Teaching

Teaching is my passion, and I am acutely aware of the connection between my practice and interactions with my students and their success in my course and beyond. During my time at the University of Georgia (UGA), I taught courses on College Teaching, Student Learning, and Course Design to graduate students. Before joining UGA, I was at Virginia Tech where I taught the two semester quantitative methods sequence to doctoral School of Education students. I taught Survey Research Methods, Visual Media, and a first year experience Honors seminar as well. Visual Media was taught in both face-to-face and fully online modalities. I also taught an interdisciplinary, junior-level, service-learning course entitled On Becoming an Agent of Change. The quality of my teaching has been recognized at both institutions. At Virginia Tech, I was awarded the Xcaliber Teaching Award for Exemplary Teaching with Technology, and at the University of Georgia, I was inducted into its Teaching Academy.

Research

I have a number of research interests that include instructional excellence in face-to-face, blended, and online contexts; the impact of student culture and emerging technologies on pedagogical practice; first generation college students; faculty development practices; ePortfolio as a high impact practice; instruction’s impact on student success; and the future of higher education. Below are selected publications and conference presentations that highlight my research interests.

Books

Watson, C. E. & Hagood, T. C. (Eds.). (forthcoming, 2017). Playing to learn with Reacting to the Past: Research on high impact, active learning practices. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Batson, T., Rhodes, T. L., Watson, C. E., Chen, H. L., Coleman, K. S., & Harver, A. (Eds.). (forthcoming, 2017). Field guide to ePortfolios: Why it matters for learning. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges & Universities.

Bowen, J. A., & Watson, C. E. (2017). Teaching naked techniques: A practical guide to designing better classes. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Watson, C.E. (2008). Self-efficacy and diffusion theory: Implications for faculty development. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag.

Selected Publications

Bowen, J. A., & Watson, C. E. (in press). Teaching naked techniques: Leveraging research on learning to improve the effectiveness of teaching. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning.

Watson, C. E., Domizi, D., & Clouser, S. A. (in press). Student and faculty perceptions of OpenStax in high enrollment courses. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning.

Kuusinen, C. M., & Watson, C. E. (in press). How to perform educational research in Reacting to the Past settings: A primer for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. In C. E. Watson & T. C. Hagood (Eds.), Playing to learn with Reacting to the Past: Research on high impact, active learning practices. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hagood, T. C., Watson, C. E., & Williams, B. M. (in press). Reacting to the Past: An introduction to its scholarly foundation. In C. E. Watson & T. C. Hagood (Eds.), Playing to learn with Reacting to the Past: Research on high impact, active learning practices. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Batson, T., Watson, C. E., Chen, H. L., & Rhodes, T. L. (in press). Introduction to the Field Guide to ePortfolio. In T. Batson, T. L. Rhodes, C. E. Watson, H. L. Chen, K. S. Coleman, & A. Harver, (Eds.), Field guide to ePortfolios: Why it matters for learning. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges & Universities.

Watson, C. E., Kuh, G. D., Rhodes, T., Penny Light, T., & Chen, H. L. (2016). ePortfolios – The eleventh high impact practice. International Journal of ePortfolio, 6(2), 65-69. Retrieved from http://www.theijep.com/pdf/IJEP254.pdf

Grossman, G. D., & Watson, C. E. (2015). The use of original music videos to teach natural history. Journal of Natural History Education and Experience, 9, 1-7.

Rhodes, T., Chen, H. L., Watson, C. E., & Garrison, W. (2014). A call for more rigorous eportfolio research. International Journal of ePortfolio, 4(1), 1-5. Retrieved from http://www.theijep.com/pdf/IJEP144.pdf

Bryant, L. H., Niewolny, K., Clark, S., & Watson, C. E. (2014). Complicated spaces: Negotiating collaborative teaching and interdisciplinarity in higher education. Journal of Effective Teaching, 14(2), 83-101. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1060430.pdf

Watson, C. E., & Ogle, J. T. (2013). The pedagogy of things: Emerging models of experiential learning. Bulletin of the IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology, 15(1), 3-6. Retrieved from http://www.ieeetclt.org/issues/january2013/Watson.pdf

Watson, C. E., Terry, K., & Doolittle, P. E. (2012). Please read while texting and driving. In J. E. Groccia & L. Cruz (Eds.), To improve the academy, volume 31 (pp. 295-309). New York: John Wiley and Sons.

Watson, C. E., & Doolittle, P. E. (2011). ePortfolio pedagogy, technology, and scholarship: Now and in the future. Educational Technology, 51(5), 29-33.

Watson, C. E., & Plymale, W. O. (2011). The pedagogy of things: Ubiquitous learning, student culture, and constructivist pedagogical practice. In T. Kidd & I. Chen (Eds.), Ubiquitous learning: A survey of applications, research, and trends (pp. 3-15). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Watson, C. E., Zaldivar, M., & Summers, T. (2010). ePortfolios for learning, assessment, and professional development. In R. Donnelly, J. Harvey, & K.C. O’Rourke (Eds.), Critical design and effective tools for elearning in higher education: Theory into practice (pp 157-175). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Moore, A. H., Fowler, S. B., & Watson, C. E. (2007). Active learning and technology: Designing change for faculty, students, and institutions. Educause Review, 42(5), 43-60. Retrieved from http://er.educause.edu/~/media/files/article-downloads/erm0752.pdf

Selected Conference Presentations

See also my selected, invited Keynotes and Workshops

Watson, C. E. (2016, November). Signature work and eportfolios: Strategies to meet higher education’s greatest challenges. Paper presented at the regional conference of the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidenced-Based Learning, Blacksburg, VA.

