2016-2017

All Teaching-Learning Center activities will take place in the TLC (Phillips Building, Room 3-125) unless otherwise noted.

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

Fall 2016

AUGUST

Monday, August 8
4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
New Faculty Orientation
reg req2
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 Thursday, August 4 to participate.

Wednesday, August 10
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
New Faculty Orientation
reg req2
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 Thursday, August 4 to participate. 

Wednesday, August 24
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Recorded Webinar: FERPA Essentials for Faculty
Presented by Steven J. McDonald, General Counsel, Rhode Island School of Design
From the webinar website: “Join us for an online training that will provide faculty with critical information about FERPA, the federal statute that governs nearly all student records. Starting from an overview of the FERPA framework, we will address issues that faculty commonly face—often without realizing the FERPA implications and risks—including: posting grades; emailing with, and about, students; recommendation letters; use of online tools and collaborative pedagogies; talking with (helicopter) parents; and administrator requests for student information.”

The 90-minute webinar will be followed by a 30-minute discussion with Student Development and Support personnel about how to apply the content to our work at Durham Tech. Light refreshments will be provided.

Friday, August 26
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Making Your Word Documents Accessible
Presented by Darrin Evans, Director, Virtual Learning Community Professional Development Center
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 1-142reg req2 http://training.durhamtech.edu/
PRE-REQUISITE: Comfort using Word 2013 to create and edit documents
Federal and state laws require that content and documents placed online must be “accessible” to all students regardless of disability. This session will open with a brief introduction to web accessibility – what it is, who it affects, and why it’s important – followed by a hands-on exercise, in which participants will be guided through the process of making an existing Word document accessible. We’ll provide the document for the hands-on portion, but participants are also encouraged to bring their own Word document (such as a handout, syllabus, or other doc) to work on at the end of the session, with helpers nearby. You can bring your Word document on a USB drive or simply email it to yourself or access it through Sakai.

By the end of this session, you’ll know the basics of web accessibility and be able to do the following in Word 2013: use headings to create proper document structure; select appropriate fonts and colors; provide alternative text for images; create accessible web links; handle lists and tables; and identify issues using the Accessibility Checker built into Word 2013.

Monday, August 29
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 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). 

SEPTEMBER

Friday, September 2
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Advising 101
Presented by Abe Dones, Assistant Dean, Admissions, Advising, and Enrollment 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; and considerations for special populations. Participants are encouraged to also attend the Advising Technologies workshop at the same time the following week.

Tuesday, September 6
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
How to Apply for Grants at Durham Tech
Presented by Rhea Deroian, Manager, Grants Development
NOTE: This session is a repeat from August 29
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, September 7
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Page Turners
Facilitated by Christine Dove, Instructor, Sociology; and Lance Lee, Instructor, Spanish and Coordinator, Faculty Development
Join the Page Turners this fall in reading and discussing How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. Drawing on research from a variety of disciplines, from psychology to organizational behavior, the authors illustrate research-based principles of learning, providing both theory and real-classroom examples in practice. The text is specifically geared to the college or university teacher. This session will discuss Chapters 1-3: “How Does Students’ Prior Knowledge Affect Their Learning?”; “How Does the Way Students Organize Knowledge Affect Their Learning?”; “What Factors Motivate Students to Learn?” Participants are encouraged to drop in for the sessions of greatest interest and convenience to them. The campus library has copies of the book.

Thursday, September 8
10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Web Conferencing with the Sakai Meetings Tool
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, Room 9-219reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai training
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 different layouts, and share their desktop.

Friday, September 9
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Using Advising Technologies
Presented by Abe Dones, Assistant Dean, Admissions, Advising, and Enrollment Support
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.

Tuesday, September 13
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Student Activities: More Than Just Free Food
Presented by Gilbert Umberger, Student Activities Coordinator
Many people look at student activities as a way for students to have fun and receive free food; however, student activities is much more than free food and having fun. We invite you to join us as we explore the hidden benefits of Durham Tech students participating in campus activities, as well as, clubs and organizations. Workshop participants will receive a better understanding of the purpose of campus wide activities and the importance of students participating in those activities.

Wednesday, September 14
1
:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Code of Conduct and Maxient Training
Presented by Christine Kelly-Kleese, Vice President, Student Engagement, Development, and Support

Come to this session to discuss the recently revised Code of Conduct and learn about our new reporting system.  At this session, we will use case studies to consider and discuss the nuances of the Code of Conduct. You can expect to get the answers to these questions (and others you may have):

  • What are the changes in the procedures?
  • How will these changes affect faculty and staff?
  • If I witness a student engaging in a behavior that is disruptive to the learning environment (or that simply causes me concern), what are my options for handling the situation?

This session will also introduce the process for submitting reports. To manage Code of Conduct and other types of reporting and recordkeeping, Durham Tech has adopted a new system called Maxient. The Maxient software will help members of our campus community share information about various types of concerns. We will use this system to report and follow up on student conduct issues, academic integrity, student grievances, care and concern records, Title IX reports, and general informational notes.

