Center for Teaching Excellence Opportunities 11/3/11-12/9/11

The Center for Teaching Excellence is pleased to offer the following Faculty Professional Development opportunities in the month of November. All of our offerings are open to any full- or part-time faculty and administrators at GRCC and, where appropriate, to community members. For more information, reach us at teachexcellence@grcc.edu or (616) 234-2278.

Introduction to the New Course Curriculum Document

Three offerings:

Thursday, November 3          1:00 – 2:00 PM     316 Main Building, Downtown Campus

Friday, November 4            10:00 – 11:00 AM   316 Main Building, Downtown Campus

Thursday, November 10       3:00 – 4:00 PM    206 Sneden Hall, DeVos Campus

Register at http://www.grcc.edu/ctereg

GRCC has adopted four new Institutional Learning Outcomes ( ILOs) which have resulted in changes to our Course Document in the Course Approval and Review Process (CARP). The new form incorporates the ILOs, shows their relationship to the specific student learning outcomes of a class, and describes how these outcomes will be assessed. In this session you will be able to review the form and ask questions about it and the CARP process. This course is pertinent only to GRCC faculty, adjunct faculty and academic administrators. Please note: This session can be scheduled to come to your department by contacting Penni Weninger at the Center for Teaching Excellence, 234-4547

Blackboard Grade Center
Wednesday, November 9            8:30 – 9:30 PM        351 Main Building, Downtown Campus

Register at http://www.grcc.edu/ctereg

Learn how to store student performance results in the course Grade Center. Scores from assessments delivered through Blackboard are automatically recorded in the Grade Center. The Grade Center supports custom grading scales, grade weighting, item analysis, and multiple gradebook views. With the instructor’s permission, students can view their own grades (but no one else’s) in the course Grade Center.

Adjunct Faculty Learning Day

Saturday, November 12      8:00 AM to noon   122/124 ATC

Register at http://www.grcc.edu/adjunctlearningday

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 – 8:50 a.m. Welcome
8:50 – 9:00 a.m. Break
9:00 a.m. – noon Workshop: Unintentional Blindness  – Tamber Bustance

Participants will leave this powerful workshop with the skills necessary to recognize micro-inequities in delivering inclusive service and tools to mitigate cross cultural miscommunications. Interactive activities, dialogue, and skill building will help you identify habits that may be unintentionally unproductive, explore the affects of how our own histories influence our judgment of others, learn cross cultural enrichment skills that assist with building meaningful relationships with people from all backgrounds, and practice tools to build inclusive environments. Note: While this program is offered for Adjunct Faculty, members of the GRCC and general community are welcome as space permits. 

Blackboard Blogs, Journals and Wikis

Tuesday, November 15            3:30 – 4:30 PM        351 Main Building, Downtown Campus

Register at http://www.grcc.edu/ctereg

Blog, journal, and wiki tools allow students to create and build content inside of a course. These tools are integrated with the Blackboard Grade Center for student assessment. Participants will use these tools to provide a unique set of capabilities for teamwork, collaboration, and reflective practice.

Donuts and Distance Learning & Blackboard and Bagels

Wednesday, November 16  8:30 to 10:00 AM     347 Main Building

Friday, December 9              8:30 to 10:00 AM     347 Main Building

No registration required

Join Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies for a morning of coffee, donuts, and bagels!  We provide the rounds, and you arrive to enjoy, discuss, ask questions, share stories, and learn more about distance learning and Blackboard at GRCC! Drop in and stay as long as you like. 

Webinar: Good Practices in Online Delivery of Developmental Education

Thursday, November 17            12:00 – 1:00 PM

View at your location or 351 Main Building, Downtown Campus with colleagues

Register at http://www.mccvlc.org/~staff/events/event_details.cfm?rowID=DE8F5E7D0BD568D6D4239089E870FAC7

Part of a series from the Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative (MCCVLC). Few Distance Education topics are more controversial than the offering of developmental courses via online delivery. We’ll look at some of the data related to online developmental courses, and talk with two experienced online educators about some of the good practices that they have developed over time.

Using Wimba Voice Tools in Blackboard

Tuesday, November 29            3:30 – 4:30 PM        351 Main Building, Downtown Campus

Register at http://www.grcc.edu/ctereg

Wimba Voice provides a wide array of audio tools in Blackboard that provide faculty with the ability to create voice announcements, audio in tests, presentations and voice boards for assessment and interactivity. Learn to access and properly use the Wimba Voice Tools in Bb; identify equipment and best practices for audio recording; produce a Voice Announcement or Voice Board; access, record, link, and embed recordings; create a voice presentation; use Mash-up tools; identify training and support resources.

Perpetual online offerings: Open entry, open exit:

Blackboard Basics for Faculty 

 Online   Open entry, open exit

Register via email teachexcellence@grcc.edu

Blackboard is a web-based course management system that can be used in a variety of ways. Faculty can use the simple “point and click” tools to create an online course Web site that includes content delivery, grading, assessment, and communication.

Blackboard Grade Center

Online   Open entry, open exit

Register via email teachexcellence@grcc.edu

Learn how to store student performance results in the course Grade Center. Scores from assessments delivered through Blackboard are automatically recorded in the Grade Center. The Grade Center supports custom grading scales, grade weighting, item analysis, and multiple gradebook views. With the instructor’s permission, students can view their own grades (but no one else’s) in the course Grade Center.

Registration is now open for our next Online Hybrid Certification Course beginning January 13

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