Spring 2016 TLC Events

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 reg req2image on some calendar events.


JANUARY

Monday, January 4
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
New Faculty Orientation
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center
reg req2
All new full-time and part-time instructors are invited to attend 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 Program Director by Friday, January 1 to participate.

Thursday, January 21; Thursday, January 28; Thursday, February 4; Thursday, February 11
12:30 – 4:00 p.m.
College Success Instructor Training
Facilitated by Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience and other Instructors, College Successreg req2
The four-day training is intended primarily for faculty and staff who are interested in teaching the 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.  To register to participate, please email Kerry Cantwell at cantwellk@durhamtech.edu by Thursday, January 14.

Friday, January 22
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Page Turners Discuss What the Best College Teachers Do
Facilitated by Christine Dove, Sociology Instructor; and Lance Lee, Spanish Instructor and Faculty Development Coordinator
Look for three discussions of this book on the TLC calendar.

This meeting will not be rescheduled and was cancelled due to inclement weather. Instead, look for updates to the chapter assignments for the next two meetings in March and April. The material missed from this session will still be discussed according to the new reading schedule.

Best College Teachers

Join the Page Turners this spring in reading the book What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain. In the book, Bain looks at 100 professors who are thought to be excellent based on having the praise and respect of students, their division, and the broader academic community. He discusses his major conclusions, including findings about preparation, the treatment of and interaction with students, and setting up the learning environment. He looks at what the professors believe and tell stories illustrating how these beliefs influence their actions. The ideas presented are very applicable, insightful and inspirational. Bring your lunch; the TLC will provide drinks. This session will discuss the following sections of the book: Introduction, Chapters 1-3.

Friday, January 22
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
FIG-uring It Out: Understanding and Promoting Student Motivation
Presented by Lindsey Carpenter, Lance Lee, Karin Bryant, and Lisa Blair; members of the SPA 111 FIG
This is one of five presentations in Spring 2016 that summarizes the work of the five Faculty/Staff Interest Groups (FIGs). See
the FIG webpage on the TLC website for more information about FIGs at Durham Tech.

This TLC session has been rescheduled due to inclement weather. Check the February 2016 TLC Calendar for details.

The SPA 111 FIG will present their strategy to increase student motivation and decrease anxiety in the classroom. The team will discuss how weekly forums and a final passion project helped motivate students by encouraging self-reflection, goal-setting and allowing freedom of choice in a class project. Participants will leave with ideas for incorporating academic freedom into their own courses. Light refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, January 26
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Narrate PowerPoints with Office Mix
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 48
reg req2 at http://training.durhamtech.edu/
Office Mix is a free add-in for PowerPoint that’s designed for educators. With Office Mix you can add audio narrations to your PowerPoint presentations, include a screen cam video of yourself talking (if you want), draw on the screen as you talk, insert quiz questions for students to answer, and publish to the “cloud” for easy linking from Sakai. You can also see detailed data on what each student viewed and for how long, as well as each student’s answers to any questions you inserted. In this workshop you’ll learn how to enhance your PowerPoints with narration, quiz questions, and more; publish and link your presentation from Sakai; view analytics on students’ activity; and edit presentations as needed. Participants must be comfortable creating and editing PowerPoint slides.

Wednesday, January 27
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Metacognitive Strategies: Do They Improve Student Learning? (Spoiler: SOMETIMES!)
Presented by Scott Stauble, Gretel Guest, Olga Hogrefe, Dorothy Wood, and Lori Khan; members of the Metacognition FIG
This is one of five presentations in Spring 2016 that summarizes the work of the five Faculty/Staff Interest Groups (FIGs). See the FIG webpage on the TLC website for more information about FIGs at Durham Tech.