Thursday, September 15
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
How to Assist Students Who Are Having Test Anxiety
Presented by John Cain, Instructor of Psychology
Test anxiety can negatively affect a college student’s academic performance. The American Test Anxieties Association has estimated that 16%-20% of students (at all levels of education) may experience severe test anxiety and up to another 18% may experience moderate levels of test anxiety. College faculty members can assist students in identifying test anxiety and in finding appropriate resources for coping with and overcoming test anxiety. When faculty members help students learn to address the challenges of test anxiety, more serious academic problems caused by this anxiety can be avoided.

Participants in this session will leave having accomplished the following:

  • Define test anxiety.
  • Understand some important research on the effects of test anxiety on academic performance.
  • Discuss of strategies faculty members have used to address the issue of test anxiety with their students.
  • Gain three classroom strategies faculty members can employ to assist students who are dealing with test anxiety.
  • Learn how to refer a student to resources that are available for helping them to deal with test anxiety.

Tuesday, September 20
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Advising 101
Presented by Abe Dones, Assistant Dean, Admissions, Advising, and Enrollment Support
NOTE: This session is a repeat from September 2
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.

Thursday, September 22
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
How to Kill Redirect a Dream
Presented by Alicia Freeman, Coordinator, Disability Services; and Jairo McMican, Academic Advisor and Instructor, College Success
If you have ever had to advise a student, you may have encountered someone whose academic record does not reflect their goals. You may have encountered:

  • The “future engineer” who placed into basic skills math and can’t seem to pass any DMA modules
  • The student who hates science courses but wants to be a nurse
  • The student who hates writing but wants to be lawyer or paralegal aide

This workshop will focus on the art of redirecting students to their strengths without extinguishing their fire to succeed. There are steps and techniques to help students understand who they are as well as how to get them to where they need to be. To achieve our learning outcomes, role playing will be instituted and participants will receive handouts on strategies. We also encourage others to come prepared to share their solutions and scenarios.

Tuesday, September 27
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Using Advising Technologies
Presented by Abe Dones, Assistant Dean, Admissions, Advising, and Enrollment Support
NOTE LOCATION: Wynn Center, Room 10-301
NOTE: This session is a repeat from September 9
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.

Wednesday, September 28
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Implementing Discussion Strategies for Student-Centered Teaching/Learning
Presented by Paula Wilder, Director/Instructor, Academic EFL
Student-centered teaching and learning is something that teachers know is more engaging and interesting for students. We know that this provides an environment for students to better learn concepts and facts as well a place to develop their analytical and language skills. However, designing lesson plans that incorporate this type of learning can be challenging. In this workshop, attendees will be given specific methods to use, such as the Harkness discussions, Fishbowl discussions, panels, and debates as way to foster student engagement. Each method will be described and demonstrated, and attendees will be given an opportunity to participate as students in order to gain an understanding of how to use the strategies in a practical manner within the classroom setting.

OCTOBER 

Monday, October 3
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Copyright, Copywrong?
Presented by Courtney Bippley, Reference Librarian
Learn what differentiates between a copyright violation and plagiarism while getting a brief overview of how copyright applies in an educational setting. Participants will be given tools to evaluate whether something falls under public domain, fair use, or a copyright violation.

Wednesday, October 5
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Page Turners
Facilitated by Christine Dove, Instructor, Sociology; and Lance Lee, Instructor, Spanish and Coordinator, Faculty Development
Join the Page Turners this fall in reading and discussing How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. Drawing on research from a variety of disciplines, from psychology to organizational behavior, the authors illustrate research-based principles of learning, providing both theory and real-classroom examples in practice. The text is specifically geared to the college or university teacher.

This session will discuss Chapters 4-5: “How Do Students Develop Mastery?”; “What Kind of Practice and Feedback Enhance Learning?” Participants are encouraged to drop in for the sessions of greatest interest and convenience to them. The campus library has copies of the book.

Thursday, October 6
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sakai 11 Upgrade: Overview and Q&A
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
NOTE: This session will be recorded for later viewing for those who are interested but cannot attend.
Durham Tech will upgrade from Sakai 2.9 to Sakai 11 on December 19, 2016. Sakai 11 brings a whole new look-and-feel, designed to be more mobile-friendly. The Lessons tool also contains significant updates, and there are some new features in Tests & Quizzes, Gradebook, Syllabus, and Assignments. Turnitin will have an updated interface as well. In this session, the presenter will demonstrate the most notable changes in Sakai 11 and explain the upgrade process so you’ll know what to expect. The session will also provide details on various ways instructors can try out and learn the new version of Sakai. And we’ll save some time to answer any questions you may have.

