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May 29, 2015

SAVE the DATE: 2015 Summer Instructional Technology Mini-Conference Friday, July 24

Following our very successful inaugural Mini-Conference last summer 2014, we have confirmed the date for the 2015 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference here at Virginia Western: Friday, July 24.  This is a no-cost, one-day conference and professional development opportunity for all Virginia Western faculty and staff.

Based on the overwhelmingly positive responses from last year’s post-conference survey, we decided to invite Dr. Peter Doolittle to be our keynote speaker again this year to share his expertise in higher education pedagogy, instructional design and curriculum development that promote effective teaching and learning. A series of breakout sessions will follow the keynote. Topics will include

  • Instructional design for deep learning;
  • Open Educational Resources (OERs) (with a focus on adopting existing OER resources/courses; what VCCS is planning; supporting efforts here on our campus);
  • Future changes to the Blackboard platform, new upgrades to Blackboard Collaborate;
  • Faculty showcases on best practices of online/hybrid course design and development; and
  • Effective teaching and learning practices for adult learners.

And YES, a full lunch and snacks will be included. A complete conference agenda and registration instructions will be distributed in the coming weeks.

Fitness Center Summer Hours!

The Fitness Center will be opening with the following Summer hours starting on May 18th!

Fitness Center Summer Hours of Operations
Monday - Wednesday - 10:00am-6:00pm

Thursday - 8:00am - 3:00pm

Fridays: Closed

*The Fitness Center is closed for operation when the college is closed. Student/Staff ID requried to use the Fitness Center*

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Training sponsored by Alleghany Highlands Community Services. Training provided by Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • June 1st and 2nd
  • Duncan Hall, rooms D101 and D102

Participants must be present all day both days. Lunch will be on your own.

There is no cost to attend however you must register in order to attend. Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PWGNGYR.

*1.5 Continuing Education Units available for a $30 fee from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Contact: Andrea Dilly, adilley@ahcsb.org or Kristi Holt at kholt@ahcsb.org.

May 28, 2015

No Show Rosters: First 5 Week & 10 Week Classes

This summer, Virginia Western is expanding the pilot of the Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal System (IIWS) which allows faculty to submit no-show and withdrawal rosters online.

During this summer's expanded pilot, instructors must submit rosters online for processing, but paper rosters must also be submitted to the Records Office to verify accuracy. Please submit the same information online and on the paper roster.

First 5 Week Classes
No-Show Roster Link Emailed to Instructors: May 27, 2015
No-Show Roster Due through IIWS: May 30, 2015
Paper No-Show Rosters Due to Records Office: June 1, 2015

10 Week Classes
No-Show Roster Link Emailed to Instructors: May 29, 2015
No-Show Roster Due Through IIWS: June 2, 2015
Paper No-Show Rosters Due to Records Office: June 3, 2015

Please remember no-show and withdrawal roster reporting is required to comply with federal regulations.

Instructors who have not completed verification will not receive no-show roster emails.

Contact: Cathy Swain (cswain@virginiawestern.edu), Melanie Crouch (mcrouch@virginiawestern.edu) or Brooke Ferguson (bferguson@virginiawestern.edu).

May 27, 2015

NEW VCCS AUTHOR LIBRARY

Following a move to the Arboretum Campus, the VCCS has set aside space for a VCCS Author Library and would like your help in filling it. If you have authored books or other materials and would be willing to donate a copy, the VCCS would love to include your work. For any donations, please sign and date the book/materials, and if you'd like to include a short note about your donation to the VCCS, that is appreciated as well.

Donations can be sent to:

Christopher D. Lee
Human Resources Department
Virginia Community College System
300 Arboretum Place, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23236

Contact Jennifer Pittman in Human Resources with any questions.

May 26, 2015

No-Show Rosters: First 5 Week and 10 Week courses

This summer, Virginia Western is expanding the pilot of the Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal System (IIWS) which allows faculty to submit no-show and withdrawal rosters online.

During this summer's expanded pilot, instructors must submit rosters online for processing, but paper rosters must also be submitted to the Records Office to verify accuracy. Please submit the same information online and on the paper roster.

First 5 Week Classes
No-Show Roster Link Emailed to Instructors: May 27, 2015
No-Show Roster Due through IIWS: May 30, 2015
Paper No-Show Rosters Due to Records Office: June 1, 2015

10 Week Classes
No-Show Roster Link Emailed to Instructors: May 29, 2015
No-Show Roster Due Through IIWS: June 2, 2015
Paper No-Show Rosters Due to Records Office: June 3, 2015

Please remember no-show and withdrawal roster reporting is required to comply with federal regulations.

Instructors who have not completed verification will not receive no-show roster emails.

Contact: Cathy Swain (cswain@virginiawestern.edu), Melanie Crouch (mcrouch@virginiawestern.edu) or Brooke Ferguson (bferguson@virginiawestern.edu).

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Training sponsored by Alleghany Highlands Community Services. Training provided by Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • June 1st and 2nd
  • Duncan Hall, rooms D101 and D102

Participants must be present all day both days. Lunch will be on your own.

There is no cost to attend however you must register in order to attend. Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PWGNGYR.

*1.5 Continuing Education Units available for a $30 fee from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Contact: Andrea Dilly, adilley@ahcsb.org or Kristi Holt at kholt@ahcsb.org.

Technology Research Study

The following research project has been approved by the Virginia Western IRB (Institutional Review Board).

Greetings!
My name is Mike Murphy and I am a student at Virginia Tech in the PhD program of Instructional Design and Technology as well as the CIO / Director of Technology Services at Blue Ridge Community College. As part of the requirements of my degree, I am studying the conditions that facilitate the implementation of technology in the community college setting for my dissertation.
I am emailing you to request your participation in this study. If you are a faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) at a VCCS community college, I ask that you please participate in this study by completing the following survey:
https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eysJ9EaHXGGDb2R

This survey will ask questions regarding the technologies you use within your instruction and for some reasons you made these choices. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, no personally identifiable information will be collected, and all answers remain anonymous.
Thank you for your consideration in participating in this study.
Sincerely,
Mike Murphy
PhD Student – Instructional Design and Technology
Virginia Tech

May 22, 2015

Technology Research Study

The following research project has been approved by the Virginia Western IRB (Institutional Review Board).

Greetings!
My name is Mike Murphy and I am a student at Virginia Tech in the PhD program of Instructional Design and Technology as well as the CIO / Director of Technology Services at Blue Ridge Community College. As part of the requirements of my degree, I am studying the conditions that facilitate the implementation of technology in the community college setting for my dissertation.
I am emailing you to request your participation in this study. If you are a faculty member (fulltime or adjunct) at a VCCS community college, I ask that you please participate in this study by completing the following survey:
https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eysJ9EaHXGGDb2R

This survey will ask questions regarding the technologies you use within your instruction and for some reasons you made these choices. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, no personally identifiable information will be collected, and all answers remain anonymous.
Thank you for your consideration in participating in this study.
Sincerely,
Mike Murphy
PhD Student – Instructional Design and Technology
Virginia Tech

LINK LAB – M302 UPDATED OPEN TUTORING HOURS FOR IT STUDENTS

Beginning next week, the open tutoring hours available in the Link Lab - M302 will be as follows:

  • Monday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Note: New Monday hours will begin June 1st, as campus is closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25th.)
  • Tuesday 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

As a reminder, the hours of operation for the Link Lab - M302 are:

  • Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.