CTE Offering Saturday Workshops on September 21

The Center for Teaching Excellence would like to cordially invite all full-time and adjunct faculty to attend “Saturday with the CTE,” a special faculty professional development event on Saturday, September 21. That morning we are offering workshops on “Blackboard Basics,” “Creating Accessible Documents in Word and PowerPoint,” and “Promoting Active Learning.” The day will begin with a light continental breakfast from 8:00-8:30 in 349 Main, with the three workshops scheduled to begin at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 in 347 and 351 Main. You may sign up for one, two, or all three—we have set up separate registrations for each. All registrations are through the CTE registration site at www.grcc.edu/ctereg. While you are there, you can browse through our other learning opportunities for Fall. If you would like to read a description of any of the sessions, simply click on the “+” next to its name.

We know you are busy, but this will be a great opportunity to polish your skills while spending a Saturday morning with your colleagues from all across campus. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at CTE@grcc.edu or call us at 234-2278. We hope to see you there!

CTE Offering Saturday Workshops on September 21

The Center for Teaching Excellence would like to cordially invite all full-time and adjunct faculty to attend “Saturday with the CTE,” a special faculty professional development event on Saturday, September 21. That morning we are offering workshops on “Blackboard Basics,” “Creating Accessible Documents in Word and PowerPoint,” and “Promoting Active Learning.” The day will begin with a light continental breakfast from 8:00-8:30 in 349 Main, with the three workshops scheduled to begin at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 in 347 and 351 Main. You may sign up for one, two, or all three—we have set up separate registrations for each. All registrations are through the CTE registration site at www.grcc.edu/ctereg. While you are there, you can browse through our other learning opportunities for Fall. If you would like to read a description of any of the sessions, simply click on the “+” next to its name.

We know you are busy, but this will be a great opportunity to polish your skills while spending a Saturday morning with your colleagues from all across campus. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at CTE@grcc.edu or call us at 234-2278. We hope to see you there!

Service Learning: Professional Development

Are you interested in having Service Learning be a part of your class room? Please think about signing up for the following learning sessions:

  • Introduction to Service Learning. Friday, September 6th, 9:15-10:15am
  • Teaching Service Learning. Friday, September 13th, 9:15-10:15am
  • Logistical and Legal Considerations of Service Learning. Friday, September 20th, 9:15-10:15am

You can register for these events through GRCC Center for Teaching Excellence.

Center for Teaching Excellence Workshops in August

It’s August again, and the start of classes is right around the corner. As you finish up your prep for Fall, the Center for Teaching Excellence has several workshops planned to help you hit the ground running on day one. Next Monday (August 19) we will be doing workshops on First Day Activities, Syllabus Design, Blackboard Basics, and Classroom Observation Training. The workshops will be held at 4:30 and 5:45. We also still have seats remaining in three Faculty Evaluation System Trainings on Tuesday, August 20.

All of these opportunities are open for registration at www.grcc.edu/ctereg. You can also register for sessions later in the semester while you are there.

All sessions are open to both full-time and adjunct faculty. You can register for all sessions at www.grcc.edu/ctereg. You can also “like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/teachexcellence to receive the latest information on sessions, news, conferences, and other noteworthy happenings.

If you have any questions or have problems registering, contact us at teachexcellence@grcc.edu.

Register now, as space in each session is limited. Also please register early! This semester we are following a “3 x 3” rule for workshops. If workshops do not have at least three registrants by three business days before the scheduled date, they will be canceled. So please don’t wait until the last minute to sign up.

If you have specific questions, we will also be available for drop-ins in the CTE and also in Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies (DLIT) on Friday, August 23 from 9:00 – 3:00. For help with Blackboard or other instructional technology questions, stop by DLIT (316 Main). If you have general teaching questions, stop by the CTE (308 Main).

Thanks, and we hope to see you in the CTE!

Reading Apprenticeship Workshop, May 16–Register Now!

