2011-2015

Fall 2015

 A U G U S T

Tuesday, August 11
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
New Faculty Orientation
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center
All new full-time and part-time instructors are invited to attend New Faculty Orientation. Participants will learn about instructional and student support resources at Durham Tech; meet key college personnel; and review effective strategies for working with adult learners. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP with your Program Director by Friday, August 7 to participate.


Wednesday, August 12
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
New Faculty Orientation
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center
All new full-time and part-time instructors are invited to attend New Faculty Orientation. Participants will learn about instructional and student support resources at Durham Tech; meet key college personnel; and review effective strategies for working with adult learners. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP with your Program Director by Friday, August 7 to participate.

Friday, August 21
Friday, August 28
Friday, September 4
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
College Success Instructor Training
Facilitated by Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience and other Instructors, College Success
The three-day training is intended primarily for faculty and staff who are interested in teaching the College Success course. However, anyone who is interested in learning innovative teaching techniques, strategies to improve students’ first college year experience, or content knowledge that will improve their advising practices is invited to participate. To register to participate, please email Kerry Cantwell at cantwellk@durhamtech.edu by Friday, August 14.

Wednesday, August 26
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Academic Advising at Durham Tech: Clarifying Expectations and Identifying Opportunities
Presented by Abraham Dones, Assistant Dean, Admissions, Advising, and Enrollment Support; and Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center
Many respondents to the Fall 2014 Faculty Expectations Task Force Survey indicated that academic advising is a source of frustration for them. This interactive workshop is intended to start a dialog about how the college can improve faculty experiences (and student experiences!) with advising. Workshop participants will consider National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) recommendations; review possible college guidelines for faculty advisors; and contextualize recommendations and guidelines for Durham Tech’s culture.

Thursday, August 27
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Online Course Guidelines – Putting Them into Practice
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
What are the essential elements of a “quality” online course? The college’s Distance Learning Advisory Team sought to answer this question by articulating a set of Curriculum Online Course Guidelinesfor Durham Tech which were approved earlier this year. The goal was to provide a streamlined list to guide instructors who are new to online teaching, to help those with experience identify ways to improve, and to assist administrators who supervise online courses. In this session, we’ll review the guidelines and the research that went into developing them, and discuss a variety of resources to help instructors implement them. Participants – with or without online teaching experience! – are invited to bring your questions and/or ideas for putting the guidelines into practice.

Friday, August 28
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Narrate PowerPoints with Office Mix
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building (9), ROOM 952
For complete workshop details and to register, visithttp://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2Office Mix is a free add-in for PowerPoint that’s designed for educators. With Office Mix you can add audio narrations to your PowerPoint presentations, include a screen cam video of yourself talking (if you want), draw on the screen as you talk, insert quiz questions for students to answer, and publish to the “cloud” for easy linking from Sakai. You can also see detailed data on what each student viewed and for how long, as well as each student’s answers to any questions you inserted. In this workshop you’ll learn how to enhance your PowerPoints with narration, quiz questions, and more; publish and link your presentation from Sakai; view analytics on students’ activity; and edit presentations as needed.

Monday, August 31
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Academic Success Coach Information Session
Presented by 
members of the Academic Progression Plan Task Force
Some students require extra attention to succeed. At this information session, learn how you can serve this special population of students as an Academic Success Coach. Participants will learn the responsibilities and benefits of becoming an Academic Success Coach. Please note that there are additional information sessions scheduled for September 1.

SEPTEMBER

Tuesday, September 1
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. or
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Academic Success Coach Information Session
Presented by 
members of the Academic Progression Plan Task Force
Some students require extra attention to succeed. At this information session, learn how you can serve this special population of students as an Academic Success Coach. Participants will learn the responsibilities and benefits of becoming an Academic Success Coach. Please attend either the 2:00 or 3:00 information session.

Wednesday, September 2
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Metacognition as a Tool to Improve Learning
Presented by Scott Stauble, Instructor, Biology
Despite the large amount of time some students claim to study, they just can’t seem to get a high grade on the exam!  Metacognition (thinking about one’s own thinking) theory provides numerous strategies that engage students in a reflective way to take charge of their own learning and improve their study skills.  This presentation will focus on the work of Dr. Saundra McGuire in the metacognition field and introduce attendees to numerous methods of helping their students “think about their own thinking” to improve learning.  Attendees will leave with the first steps of implementing metacognitive strategies in their own courses.

Thursday, September 3
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Web Conferencing 101 with Sakai

Presented by Charmaine Akiwenzie, Blindside Networks Trainer; Sponsored by Instructional Technologies
Are you interested in having “webinar-style” online meetings with your students? Or have you used the Sakai Meetings tool and want to learn more? Here’s your chance to learn from the experts – the folks who build and provide the Meetings tool that’s available within Sakai (aka “BigBlueButton”). Charmaine Akiwenzie of Blindside Networks will “meet” with us remotely via the Sakai Meetings tool. She’ll give a general overview of the tool, demonstrate how to use it, share solutions for common issues you may encounter, and answer questions.

Note: This is a demo and Q&A session, not a “hands-on” training. A separate “hands-on” training on the Sakai Meetings tool is offered on September 10.

Tuesday, September 8
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Accommodating Students with Disabilities: The Do’s, Don’ts, and Faculty Responsibilities
Presented by Andra Bennett, Disability Services Coordinator
This workshop will explain the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how it applies to Durham Tech.  We will review the college’s accommodation processes and procedures concerning classroom accommodations, testing, and other related issues.  We will also explain the role of the instructor in the ADA process and instructor rights concerning ADA accommodations. Participants will apply the information using interactive case studies that describe common scenarios at Durham Tech.

Wednesday, September 9
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Teaching Students How to Learn: Strategies for Success Part Two

Presented by Todd Zakrajsek, Executive Director, Academy of Educators in the School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill
Back by popular demand, Dr. Z returns to continue the discussion on research-based strategies that help students learn. Even when faculty employ the best teaching strategies, students cannot be optimally successful unless they understand their own learning processes. The good news is that there is a plethora of emerging research in the area of the science of learning. That said, understanding and applying findings of cognitive neuroscientists, psychologists, and education specialists in ways that can be used by students is difficult. This workshop will assist faculty to better understand and implement the newest findings in the science of learning so that students may better understand how they acquire, retain, and recall new information.

Thursday, September 10
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Web Conferencing with Sakai Meetings
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building (9), ROOM 952
For complete workshop details and to register, visithttp://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2This workshop is a hands-on introduction to the Sakai Meetings tool, an open source web-conferencing tool that allows instructors to give online presentations, work with an online whiteboard and chat with remote students. In this hands-on workshop, participants will create a web conference meeting, practice leading a meeting, and attend a meeting as a student, using the Sakai Meetings tool. Participants will upload presentations, use a whiteboard, chat, work with different layouts, and share their desktop.

Friday, September 11
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Narrate PowerPoints with Office Mix
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: White Building (1), Room 48
For complete workshop details and to register, visithttp://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2Office Mix is a free add-in for PowerPoint that’s designed for educators. With Office Mix you can add audio narrations to your PowerPoint presentations, include a screen cam video of yourself talking (if you want), draw on the screen as you talk, insert quiz questions for students to answer, and publish to the “cloud” for easy linking from Sakai. You can also see detailed data on what each student viewed and for how long, as well as each student’s answers to any questions you inserted. In this workshop you’ll learn how to enhance your PowerPoints with narration, quiz questions, and more; publish and link your presentation from Sakai; view analytics on students’ activity; and edit presentations as needed.

Friday, September 11
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Page Turners
Facilitated by Christine Dove, Sociology Instructor; and Lance Lee, Spanish Instructor and Faculty Development Coordinator
Look for monthly discussions of this book on the TLC calendar.
Join Christine, Lance, and your colleagues in reading Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning over the course of the Fall 2015 semester. The book discussions will be informal, and they will foster faculty growth through conversations surrounding this book. Therefore, you should read the designated chapters before the session(s) you plan to attend. Bring your lunch; the TLC will provide drinks.

MakeItStickCoverMake It Stick: The Science of Successful Learningquestions commonly held beliefs about learning and teaching from a scientific viewpoint. Readers, particularly students and teachers, will gain an understanding of how learning can best be facilitated in light of new scientific research about how memory works.

On this date, participants will discuss the Preface and Chapters 1 and 2.

Wednesday, September 16
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
NEW Self-Service Advisor Training
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience; and Eliza Murphy, Academic Advisor
NOTE LOCATION: Wynn Center (10), Room 1305
For complete workshop details and to register, visithttp://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2Streamline your advising processes and simplify course planning and registration for your students!  Beginning in Spring 2016, all incoming students will be advised in the college’s new Self-Service system.  Participants in this training session will learn how to advise students in the new Self-Service web application.  This includes helping students build course plans, approving course plans, archiving plans, and performing “What If?” program analyses.  Time will be allotted at the end for hands-on practice with sample student scenarios in the test environment.  All advisors should plan to attend one of the Self-Service Advisor Training sessions.

Thursday, September 17
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Web Conferencing with Sakai Meetings
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building (9), ROOM 952
For complete workshop details and to register, visithttp://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2This workshop is a hands-on introduction to the Sakai Meetings tool, an open source web-conferencing tool that allows instructors to give online presentations, work with an online whiteboard and chat with remote students. In this hands-on workshop, participants will create a web conference meeting, practice leading a meeting, and attend a meeting as a student, using the Sakai Meetings tool. Participants will upload presentations, use a whiteboard, chat, work with different layouts, and share their desktop.

Thursday, September 17
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
NEW Self-Service Advisor Training
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience; and Eliza Murphy, Academic Advisor
NOTE LOCATION: Wynn Center (10), Room 1305
For complete workshop details and to register, visithttp://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2Streamline your advising processes and simplify course planning and registration for your students!  Beginning in Spring 2016, all incoming students will be advised in the college’s new Self-Service system.  Participants in this training session will learn how to advise students in the new Self-Service web application.  This includes helping students build course plans, approving course plans, archiving plans, and performing “What If?” program analyses.  Time will be allotted at the end for hands-on practice with sample student scenarios in the test environment.  All advisors should plan to attend one of the Self-Service Advisor Training sessions.

Friday, September 18
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Advising 101
Presented by Donna Alston and Jairo McMican, Academic Advisors
This interactive session will cover the basics – the mission and philosophy of advising at Durham Tech; confidentiality, ethics and FERPA; enrollment and registration processes; student placement; programs and plans of study; evaluating student progress toward degree; advising restrictions; considerations for special populations and more. New faculty advisors should attend the 9:00-11:00 or the 1:00-3:00 training on September 18.

Friday, September 18
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
NEW Self-Service Advisor Training
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience; and Eliza Murphy, Academic Advisor
NOTE LOCATION: Wynn Center (10), Room 1305
For complete workshop details and to register, visithttp://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2Streamline your advising processes and simplify course planning and registration for your students!  Beginning in Spring 2016, all incoming students will be advised in the college’s new Self-Service system.  Participants in this training session will learn how to advise students in the new Self-Service web application.  This includes helping students build course plans, approving course plans, archiving plans, and performing “What If?” program analyses.  Time will be allotted at the end for hands-on practice with sample student scenarios in the test environment.  All advisors should plan to attend one of the Self-Service Advisor Training sessions.

Friday, September 18
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Narrate PowerPoints with Office Mix
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: White Building (1), Room 48
For complete workshop details and to register, visithttp://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2Office Mix is a free add-in for PowerPoint that’s designed for educators. With Office Mix you can add audio narrations to your PowerPoint presentations, include a screen cam video of yourself talking (if you want), draw on the screen as you talk, insert quiz questions for students to answer, and publish to the “cloud” for easy linking from Sakai. You can also see detailed data on what each student viewed and for how long, as well as each student’s answers to any questions you inserted. In this workshop you’ll learn how to enhance your PowerPoints with narration, quiz questions, and more; publish and link your presentation from Sakai; view analytics on students’ activity; and edit presentations as needed.

Friday, September 18
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Advising 101
Presented by Donna Alston and Jairo McMican, Academic Advisors
This interactive session will cover the basics – the mission and philosophy of advising at Durham Tech; confidentiality, ethics and FERPA; enrollment and registration processes; student placement; programs and plans of study; evaluating student progress toward degree; advising restrictions; considerations for special populations and more. New faculty advisors should attend the 9:00-11:00 or the 1:00-3:00 training on September 18.

Tuesday, September 22
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Faculty Survival Toolkit
Presented by Sue Cheng, Assistant Dean, Allied Health; Jonathan Cook, Coordinator/Instructor, English; Lance Lee, Coordinator, Faculty Development
Are you feeling like you need a bit of guidance on teaching at Durham Tech? Do you feel a little out of steam after the beginning of semester rush? Are you wondering how to navigate Durham Tech’s culture in general? We have all been there. This information-packed session will provide valuable (and at times lighthearted) insight into the nature of teaching at Durham Tech. Each presenter will focus on one of three practical themes: quick teaching tips tailored to the Durham Tech student, stress management for instructors and students, and the college’s culture. While the presentation will be geared toward new and adjunct faculty, all are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, September 23
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Narrate PowerPoints with Office Mix
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: White Building (1), Room 48
For complete workshop details and to register, visithttp://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2Office Mix is a free add-in for PowerPoint that’s designed for educators. With Office Mix you can add audio narrations to your PowerPoint presentations, include a screen cam video of yourself talking (if you want), draw on the screen as you talk, insert quiz questions for students to answer, and publish to the “cloud” for easy linking from Sakai. You can also see detailed data on what each student viewed and for how long, as well as each student’s answers to any questions you inserted. In this workshop you’ll learn how to enhance your PowerPoints with narration, quiz questions, and more; publish and link your presentation from Sakai; view analytics on students’ activity; and edit presentations as needed.

Thursday, September 24
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Add Interactivity to Videos with Zaption
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building (9), ROOM 952
For complete workshop details and to register, visithttp://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2Do you assign online videos for your students to watch? Do you wish you could track whether students are watching them, or ask questions during the video to check their understanding? You can all do that with Zaption, a free online tool that lets you create an interactive video “tour.” You can find a video (or upload your own) and add “stopping points” throughout the video (inserting questions, images, text or links). Each student’s viewing activity and responses to questions are recorded and available for you to review in multiple ways. In this workshop, we’ll create a free Zaption account; find a video; add interactive questions, images, and text in the video; publish the video “tour” and share the link with others.

Friday, September 25
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Using Advising Technologies
Presented by Donna Alston and Jairo McMican, Academic Advisors
NOTE LOCATION: Wynn Center (10), Room 1305
In this hands-on session, we will practice using WebAdvisor and Colleague and learn all about the various tools and information that these programs provide to advisors. New faculty advisors should attend the 9:00-11:00 or the 1:00-3:00 training on September 25.

Friday, September 25
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Using Advising Technologies
Presented by Donna Alston and Jairo McMican, Academic Advisors
NOTE LOCATION: Wynn Center (10), Room 1305
In this hands-on session, we will practice using WebAdvisor and Colleague and learn all about the various tools and information that these programs provide to advisors. New faculty advisors should attend the 9:00-11:00 or the 1:00-3:00 training on September 25.

Monday, September 28
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Colleague Tips and Tricks
Presented by K. Leigh Forell, Colleague Systems Analyst
Do you sometimes feel like Colleague is working against you instead of making your job easier? Come to this interactive session to learn strategies to efficiently and effectively navigate the user interface, find records through advanced search features, export data in multiple formats, use help tools, locate support documentation and utilize keyboard shortcuts.

OCTOBER

Thursday, October 1
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Trends in Student Academic Progression and Student Academic Status
Presented by members of the Academic Progression Plan Task Force
Attendees to this TLC activity will examine data and trends in Durham Tech student progression in light of the new Academic Progression Plan that will be implemented in 2016. Opportunities to consider student academic warning, probation, and suspension scenarios and the implications for Durham Tech students will be provided during this session. This TLC activity will be presented again on Monday, October 5.