We’ve all had students who claim that they studied FOREVER for the exam, only to get low scores. One strategy to help student improve their learning and retention of information is metacognition, or “thinking about how you think and learn.” Based on the work of Dr. Saundra McGuire, our Faculty/Staff Interest Group (FIG) implemented metacognitive strategies in various science courses to see if they improved student learning, retention, and grades. While the outcome was varied, there were signs of success, and a few outright amazing achievements! Come learn what we discovered about our students, and leave with the ability and knowledge to integrate metacognitive strategies into your own courses…in the form of a detailed handout of the most useful strategies we found! Light refreshments will be provided.

Friday, January 29 and Friday, February 5
11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mental Health First Aid
Facilitated by Alliance Behavioral Healthcare Facilitatorsreg req2
Adult Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course designed to give members of the public skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis. Participants will recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury.

The TLC will cover the $20 materials fee for all registered participants. We will also provide a light lunch both days. Registration for this event has closed due to high demand. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Gabby McCutchen at mccutcheng@durhamtech.edu.


FEBRUARY

Wednesday, February 3
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Narrate PowerPoints with Office Mix
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 48
reg req2 at http://training.durhamtech.edu/
Office Mix is a free add-in for PowerPoint that’s designed for educators. With Office Mix you can add audio narrations to your PowerPoint presentations, include a screen cam video of yourself talking (if you want), draw on the screen as you talk, insert quiz questions for students to answer, and publish to the “cloud” for easy linking from Sakai. You can also see detailed data on what each student viewed and for how long, as well as each student’s answers to any questions you inserted. In this workshop you’ll learn how to enhance your PowerPoints with narration, quiz questions, and more; publish and link your presentation from Sakai; view analytics on students’ activity; and edit presentations as needed. Participants must be comfortable creating and editing PowerPoint slides.

Tuesday, February 9
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Add Interactivity to Videos with Zaption
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, Room 952
reg req2 at http://training.durhamtech.edu/
Do you assign online videos for your students to watch? Do you wish you could track whether students are watching them, or ask questions during the video to check their understanding? You can all do that with Zaption, a free online tool that lets you create an interactive video “tour.” You can find a video (or upload your own) and add “stopping points” throughout the video (inserting questions, images, text or links). Each student’s viewing activity and responses to questions are recorded and available for you to review in multiple ways. In this workshop, we’ll create a free Zaption account; find a video; add interactive questions, images, and text in the video; publish the video “tour” and share the link with others.

Tuesday, February 9
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Bloom’s Taxonomy: How an Educational Framework from the 1950s can Improve Student Learning Today
Presented by Lyndsay Al-Shibli, Instructor, English
Like all good instructors, we think about our course learning objectives as we plan, organize, and implement class materials, but how do we know that what we are busy planning, organizing, and implementing will actually help students meet those learning objectives? The answer lies in our understanding of Bloom’s Taxonomy, particularly the crossroads where The Knowledge Dimension and The Cognitive Process Dimension meet. In this TLC presentation, Lyndsay will prove to you that there really is a method to your madness as you develop your teaching materials, whether you are aware of it or not. She will also make suggestions for how to think about your use of Bloom’s more systematically and deliberately as you plan, organize, and implement class materials and in the revision of your own teaching philosophy.

Wednesday, February 10
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
FIGuring Out English 112: Redesigning Writing Assignments with a Disciplinary Focus
Presented by Janel Mays Thompson, Robbi Muckenfuss, and Wilma Herndon; members of the ENG 112 FIG
This is one of five presentations in Spring 2016 that summarizes the work of the five Faculty/Staff Interest Groups (FIGs). See the FIG webpage on the TLC website for more information about FIGs at Durham Tech.

ENG 112 is a required course for AA, AS, AFA, AE, and many AAS programs. The primary purpose of the composition course is to prepare students for writing, documentation, and research skills appropriate for their chosen academic fields of study and professional careers. Join Janel, Robbi, and Wilma in a presentation of how this course supports students in a variety of future industries and disciplines. Participants will specifically (1) recognize the need for discipline specific writing techniques across the curriculum and (2) discover how skill building strategies used in English 112 can be applied to writing in other courses. Light refreshments will be provided.

