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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.

May 18, 2015

Apply by May 29 for new endowed business chair

The Virginia Western Educational Foundation this fall will award its first endowed chair, the Donald G. Smith Endowed Teaching Chair. This honor was conceived in 2006 to recognize and reward outstanding teaching at Virginia Western Community College. It is named for Don Smith, retired CEO of Roanoke Electric Steel Corp.

Every two years, funds provided by the Chair will be awarded to an outstanding instructor of business administration-related coursework. The honored teacher may use the funds ($5,000 annually, for each of two years) to enhance the quality of their curriculum, facilities or instruction in any way they deem necessary (within VCCS policy). At the end of the honored faculty’s term, he/she is expected to publish a report or provide a public forum in his/her field – a presentation, a workshop, bringing in an outside speaker, etc.

Eligibility

Current full-time or adjunct faculty teaching business administration-related coursework at Virginia Western Community College are eligible to apply.

A completed application must be received by the Educational Foundation by May 29, 2015.

The honored teacher will be notified by Aug. 15, 2015, and the award announced at faculty in-service for the 2015-16 academic year.

How to apply

Click on the Educational Foundation link on VWConnect and download the application form. For more information, contact Carole Tarrant, Coordinator of Development for the Educational Foundation, at 76281 or ctarrant@virginiawestern.edu.

Contact: Carole Tarrant

May 11, 2015

Professional Development – Deadline Friday May 15th

To VWCC Staff and Faculty:

The VWCC Professional Development Committee has revised and digitized the application for professional development funding and the process for submission of the form. The application includes requests for and information about VCCS Activities, Conferences/Training/Certifications, and Educational Aid.

The application form can be accessed and submitted through this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Y7DprWXG96wrWcoPhk2TmlpeumXWQvnJrQ7oqGFjrK0/viewform Please read the form carefully as updates and revisions have been made to the application as well as to the awarding of professional development funds.

The new schedule for applying and receiving approval is as follows:

Submission deadline: May 15, 2015, 5:00 p.m. (Late applications will be not be accepted)

Professional Development Committee review of applications: Summer 2015

Notification of funding: August 16, 2015

 

May 6, 2015

Professional Development – Deadline May 15

To VWCC Staff and Faculty:

The VWCC Professional Development Committee has revised and digitized the application for professional development funding and the process for submission of the form. The application includes requests for and information about VCCS Activities, Conferences/Training/Certifications, and Educational Aid.

The application form can be accessed and submitted through this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Y7DprWXG96wrWcoPhk2TmlpeumXWQvnJrQ7oqGFjrK0/viewform Please read the form carefully as updates and revisions have been made to the application as well as to the awarding of professional development funds.

The new schedule for applying and receiving approval is as follows:

Submission deadline: May 15, 2015, 5:00 p.m. (Late applications will be not be accepted)

Professional Development Committee review of applications: Summer 2015

Notification of funding: August 16, 2015

May 4, 2015

Summer 2015 TOTAL Workshops Available Now

VWCC has joined a consortium with BRCC, NRCC, WCC, and VHCC to maximize resources and offer as many TOTAL workshops to faculty as possible. The Summer 2015 TOTAL workshops are available now. For information about VCCS TOTAL Workshops, please go to: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/elit/total.php

Each workshop focuses on a single topic for your professional development plan. Here is the schedule:

Jun.1 , 2015 - Preparing Student Learning Objectives - 2 weeks

Jun. 22, 2015 - Using Best Practices in Online Teaching - 4 weeks

Jul. 6, 2015 - Implementing Open Educational Resources  - 3 weeks

Instructions for registering VCCS TOTAL Courses via the Knowledge Center:

  1. Login to the VWCC Knowledge Center: https://covkc.virginia.gov/vwcc/
  2. Go to Learning Center >> Course Catalog
  3. Enter Keywords: VCCS:TOTAL in the Search Text box. Click Search.
  4. Click on the course link of the course in which you would like to enroll, e.g. VCCS: TOTAL Implementing Open Educational Resources Workshop
  5. Click on the BRCC section, e.g. BRCC: TOTAL Implementing Open Educational Resources Workshop
  6. Click Enroll. You will see that your status changes to “Enrolled.” You will also see a statement confirming the date you enrolled: e.g. You enrolled in this item on 5/20/2015.
  7. After enrolling, you will be able to see the course(s) in which you are enrolled in the Scheduled Training box located on My Homepage: Home >> My Workspace >> My Homepage.

If you have questions or need assistance regarding the Knowledge Center, please contact Sarah Miller, Heidi McClintic or Carly Johnson in Human Resources. If you have any questions about the workshop format and content, please contact Carrie Halpin in eLearning & Instructional Technology (eLIT).

April 8, 2015

Psychology Lecture Series: What is Health Psychology?

The Psi Beta - Psychology Club is hosting another Psychology lecture series event this Thursday, April 9th at 3:30 in the Natural Sciences Center.  Glen Kent will be talking about the area of Health Psychology which ties in with other psychology specializations, as well as, areas of health care and wellness.  If you think your student might be interested please let students know. If interested, please consider join us!

