Professional Development Sessions


In addition to the standard business applications available in most academic environments, the College provides faculty members with several excellent tools that can be utilized for class organization and to streamline student communications. Many of the applications are extremely user friendly, but opportunities to get a first-hand introduction to these tools are sponsored by The Center for Excellence, and can be scheduled at your convenience.

Forward your request directly to the individual indicated and please allow at least one business day for a response to your request. Appointments will be scheduled at mutually agreeable times.

Development Session
Copyright in the Technology-Rich Educational Environment: Making Sense of the TEACH Act
Teaching Students with Disabilities
Active Learning
Integrated Course Design
Mixed Age Classroom
CMS in the Classroom
Web 2.0
Hands on Word 2007
Hands on Excel 2007
Hands on PowerPoint 2007
Hands on GIMP
Web Page Development
Classroom Projection Systems
Grade Books in Excel

 


Copyright in the Technology-Rich Educational Environment: Making sense of the TEACH Act

Can I put commercial video clips on my faculty website? Can I load the textbook CD-rom into WebStudy? Can I copy and paste whole journal articles I want my class to read onto my WebStudy page? What happens if I unknowingly break the copyright law? If you are teaching with online technology, whether face-to-face or a distance learning class, this workshop is for you. With the implementation of the Technology Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act in 2002, many of the barriers to using copyrighted material in an online educational environment were removed. However, there are still some restrictions and the TEACH Act is often difficult to decipher. This workshop will address the new guidelines for “fair use” by translating the important changes into practical terms, and review what you can and can’t do with copyrighted material in the online educational environment.

Email Karen Rege to schedule an appointment.

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Teaching Students with Disabilities

In this session, Ann Binder, Director of Special Needs Services, will familiarize you with strategies that may be used when dealing with the special needs student. You will learn about applicable laws and regulations that govern this population, as well as the scope and diversity of disabilities.

Email Ann Binder to schedule an appointment.

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Active Learning

This workshop will focus on ways to involve students more in your lessons. Research on active learning will be reviewed, and examples of how to involve students more in their own learning will be demonstrated. Participants will leave the workshop with at least 10 ways to make learning more active.  Bring one good idea that you have tried in your class and the instructor will copy the ideas and make them available to all participants.

Email Susan Woron to schedule an appointment.

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Integrated Course Design

This workshop is based on L. Dee Fink’s book Creating Significant Learning Experiences, a learning-centered approach to instructional design. The book walks readers through a 12-step process that results in an integrated course with an emphasis on meaningful learning. By working through the first steps of the process, workshop participants will have an opportunity to explore this approach to course design and possibly make changes in their own classrooms.

Email Tina Shaffer to schedule an appointment.

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Mixed Age Classroom

Even though the median age of our students is 22, the College attracts many returning adults who seem to present unique challenges in the classroom. Learn how to turn these challenges into opportunities in this session. Participants will gain a basic understanding of adult learning theory, insight into the motivation of adult learners, and some practical classroom strategies to enhance the experience of all students.

Email Tina Shaffer to schedule an appointment.

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CMS in the Classroom

Typically used for online and hybrid courses, course managements systems (CMS) are increasingly used in traditional settings. Learn how a CMS can work for you and what to think about when considering integrating it into your classes. This session pairs nicely with the hands on Moodle and WebStudy workshops.

Email Tina Shaffer to schedule an appointment.

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Web 2.0

Learn various ways of enhancing the classroom experience with free utilities found on or delivered by the Web. The session will be customized to meet your needs, but can include such topics as blogs, wikis, and applets.

Email Lori Wushensky to schedule an appointment

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Hands-on Word 2007

Topics covered include:

  • Applying styles
  • Inserting pictures
  • Working with tables
  • Inserting a SmartArt graphic
  • Adding a cover page
  • Inserting a predefined header or footer
  • Creating a table of contents
  • Applying a theme
  • Creating a bibliograph

Email Lori Wushensky to schedule an appointment

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Hands-on Excel 2007

Topics covered include:

  • Overview of the Excel workspace
  • Cell addresses/references
  • Renaming a worksheet
  • Changing the width of a column
  • Inserting/deleting rows and columns
  • Freezing rows/columns
  • Working with formulas and functions
  • Using the fill handle
  • Formatting the worksheet
  • Using Excel’s new table feature
  • Sorting and filtering data
  • Using conditional formatting
  • Printing tips

Email Lori Wushensky to schedule an appointment

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Hands-on PowerPoint 2007

Topics covered include:

  • Overview of PowerPoint views
  • Adding a new slide and choosing its layout
  • Changing a slide layout
  • Deleting slides
  • Entering content on a slide
  • Formatting text
  • Working with graphics
  • Creating a SmartArt graphic
  • Working with themes and background styles
  • Adding transitions between slides
  • Animating text and objects
  • Adding slides from existing PowerPoint files
  • Writing on slides during a presentation
  • Printing your presentation
  • Creating a photo album

Email Lori Wushensky to schedule an appointment

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Hands-on GIMP

In this session participants will learn to create and edit basic graphics for web pages using GIMP, free image-editing software.

Email Lori Wushensky to schedule an appointment

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Web Page Development

Participants in this hands-on session will become familiar with Internet and web development concepts while learning basic skills necessary to create web pages. At the end of the session, participants will have created several simple pages they can use as models for their own pages. Participants also will connect to the College server to practice uploading pages.

Email Lori Wushensky to schedule an appointment

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Classroom Projection Systems

Learn to use the classroom projection systems effectively in a one-on-one session.

Email Lori Wushensky to schedule an appointment

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Grade Books in Excel

Learn Excel basics while creating a custom grade book for your classes.

Email Lori Wushensky to schedule an appointment

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