Friday, February 12
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Intro to Web Accessibility
Presented by Darrin Evans, Director of the Virtual Learning Community Professional Development Center
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 50
reg req2 at http://training.durhamtech.edu/
To comply with federal and state laws, it’s important that the learning content instructors place online is accessible to all students regardless of disability. In this session, guest speaker Darrin Evans will explain what web accessibility is, who it affects, and why it’s important. And he will show how instructors can utilize color, structure, images, web links, and multimedia in ways that make online content accessible to all learners. 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, February 12
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Creating Accessible Word Documents
Presented by Darrin Evans, Director of the Virtual Learning Community Professional Development Center
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 48
reg req2 at http://training.durhamtech.edu/
In this hands-on session, you will learn how to make Word 2013 documents accessible to students regardless of disability. This workshop will cover using headings to create proper document structure; providing alternative text for images; creating accessible web links; handling lists and tables; and identifying issues using the Accessibility Checker built into Word 2013.

PRE-REQUISITES: Completion of the “Intro to Web Accessibility” is required. Also, to participate you must be comfortable using Word 2013 to create and edit documents.

Friday, February 12
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
Presented by Darrin Evans, Director of the Virtual Learning Community Professional Development Center
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 48
reg req2 at http://training.durhamtech.edu/
In this hands-on session, you will learn how to make PowerPoint 2013 presentations accessible to students regardless of disability. This workshop will cover using slide layouts to provide accessible structure; creating unique and meaningful slide titles; providing alternative text for images; creating accessible web links; handling data tables; and identifying issues using the Outline Panel and the Accessibility Checker built into PowerPoint 2013.

PRE-REQUISITES: Completion of the “Intro to Web Accessibility” is required. Also, to participate you must be comfortable using PowerPoint 2013 to create and edit presentations.

Tuesday, February 16
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Volunteering with Deaf Education in Jamaica: The Study Abroad Journey of Lisa Fowler
(and how other students can travel abroad for free too!)
Presented by Lisa Fowler, University Transfer Student; and Heidi White, Director, International Student Services and Study Abroad
University Transfer student Lisa Fowler first met with Heidi White back in September 2014 because she wanted to have an experience traveling outside the US.  Less than one year later, Lisa returned from a fully-funded (thanks to the Gilman Scholarship!) 3-week program in Jamaica where she volunteered in the deaf schools and learned about Jamaican culture.  Come hear about Lisa’s journey – including the research and preparation, the scholarship application process, the Humanities Course on Jamaican Culture taught by Tracy Mancini, and what deaf education is like in Jamaica vs. in the US.  Information on how other Durham Tech students can have funded study abroad experiences through national study abroad scholarships will also be shared.

Wednesday, February 17
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Web Conferencing with Sakai Meetings
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, Room 952
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. COMPLETION OF THE INTRO TO SAKAI WORKSHOP IS REQUIRED.
reg req2
For complete workshop details and to register, visit  at http://training.durhamtech.edu/

This workshop is a hands-on introduction to the Sakai Meetings tool, an open source web-conferencing tool that allows instructors to give online presentations, work with an online whiteboard and chat with remote students. In this hands-on workshop, 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 upload presentations, use a whiteboard, chat, work with different layouts, and share their desktop.

Thursday, February 18
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
What’s Coming in Sakai 11
Presented by Neal Caidin, Sakai Community Coordinator at the Apereo Foundation
Sakai 11 is a new version of Sakai being developed now and expected to be released in late Spring or Summer 2016. It brings some major new features including a new look, a responsive design that adjusts to screen size (i.e. mobile friendly), a quick entry spreadsheet gradebook, and much more. In this special presentation, guest speaker Neal Caidin, the official coordinator of the Sakai community of developers, will visit our campus to share highlights of what’s coming in Sakai 11 as well as insights into the global community process that supports Sakai’s ongoing development.