As we gear up for summer, I wanted to let you all know about a great professional development opportunity that will be coming to GRCC next month. On May 16, Monika Hogan from Pasadena City College will be leading a workshop at GRCC on the Reading Apprenticeship Project–a program that helps faculty work with their students to help them become critical readers, thinkers, and writers across disciplines. The workshop is part of the 2013 Regional Faculty Conversations series that is sponsored by the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA), and is one of three Reading Apprenticeship workshops that will be held around the state May 15, 16, and 17.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please visit the MCCA’s website at www.mcca.org and check the “Upcoming Events” box on the left side. The direct link to the GRCC event is http://www.mcca.org/events/event_details.cfm?rowID=AF6B1909DB0B8A9933D24159DBF9CDEB.

You will need to register through the MCCA site and will need to create a log-in if you have not registered for MCCA events in the past. There is no cost for the workshop.

In addition, we would like to track who is planning on attending, so we ask that you also register through the Center for Teaching Excellence at www.grcc.edu/ctereg. The MCCA registration is necessary for attendance, but the CTE registration will allow us to place your attendance at the workshop on your Training Summary.

Reading Apprenticeship Workshop, May 16–Register Now!

As we gear up for summer, I wanted to let you all know about a great professional development opportunity that will be coming to GRCC next month. On May 16, Monika Hogan from Pasadena City College will be leading a workshop at GRCC on the Reading Apprenticeship Project–a program that helps faculty work with their students to help them become critical readers, thinkers, and writers across disciplines. The workshop is part of the 2013 Regional Faculty Conversations series that is sponsored by the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA), and is one of three Reading Apprenticeship workshops that will be held around the state May 15, 16, and 17.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please visit the MCCA’s website at www.mcca.org and check the “Upcoming Events” box on the left side. The direct link to the GRCC event is http://www.mcca.org/events/event_details.cfm?rowID=AF6B1909DB0B8A9933D24159DBF9CDEB.

You will need to register through the MCCA site and will need to create a log-in if you have not registered for MCCA events in the past. There is no cost for the workshop.

In addition, we would like to track who is planning on attending, so we ask that you also register through the Center for Teaching Excellence at www.grcc.edu/ctereg. The MCCA registration is necessary for attendance, but the CTE registration will allow us to place your attendance at the workshop on your Training Summary.

Reading Apprenticeship Workshop, May 16–Register Now!

As we gear up for summer, I wanted to let you all know about a great professional development opportunity that will be coming to GRCC next month. On May 16, Monika Hogan from Pasadena City College will be leading a workshop at GRCC on the Reading Apprenticeship Project–a program that helps faculty work with their students to help them become critical readers, thinkers, and writers across disciplines. The workshop is part of the 2013 Regional Faculty Conversations series that is sponsored by the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA), and is one of three Reading Apprenticeship workshops that will be held around the state May 15, 16, and 17.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please visit the MCCA’s website at www.mcca.org and check the “Upcoming Events” box on the left side. The direct link to the GRCC event is http://www.mcca.org/events/event_details.cfm?rowID=AF6B1909DB0B8A9933D24159DBF9CDEB.

You will need to register through the MCCA site and will need to create a log-in if you have not registered for MCCA events in the past. There is no cost for the workshop.

In addition, we would like to track who is planning on attending, so we ask that you also register through the Center for Teaching Excellence at www.grcc.edu/ctereg. The MCCA registration is necessary for attendance, but the CTE registration will allow us to place your attendance at the workshop on your Training Summary.

Center for Teaching Excellence Offers Full Week of Learning Opportunities

As the semester winds down, the Center for Teaching Excellence has a full slate of learning opportunities next week spanning a wide range of topics. All of these opportunities are listed on our events calendar (www.grcc.edu/ctecalendar) and are open for registration at www.grcc.edu/ctereg. Sign up for one or sign up for all. Amid the end of semester stress, take an hour out of your day to come talk about teaching with your peers!

Introduction to Avatar: Monday, April 15 from 3:15 – 4:15 in 207 Sneden.