Friday, October 2
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Page Turners
Facilitated by Christine Dove, Sociology Instructor; and Lance Lee, Spanish Instructor and Faculty Development Coordinator
Look for monthly discussions of this book on the TLC calendar.
Join Christine, Lance, and your colleagues in reading Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning over the course of the Fall 2015 semester. The book discussions will be informal, and they will foster faculty growth through conversations surrounding this book. Therefore, you should read the designated chapters before the session(s) you plan to attend. Bring your lunch; the TLC will provide drinks.

MakeItStickCoverMake It Stick: The Science of Successful Learningquestions commonly held beliefs about learning and teaching from a scientific viewpoint. Readers, particularly students and teachers, will gain an understanding of how learning can best be facilitated in light of new scientific research about how memory works.

On this date, participants will discuss Chapters 3 and 4.

Please note that the title and description for this TLC activity have changed since the start of the Fall 2015 semester.

Monday, October 5
1:00 – 2:00
Trends in Student Academic Progression and Student Academic Status
Presented by members of the Academic Progression Plan Task Force
Attendees to this TLC activity will examine data and trends in Durham Tech student progression in light of the new Academic Progression Plan that will be implemented in 2016. Opportunities to consider student academic warning, probation, and suspension scenarios and the implications for Durham Tech students will be provided during this session. This TLC activity was previously presented on Thursday, October 1.

Tuesday, October 6
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Narrate PowerPoints with Office Mix
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: White Building (1), Room 48
For complete workshop details and to register, visithttp://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2Office Mix is a free add-in for PowerPoint that’s designed for educators. With Office Mix you can add audio narrations to your PowerPoint presentations, include a screen cam video of yourself talking (if you want), draw on the screen as you talk, insert quiz questions for students to answer, and publish to the “cloud” for easy linking from Sakai. You can also see detailed data on what each student viewed and for how long, as well as each student’s answers to any questions you inserted. In this workshop you’ll learn how to enhance your PowerPoints with narration, quiz questions, and more; publish and link your presentation from Sakai; view analytics on students’ activity; and edit presentations as needed.

Thursday, October 8
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Strengthening Faculty Advisors’ Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Presented by 
Abraham Dones, Assistant Dean, Admissions, Advising, and Enrollment Support
This workshop will review key advising processes, as well as provide advising updates for the current academic year. We will also share helpful hints with our colleagues and discuss ideas for improving students’ advising experiences. Workshop participants will apply new college procedures and practices to common advising scenarios. This workshop will be repeated during the TLConference on Tuesday, October 13.

Thursday, October 8
3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Information Session
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the scholarly study of teaching and learning in higher education. The field of study features (1) research done by classroom instructors and (2) an expectation of publication of the research. All Durham Tech faculty are invited to attend this information session to learn more about SoTL and the upcoming opportunities to participate in a mini-sabbatical from teaching in order to conduct a SoTL project. Participants will learn the eligibility criteria, application process, and the expectations around the SoTL project. For more information, see the SoTL webpages on the TLC website: http://www.durhamtech.edu/tlc/sotl.

Friday, October 9
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Add Interactivity to Videos with Zaption
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building (9), ROOM 965
For complete workshop details and to register, visithttp://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2Do you assign online videos for your students to watch? Do you wish you could track whether students are watching them, or ask questions during the video to check their understanding? You can all do that with Zaption, a free online tool that lets you create an interactive video “tour.” You can find a video (or upload your own) and add “stopping points” throughout the video (inserting questions, images, text or links). Each student’s viewing activity and responses to questions are recorded and available for you to review in multiple ways. In this workshop, we’ll create a free Zaption account; find a video; add interactive questions, images, and text in the video; publish the video “tour” and share the link with others.

Tuesday, October 20
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Record Videos with YouTube’s MyWebcam
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building (9), ROOM 952
For complete workshop details and to register, visithttp://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2YouTube’s MyWebcam tool is a free tool that can be used to record short videos using a webcam. In this workshop we’ll cover uses for the tool in instruction, what’s needed to record a video, how to record a video, and how to add a video to a Sakai course using the Lessons tool.

Wednesday, October 21
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fundamentals of Financial Aid at Durham Tech
Presented by Kevi Dixon, Director of Financial Aid and Veterans Benefits
This session will cover several topics including the types of financial aid available at Durham Tech, the application process, eligibility requirements, our NEW verification process with CFI, and understanding degree audit and how grades and attendance affect a student’s financial aid.  Additionally, participants will learn the basics of federal student aid, the meaning of commonly used acronyms (e.g., FAFSA, EFC, NSLDS, CPS, ELC and MPN), and will have the opportunity to participate in discussion. This session is ideal for faculty and staff who engage with students regularly.

Monday, October 26
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
or
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
NEW Self-Service Advisor Training
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience; and Eliza Murphy, Academic Advisor
NOTE LOCATION: Wynn Center (10), Room 1305
For complete workshop details and to register, visithttp://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2Streamline your advising processes and simplify course planning and registration for your students!  Beginning in Spring 2016, all incoming students will be advised in the college’s new Self-Service system.  Participants in this training session will learn how to advise students in the new Self-Service web application.  This includes helping students build course plans, approving course plans, archiving plans, and performing “What If?” program analyses.  Time will be allotted at the end for hands-on practice with sample student scenarios in the test environment.  All advisors should plan to attend one of the Self-Service Advisor Training sessions.

Wednesday, October 28
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
or
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
NEW Self-Service Advisor Training
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience; and Eliza Murphy, Academic Advisor
NOTE LOCATION: Wynn Center (10), Room 1305
For complete workshop details and to register, visithttp://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2Streamline your advising processes and simplify course planning and registration for your students!  Beginning in Spring 2016, all incoming students will be advised in the college’s new Self-Service system.  Participants in this training session will learn how to advise students in the new Self-Service web application.  This includes helping students build course plans, approving course plans, archiving plans, and performing “What If?” program analyses.  Time will be allotted at the end for hands-on practice with sample student scenarios in the test environment.  All advisors should plan to attend one of the Self-Service Advisor Training sessions.

Thursday, October 29
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
What’s Going On Here? How to Identify and Assist Students with Mental Health Issues
Presented by Bonita Lawrence-McClure, Cultural and Linguistics Competency Coordinator with BECOMING
In this workshop participants will be provided an overview of mental health symptoms and diagnoses. Training will cover how to work with individuals who may have a mental health issue and how to assist them in getting help. For more information about BECOMING in Durham see the following link: http://becomingdurham.org/.

Friday, October 30
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
NEW Self-Service Advisor Training
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience; and Eliza Murphy, Academic Advisor
NOTE LOCATION: Wynn Center (10), Room 1305
For complete workshop details and to register, visithttp://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2Streamline your advising processes and simplify course planning and registration for your students!  Beginning in Spring 2016, all incoming students will be advised in the college’s new Self-Service system.  Participants in this training session will learn how to advise students in the new Self-Service web application.  This includes helping students build course plans, approving course plans, archiving plans, and performing “What If?” program analyses.  Time will be allotted at the end for hands-on practice with sample student scenarios in the test environment.  All advisors should plan to attend one of the Self-Service Advisor Training sessions.

NOVEMBER

Tuesday, November 3
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Online Student Presentations and Projects via Sakai Student Pages
Presented by Marina DelVecchio, English and Humanities Instructor; Shannon Hahn, Foreign Languages Chair/Instructor; Becky Roehrs, Distance Learning Coordinator; and Marisa Sullivan, Psychology Instructor
Now that most Durham Tech instructors have mastered the Sakai Lessons tool, it’s time to consider turning the reigns over to our students. Instructors can add an area to Lessons, called Student Pages, which allows students (or groups) to add their own Lessons pages and even comment on each other’s pages. Just like you, students can add text, links, files, videos, and images. Marina, Marisa, and Shannon will share how they have used Student Pages to create meaningful assignments for students in their online courses. Becky will provide a tutorial on how to incorporate Student Pages into our Sakai sites. Workshop participants will see real-world examples of successful Student Pages, learn the basics of how to use Student Pages, and brainstorm possible uses for Student Pages in their content areas.

This presentation has been canceled due to a change
in the presenters’ availability.

Friday, November 6
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Understanding Emotional Disorders
Presented by Norvel C. Turner III, 
Coordinator, Disability Support Services; and Shakeerrah Lawrence, Learning Specialist, Disability Support Services; Wake Technical Community College

Presentation participants will receive an overview of the nature, symptoms, and manifestations of various emotional disorders and how it can impact students academically.

Friday, November 6
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Page Turners
Facilitated by Christine Dove, Sociology Instructor; and Lance Lee, Spanish Instructor and Faculty Development Coordinator
Look for monthly discussions of this book on the TLC calendar.
Join Christine, Lance, and your colleagues in reading Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning over the course of the Fall 2015 semester. The book discussions will be informal, and they will foster faculty growth through conversations surrounding this book. Therefore, you should read the designated chapters before the session(s) you plan to attend. Bring your lunch; the TLC will provide drinks.

MakeItStickCoverMake It Stick: The Science of Successful Learningquestions commonly held beliefs about learning and teaching from a scientific viewpoint. Readers, particularly students and teachers, will gain an understanding of how learning can best be facilitated in light of new scientific research about how memory works.

On this date, participants will discuss Chapter 5 and 6.

Monday, November 9
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Supporting Latino Students in Higher Education
Presented by Amayrani Calvario Salgado, Latino Student Ambassador, Center for the Global Learner
Amayrani and other Durham Tech Latino students will present research and lived experiences of Latino students in college. Specifically, they will describe changing demographics, cultural characteristics, and proven strategies for helping Latino students succeed in higher education.

Thursday, November 12
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Moving Forward by Looking Back: Portfolios and Professional Reflection
Presented by the Excellence in Teaching Committee
This session will explain how reflecting on one’s own philosophies, teaching strategies and assessments can help improve what we do in the classroom.  In particular, we’ll look at the intention behind portfolio creation as well as the process of creating a teaching portfolio that highlights strengths and growth.  Many faculty report that the portfolio process itself aids in development of a teaching philosophy.  This session may be of particular interest to 2015 EIT award nominees.

Friday, November 13
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Creating Accessible Online Content
Presented by Amy Netzel, Accessibility Technologist, Wake Technical Community College
To comply with federal and state laws, it’s important for learning content that instructors place online to be accessible to all students regardless of disability. What does it mean for online content to be accessible? How can instructors create accessible learning materials? In this session, Amy Netzel, Accessibility Technologist at Wake Tech, will explain what online accessibility is, who it affects, and why it’s important. And she will share specific tips instructors can start using today to make their learning materials more accessible. Instructors who teach online or hybrid courses are strongly encouraged to attend. The presentation is appropriate for those who teach face-to-face classes as well.

DECEMBER

Friday, December 4
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Page Turners
Facilitated by Christine Dove, Sociology Instructor; and Lance Lee, Spanish Instructor and Faculty Development Coordinator
Join Christine, Lance, and your colleagues in reading Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning over the course of the Fall 2015 semester. The book discussions will be informal, and they will foster faculty growth through conversations surrounding this book. Therefore, you should read the designated chapters before the session(s) you plan to attend. Bring your lunch; the TLC will provide drinks.

MakeItStickCoverMake It Stick: The Science of Successful Learningquestions commonly held beliefs about learning and teaching from a scientific viewpoint. Readers, particularly students and teachers, will gain an understanding of how learning can best be facilitated in light of new scientific research about how memory works.

On this date, participants will discuss Chapter 7 and 8.

Spring 2015

JANUARY

Tuesday, January 6
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
New Faculty Orientation
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center
All new full-time and part-time instructors are invited to attend New Faculty Orientation. Participants will learn about instructional and student support resources at Durham Tech; meet key college personnel; and review effective strategies for working with adult learners. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP with your Program Director by Friday, January 2 to participate.

Thursday, January 8
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Set Up Your Sakai Gradebook Right!
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building (9), ROOM 965
For complete workshop details and to register, visit http://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2In this hands-on session, you’ll learn tips for setting up your Sakai Gradebook to make it easy to manage. We’ll also look at common problems and how to avoid them. Bring your syllabus so we can see your grading structure and advise you on the best way to set it up in Sakai. COMPLETION OF THE INTRO TO SAKAI WORKSHOP IS REQUIRED.

Friday, January 9
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Information Session
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center
This is the only information session scheduled before the February 1 application deadline.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the scholarly study of teaching and learning in higher education. The field of study features (1) research done by classroom instructors and (2) an expectation of publication of the research. All Durham Tech faculty are invited to attend this information session to learn more about SoTL and the upcoming opportunities to participate in a mini-sabbatical from teaching in order to conduct a SoTL project. Participants will learn the eligibility criteria, application process, and the expectations around the SoTL project.

Tuesday, January 20
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
WEBINAR
Teach Students How To Learn: Metacognition Is The Key!
Presented by Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University
From the webinar website: “This webinar is designed to help faculty, learning center professionals and student affairs personnel develop strategies to help students become independent, self-directed learners. A discussion of the characteristics of today’s students will help participants understand why many students lack effective learning strategies when they enroll in college, and how simple it is to teach them strategies for successful learning.” For more information, see the following link: http://www.innovativeeducators.org/Teach-Students-How-To-Learn-Metacognition-p/3284.htm. This webinar has been shown three times in the TLC over the last several semesters and is back by popular demand for this encore presentation. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, January 28
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Page Turners
Facilitated by Christine Dove, Sociology Instructor; and Lance Lee, Spanish Instructor and Faculty Development Coordinator
Look for monthly discussions of this book on the TLC calendar.
Join Christine and Lance in reading From Brain to Mind: Using Neuroscience to Guide Change in Education by James Zull over the course of the spring 2015 semester. The book discussions will not be extremely formal, but they will foster faculty growth through conversations surrounding this book. Therefore, you should read the designated chapters before the session(s) you plan to attend.

James Zull’s book From Brain to Mind: Using Neuroscience to Guide Change in Education calls for a shift in how we perceive the instruction based on our current neurological understanding of the learning process. He describes the way information moves from working to long-term memory where it becomes part of our knowledge base used to generate new ideas, reason and problem solve.  Zull posits that metacognition lies at the root of all learning and offers educators practical advice on ways to utilize this awareness in transforming the way we perceive teaching and learning.

On this date, participants will discussion the Introduction, Chapter One: the Natural Journey from Brain to Mind, and Chapter Two: The Great Transformation.

Friday, January 30
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Free Tech Training for Instructors: An Overview
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Becky Roehrs, Megan Nicholson, and Gabby McCutchen
Durham Tech instructors have access to a variety of technology-related trainings both on campus and off campus. This information session will highlight several of these training opportunities, including Sakai training, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), NC-NET Academies, and Informer training. Bring your own laptop or tablet to explore some of these options during the presentation. All full-time and part-time faculty are encouraged to attend.

FEBRUARY

Monday, February 2
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Exploring New NC LIVE Resources: A Hands-on Workshop
Presented by Julie Humphrey, Assistant Director, Library
Note Location: ERC Computer Lab, Room 520
(downstairs in the library)
NC LIVE is a consortium providing digital content such as magazines, newspapers, journals, ebooks, and videos to libraries statewide.  In January 2015, NC LIVE will replace the EBSCO resources with ProQuest databases in similar disciplines and subject areas.  New additions to the resources include ebrary Academic Complete eBook subscription, the full Films on Demand streaming video service for academic and public libraries, new science databases, and a language learning tool, Pronunciator, which offers 80 languages.  Come explore these new resources with hands-on time to practice.  Learn how to incorporate these new tools and resources into your teaching.

Thursday, February 5
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Angry Black Woman (ABW)/Strong Black Woman (SBW): Stereotype, Myth, or Reality
Presented by Brenda East, Instructor, Psychology
The attribution theory from a psychological perspective suggests that individuals try to explain the behaviors of others. Women are not excluded when applying the theory. However, Black women are more likely to be viewed through the fundamental attribution error (FAE). Albert Ellis, a noted cognitive psychologist, argued that we are guided by our belief systems. Our beliefs are largely responsible for our emotional and behavioral responses. History, research, the media, and cultural applications of the attribution theory have contributed to the perception of Black women, and their concept of self and behaviors. Join us as we explore the importance of identifying Black women as angry and/or strong.

