2017-2018

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.

FALL 2017

AUGUST

Tuesday, August 8
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 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 supervisor by Friday, August 4 to participate.

Thursday, August 10
4:00 – 8:00 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 supervisor by Friday, August 4 to participate. 

Thursday, August 10
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Turnitin’s New Interface
Presented by Stephanie Stocks, Customer Success Consultant, Turnitin
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, 1-144 or online via webinar
Turnitin was upgraded on August 1, and now has an all-new design called Feedback Studio. In this session, presented via webinar, guest presenter Stephanie Stocks will provide a detailed tour of the new interface. She will demonstrate how to navigate using the new “layers” in Turnitin, how to view and adjust plagiarism results, and various ways to provide feedback on student writing. If you are one of the many instructors who use Turnitin for plagiarism-checking or paper-grading, this is a great chance to learn from an expert what’s new and different in Turnitin. And if you haven’t used Turnitin before, this is the perfect time to learn what it can do and how you can start using it.
NOTE: This session will be presented via live webinar. You can join us in White Building, 1-144, or you can participate from anywhere via your computer. Details for participating remotely will be provided by email several days before the presentation. A recording will be available after the presentation.

Wednesday, August 23;
Wednesday, August 30;
Wednesday, September 6; and
Wednesday, September 13 

12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
College Success Instructor Training
Facilitated by Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience and other Instructors, College Successreg req2
The four-day training is intended primarily for faculty and staff who are interested in teaching the ACA 122 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 Wednesday, August 16. 

Thursday, August 24
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
The Future of Advising Training at Durham Tech
Presented by Jairo McMican, Director, Admissions and Advising Services
Durham Tech’s QEP is generating new conversations about how the college advises students. Advisors at Durham Tech will have to alter some of their approaches. This will require additional training and alternative ways to deliver said trainings. One method prevalent among many North Carolina community colleges is to conduct trainings using online modules. If you have an interest in providing input regarding the future of advising at Durham Tech, be sure to attend this session. Those who would like to learn more about potentially developing online training modules for advising are also encouraged to come.

Thursday, August 31
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Web Conferencing with the Sakai Meetings Tool
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
reg req2 http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, 9-219
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai workshop or experience using Sakai as an instructor
This workshop provides 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 communicate in real time with remote students. 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 also upload presentations, use a whiteboard, chat, work with polls, and share their desktop.

SEPTEMBER

Tuesday, September 5
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Club Advising 101
Presented by Gilbert Umberger, Student Activities Coordinator, and Karin Abell, Director, English as a Second Language and Advisor, International Students Club
Come learn about club advising with Gilbert, who works closely with clubs and Student Senate, and Karin, a seasoned club advisor. Gilbert will address proper procedures for club management, including requesting funds and filling out appropriate paperwork. Karin will share her perspective as a club advisor and lead a discussion for best practices in club advising.

Friday, September 8
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Add Interactivity to Videos with EDpuzzle
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
reg req2 http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, 9-241
PRE-REQUISITE: Must be comfortable using a web browser.
Do 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 do all that with EDpuzzle, a free online tool that lets you create an interactive video lesson.

You can find a video (or upload your own) and add “stopping points” throughout the video (inserting questions, images, text or links, plus audio notes). 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 EDpuzzle account; find a video; add interactive questions, images, and links in the video; publish the video lesson, and share the link with others.

Monday, September 11
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Introduction to Teaching Squares (Part 1 of 2)
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center
Teaching squares are groups of four faculty members (full-time and part-time) who teach in different disciplines. The participants renew their teaching practices by visiting their colleagues’ classes and participating in structured observation and reflection activities. Teaching squares support faculty as they continually improve their teaching skills and build communities with colleagues from across the college. In this first of two Fall 2017 teaching square TLC activities, the squares will take shape, and participants will discuss a variety of tools and strategies for classroom observation and reflection. Participants will also schedule their class visits and identify their individual goals for participating in a teaching square. For more information about teaching squares, see this blog post from Faculty Focus. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, September 12
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Creating Accessible Documents in Word
Presented by Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist
reg req2 http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, 1-142
PRE-REQUISITE: Must be comfortable using Microsoft Word
This workshop provides an overview of creating accessible documents through hands-on application of accessibility principles. Participants will learn how to: create accessible text and structure; incorporate accessible images, tables, and hyperlinks; and run a final accessibility check. The accessible document will then be saved as an accessible PDF file. Participants are encouraged to bring a document of their own to revise, if time allows. 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.

Thursday, September 14
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Advising 101
Presented by Jairo McMican, Director, Admissions and Advising Services
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 completion; advising restrictions; and considerations for special populations. Participants are encouraged to also attend the Advising Technologies workshop at the same time the following week.

Friday, September 15
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Creating Accessible Documents in Word
Presented by Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist
reg req2 http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, 1-142
PRE-REQUISITE: Must be comfortable using Microsoft Word
This workshop provides an overview of creating accessible documents through hands-on application of accessibility principles. Participants will learn how to: create accessible text and structure; incorporate accessible images, tables, and hyperlinks; and run a final accessibility check. The accessible document will then be saved as an accessible PDF file. Participants are encouraged to bring a document of their own to revise, if time allows. 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.