Watson, C. E., Walz, A., & Pickavance, J. (2016, October). Fostering OER adoption at your institution: Key challenges and proven solutions. Paper presented at Educause 2016, Anaheim, CA.

Watson, C. E., & Ring, G. (2016, January). Accomplishing the goals of signature work through eportfolios. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.

Watson, C. E. (2015, November). Meeting our greatest challenges and improving student learning: Why higher education’s best path forward includes eportfolios. Paper presented at the regional conference of the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidenced-Based Learning, Athens, GA.

Gates, B., Harris, D., Martin, A., McCarty, S., & Watson, C. E. (2015, October). Aggregating demand and supporting successful implementations of courseware. Paper presented at Educause 2015, Indianapolis, IN.

Watson, C. E. (2015, April). Learning in the digital age: In-class technology usage and how to improve student success. Paper presented at the Campus Technology Forum, Long Beach, CA.

McConnell, K., Watson, C. E., & Ring, G. (2015, January). The future of the eportfolio research agenda: Pressure points and opportunities. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.

Watson, C. E. (2014, April). Multitasking and learning: What research tells us about what students can and can’t do. Paper presented at the University System of Georgia’s Teaching and Learning Conference, Athens, GA.

Domizi, D. P., Watson, C. E., & Clouser, S. (2014, April). Reducing costs and improving instruction through open educational resources. Paper presented at the University System of Georgia’s Teaching and Learning Conference, Athens, GA.

Domizi, D., & Watson, C. E. (2014, February). Comprehensive pedagogical GTA development: Preparing graduate students to teach in the college classroom. Paper presented at the sixth annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Blacksburg, VA.

Watson, C. E., Clouser, S., & Domizi, D. (2014, February). Improving the quality of instruction and increasing the affordability of higher education through the adoption of open education resources (OERs). Paper presented at the sixth annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Blacksburg, VA.

Domizi, D., Watson, C. E., Foutz, T., Durham, S., & Tanner, H. (2013, October). Contributing to an interdisciplinary college identity through SoTL programming and collaboration. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Raleigh, NC.

Watson, C. E., & Doolittle, P. E. (2013, May). Multitasking and learning: What research tells us about what students can and can’t do. Paper presented at the annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching, Bethesda, MD.

Watson, C. E., & Doolittle, P.E. (2013, February). Digital native myths: Research-based guidance for teaching today’s students. Paper presented at the fifth annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Blacksburg, VA.

Watson, C. E. (2013, January). Ensuring eportfolio success through data collection, analysis, and strategic planning. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Atlanta, GA.

Watson, C.E., & Doolittle, P.E. (2012, December). Digital native mythologies: What should and should not guide today’s teaching practice. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Dallas, TX.

Watson, C. E. (2012, December). Strategies for ensuring eportfolio success on your campus. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Dallas, TX.

Bryant, L., Clark, S., Broyles, T., Niewolny, K., Watson, C. E., Doolittle, P., & McConnell, K.D. (2012, February). Collaborative teaching at a large research university: Obstacles and opportunities. Paper presented at the fourth annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Blacksburg, VA.

Terry, K.P., Doolittle, P. E., & Watson, C. E. (2012, February). Perceptions on mobile learning and learning while mobile in higher education. Paper presented at the fourth annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Blacksburg, VA.

Watson, C. E., Jenson, J., Turns, J.A., Whitworth, J., & Hardy, S. (2012, January). Current eportfolio research methodologies and findings: Highlights from the International Journal of ePortfolio. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.

Doolittle, P. E., Watson, C. E., & Byrd, N. (2011, December). Learner-centered teaching in large and ultra-large classes. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Orlando, FL.

Watson, C. E., (2011, November). The new “real” world: Participatory culture and the pedagogy of things. Paper presented at TEDxYouth, Nashville, TN.

McConnell, K., & Watson, C. E. (2011, November). Tackling the big questions of student-centered teaching, learning, and assessment. Workshop presented at the regional conference of the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidenced-Based Learning, Blacksburg, VA.

Watson, C. E., (2011, October). Active pedagogy in online learning: Strategies for staying true to your teaching philosophy. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning, San Diego, CA.

Watson, C. E., & Brians, C. L. (2011, February). Student research performance and curricular placement of research instruction. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association, Sarasota, FL.

Watson, J. M., & Watson, C. E. (2011, February). James, Dewey, and Vygotsky at Hogwarts: Theory to practice and back again. Paper presented at the third annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Blacksburg, VA.

Watson, C. E., & Dannenberg, D. (2010, March). SoTL and 3D immersive environments. Paper presented for the annual SoTL Commons Conference, Statesboro, GA.

Fowler, S. B., Watson, C. E., & Zaldivar, M. (2009, January). Institutionalizing the e-portfolio: Addressing assessment, pedagogy, and professional development issues for widespread adoption. Paper presented at the Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) 2009 Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.