February

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.

Friday, February 1
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Durham Tech Library’s Read Great Things Challenge and the Value of Recreational Reading
Presented by Meredith Lewis, Librarian

For many people for a variety of reasons, reading—especially recreational or pleasure reading—can become a chore. Often we want to want to read, but deprioritize it. Come chat with Meredith Lewis and other librarians about the Read Great Things 2019 Challenge and about our reading selves (and the readers we wish we could be). Already an avid reader? Come learn about the challenge and share some of your tips for reading success.

Tuesday, February 5
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Get With It! Learn Sakai’s New Gradebook (before the old one goes away)
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional 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

Currently Sakai has two gradebooks: the older “Gradebook Classic” (which has been there since the start) and the newer “Gradebook” (introduced in December 2016). Gradebook Classic will be retired in May 2019, leaving the newer Gradebook as your only option for Summer 2019 forward. If you haven’t already, now is a great time to start learning about the newer Gradebook and trying it out, so you’ll be ready when the change comes. This hands-on workshop will cover all the basic and some advanced functions of the newer 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 other tools interact with the Gradebook, and more. You’ll also learn some common Gradebook “gotchas” and how to avoid them. And we’ll discuss how you can use both Gradebooks simultaneously in Spring semester, as you transition to the newer one for good!

Thursday, February 7
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Toward a More Inclusive Spanish Class: Incorporating the Asian-Latino Experience
Presented by Shannon Hahn, Chair, Foreign Languages

Traditionally, academics have focused on the interactions among Europeans, indigenous populations and African slaves to teach students about the Spanish-speaking world. This session will outline efforts in my Spanish courses to provide a more globally balanced view of Latin America by including discussion of the long history and influences that connect the region with Asia. I will share the motivation behind the project, cultural examples and activities used, and discussion of the student outcomes and response. Come hear how highlighting Asian-Latino connections drew students to appreciate a greater diversity in Latin America but also to think critically about issues of identity in other contexts.

Monday, February 11
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Advising 101: Introduction to Advising for New Faculty Advisors
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Assistant Dean, Student Support Services and Academic Advising Staff

Note Tentative Location: Wynn Center, 10-301
Whether you’re new to Durham Tech or you’ve been here for over a decade, this interactive workshop may help you understand how advising works at Durham Tech. We’ll discuss the mission and philosophy of advising at Durham Tech; the basics of confidentiality, ethics and FERPA; our enrollment and registration processes; student placement; programs and plans of study; evaluation of student progress toward a credential; how to enter and lift advising restrictions; and some advising considerations for special populations. Participants are encouraged to also attend the Advising Technologies workshop at the same time the following week.

Friday, February 15
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
The QEP, the Classroom, and You or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the QEP
Presented by Tina Bryant Allen, Chief of Staff; Sonny Haynes, Instructor, English; Christy Walker, Director, Career Services

As we are now in year two of our QEP, join us for a discussion about how the project aligns with the work we are doing in the classroom. Come hear how Career Services and Transitions can be used in your class; who is conducting classroom assessments for the QEP, what they are doing, and when they are doing it; how the classroom intervention overlaps with other interventions; and lessons learned from our assessments in year one. Participants will leave with a better sense of how our work in the classroom lines up with the larger QEP project and information about how to integrate academic and career decision making information into relevant parts of their classes.

Monday, February 18
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Using Advising Technologies
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Assistant Dean, Student Support Services and Academic Advising Staff

Note Tentative Location: Wynn Center, 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, February 21, 2019
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Attendance, Grades, and Withdrawals: What Every Faculty Member Should Know 
Presented by Abe Dones, Registrar and 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.

Friday, February 22
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Instructional Hacks for Adjunct Faculty
Presented by Adjunct Faculty Committee Members Jill Buckley, Wilma Herndon, Leon Holloway, and Courtnea Rainey

Join us for a panel discussion of the topics most pertinent to Adjunct Instructors. The panelists will share their tips on time management strategies, useful instructional resources, engagement with the broader Durham Tech community, and more. While this presentation is geared toward adjunct faculty, all Durham Tech employees are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, February 26
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Advising and Financial Aid Updates for Academic Advisors
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Assistant Dean, Student Support Services and Academic Advising/Financial Aid Staff

As students start planning their classes for summer and fall, we need to share the most up-to-date information with them in our advising sessions. Come learn about recent changes in advising and financial aid policies and practices so you can make advising and registration easier for yourself and your advisees. All academic advisors are encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, February 27
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Move Great Things!
Presented by Durham Tech Wellness Committee Members Rhea Deroian, Wilma Herndon, Audrey Muhammad, and Erik Townsend

You can walk, skip, dance, jog, run, but get yourself over to the TLC. Come hear from members of the Durham Tech Wellness Committee about ways you can move more or move differently. Learn about campus and community options to stay fit or help reach weight management goals. Get information to help slam dunk the Winter Blues, lift your mood, and multiply your endorphins by kicking, throwing, walking, running or jumping for joy.