This session is an introduction to the Avatar materials.
“Avatar is the most powerful, purest self-development program available. It is a series of experiential exercises that enables you to rediscover your self and align your consciousness with what you want to achieve. You will experience your own unique insights and revelations. It’s you finding out about you.” From “What is Avatar?”. Star’s Edge International, http://avatarepc.com/html/whatis.html. Facilitated by Music Department faculty member, Brian Morris.

Showing Them How: Writing With Your Students: Tuesday, April 16 from 4:00 – 5:00 in 107 Cook.

If we agree that writing is a mode of thinking, then being transparent with students about your writing process can be integral in how effectively they transition to an academic mindset. Regardless of your discipline, students need to practice effective communication skills, whether for academic papers, discussion board posts, or email correspondence. Our digital age places more and more value on abbreviated, informal writing that is quite contrary to writing that college courses – and the workplace – require. This interactive session will discuss how writing with your students can break down the mystery of “good” writing for them. Faculty participants will identify three points in the semester when they can write with students, develop a protocol for sharing their writing with students at various points in the drafting process, and discuss the implementation of a collaborative writing assignment. Facilitated by Katie Kalisz from the English Department.

Universal Design Discussion Group: Wednesday, April 17 from 3:00 – 4:00 in 347 Main

In this final discussion of the semester, we will be looking at a Faculty Workbook that offers tips and assessments you can use to check your courses against Universal Design principles. More information can be found at www.grcc.edu/UDLDiscussion.

Got Stress? Surviving the Semester: Thursday, April 18 from 3:30 – 4:30 in 107 Cook.

Got stress? Too busy to even think about it? Take one hour for yourself to examine how you manage stress, and you’ll come away with at least one technique to improve your end-of-semester experience. Facilitated by Ann Alexander from the Business Department.

Using i<Clicker in the Classroom: Friday, April 19 from 9:00 – 10:00 in 351 Main.

i>clicker is GRCC’s campus standard for student response systems. This hands-on session will introduce you to i<clicker and will show you how they can be used effectively in the classroom to enhance your teaching. Facilitated by Lisa Gloege from the Social Sciences Department.

All sessions are open to both full-time and adjunct faculty. You can register for all sessions at www.grcc.edu/ctereg. You can also “like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/teachexcellence to receive the latest information on sessions, news, conferences, and other noteworthy happenings.

If you have any questions or have problems registering, contact us at teachexcellence@grcc.edu. Register now, as space in each session is limited.

Thanks, and we hope to see you in the CTE!

Center for Teaching Excellence events for April 15-19, 2013

As the semester winds down, the Center for Teaching Excellence has a full slate of learning opportunities next week spanning a wide range of topics.  All of these opportunities are listed on our events calendar (www.grcc.edu/ctecalendar) and are open for registration at www.grcc.edu/ctereg.  Sign up for one or sign up for all.  Amid the end of semester stress, take an hour out of your day to come talk about teaching with your peers!

NEXT WEEK (4/15 – 4/19):

Introduction to Avatar: Monday, April 15 from 3:15 – 4:15 in 207 Sneden.

This session is an introduction to the Avatar materials.
“Avatar is the most powerful, purest self-development program available. It is a series of experiential exercises that enables you to rediscover your self and align your consciousness with what you want to achieve. You will experience your own unique insights and revelations. It’s you finding out about you.”    From “What is Avatar?”.  Star’s Edge International, http://avatarepc.com/html/whatis.html. Facilitated by Music Department faculty member, Brian Morris.

Showing Them How: Writing With Your Students: Tuesday, April 16 from 4:00 – 5:00 in 107 Cook.
If we agree that writing is a mode of thinking, then being transparent with students about your writing process can be integral in how effectively they transition to an academic mindset.  Regardless of your discipline, students need to practice effective communication skills, whether for academic papers, discussion board posts, or email correspondence.  Our digital age places more and more value on abbreviated, informal writing that is quite contrary to writing that college courses – and the workplace – require.  This interactive session will discuss how writing with your students can break down the mystery of “good” writing for them.  Faculty participants will identify three points in the semester when they can write with students, develop a protocol for sharing their writing with students at various points in the drafting process, and discuss the implementation of a collaborative writing assignment.  Facilitated by Katie Kalisz from the English Department.