Tuesday, October 18
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Using Turnitin as a Strategy for Avoiding Plagiarism
Presented by Marina DelVecchio, Instructor, English and Women’s Studies; and Jonathan Cook, Coordinator/Instructor, English
English Instructors Marina DelVecchio and Jonathan Cook will present on the advantages of using Sakai’s Turnitin tool as a strategy for avoiding plagiarism. Using Turnitin not only makes online grading and catching plagiarism easy, but it also fosters student awareness that we are all on the same page when it comes to academic honesty and integrity. Turnitin benefits students, as it encourages them to think carefully about how they apply research to their work prior to submitting it for a grade. Participants in this TLC will leave with advice on how to strategically implement Turnitin as an assessment tool that combats plagiarism and as an easier means of grading online work that benefits both students and faculty.

Thursday, October 20
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Advising Updates for Master and Novice Advisors
Presented by Abe Dones, Assistant Dean, Admissions, Advising, and Enrollment Support
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, calculation of graduation honors GPAs, and more! This workshop will provide advising updates on these and other new college-wide procedures. We will also share helpful hints to improve advising experiences for advisors and advisees.

Friday, October 21
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Code of Conduct and Maxient Training
Presented by Christine Kelly-Kleese, Vice President, Student Engagement, Development, and Support

NOTE: This session is a repeat from September 14
Come to this session to discuss the revised Code of Conduct and learn about our new reporting system.  At this session, we will use case studies to consider and discuss the nuances of the Code of Conduct. You can expect to get the answers to these questions (and others you may have):

  • What are the changes in the procedures?
  • How will these changes affect faculty and staff?
  • If I witness a student engaging in a behavior that is disruptive to the learning environment (or that simply causes me concern), what are my options for handling the situation?

This session will also introduce the process for submitting reports. To manage Code of Conduct and other types of reporting and recordkeeping, Durham Tech has adopted a new system called Maxient. The Maxient software will help members of our campus community share information about various types of concerns. We will use this system to report and follow up on student conduct issues, academic integrity, student grievances, care and concern records, Title IX reports, and general informational notes.

Monday, October 24
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Savant ≠ Good Instruction
Presented by
Jairo McMican, Academic Advisor and Instructor, College Student Success
Teaching at most institutions of higher education requires only that the instructors or professors provide proof they have studied a certain field. That does not coincide with the definition of a great instructor. Being a savant does not make one an excellent instructor. Teaching can sometimes be like having bad breath. You have to offend a lot of people before someone will tell you to do something about it. Come discuss the signs of what makes a fetid instructor and some methods we can do to improve our own andragogy.

Tuesday, October 25
2-3:30 p.m.
New Features in Sakai 11
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies, and Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Center, 9- 227
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai training
In this hands-on workshop, participants will log in to a Sakai 11 site and explore the changes and new features that are coming on December 19. You’ll learn how to navigate the redesigned user interface and how to use the updated Lessons tool. You’ll also learn about new features in Tests & Quizzes, Gradebook, Syllabus, and Assignments. In addition, we’ll show you the new interface that’s coming for Turnitin.

Friday, October 28
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
New Features in Sakai 11
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies; and Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Center, Room 9- 142
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai training
In this hands-on workshop, participants will log in to a Sakai 11 site and explore the changes and new features that are coming on December 19. You’ll learn how to navigate the redesigned user interface and how to use the updated Lessons tool. You’ll also learn about new features in Tests & Quizzes, Gradebook, Syllabus, and Assignments. In addition, we’ll show you the new interface that’s coming for Turnitin.

Monday, October 31
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Group work in an online environment? Why, yes, we can!
Presented by Shannon Hahn, Chair/Instructor, Foreign Languages
Do you shy away from assigning group work in your online classes? In this session we will discuss strategies for working with group assignments in the online environment and the benefits such projects have for student engagement. We will examine our concept of “group work,” especially as it relates to the digital classroom, and consider learning activities conducive to the online group. Participants will see examples of successful group projects from introductory and advanced Spanish courses.

NOVEMBER

Friday, November 4
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Trends in Higher Ed
Presented by Lance Lee, Coordinator, Faculty Development; and Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center
For all of its tradition and rituals, higher education exists in a constantly evolving landscape. This ambitious presentation will survey some of the most popular and intriguing trends in higher education, including learning communities, predictive analytics, pathways, Open Educational Resources (OER), resilience, and the connection between student engagement and student academic achievement. Participants will get an overview of each of these trends and a list of resources for further exploration. These topics could make excellent topics for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)research or Faculty/Staff Interest Group (FIG) projects.

Friday, November 4
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
FIG Mixer
Presented by Lance Lee, Coordinator, Faculty Development; and Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center
A FIG is a Faculty/Staff Interest Group, or a small group of diverse faculty and staff who are interested in improving teaching and learning practices in a particular course or discipline. FIG members attend workshops and complete a three-semester process that yields a substantial change to their teaching practices. The TLC is currently recruiting faculty and staff to participate in the upcoming round of FIGs. In the FIG mixer, participants will learn more about the FIG process and incentives, hear testimonials from previous FIG participants, and explore possible FIG topics and configurations. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, see the FIG webpages on the TLC website.

