January

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, January 4
12:00 – 4:00 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 Thursday, January 3 to participate.

Fridays: January 18, 25, February 1, and 8
12:30 – 4:30 pm
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, January 14.
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.

Thursday, January 24
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Open Education Resources: Access, Affordability, and Academic Success
Presented by Julie Humphrey, Director, Library and Stephen Brooks, Reference Librarian

Durham Tech Librarians will discuss Open Education Resources and the Open Education North Carolina (OENC) initiative, which aims to reduce the cost of higher education for North Carolina college students. OENC will provide free, open, high quality textbooks for 30 of the most frequently taught courses across 2- and 4-year colleges and universities. We’ll have an interactive discussion about what OER means, the benefits to students, how faculty can be involved, and support that is available for faculty interested in exploring or adopting open textbooks for courses or departments. There is an exciting grant opportunity available to faculty that we’ll share.

Friday, January 25
10:00 – 12:00 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!

Wednesday, January 30
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
How to Apply for Grants at Durham Tech
Presented by Rhea Deroian, Manager, Grants Development

All faculty and staff are invited to attend this seminar on grants development. Participants will learn how to navigate the process of applying for, receiving, and managing a grant. Topics include where to go and who to talk to apply for a grant, grant expectations, how to find appropriate funding, navigating the application process, and budget and reporting requirements. You are not alone in your quest for grants! Information on upcoming funding opportunities will also be provided, so bring your ideas! Email Rhea in advance if you plan to attend, so she can tailor her presentation appropriately (deroianr@durhamtech.edu).