Fall 2019 TLC Sessions

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 bold statement on some calendar events that includes links for registration. 

August 2019 

Wednesday, August 7  
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
New Faculty Orientation 
Presented by Lance Lee, Director, Teaching-Learning Center 
All new full-time and part-time instructors are invited to attend the 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 Monday, August 5 to participate. 

Thursday, August 8  
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
New Faculty Orientation 
Presented by Lance Lee, Director, Teaching-Learning Center 
All new full-time and part-time instructors are invited to attend the 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 Monday, August 5 to participate. 

Tuesday, August 19 
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Implicit Bias: The Hidden Brain 
Presented by  Angela Davis, Special Assistant to the President on Equity and Inclusion, and Courtnea Rainey, Instructor, First Year ExperienceParticipants will explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status and nationality, through reflective practice activities and using their personal results from the Implicit Bias Test (Harvard’s Project Implicit Tool).
     Define Implicit Bias
     What are the “Mindbugs” and where do they come from?
     Into the Blindspot: The Implicit Association Test (IAT)
     The Hidden Cost of Stereotypes

Thursday, August 22 
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
WEBINAR: Extra Time on Tests Made Easy 
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies and Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist
Registration Required:  http://training.durhamtech.edu 
NOTE LOCATION: This session will be presented via webinar. You can participate from anywhere via your computer. 
PREREQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai workshop or experience using Sakai as an instructor 
In Sakai 19, there is a new and much easier way to give extra time on a test to one or more students based on their accommodation plans. (Spoiler: You no longer have to make another copy of the test or set up special groups!) And now it’s also easier to extend a test deadline for a specific student when needed. In this online webinar, we will demonstrate how to use the new “Exceptions to Time Limit and Delivery Date” feature in Sakai to easily handle these special (but not uncommon) situations. 

Tuesday, August 27  
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Redefining the Role of a Mentor
Presented by Keyma Clark and Oluwunmi Ariyo, College Liaisons    
Studies have shown that at-risk students can benefit substantially from developing relationships with adults, who are unrelated in the parental capacity, through services and trainings. In this session, participants will discover the meaning of the “redefined” mentor and explore practical mentoring strategies that can be utilized with their students to achieve success. 

 Friday, August 30, September 6, September 13, & September 20 
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
College Success Instructor Training 
Facilitated by Deidre Yancey, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience and Instructors, College Success
Registration Required: Email Deidre Yancey at yanceyd@Durhamtech.edu by Monday, August 26th 
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. 

September 2019 

Wednesday, September 4 
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Web Conferencing with Sakai Meetings  
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
Registration Required:  http://training.durhamtech.edu 
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Center, 9-219 
PREREQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai workshop or experience using Sakai as an instructor 
The Meetings tool in Sakai – which allows instructors to hold live, webinar-style online meetings with students – recently got a major facelift and now works on mobile devices! This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the latest version of the Sakai Meetings tool. 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, draw on a whiteboard, chat, participate in polls and breakout rooms, share videos, share notes, share their screen and find out what student participation data is available in statistics.

Thursday, September 5  
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Good Advisor, Bad advisor 
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Assistant Dean, Student Support Services 
Have you thought to yourself “I have no idea what I’m doing when I advise,” or “I am an AWESOME advisor” or even “I stink at advising”?  In this session, participants will get to see examples of good and bad advising appointments and will participate in discussions about ways to improve the advising experience for advisors and advisees.   

Monday, September 9  
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Plagiarism: The College’s New Policy 
Presented by Jonathan Cook, Coordinator, English and Communications 
In this session, we discuss the College’s new policy on plagiarism. Get tips and tricks on how to use this new policy and work through some scenarios for a good sense of its application. 

Wednesday, September 11 
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.mm 
Sakai 19 Gradebook 
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
Registration Required:  http://training.durhamtech.edu 
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, 1-142 
PREREQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai workshop or experience using Sakai as an instructor 
The old Gradebook Classic is officially gone (and will be missed). But the remaining Gradebook tool in Sakai has some cool tricks too! This hands-on workshop will cover all of the basic and some of the advanced functions of Sakai’s Gradebook, including how to set up the Gradebook to calculate final grades, how to add Gradebook items and enter grades and comments, various ways to view students’ grades, how different Sakai tools interact with the Gradebook, and more. You’ll also learn some common Gradebook “gotchas” and how to avoid them. 

Thursday, September 12  
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Mastering Online Discussions  
Presented by Zack Stockbridge, Instructor, Astronomy 
Discussions are an important part of any online course, but it seems that discussion forums and other means of discussion online often intimidate instructors.  Time is usually the main complaint/concern.  There are a number of techniques and strategies which could benefit any faculty who teach online.   

Thursday, September 19  
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
Plagiarism: The College’s New Policy 
Presented by Jonathan Cook, Coordinator, English and Communications 
In this session, we discuss the College’s new policy on plagiarism. Get tips and tricks on how to use this new policy and work through some scenarios for a good sense of its application. 