Monday, November 7
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
From PowerPoints to Video Lectures: Increasing Student-Instructor Interaction in the Online Classroom
Presented by Dr. Daysha Lawrence, Adjunct Instructor, Sociology
This presentation will summarize Dr. Lawrence’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project that had two goals: (1) to increase the student-instructor interaction in a Sociology 210 online course and (2) to determine if an association exists between increased student-instructor interaction and student success and retention. Dr. Lawrence used a quasi-experimental design to determine the impact of traditional PowerPoint lectures as compared with a combination of video introductions to PowerPoint lecture and required Skype Chat activities. Participants in this session will leave knowing which one of the online formats students preferred as well as whether there was a difference in student grades or retention.

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.

Wednesday, November 9
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Page Turners
Facilitated by Christine Dove, Instructor, Sociology; and Lance Lee, Instructor, Spanish and Coordinator, Faculty Development
NOTE LOCATION: Phillips Building, 3-126 (Transfer Center)
Join the Page Turners this fall in reading and discussing How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. Drawing on research from a variety of disciplines, from psychology to organizational behavior, the authors illustrate research-based principles of learning, providing both theory and real-classroom examples in practice. The text is specifically geared to the college or university teacher.

This session will discuss Chapters 6-7 and the conclusion: “Why Do Student Development and Course Climate Matter for Student Learning?”; “How Do Students Become Self-Directed Learners?”; “Applying the Seven Principles to Ourselves.” Participants are encouraged to drop in for the sessions of greatest interest and convenience to them. The campus library has copies of the book.

Thursday, November 10
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
New Features in Sakai 11
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies; and Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Center, 9- 227
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai training
In this hands-on workshop, participants will log in to a Sakai 11 site and explore the changes and new features that are coming on December 19. You’ll learn how to navigate the redesigned user interface and how to use the updated Lessons tool. You’ll also learn about new features in Tests & Quizzes, Gradebook, Syllabus, and Assignments. In addition, we’ll show you the new interface that’s coming for Turnitin.

Monday, November 14
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
What do you do when _______? A Discussion of Effective Strategies for Handling Challenging Student Behavior
Presented by Robbi Muckenfuss, Chair, Developmental English and Reading
You walk into the room and it is filled with eager students who are in their seats with all of their materials well before class time.  Each student contributes to the class discussion with questions and comments and turns in the assignments for the day.  Is this what we experience every day?  Most of the time we have a few more challenges than what is described above.  There is always that student who spends more time on his cell phone than taking notes, or the student that doesn’t understand proper classroom etiquette, or the one who struggles with knowing how to express their needs without becoming angry and disrespectful.  Join us for a discussion on these common behaviors.  Come hear what colleagues do to respond to these behaviors.  Share some ideas of your own. (This session is not intended to cover behaviors that require the assistance of campus security.)

Thursday, November 17
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Teaching for Knowledge Transfer
Presented by Lea Bingham, Assistant Dean, Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer and Instructor, English
We all expect our students to take the skills they learn in our classes and apply them to new learning or work situations in the future. This is the very essence of learning. But sometimes students struggle to transfer knowledge: they cling to rigid formats without adapting to new contexts, or they have difficulty seeing how skills learned in one context could be adapted for a new, different situation. This presentation will summarize Lea’s SoTL project in which she researched ways instructors can strengthen students’ abilities to abstract knowledge and transfer skills to new situations.

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.

DECEMBER


Thursday, December 1
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Recorded Webinar and Discussion: How Do I Stay Calm When Students Push My Buttons?
Presented by Brian Van Brunt, Senior Vice President,
Professional Development Programs, National Center for Higher Education Risk Management
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).

From the webinar website: “Students aren’t always perfect. Sometimes they can be downright rude, arrogant, and insulting. How do you, as an instructor, keep your cool when your students are clambering on your LAST NERVE? We help you develop reasonable responses to students with unreasonable expectations or behavior.  At the conclusion of this classroom management program you will:

  • Know the importance of setting behavioral expectations in your syllabus
  • Be prepared to stay calm when dealing with difficult behavior
  • Understand why aggressive or sarcastic responses are not helpful
  • Be aware of how a student’s motivation can influence behavior
  • Appreciate the importance of listening to students
  • Implement the five steps of the universal approach to handling button-pushing events.”

Spring 2017

JANUARY

Wednesday, January 4
2:00-3:30 p.m.
What’s New in Sakai 11? – Syllabus, Gradebook, and More
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai training or experience using Sakai as an instructor
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 1-142
This hands-on session will focus on two tools that have changed in Sakai 11 and that are especially important at the start of the semester: Syllabus and Gradebook. We will walk you through how to update your Syllabus in Sakai and look at some new Gradebook options. At the end, as time allows, we’ll take a quick look at (and answer your questions about) other significant changes in Sakai 11.

Thursday, January 5
12:30 – 4:30 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 supervisor by Tuesday, January 3 to participate.

Friday, January 6
10:00-11:30 a.m.
What’s New in Sakai 11? – Syllabus, Gradebook, and More
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai training or experience using Sakai as an instructor
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, Room 9-239
This hands-on session will focus on two tools that have changed in Sakai 11 and that are especially important at the start of the semester: Syllabus and Gradebook. We will walk you through how to update your Syllabus in Sakai and look at some new Gradebook options. At the end, as time allows, we’ll take a quick look at (and answer your questions about) other significant changes in Sakai 11.