Wednesday, September 20
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sakai 11 – Lessons Tool Intermediate
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
reg req2 http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, 9-219
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai workshop; if you need a Lessons refresher, please watch the Sakai 11 Lessons Intro video.
Do you already know the basics of Sakai’s Lessons tool and want to take things to the “next level”? If so, this workshop is for you. This hands-on session will cover Lessons features that are new in Sakai 11, as well as some that have been there all along! You’ll learn about new ways to format content in separate blocks or columns, and new steps for embedding video content. You’ll also learn how to add interactivity to Lessons by using questions and checklists. We’ll introduce the “Student Content” feature, which lets students create their own pages – a great option for student projects! In addition, you’ll learn how to use “tool links” to lead students directly to specific tests, quizzes, forums or other assignments.

Thursday, September 21
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Using Advising Technologies
Presented by Kurt Laudicina, Academic Advisor and Instructor, College Transfer Success
NOTE LOCATION: Wynn Center, Room 10-301
In this hands-on session, we will practice using Colleague, Self-Service, and WebAdvisor and learn all about the various tools and information that these programs provide to advisors.

Friday, September 22
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
A FISH!, a Fred, and a Sasha Walk Into an Office…
Presented by Sasha Afanador, Student Information Specialist, Admissions and Advising Services
Students are the heart of Durham Tech and helping them succeed is key to our mission as a college community. Join in on a captivating and interactive presentation on how to boost our relations with students and colleagues through improved and enhanced service techniques. We will traverse the Fred Factor and FISH! Philosophy ending with a heartened discussion of our own invaluable experiences. When you leave this presentation, you will have new tools to help you effectively engage meaningfully and purposefully with the different people you are in contact with each day.

Friday, September 22
Friday, September 29
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Global Competence for Education Professionals
Presented by Katherine Turner, President, Global Citizen, LLC
Global Competence for Education Professionals is an eight-hour, participatory, skills-building training course for up to 25 Durham Tech faculty and staff. Increasing globalization and interconnectedness has led to more interactions and working relationships among people from different cultures and countries. For education professionals, institutions and students to thrive, they need to develop global competence and eliminate inequities.

In this training, participants will explore diversity, equity and inclusion at Durham Tech through each stage of Global Citizen, LLC’s Global Competence Framework: awareness, understanding, sensitivity and ethical practice. Participants will assess their current level of global competence; increase their self-awareness; deepen their understanding of persistent inequity despite increasing globalization in educational systems; clarify their values; increase their sensitivity to diversity and strengthen their skills to interact, teach and work more effectively with diverse colleagues and students and advance Durham Tech’s global competence. At the end of the training, participants will identify remaining gaps and develop a personalized plan to further enhance their global competence.

Participants must attend both days of the training. Refreshments will be provided. To register to participate, please email Gabby McCutchen at mccutcheng@durhamtech.edu by Friday, September 15.

Katherine L. Turner, MPH is President of Global Citizen, LLC, an international consulting firm that strengthens the capacity of leaders and organizations to advance public health, human rights and intercultural relations, and Adjunct Faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. She has over 25 years of experience working as an organizational and community thought leader, senior global advisor, public speaker, educator, author and change agent in more than 50 countries. Connect with Katherine and Global Citizen, LLC for a better world on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.

Monday, September 25
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Helping Create Information Savvy Students: Information Literacy in a World Where Fake News Is the New Buzzword
Presented by library staff, Meredith Lewis, Courtney Bippley, and Julie Humphrey with Jamie Gilbert, Instructor, Journalism
Come discuss information literacy in the age of digital misinformation. Topics will range from how to identify fake news to helping students (and ourselves) become critical consumers of fake and biased information to how to identify fact versus fiction in information sources. Instructors and staff will be invited to participate in a discussion of best practices and will receive a list of resources.

Tuesday, September 26
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Using Feminist Pedagogy and Activism to Help Students Embrace Feminism
Presented by Marina DelVecchio, Instructor, English and Humanities
Frustrated with student resistance to feminism in her Humanities courses, Marina has used her SoTL research to examine the reasons for this resistance and to explore and implement learning strategies that will demonstrate to students how powerful and enriching feminism is for individuals and for the community. This presentation will summarize Marina’s SoTL project and the various teaching strategies she employed to engender a need of and love for feminist agency in and out of the classroom.

The TLC supports full-time and part-time instructor participation in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects that substantially change the ways in which instructors teach. SoTL projects focus on large-scale, research-based change to an instructor’s teaching practices. For more information about the SoTL opportunities and incentives, see theSoTL webpages on the TLC website.

Wednesday, September 27
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Narrating PowerPoints with Office Mix
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
reg req2 http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, 1-142
PRE-REQUISITE: Must be comfortable creating and editing PowerPoint slides
Office 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.

OCTOBER

Monday, October 2
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Advising Updates for Academic Advisors
Presented by Jairo McMican, Director, Admissions and Advising Services; and Justin Gray, Financial Aid Advisor
All academic advisors should attend this presentation to learn how the following new policies and procedures impact academic advising: multiple measures of placement, financial aid program evaluation rules, PERC note standard, QEP and more! This workshop will provide advising updates on these and other new college-wide procedures. Staff from Financial Aid and will present updates from their office that impact academic advising.

Tuesday, October 3
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
Presented by Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, 9-239
PRE-REQUISITE: Must be comfortable using PowerPoint
In this hands-on workshop, participants will apply accessibility concepts by creating a new accessible PowerPoint presentation and updating the accessibility of an existing one. Topics include: accessible structure and design; incorporating accessible images, non-text elements, and multimedia; and addressing common accessibility problems. Participants are encouraged to bring a presentation of their own to revise, if time allows.  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.

