out on the faculty training calendar at http://www.westga.edu/~training

Apollo Club Listserv

The Apollo Club listserv provides a way in which faculty can openly discuss their questions about online learning, their success and their struggles. DDEC staff may provide occasional input as well as offer contest and prizes for participating. Substantial participation (25 posts or more from August through May) also counts toward the criteria for earning an Apollo Award.

Apollo Awards

Each Spring the DDEC recognizes UWG faculty who have excelled in distance teaching and mentoring of fellow online faculty. Go here to see a list of the criteria, including two teaching distance courses with at least one meeting the Five-Star Standards, assisting with workshops, and participating in the listserv.