Friday, February 6
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Moving Forward by Looking Back: Portfolios and Professional Reflection
Presented by the Excellence in Teaching Committee
This session will explain how reflecting on one’s own philosophies, teaching strategies and assessments can help improve what we do in the classroom.  In particular, we’ll look at the intention behind portfolio creation as well as the process of creating a teaching portfolio that highlights strengths and growth.  Many faculty report that the portfolio process itself aids in development of a teaching philosophy.  This session may be of particular interest to 2015 EIT award nominees.

Tuesday, February 10
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Academic Support, College Success, and the Loss/Momentum Framework
Presented by Karen Jackson, Director, Center for Academic Excellence
The Loss/Momentum Framework for supporting student success is designed to examine loss points and student progression in order to implement strategies to enable students to maintain their momentum to complete college courses and programs. In this session, you will hear findings from a study of Durham Tech students’ perceptions and use of tools and resources that lead them to successfully complete courses and programs at the community college. Discussion will present findings through the lens of the Loss/Momentum Framework. You will be asked to consider the implications of these findings for your students, with a focus specifically on academic support for student success.

Wednesday, February 11
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Page Turners
Facilitated by Christine Dove, Sociology Instructor; and Lance Lee, Spanish Instructor and Faculty Development Coordinator
Look for monthly discussions of this book on the TLC calendar.
Join Christine and Lance in reading From Brain to Mind: Using Neuroscience to Guide Change in Education by James Zull over the course of the spring 2015 semester. The book discussions will not be extremely formal, but they will foster faculty growth through conversations surrounding this book. Therefore, you should read the designated chapters before the session(s) you plan to attend.

James Zull’s book From Brain to Mind: Using Neuroscience to Guide Change in Education calls for a shift in how we perceive the instruction based on our current neurological understanding of the learning process. He describes the way information moves from working to long-term memory where it becomes part of our knowledge base used to generate new ideas, reason and problem solve. Zull posits that metacognition lies at the root of all learning and offers educators practical advice on ways to utilize this awareness in transforming the way we perceive teaching and learning.

On this date, participants will discussion Chapter Three: Finding the Freedom, Finding the Joy and Chapter Four: Deeper Learning through Integration.

Thursday, February 19
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sakai Meetings
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning/Learning Technologies Specialist
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building (9), ROOM 952
For complete workshop details and to register, visit http://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2This workshop is an introduction to the Sakai Meetings tool, an open source web-conferencing tool that allows instructors to give online presentations, work with an online whiteboard and chat with remote students. In this hands-on workshop, participants will create a web conference meeting, practice leading a meeting, and attend a meeting as a student, using the Sakai Meetings tool. Participants will upload presentations, use a whiteboard, chat, work with different layouts and share their desktop. COMPLETION OF THE INTRO TO SAKAI WORKSHOP IS REQUIRED.

Thursday, February 19
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Walking While Black
Presented by Brenda East, Instructor, Psychology

CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
We apologize for any inconvenience.

Have you ever heard the expression “walking while Black” (WWB)? Black refers to a specific group, which includes Black males at every age. History, research, the media, and culture have significantly influenced how Black males are currently viewed. Skin color rather than external stimuli is the primary motivation for targeting Black males, and the “The Talk” determines the individual’s response. Let us gather for “The Talk”, and gain a better understanding of WWB.

Thursday, February 26
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
A New Structure for Collaborative and Informed Decision Making at Durham Tech
Presented by 
Tom Jaynes, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, and Members of the Council on Committees

CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
Please look for this presentation in the TLC in March and April.

In order to sustain a “culture of involvement;” support Durham Tech’s aim to have “broad participation by Durham Technical Community College employees and students;” and position our college as a first choice for employees in accordance with our new strategic plan, the college will adopt a new infrastructure to foster collaborative and informed decision making.  The Continuous Improvement Infrastructure Team began this work by examining our existing decision making structure at the college and presenting a great, new structure.   The new structure seeks to address the concerns of the campus community and provide guidelines to ensure our current practices match our intentions of promoting broad engagement among faculty, staff and students.  This workshop will provide an introduction to the new structures, expectations, timeline, and opportunities associated with the changes.

Friday, February 27
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Best Practices for Online Testing
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies

RESCHEDULED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
Look for this event on Friday, March 6.

Many instructors have concerns about online tests — and for good reasons: Online tests offer students a variety of cheating opportunities, and students can sometimes encounter technical glitches that may disrupt their test-taking session or cause their answers to be lost. In this session we’ll review best practices instructors can use to deter cheating and minimize technical problems with online tests given through Sakai. We will discuss the pros and cons of various approaches to online testing and look at some new solutions becoming available in the educational technology market. This is not a hands-on training session. Participants will receive a handout detailing recommended test settings to use in Sakai.

MARCH

Monday, March 2
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Multimedia Showcase
Presented Dorothy Wood, Instructor, Biology/Microbiology; Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning; Charlene West, Dean, Career and Technical Programs; and Gabby McCutchen, Instructor, College Success
Faculty from across campus use a variety of multimedia tools to create engaging, web-based instructional modules that support seated, hybrid, and online classes. These tools include Jing, myBrainshark, Snagit, and YouTube My WebCam. During the Multimedia Showcase, instructors will share their creations and discuss their experiences using the products. Please note that this will not be a training session, but it will provide inspiration to attend one of the many upcoming training sessions offered by Instructional Resources.

Thursday, March 5
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
A New Structure for Collaborative and Informed Decision Making at Durham Tech
Presented by 
Tom Jaynes, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, and Members of the Council on Committees
In order to sustain a “culture of involvement;” support Durham Tech’s aim to have “broad participation by Durham Technical Community College employees and students;” and position our college as a first choice for employees in accordance with our new strategic plan, the college will adopt a new infrastructure to foster collaborative and informed decision making.  The Continuous Improvement Infrastructure Team began this work by examining our existing decision making structure at the college and presenting a great, new structure.   The new structure seeks to address the concerns of the campus community and provide guidelines to ensure our current practices match our intentions of promoting broad engagement among faculty, staff and students.  This workshop will provide an introduction to the new structures, expectations, timeline, and opportunities associated with the changes.

Friday, March 6
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Best Practices for Online Testing
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
Many instructors have concerns about online tests — and for good reasons: Online tests offer students a variety of cheating opportunities, and students can sometimes encounter technical glitches that may disrupt their test-taking session or cause their answers to be lost. In this session we’ll review best practices instructors can use to deter cheating and minimize technical problems with online tests given through Sakai. We will discuss the pros and cons of various approaches to online testing and look at some new solutions becoming available in the educational technology market. This is not a hands-on training session. Participants will receive a handout detailing recommended test settings to use in Sakai.

Wednesday, March 11
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Intro to Jing Videos for Instruction
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning/Learning Technologies Specialist
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building (9), ROOM 952
For complete workshop details and to register, visit http://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2Jing is a free tool that can be used to make short videos (5 minutes or less) to demonstrate how to do tasks on your computer or capture images on your computer. In this workshop we’ll cover uses for the tool in instruction, what’s needed to record a video, how to record a video, and how to add a video to a Sakai course using the Lessons tool. COMPLETION OF THE INTRO TO SAKAI WORKSHOP IS REQUIRED.

Wednesday, March 11
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Narrating PowerPoints with myBrainshark
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building (9), ROOM 965
For complete workshop details and to register, visit http://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2myBrainshark is a free online tool that lets you upload PowerPoints to the web and add voice narrations to create multimedia presentations for online teaching or training. In this workshop, we’ll walk you through creating a myBrainshark account, uploading a PowerPoint, recording audio narrations, adding poll questions, editing slides, and sharing your finished presentation with others. Participants may bring their own PowerPoint presentation to work on at the end of the session.

Wednesday, March 18
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Record Videos with YouTube’s MyWebcam Tool
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning/Learning Technologies Specialist
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building (9), ROOM 952
For complete workshop details and to register, visit http://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2YouTube’s MyWebcam tool is a free tool that can be used to record short videos using a webcam. In this workshop we’ll cover uses for the tool in instruction, what’s needed to record a video, how to record a video, and how to add a video to a Sakai course using the Lessons tool. COMPLETION OF THE INTRO TO SAKAI WORKSHOP IS REQUIRED.

Prerequisites: A Gmail account (not a ConnectMail account) is required.

Thursday, March 19
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Advising Refresher
Presented by Jairo McMican, Academic Advisor and College Success Instructor
This workshop will re-introduce returning advisors to key processes in advising at Durham Tech, as well as provide timely advising updates. We will use advising scenarios to work through some of the most common advising challenges, including understanding the new placement options and helping students plan for developmental education coursework. We will also spend time sharing helpful hints with our colleagues and discuss ideas for improving procedures.

Wednesday, March 25
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Page Turners
Facilitated by Christine Dove, Sociology Instructor; and Lance Lee, Spanish Instructor and Faculty Development Coordinator
Look for monthly discussions of this book on the TLC calendar.
Join Christine and Lance in reading From Brain to Mind: Using Neuroscience to Guide Change in Education by James Zull over the course of the spring 2015 semester. The book discussions will not be extremely formal, but they will foster faculty growth through conversations surrounding this book. Therefore, you should read the designated chapters before the session(s) you plan to attend.

James Zull’s book From Brain to Mind: Using Neuroscience to Guide Change in Education calls for a shift in how we perceive the instruction based on our current neurological understanding of the learning process. He describes the way information moves from working to long-term memory where it becomes part of our knowledge base used to generate new ideas, reason and problem solve.  Zull posits that metacognition lies at the root of all learning and offers educators practical advice on ways to utilize this awareness in transforming the way we perceive teaching and learning.

On this date, participants will discussion Chapter Five: Getting the Picture; Chapter Six: Basics; and Chapter Seven: Creating Memory.

Thursday, March 26
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
EIT Portfolio Open House
Presented by Excellence in Teaching Committee and previous EIT Recipients
Drop in and examine award-winning teaching portfolios, both past and future!  This session is an opportunity for EIT Award nominees to ask final questions, get advice from previous EIT Award winners, and share their portfolios-in-progress with a supportive audience. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, March 27
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Information Session
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the scholarly study of teaching and learning in higher education. The field of study features (1) research done by classroom instructors and (2) an expectation of publication of the research. All Durham Tech faculty are invited to attend this information session to learn more about SoTL and the upcoming opportunities to participate in a mini-sabbatical from teaching in order to conduct a SoTL project. Participants will learn the eligibility criteria, application process, and the expectations around the SoTL project.

Friday, March 27
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Blended, Shaken, and Stirred Instruction in Hybrid Classes
Panelists include Marisa Sullivan, Instructor, Psychology; Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience; Theresa McCoy, Instructor, Medical Terminology; Automotive Technology Instructors
Durham Tech has offered hybrid courses for over 10 years in an effort to provide flexible course scheduling for students and to maximize instructional resources. However, hybrid classes rarely get the focus that online instruction and face-to-face instruction receive. In this panel discussion, experienced hybrid instructors will share tips for deciding what course content to put online, tracking attendance online, assessing student learning, orienting students to hybrid instruction, and more! While we will discuss our Sakai sites, please note that this is not a training session for Sakai tools. Instructors of online, hybrid, and face-to-face classes are invited to attend.

Tuesday, March 31
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Hear Students’ Voices: Results from the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory Survey
Presented by Greg Stilley, Coordinator, Institutional Research and Evaluation
During the Fall 2014 term, students were asked to participate in the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) survey. Come hear what Durham Tech students have to say about Durham Tech. We will discuss students’ responses to instructional effectiveness, academic advising, registration, and more! We will also discuss how well we perform with our students compared to national data. All employees and students are welcomed to attend.

APRIL

Thursday, April 9
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Teaching Strategies to Help Non-Native English Speakers Succeed in Higher Education Writing Assignments
Presented by Paula Wilder, Coordinator/Instructor, Academic English as a Foreign Language
The immigration population in the U.S. has increased over the last ten years, and among the fifty states, North Carolina has the fastest growing immigrant population, thus, a fast growing English for Academic Purposes (EAP) demand. As a result, community colleges have begun to see an increase in the number of English language learners (ELLs). Curriculum teachers may find that many of their students are not accustomed to the rigor of college academic writing. Therefore, it is important for curriculum teachers to use explicit organizational explanations since students’ first language writing may have different expectations. As a result, instructors need to employ strategies of prewriting and revising for ELLs as it pertains to organization as well as grammar and mechanics. This workshop will provide you with specific strategies to help ELLs succeed in higher education academic writing in any genre or discipline.

Friday, April 10
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Financial Aid Literacy Workshop
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience
Financial aid literacy is an important component of the college culture theme that students study in ACA 122: College Transfer Success. As the cost of attendance in higher education continues to rise rapidly and job stability and growth rise slowly, more and more students rely on a combination of financial aid sources to pay for college. In this workshop, Kerry will teach faculty and staff the lessons that ACA students learn about financial aid, including the most common sources of financial aid, the criteria for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), and the possible financial aid statuses.  We will also take a look at some scenarios that demonstrate how different grades and situations impact SAP.

A D D I T I O N A L  T L C  A C T I V I T Y !
Friday, April 10
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
New Faculty Mentoring Info Session
Presented by Lance Lee, Coordinator, Faculty Development
Join Lance for a brief presentation and discussion of a new mentoring program for new faculty. The new faculty mentoring program will be piloted in Fall 2015. Experienced Durham Tech instructors are encouraged to attend the information session to learn more about how they can share their expertise with new colleagues.

A D D I T I O N A L  T L C  A C T I V I T Y !
Tuesday, April 14
2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
New Faculty Mentoring Info Session
Presented by Lance Lee, Coordinator, Faculty Development
Join Lance for a brief presentation and discussion of a new mentoring program for new faculty. The new faculty mentoring program will be piloted in Fall 2015. Experienced Durham Tech instructors are encouraged to attend the information session to learn more about how they can share their expertise with new colleagues.

Tuesday, April 14
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Student Motivation: Check In Before They Check Out
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center
College students’ motivation is critical to their academic success because many college students experience greater autonomy than they ever had in high school and because many college students have competing goals, including work and family. This workshop will present a variety of frameworks through which we can better understand not only what contributing factors influence student motivation but also how instructors can positively influence student motivation. Workshop participants will be invited to share their own strategies for motivating students while evaluating several research-based strategies. Light refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, April 21
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
A New Structure for Collaborative and Informed Decision Making at Durham Tech
Presented by 
Tom Jaynes, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, and Members of the Council on Committees
In order to sustain a “culture of involvement;” support Durham Tech’s aim to have “broad participation by Durham Technical Community College employees and students;” and position our college as a first choice for employees in accordance with our new strategic plan, the college will adopt a new infrastructure to foster collaborative and informed decision making.  The Continuous Improvement Infrastructure Team began this work by examining our existing decision making structure at the college and presenting a great, new structure.   The new structure seeks to address the concerns of the campus community and provide guidelines to ensure our current practices match our intentions of promoting broad engagement among faculty, staff and students.  This workshop will provide an introduction to the new structures, expectations, timeline, and opportunities associated with the changes.

Wednesday, April 22
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Faculty Development Page Turners
Facilitated by Christine Dove, Sociology Instructor; and Lance Lee, Spanish Instructor and Faculty Development Coordinator
Look for monthly discussions of this book on the TLC calendar.
Join Christine and Lance in reading From Brain to Mind: Using Neuroscience to Guide Change in Education by James Zull over the course of the spring 2015 semester. The book discussions will not be extremely formal, but they will foster faculty growth through conversations surrounding this book. Therefore, you should read the designated chapters before the session(s) you plan to attend.

James Zull’s book From Brain to Mind: Using Neuroscience to Guide Change in Education calls for a shift in how we perceive the instruction based on our current neurological understanding of the learning process. He describes the way information moves from working to long-term memory where it becomes part of our knowledge base used to generate new ideas, reason and problem solve.  Zull posits that metacognition lies at the root of all learning and offers educators practical advice on ways to utilize this awareness in transforming the way we perceive teaching and learning.