Tuesday, January 10
2:00-3:30 p.m.
What’s New in Sakai 11? – Syllabus, Gradebook, and More
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai training or experience using Sakai as an instructor
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, Room 9-239
This hands-on session will focus on two tools that have changed in Sakai 11 and that are especially important at the start of the semester: Syllabus and Gradebook. We will walk you through how to update your Syllabus in Sakai and look at some new Gradebook options. At the end, as time allows, we’ll take a quick look at (and answer your questions about) other significant changes in Sakai 11.

Wednesday, January 11
3:00-4:30 p.m.
What’s New in Sakai 11? – Syllabus, Gradebook, and More
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai training or experience using Sakai as an instructor
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 1- 142
This hands-on session will focus on two tools that have changed in Sakai 11 and that are especially important at the start of the semester: Syllabus and Gradebook. We will walk you through how to update your Syllabus in Sakai and look at some new Gradebook options. At the end, as time allows, we’ll take a quick look at (and answer your questions about) other significant changes in Sakai 11.

Thursday, January 19
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Student Activities: More Than Just Free Food
Presented by Gilbert Umberger, Student Activities Coordinator
Many people look at student activities as a way for students to have fun and receive free food; however, student activities is much more than free food and having fun. We invite you to join us as we explore the hidden benefits of Durham Tech students participating in campus activities, as well as, clubs and organizations. Workshop participants will receive a better understanding of the purpose of campus wide activities and the importance of students participating in those activities.

Friday, January 20;
Friday, January 27;
Friday, February 3; and
Friday, February 10
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
College Success Instructor Training
Facilitated by Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience and other Instructors, College Success
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 Friday, January 13.

Friday, January 20
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sakai 11 – Lessons Tool Intermediate
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai training or experience using Sakai as an instructor
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, Room 9-239
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 learn how to use “tool links” to lead students directly to specific tests, quizzes, forums, or other assignments. You’ll also learn how to add interactivity to Lessons by using questions and checklists. In addition, we’ll introduce the “Student Content” feature, which lets students create their own pages – a great option for student projects!

Monday, January 23
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Globalization and the Global Distinction Program
Presented by Shannon Hahn, Chair, Foreign Languages Department
Come learn about the newly launched Global Distinction program which encourages students across campus to develop global competency skills much in demand in the workplace. This session will provide an overview of the program from both the student and faculty perspective, outlining the requirements for students to earn the Global Scholar distinction as well as the process for faculty interested in globalizing courses they teach.

Thursday, January 26
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Sakai 11 – Lessons Tool Basics
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai training or experience using Sakai as an instructor

reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, Room 9-219
The Lessons tool in Sakai is a “must” for those teaching hybrid or online courses – and can be useful for those teaching traditional courses as well. The Lessons tool allows instructors to present content in an organized way – with links to content and assignments all in one place. If you are new to Sakai’s Lessons tool or want a better grounding in its basic functions, this workshop is for you. In this hands-on session, you’ll learn how to create weekly subpages to organize your content, how to add text to subpages, how to add links to websites and documents, and how to embed videos or images on your Lessons subpages.

Monday, January 30
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Don’t DISmyABILITY
Presented by Alicia Freeman, Coordinator, Disability Services
This presentation will provide details about Disability Services at Durham Tech.  Participants will leave knowing what documentation is required for students to receive disability services.  They will learn about various disabilities as well as accommodations and the laws governing these support services.  Attendees will gain the knowledge needed to refer students who may be unaware of the services available.  And lastly, partakers will understand how to provide accommodations and how to utilize disability services as helpful resource.

FEBRUARY

Thursday, February 2
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Sakai 11 – Lessons Tool Intermediate
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai training or experience using Sakai as an instructor
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, Room 9-241
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 learn how to use “tool links” to lead students directly to specific tests, quizzes, forums, or other assignments. You’ll also learn how to add interactivity to Lessons by using questions and checklists. In addition, we’ll introduce the “Student Content” feature, which lets students create their own pages – a great option for student projects!

Monday, February 6
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Sakai 11 – Lessons Tool Basics
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai training or experience using Sakai as an instructor
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, Room 9-219
The Lessons tool in Sakai is a “must” for those teaching hybrid or online courses – and can be useful for those teaching traditional courses as well. The Lessons tool allows instructors to present content in an organized way – with links to content and assignments all in one place. If you are new to Sakai’s Lessons tool or want a better grounding in its basic functions, this workshop is for you. In this hands-on session, you’ll learn how to create weekly subpages to organize your content, how to add text to subpages, how to add links to websites and documents, and how to embed videos or images on your Lessons subpages.