Wednesday, October 4
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
ASD: Understanding Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Presented by Katherine Lanio, Tutor, Center for Academic Excellence
This session will provide a description of ASD, introduce the developmental and sensory regulation differences between students with ASD and those that are neurotypical, as well as strengths and weakness that ASD students may possess, and suggestions for interacting and teaching students with ASD. Definition of Evidence-Based Practices for ASD and how they are created will also be introduced. Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of autism, why there is an increase of ASD students in post-secondary education environments, and how to best help ASD students with their educational and future goals.  Open discussion of classroom issues is encouraged.

Friday, October 6
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
Presented by Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, 9-241
PRE-REQUISITE: Must be comfortable using PowerPoint
In this hands-on workshop, participants will apply accessibility concepts by creating a new accessible PowerPoint presentation and updating the accessibility of an existing one. Topics include: accessible structure and design; incorporating accessible images, non-text elements, and multimedia; and addressing common accessibility problems. Participants are encouraged to bring a presentation of their own to revise, if time allows.  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.

Tuesday, October 10
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Data Collection and Analysis: A Helicopter View
Presented by Diane Chapman, Teaching Professor and Director, Office of Faculty Development; North Carolina State University
In this engaging presentation, Diane will review the two major research methods in education research: quantitative and qualitative. Participants will work through sample data sets to explore the benefits and limitations of each research methodology. Participants in the Faculty/Staff Interest Groups (FIGs) will be in attendance and will apply the content to their FIG work. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Monday, October 16
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
SoTL Project: Code-Switching in Public Speaking
Presented by Jason Moldoff, Instructor, Communications and Journalism
Is it difficult for students of color to code-switch? Could the need for code-switching hurt your students’ ability to succeed? Jason will share data from his public speaking course to answer these questions. 

The TLC supports full-time and part-time instructor participation in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects that substantially change the ways in which instructors teach. SoTL projects focus on large-scale, research-based change to an instructor’s teaching practices. For more information about the SoTL opportunities and incentives, see theSoTL webpages on the TLC website.

Thursday, October 19
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Add Interactivity to Videos with EDpuzzle
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, 9-241
PRE-REQUISITE: Must be comfortable using a web browser.
Do 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 do all that with EDpuzzle, a free online tool that lets you create an interactive video lesson.

You can find a video (or upload your own) and add “stopping points” throughout the video (inserting questions, images, text or links, plus audio notes). 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 EDpuzzle account; find a video; add interactive questions, images, and links in the video; publish the video lesson, and share the link with others.

Thursday, October 26
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Hear Students’ Voices: Results from the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory Survey
Presented by Melanie Riester, Director, Institutional Research and Evaluation
During the Fall 2016 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 our performance compares to national data. All employees and students are welcomed to attend.

Friday, October 27
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
How to Apply for Grants at Durham Tech
Presented by Rhea Deroian, Manager, Grants Development
All faculty and staff are invited to attend this seminar on grants development. Participants will learn how to navigate the process of applying for, receiving, and managing a grant. Topics include where to go and who to talk to apply for a grant, grant expectations, how to find appropriate funding, navigating the application process, and budget and reporting requirements. You are not alone in your quest for grants! Information on upcoming funding opportunities will also be provided, so bring your ideas! Email Rhea in advance if you plan to attend, so she can tailor her presentation appropriately (deroianr@durhamtech.edu). 

Tuesday, October 31
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Demons and Death: A Historical and Biological Perspective
Presented by Gretel Guest, Instructor, Biology
Just in time for Halloween!  Join Gretel for a fascinating look at how biology can explain spooky legends like vampires, werewolves, witches and demonic possession. In addition, she will touch upon the ethnobotany and ethnomycology of creepy fungi and plants. Participants should leave inspired to share a passion for their own subject area of expertise with their students.

NOVEMBER

Thursday, November 2
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Presented by Jonathan Cook, Instructor, English
Moving Beyond Plagiarism
Students across disciplines need to understand the importance of avoiding plagiarism, but how can instructors help them succeed in doing so? What strategies will help students understand plagiarism and avoid it when completing assignments?  Jonathan will provide example activities that can guide students toward a better understanding of what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. He will discuss plagiarism within the context of written work in particular by highlighting the concept of patchwriting: what it is, how faculty can detect it, and how students can avoid it in the first place. Participants will leave better understanding why students plagiarize and how to help them move beyond.

Monday, November 6
10:30 – 11:3a.m.
How to Apply for Grants at Durham Tech
Presented by Rhea Deroian, Manager, Grants Development
All faculty and staff are invited to attend this seminar on grants development. Participants will learn how to navigate the process of applying for, receiving, and managing a grant. Topics include where to go and who to talk to apply for a grant, grant expectations, how to find appropriate funding, navigating the application process, and budget and reporting requirements. You are not alone in your quest for grants! Information on upcoming funding opportunities will also be provided, so bring your ideas! Email Rhea in advance if you plan to attend, so she can tailor her presentation appropriately (deroianr@durhamtech.edu).

Wednesday, November 8
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
College Infrastructure: Councils and Committees Overview
Presented by Research, Evaluation, and Planning with Tina Bryant-Allen, Assistant Vice President and Keitcha Royal, Coordinator
Tina and Keitcha will provide an opportunity for employees to learn about the college’s infrastructure, including how councils and committees are structured/function and how to participate. Employees will leave with a better understanding of how our infrastructure sustains a culture of involvement through collaborative and informed decision making.