Friday, February 19
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Flipping Out in the Classroom and Other Strategies to Enhance Student Engagement
Presented by Marie Fogarty, Steve Leadon, and Kathy Zarilla; members of the Flipped Instruction FIG
This is one of five presentations in Spring 2016 that summarizes the work of the five Faculty/Staff Interest Groups (FIGs). See the FIG webpage on the TLC website for more information about FIGs at Durham Tech.

Are you tired of watching your students yawn or even worse snooze through your class, while you do all of the talking? Attend this session and you will learn about our experience with the Flipped Classroom model and hopefully leave with some strategies on how to incorporate flipped components into your own classes. Over the past year, we implemented a flipped module on cell biology across multiple Anatomy and Physiology I classrooms. In the flipped learning model, students are given content before class in an accessible way and are expected to have a basic understanding of the material before coming to class. During class, students apply their acquired knowledge through discussion and hands-on activities – clinical case studies were used in our classroom. Finally students complete a homework assignment that reinforces concepts and allows the instructor to assess their understanding of the topic. The evidence is mixed on whether flipped classroom models increase test scores, but it certainly increases active learning and student engagement. Light refreshments will be provided.

Monday, February 22
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Building your Brand: Fundamentals for Mastering Social Media in 2016
Presented by Nathan Hardin, Coordinator, Communications and Social Media
Today’s traditional-aged college students have never known a world without internet. Most access social media at least three times a day. Nathan Hardin, the college’s social media and digital communications coordinator, will discuss the fundamentals of using social media, the college’s social media guidelines, and how you can use the latest social platform to connect with students. The presentation will focus on the most popular social sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Tuesday, February 23
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
NEW Self-Service Advisor Training
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience; and Eliza Murphy, Academic Advisor
NOTE LOCATION: Wynn Center (10), Room 1305
reg req2 at http://training.durhamtech.edu/
Streamline your advising processes and simplify course planning and registration for your students!  Beginning in Spring 2016, all incoming students will be advised in the college’s new Self-Service system.  Participants in this training session will learn how to advise students in the new Self-Service web application.  This includes helping students build course plans, approving course plans, archiving plans, and performing “What If?” program analyses.  Time will be allotted at the end for hands-on practice with sample student scenarios in the test environment.  All advisors should plan to attend one of the Self-Service Advisor Training sessions.

Thursday, February 25
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
NEW Self-Service Advisor Training
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience; and Eliza Murphy, Academic Advisor
NOTE LOCATION: Wynn Center (10), Room 1305
reg req2 at http://training.durhamtech.edu/
Streamline your advising processes and simplify course planning and registration for your students!  Beginning in Spring 2016, all incoming students will be advised in the college’s new Self-Service system.  Participants in this training session will learn how to advise students in the new Self-Service web application.  This includes helping students build course plans, approving course plans, archiving plans, and performing “What If?” program analyses.  Time will be allotted at the end for hands-on practice with sample student scenarios in the test environment.  All advisors should plan to attend one of the Self-Service Advisor Training sessions.

Thursday, February 25
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
NEW Self-Service Advisor Training
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience; and Eliza Murphy, Academic Advisor
NOTE LOCATION: Wynn Center (10), Room 1305
reg req2 at http://training.durhamtech.edu/
Streamline your advising processes and simplify course planning and registration for your students!  Beginning in Spring 2016, all incoming students will be advised in the college’s new Self-Service system.  Participants in this training session will learn how to advise students in the new Self-Service web application.  This includes helping students build course plans, approving course plans, archiving plans, and performing “What If?” program analyses.  Time will be allotted at the end for hands-on practice with sample student scenarios in the test environment.  All advisors should plan to attend one of the Self-Service Advisor Training sessions.

