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January 26, 2015

Free Conference: 2015 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (at Virginia Tech)

The 7th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy is focused on higher education teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning. The conference showcases the best pedagogical practice and research in higher education today. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research. Ultimately, the conference is an opportunity to demonstrate effective instructional practice and disseminate the latest research aimed at improving the quality of higher education. Conference website: http://www.cider.vt.edu/conference/

When: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, February 4-6, 2015
Where: The Inn at Virginia Tech and the Skelton Conference Center
Who: Faculty, Administrators and Students

Free Conference Registration: http://www.cideronline.org/confRegistration/

January 22, 2015

FREE Professional Development Opportunity!

You are invited to participate and present in the FantasTech Virtual Conference event held online February 6 – 13, 2015! FantasTech is the virtual conference for technology enhanced teaching and learning. Faculty and administrators will share and learn the best practices in distance, blended, and technology facilitated learning. Our theme this year is New Horizons for Teaching and Learning. Each year, the NMC Horizon Report identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education. We invite you to join us in the conversation!

FantasTech is offered synchronously (live) in AvayaLive Engage virtual environment. It is free for all college and university educators! Live sessions will be scheduled at various times of the day and evening. Most sessions will be recorded for asynchronous viewing within the environment and on the Web site after the conclusion of the conference. The links above will provide access to registration, proposal submission, schedule, and the conference environment when it opens.

The FantasTech Virtual Conference is an outgrowth of the Virtual Conference of J Sargeant Reynolds Community College

LASS Colloquium 2015

LASS Colloquium 2015

Please join us for the first college wide Spring Colloquium brought to you by the School of Liberal Arts and Social Science. Our colloquium will be held in Whitman Theatre (note the location change) on Monday, January 26th 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

LASS Colloquium 2015

LASS Colloquium 2015

Please join us for the first college wide Spring Colloquium brought to you by the School of Liberal Arts and Social Science. Our colloquium will be held in Whitman Theater (note the location change) on Monday, January 26th from 12-2 pm.   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

January 21, 2015

Spring 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 Spring 2015 TOTAL workshops are available now. For information about TOTAL Workshops, please go to: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/elit/total.php

Each workshop focuses on a single topic for your professional development plan. Registration is open. The schedule is:

Jan. 26, 2015  - Blackboard Basics - 2 weeks

Feb. 2, 2015 - Using Best Practices in Online Teaching - 4 weeks

Mar. 2, 2015 - Preparing Student Learning Objectives - 2 weeks

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

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).

January 15, 2015

VCCS Paul Lee Professional Development Mini-Grant Opportunities

The VCCS offers two types of grants.

The first is the Paul Lee Professional Development Grant, where a combination of time and expenses is possible, with maximum funding for time at eight credits. Most time is funded at four credits. Note: Summer funding is a flat $2,500 stipend.

The second is the Paul Lee Workshop Mini-Grant with a maximum award of $1,500.

For detailed information see the link below.

Note, the application deadline is February 1, 2015 for summer projects.

http://www.vccs.edu/careers/office-of-professional-development/opd-grants-program/

If you have questions, need assistance please do not hesitate to contact Marilyn Herbert-Ashton (mherbert-ashton@virginiawestern.edu).
Please note that all requests for external funding must go through the Grants Office.

For additional information about grants and funding please visit the Grants Development web page at http://virginiawestern.edu/grants/  or VW Connect at https://vwconnect.vw.edu/sites/ia/grants/default.aspx.

 

November 13, 2014

Asian Studies Book Collection on Display in Brown Library

Brown Library is currently displaying the beautiful new books provided through the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures-Asian Studies Grant. This collection was acquired thanks to Virginia Western’s participation with UVA in a program called, “Understanding the Non-West: Strengthening Global Humanities at Virginia’s Community Colleges.” The goal is to boost global humanities in Virginia’s community colleges and enrich appreciation for the cultural traditions, literature, and cinema of India, China, Japan, Eastern Asia, and Russia. Get a sneak peek of this gorgeous collection here.

This special collection is on display through Monday, November 24 on the top floor of the Brown Library Building. These books are also available to be checked out!

November 10, 2014

Blackboard Grader App Available on iPad Air, iPad 2, 3, or 4

The Bb Grader App provides teachers with a mobile solution for reviewing, providing feedback, and grading student submissions to Blackboard Learn Assignments.

Key Features

  • Inline viewing of student submissions for supported file types
  • Gesture-based interactions for grading and feedback
  • Support for audio and video-based feedback
  • Course and assignment level views
  • Integration with Multiple Attempts, Group Assignments, Rubrics, and Anonymous Grading

For instruction about installation and usage, go to Blackboard Help.

October 30, 2014

The Virginia Collection @ Brown Library

Virginia Western’s Brown Library has a special collection of books, the Virginia Collection, that are all about Virginia or written by Virginia authors. Many of the books are historical in nature and are rare gems that we are fortunate to have. Others, while they may be historical and informative, certainly pass for interesting as well:

Stop by today to check these and many other interesting titles out!

October 24, 2014

Brown Library’s Faculty Picks of the Week

(Shout out to VWCC faculty and students in the Early Childhood Development program!)

The following new library books, selected by faculty members, are now available for checkout by all students, staff, and faculty.

Come to the top floor of the Brown Library Building, and check them out!