2018-2019

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 2018

Monday, August 6
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 3 to participate. 

Wednesday, 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 3 to participate.  

Tuesday, August 21
2:00 3:00 p.m.
Search All Library Databases at Once!
Presented by Stephen Brooks, Reference Librarian
Do you or your students get confused trying to remember which library database is which? Summon®—in librarian parlance, a “discovery layer”—is a search tool that lets you search multiple library databases at once. Find books, e-books, articles, videos and more with one search. Join Stephen in the TLC to see Summon® in action! He will address basic and advanced searching techniques using this powerful tool. Learn to filter your search results by date, format and other criteria.

Thursday, August 23
2:30 3:30 p.m.
Facing Unconscious Bias in the Classroom: What We Don’t Know About Ourselves Can Hurt Our Students
Presented by Courtnea Rainey, Instructor, College Success
Implicit bias (unconscious biases in favor of or against certain groups) in the classroom can create significant barriers to student success.  As faculty and staff, we strive to make Durham Tech a place where all students are welcome and valued.  Unfortunately, even those who intentionally support diversity and inclusiveness can harbor implicit bias against the very group(s) they seek to support.  This workshop will engage participants in an evidence-based discussion of the costs of implicit bias and will present the free, online Implicit Association Test as a tool to privately access your own potential bias.  By the end of the session, participants will be able to devise strategies to counteract their own implicit bias in their roles at Durham Tech.

Tuesday, August 28
10:00 – 11:00 a.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).

SEPTEMBER

Wednesdays: September 5, 12, 19, and 26
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
College Success Instructor Training
Facilitated by Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience and Instructors, College Success
Registration Required: Email Kerry Cantwell at cantwellk@durhamtech.edu by Wednesday, August 29
This 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.

Friday, September 7
10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Web Conferencing with the Sakai Meetings Tool
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
Registration Required: http://training.durhamtech.edu/
Pre-requisite: Completion of Intro to Sakai workshop or experience using Sakai as an instructor
Note Location: Tech Building, 9-219
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, review participant statistics, and share their desktop.

Wednesday, September 19
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Advising 101
Presented by Kurt Laudicina, Academic Advisor
Note Location: Wynn Center, 10-301
Rescheduled from 9/12 to 9/19 due to inclement weather

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; and considerations for special populations. Participants are encouraged to also attend the Advising Technologies workshop at the same time the following week. 

Friday, September 21
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Using Excel for Analyzing and Reporting Grades
Presented by Brittney VornDick, Instructor, Physics
Note Location: White Building, Room 1-142
Rescheduled from 9/14 to 9/21 due to inclement weather
Excel is a useful tool when calculating grades, but it also can be useful in analyzing grades and creating midterm grade reports for your students. In this workshop, we will go over some basic functions used in analyzing grades and progress to a basic introduction of pivot tables, which can be used to visually analyze the data. We will end with learning how to merge the Excel gradebook with Word to create a midterm report in only a few clicks for each of your students that you can print or email to your students. You are welcome to have your downloaded gradebook from Sakai handy to play with during the workshop since we will be working in a computer lab.

Monday, September 24
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Advising and Financial Aid Updates for Academic Advisors
Presented by Blake Williams, Academic Advisor along with a Financial Aid Advisor
All academic advisors should attend this presentation to learn about advising updates, including financial aid information. 

Wednesday, September 26
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) and Dev Ed Reform (again)
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Dean, Student Engagement and Transitions
Developmental education across the state of North Carolina is undergoing a substantial transformation, and Durham Tech is participating in a pilot in Spring 2019. This transformation will change (1) how we place students into college-level coursework and (2) what supports we provide for students who aren’t ready for college-level coursework, specifically whether students participate in pre-requisite support or co-requisite support. Gabby will present these changes and facilitate discussion around several advising scenarios. This presentation will be offered several times in Fall 2018.

Wednesday, September 26
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Using Advising Technologies
Presented by Kurt Laudicina, Academic Advisor
Note Location: Wynn Center, 10-301
Rescheduled from 9/19 to 9/26 due to inclement weather
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.

Thursday, September 27
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Rewarding the Journey (Not Just the Destination) for Student Success
Presented by Courtnea Rainey, Instructor, College Success
This workshop will address the use of positive reinforcement to deliberately shape student behavior towards academic success.  By rewarding student behaviors that lead to successful performance on exams and assignments (and not just performance on these summative assessments themselves), instructors can mentor more students towards successful course outcomes.  This workshop will discuss several academic behaviors that have been linked to academic success and will present different approaches to rewarding these behaviors.  At the end of this session, participants will be able to apply behavioral psychology and SoTL literature to design curriculum reward strategies appropriate for their courses.