Friday, February 26
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Narrate PowerPoints with Office Mix
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Senior Director, Instructional Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 48
reg req2 at http://training.durhamtech.edu/
Office Mix is a free add-in for PowerPoint that’s designed for educators. With Office Mix you can add audio narrations to your PowerPoint presentations, include a screen cam video of yourself talking (if you want), draw on the screen as you talk, insert quiz questions for students to answer, and publish to the “cloud” for easy linking from Sakai. You can also see detailed data on what each student viewed and for how long, as well as each student’s answers to any questions you inserted. In this workshop you’ll learn how to enhance your PowerPoints with narration, quiz questions, and more; publish and link your presentation from Sakai; view analytics on students’ activity; and edit presentations as needed. Participants must be comfortable creating and editing PowerPoint slides.

Friday, February 26
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
FIG-uring It Out: Understanding and Promoting Student Motivation
Presented by Lindsey Carpenter, Lance Lee, Karin Bryant, and Lisa Blair; members of the SPA 111 FIG
This is one of five presentations in Spring 2016 that summarizes the work of the five Faculty/Staff Interest Groups (FIGs). See the FIG webpage on the TLC website for more information about FIGs at Durham Tech.

This presentation has been scheduled to make up for January’s missed session due to inclement weather.

The SPA 111 FIG will present their strategy to increase student motivation and decrease anxiety in the classroom. The team will discuss how weekly forums and a final passion project helped motivate students by encouraging self-reflection, goal-setting and allowing freedom of choice in a class project. Participants will leave with ideas for incorporating academic freedom into their own courses. Light refreshments will be provided.


MARCH

Tuesday, March 1
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Web Conferencing with Sakai Meetings
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, Room 952
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. COMPLETION OF THE INTRO TO SAKAI WORKSHOP IS REQUIRED.
reg req2
For complete workshop details and to register, visit  http://training.durhamtech.edu/
This workshop is a hands-on introduction to the Sakai Meetings tool, an open source web-conferencing tool that allows instructors to give online presentations, work with an online whiteboard and chat with remote students. In this hands-on workshop, 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 upload presentations, use a whiteboard, chat, work with different layouts, and share their desktop. 

Wednesday, March 2
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Strengthening Faculty Advisors’ Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Presented by Abraham Dones, Assistant Dean, Admissions, Advising, and Enrollment Support
reg req2
Did you know that eligible students can now enroll in two programs of study? Did you know that students will be able to register for both summer and fall semesters in the upcoming registration period? This workshop will provide advising updates on these and other new college-wide procedures. We will also share helpful hints and discuss ideas for improving students’ advising experiences. Workshop participants will apply new college procedures and practices to common advising scenarios. Register to attend by emailing Gabby McCutchen at mccutcheng@durhamtech.edu. Your advance registration will allow Abe to plan program-specific examples.

Thursday, March 3
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Everything You Wanted to Know about College-Level Foreign Language Courses
Presented by Shannon Hahn, Chair/Instructor, Foreign Languages
Have you ever advised a student about taking foreign language classes? Do you wonder what goes on in a language class these days? If so, we invite you to come learn about the curriculum foreign language courses. We’ll discuss important advising information, such as course placement, FL waivers and expectations at the four-year universities. We’ll also give you a glimpse into how languages and cultures are taught in our courses, developing students’ real-world communication skills. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered and prepare for advising your students effectively.

Friday, March 4
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Page Turners Discuss What the Best College Teachers Do
Facilitated by Christine Dove, Sociology Instructor; and Lance Lee, Spanish Instructor and Faculty Development Coordinator
Look for three discussions of this book on the TLC calendar.

Best College TeachersJoin the Page Turners this spring in reading the book What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain. In the book, Bain looks at 100 professors who are thought to be excellent based on having the praise and respect of students, their division, and the broader academic community. He discusses his major conclusions, including findings about preparation, the treatment of and interaction with students, and setting up the learning environment. He looks at what the professors believe and tell stories illustrating how these beliefs influence their actions. The ideas presented are very applicable, insightful and inspirational. Bring your lunch; the TLC will provide drinks. This session will discuss the following sections of the book: Chapters 1-4, which includes the chapters from the session missed in January.