Friday, November 10
12:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Wynn Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 10-103)
Safe Zone Ally Training
Facilitated by Michelle Casey, Chris Dove, and Scott Stauble
The Safe Zone Ally Program is a nationwide grassroots movement on college and university campuses to create and maintain networks of allies for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) communities.  The Program provides training to faculty and staff who would like to be allies, creating “safe zones” where students can discuss questions or concerns in a confidential and accepting space.   After Safe Zone Ally training, participants can designate themselves as a “Safe Zone Ally” with a Durham Tech Safe Zone Ally sticker on their office door. This designation signifies the following: 1) Safe Zone Ally at training at Durham Tech is current and complete; 2) any student with questions or concerns related to LGBTQ issues may feel welcome to talk with the trained faculty/staff in a safe and confidential space; and 3) the trained faculty/staff will have resources available to all students with any questions or concerns related to LGBTQ issues. If you’re already a trained Durham Tech Safe Zone Ally, you’re welcome to participate again to refresh your skills and resource manual. Refreshments will be served.

Sign up at: https://training.durhamtech.edu/ by Wed, Nov. 8th for the fall 2017 training session. Please direct questions to one of the Safe Zone Ally Program planners:

Michelle Casey caseym@durhamtech.edu ext. 8184
Christine Dove dovec@durhamtech.edu ext. 8034
Scott Stauble staubles@durhamtech.edu ext. 8132

Monday, November 13
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Teaching Squares Wrap Up (Part 2 of 2)
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Director, TLC
Teaching square participants will reflect on and share their experiences now that they have observed three other faculty members’ classes (see the “Introduction to Teaching Squares” activity on September 11). This is a no evaluation, no record, no judgment zone. Just teachers talking about teaching and how they can use their experiences in a teaching square to improve their own teaching practices. Faculty who did not participate in a teaching square this semester are invited to join us at 4:00 for a whole-group discussion of the teaching square experience. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, November 14
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Engaging Modern Learners (Part 1 of 3): How Do I Create the Ideal Learning Environment for Modern Learners?
Webinar Presented by Christy Price, Psychology Professor, Dalton State College
Come to the TLC to view this 20-minute recorded webinar and participate in a discussion afterward led by Gabby McCutchen (Director, Teaching-Learning Center) and Lance Lee (Coordinator, Faculty Development). Attend as many of the three Engaging Modern Learner sessions as you like; attend all three and receive a TLC certificate.

From the webinar website: “They’re the first generation to have grown up with the Internet, but they might not own a TV. They’re used to instant access to everything from movies to product reviews, but they’re carrying a breathtaking amount of student loan debt. They’re millennials, born between 1981 and 1999, and their life experiences have given them and their slightly older, part-time, and commuting fellow students distinct expectations regarding their academic experience. The more faculty can align the learning environments in their classrooms with student preferences, the more successful they will be at motivating and engaging students and promoting student learning.

[This webinar] draws on academic literature and current research to provide an overview of current student culture, and it shows you how to promote student success.” For more information, see the 20-Minute Mentors website.

Tuesday, November 21
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Engaging Modern Learners (Part 2 of 3): How Do I Promote Civil and Thoughtful Engagement in the Classroom?
Webinar Presented by Christy Price, Psychology Professor, Dalton State College
Come to the TLC to view this 20-minute recorded webinar and participate in a discussion afterward led by Gabby McCutchen (Director, Teaching-Learning Center) and Lance Lee (Coordinator, Faculty Development). Attend as many of the three Engaging Modern Learner sessions as you like; attend all three and receive a TLC certificate.

From the webinar website: “In these days of apps for everything and multi-tasking virtually as a lifestyle, promoting civil and thoughtful engagement in the classroom might seem like an old-fashioned pipe dream. This [webinar] reframes the issue with a fresh approach that’s proven successful at engaging students and establishing vibrant learning communities. Instead of focusing on problems with incivility and not following rules, this session looks at which behaviors are conducive to learning and which ones aren’t. It will show you how to curb problematic student behaviors, such as texting during class, and leave yourself the flexibility to address legitimate student issues.

The key to working well with modern learners isn’t expanding your syllabus to cover every possible problem, it’s establishing a framework of shared expectations and following through on them. This presentation will show you how.” For more information, see the 20-Minute Mentors website.

Tuesday, November 28
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Engaging Modern Learners (Part 3 of 3): What Do Modern Learners Expect from Their Instructors?
Webinar Presented by Christy Price, Psychology Professor, Dalton State College
Come to the TLC to view this 20-minute recorded webinar and participate in a discussion afterward led by Gabby McCutchen (Director, Teaching-Learning Center) and Lance Lee (Coordinator, Faculty Development). Attend as many of the three Engaging Modern Learner sessions as you like; attend all three and receive a TLC certificate.

From the webinar website: “Teaching in colleges and universities today can be difficult, and faculty may wonder at times if they’re having any impact at all. Take note: 98% of students in a recent study said the teaching methods and characteristics of their instructors had a significant effect on their motivation and learning.

Today’s students, 18–24 year-old millennials and somewhat older non-traditional students, are frequently described as the most “relational” generation to ever hit college campuses. In order to teach these students effectively, you need to develop a rapport with them. This presentation will show you proven techniques for doing so.” For more information, see the 20-Minute Mentors website.