Universal Design Discussion Group: Wednesday, April 17 from 3:00 – 4:00 in 347 Main

In this final discussion of the semester, we will be looking at a Faculty Workbook that offers tips and assessments you can use to check your courses against Universal Design principles.  More information can be found at www.grcc.edu/UDLDiscussion.

Got Stress? Surviving the Semester: Thursday, April 18 from 3:30 – 4:30 in 107 Cook.
Got stress? Too busy to even think about it? Take one hour for yourself to examine how you manage stress, and you’ll come away with at least one technique to improve your end-of-semester experience. Facilitated by Ann Alexander from the Business Department.

Using i<Clicker in the Classroom: Friday, April 19 from 9:00 – 10:00 in 351 Main.
i>clicker is GRCC’s campus standard for student response systems. This hands-on session will introduce you to i<clicker and will show you how they can be used effectively in the classroom to enhance your teaching. Facilitated by Lisa Gloege from the Social Sciences Department.

All sessions are open to both full-time and adjunct faculty.  You can register for all sessions at www.grcc.edu/ctereg.  You can also “like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/teachexcellence to receive the latest information on sessions, news, conferences, and other noteworthy happenings.

If you have any questions or have problems registering, contact us at teachexcellence@grcc.edu.  Register now, as space in each session is limited.

Thanks, and we hope to see you in the CTE!

Center for Teaching Excellence Hosting Sabbatical Session on Friday

This Friday (April 12), the Center for Teaching Excellence will be hosting a session on sabbaticals at GRCC. This session will focus on an overview of the sabbatical process (planning, reporting, funding, and reflections from former sabbatical recipients). After this session, you will have a clear understanding of the process and be able to identify 2-3 areas worthy of a sabbatical study. The session will be interactive and somewhat informal. It is targeted to full-time faculty and will be led by members of the sabbatical committee.

The session will be held in 347 Main from 9:00-10:00. You can register for the session at www.grcc.edu/ctereg, and can see a full calendar of Center for Teaching Excellence events at www.grcc.edu/ctecalendar.

 If you have any questions or have problems registering, contact us at teachexcellence@grcc.edu. Register now, as space in each session is limited.

Thanks, and we hope to see you in the CTE!

2013-2014 SABBATICAL APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED

2014-15 SABBATICAL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 13, 2014 but it is not too early to start planning for next year. Professor Mursalata Muhammad will be presenting a Sabbatical Planning Workshop at the Center for Teaching Excellence on Friday April 12, 2013, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM in 347 Main. To register, go to: http://cms.grcc.edu/ctecurrentlearning

Teaching with Technology Session This Friday

What technologies do you use in the classroom? Are you getting the most out of them? Are there other tools that may enhance your teaching? Come to 109 Cook this Friday (April 5) from 9:00 – 10:30 for a session on teaching with technology. Mursalata Muhammad from the English Department will facilitate a session entitled “Your Teaching, Their Learning, and Technology.” During the session, she will discuss a variety of instructional technology tools you can use and will help you understand how best to implement technology in your own classroom.

Even though it is only April, planning for your Fall courses will be ramping up before you know it, and this is a great opportunity to develop some new techniques and ideas. You can register for the session at www.grcc.edu/ctereg, and can see a full calendar of Center for Teaching Excellence events at www.grcc.edu/ctecalendar.

 If you have any questions or have problems registering, contact us at teachexcellence@grcc.edu. Register now, as space in each session is limited.

Thanks, and we hope to see you in the CTE!