Wednesday, March 9
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Intro to Web Accessibility
Presented by Darrin Evans, Director of the Virtual Learning Community Professional Development Center
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 50
reg req2 at http://training.durhamtech.edu/
To comply with federal and state laws, it’s important that the learning content instructors place online is accessible to all students regardless of disability. In this session, guest speaker Darrin Evans will explain what web accessibility is, who it affects, and why it’s important. And he will show how instructors can utilize color, structure, images, web links, and multimedia in ways that make online content accessible to all learners. 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.

Wednesday, March 9
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Creating Accessible Word Documents
Presented by Darrin Evans, Director of the Virtual Learning Community Professional Development Center

NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 48
reg req2 at http://training.durhamtech.edu/
In this hands-on session, you will learn how to make Word 2013 documents accessible to students regardless of disability. This workshop will cover using headings to create proper document structure; providing alternative text for images; creating accessible web links; handling lists and tables; and identifying issues using the Accessibility Checker built into Word 2013.

PRE-REQUISITES: Completion of the “Intro to Web Accessibility” is required. Also, to participate you must be comfortable using Word 2013 to create and edit documents.

Wednesday, March 9
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
Presented by Darrin Evans, Director of the Virtual Learning Community Professional Development Center
NOTE LOCATION: White Building, Room 48
reg req2 at http://training.durhamtech.edu/
In this hands-on session, you will learn how to make PowerPoint 2013 presentations accessible to students regardless of disability. This workshop will cover using slide layouts to provide accessible structure; creating unique and meaningful slide titles; providing alternative text for images; creating accessible web links; handling data tables; and identifying issues using the Outline Panel and the Accessibility Checker built into PowerPoint 2013.

PRE-REQUISITES: Completion of the “Intro to Web Accessibility” is required. Also, to participate you must be comfortable using PowerPoint 2013 to create and edit presentations.

Monday, March 14
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Building your Brand: Fundamentals for Mastering Social Media in 2016
Presented by Nathan Hardin, Coordinator, Communications and Social Media
Today’s traditional-aged college students have never known a world without internet. Most access social media at least three times a day. Nathan Hardin, the college’s social media and digital communications coordinator, will discuss the fundamentals of using social media, the college’s social media guidelines, and how you can use the latest social platform to connect with students. The presentation will focus on the most popular social sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Wednesday, March 16
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Putting Active Learning within Reach: Strategies for Active Student Engagement
Presented by Shannon Hahn, Lindsey Carpenter, Lance Lee, and Svetlana Yokum; ASUT Foreign Language Faculty
You’ve heard the term active learning, maybe with mixed reactions. The idea of actively engaged students sounds exciting; however, making changes to your classroom can be a little daunting. Join us as we share a bit of theory behind active learning practices and then play with various strategies you can take back to your classrooms. We’ll share simple activities as well as ideas for designing more in depth assignments. Participants will be encouraged to brainstorm active strategies for their own courses, so come prepared to participate.

Thursday, March 17
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Reflections on Cuba
Presented by Student, Staff, and Faculty Participants in the Fall 2015 Study Abroad Experience
Starting in the summer of 2015 a group of Durham Tech students and community members met to learn about various aspects of Cuba through a Continuing Education class.  They then travelled to Cuba for a people-to-people exchange travel program in October 2015. Come see and hear about the journey to Cuba and reflections on what the group anticipated, what they actually saw and heard while there, and what they predict for the future of the changing Cuba.

Friday, March 18
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Add Interactivity to Videos with Zaption
Presented by Becky Roehrs, Coordinator, Distance Learning Technologies
NOTE LOCATION: Tech Building, Room 952
reg req2 at http://training.durhamtech.edu/
Do you assign online videos for your students to watch? Do you wish you could track whether students are watching them, or ask questions during the video to check their understanding? You can all do that with Zaption, a free online tool that lets you create an interactive video “tour.” You can find a video (or upload your own) and add “stopping points” throughout the video (inserting questions, images, text or links). Each student’s viewing activity and responses to questions are recorded and available for you to review in multiple ways. In this workshop, we’ll create a free Zaption account; find a video; add interactive questions, images, and text in the video; publish the video “tour” and share the link with others.

