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June 29, 2015

Registration Available: Instructional Technology Mini-Conference

The 2015 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference will be held on Friday, July 24 here at Virginia Western. This is a no-cost, one-day conference and professional development opportunity open to all faculty and staff from Virginia Western Community College, New River Community College, and Central Virginia Community College. Registration is now open at: http://tinyurl.com/ovsr4cx

Conference Keynote – Dr. Peter Doolittle, Executive Director; Assistant Provost of Teaching and Learning; Professor of Educational Psychology,  Virginia Tech: Learning First: Working Memory and Learning Effectiveness in a Technology-Rich Environment 

A series of breakout sessions on the following topics will follow the keynote:

  • Identifying strategies for creating an instructional design model for flipping the classroom and for applying these concepts and techniques to designing and developing curriculum and instruction that will improve students’ deep learning.
  • Evaluating the definition of Open Educational Resources (OER) and identifying why we should use OER, how to implement OER, and the pedagogical opportunities made available by these additional resources (with a focus on adopting existing OER resources/courses; what the VCCS is planning; and supporting efforts on our campuses)
  • The new platform and new features of the upcoming upgrade of Blackboard learning management system and  Blackboard Collaborate;
  • Demonstrations by innovative faculty from CVCC, NRCC, and VWCC of best practices they have developed and lessons they have learned from designing and developing effective online/hybrid courses.
  • Identifying and implementing instructional technologies and design principles for building effective learning communities that support the learning success of adult learners (especially plus 50 students).

Time: Friday, July 24, 2015 from 8am to 4:15pm
Location: HP Multipurpose Room 208/210
Registration is now open at: http://tinyurl.com/ovsr4cx
Conference Agenda: A more complete but still tentative conference agenda can be found here: http://vwccelit.blogspot.com

VWCC faculty who complete the full-day mini-conference will receive a certificate equivalent to the completion of a TOTAL of two-weeks of workshop credits. These credits will contribute to satisfying the “Professional Development Objectives for Faculty Teaching Hybrid and Online Courses” as outlined in the new Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan (see page 9). For faculty who anticipate teaching only on-campus courses, these credits will also be considered “appropriate training in teaching with technology” that will contribute to meeting the professional development objectives in the teaching domain of the new Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan (see page 9).

This conference is co-sponsored by the VCCS Paul Lee Professional Development Mini-Grant and the VWCC Plus 50 Initiative, and partners with Central Virginia Community College and New River Community College.

If you have any questions about conference registration, please contact Carrie Halpin at CHalpin@virginiawestern.edu

June 26, 2015

Registration Available: Instructional Technology Mini-Conference

The 2015 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference will be held on Friday, July 24 here at Virginia Western. This is a no-cost, one-day conference and professional development opportunity open to all faculty and staff from Virginia Western Community College, New River Community College, and Central Virginia Community College. Registration is now open at: http://tinyurl.com/ovsr4cx

Conference Keynote – Dr. Peter Doolittle, Executive Director; Assistant Provost of Teaching and Learning; Professor of Educational Psychology,  Virginia Tech: Learning First: Working Memory and Learning Effectiveness in a Technology-Rich Environment 

A series of breakout sessions on the following topics will follow the keynote:

  • Identifying strategies for creating an instructional design model for flipping the classroom and for applying these concepts and techniques to designing and developing curriculum and instruction that will improve students’ deep learning.
  • Evaluating the definition of Open Educational Resources (OER) and identifying why we should use OER, how to implement OER, and the pedagogical opportunities made available by these additional resources (with a focus on adopting existing OER resources/courses; what the VCCS is planning; and supporting efforts on our campuses)
  • The new platform and new features of the upcoming upgrade of Blackboard learning management system and  Blackboard Collaborate;
  • Demonstrations by innovative faculty from CVCC, NRCC, and VWCC of best practices they have developed and lessons they have learned from designing and developing effective online/hybrid courses.
  • Identifying and implementing instructional technologies and design principles for building effective learning communities that support the learning success of adult learners (especially plus 50 students).

Time: Friday, July 24, 2015 from 8am to 4:15pm
Location: HP Multipurpose Room 208/210
Registration is now open at: http://tinyurl.com/ovsr4cx
Conference Agenda: A more complete but still tentative conference agenda can be found here: http://vwccelit.blogspot.com

VWCC faculty who complete the full-day mini-conference will receive a certificate equivalent to the completion of a TOTAL of two-weeks of workshop credits. These credits will contribute to satisfying the “Professional Development Objectives for Faculty Teaching Hybrid and Online Courses” as outlined in the new Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan (see page 9). For faculty who anticipate teaching only on-campus courses, these credits will also be considered “appropriate training in teaching with technology” that will contribute to meeting the professional development objectives in the teaching domain of the new Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan (see page 9).

This conference is co-sponsored by the VCCS Paul Lee Professional Development Mini-Grant and the VWCC Plus 50 Initiative, and partners with Central Virginia Community College and New River Community College.

If you have any questions about conference registration, please contact Carrie Halpin at CHalpin@virginiawestern.edu

June 15, 2015

Enrollment Center Extended Hours / Opening of the Registration Room

Enrollment Center Extended Hours:

With open enrollment for the Fall Semester beginning on June 22nd the Enrollment Center will be offering extended hours to help students with their Admission, Records and Financial Aid concerns.

The extended hours for the Enrollment Center will be for the week of June 22nd - 26th :

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. & Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 Registration Room Opening:

For students who know the classes they need for Fall, the Registration Room will also be available beginning June 22nd – August 28th in Duncan 212.

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m.  - 5 p.m.

We look forward to helping you reach your educational goals.

June 4, 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 conference is co-sponsored by VCCS Paul Lee Professional Development Mini-Grant and VWCC Plus 50 Initiative. 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.

June 3, 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 conference is co-sponsored by VCCS Paul Lee Professional Development Mini-Grant and VWCC Plus 50 Initiative. 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 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 7, 2015

Special Exam Week Hours in Brown Library

The Academic Link (main floor of Brown Library) and Library Services (top floor of Brown Library) are having special hours to support students through the end of this semester:

May 4 – May 9 (Exam Week)

Monday through Thursday: 8am to 8pm

Friday: 8am to 2pm

Saturday: 9am to 1pm

May 4, 2015

Special Exam Week Hours in Brown Library

The Academic Link (main floor of Brown Library) and Library Services (top floor of Brown Library) are having special hours to support students through the end of this semester:

May 4 – May 9 (Exam Week)

Monday through Thursday: 8am to 8pm

Friday: 8am to 2pm

Saturday: 9am to 1pm

May 1, 2015

Special End-of-the-Semester Hours in Brown Library

The Academic Link (main floor of Brown Library) and Library Services (top floor of Brown Library) are having special hours to support students through the end of this semester:

April 20 – May 2

Monday through Thursday: 8am to 8pm

Friday: 8am to 5pm

Saturday: 9am to 1 pm

May 4 – May 9 (Exam Week)

Monday through Thursday: 8am to 8pm

Friday: 8am to 2pm

Saturday: 9am to 1pm

April 29, 2015

Special End-of-the-Semester Hours in Brown Library

The Academic Link (main floor of Brown Library) and Library Services (top floor of Brown Library) are having special hours to support students through the end of this semester:

April 20 – May 2

Monday through Thursday: 8am to 8pm

Friday: 8am to 5pm

Saturday: 9am to 1 pm

May 4 – May 9 (Exam Week)

Monday through Thursday: 8am to 8pm

Friday: 8am to 2pm

Saturday: 9am to 1pm