Thursday, November 30
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
FERPA and Durham Tech
Presented by Abe Dones, Assistant Dean, Student Information and Records/Registrar
Participants will learn about the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and how it is applied at Durham Tech. Abe will answer common faculty and staff questions regarding how Durham Tech implements FERPA:

  • What does it mean when a student “opts out” of disclosing information?
  • What does it mean when a student gives another person permission to have access to a component of the student’s academic record?
  • What, if anything, can be included in an email to a student, specifically regarding grades and attendance?

The presenter will also share information about the use of Colleague in managing FERPA. Employees will be introduced to how FERPA restrictions are displayed in Colleague and how to determine which and to whom information can be released. There will be time for additional questions and discussion the end.


SPRING 2018

JANUARY

Wednesday, January 3
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Recording Attendance for Online and Hybrid Classes: What You Need to Know
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
In late 2017, Durham Tech released several new resources for faculty that spell out important attendance procedures. One is a comprehensive guide to Web Attendance Tracking for all classes, and another provides additional Attendance Tips for Curriculum Online and Hybrid Classes. For the most part, these resources document practices that have long been in place. However, for online and hybrid classes, there are some new requirements: For example, there’s a new report you’ll need to run in Sakai to determine student entry dates (“E” dates), and some new “official” verbiage to convey to students. In this session, we’ll discuss what’s new and what you need to do to record accurate attendance for online and hybrid courses.

 Wednesday, January 3
12:00 – 4:00 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 supervisor by Tuesday, January 2 to participate.

Wednesday, January 24
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) – It’s Not Just for English Instructors
Panelists include previous SoTL participants: Lea Bingham, Instructor, English; Jonathan Cook, Instructor, English; and Marina DelVecchio, Instructor, English and Women’s Studies
Do you want to make a big change to your classes but you just don’t seem to have the time or inclination? Consider participating in SoTL, a TLC program that provides structure and incentive to faculty who want to make big changes. The TLC’s support includes mini-sabbaticals for full-time faculty and stipends for part-time faculty (and stipends for full-time faculty who participate in summer terms). Participants in this TLC activity will learn about the application process and hear from a few previous SoTL completers.

FEBRUARY

Thursday, February 1
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
What’s New @ Your Library? Updates on Resources and Tools
Presented by Stephen Brooks, Reference Librarian; Courtney Bippley, Reference Librarian; and Julie Humphrey, Director, Library
Join members of the library staff as we introduce you to lots of new online resources, some of which replace resources that we’ve had access to for several years, and we’ll share a new interface that can search all library collections at once.  Come learn about new resources to enhance your course content and tools to make finding information easier.

Monday, February 5
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Difficult Advising Conversations
Presented by Jairo McMican, Director, Admissions and Advising Services, and Alicia Freeman, Coordinator, Disability Services
When a future career hangs in the balance, are you equipped to have the difficult conversation needed to help students explore possible alternatives to success? At times, it can be especially difficult to communicate to students vital truths regarding career and life goals. There are methods and strategies available to help alleviate this process. This participative workshop will focus on best practices and how to institute them. This workshop also supports the work of our Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): P3Connect: Plan, Prepare, and Proceed. Please join us as we strive to better link students to successful outcomes through our career pathways.

Thursday, February 8
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Creating Accessible Documents in Word
Presented by Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist
http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, 9-231
PRE-REQUISITE: Comfort using Microsoft Word
This workshop provides an overview of creating accessible documents through hands-on application of accessibility principles. Participants will learn how to: create accessible text and structure; incorporate accessible images, tables, and hyperlinks; and run a final accessibility check. The accessible document will then be saved as an accessible PDF file. Participants are encouraged to bring a document of their own to revise, if time allows. 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.

Tuesday, February 13
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
Presented by Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist
 http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, 9-231
PRE-REQUISITE: Comfort using PowerPoint to create presentations
In this hands-on workshop, participants will apply accessibility concepts by creating a new accessible PowerPoint presentation and updating the accessibility of an existing one. Topics include: accessible structure and design; incorporating accessible images, non-text elements, and multimedia; and addressing common accessibility problems. Participants are encouraged to bring a presentation of their own to revise, if time allows.  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.

Thursday, February 15
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
How I Studied Abroad in London for (Almost) Free and You Can Too!
International Education Opportunities for Faculty and Staff
Presented by Eptisam Ahmed, Associate in Science Student and Heidi White, Director of International Student Services and Study Abroad
Eptisam Ahmed was awarded two scholarships to study abroad in London in summer 2017. She received $7,500 in scholarships from CIEE (a study abroad organization) and $3,000 from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. She earned transfer credit for the courses she took abroad.  Come hear about her experience and her advice on how other students can study abroad for (almost) free as well!

And … Do you know there are international opportunities for faculty and staff? Come hear Heidi talk more about these options and how you can apply.

Session PowerPoint

Friday, February 16
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The QEP, the Classroom, and You or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the QEP
Presented by Sonny Haynes, Instructor, English; Tina Bryant-Allen, Assistant Vice President, Institutional Assessment and Planning; and Christy Walker, Director, Career Services/QEP
We are now in year one of our QEP, and it’s time to discuss how this project connects to our work in the classroom.  Join us for a discussion about how Career Services and Transitions can be used in your classroom; who is conducting classroom assessments for the QEP, what they are doing, and when they are doing it; and how the classroom intervention overlaps with other interventions.  Participants will leave with a better sense of how our work in the classroom lines up with the larger QEP project and information about how to integrate academic and career decision making information into relevant parts of their classes.