Tuesday, September 24  
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Reflection to Reframing  
Presented by Angela Davis, Special Assistant to the President for Equity and Inclusion and Victoria Deaton, Program Specialist, Career and Technical Programs 
Using the Gibb’s Model of Reflection, participants will use description, analysis and evaluation to make sense of lived experiences and examine personal practices that are results of that context. Through reflection, participants will practice re-framing activities in order to consider the frame or lens through which a person’s reality is being created.
     The Gibbs Model Defined
     Lived Experience and Biases
     A New Set of Glasses 

Wednesday, September 25  
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
How to Write Grants at DTCC 
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). 

Thursday, September 26 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Grading with Sakai Rubrics 
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
Registration Required:  http://training.durhamtech.edu 
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, 1-142 
PREREQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai workshop or experience using Sakai as an instructor 
Wouldn’t it save you mountains of time if you could create online rubrics in Sakai and use them to grade assignments, projects, and essays? Now you can! In this hands-on workshop, you’ll create an online rubric in Sakai, associate it with an assignment and a gradebook item, and use your online rubric to grade an assignment and to share feedback with students. You’ll discover what a completed rubric looks like to your students as well. And you’ll find out how to copy and share rubrics with other instructors. 

October 2019 

Tuesday, October 1 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Durham Tech’s New Digital Accessibility Plan and How It Affects Instructors 
Presented by Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist and Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies 
This fall, Durham Tech will begin implementing a Digital Accessibility Plan in an effort to make the College’s online resources, content, and systems accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. The plan addresses three broad segments of the College, including the website/social media, administrative functions, and instructional content. This session will provide a brief overview of the plan and then will focus specifically on the impact on instruction. We hope you’ll join us to learn about this College-wide initiative and the role of instructors in helping make Durham Tech’s digital resources accessible to all. 

Wednesday, October 2  
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
How Do I Help This Student? Advising Tips and Tricks
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Assistant Dean, Student Support Services
Do you have questions about specific advising situations?  Are there tricks that you use that could help your fellow advisors? Come talk with other advisors and Advising Services staff about those complicated situations and hard-to-answer questions you get from your advisees. 

 Thursday, October 3 
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Web Conferencing with Sakai Meetings  
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
Registration Required:  http://training.durhamtech.edu 
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Center, 9-219 
PREREQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai workshop or experience using Sakai as an instructor 
The Meetings tool in Sakai – which allows instructors to hold live, webinar-style online meetings with students – recently got a major face-lift and now works on mobile devices! This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the latest version of the Sakai Meetings tool. 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, draw on a whiteboard, chat, participate in polls and breakout rooms, share videos, share notes, share their screen and find out what student participation data is available in statistics. 

Tuesday, October 15  
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
RISE Up: Reflections on Implementation and Guidance for the Future 
Gabby McCutchen, Dean, Student Engagement and Transitions 
In spring 2019, Durham Tech was one of 14 North Carolina community colleges who piloted Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE). RISE is substantially changing how NC community colleges place students into courses and provide support to students who are under-prepared for college-level coursework. In this interactive workshop, Gabby will remind participants of the new placement measures and developmental education pre-requisites and co-requisites on college-level coursework. She will also share the preliminary impact RISE has had on student success and equitable outcomes. Then we will work through a variety of advising scenarios, including how to advise for courses other than college English and Math and how to find students’ high school GPA, test scores, and other placement measures in Colleague. 

Thursday, October 17  
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Becoming Comfortable with the Uncomfortable: Courageous Conversations  
Presented by Gilbert Umberger, Coordinator, Student Life and Angela Davis, Special Assistant to the President for Equity and Inclusion 
Originally developed by Glenn E. Singleton (M.Ed., Stanford) courageous conversations was developed to support adults in having the conversations necessary to make progress on difficult subjects such as race, privilege, bias, stereotypes, and ethnicity. This reflective practice will help participants understand the four agreements and the six conditions necessary in meaningful conversation that promotes positive change, by participating in a reflective practice entitled, “All in the Family”.  
     *The Courageous Conversation History
     *The Four Agreements: Stay Engaged, Experience Discomfort, Speak  your Truth, and Expect and Accept Non-Closure
     *Conversations at Work

Friday, October 18 
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
Grading with Sakai Rubrics 
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
Registration Required:  http://training.durhamtech.edu 
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, 1-142 
PREREQUISITE: Completion of Intro to Sakai workshop or experience using Sakai as an instructor 
Wouldn’t it save you mountains of time if you could create online rubrics in Sakai and use them to grade assignments, projects, and essays? Now you can! In this hands-on workshop, you’ll create an online rubric in Sakai, associate it with an assignment and a gradebook item, and use your online rubric to grade an assignment and to share feedback with students. You’ll discover what a completed rubric looks like to your students as well. And you’ll find out how to copy and share rubrics with other instructors. 