On this date, participants will discussion Chapter Eight: Using Memory; Chapter Nine: Purpose and Principles for Education; and Chapter Ten: The Connecting Thread.

Wednesday, April 29
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Teaching Students How to Learn: Strategies for Success
Presented by Todd Zakrajsek, 
Executive Director, Academy of Educators in the School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill
Even when faculty employ the best teaching strategies, students cannot be optimally successful unless they understand their own learning processes. The good news is that there is a plethora of emerging research in the area of the science of learning. That said, understanding and applying findings of cognitive neuroscientists, psychologists, and education specialists in ways that can be used by students is difficult. This workshop will assist faculty to better understand and implement the newest findings in the science of learning so that students may better understand how they acquire, retain, and recall new information. Light refreshments will be provided.

MAY

Friday, May 8
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Favorite Tech Tools
Presented by Instructional Technologies Staff
It’s the seventh annual “favorite tech tools” sharing session! Instructional Technologies staff will share some of our favorite tech tools for instruction. The focus is on “low barrier” tools that are free (or cheap) and relatively easy to jump in and start using without training. We’ll discuss examples of ways to use the tools to enhance instruction. Light refreshments will be provided.

Fall 2014

All Teaching-Learning Center activities will take place in the TLC (Phillips Building, Room 325)
unless otherwise noted.

Registration is required for some TLC activities. Look for the reg req2image on some calendar events.

A U G U S T

Tuesday, August 12
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
New Faculty Orientation
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center

reg req2All new full-time and part-time instructors are invited to attend New Faculty Orientation. Participants will learn about instructional and student support resources at Durham Tech; meet key college personnel; and review effective strategies for working with adult learners. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP with your Program Director by Friday, August 8th to participate.

Wednesday, August 13
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
New Faculty Orientation
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center

reg req2All new full-time and part-time instructors are invited to attend New Faculty Orientation. Participants will learn about instructional and student support resources at Durham Tech; meet key college personnel; and review effective strategies for working with adult learners. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP with your Program Director by Friday, August 8th to participate.

Monday, August 25
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Information Session
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center

This information session will be offered monthly in the fall semester.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the scholarly study of teaching and learning in higher education. The field of study features (1) research done by classroom instructors and (2) an expectation of publication of the research. All Durham Tech faculty are invited to attend this information session to learn more about SoTL and the upcoming opportunities to participate in a mini-sabbatical from teaching in order to conduct a SoTL project. Participants will learn the eligibility criteria, application process, and the expectations around the SoTL project.

Thursday, August 28
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Give Sakai a Workout! Use Available Tools to Build Community and Allow Individualized Online Learning
Presented by Shannon Hahn, Chair/Instructor, Foreign Languages
Come see how to make Sakai work for you to create an engaging, student-centered course. Learn how a whole host of tools fit together to create a 2014 Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA) winning Spanish Reading & Composition course that focuses on building community and addressing individuals’ needs, all while maintaining a concern for ease of use. Experience the course and the tools used, as well as participate in discussion about best practices for fostering community and individualized learning in an online environment.

 S E P T E M B E R

Friday, September 5; Friday, September 12; Friday, September 19; and Friday, September 26
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
College Success Instructor Training
Facilitated by Kerry Cantwell and other Instructors, College Success

reg req2The four-day training is intended primarily for faculty and staff who are interested in teaching the College Success course. However, anyone who is interested in learning innovative teaching techniques, strategies to improve students’ first college year experience, or content knowledge that will improve their advising practices is invited to participate. To register, please email Kerry Cantwell at cantwellk@durhamtech.edu before Friday, August 29.

Tuesday, September 9
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Information Session
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center

This information session will be offered monthly in the fall semester.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the scholarly study of teaching and learning in higher education. The field of study features (1) research done by classroom instructors and (2) an expectation of publication of the research. All Durham Tech faculty are invited to attend this information session to learn more about SoTL and the upcoming opportunities to participate in a mini-sabbatical from teaching in order to conduct a SoTL project. Participants will learn the eligibility criteria, application process, and the expectations around the SoTL project.

Wednesday, September 10
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
You’ve spoken, we’ve listened, now it’s time to move forward together!
Presented by Tina Bryant-Allen, Coordinator, Institutional Assessment, Planning, and Policy

Come hear the final recommendations from the seven continuous improvement work teams (CIWTs). Participants will discover opportunities to become involved in college-wide decision making, improve communication and sustain a culture of involvement as a result of the revitalization of the college’s infrastructure (e.g. committees and councils).

Friday, September 12
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sakai Gradebook
Presented by Instructional Technologies Staff
NOTE LOCATION: BUILDING 9, ROOM 952
COMPLETION OF THE INTRO TO SAKAI WORKSHOP IS REQUIRED
For complete workshop details and to register, visit http://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to use the Sakai Gradebook tool. In this workshop we’ll cover how to: set up categories to keep your Gradebook organized; set up weighting for calculating final grades; add items to the Gradebook; enter students grades; and view the Gradebook. We will also cover how to use the Sakai Forums tool for online class discussions. Instructors are encouraged to bring your Durham Tech ID with you to training.

Wednesday, September 17
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sakai Tests and Quizzes
Presented by Instructional Technologies Staff
NOTE LOCATION: BUILDING 9, ROOM 952
COMPLETION OF THE INTRO TO SAKAI WORKSHOP IS REQUIRED
For complete workshop details and to register, visit http://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to create online assessments using the Sakai Tests and Quizzes tool. The workshop will also cover making assessments available to students, selecting delivery options, and grading completed assessments. Instructors are encouraged to bring your Durham Tech ID with you to training.

Thursday, September 18
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Teaching and Learning Online: Voices from the Experts at the Keyboards
Presented by Shannon Hahn, Janice Kerber, Michelle Gladman, Alecia Lawrence, Tracy Mancini, Mike Szczerbiak, Marisa Sullivan, and Charlene West
Over 2,000 Durham Tech students take online courses each fall and spring semester. As online classes increase in popularity, more and more instructors are asked to teach online. In this panel discussion, experienced online instructors will share tips for organizing course content, tracking attendance online, grading assignments, managing discussion forums, and more! While we will discuss our Sakai sites, please note that this is not a training session for Sakai tools. Instructors of online, hybrid, and face-to-face classes are invited to attend.

Wednesday, September 24
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Using Service-Learning at Durham Tech
Presented by Erin Riney, Director, Service Learning; and Instructor, College Success; and Michelle Gladman, Sociology Instructor
Are you familiar with Durham Tech’s newest model of service-learning, the Semester of Service?  Did you know that students can now receive a transcript notation for participating in service-learning?  Curious how other instructors on campus are utilizing service-learning?  Come to this TLC presentation to learn about these and other updates to Durham Tech’s service-learning program, including how the Director of Service-Learning can assist you in getting started with this teaching and learning strategy.

Thursday, September 25
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sakai Lessons
Presented by Instructional Technologies Staff
NOTE LOCATION: BUILDING 9, ROOM 952
COMPLETION OF THE INTRO TO SAKAI WORKSHOP IS REQUIRED
For complete workshop details and to register, visit http://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to use the Sakai Lessons tool to organize course content on a single page (or set of pages). The Lessons tool is especially useful for online or hybrid instructors who need to structure course content (including text, links, PowerPoints, images, media, forums, assignments, quizzes, etc) by week, unit, or module. We’ll also add an Assignment, link to an Assignment from Lessons, and view Assignments from a student point-of-view. Instructors are encouraged to bring your Durham Tech ID with you to training.

Tuesday, September 30
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Everything You Wanted to Know about College-Level Foreign Language Courses
Presented by Shannon Hahn, Chair/Instructor, Foreign Languages
Have you ever advised a student about taking foreign language classes? If so (and yes, that’s you!) we invite you to come learn about the curriculum foreign language courses. We’ll discuss important advising information, such as course placement, FL waivers and expectations at the four-year universities. We’ll also share some exciting changes in how students are being assessed in the language program. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered and prepare for advising your students effectively.

O C T O B E R

Wednesday, October 1
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Advising 101
Presented by Jairo McMican, Academic Advisor/Instructor, College Success
This workshop is offered again on Friday, October 3.
This interactive session will cover the basics – the mission and philosophy of advising at Durham Tech; confidentiality, ethics and FERPA; enrollment and registration processes; student placement; programs and plans of study; evaluating student progress toward degree; advising restrictions; considerations for special populations and more. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEW FACULTY ADVISORS

Friday, October 3
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Advising 101
Presented by Jairo McMican, Academic Advisor/Instructor, College Success
This is a repeat of the Wednesday, October 1 workshop.
This interactive session will cover the basics – the mission and philosophy of advising at Durham Tech; confidentiality, ethics and FERPA; enrollment and registration processes; student placement; programs and plans of study; evaluating student progress toward degree; advising restrictions; considerations for special populations and more. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEW FACULTY ADVISORS

Wednesday, October 8
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Using Advising Technologies
Presented by Jairo McMican, Academic Advisor/Instructor, College Success
NOTE LOCATION: BUILDING 8, ROOM 811
This workshop is offered again on Friday, October 10.
In this hands-on session, we will practice using WebAdvisor and Datatel Colleague and learn all about the various tools and information that these programs provide to advisors. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEW FACULTY ADVISORS

Friday, October 10
9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Using Advising Technologies
Presented by Jairo McMican, Academic Advisor/Instructor, College Success
NOTE LOCATION: WYNN 1305
This is a repeat of the Wednesday, October 8 workshop.
In this hands-on session, we will practice using WebAdvisor and Datatel Colleague and learn all about the various tools and information that these programs provide to advisors. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEW FACULTY ADVISORS

Thursday, October 16
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Intro to Jing Videos for Instruction
Presented by Instructional Technologies Staff
NOTE LOCATION: BUILDING 9, ROOM 952
COMPLETION OF THE INTRO TO SAKAI WORKSHOP IS REQUIRED
For complete workshop details and to register, visit http://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2Jing is a free tool that can be used to make short videos (5 minutes or less) to demonstrate how to do tasks on your computer or capture images on your computer. In this workshop we’ll cover uses for the tool in instruction, what’s needed to record a video, how to record a video, and how to add a video to a Sakai course using the Lessons tool. Instructors are encouraged to bring your Durham Tech ID with you to training.

Thursday, October 23
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sakai Meetings
Presented by Instructional Technologies Staff
NOTE LOCATION: BUILDING 9, ROOM 952
COMPLETION OF THE INTRO TO SAKAI WORKSHOP IS REQUIRED
For complete workshop details and to register, visit http://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2This workshop is an introduction to the Sakai Meetings tool, an open source web-conferencing tool that allows instructors to give online presentations, work with an online whiteboard and chat with remote students. In this hands-on workshop, participants will create a web conference meeting, practice leading a meeting, and attend a meeting as a student, using the Sakai Meetings tool. Participants will upload presentations, use a whiteboard, share their desktop, chat, and work with different layouts. Instructors are encouraged to bring your Durham Tech ID with you to training.

Thursday, October 23
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Advising Refresher
Presented by Jairo McMican, Academic Advisor/Instructor, College Success
This workshop will re-introduce returning advisors to key processes in advising at Durham Tech, as well as provide timely advising updates. We will also spend time sharing helpful hints with our colleagues and discuss ideas for improving procedures. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL RETURNING FACULTY ADVISORS

Friday, October 24
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Reflections on the North Carolina Community College System Conference
Facilitated by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center
At this informal reflection session, NCCCS Conference participants will have an opportunity to share the best ideas they learned at the October 12-14 conference. And faculty and staff who didn’t participate in the conference can learn about the major themes and trends presented by the System Office and our colleagues across the state. For more information about the conference, see the conference website. Come for the bagels and coffee; stay for the stimulating conversation!

Monday, October 27
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Suffering in Silence – The Marginalization of Asian Students on College Campuses
Presented by Bryan Rufener, Instructor, College Success
There are over 700 Asian students at Durham Tech, many who are suffering the backlash of dangerous stereotypes portraying them as “the model minority.” Data show that Asian students outperform their college peers, making for a dangerous smokescreen. But peel back the lofty GPAs and test scores, and you’ll find media and societal stereotypes that wound the self-esteem and psyche of many of our Asian students. Come listen to Bryan Rufener, Instructor College Success, discuss what can be done to nurture Asian students at Durham Tech and hear stories of his own journey as an Asian American student who never quite felt Asian or American.

Thursday, October 30
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Information Session
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center
This information session will be offered monthly in the fall semester.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the scholarly study of teaching and learning in higher education. The field of study features (1) research done by classroom instructors and (2) an expectation of publication of the research. All Durham Tech faculty are invited to attend this information session to learn more about SoTL and the upcoming opportunities to participate in a mini-sabbatical from teaching in order to conduct a SoTL project. Participants will learn the eligibility criteria, application process, and the expectations around the SoTL project.

Friday, October 31
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Narrating PowerPoints with myBrainshark
Presented by Instructional Technologies Staff
NOTE LOCATION: BUILDING 9, ROOM 952
For complete workshop details and to register, visit http://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/
reg req2myBrainshark is a free online tool that lets you upload PowerPoints to the web and add voice narrations to create multimedia presentations for online teaching or training. In this workshop, we’ll walk you through creating a myBrainshark account, uploading a PowerPoint, recording audio narrations, adding poll questions, editing slides, and sharing your finished presentation with others. Participants are asked to bring their own PowerPoint presentation to work on in the workshop.

N O V E M B E R

Monday, November 3
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Visions Road to Success
Presented by Isaac Thomas, Student Development Specialist
This workshop is designed to inform staff and faculty about the Visions Leadership Initiative, a popular student club that encourages academic achievement and professionalism among all students. We will focus on the Initiative’s purpose, goals, resources, and much more. Stop by and learn how the initiative can help students stay on the path of success.

Thursday, November 13
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Off to a Great Start: Tips & Tools for Effective Online Course Orientations
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies; and Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning/Learning Technologies Specialist
Orientations are an important (and required!) part of each online course. Orientations provide an opportunity for instructors to set the tone for the course, communicate clear expectations, and make a personal connection with students. Whether it’s done face-to-face or online, an effective orientation can reduce student questions and confusion, thus saving you time and perhaps increasing retention. In this workshop we’ll explore these questions and more: What should I cover in my orientation? Should the orientation be online or face-to-face? What tools and techniques have other instructors used to make their orientations effective? Join us to discuss ways to get your online course off to a great start.

Wednesday, November 19
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Information Session
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center

This information session will be offered monthly in the fall semester.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the scholarly study of teaching and learning in higher education. The field of study features (1) research done by classroom instructors and (2) an expectation of publication of the research. All Durham Tech faculty are invited to attend this information session to learn more about SoTL and the upcoming opportunities to participate in a mini-sabbatical from teaching in order to conduct a SoTL project. Participants will learn the eligibility criteria, application process, and the expectations around the SoTL project.

Thursday, November 20
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
A Durham Tech Graduate is Able to …
Presented by Tina Bryant-Allen, Coordinator, Institutional Assessment, Planning, and Policy
Durham Tech’s revised General Education Learning Outcomes (GELOs) are here! Come hear what they are, how they were chosen and tips for assessment.

D E C E M B E R

Friday, December 5
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Information Session
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center

This information session will be offered monthly in the fall semester.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the scholarly study of teaching and learning in higher education. The field of study features (1) research done by classroom instructors and (2) an expectation of publication of the research. All Durham Tech faculty are invited to attend this information session to learn more about SoTL and the upcoming opportunities to participate in a mini-sabbatical from teaching in order to conduct a SoTL project. Participants will learn the eligibility criteria, application process, and the expectations around the SoTL project.

Fall 2013

Thursday, August 29
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
WEBINAR Teach Students How To Learn: Metacognition Is The Key!
Presented by Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University
From the webinar website: “This webinar is designed to help faculty, learning center professionals and student affairs personnel develop strategies to help students become independent, self-directed learners. A discussion of the characteristics of today’s students will help participants understand why many students lack effective learning strategies when they enroll in college, and how simple it is to teach them strategies for successful learning.” For more information, see the following link: http://www.innovativeeducators.org/product_p/1069.htm.