Tuesday, March 22
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Now You See Them, Now You Don’t: How much control do we really have over student withdrawals?
Presented by Shana Curl, Marye Vance, and Patricia Gould; members of the ACA 122 FIG
This is one of five presentations in Spring 2016 that summarizes the work of the five Faculty/Staff Interest Groups (FIGs). See the FIG webpage on the TLC website for more information about FIGs at Durham Tech.

The ACA 122 FIG worked to identify challenges faced by our students and possible reasons for withdraws.  Working to create strategies to combat these challenges the group discovered that much of what our students need is out of our control.  Come hear about our successes and failures and review our data!  Plan to bring some of your own retention success and failure stories, there will be time at the end to share your experiences. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, March 23
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Common Methods of Online Cheating and What You Can Do to Stop It
Presented by Jeff Kaplan, Director of Partner Relations, Proctor Free
Guest speaker Jeff Kaplan will explore how classic ways of cheating on exams have evolved to take advantage of distance education and online testing by inventive students. He’ll discuss common and some highly innovative ways students are circumventing academic integrity and testing technologies. The presentation will highlight a range of low and high-tech methods, deterrents, and services that exist to help preserve academic integrity.

Jeff Kaplan is Director of Partner Relations at ProctorFree, an online proctoring firm based in Charlotte NC. He has taught entrepreneurship at the University of Florida and presents nationwide on issues concerning assessment and academic integrity in higher education.

NOTE: This session will be presented via webinar. You can join us in the TLC (325 Phillips) – OR, if you prefer you can participate from anywhere via your computer. Details for participating remotely will be provided by email the week before the presentation.

Wednesday, March 30
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Code of Conduct
Presented by Christine Kelly-Kleese, Vice President, Student Engagement, Development, and Support
One tool colleges use to help keep campuses safe and welcoming environments for students, faculty, staff, and visitors is their Student Code of Conduct. At Durham Tech, the Code has been going through our college-wide review process for revision. Come to this session to discuss the revised procedures and get the answers to these questions (and others you may have):

1) What are the changes in the procedures?
2) How will these changes affect faculty and staff?
3) What are the possible sanctions a student would be subject to?
4) If I witness a student engaging in a behavior that is disruptive to the learning environment (or that simply causes me concern), what are my options for handling the situation?
5) What are the reporting expectations for faculty and staff?
6) How will these reports will be managed? (Spoiler alert: The answer to #6 includes the creation of a campus Care Team and Threat Assessment Team).


APRIL

Monday, April 4
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Mentor Information Session
Presented by Lance Lee, Coordinator, Faculty Development
Join Lance for a brief presentation and discussion of the New Faculty Mentoring Program. In addition to pairing returning full-time faculty with new full-time faculty, the program will be expanded in 2016-17 to include mentoring for adjunct faculty members as well. Come learn about these new opportunities for making connections on campus and to hear about previous participants’ experience in the program. Full-time and adjunct faculty interested in becoming mentors in the 2016-2017 academic year are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, April 7
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Recorded Webinar: FERPA Regulation Basics
Webinar Presented by Helen B. Garrett, Dean of Enrollment Management Systems and Registrar, Lane Community College
From the webinar website: “Campus faculty, staff, and administrators who have access to student records must understand how the latest FERPA regulatory changes impact their use of protected information. Compliance becomes tricky given the number of employees accessing protected information, the frequent turnover in the employee pool, and the various exceptions that FERPA permits. Join us online for a review of FERPA regulations and how they apply to scenarios you and your team face daily. You will have the opportunity to test your FERPA knowledge through interactive elements during the training.”