Friday, September 28
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Creating Accessible Documents in Word
Presented by Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist
Registration Required: http://training.durhamtech.edu/
Pre-requisite: Comfort using Microsoft Word
Note Location: White Building, 1-142
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.

OCTOBER

Monday, October 1
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) and Dev Ed Reform (again)
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Dean, Student Engagement and Transitions
Rescheduled from 9/17 to 10/1 due to inclement weather
Developmental education across the state of North Carolina is undergoing a substantial transformation, and Durham Tech is participating in a pilot in Spring 2019. This transformation will change (1) how we place students into college-level coursework and (2) what supports we provide for students who aren’t ready for college-level coursework, specifically whether students participate in pre-requisite support or co-requisite support. Gabby will present these changes and facilitate discussion around several advising scenarios. This presentation will be offered several times in Fall 2018.

Wednesday, October 3
3:00 – 4:00 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). 

Friday, October 5
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Add Interactivity to Videos with EDpuzzle
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
Registration Required: http://training.durhamtech.edu/
Pre-requisite: Comfort using a web browser
Note Location: Tech Building, 9-219
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. 

Wednesday, October 10
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Advising and Financial Aid Updates for Academic Advisors
Presented by Abe Dones, Interim Director, Admissions and Advising Services along with a Financial Aid Advisor
Note Location: Phillips Building, 3231
All academic advisors should attend this presentation to learn about advising updates, including financial aid information. 

Thursday, October 18
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) and Dev Ed Reform (again)
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Dean, Student Engagement and Transitions
Developmental education across the state of North Carolina is undergoing a substantial transformation, and Durham Tech is participating in a pilot in Spring 2019. This transformation will change (1) how we place students into college-level coursework and (2) what supports we provide for students who aren’t ready for college-level coursework, specifically whether students participate in pre-requisite support or co-requisite support. Gabby will present these changes and facilitate discussion around several advising scenarios. This presentation will be offered several times in Fall 2018.

Friday, October 19
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
Presented by Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist
Registration Required: http://training.durhamtech.edu/
Pre-requisite: Comfort using PowerPoint to create presentations
Note Location: White Building, 1-142
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.

Friday, October 19
11:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) and Dev Ed Reform (again)
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Dean, Student Engagement and Transitions
Developmental education across the state of North Carolina is undergoing a substantial transformation, and Durham Tech is participating in a pilot in Spring 2019. This transformation will change (1) how we place students into college-level coursework and (2) what supports we provide for students who aren’t ready for college-level coursework, specifically whether students participate in pre-requisite support or co-requisite support. Gabby will present these changes and facilitate discussion around several advising scenarios. This presentation will be offered several times in Fall 2018. 

Tuesday, October 23
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) and Dev Ed Reform (again)
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Dean, Student Engagement and Transitions
Developmental education across the state of North Carolina is undergoing a substantial transformation, and Durham Tech is participating in a pilot in Spring 2019. This transformation will change (1) how we place students into college-level coursework and (2) what supports we provide for students who aren’t ready for college-level coursework, specifically whether students participate in pre-requisite support or co-requisite support. Gabby will present these changes and facilitate discussion around several advising scenarios. This presentation will be offered several times in Fall 2018. 

Friday, October 26
1:00 – 3:00
10 Active Learning Strategies You Can Integrate Into Your Online 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 Monday, October 22 to register.
You don’t have to re-design your entire online course to increase student engagement and improve learning. By adding a few active learning strategies to your course design, you can increase student engagement, encourage collaboration, and improve learning and retention.

In this interactive workshop, you will identify 9 places in your online course where you can implement active learning strategies. Then, you’ll explore 10 different flipped and active learning strategies you can immediately apply to your online course. Each strategy is informed by research, grounded in theory, and designed for practical application. You will receive a resources packet featuring a list of flipped and active learning strategies, planning templates, and recommended technology tools and resources you can use to create engaging online learning experiences for your students. Feel free to bring your own device to use during some of the activities.  

Learning Outcomes:  

  • Identify 9 places in your online course where you can easily implement active learning strategies without needing to redesign or restructure your whole course.  
  • Explore 10 different flipped and active learning strategies you can use in synchronous and asynchronous online environments.  
  • Describe the benefits of integrating flipped and active learning strategies into a course.
  • Start developing an active learning strategy for your online course.  