The 90-minute LIVE webinar will be followed by a 30-minute discussion of how best to apply the principles of metacognition in our own classes. This webinar will be presented again in October. A previously recorded webinar on this topic and by this presenter was presented in the TLC in May.

Friday, August 30
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Bye-bye Blackboard — Hello Sakai!
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
The clock is ticking… Durham Tech’s transition from Blackboard to Sakai is in its final months! Effective January 1, 2014, no classes will use Blackboard, and Sakai will be the college’s only learning management system.

This session will provide an update on where we are in the Sakai transition — what’s been done and what’s left to do. We’ll give an overview of Sakai’s features and highlight key differences between Sakai and Blackboard. You’ll learn about Sakai training options, get the latest news on resources for instructors and students, and hear tips for making a smooth transition. We’ll provide details about how and when Blackboard will go away and answer any questions you may have. All are welcome. Whether you are completely new to Sakai or have been using it a while, we hope you’ll gain a clearer understanding of the Sakai transition as well as some tips you can use.

Thursday, September 5
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Please Excuse Our Dust. . .Due to Our Reorganization
Presented by Lisa Inman, Dean, Student Development and Support (SDS); and SDS Staff
Confused by the recent reorganization of Student Development and Support? Recently walked into an office in the Wynn Center and saw unexpected faces? Not sure who to call or to which office you should send your students? This workshop will help provide you with the necessary knowledge to assist your students in navigating student services at Durham Tech. Participants will receive quick reference guides and have an opportunity to respond to different scenarios to test their newly acquired knowledge about Student Development and Support.

 Monday, September 9
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Developmental Education Redesign: What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been
Presented by Vernon Bridges, Chair/Instructor, Developmental Mathematics; and Robbi Muckenfuss, Chair/Instructor, Developmental English and Reading
The process of redesigning anything is a journey. Redesigning an entire curriculum that is going to be used throughout North Carolina with thousands of students is an expedition.  Durham Tech’s developmental faculty have participated in the state-wide redesign efforts, and we would like to share some updates with you.  What is this redesign all about?  What can you tell me about the course content?  What does integrated mean? How is the instruction delivered?  What does this mean for advising and placement?  These are some of the common questions our developmental education faculty can answer for you.

Friday, September 13
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Advising 101
Presented by K. Leigh Forell, Assistant 
Dean, Student Development and Support
This interactive session will cover the basics – the mission and philosophy of advising at Durham Tech; confidentiality, ethics and FERPA; enrollment and registration processes; student placement; programs and plans of study; evaluating student progress toward degree; advising restrictions; considerations for special populations and more. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEW FACULTY ADVISORS

Wednesday, September 18
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Universal Course Design for Online/Hybrid Courses
Presented by Jennifer Jones, Instructional Designer, Wake Technical Community College
The concept of Universal Design for Learning was introduced by the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST). Just as Universal Design attempts to remove the barriers of everyday products and structures, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) attempts to remove the barriers to learning. The CAST website defines UDL as, “UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone — not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.”

Monday, September 23
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Advising 101
Presented by K. Leigh Forell, Assistant 
Dean, Student Development and Support
This interactive session will cover the basics – the mission and philosophy of advising at Durham Tech; confidentiality, ethics and FERPA; enrollment and registration processes; student placement; programs and plans of study; evaluating student progress toward degree; advising restrictions; considerations for special populations and more. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEW FACULTY ADVISORS

Tuesday, September 24
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Making Sense of The SENSE
Presented by Greg Stilley, Coordinator, Institutional Research and Evaluation
The Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) helps community and technical colleges focus on the “front door” of the college experience. Grounded in research about what works in retaining and supporting entering students, SENSE collects and analyzes data about institutional practices and student behaviors in the earliest weeks of college. These data can help colleges understand students’ critical early experiences and improve institutional practices that affect student success in the first college year. Durham Tech last administered the SENSE survey in Fall 2012. Come find out how our entering students responded to a variety of questions and issues surrounding their first weeks at the college.

Friday, September 27
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Using Advising Technologies
Presented by K. Leigh Forell, Assistant 
Dean, Student Development and Support
Note Location: Tech 974
In this hands-on session, we will practice using WebAdvisor and Datatel Colleague and learn all about the various tools and information that these programs provide to advisors. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEW FACULTY ADVISORS

 Monday, September 30
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Using Advising Technologies
Presented by K. Leigh Forell, Assistant 
Dean, Student Development and Support
Note Location: Tech 974
In this hands-on session, we will practice using WebAdvisor and Datatel Colleague and learn all about the various tools and information that these programs provide to advisors. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEW FACULTY ADVISORS

Tuesday, October 1
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
WEBINAR Teach Students How To Learn: Metacognition Is The Key!
Presented by Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University
From the webinar website: “This webinar is designed to help faculty, learning center professionals and student affairs personnel develop strategies to help students become independent, self-directed learners. A discussion of the characteristics of today’s students will help participants understand why many students lack effective learning strategies when they enroll in college, and how simple it is to teach them strategies for successful learning.” For more information, see the following link: http://www.innovativeeducators.org/product_p/1069.htm.

The 90-minute LIVE webinar will be followed by a 30-minute discussion of how best to apply the principles of metacognition in our own classes. This is the last opportunity this semester to participate in this webinar. A previously recorded webinar on this topic and by this presenter was presented in the TLC in May.

Monday, October 7
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Changing the World, One Artist at a Time
Presented by Catherine Howard, Visual Culture Documentarian, 131313 Sketchbook Project
Nearing the end of a year of traveling to 13 countries around the world to interview artists about how their artwork revitalizes their communities, Catherine, an artist herself, wanted to believe that art objects could change the world.  However, as she has traveled, she has been forced to recognize the fact that art objects alone rarely impact individuals.  The real impact of “art” comes directly from the personalities of the artists themselves.  While art is a powerful manifestation of the human creative spirit, artists are the real impetus for lasting social change.  With their eyes and hearts open, artists can see the problems that are plaguing their communities, and with their capacity to think creatively, they can envision alternative solutions for those problems.  Join Catherine for a discussion about how artists are changing their communities all around the world and how you can be a creative catalyst for change.

For more information about Catherine’s project, see http://131313sketchbookproject.com/.

Tuesday, October 8
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Good Advisor/Bad Advisor
Presented by K. Leigh Forell, Assistant Dean, Student Development and Support; and Kerry Cantwell, Instructor, College Success
In this interactive workshop, we will present several advising scenarios and the participants will have the opportunity to practice fundamental advising skills.  We will also discuss key characteristics of a strong advisor, pitfalls to avoid, and new processes including DRE placement and prerequisite check.

Wednesday, October 16
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Advising Refresher
Presented by K. Leigh Forell, Assistant 
Dean, Student Development and Support
This workshop will re-introduce returning advisors to key processes in advising at Durham Tech, as well as provide timely advising updates. We will also spend time sharing helpful hints with our colleagues and discuss ideas for improving procedures. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL RETURNING FACULTY ADVISORS

 Tuesday, October 22
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Math Redesign: Continued Rigor, New Relevance, Focused Pathways
Presented by Chris Mansfield, Chair/Instructor, Mathematics
The North Carolina Community College math curriculum is being redesigned. Chris will present an overview of the changes: introduce the new courses, go over which courses will be archived and why, and explain changes to the existing courses. This information will be vital to program directors, some of whom will have to change the math requirement to their program, and advisors, who will have to explain these changes to students.

Friday, October 25; Friday, November 1; Friday, November 8; and Friday, November 15
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
College Success Instructor Training
Facilitated by Gabby McCutchen and Kerry Cantwell; Instructors, College Success
The four-day training is intended primarily for faculty and staff who are interested in teaching the College Success course.  However, anyone who is interested in learning innovative teaching techniques, strategies to improve students’ first college year experience, or content knowledge that will improve their advising practices is invited to participate.  To register, please email Gabby McCutchen at mccutcheng@durhamtech.edu before Friday, October 11.

Thursday, October 31
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Mapping the Big Picture: An Introduction to Curriculum Mapping
Presented by Tina Bryant-Allen, Coordinator, Institutional Assessment and Planning
We’re all familiar with the phrase, “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.”  The same holds true when it comes to planning effective program assessment. This hands-on session is designed to allow participants to review their programs of study, course syllabi, assessments, exams, etc. to determine if they all work together effectively, mapping the journey a student makes through the program. Bring your course materials and prepare to participate in this hands-on workshop. Please note that Tina is also willing to facilitate this workshop during department and/or program meetings if you are unable to attend this event in the TLC.

Tuesday, November 5
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Career and College Promise at Durham Tech
Facilitated by Patricia Gould, Coordinator, High School Programs
Career and College Promise (CCP) has been in operation since January 2013. This TLC presentation will give a brief update on progress and changes and then move to an interactive discussion between CCP students and the audience about the benefits and challenges of being and having high schools students within our community.

Thursday, November 7
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Food for Thought:  Talking about Hunger on Campus, Locally, and Internationally
Facilitated by Erin Riney, Coordinator, Service-Learning
Please join us for a comprehensive conversation about food security at home and abroad. Rev. Ray Buchanan, founder of Society of St. Andrew and Stop Hunger Now, local and international hunger relief agencies, will be joining us to provide an overview of domestic and international hunger problems and relief efforts.  Sally Parlier, Volunteer Coordinator, and students will also discuss Durham Tech’s Campus Harvest Food Pantry.  There will be time for questions and audience discussion.

Wednesday, November 13
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Reconstructing General Education and Transfer: The Impact of the New Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA)
Presented by Tom Gould, Dean, Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer
In 2012, the Joint Oversight Committee on Education charged the North Carolina Community College System and UNC-General Administration to review, update, and revise the state’s Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. The new CAA will take effect Fall Semester 2014 and will have a monumental impact on both transfer and general education. The end result is a new and improved CAA, but these significant policy and structural changes will be felt from Student Services to University Transfer to all curriculum programs offering general education courses. This presentation will highlight the changes and clarify the timeline for implementation. We encourage everyone to attend.

Tuesday, November 19
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Yoga for Rejuvenation and Relaxation
Presented by Jen McConnel, Instructor, Developmental Reading and English
There are a lot of stressors in our lives at this time of year, and many of us don’t always manage our stress mindfully. Incorporating gentle yoga poses with your daily activities can help you unlock your creativity (and your joints) and help you make it through finals with a smile.  This workshop will feature rejuvenating yoga postures that you can do anywhere, no matter your level of flexibility, plus some creative activities to help you rekindle your spark. No yoga experience or mat needed; bring your sense of adventure, leave your inner critic at the door, and prepare to have fun.

Tuesdays
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
The Art of Teaching
Facilitated by Christine Dove, Instructor, Sociology
Teaching is more than a job. It’s a responsibility—one of the greatest responsibilities in civilized society. Teachers train our minds to explore, to question, to investigate, to discover… And they shape our lives in limitless ways, both inside and outside of the classroom.  But teaching is no easy task. It’s an art form; one that requires craft, sensitivity, creativity, and intelligence. (Allitt, 2010)

Come watch and then explore that art form with your colleagues over lunch.  Attend them all or pick and choose those that you find most interesting or pertinent.  Dr. Patrick N. Allitt is Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University.  His lectures are a part of a series from one of the Teaching Companies Great Courses“The Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator.”  We will be watching and discussing a lecture every Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:00 following the schedule below.

Lecture Date
Lecture One: Successful Teaching September 3
Lecture Two: The Broad Range of Learners September 10
Lecture Three: Starting Out Right September 17
Lecture Four: The Teacher’s Persona September 24
Lecture Five: Planning the Work October 1
Lecture Six: The Teacher-Student Relationship October 8
Lecture Seven: Dynamic Lecturing October 22
Lecture Eight: Teaching with PowerPoint October 29
Lecture Nine: Demonstrations, Old and New November 5
Lecture Ten: Teaching Critical Skills November 12
Lecture Eleven: Engaging and Discussion Part 1 November 19
Lecture Twelve: Engaging and Discussion Part 2 November 26

 

Spring 2013

 

Friday, January 4
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
New Faculty Orientation
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Coordinator, TLC and Faculty Development
New full-time and part-time faculty are invited to participate in the New Faculty Orientation.  Participants learn campus resources available to faculty, new strategies for teaching adult learners, and effective techniques in course planning.  RSVP with your Program Director by Wednesday, January 2 to participate.

 Wednesday, January 23
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Advising 101
Presented by K. Leigh Forell, Director, Advising, Registration, and Student Placement
This interactive session will cover the basics – the mission and philosophy of advising at Durham Tech; confidentiality, ethics & FERPA; enrollment and registration processes; student placement; programs and plans of study; evaluating student progress toward degree; advising restrictions; considerations for special populations and more. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEW FACULTY ADVISORS

 Wednesday, January 30
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Using Advising Technologies
Presented by K. Leigh Forell, Director, Advising, Registration, and Student Placement
Note Location: Wynn 1305
In this hands-on session, we will practice using WebAdvisor and Datatel Colleague and learn all about the various tools and information that these programs provide to advisors. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEW FACULTY ADVISORS

Friday, February 1
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Overcoming Obstacles to Active Learning
Presented by Ashley Grantham
, Assistant Director, NC State University Office of Faculty Development
Interested in implementing active learning in your classroom but don’t think you have enough time?  Do your students seem resistant to active learning strategies?  Are you unsure of where to start?  This workshop will address these common concerns about active learning and more.  Participants will learn several quick and easy ways to effectively incorporate active learning strategies into their courses and will learn how to overcome potential roadblocks to active learning.

Tuesday, February 12
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Advising Refresher
Presented by K. Leigh Forell, Director, Advising, Registration, and Student Placement
This workshop will re-introduce returning advisors to key processes in advising at Durham Tech, as well as provide timely advising updates. We will also spend time sharing helpful hints with our colleagues and discuss ideas for improving procedures. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL RETURNING FACULTY ADVISORS

Friday, February 15
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Advising Refresher
Presented by K. Leigh Forell, Director, Advising, Registration, and Student Placement
This is a repeat of the Advising Refresher Workshop on Tuesday, February 12. This workshop will re-introduce returning advisors to key processes in advising at Durham Tech, as well as provide timely advising updates. We will also spend time sharing helpful hints with our colleagues and discuss ideas for improving procedures. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL RETURNING FACULTY ADVISORS

Wednesday, February 20
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Changes to New Student Advising at Durham Tech
Presented by K. Leigh Forell, Director, Advising, Registration, and Student Placement
With the receipt of the Catalyst grant, Durham Tech will be making some big changes that affect new students and the advising process at Durham Tech; these include the addition of a professional advising staff and turning on prerequisite check beginning with the summer 2013 semester.  Come learn about all of the exciting plans for new student advising. 

Monday, February 25
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sakai Showcase: Focus on Lessons, Assignments, and Resources
Presented by Sakaigers and other early adopters, including Shannon Hahn, Melody Smith Young, and Brent McCardle
Several Durham Tech instructors have started using Sakai instead of Blackboard in their seated and online courses.  During the Sakai showcase, instructors will share their Sakai sites and discuss their experiences using the product.  Specifically, showcase participants will share with us how they use the Lessons, Assignments, and Resources tools in Sakai. Please note that this will not be a Sakai training session.

Thursday, March 21
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Mental Illness in Students: Developing a Culturally Sensitive Environment
Presented by Bonita Lawrence-McClure, Cultural Competency Coordinator with BECOMING
What appears to be odd behavior or nonsense to one person may be normal and make perfect sense to a student with mental illness or other disability. Every person’s initial reaction to a situation reflects a cultural lens, shaped by their individual background and experiences. In this workshop, participants will enhance their understanding of how mental illness may impact student success.  Additionally, participants will learn strategies to successfully develop a culturally sensitive student environment. For more information about BECOMING in Durham see the following link: http://becomingdurham.org/.