Wednesday, February 8
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Page Turners: Mindset
Facilitated by Christine Dove, Instructor, Sociology; and Lance Lee, Instructor, Spanish and Faculty Development Coordinator

book coverNote: We will discuss Chapters 1-3 during this session.
Join the Page Turners this semester in reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. Mindset is based on decades of research on achievement and success. The book focuses on the idea of growth mindset, a concept receiving a great deal of attention in education today. The author’s thesis is that our mindset about talent and potential makes a huge difference in our careers and relationships. We will consider the following questions and more in our discussions:

  • Why don’t the brightest and most talented always succeed? Are intelligence and talent more the result of the genetic lottery or a product of our environment?
  • If talent and intelligence are the product of our environment, what factors, externally and internally affect our talent and intelligence?
  • Does one’s belief about these questions have a significant impact on success?
  • Do you have a growth mindset?
  • Does the college and the larger educational system champion a growth mindset?
  • Does our culture champion a growth mindset?
  • How can we encourage growth mindset in ourselves and our students?

Friday, February 10
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Narrating PowerPoints with Office Mix
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
Pre-requisite: Must be comfortable creating and editing PowerPoint slides
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 1-142
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.

Wednesday, February 15
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Career Services and Strategies for Faculty and Staff
Presented by Christy Walker, Director, Career Services and Transitions
This interactive session will allow participants to learn about what Durham Tech’s Career Services has to offer, how to work with students who are undecided about their career, and how to help students who know what they want to do but need help getting there. Learn about what employers are looking for, free resources online to direct students to, and strategies on how to counsel students on careers during advising meetings. Moreover, discover how career services at Durham Tech will coincide with our QEP of Connecting Academic and Career Goals.

Thursday, February 16
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Advising 101
Presented by Jairo McMican, Director, Admissions and Advising Services; and Abe Dones, Assistant Dean, Student Information and Records
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 two weeks later.

Friday, February 17
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Getting Started with Globalization
Facilitated by Carol Hayes, Coordinator, Global Distinction Program, Forsyth Technical Community College; and Anu Williams, Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences, Forsyth Technical Community College
Note: Faculty interested in globalizing a course are encouraged to attend both the February 17 and 24 sessions to help start the process. However, attending either or both sessions does not obligate you to participate in Global Distinction. All are welcome to attend one or both sessions.

In this workshop, representatives from World View, Durham Tech’s Global Distinction partner, will introduce faculty to the resources available for globalizing their courses. The presenters are community college faculty who have successfully globalized their own courses and will share their experiences with us. Participants will learn how to incorporate existing globalized modules into their courses and how to modify or create their own global content. Participants will also learn how to access information available through the global area centers at UNC.

Tuesday, February 21
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Know Their Rights: Navigating FERPA in the 21st Century
Presented by Tracy Kachur, JD

Canceled on February 21
Rescheduled for April 25 at 2:00

FERPA is a cornerstone of education privacy and protects students’ education records, personally identifiable information (PII), and directory information. This lively presentation will review the basics of FERPA and consider how FERPA applies to several 21st century realities, including helicopter parents, online tools, and safety issues. Presenter Tracy Kachur has unique expertise on FERPA through her experience as a lawyer and a faculty member and administrator at multiple two-year colleges.

Wednesday, February 22
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Sakai 11 – Lessons Tool Intermediate
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
PRE-REQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai training or experience using Sakai as an instructor
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 1-142
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 learn how to use “tool links” to lead students directly to specific tests, quizzes, forums, or other assignments. You’ll also learn how to add interactivity to Lessons by using questions and checklists. In addition, we’ll introduce the “Student Content” feature, which lets students create their own pages – a great option for student projects!

Friday, February 24
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Hands-on Globalization Workshop
Facilitated by Shannon Hahn and the Global Distinction Team at Durham Tech
Note: Faculty interested in globalizing a course are encouraged to attend both the February 17 and 24 sessions to help start the process. However, attending either or both sessions does not obligate you to participate in Global Distinction. All are welcome to attend one or both sessions.

In this hands-on workshop, faculty interested in globalizing a course will work together to identify possible learning activities and global topics for their courses. We will look at how existing World View modules may be applied or modified and consider what additional resources may be useful given the topics faculty choose. We will also look at how our library can assist in the process. Participants will develop a plan for globalizing a course for inclusion in the Global Distinction Program.

Tuesday, February 28
1:00-3:00 p.m.
What is Accessible Online Course Content? An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning and Web Accessibility
Presented by Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist
Are you interested removing learning barriers in your online or hybrid courses, creating equal learning opportunities, and improving your instructional methodology? If so, come join us for this workshop on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and accessibility. This session will introduce you to the theory and three principles behind UDL, and as the first two principles are unpacked, connections will be drawn between UDL and designing accessible online content. Participants will receive practical tips and resources to begin incorporating Universal Design for Learning in their own courses. Instructors who teach online or hybrid courses are strongly encouraged to attend.

MARCH

Thursday, March 2
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Using Advising Technologies
Presented by Jairo McMican, Director, Admissions and Advising Services; and Abe Dones, Assistant Dean, Student Information and Records
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.