Disability Etiquette Session TODAY at 4:00

Please join the Center for Teaching Excellence and Staff Development Tuesday, March 26 from 4:00 – 5:00 in 107 Cook for a session on Disability Etiquette. The session will cover some basic recommendations for interacting with students (and others) who have disabilities. Facilitators Jocelyn Dettloff and Trina Edmonson from Disability Advocates of Kent County will help participants learn appropriate language to use when communicating with people with disabilities and about disability, learn to be proactive to give your students the tools they need to succeed, and dispel common myths about disability and people with disabilities.

You can register for the session at www.grcc.edu/ctereg. If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at 234-2278 or teachexcellence@grcc.edu.

We hope to see you there!

This Week in the Center for Teaching Excellence

Below is a list of professional development opportunities offered through the Center for Teaching Excellence this week. We hope you will join us for some or all of these sessions, if your schedule allows! We also now have an events calendar on our website at www.grcc.edu/ctecalendar. Check it out for an easy-to-navigate overview of our events. You can register for all events at www.grcc.edu/ctereg.

Disability Etiquette: Tuesday, March 26 from 4:00 – 5:00 in 107 Cook.

This session will cover some basic recommendations for interacting with students (and others) who have disabilities. By the end of the session, participants will, 1) Learn appropriate language to use when communicating with people with disabilities and about disability, 2) Learn to be proactive to give your students the tools they need to succeed, and 3) Learn and dispel common myths about disability and people with disabilities. Facilitated by Jocelyn Dettloff and Trina Edmonson from Disability Advocates of Kent County.

Academic Freedom: A Personal and Professional Journey: Wednesday, March 27 from 3:00 – 4:00 in 109 Cook.

As budgets become tighter, tuition increases, and institutions are being more scrutinized, how does the notion of academic freedom become imperiled? How do we define academic freedom, and how is the phrase often misused? Learn the background of one faculty member’s journey through the minefield of academic freedom, and how it affected him professionally and personally. What are we doing in our classrooms that may come under fire from students, parents, board members, or the community? Are we teaching what we are supposed to be teaching? Who decides this? The session will focus briefly on the personal experience of one instructor, but will also discuss various professional and institutional definitions of academic freedom, the differences between free speech and academic freedom, and examples of “wins and losses” for academic freedom. Lastly, the session will focus on the potential threats to academic freedom. Facilitated by Jim Hayes from the English Department.

Word Indents, Tabs, and Styles, Oh My!: Friday, March 29 from 10:00 – 11:00 in 351 Main.

This session explores how to use indents, tabs, and styles effectively to create cool and efficient Word documents that meet the needs of diverse learners. Learners are encouraged to bring a document, such as a syllabus, they would like to improve in both look and efficiency. By the end of the session, participants should be able to: 1) Determine when to use an indent instead of a tab, 2) Set custom tabs including different alignments and leader tabs, 3) Identify Microsoft Word styles, 4) Create, modify, and apply a style. Facilitated by Bethann Talsma from the Business Department.

All sessions are open to both full-time and adjunct faculty. You can register for all sessions at www.grcc.edu/ctereg. You can also “like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/teachexcellence to receive the latest information on sessions, news, conferences, and other noteworthy happenings.

If you have any questions or have problems registering, contact us at teachexcellence@grcc.edu. Register now, as space in each session is limited.

Thanks, and we hope to see you in the CTE!

Disability Etiquette Session Tuesday, March 26 at 4:00

Please join the Center for Teaching Excellence and Staff Development Tuesday, March 26 from 4:00 – 5:00 in 107 Cook for a session on Disability Etiquette. The session will cover some basic recommendations for interacting with students (and others) who have disabilities. Facilitators Jocelyn Dettloff and Trina Edmonson from Disability Advocates of Kent County will help participants learn appropriate language to use when communicating with people with disabilities and about disability, learn to be proactive to give your students the tools they need to succeed, and dispel common myths about disability and people with disabilities.

You can register for the session at www.grcc.edu/ctereg. If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at 234-2278 or teachexcellence@grcc.edu.

We hope to see you there!