Tuesday, February 20
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Policies and Procedures at Durham Tech
Presented by Keitcha Royal, Coordinator, Institutional Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Planning
Join us for an interactive opportunity to learn about the College’s updated policy and procedure process. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge about the steps between proposal and approval, and will have the opportunity to participate in an engaging and educational hands-on exercise.

Wednesday, February 21 and Wednesday, February 28
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Mental Health First Aid
Presented by Chelsea Smith, Instructor, Nursing Assistant
Adult Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis. Participants will recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury.

The TLC will cover the $20 materials fee for all registered participants. We will also provide refreshments. To register, please email Gabby McCutchen at mccutcheng@durhamtech.edu.

Thursday, February 22
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Add Interactivity to Videos with EDpuzzle
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
 http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, 9-231
PRE-REQUISITE: Comfort using a web browser
Do 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 do all that with EDpuzzle, a free online tool that lets you create an interactive video lesson.

You can find a video (or upload your own) and add “stopping points” throughout the video (inserting questions, links, text, plus audio notes). 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 EDpuzzle account; find a video; add interactive questions, links and an audio note in the video; publish the video lesson; and share the link with others.

Monday, February 26
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Advising Updates for Academic Advisors
Presented by Kurt Laudicina, Academic Advisor and Instructor, College Success and Robert Leonard, Advisor, Financial Aid
This session 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. We will also spend time sharing helpful hints with our colleagues and discuss ideas for improving procedures.

Tuesday, February 27
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Office Mix Is Nixed! What’s Next?
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies

This is part 1 of a two-part series. Part 1 provides an overview, and part 2 is a hands-on follow-up.

In late October 2017, Microsoft announced that Office Mix is being phased out, with a final end date of May 1, 2018. If you have published Office Mixes on the web, they will no longer be accessible by you or your students after that date. Luckily, there are numerous options (perhaps too many options!) for continuing to use that content and for creating narrated PowerPoints going forward. Instructional Technologies has researched the options and developed a plan to enable instructors to move through this transition with (we hope) minimal disruption. If you’ve used Office Mix and want to continue narrating PowerPoints, please join us to find out what you need to do.

Note: Part 2 hands-on sessions will be held April 6.

MARCH

Friday, March 2
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Web Conferencing with the Sakai Meetings Tool
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
 http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, 9-219
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai workshop or experience using Sakai as an instructor
This workshop provides 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 communicate in real time with remote students. 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 also upload presentations, use a whiteboard, chat, work with polls, and share their desktop.

Tuesday, March 6
12:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Teaching-Learning Center Conference
Visit the TLC website for information on the agenda, including keynote speakers.

Wednesday, March 7
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Advising Updates for Academic Advisors
Presented by Jairo McMican, Director, Admissions and Advising Services and Justin Gray, Advisor, Financial Aid
This session 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. We will also spend time sharing helpful hints with our colleagues and discuss ideas for improving procedures. (Note: This session contains the same content as the February one.)

Wednesday, March 14
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Go Ahead, Sign Up
Presented by Wilma Herndon, Instructor, Health Education
Investing in membership with organizations and associations can give you a variety of professional development opportunities. Membership gives access to information about industry trends and will often intersect with academic disciplines offering student programming ideas. Come out to see evidence of how this health improvement strategy can lift your mood, multiply your endorphins and possibly have you jumping for joy.

Friday, March 16
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Office Mix Is Nixed! What’s Next?
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies

This is part 1 of a two-part series. This session contains the same content as the February 27 session. Part 1 provides an overview, and part 2 is a hands-on follow-up.

In late October 2017, Microsoft announced that Office Mix is being phased out, with a final end date of May 1, 2018. If you have published Office Mixes on the web, they will no longer be accessible by you or your students after that date. Luckily, there are numerous options (perhaps too many options!) for continuing to use that content and for creating narrated PowerPoints going forward. Instructional Technologies has researched the options and developed a plan to enable instructors to move through this transition with (we hope) minimal disruption. If you’ve used Office Mix and want to continue narrating PowerPoints, please join us to find out what you need to do.

Note: Part 2 hands-on sessions will be held April 6.

Tuesday, March 20
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Results from the Noel-Levitz Employee Satisfaction Survey
Presented by Melanie Riester, Director, Institutional Research and Evaluation
During the spring 2017 term, Durham Tech administered the Noel-Levitz Employee Satisfaction survey. Noel-Levitz is a nationally renowned organization known for developing surveys for colleges and universities to help identify areas of strengths and weaknesses that can be used for strategic planning. We will discuss employee responses to questions about campus culture and policies, institutional goals, involvement and decision-making, and work environment. All employees are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, March 21
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Add Interactivity to Videos with EDpuzzle
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
 http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, 9-231
PRE-REQUISITE: Comfort using a web browser
Do 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 do all that with EDpuzzle, a free online tool that lets you create an interactive video lesson.

You can find a video (or upload your own) and add “stopping points” throughout the video (inserting questions, links, text, plus audio notes). 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 EDpuzzle account; find a video; add interactive questions, links and an audio note in the video; publish the video lesson, and share the link with others.