Friday, October 25 
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Guided Career Pathways 
Presented by Susan Paris, Vice President, Instruction and Student Services (or representative)
This session will discuss Guided Career Pathways and Meta-Majors and how DTCC is implementing them. We will update attendees on the progress of our implementation as well as provide a vision for where we are going with Guided Career Pathways. 

Monday, October 28  
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Benefits of Co-Curricular Service for Your Students 
Presented by Jess Dormady, Coordinator, Center for College and Community Service 
Are you a faculty member interested in experiential learning for your classes? A club advisor looking to boost your club’s community service involvement? A program director or department chair interested in better preparing your students for future employment? Then join us for a discussion of co-curricular service events offered by the Center for College and Community Service (CCCS), including Alternative Service Breaks, one-time group events, and large-scale campus service projects. Learn how you can work with CCCS staff to customize one-time or ongoing service events or even volunteer trips to enhance student learning and community engagement. By the end of this TLC session, you will be familiar with the center’s programming, learn what type of service is the best fit for you and your students, and leave with ideas of how co-curricular service can improve your students’ skills. 

Thursday, October 31 
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
How to Write Grants at DTCC 
Presented by Rhea Deroian, Manager, Grant 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). 

November 2019 

Monday, November 4  
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
What Students Need from Advisors  
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Assistant Dean, Student Support Services 
We’ll run through the top ten advising questions and comments from students to help advisors understand what students are looking for in their advising appointment. Every day, the Advising Services office screens students regarding the questions they need answered and surveys them about their advising appointments to see if we are meeting their needs. We will collate those data to determine what they want from the advising experience so that we can share it campus-wide with program advisors and others.   

Wednesday, November 6  
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Backward Design: How to Structure Your Lesson Plan, Course Unit, and Syllabus with the End in Mind 
Presented by Jayme Dyer, Instructor, Biology 
What do you do when you design a new lesson plan? How do you decide what to include in your syllabus? This session focuses on a process known as backward design: start by defining your learning objectives, then design teaching activities to help students learn the objectives, and finally design your assessments to test student mastery of the learning objectives. Bonus: share the learning objectives with your students as a study guide! Following backward design principles helps ensure that your teaching material and assessments are appropriately targeted for the skills and content you want your students to learn. 

 Friday, November 8  
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 
Salute to Card Holders 
Presented by Wilma Herndon, Instructor, Health Information Technology 
How many cards are in your wallet or purse?  What’s on your key ring? The community college campus is an exciting and important workplace.  Our Adjunct Faculty Committee members invite adjuncts and others to join us for a round table discussion.  We want you to be a part of the conversation about discipline and industry specific trends and cutting-edge activity.  This session will help us identify related associations and memberships that may be of interest to adjunct faculty (and others). 

Tuesday, November 12  
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Using Sakai for Online Course Delivery/Audio-Video Recordings with Flipgrid 
Presented by Lisa Blair, Instructor, French/Spanish; Coordinator, Faculty Development 
This session will focus on using various recording functions via Sakai for classes that use audio and/or video recordings in their assignments. Some such technology uses tools within Sakai while others use tools outside of Sakai like Flipgrid. How does one accept videos or audio recordings from students that have been done outside of Sakai? Learn these tips and more in this session. 

Thursday, November 14  
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
Equity Mindset: A Different Way of Thinking   
Presented by Angela Davis, Special Assistant to the President for Equity and Inclusion and Susan Paris, Vice President, Academics and Guided Career Pathways 
Using the Center for Urban Education’s model, participants will explore the concept of equity-mindedness by reflecting on patterns of inequity in student outcomes. 
     *Equity Mindedness Defined
     *5 Key Areas of Focus: Evidence Based, Race Conscious, Institutionally Focused, Systematically Aware, Equity Advancing
     *Data Reflection: Are My “Practices” Working?
     *The 12 Indicators for Institutional Assessment

Monday, November 18 
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
How Can I Use Micro-activities to Engage Students and Improve Learning and Retention? 
Note: This is a pre-recorded presentation with a discussion afterward facilitated by Lance Lee, Director, TLC 
While meta-cognition might seem like a “buzzword” in education, it is truly a key to learning and student success and, in turn, retention. Books like Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn, Make It Stick, and Small Teaching, as well as many articles, emphasize the importance of techniques teachers at all levels can use to help students learn. This program explains, through the lens of the literature, how the brain processes information and identifies why micro-activities are a great method of formative assessment to check in with your students’ learning and move information closer to long-term memory. 

This session is part of the TLC’s 2019-2020 programming theme: evidence-based teaching practice. Be sure to look for other sessions on the TLC calendar with this theme. 

Friday, November 22 
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
New Tools for Integrating Multimedia in Sakai 
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies; Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist; and Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies 
Instructional Technologies will report on an exciting project to provide tools within Sakai that make it easier for instructors to integrate video and audio into their courses. This session will highlight several ways our pilot participants are using these tools in their courses this semester. And we will talk about ways you can begin using these tools in spring semester.