 Friday, October 26
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Post-Workshop Q&A Session
Presented by Barbi Honeycutt, FLIP It Consulting, LLC
Bring your questions to this Q&A session! We’ll discuss your challenges, the current active learning classroom research, different models and approaches, and best practices for creating successful online learning experiences.  

Monday, October 29
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The Power of Yet: Promoting Growth Mindsets Within Our Students
Presented by Stephanie Dawson, Instructor, Associate Degree Nursing
Are some learners inherently brighter than others? Do some students have a greater aptitude than others? How can I harness the learner’s potential to help the learner achieve greater success?  

To answer these questions and others, this session will seek to provide foundational and contextual information regarding growth and fixed mindsets related to clinical and didactic education from a nursing instructor’s viewpoint. After establishing a foundational understanding, participants will dive into their own mindsets, coming to understand the areas where they exhibit both growth and fixed mindsets. Educators will then take this enhanced perspective and examine their current teaching methods to discover where practices that promote a fixed mindset can be minimized and practices that promote a growth mindset can be enhanced. This session is lively, interactive, and filled with practical tips that can quickly and easily be implemented in one’s teaching style. 

NOVEMBER

Friday, November 2
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Teaching Bloopers
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Courtnea Rainey, and Deidre Yancey, Instructors, College Success
Have you ever belched in the middle of answering a student’s question or accidentally retaught a PowerPoint presentation to the same students? You’re not alone! Come share your experiences and your ideas for how to respond to these inevitable, mortifying incidents in this casual, round-table discussion.   

Wednesday, November 7
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sakai Showcase
Presented by Lisa Blair, Instructor, French/Spanish; Cathy Collie-Robinson, Director/Instructor, Early Childhood Education; Marina DelVecchio, Instructor, English/Women’s Studies; Tom Magrinat, Instructor, Psychology; Zack Stockbridge, Instructor, Astronomy; and Kris Weberg, Instructor, English
Are you curious to learn how other instructors use Sakai? Come to this panel presentation by instructors who make extensive use of Sakai in their online courses! They will take you through their Sakai course and show you how to take full advantage of Sakai features such as lessons, checklists, questions, audio, and more. Instructors will also demonstrate how they incorporate group work and other projects via their Sakai sites. Even though these instructors will show their online courses in particular, any instructor who uses Sakai will benefit from this session. 

Thursday, November 8
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Councils and Committees and Associations—Oh My!
Presented by Keitcha Royal, Coordinator, Institutional Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Planning
Keitcha will lead an interactive journey through the College’s infrastructure, including what’s new for 2018-2019, structures/functions, 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. 

The November 8 presentation has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for Spring 2019.

Friday, November 16
11:00 a.m. 12 p.m.
Inclusive Advising
Presented by Jairo McMican, Dean of Student Learning, Central Carolina Community College and Jordan McMican, Academic Advisor, NC State University
Inclusive advising is a framework and approach to working with the growing population of diverse students. Being inclusive is the concept of not only bringing diversity to the table, but also truly welcoming the newness of ideas, experiences, cultures and perspectives that may come with it. When blending the notion of inclusivity and advising, it creates a framework for advisors to continually monitor and improve their advising style so that it serves all students equitably. 

Tuesday, November 27
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Orientation in the NCCCS: What Are We Doing?
Presented by Shana Curl, Academic Advisor and Instructor, College Success
During this TLC you will learn the results of survey research Shana conducted in 2018 to gather baseline data regarding orientation in the NCCCS. Questions were asked about content, learning objectives, and assessment of orientation system-wide, with 21 colleges responding to the survey. This TLC will also ask the Durham Tech community to brainstorm ways to improve orientation processes at our institution. 

Friday, November 30
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
FIG, PRESS, CLIP Reunion
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Dean, Student Engagement and Transitions
Since 2009, the TLC has offered programming that supports faculty and staff working together in small groups to explore a teaching and learning topic of interest to them. We’ve called these groups Communities of Learning Inquiry and Practice (CLIPs), PRESS for Completion teams, and Faculty/Staff Interest Groups (FIGs). If you have ever participated in one of these groups, you are invited to this reunion. We’ll gather informally to reflect on how participation in these groups influenced our teaching practices and what we learned about our topics, our classes, and ourselves since the end of our commitment to the TLC programming. Light refreshments will be provided.

DECEMBER

No TLC activities are scheduled this month. Check back for the spring calendar in late fall.