Thursday, March 22
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Creating Accessible Documents in Word
Presented by Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist
http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, 1-142
PRE-REQUISITE: Comfort using Microsoft Word
This workshop provides an overview of creating accessible documents through hands-on application of accessibility principles. Participants will learn how to: create accessible text and structure; incorporate accessible images, tables, and hyperlinks; and run a final accessibility check. The accessible document will then be saved as an accessible PDF file. Participants are encouraged to bring a document of their own to revise, if time allows. 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.

Friday, March 23
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The Impact of Peer-Led Learning on Student Engagement
Presented by Danielle Johnson, Early Childhood Education
Face-to-face lectures can often be implemented in the form of one-way communication as information is exchanged. There are both external and internal factors that can cause a student to be disengaged and not fully interact with peers or the instructor.  Creating peer-led opportunities that will allow students to create a learning environment that is inclusive and responsive will allow all students to be engaged both in their group and the class as a whole. This presentation will summarize Danielle’s SoTL project in which she researched ways instructors can establish protocols to aide in formulating student work groups that will provide students opportunities to lead and exchange information throughout the semester.

The TLC supports full-time and part-time instructor participation in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects that substantially change the ways in which instructors teach. SoTL projects focus on large-scale, research-based change to an instructor’s teaching practices. For more information about the SoTL opportunities and incentives, see the SoTL webpages on the TLC website.

Monday, March 26
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
10 Flipped and Active Learning Strategies You Can Add to Your Class to Increase Engagement and Improve Learning
Presented by Barbi Honeycutt, FLIP It Consulting, LLC
Note:
Registration is encouraged, but not required. Email Gabby McCutchen at mccutcheng@durhamtech.edu by Friday, March 23 to register. The first 15 registrants will receive a copy of one of Barbi’s books on easy flipping and focusing strategies.

You don’t have to re-design your entire course to increase student engagement and improve learning. By adding a few active learning strategies to your classroom, you can increase student engagement, encourage collaboration, and improve learning and retention. In this highly interactive workshop, you will participate in 10 different flipped and active learning strategies you can immediately apply to your class.  Each of the strategies is informed by research, grounded in theory, and designed for practical application. At the end of the workshop, you will receive a packet featuring all 10 of the teaching strategies and additional resources you can use to create successful flipped and active learning experiences for your students.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify “flippable moments” in a course.
  • Participate in 10 different active learning strategies.
  • Describe the benefits of integrating flipped and active learning strategies into a course.
  • Start developing an active learning strategy for one of the lessons in your course.

Monday, March 26
4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Post-Workshop Q&A Session
Presented by Barbi Honeycutt, FLIP It Consulting, LLC
There are many models and definitions for the flipped classroom and many ways you can implement this approach into your classroom. Regardless of the model you choose, flipping essentially means reversing the way you design the learning environment so students are engaging in activities, applying concepts, and focusing on higher level learning outcomes during class time. Bring your questions to this Q&A session! We’ll discuss your challenges, the current flipped classroom research, different models and approaches, and best practices for creating successful flipped learning experiences. It will valuable regardless of your level of experience with the flipped classroom model.

APRIL

Friday, April 6
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Office Mix Transition for Current Users: Hands-on Session
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
 http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, 1-142
PRE-REQUISITE: Comfort using Microsoft Word

This is part 2 of a two-part series. This session covers the same content as the one on March 27. (For Part 1, see Office Mix is Nixed! on February 27 and March 16.)

Microsoft is retiring Office Mix effective May 1, 2018. As a follow-up to earlier TLC sessions on this topic, this session will provide hands-on training for those who have used Office Mix and want to continue creating narrated PowerPoints. In this session you will learn:

  1. How to move your existing published mixes to another platform
  2. New workflows for creating and publishing narrated PowerPoints going forward

This session does NOT teach beginners how to use Office Mix, but covers the transition steps that current users need to know.

Tuesday, April 10
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
Presented by Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist
 http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, 1-142
PRE-REQUISITE: Comfort using PowerPoint to create presentations
In this hands-on workshop, participants will apply accessibility concepts by creating a new accessible PowerPoint presentation and updating the accessibility of an existing one. Topics include: accessible structure and design; incorporating accessible images, non-text elements, and multimedia; and addressing common accessibility problems. Participants are encouraged to bring a presentation of their own to revise, if time allows.  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.

Wednesday, April 11
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Testing with Training Wheels:  Scaffolding for Problem Solving Skills
Presented by Heather Aloor, Instructor, Biology; Benjamin Dunnington, Instructor, Chemistry; Brittney VornDick, Instructor, Physics; and Kathy Zarilla, Instructor, Microbiology
As teachers we want students to learn not only concepts, but also be able to solve problems in novel situations.  When confronted with a novel and complex problem, students often have difficulty breaking down the problem into simpler, easily solvable steps. Therefore, in fall 2017, this FIG group chose to explore scaffolding as a strategy to improve students’ problem-solving skills.  In an effort to help students develop the skill of complex problem solving, we will explicitly break down questions on spring 2018 exams throughout the semester as an example of how to go about solving a multi-step problem.  We will do this by using prompts on the exam to help students identify information that they already know.  As the semester progresses, fewer prompts will be used on exams.  We hope that the prompts will model how students can successfully think about a problem, and that students will be able to problem solve without the prompts at the end of the semester. Participants will leave understanding the concept of scaffolding and considering how they might apply it to their courses.