Friday, March 22
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Developmental Math Redesign Alphabet Soup: CDE, DMA, SMA, TEI …
Presented by Vernon Bridges, Chair/Instructor, Developmental Mathematics and Developmental Math Faculty
Confused?  Don’t be.  These acronyms are just the recent buzzwords of Developmental Math redesign at Durham Tech and across the state.  Do you want to know exactly what a SMA is and how it will affect you and more importantly your students?  Then come to our presentation to hear about the latest developments in math redesign and how this will be implemented at the college.

Wednesday, March 27
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Writing Effective Test Questions: An Instructor Roundtable Discussion
Roundtable participants include Angela Fipps, Math Instructor; Lois Ballen, Nursing Instructor; and more!
Effective test questions provide instructors with meaningful information about how well students have mastered a new concept. In this roundtable discussion, instructors from a variety of disciplines will share sample test questions that they use to measure students’ learning and their strategies for using different types of test questions to assess different student skills. We’ll also discuss some general best practices for writing common types of test questions, including multiple choice, true/false, and open response.

Thursday, April 4
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Safe Zone Information Session
Presented by Theresa Fine-Pawsey, Instructor, English
Durham Technical Community College’s Safe Zone program will provide support and access to resources for our LGBTQ student population.  Join us for this information session to learn more about the program and how you can become a Safe Zone Ally.

 Friday, April 5; Friday, April 12; Friday, April 19; and Friday, April 26
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
College Success Instructor Training
Facilitated by Gabby McCutchen, Kerry Cantwell, and Melody Smith Young; Instructors, College Success
The four-day training is intended primarily for faculty and staff who are interested in teaching the College Success course.  However, anyone who is interested in learning innovative teaching techniques, strategies to improve students’ first college year experience, or content knowledge that will improve their advising practices is invited to participate.  To register, please email Gabby McCutchen at mccutcheng@durhamtech.edu before Friday, March 22nd.

 Thursday, April 18
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Sakai Showcase: Focus on Lessons, Assignments, and Resources
Presented by Sakaigers and other early adopters, including Kerry Cantwell, Tracy Mancini, Charlene West, and Dorothy Wood
Several Durham Tech instructors have started using Sakai instead of Blackboard in their seated and online courses.  During the Sakai showcase, instructors will share their Sakai sites and discuss their experiences using the product.  Specifically, showcase participants will share with us how they use the Lessons, Assignments, and Resources tools in Sakai. Please note that this will not be a Sakai training.

Monday, May 13
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Favorite Tech Tools: Sakai Edition
Facilitated by Instructional Technologies Staff
The 5th annual “Favorite Tech Tools” session will focus on tools available in Sakai, such as Blogs, Drop Box, Polls, Sign-up, or Meetings. (The exact list of tools to be presented will be determined closer to the session date.) We will demonstrate the use of selected tools and discuss ways to use them in instruction. This is not a hands-on training session but an opportunity to see a short demo of a few Sakai tools to help you decide if you’d like to try them out. This session is most appropriate for instructors who have completed some Sakai training. Light refreshments will be served. 

Tuesday, May 14
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WEBINAR Teach Students How To Learn: Metacognition Is The Key!
Presented by Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University
From the webinar website: “This webinar is designed to help faculty, learning center professionals and student affairs personnel develop strategies to help students become independent, self-directed learners. A discussion of the characteristics of today’s students will help participants understand why many students lack effective learning strategies when they enroll in college, and how simple it is to teach them strategies for successful learning.” For more information, see the following link: http://www.innovativeeducators.org/product_p/627.htm.

The 90-minute previously recorded webinar will be followed by a 30-minute discussion of how best to apply the principles of metacognition in our own classes. Light refreshments will be served.

Fall 2012

Wednesday, August 8
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
New Faculty Orientation
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Coordinator, TLC and Faculty Development
New full-time and part-time faculty are invited to participate in the New Faculty Orientation.  Participants learn campus resources available to faculty, new strategies for teaching adult learners, and effective techniques in course planning.  RSVP with your Program Director by Monday, August 6th to participate.

Tuesday, August 14
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
New Faculty Orientation
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Coordinator, TLC and Faculty Development
New full-time and part-time faculty are invited to participate in the New Faculty Orientation.  Participants learn campus resources available to faculty, new strategies for teaching adult learners, and effective techniques in course planning.  RSVP with your Program Director by Friday, August 10th to participate.

Friday, August 2410:00 – 11:00 a.m.Note Location: Collins 278 Monday, August 273:00 – 4:00 p.m.Note Location: Collins 278 Tuesday, August 283:00 – 4:00 p.m.Note Location: TLC (Phillips 325)

Sakai Information Sessions
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Assistant Dean, Instructional Technologies
Sakai has been chosen as Durham Tech’s new learning management system, to replace Blackboard 8. Over the next 12-18 months Sakai will be phased in as Blackboard is phased out. Instructors and interested staff are encouraged to come to an info session and learn all about the transition to Sakai. In this info session, you’ll get an overview of Sakai (what it looks like and what it can do) and see examples of ways that Durham Tech instructors are using it this fall. And you will learn important details about the college’s implementation plan – including time line, training opportunities, and resources available.

The session is being presented on 3 different days/times. We hope you’ll be able to attend one! Please note: This is not a “hands-on” training session. (Hands-on training is being planned and will be offered a bit later.)

 Wednesday, August 29
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
What is Creative Commons and How do I use it?
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning and Learning Technologies Specialist
There are many images and videos available that you can use in your classroom materials, but how do you find the “right” kind, that you have permission to use? Once you find it, what do you need to do when you use it? And which materials can you tweak? Creative Commons is a good place to start. We’ll explore Creative Commons, flickr, and YouTube, and show examples of finding and using multimedia in our classes, without worrying about copyright issues. Let’s be a great example for our students!

Thursday, September 63:00 – 4:30 p.m. Friday, September 7 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

How to Become a $100 Grand Advisor of Your Campus Club or Organization!
Facilitated by Gilbert Umberger, Advisor, Student Senate
All club and organization advisors are invited to attend one of these two training sessions. Participants will learn about the new and improved Student Activities Guidelines and Procedures publication, the updated Student Senate Constitution and by-laws, and receive a tutorial in using the college’s volunteer log for community service hours.  Please register to participate by Friday, August 31 by emailing Gilbert at umbergerg@durhamtech.edu.

Tuesday, September 11
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
CFNC: Plan, Apply, and Pay for College
Presented by Sarita Broadway, CFNC Senior Regional Representative
The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a great source of answers to many questions that college students have.  Sarita Broadway, CFNC Senior Regional Representative, will discuss the resources and financial aid opportunities available to community college students through CFNC’s website.

Monday, September 17
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Career and College Promise at Durham Tech
Facilitated by Patricia Gould, Coordinator of High School Programs
The new Career and College Promise (CCP) legislation collapsed a variety of high school programs (Dual Enrollment, Huskins Bill, Middle College High School, City of Medicine) under one program.  This TLC presentation will clarify for participants the three different pathways through which high school students can take college courses.  It will also describe the academic eligibility requirements as well as the adaptive skills and college knowledge skills that students need to have to be successful in CCP pathways.

Friday, September 21
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
New Support for Transition-Age Youth in Durham
Presented by Nan Dernar, Director of Counseling, Student Development and BECOMING Staff
We know that students between the ages of 16 and 21 have many daily challenges including college.  They could be parents, have had encounters with the criminal justice system, they could be exiting foster care and/or unemployed or underemployed.  Building Every Chance Of Making It Now and Grown Up (BECOMING) is an federal grant that has been received by the Durham Center. BECOMING is invested in today’s young adults by establishing community partnerships to empower youth to take control of their lives.  Durham Tech is one of the community partners that will work toward assisting youth to receive the services they need to stay in school and thrive.  This presentation will include information on this system of care approach and how you can refer your students to receive services through BECOMING.  Light refreshments will be served.

 Tuesday, September 25
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Using Cases to Promote Critical Thinking
Presented by Lynn Webster, Instructor, Emergency Medical Services
Case-based teaching actively engages students in the learning process and promotes critical thinking.  Learn about the “interrupted case study” and the extensive repository of cases available to college instructors through the National Center for Case-Based Teaching in Science at the University of Buffalo.

Thursday, September 27
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Disability Services at Durham Tech
Presented by Disability Services Counselors
Durham Tech is committed to serving all of our students, including those with physical, mental and medical disabilities. Join us to hear from our Disability Services staff about the role/process of Disability Services at Durham Tech, Higher Education Law regarding disabilities, Accommodation Plan, “people first” language sensitivities, assistive technology/testing and ways instructors can accommodate the student within the classroom.

Monday, October 1
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
The Complexities Surrounding Globalization at DTCC
Presented by David Kittrell, Coordinator/Instructor, English as a Second Language
Whether your inclination is to embrace or to fight against it, globalization is an inevitable modern phenomenon. Because globalization has political, social, economic and cultural implications, it is difficult for most people to agree on a definition of globalization, much less on how to effectively deal with it. But how is globalization relevant to the lives of the diverse student population at Durham Tech specifically? And more importantly, considering the varying needs and goals of our students and our programs of study, how can we begin to instruct our students on the impact of globalization in a manner which prepares them best for a productive and successful future? Join ESL Coordinator David Kittrell for a presentation and discussion about this issue.

Thursday, October 4
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tables, Charts, and Graphs Oh My! – Best Practices in Presenting Data
Presented by Teri Kaasa, Director, Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Planning
We have been told that a “picture is worth a thousand words.” This is also true for data presentation tools. Come learn the basics of how to present your data so it tells the story you want it to. This is not an Excel “how to make a chart” presentation. Rather, we will discuss how to select which visual presentation of data is most appropriate and fundamental rules for presenting data graphically.

Tuesday, October 16
3:00 – 4:00
Let’s Discuss Grading Policies
Facilitated by April Harrison, Instructor, Developmental Math
In this roundtable discussion, a panel of experienced faculty will discuss their individual grading policies and practices.  Specifically, we will discuss our practices around permitting make-up testing, accepting late student assignments, using grading rubrics, and awarding partial credit for student work.  Bring your own best practices in course grading policies to share with the group.

Wednesday, October 24
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Promoting Ethical Discussions in the Classroom
Presented by Bonnie Tilson, Instructor, Philosophy and Humanities
This TLC will address setting the stage for talking about ethical issues in the classroom and how to promote ethical decision making through the use of case studies.  Bonnie will share with participants the discussion guidelines that she gives to students to promote respect for all perspectives.  She will also facilitate a discussion around a case study that she uses in her Introduction to Ethics course, so participants can experience the student perspective in discussing topics of ethics.  You won’t want to miss this presentation if you prepare students in your program to meet the following General Education Learning Outcome (GELO): students will demonstrate the ability to recognize ethical dilemmas Learning Outcome and to identify possible solutions.

Thursday, October 25
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Anti-Muslim Prejudice in the West
Presented by Maleiha Malik, Professor of Law, King’s College, University of London
This presentation explores anti-Muslim prejudice in Europe and the USA. It argues that it is important to understand the long standing tropes that cause us to misunderstand present day manifestations of Islam amongst European and American Muslims. For example, not long ago, images of veiled Muslim women raised questions because they were a central part of orientalist discourse on Islam and the West. These prejudices are now recurring in our debates about European and American Muslim women who wear the Islamic veil. This talk also examines the political mobilization against European and American Muslims that has been systematically organized through links between US and European political actors and institutions. Anti-Muslim prejudice is a form of cultural racism that presents Muslims as ‘barbaric others’ through racialisation of their religious culture and it seeks to exclude American Muslims from full participation as equal citizens in the social, economic and political life of the USA.

Monday, October 29
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Demystifying Data
Presented by Teri Kaasa, Director, Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Planning
It’s almost Halloween; that time of year of ghosts and goblins and all things scary. Does that include data for you?? Do you avoid data-based articles, presentations, and websites? Do numbers and graphs make your head spin? Are you skeptical of data but can’t quite figure out why? While data don’t lie, very often people will “spin” how it is presented to “fit” their needs.  Join us in taking the mystery out of “reading” data and learn how to critically evaluate data presentations.

 Wednesday, November 7
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Fostering Class Participation: Tips and Tricks
Presented by Lance Lee, Instructor, Spanish
Calling all instructors, veterans and neophytes alike: come learn and share new techniques for engaging your students in the classroom and beyond. In addition, we will discuss the rationale behind the importance of class participation and strategies for assessing class participation. Although my background is foreign language, these strategies may be tailored to any discipline!

Friday, November 9
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Higher Education Options for Undocumented Students
Presented by Graig Meyer, Coordinator, Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Program, Chapel-Hill-Carboro City Schools
Students living in the US without legal documentation face significant challenges when pursuing higher education.  However, there are at least five different ways they can pursue collegiate studies.  This session will describe challenges, possible pathways, resources for financial aid, how students’ families can be involved, and what educators can do to help these students attend college.

 Tuesday, November 13
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Civility Roundtable
Facilitated by Kerry Cantwell, Instructor, College Success
Why can’t students just behave properly in my classroom, outside my office, on campus?  There are many reasonable and logical answers to this question.  Join us for a discussion of civility in the academic environment. Learn how different departments and organizations around campus are promoting civility inside and outside the classroom. Discuss strategies for reacting and responding to incivility on campus. Bring your own ideas, policies, and information to share, along with your open mind.

 Wednesday, November 28
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Sakai Showcase
Presented by Sakai pilot participants, including Steve Leadon, Tracy Mancini, Brent McCardle, Charlene West, and more!
Several Durham Tech instructors have started using Sakai instead of Blackboard in their seated and online courses.  During the Sakai showcase, instructors will share their Sakai sites and discuss their experiences using the product.  Please note that this will not be a Sakai training session.

Spring 2012

Thursday, January 5
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
New Faculty Orientation
Facilitated by Gabby McCutchen, Coordinator, TLC and Faculty Development
New full-time and part-time faculty are invited to participate in the New Faculty Orientation.  Participants learn campus resources available to faculty, new strategies for teaching adult learners, and effective techniques in course planning.  RSVP with your Program Director by Tuesday, January 3rd to participate.

Friday, January 20
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Safe Zone Kick-off and Information Session
Presented by Theresa Fine-Pawsey, Instructor, English
Durham Technical Community College’s Safe Zone program will provide support and access to resources for our LGBTQ student population.  Join us for this information session to learn more about the program and how you can become a Safe Zone Ally.

Tuesday, January 24
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
10 Strategies for Adjunct Teaching Success at Durham Tech
Facilitated by David Long, Discipline Chair, Social Sciences and Humanities; and Gabby McCutchen, Coordinator, TLC and Faculty Development
This presentation will repeat and build on content from a Fall 2011 TLC presentation.  According to the 2009-2010 College Profile, more than half of all Durham Tech instructors are employed at the college part-time.  This presentation will highlight 10 strategies and campus resources that will help adjunct faculty be successful at Durham Tech.  Adjunct faculty and their supervisors are especially invited to attend.

Wednesday, January 25
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Turnitin Tools in Blackboard
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Assistant Dean, Instructional Technology
There’s a new toolkit available to instructors in their Blackboard sites: the Turnitin suite. The recently expanded Turnitin suite offers tools for detecting plagiarism, grading papers online, and providing feedback to students on their writing. This presentation will provide an overview of Turnitin’s features, explain how instructors (and students) can access it through Blackboard, and offer tips for getting started using it.

Monday, January 30
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Stepping Outside the Classroom: An Example of Globalized Curriculum in the Associate Degree Nursing Program
Presented by Kasey Jordan, Instructor, Nursing
The Associate Degree Nursing Program and World Relief partnered in the fall semester to create a teaching/learning opportunity for local refugee clients and Durham Tech nursing students.  Come hear about the joint project, lessons learned, and student perspectives on participating in a globally minded project.

Friday, February 3
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
SoftChalk 7 Hands-on Training
Note Location: Wynn Center, Room 1305
Facilitated by Karen McPhaul, Assistant Dean, Instructional Technology; and Susan Horton, Coordinator, Learning Technologies and Training
This intensive, hands-on workshop is a repeat of the SoftChalk sessions offered on March 4 and September 16, 2011. This workshop is designed for instructors new to SoftChalk or instructors familiar with SoftChalk who would like a refresher. Participants will learn to use SoftChalk and will practice using the tool to build interactive, web-based lessons. The workshop will be led by a trainer from SoftChalk (via webinar). In order to participate, registration in advance is required! Space is limited. To register, visit: http://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/. For more info about SoftChalk, visit our online resources: http://courses.durhamtech.edu/wiki/index.php/Tools:_SoftChalk.