Thursday, March 2
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Web Conferencing with the Sakai Meetings Tool
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
Pre-requisite: Completion of Intro to Sakai workshop or experience using Sakai as an instructor
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, Room 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, and share their desktop.

The web conferencing session has been moved to a  later date in March at a different hour. See below.

Friday, March 10
10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Web Conferencing with the Sakai Meetings Tool
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
Pre-requisite: Completion of Intro to Sakai workshop or experience using Sakai as an instructor
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, Room 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, and share their desktop.

Tuesday, March 14
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
Presented by Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist
PRE-REQUISITE: Must be comfortable using PowerPoint to create presentations
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 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. 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, March 15
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Page Turners: Mindset
Facilitated by Christine Dove, Instructor, Sociology; and Lance Lee, Instructor, Spanish and Faculty Development Coordinator

book coverNote: We will discuss Chapters 4-6 during this session.
Join the Page Turners this semester in reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. Mindset is based on decades of research on achievement and success. The book focuses on the idea of growth mindset, a concept receiving a great deal of attention in education today. The author’s thesis is that our mindset about talent and potential makes a huge difference in our careers and relationships. We will consider the following questions and more in our discussions:

  • Why don’t the brightest and most talented always succeed? Are intelligence and talent more the result of the genetic lottery or a product of our environment?
  • If talent and intelligence are the product of our environment, what factors, externally and internally affect our talent and intelligence?
  • Does one’s belief about these questions have a significant impact on success?
  • Do you have a growth mindset?
  • Does the college and the larger educational system champion a growth mindset?
  • Does our culture champion a growth mindset?
  • How can we encourage growth mindset in ourselves and our students?

Thursday, March 16
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Advising Updates for Academic Advisors
Presented by Jairo McMican, Director, Admissions and Advising Services
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, calculation of GPAs, and more! This workshop will provide advising updates on these and other new college-wide procedures. And staff from Financial Aid and Student Information and Records will present updates from their offices that impact academic advising.

Friday, March 17
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
ACA Instructor Training Refresher
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, College Success
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 the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, financial aid literacy, academic planning in Self-Service, and strategies for increasing metacognition. Individuals who are interested in teaching ACA 122 in the 2017-18 academic year are especially encouraged to attend.

Friday, March 17
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
Presented by Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist
PRE-REQUISITE: Comfort using PowerPoint to create presentations
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 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. 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.

Monday, March 20
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Implicit Bias: Demystifying a Term for the Times
Presented by Dr. Sherick Hughes, Associate Professor of Education, UNC-CH
Dr. Hughes will discuss implicit bias by integrating his latest research with publications sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center, National Center for State Courts, and Race & Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. This seven-point discussion on implicit bias includes: (1) how to define it, (2) what researchers think about its sources, (3) how it is measured, (4) how it could matter in the holistic lives of P-20 educators (i.e., from elections and policing to grading), (5) key criticisms of implicit bias research, (6) productive ways to mitigate its effects in our P-20 education decision making, and (7) the potential to eliminate or change it.

March 20 presentation canceled due to presenter unavailability

Wednesday, March 22
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Narrating PowerPoints with Office Mix
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
PRE-REQUISITE: Must be comfortable creating and editing PowerPoint slides
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 1-142
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.

Friday, March 24
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Creating Accessible Documents in Word
Presented by Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist
PRE-REQUISITE: Must be comfortable using Microsoft Word
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 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.

Wednesday, March 29
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
How to Create Randomized Tests in Sakai with Pools
Presented by Wilma Hodges, Director, Training & eLearning Initiatives at Longsight, Inc.
PRE-REQUISITE: Comfort using the Sakai Test & Quizzes tool and/or completion the Intermediate Sakai online workshop

NOTE: This session will be presented via webinar. You can join us in the TLC or, if you prefer, you can participate from anywhere via your computer. Details for participating remotely will be provided by email the week before the presentation.

Pools are another tool you can add to your tool kit to deter online cheating. By creating test pools in Sakai and using “random draw,” instructors can deliver a unique test to each student. In this session, guest speaker Wilma Hodges will demonstrate various ways to use pools in Sakai, including how to create and manage question pools, how to add previously-developed test questions to pools, and how to create tests that randomly draw questions from pools.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Wilma Hodges is Director of Training and eLearning Initiatives for Durham Tech’s Sakai vendor, Longsight. Wilma has been actively involved in the Lessons Enhancement Project and Samigo Tests Enhancement Project; leads the Sakai Documentation Working Group; and served as chair for the Sakai Virtual Conference in 2014 and 2015. Wilma was named an Apereo (Sakai) Fellow in 2016, for her outstanding contributions to Sakai.

Friday, March 31
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Safe Zone Ally Training
Facilitated by Michelle Casey, Instructor, Sociology; Chris Dove, Instructor, Sociology; and Scott Stauble, Instructor, Biology
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
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.

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

APRIL

Tuesday, April 4
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Creating Accessible Documents in Word
Presented by Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist
PRE-REQUISITE: Must be comfortable using Microsoft Word
reg req2http://training.durhamtech.edu/
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 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.