The 90-minute webinar will be followed by a 30-minute discussion of how to apply the content to our work at Durham Tech. Light refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, April 12
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Beyond Registration Approval: How Faculty Advisors can Help Students Make Good Career Decisions
Presented by Kerry Cantwell, Chair/Instructor, First-Year Experience; Abe Dones, Assistant Dean, Admissions, Advising, and Enrollment Support; Carla Kent, Health Transitions Counselor; and Kamala Uzzell, Assistant Dean, Student Development, Communications, and Activities
Many faculty advisors feel their confidence drain when advisees ask for help beyond what classes they should take the following semester or whether they meet the pre-reqs for a particular program. But many students ask their advisors for help making good career decisions. This panel discussion will summarize current college-wide initiatives to support students’ career discernment and will present strategies and resources that faculty advisors can use immediately.

Wednesday, April 13
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Reasons and Guidelines for Globalizing Your Curriculum
Presented by Paula Wilder, Director/Instructor, Academic English as a Foreign Language
Globalization in education is a term that has been defined as the integration and convergence of information, culture, and knowledge into the curriculum. In order to adequately equip our students Crawford and Kirby (2003) have posited that global education is essential to students’ development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for future employment and for building successful relationships in an increasingly interconnected and pluralistic society. As a result, instructors have a challenge to create assignments and curriculum that can help students understand the world in the context of science, mathematics, health, humanities, and technical programs. In this session, practical resources and ideas will be conveyed to assist instructors in the creation of these globalized lesson plans in order to help our students be prepared in our global society as they continue their education and/or begin their careers.

Monday, April 18
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Transparent Teaching: Can You See Me Now?
Presented by Gabby McCutchen, Director, Teaching-Learning Center
In September 2015, the Chronicle of Higher Education published an article titled “The Unwritten Rules of College” about an effort at UNLV to improve teaching and learning by improving students’ metacognition and encouraging instructors to learn about current data on promising teaching practices (access the article here via NCLIVE; you may be prompted to log in using your WebAdvisor credentials). Transparent teaching features three basic practices that can be applied to any course, subject, or instructional delivery method. Participants in this presentation and discussion will learn what those three basic practices are, what national data exist supporting this project, and how they can put the three basic practices to work in their classes.

Friday, April 22
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Faculty Development Page Turners Discuss What the Best College Teachers Do
Facilitated by Christine Dove, Sociology Instructor; and Lance Lee, Spanish Instructor and Faculty Development Coordinator
Look for three discussions of this book on the TLC calendar.

Best College TeachersJoin the Page Turners this spring in reading the book What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain. In the book, Bain looks at 100 professors who are thought to be excellent based on having the praise and respect of students, their division, and the broader academic community. He discusses his major conclusions, including findings about preparation, the treatment of and interaction with students, and setting up the learning environment. He looks at what the professors believe and tell stories illustrating how these beliefs influence their actions. The ideas presented are very applicable, insightful and inspirational. Bring your lunch; the TLC will provide drinks. This session will discuss the following sections of the book: Chapters 5-7, Epilogue.

Thursday, April 29
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
It’s in the Syllabus!
Presented by Jairo McMican, Academic Advisor and College Success Instructor
Ever since teachers introduced the concept of syllabi, they have encouraged students to utilize them. The problem is most syllabi are not student centered or student friendly. This presentation will focus on research based ways to improve your syllabi so that they will be more widely used and referred to. This presentation will be hands on and also discuss aspects such as: what belongs in a syllabus, what can you get rid of, details that should be included, how to include the best visuals, etc.  Most of the information was taken from a presentation at a conference of the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transitions as presented by Dr. Christine Harrington, psychology and college success professor at Middlesex County College.


MAY

Friday, May 6
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Favorite Tech Tools
Presented by Instructional Technologies Staff
It’s the eighth annual “favorite tech tools” sharing session! Instructional Technologies staff will share some of our favorite tech tools for instruction. The focus is on “low barrier” tools that are free (or cheap) and relatively easy to jump in and starting using without training. We’ll discuss examples of ways to use the tools to enhance instruction. Light refreshments will be served.