Tuesday, February 7
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
The Off-Campus Learning Experience
Facilitated by Lesley Chaffin, Clinical Coordinator/Instructor, Associate Degree Nursing; Erin Riney, Coordinator, Service Learning; and Charlene West, Associate Dean, Business, Education, and Information Technologies
Many Durham Tech students participate in off-campus learning experiences, including co-op, clinicals, and service learning.  This roundtable discussion will address the preparation students receive for the off-campus experience, agreements with off-campus sites, and the challenges that may arise in an off-campus learning environment.  We will also discuss preceptor and co-op supervisor training and methods for assessing the students’ off-campus experience.  Please bring your own questions and ideas about the planning, coordination, and assessment practices surrounding the off-campus learning experience.

Thursday, February 9
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Financial Support for Students: What Every Employee Should Know
Facilitated by Financial Aid staff
Test your knowledge of the college’s financial aid processes and opportunities during this interactive presentation.  Financial aid staff will use “clickers” to engage participants in discussions of financial aid eligibility, satisfactory academic progress, Pell Grants, student loans, refund check disbursement, the Single Parent Program, Dreamkeepers, and much more.

Wednesday, February 15
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
What Can Informer Do for You?
Presented by Robin Lamb, Administrative Computer Systems Manager
Informer is a reporting tool that gives us the ability to create reports and extract data from a student database (Colleague).  One of the best aspects of this software is that once the report is created, it allows you to run it at any time that is convenient for you.  That means no more waiting for ITSD to run your reports!  This demonstration will be an overview of the application’s functionality and how we can use it to help the college work more efficiently and effectively.  This presentation is a repeat of Robin’s November 2011 presentation in the TLC.

Friday, February 17
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Safe Zone Training
Presented by Theresa Fine-Pawsey, Instructor, English
This one-hour training session will build on the foundation of Safe Zone training on Blackboard and is required for those wishing to become Safe Zone Allies.  Only those who have completed the six Blackboard training modules are eligible to attend.

Monday, February 20
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Leadership in the Classroom: Your Classroom Management Tool-Kit
Presented by Karen Jackson, Director, Center for Academic Excellence and Instructor, Developmental Math
In the classroom, the instructor and students interact with one another in multiple ways in response to numerous factors. Factors that influence interaction in the classroom come from both inside and outside of the classroom. The classroom environment should be determined by the instructor and the students should follow his/her lead. In turn since the instructor is creating the classroom environment, the instructor is responsible for learning both academic and non-academic details about the students. The two models of classroom leadership presented in this workshop aim to give instructors knowledge and tools that will enable them to bring about a balance to classroom interactions so that the classroom becomes a safe place that is conducive to learning. These models stem from traditional models of educational leadership.

Monday, February 27
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The New Course Planner and Future Open Class List
Presented by Mark Anderson, Instructor, Developmental Math
Come see the new online Course Planner and what it has to offer your advisees. With plans to incorporate a new online Open Class List as well and to bury the old dinosaur that is the current Open Class List, you’ll want to attend this presentation to be prepared for the switch.

Tuesday, March 13
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
SoftChalk Showcase
Presented by Johanna Brown, Admissions Counselor; Theresa Fine-Pawsey, Instructor, English; Megan Nicholson, Coordinator, Campus Hardware and Software, and Instructor, Computer Programming and Applications; and Yaneta Sanchez-Brown, Dean, Adult Education and Basic Skills
Faculty and staff from across campus have used SoftChalk software to create engaging, web-based instructional and training modules.  During the SoftChalk showcase, faculty and staff will share their creations and discuss their experiences using the product.  Please note that this will not be a SoftChalk training session.  For more information about SoftChalk, visit this link: http://courses.durhamtech.edu/wiki/index.php/Tools:_SoftChalk.

Wednesday, March 14
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Media Literacy in a Globalizing World
Presented by Christian Lundberg, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Globalization has created new challenges for our students. Whether they are prepared for it or not, their everyday lives will be increasingly impacted by events that originate outside the boundaries of the United States. The new information environment, characterized by easy access to a dizzying array of media sources compounds these challenges. This presentation focuses on methods for cultivating media literacy as a means of helping our students negotiate a rapidly evolving and complex media environment.

Friday, March 16
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Safe Zone Training
Presented by Theresa Fine-Pawsey, Instructor, English
This one-hour training session will build on the foundation of Safe Zone training on Blackboard and is required for those wishing to become Safe Zone Allies.  Only those who have completed the six Blackboard training modules are eligible to attend.

Wednesday, March 28
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Informer Hands-On Training
Note Location: Wynn Center, Room 1305
Presented by Robin Lamb, Administrative Computer Systems Manager
Informer is a reporting tool that gives us the ability to create reports and extract data from a student database (Colleague).  Faculty and staff across campus are using Informer to run reports on student enrollment and persistence through courses and programs; advisee assignments; pre-requisites; and for a variety of other purposes.  In this hands-on training, Robin will demonstrate some of the most commonly used features of Informer and answer participants’ questions about the program.  In order to benefit from this training, participants will need to have access to Informer.  Use the Informer Access Form linked here to request access: http://www.durhamtech.edu/faculty/reference/forms.htm.

Friday, March 30
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Refugee Resettlement 101
Presented by Jason A. Payne, Refugee Services Coordinator, Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas
Currently there are more than 13 million people worldwide who have been forced to flee persecution in their home country and live as refugees in a foreign land. Millions more are displaced internally within their own country. This session will provide an introduction to refugee resettlement, an overview of international processes, local services, and a better understanding of refugee students in North Carolina.

Monday, April 2
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Students’ Perspectives on their First Semester at Durham Tech
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience and members of the FYE Advisory Committee
In November 2011, the First-Year Experience Advisory Committee facilitated three focus groups with students who were in their first semester of college.  During the focus groups, students talked openly about their experiences throughout the enrollment process and in their first semester classes.  This presentation will highlight some of the most common themes in students’ comments and will feature video clips of students describing their individual experiences.

Wednesday, April 4
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Instructor/Course Evaluations: Going Green for 2012-2013
Presented by Patrick Hines, Database Manager/Instructor, Research, Evaluation, Assessment, and Planning
With Earth Day 2012 just around the corner, it’s time to review our goals to be greener on campus and reduce the amount of paper used in the instructor/course evaluation process by having the process done completely online.  Of course, there are many more benefits to conducting evaluations online, this presentation will highlight those and more. Patrick Hines from Research, Evaluation, Assessment, and Planning will present comparative data related to the success of our campaign to produce acceptable response rates from students in seated courses completing their instructor/course evaluations online. In addition, tips and concepts will be discussed that can increase engagement in and improve the process for administrative staff, faculty, and students as we continue to refine this important task at Durham Tech.

Thursday, April 12
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Why Do They Need to Take ACA 122 Anyway?
Presented by Kerry Cantwell and Melody Smith Young, Instructors, College Success
ACA instructors Melody Smith Young and Kerry Cantwell will explain the research behind ACA 122 and why the course is required on most plans of study.  Much national research supports implementation of an orientation-style course for first-year college students, but our own research provides much more direct evidence of how our introduction to learning strategies, goal discernment, and college culture in ACA 122 increases student success throughout their programs.  Attendees will also receive an overview of the material covered in ACA 122 and a glimpse at the portfolio that students compile as the end product of the course.

Tuesday, April 17
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Hajj:  My Twenty-Seven Day Journey to the Holy Cities of Saudi Arabia
Presented by Naomi Feaste, Instructor, GED and Adult High School
Hajj is an extraordinary spiritual journey that many who practice the Islamic faith experience only once in a lifetime. Learn about my extraordinary journey to the Holy Cities of Mecca and Medina through photos, sounds, narrative, and dialogue.  Discover differences and similarities between our two cultures.  My presentation will address the following questions:  When and how did this journey begin? How did I prepare for it? As the only American in my group, were adjustments necessary? What were some valuable lessons learned?

Friday, April 20
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Safe Zone Training
Presented by Theresa Fine-Pawsey, Instructor, English
This one-hour training session will build on the foundation of Safe Zone training on Blackboard and is required for those wishing to become Safe Zone Allies.  Only those who have completed the six Blackboard training modules are eligible to attend.

Thursday, April 26
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Writing and Critical Thinking
Presented by Marcia Daniell, Assistant Dean, Curriculum Development; and Lea Bingham, Chair/Instructor, English and Communications
Across campus, instructors assign writing tasks that engage their students in thinking more critically about a topic and about the work in their professional field.  Whether it is an automotive mechanic examining an engine problem or a surgical technologist filing an incident report from an operation or a history student analyzing the effect of the battle of Gettysburg on the Civil War, students use patterns of questions to examine their subject with greater depth and accuracy.  The QEP committee has gathered together many of those patterns of questions to show how their use can mean the difference between a shallow, inadequate response and a thoughtful, detailed one.

Monday, May 14
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Turnitin How-to and Faculty Panel
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Assistant Dean, Instructional Technology and instructors
The recently expanded Turnitin suite offers tools for detecting plagiarism, grading papers online, and providing feedback to students on their writing. This presentation will begin with an overview of Turnitin’s features, explain how instructors (and students) can access it through Blackboard, and offer tips for getting started using it.  The presentation will also feature a panel of Durham Tech instructors sharing their experiences using Turnitin in their classes this semester and their plans for future integration of the product.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Monday, May 14
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Hooray for LibGuides!  Come learn about an innovative new tool for sharing library resources with your students.
Presented by Julie Humphrey, Reference Librarian
The library has subscribed to LibGuides to create attractive multimedia content and promote library resources to the campus community.  LibGuides are librarian-created web portals to high quality research information. Librarians look forward to partnering with faculty to create guides specific to individual courses, assignments, subjects, and disciplines.  These guides can be easily linked to your courses through Blackboard in order to better integrate the library into your courses at point of need.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, May 15
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Favorite Tech Tools
Note Location: White Building, Room 50
Presented by Instructional Technologies and Media Services Staff
It’s the fourth annual “favorite tech tools” sharing session!   Instructional Technologies staff will share some of our favorite tech tools for instruction, and we invite faculty to share their favorites as well.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Fall 2011

Wednesday, August 10
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
New Faculty Orientation
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Coordinator, TLC and Faculty Development
New full-time and part-time faculty are invited to participate in the New Faculty Orientation.  Participants learn campus resources available to faculty, new strategies for teaching adult learners, and effective techniques in course planning.  RSVP with your Program Director by Monday, August 8th to participate.

Wednesday, August 24
Wednesday, September 7
Wednesday, September 14
Wednesday, September 21
2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
College Success Instructor Training
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience; and ACA Instructors
The training is intended primarily for faculty and staff who are interested in teaching the College Success course.  However, anyone who is interested in learning innovative teaching techniques, strategies to improve students’ first college year experience, or content knowledge that will improve their advising practices is invited to participate.  To register, please email Gabby McCutchen at mccutcheng@durhamtech.edu before Friday, August 19th.

 Wednesday, August 31
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Introduction to SoftChalk
Facilitated by Karen McPhaul, Assistant Dean, Instructional Technology
This is a repeat of the session offered on February 18. SoftChalk is a popular, user-friendly tool for creating web-based instructional content. With SoftChalk, instructors can build tutorials or lessons that include text, images, multimedia elements, and interactive learning games, such as flashcards, matching games, crosswords, quizzes, and more. In this session, a SoftChalk representative will demonstrate (via webinar) how the product works and show ways instructors can use it to enhance learning. At the end of the webinar, Karen McPhaul will explain steps you can take to begin using SoftChalk here at Durham Tech. For more information about SoftChalk, visit: http://courses.durhamtech.edu/wiki/index.php/Tools:_SoftChalk

Tuesday, September 6
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Academic Integrity and Academic Honesty
Facilitated by Sherry Wilson, Program Director, Practical Nursing
“Academic dishonesty is an assault upon the basic integrity and meaning of higher education and it constitutes any type of cheating that occurs in relation to a formal academic exercise”

(Davis, Grover, Becker, & McGregor, 1992). Did this pique your interest? You are welcome to come and discuss the 5 “Ws” as they relate to academic dishonesty: When, Where, What, Why, and Ways.

Friday, September 16
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
SoftChalk Hands-on Training
Note Location: Wynn Center, Room 1305
Facilitated by Karen McPhaul, Assistant Dean, Instructional Technology; and Susan Horton, Coordinator, Learning Technologies and Training
This is a repeat of the session offered on March 4, 2011. This intensive, hands-on session is a follow-up to the “Intro to SoftChalk” session held on August 31, 2011. Participants will learn to use SoftChalk and will practice using it to build interactive, web-based lessons. The session will be led face-to-face by a trainer from SoftChalk. In order to participate, registration in advance is required! Space is limited. Sign up for this workshop will be available by August 8th.  To register, visit: http://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/

Note: If you missed the Intro to SoftChalk session on August 31 and are wondering “what the heck is SoftChalk?” visit http://courses.durhamtech.edu/wiki/index.php/Tools:_SoftChalk to learn more.

Thursday, September 22
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Gaming and Education
Presented by R. Mark Matthews, Instructor, Chemistry
In the current era of video games, an increasing number of developers are giving users the ability to create their own in-game content and share it online with friends and fellow players.  In many cases, the creation tools are not only advanced and deep enough to allow for content that’s only limited by a player’s imagination, but use an interface designed to be both easy and intuitive with little to no programming experience required.  For educators, games like the PC game Spore and PlayStation 3’s LittleBigPlanet offer an unprecedented opportunity to expose students to almost any topic, from history, to art, and the sciences.  During this session, Mark will share personal experiences creating chemistry-themed levels using LittleBigPlanet, one of 19 winners of the 2010 MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition.

Friday, September 23
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Update on DTCC’s Learning Management System
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Assistant Dean, Instructional Technology
Durham Tech’s Learning Management System team has researched issues and opportunities facing the college with regard to its continued use of Blackboard.  The group looked at Blackboard’s future plans, learned from other NC community colleges that have migrated to Moodle, and, for several semesters, ran a successful pilot of an open source alternative called Sakai. Come hear from team members what they learned and what the future holds for users of Durham Tech’s learning management system.

Tuesday, September 27
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
AAS Articulation Agreements
Presented by Mary Marsha Cupitt, Advising Coordinator, University Transfer Program
Come learn about opportunities for AAS students to earn a baccalaureate degree at area universities.

Friday, September 30
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Service Learning Workshop
Presented by Erin Riney, Service Learning Coordinator
Over the past several semesters, TLC presentations have discussed service learning’s grounding theories and evolution, its benefits and challenges, as well as experiences of Durham Tech faculty who have incorporated service learning into their classes.  This semester’s service learning TLC will begin the more practical application of this teaching and learning tool by guiding participants through the first steps of applying service learning to their particular courses.  After a brief discussion of service learning Do’s and Don’ts, participants will engage in practical exercises to determine the purpose(s) and options for using service learning to achieve course learning outcomes.  Participants should bring a syllabus for a class in which they’re interested in incorporating service learning.

Monday, October 3
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Let’s Learn from Seasoned Instructors’ Successes, Part II
Facilitated by April Harrison, Instructor, Developmental Math
This roundtable discussion will be a continuation for the session held in Spring semester. If you were not able to attend the first roundtable discussion, join us for this session. In this session, experienced instructors with extensive classroom management experiences will share strategies they have used to deal with students who were disruptive and disrespectful in the classroom.  This panel of instructors will brainstorm with you on topics that concern you about classroom management.  Therefore, bring questions such as how to handle cell phones ringing during class, students arriving late/leaving early, and side conversations.

Wednesday, October 5
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
More Lessons Learned in the Dominican Republic
Presented by Dominican Republic faculty study group
This session is a follow-up to a session from Spring semester.  The six faculty members who visited the Dominican Republic in March 2011 will discuss the implications of the work they did there as well as the work they have done since returning.  How can their experiences in the DR help Durham Tech use study abroad effectively?  How can we use their experiences to help our own students here on campus?