Friday, April 7
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
DRE 098 Learning Community and Technology Literacy
Presented by Sheza Healey, Instructor, Developmental English and Reading
The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) defines technology literacy as the ability to responsibly use appropriate technology to: communicate; solve problems; access, manage, integrate, evaluate, design and create information to improve learning in all subject areas; and acquire lifelong knowledge and skills in the 21st century.

Come hear how Sheza incorporates her Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research to develop technology-based DRE 098 assignments and activities where students enhance their critical thinking skills while also developing technology literacy. Highlighted in this session are several DRE 098 assignments, including rhetorical analyses of music videos, group annotated bibliographies, and research papers composed in shared Google Docs! Participants in this session will leave understanding how DRE 098 students are preparing for English 111 while enjoying the benefits of an engaging learning environment.

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.

Wednesday, April 12
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Page Turners: Mindset
Facilitated by Christine Dove, Instructor, Sociology; and Lance Lee, Instructor, Spanish and Faculty Development Coordinator

book coverNote: We will discuss Chapters 7-8 during this session.
Join the Page Turners this semester in reading Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. Mindset is based on decades of research on achievement and success. The book focuses on the idea of growth mindset, a concept receiving a great deal of attention in education today. The author’s thesis is that our mindset about talent and potential makes a huge difference in our careers and relationships. We will consider the following questions and more in our discussions:

  • Why don’t the brightest and most talented always succeed? Are intelligence and talent more the result of the genetic lottery or a product of our environment?
  • If talent and intelligence are the product of our environment, what factors, externally and internally affect our talent and intelligence?
  • Does one’s belief about these questions have a significant impact on success?
  • Do you have a growth mindset?
  • Does the college and the larger educational system champion a growth mindset?
  • Does our culture champion a growth mindset?
  • How can we encourage growth mindset in ourselves and our students?

Friday, April 21
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Integrity in the Online Classroom: A Roundtable Discussion
Facilitated by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center
Many instructors worry about academic integrity in the online learning environment. How do we prevent students from cheating on online tests? How do we guarantee that the person who is participating in the forum discussion is the student who enrolled in the course? This roundtable discussion will feature a variety of faculty who will share real-world strategies they use to promote academic integrity in online courses from using strategic settings on Sakai to creating assignments that minimize opportunities for cheating. Join Marina DelVecchio, Alecia Lawrence, Lance Lee, Michele Parrish, Marisa Sullivan, and Jessica Vaughan for a frank discussion of the challenges of maintaining everyone’s academic integrity online and specific strategies they use.

Friday, April 21
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Recorded Webinar and Discussion: How Can Course Design Help Prevent Online Cheating?
Presented by Thomas Tobin, Coordinator of Learning Technologies at the Center for Teaching and Learning at Northeastern Illinois University
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).

From the webinar website: “In a friendly and engaging presentation, Thomas Tobin reveals his multipart method proven to reduce dishonest behavior in online courses. You’ll see how to build a culture of honesty that encourages students to minimize risky coursework behaviors. You’ll learn how a simple thing like clearly and repeatedly setting out expectations of academic honesty can influence a student’s ethical habits. You’ll discover how to foster academic integrity among your students throughout the course—not just before exams, when papers are due, or other course milestones that carry higher consequences. In just 20 minutes, you can learn the techniques that other schools have successfully used to slash the potential of cheating, assuage student anxiety about their academic performance, and propel them toward being more honest, self-reliant learners.”

Monday, April 24
11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Communicating Plagiarism and its Consequences to Students
Presented by Jonathan Cook, Coordinator, English and Communications
Do your students sometimes seem genuinely surprised when you charge them with plagiarism? Do you ever struggle to find new ways to communicate the importance of understanding and avoiding plagiarism? This interactive session, based on a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project, will cover the latest research on why students plagiarize, provide tips for preventing plagiarism, and explore the results of a unique plagiarism intervention. Participants will leave with a more nuanced understanding of this complex issue and some concrete strategies they can use in 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 the SoTL webpages on the TLC website.

Tuesday, April 25
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Know Their Rights: Navigating FERPA in the 21st Century
Presented by Tracy Kachur, J.D.
FERPA is a cornerstone of education privacy and protects students’ education records, personally identifiable information (PII), and directory information. This lively presentation will review the basics of FERPA and consider how FERPA applies to several 21st century realities, including helicopter parents, online tools, and safety issues. Presenter Tracy Kachur has unique expertise on FERPA through her experience as a lawyer and a faculty member and administrator at multiple two-year colleges.

Wednesday, April 26
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Learning Matters Reception
Hosted by the TLC Advisory Committee
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 teaching and learning. The seventh volume of Learning Matters will be published in Spring 2017. Join other faculty and staff for light refreshments and stimulating discussions on this volume’s articles. All previous Learning Matters contributors will be recognized.

MAY

Friday, May 5
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Favorite Tech Tools
Presented by Instructional Technologies Staff
It’s the ninth 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 starting using without training. We’ll discuss examples of ways to use the tools to enhance instruction. Light refreshments will be served.