April

All sessions take place in the Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, Room 3-125, unless otherwise noted. Some sessions require registration. Look for the “Registration Required” notification in the description.

Monday, April 1
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Dreamcasting and Vision-Building: Using Mindful Reflection to Clarify Our Goals
Presented by Deidre Yancey, Chair, First-Year Experience

Though many of us work with students daily in realizing and clarifying their personal and professional goals, we sometimes neglect to put in the work around our own “dreamcasting.” This session will adapt a goal-setting exercise from ACA 122 (College Success) to help us as faculty and staff reflect on and work toward our own personal and/or professional SMART goals.

Friday, April 5
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Jurassic Park – Research Finds A Way – Part II
Presented by Melanie Riester, Director, Institutional Research and Evaluation

Join REAP in their second installment of Jurassic Park – Research Finds A Way. Attending the first installment is not necessary, but it would be helpful. This time, REAP will travel back to the Jurassic Period to examine how best to submit data requests through the work order system, as well as some tips to help you get the data you really need. And once again…we spared no expense. Pre-requisite: watch Jurassic Park; co-requisite: desire to learn what you think you already know and a sense of humor.

Wednesday, April 10
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Emotional Intelligence: Improving Emotional Quotient in Work and Life
Presented by Melissa Ockert, Dean, Health Technologies

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is defined as “your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships” (Bradberry and Greaves). During this presentation, participants will learn the components of EI and why EI is so important. Participants will also learn the 7 steps to improving EI skills. Come and learn how to make this powerful tool work for you in your life.

Thursday, April 11
2:30 – 3:30 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, April 12
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Service-Learning Ideas and Implementation
Presented by Erin Riney, Director, Center for College and Community Service
Service-learning sounds like a terrific idea—integrating real-world applications of learning with service to the community in a way that truly engages students and achieves learning outcomes—but often leaves those who hear about it with many questions. How is service-learning “done”? What would this look like in my classroom? And why is it hyphenated?! In this session, we’ll demystify service-learning by discussing its grounding theories and evolution, its benefits and challenges, as well as experiences of Durham Tech faculty who have incorporated this teaching and learning method into their classes. We’ll also discuss Durham Tech’s service-learning models, the transcript notation, and available support to guide you through the process of selecting community partners and designing assignments. At the end of this TLC session, you’ll have a more comprehensive understanding of service-learning’s goals and applications, ideas for how to use it in your classroom, and several helpful resources to assist you in incorporating this dynamic method into your courses. Any level of familiarity with service-learning—from mildly curious to semi-pro—is welcome to join the discussion.

Tuesday, April 16
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
What’s New in Sakai 19?
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning 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.
Pre-requisite: Completion of Intro to Sakai workshop or experience using Sakai as an instructor

In this webinar, we’ll explore the changes and new features coming on May 8. You will learn how to use a new tool, Rubrics, to grade various kinds of activities (forums, assignments, etc.). You’ll also learn about new features in Tests & Quizzes, the Gradebook, Assignments, Chat and more. Details for participating remotely will be provided by email the week before the presentation.

Thursday, April 18, 2019
3:00-4:00
Attendance, Grades, and Withdrawals: What Every Faculty Member Should Know 
Presented by Theresa McLaurin, Student Information Specialist 
All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend this session on guidelines/best practices for entering attendance and grades. Participants will be guided through steps for reporting attendance and submitting any type of form related to grades for a given term (i.e. withdrawal forms, assigning grades of incomplete, etc.) As an attendance taking institution, attendance tracking should be part of faculty routines throughout the semester; we will share how adhering to these guidelines improves our reporting to the Department of Education. All of these processes have an impact on the end of term workflows. Come learn how your compliance supports the colleges end of term processing and workflows. This session is intended to provide support to faculty and staff, furthering our “Students First” philosophy.

Tuesday, April 23
2:00 – 3:00 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).

Wednesday, April 24
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
What’s New in Sakai 19?
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies

Registration Required: http://training.durhamtech.edu
Note Location: White Building,1-142
Pre-requisite: Completion of Intro to Sakai workshop or experience using Sakai as an instructor
In this hands-on workshop, participants will log in to a Sakai 19 site and explore the changes and new features coming on May 8. We will learn how to use a new tool, Rubrics, to grade various kinds of activities (forums, assignments, etc.). You’ll also learn about new features in Tests & Quizzes, the Gradebook, Assignments, Chat and more.

Thursday, April 25
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Creating Oral Opportunities in the Online Language Class
Presented by Lisa Blair, Instructor, French and Spanish

This presentation is part of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at Durham Tech. The program creates the structure for faculty to research a pedagogical area of interest and apply it to their classes. For more information, including how to apply, visit www.durhamtech.edu/tlc/sotl.
With the advent of online education in foreign languages, it has become even more necessary to create and offer opportunities for students to develop and practice their oral as well as their aural skills. This SoTL project set out to find more opportunities to allow students in the online language class to practice and use their developing oral skills. The goal was to see marked improvement in student performance and attitudes toward speaking activities. Lisa will share her SoTL process, research and findings during the presentation. She will show how she implemented various speaking activities in her online French class with the goal of increasing student performance in speaking tasks. She will also share results of qualitative feedback from student surveys and quantitative data regarding grades and overall course performance.

Friday, April 26
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Durham Tech Library’s Read Great Things Challenge Check-in and Book Chat
Presented by Meredith Lewis, Librarian

Continuing our conversation from ‘The Read Great Things Challenge and the Value of Adult Recreational Reading’ TLC session, this session will offer support and reading suggestions to those who are participating in the Read Great Things 2019 Challenge and to those who may want additional information. Let’s embrace our recreational reading selves!