March

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, March 1
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Jurassic Park – Research Finds A Way – Part I
Presented by Melanie Riester, Director, Institutional Research and Evaluation

You may be wondering what Jurassic Park has to do with research…well…EVERYTHING! Join REAP and learn about the research process and all things data related (including how to be informed consumers of data) explained through Jurassic Park. And don’t worry…we spared no expense. Pre-requisite: watch Jurassic Park; co-requisite: desire to learn and a sense of humor.

Monday, March 4
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Advising and Financial Aid Updates for Academic Advisors
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Assistant Dean, Student Support Services and Academic Advising and 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, March 6
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Sakai 19 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 11 to Sakai 19 on May 8, 2019. For instructors (and students), the Sakai skills you already have should transfer nicely to the new version. We’re excited to show you the brand new Rubrics tool in Sakai 19, which helps you easily grade forums, assignments, and more. Tests & Quizzes is being reorganized a bit, and you’ll find it much easier to give extra time on tests to students with accommodations. Lessons is mostly the same, with some new bells & whistles you can use or not. For some instructors, the biggest change will be that “Gradebook Classic” is going away, leaving only the newer “Gradebook” that was introduced in Sakai 11. In this session, we will demonstrate the most notable changes in Sakai 19 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.

Tuesday, March 12
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
RISE and Shine: Dev Ed Reform is Really Happening
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Dean and Department Head, Student Engagement and Transitions

Spring 2019 is Durham Tech’s pilot semester for Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE), but it is time once again to prepare for academic advising and registration. In this interactive workshop, Gabby will remind participants of the new placement measures and developmental education pre-requisites on college-level coursework. We will spend most of our time working 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.

Wednesday, March 13
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 of the basic and some of the 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, March 14
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Creating Accessible Documents in Word
Presented by Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist

Registration Required:  http://training.durhamtech.edu
Note location: Tech Center, 9-231
Pre-requisite: Comfort using Microsoft Word

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, March 15
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Invisible Disabilities Series, Part I: Applying Universal Design to Better Serve Students with Learning-Related Disabilities
Presented by Alicia Freeman, Coordinator, Disability Services and Courtnea Rainey, Instructor, College Success

Some disabilities are not apparent to the untrained eye, but impact student experiences nonetheless. In this two-part series, the presenters will discuss how these invisible disabilities can impact a student’s experience and the role of instructors in supporting these students. In Part I, the presenters will discuss how universal design can be applied to better support all students, including those with learning-related disabilities. Participants will learn how to avoid instructional choices that adversely impact students with invisible disabilities. Participants will leave with practical suggestions for how to apply universal design principles in their course design and classroom activities to better serve students with invisible disabilities.

Tuesday, March 19
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
What’s New in Sakai 19?
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies

Registration Required: http://training.durhamtech.edu
Note Location: Tech Center, 9-241

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, March 21
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
Presented by Amy Netzel, Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist

Registration Required: http://training.durhamtech.edu
Note Location: Tech Center, 9-231
Pre-requisite: Comfort using Microsoft PowerPoint to create presentations

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. Participants are encouraged to bring a presentation 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, March 22
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Invisible Disabilities Series, Part II: Mental Health Disorders in the Classroom
Presented by Alicia Freeman, Coordinator, Disability Services and Courtnea Rainey, Instructor, College Success

Some disabilities are not apparent to the untrained eye, but impact student experiences nonetheless. In this two-part series, the presenters will discuss how these invisible disabilities can impact a student’s experience and the role of instructors in supporting these students. In Part II, the presenters will discuss how mental illness may present itself in your classroom. The presenters will discuss how different psychiatric conditions may impact student performance and will outline practical and appropriate steps instructors can take to support students with mental health illness.

Tuesday, March 28
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.