Glenn Kent’s brief bio:

Glenn Kent earned his master’s degree in Neuropsychology and doctoral degree in Health Psychology at the University of Cincinnati, where he taught courses on psychology and nutrition. His experience as a university wellness director, health care administrator, personal trainer and fitness entrepreneur speaks to a lifelong commitment to the study of health. Currently, Glenn is a researcher and assistant professor of Health Psychology at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, VA. His research interests focus on Triune Health, his model of well-being along three dimensions:  movement, eating, and psychology. His findings aim to prevent or reduce the causes of chronic diseases, especially obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, in an effort to increase longevity and quality of life. Dr. Kent also recently began exploring the field of behavioral economics, with a focus on answering questions related to decision-making and behavior change in all facets of life. Finally, Glenn is the owner of Fitness Motive, a Roanoke-based health company focusing on psychological approaches to wellness.

 

March 31, 2015

TOTAL Workshop in Spring 2015

The deadline to register the last TOTAL Workshop in Spring 2015 is Friday, April 3. This is 3-week workshop about: Implementing Open Educational Resources (OER). This workshop is a good opportunity to help to fulfill your faculty evaluation plan requirements.

Instructions for Accessing VCCS TOTAL Courses via the Knowledge Center:

  1. Login to the VWCC Knowledge Center: https://covkc.virginia.gov/vwcc/
  2. Go to Learning Center >> Course Catalog
  3. Enter Keywords: VCCS:TOTAL in the Search Text box. Click Search.
  4. Click on the course link of the course in which you would like to enroll, e.g. VCCS: TOTAL Implementing Open Educational Resources Workshop
  5. Click on the BRCC section.
  6. Click Enroll. You will see that your status changes to “Enrolled.” You will also see a statement confirming the date you enrolled: e.g. You enrolled in this item on 1/21/2015.
  7. After enrolling, you will be able to see the course(s) in which you are enrolled in the Scheduled Training box located on My Homepage: Home >> My Workspace >> My Homepage.

If you have questions or need assistance regarding the Knowledge Center, please contact Sarah Miller, Heidi McClintic or Carly Johnson in Human Resources. If you have any questions about the workshop format and content, please contact Carrie Halpin in eLearning & Instructional Technology (eLIT).

February 19, 2015

Webinar: Atomic Learning @ VWCC for Faculty and Staff

Atomic Learning can help move you and your students from awkward to awesome when using technology.  This resource is available to all staff, faculty and students at Virginia Western and covers over 270 applications.

We have scheduled an online webinar about how to use Atomic Learning for faculty and staff on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 12 to 12:50 (Will be delivered by Atomic Learning Staff). The webinar is about 50 minutes. We have reserved HR Training Room (F002). You are welcome to join us together to attend the webinar or you can access it online from your office or home.

Webinar Topic: Atomic Learning @ VWCC
Time: Thursday, Feb. 19 from 12 to 12:50
Location: HR Training Room (F002)

Or Access the webinar online at:

1. Please join my meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/524436189

2. Join the conference call:
Dial-in Number: 1-888-205-5513 FREE
Guest Passcode: 564384
Meeting ID: 524-436-189

Training Outline:
In this training, we will go over the Atomic Learning site, as well bringing the tutorials into your Blackboard courses.

  • Logging Into Atomic Learning
  • Overview of Searching
  • Overview of Series Page
  • Sharing outside of Blackboard
  • Implementing  Atomic Learning into Blackboard
    • Adding Atomic Learning Module to a Blackboard Course
    • Adding Atomic Learning to Content Area
    • Adding Atomic Learning using Mashup Tool

February 16, 2015

Webinar: Atomic Learning @ VWCC for Faculty and Staff

Atomic Learning can help move you and your students from awkward to awesome when using technology.  This resource is available to all staff, faculty and students at Virginia Western and covers over 270 applications.

We have scheduled an online webinar about how to use Atomic Learning for faculty and staff on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 12 to 12:50 (Will be delivered by Atomic Learning Staff). The webinar is about 50 minutes. We have reserved HR Training Room (F002). You are welcome to join us together to attend the webinar or you can access it online from your office or home.

Webinar Topic: Atomic Learning @ VWCC
Time: Thursday, Feb. 19 from 12 to 12:50
Location: HR Training Room (F002)

Or Access the webinar online at:

1. Please join my meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/524436189

2. Join the conference call:
Dial-in Number: 1-888-205-5513
Guest Passcode: 564384
Meeting ID: 524-436-189

Training Outline:
In this training, we will go over the Atomic Learning site, as well bringing the tutorials into your Blackboard courses.

  • Logging Into Atomic Learning
  • Overview of Searching
  • Overview of Series Page
  • Sharing outside of Blackboard
  • Implementing  Atomic Learning into Blackboard
    • Adding Atomic Learning Module to a Blackboard Course
    • Adding Atomic Learning to Content Area
    • Adding Atomic Learning using Mashup Tool

January 26, 2015

LASS Colloquium 2015 TODAY

Please join us TODAY for the first college wide Spring Colloquium brought to you by the School of Liberal Arts and Social Science. Our Colloquium will be held today, January 26th, in Whitman Theatre from 12-2:00.   We have a great event scheduled!  All are welcome. Plan to come and go as your schedule permits.  The faculty presenters that we have lined up are as follows:

  • Brad Burkholder – A Reading of Published Poems
  • Sue Thomas – A Driving Tour With Car-Art (Sue is the Recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award)
  • Annemarie Carroll – Helping Students Manage Class Anxiety
  • Thelma Simpson and Alexander Scott – How We Teach Difficult Grammar Topics in Spanish Class (Thelma is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award)
  • Ann Moser and Amy White – Teaching Biology using the novel Prodigal Summer, by Barbara Kingsolver.  A combination of biology and English!

This is a great professional development opportunity and a great way to see what LASS faculty members are doing in the classroom!  See you there!

Amy Anguiano