This is one of five presentations in Spring 2018 that summarizes the work of the Faculty/Staff Interest Groups (FIGs). See the FIG webpage on the TLC website for more information about FIGs at Durham Tech.

Thursday, April 12
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Hang On and Keep Trying: Strategies for Retaining Your Students
Presented by Janemarie Baker, Instructor, Respiratory Therapy Technologies; Sue Cheng, Instructor, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program; Cindy Hardin, Instructor, Practical Nursing; and Melanie Riester, Director, Institutional Research and Evaluation
Our common goal is for all students to be in a good academic standing going into their final exam.  The magic question is ‘how can we get them there?’  Three Health Tech programs identified retention strategies to implement.  Respiratory Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant implemented quizzing on reading prior to class.  Practical Nursing added self-directed medical terminology modules into their nursing course.  Come learn what we discovered about our students, the success of our strategies, and how these strategies might apply to your own courses! Light refreshments will be provided.

This is one of five presentations in Spring 2018 that summarizes the work of the Faculty/Staff Interest Groups (FIGs). See the FIG webpage on the TLC website for more information about FIGs at Durham Tech.

Friday, April 13
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
ACA Instructor Training Refresher
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience
Previous “graduates” of the four-day ACA 122 College Success instructor training are invited to participate in this refresher to catch up on what’s new in the ACA curriculum. Topics will include a new understanding of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement and other articulation agreements, financial aid literacy, academic planning in Self-Service, new instructional technologies, and strategies for increasing metacognition. Individuals who are interested in teaching ACA 122 in the 2018-19 academic year are especially encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, April 17
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
POUND® Out Your Stress like a Rock Star!
Presented by Pound Pro® Heidi White
Late in the semester (and on Tax Day) we all need to hit something… so come hit the floor and try out one of the newest fitness formats (as seen on the TV show This is Us).  Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out! The workout is easily modifiable and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals to men and women of all ages and abilities. Participants should wear loose-fitting clothing suitable for exercise.  A towel and water bottle are also recommended.

Thursday, April 19
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Hybrid Education Is Not FIGurative: Moving to Partnered Activities in the Online Portion of a Hybrid Class
Presented by Lisa Blair, Instructor, French/Spanish; Mauricio García Vargas, Instructor, Spanish; Suzi Jaikaran, Coordinator, Human Resources; Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist; and Laura Ziznewski , Instructor, Psychology
Hybrid instruction is often difficult when it comes to engaging students in a meaningful way for the online portion of the class. Skill building and partnered activities can be challenging in this respect. Our goal was to determine how to engage students with one another in a productive way in a hybrid class, so that students would still get to practice their skills with a partner even though they were not physically together in a classroom. We found that, although we designed this FIG with foreign language classes in mind, these activities could be adapted for non-language classes. We have found that these principles apply in most cases. With this presentation, we hope to help others develop similar ideas and activities for their own hybrid classes.

This is one of five presentations in Spring 2018 that summarizes the work of the Faculty/Staff Interest Groups (FIGs). See the FIG webpage on the TLC website for more information about FIGs at Durham Tech.

Friday, April 20
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Group Work: Encouraging Student Buy-In
Presented by Sara Heckler, Instructor, English; Chellie LaPointe, Instructor, Art History; Agatha Mak, Tutor, Center for Academic Excellence; Patrick Morris, Director, Center for Academic Excellence; and Gilbert Umberger, Coordinator, Student Activities
We know group activities develop higher-level thinking while prompting students to refine oral communication and leadership skills, yet instructors face a number of hurdles when trying to encourage collaborative work in students. A history of negative group work experiences, fear of plagiarism, and the myth of the lone academic all work against getting students to buy in to the value of group work. The result is often an ocean of silence when students are asked to collaborate on a project or discuss an issue. As a result, we face the two-fold challenge of debunking the myths surrounding group work and guiding our students towards how to do group work so they can carry that practice into other classes and their own academic experience. Our FIG goal is to illustrate the value of collaborative work when tackling challenging aspects of analysis and critical thinking. In the process, we also examine the potential grade impact of group work in the context of discussion vs. a group project.

This is one of five presentations in Spring 2018 that summarizes the work of the Faculty/Staff Interest Groups (FIGs). See the FIG webpage on the TLC website for more information about FIGs at Durham Tech.

MAY

Wednesday, May 2
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
See, Your Science Book Isn’t That Scary
Presented by Natasha Butz, Instructor, Biology; Olga Hogrefe, Instructor, Chemistry; Robbi Muckenfuss, Instructor, Developmental Reading and English; and Scott Stauble, Instructor, Anatomy and Physiology
Students taking science classes tend to struggle with the reading.  The textbooks contain complex and detailed material, and supplementary materials (ex. lab instructions or journal articles) can be challenging to navigate. The science faculty have been concerned that students don’t make use of their textbook, and this generally impacts their overall success in the class. The science reading FIG researched reading strategies for the sciences and each faculty member tested at least one strategy during the spring semester. This presentation will share some strategies and the results experienced in BIO 111, CHM 094, and BIO 169. Participants will leave considering how these strategies might apply to their own courses.

This is one of five presentations in Spring 2018 that summarizes the work of the Faculty/Staff Interest Groups (FIGs). See the FIG webpage on the TLC website for more information about FIGs at Durham Tech.

Friday, May 4
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Favorite Tech Tools: 10-Year Anniversary Edition!
Presented by Instructional Technologies Staff
It’s the tenth 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 served.