Wednesday, October 19
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Student Collaboration Committee Updates and Call For Ideas: Brown Bag Roundtable
Facilitated by Student Collaboration Committee
The Student Collaboration Committee invites all faculty to a discussion about group work models used in seated and online classrooms. To begin the discussion, the committee will review their research so far related to group work models, briefly outline some strategies for implementing models in seated and on-line classes, and explore assessment techniques. The focus on the discussion, however, will be on learning from faculty what student collaborative assignments (group work) they already use in their classrooms. The committee members encourage faculty from all disciplines to bring their lunches, ideas, and questions to this session. It should be lots of fun brainstorming innovative ways to get our students more engaged with each other in the classroom!

Monday, October 24
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Discussion Board Design: Ideas for Creative Collaboration
Presented by Laurin Mancour, Program Director, Clinical Trials Research Associate; Brent McCardle, Instructor, Opticianry; Patrick Coin, Coordinator, Environment, Health, and Safety Technology
Please join us for a presentation, demonstrating how instructors use the Discussion Forum function of Blackboard to develop and assess student communication.

Thursday, November 3
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
What Can Informer Do for You?
Presented by Robin Lamb, Administrative Computer Systems Manager
Entrinsik’s Informer is a reporting tool that gives us the ability to create reports and extract data from a student database (Colleague).  One of the best aspects of this software is that once the report is created, it allows you to run it at any time that is convenient for you.  That means no more waiting for ITSD to run your reports!  This demonstration will be an overview of the application’s functionality and how we can use it to help the college work more efficiently and effectively.

Friday, November 4
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Creating a Safe Space on Durham Tech’s Campus
Presented by Nan Dernar, Director, Counseling, Student Development, and Activities; and students
Creating awareness about civility on campus is one of the Student Senate’s 2011-2012 goals.  The Civility Code was created by students for students and adopted by the 2010-2011 Student Senate in April 2011.  Students new to Durham Tech who attend a ConnectSession are led through an exercise on civility by a current student mentor.  Hear from a panel of select students on the subject of civility and their perceptions of creating a safe space on campus for all.

Wednesday, November 16
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Enhancing Student Learning through Problem-Based, Project-Based Assignments
Presented by Lyndsay Al-Shibli, Instructor, Developmental English & Reading
Project DEgree, a grant-funded scholarship program offering students additional academic support through learning communities, is founded on a problem-based, project-based, theme-based instructional philosophy. In this presentation, Lyndsay will discuss the merits of such a philosophy as well as showcase a website created using information her Project DEgree students gathered while participating in a semester-long, problem-based project on poverty. She will also offer ideas on how instructors could create such a project to enhance student learning in their own courses. A short demonstration of the free content management product Weebly will follow the presentation.

Thursday, November 17
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
eHRAF World Cultures: The Miraculous Database for Cultural Diversity  (GELO #3)
Presented by Elizabeth Penton, Instructor, Humanities and Anthropology
Come learn to use this amazing online database of ethnographic research (studies of contemporary cultures).  eHRAF World Cultures is housed at Yale U. and contains the cream of the crop scholarship on anthropological studies of culture.  You can access full text documents immediately at your fingertips or search instantly for esoteric details across cultures.  For example, nursing students can find out about surgical practices or concepts of illness or use of medicinal plants in indigenous cultures in South America … or the Arctic Circle.   Automotive students can find out about technologies used in transportation in sub-Saharan Africa … or Eastern Europe.  Mathematics students can learn about number concepts in pastoral societies versus agricultural societies.   Early Childhood Education students can research child-rearing practices in East Asia.  Or, you can learn about culture change as globalization increasingly impacts the world’s cultures.  This database will blow your mind, and every program in the College could use it as a resource in assignments to assess both Writing and Cultural Diversity at the same time.

Tuesday, November 29
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Financial Support for Students: What Every Employee Should Know
Facilitated by Financial Aid staff
What is the number one reason that our students tell us they are not successful?  Financial difficulties.  Learn more about the college’s financial aid programs and processes.  Discover new ways to help our students develop the financial literacy skills critical to their success.

Wednesday, November 30
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Learning Matters Reception
Hosted by Gabby McCutchen, Coordinator, TLC and Faculty Development
Learning Matters is the publication of the Teaching-Learning Center at Durham Tech.  Faculty and staff contribute articles and research that promote excellence and effectiveness in instruction.  The fifth volume of Learning Matters will be published in Fall 2011.  Join other faculty and staff for light refreshments and stimulating discussions on this volume’s theme: lessons learned from faculty study abroad in the Dominican Republic.  All previous Learning Matters contributors will be recognized.  Light refreshments will be provided.

 Thursday, December 1
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
10 Strategies for Adjunct Teaching Success at Durham Tech
Facilitated by David Long, Discipline Chair, Social Sciences and Humanities; and Gabby McCutchen, Coordinator, TLC and Faculty Development
According to the 2009-2010 College Profile, more than half of all Durham Tech instructors are employed at the college part-time.  This presentation will highlight 10 strategies and campus resources that will help adjunct faculty be successful at Durham Tech.  Adjunct faculty and their supervisors are especially invited to attend.

Spring 2011

Thursday, January 6
2:00 – 5:30 p.m.
New Faculty Orientation
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Coordinator, TLC and Faculty Development
New full-time and part-time faculty are invited to participate in the New Faculty Orientation.  Participants learn campus resources available to faculty, new strategies for teaching adult learners, and effective techniques in course planning.  RSVP with your Program Director by Monday, January 3rd to participate.

Wednesday, January 19
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Excellence in Teaching Workshop: Bring Your Stuff in a Box
Presented by Julie Hoover, Tracy Mancini, and Gabby McCutchen 2010-2011 Excellence in Teaching Committee
Each year, the Excellence in Teaching (EIT) committee awards a full-time faculty member with the Excellence in Teaching award based on his/her submission of a teaching portfolio. This annual workshop prepares potential portfolio developers to create their own teaching portfolios.  Join your colleagues for a discussion of the value of the teaching portfolio, portfolio development experiences, and the EIT requirements for the annual portfolio development stipend and award.  Portfolio materials and light refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, January 20
3:30 – 4:30 pm
Best Practices for Testing in Online & Hybrid Courses
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Assistant Dean, Instructional Technology
Delivering tests online is a necessity for most online and many hybrid classes.  However, online testing can raise concerns about cheating and technical glitches.  In this session, participants will be asked to share problems they have encountered with online testing and any solutions they have found.  A list of technical tips and ideas for alternative approaches will be shared, with the hope of helping instructors find ways to prevent some problems before they happen this semester!

Friday, January 21
Friday, January 28
Friday, February 4
Friday, February 11
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
College Success Instructor Training
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience; and ACA Instructors
The training is intended primarily for faculty and staff who are interested in teaching the College Success course.  However, anyone who is interested in learning innovative teaching techniques, strategies to improve students’ first college year experience, or content knowledge that will improve their advising practices is invited to participate.  To register, please email Gabby McCutchen at mccutcheng@durhamtech.edu before Wednesday, January 5th.

Monday, January 24
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Let’s Learn From Seasoned Instructors’ Successes
Facilitated by April Harrison, Instructor, Developmental Mathematics
In this roundtable discussion, seasoned instructors (or instructors with experience dealing with disrespectful students) will share from their experiences strategies they have used to deal with students who were disruptive and disrespectful in the classroom.  We will address topics such cell phones ringing during class, students arriving late/leaving early, and side conversations.

Tuesday, February 1
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Visual Literacy: Teaching Students to See Critically
Presented by Theresa Fine-Pawsey, Instructor, English
Are your students visually literate?  Do they need to be?  Attend this session with Theresa Fine-Pawsey, instructor of an ASUT capstone course in visual literacy, to learn more.   You’ll leave with ideas for incorporating visual texts into your courses and a list of tools and resources to help you.

Wednesday, February 16
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
ConnectSessions 101: History, Theory, and Application of Durham Tech’s New Student Orientation
Presented by Nan Dernar, Director, Counseling, Student Development, and Activities; Kerry Cantwell, Instructor, College Success; and Melody Smith Young, Instructor, College Success
Since Summer 2010, Durham Tech staff have oriented over 1,200 students during a ConnectSession.  In this TLC session, ConnectSession leaders will describe the learning outcomes and format of the college’s ConnectSessions.  We will also demonstrate the one-hour presentation that all new students participate in and answer your questions about the orientation.  If you teach, advise, or work with first-semester students, please plan to attend.

Friday, February 18
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Introduction to SoftChalk
Facilitated by Karen McPhaul, Assistant Dean, Instructional Technology
SoftChalk is a popular, user-friendly tool for creating web-based instructional content.   With SoftChalk, instructors can build tutorials or lessons that include text, images, multimedia elements, and interactive learning games, such as flashcards, matching games, crosswords, quizzes, and more.  In this session, a SoftChalk representative will demonstrate (via webinar) how the product works and show ways instructors can use it to enhance learning.  At the end of the webinar, Karen McPhaul will explain steps you can take to begin using SoftChalk here at Durham Tech.

Monday, February 21
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
How can my Volunteer Experience Benefit my Teaching?
Facilitated by Erin Riney, Coordinator, Service Learning
We often think of volunteering as helping those with unmet needs, but community service also benefits the volunteer.  Durham Tech’s Year of Service incentivizes individual employee participation, and we as instructors benefit from volunteering and can use these experiences in our classrooms.  Come listen to our panel of instructors discuss how they’ve used their volunteer experiences to inform their work, and bring your own experiences, thoughts, or questions for the discussion.

Thursday, February 24
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
SENSE Survey Results and Analysis
Presented by LaSylvia Stewart, Institutional Research and Planning Coordinator
Durham Tech has administered the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) three times over the last several years in several developmental and first college-level English, math, and reading classes.  SENSE was designed to help community colleges focus on the front door of the college experience – what entering students experience from the moments of their first interactions with the college – to improve persistence and success. Join LaSylvia Stewart for an in-depth look at our results!

Tuesday, March 1
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Academic Support: Communication, Data, and Tutortrac
Presented by Karen Jackson, Director, Center for Academic Excellence
The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) provides academic support for all students enrolled in curriculum courses. The CAE uses an electronic record keeping system called Tutortrac to collect data on student usage of academic support services and to keep notes on what students are doing while working with our professional tutors. This TLC will demonstrate how instructors can use the data stored in this record keeping system to make informed decisions about their students as well as to communicate with students and tutors.

Friday, March 4
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
SoftChalk Hands-on Training
Note Location: Wynn Center, Room 1305
Facilitated by Karen McPhaul, Assistant Dean, Instructional Technology; and Susan Horton, Coordinator, Learning Technologies and Training
This intensive, hands-on session is a follow-up to the “Intro to SoftChalk” session held on February 18.  Participants will learn to use SoftChalk and will practice using it to build interactive, web-based lessons.  The session will be led by a trainer from SoftChalk (via webinar).  In order to participate, registration in advance is required!  To register, visit http://courses.durhamtech.edu/training/

Note: If you missed the Intro to SoftChalk session on February 18 and are wondering “what the heck is SoftChalk?,” visit http://www.softchalk.com/learn.html to learn more.

Wednesday, March 16
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Information Literacy – So Much More Than Just Computer Skills
Presented by Julie Humphrey and Susan Baker, Reference Librarians
Even though many of our students are comfortable using computers and may be highly computer literate, these abilities don’t often translate to conducting effective academic research.   We can’t assume that students understand how to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively.  In order for students to be taught these skills, we need to build a collaborative effort among librarians, faculty, staff, and administrators across campus to insure that students are gaining important information literacy skills at Durham Tech.  Please join us for an information session and a discussion about how we can better integrate information literacy into the college’s learning outcomes.

Friday, March 18
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Best Practices for Teaching Millennial Learners
Presented by Kara Battle, Kerry Cantwell, and Gabby McCutchen, members of the TLC Advisory Committee
At the Fall 2010 TLConference, Terri Manning from Central Piedmont Community College shared with us the unique characteristics of the millennial leaner (individuals born between 1981 and 2000).  As we see more and more students (and colleagues, believe it or not!) who are of this generation, we must learn new strategies to effectively engage these civic-minded, optimistic, technologically savvy, and protected individuals.  This workshop will present several best practices from recent literature and experience.  Please be prepared to share your own strategies for working with millennial learners.

Monday, March 21
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The Open Course List: Tips and Tricks
Presented by Mark Anderson, Instructor, Developmental Math
The online Open Course List that Mark created over a year ago has revolutionized the way many advisors at Durham Tech advise students.  This TLC session will give participants a brief history of the development of the Open Course List as well as instruction on how best to use it and how to trouble-shoot common problems.

Wednesday, March 30
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
“The Good War” in the Fillmore:  Japanese Internment and the “Harlem of the American West”
Presented by David Long, Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences
World War II is often remembered as “The Good War,” a conflict that generated a sense of national unity and purpose rarely seen in American history.  Like most wars, however, the Second World War led to unintended consequences and exacerbated some existing social tensions.  Wartime dynamics recreated San Francisco’s Fillmore District, making it a Pacific Coast center of African-American art and culture.  This flowering, however, came as a consequence of the forcible removal of the district’s previous residents – people of Japanese descent.

Wednesday, April 6
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Local Solutions for Global Problems:  Creativity and Innovation in Global Economies
Presented by Constanza Gomez-Joines, Executive Director, Center for the Global Learner; and Peter Wooldridge, Executive Dean, Student Learning and Assessment
The author William Gibson has said that “the future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed.” As the realities of a globalized economy continue to emerge, it is important to recognize that the knowledge needed to solve problems generated by globalization is built locally as individuals work to create and deploy innovative solutions.  We must help our rising workforce to develop the skills needed to respond flexibly and creatively.  Those who practice proactive innovation will lead the way in the new century. This presentation will focus on classroom strategies that faculty can use to encourage creative and innovative thinking.

Monday, April 11
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Student Screens in WebAdvisor
Presented by Autumn McClenaghan, Director, Advising, Registration, and Student Placement
If you’ve ever wondered how exactly students use WebAdvisor to register for classes, put their names on a waitlist, view their transcripts, or check their financial accounts, then this TLC presentation is for you.  Autumn will demonstrate these screens and more.  She’ll also share strategies that advisors and instructors can use with students when they encounter problems and questions around WebAdvisor.

Thursday, April 14
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
High School Related Programs at Durham Tech
Facilitated by Michelle Gladman, Public Schools Liaison
Durham Tech serves high school students through a variety of programs.  This TLC presentation will clarify for participants the similarities and differences of these programs.  Specifically, a variety of presenters will discuss Dual Enrollment, Huskins Bill, Gateway to College, Adult High School and GED programs, Middle College High School, and Career Tech Prep Programs.

Tuesday, April 19
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Experiences and Insights from Durham Tech’s First Service Learning Pilot
Facilitated by Erin Riney, Coordinator, Service Learning
A handful of instructors are completing Durham Tech’s first Service Learning Pilot in Spring 2011, and we’ll share our experiences and lessons learned.  Please join us to learn about specific examples of service learning in a variety of the college’s program areas, students’ responses to the service learning experience, the process of adding service learning into existing courses, and Fall 2011’s larger service learning pilot.  This TLC will include time for questions and discussion.

Wednesday, April 20
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Jing Show and Tell
Presented by Susan Horton, Coordinator, Learning Technologies and Training; and Charlene West, Associate Dean, Information Systems Technologies
Last fall, instructors attended hands-on TLC workshops learning how to use Jing, a free screen capture tool. Join us for a follow-up session as we take a look at how instructors are using Jing to enhance instruction. For more info about Jing, visit: http://courses.durhamtech.edu/wiki/index.php/Tools:_Jing

Friday, April 29
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Favorite Tech Tools
Presented by Instructional Technologies Staff
It’s the third annual “favorite tech tools” sharing session!   Instructional Technologies staff will share some of our favorite tech tools for instruction, and we invite faculty to share their favorites as well.