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February 12, 2015

HP Colloquium 2015

HP Colloquium 2015

Please join us March 25, 2015 for the college wide Spring Colloquium brought to you by the School of Health Professions. Our Colloquium will be held today, February 11th, in Whitman Theatre from 12-1:30.   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:

  • Mary Loritsch– Medical Diagnostic Imaging –advanced modality offering at VWCC
  • Barbara Wright - Associate of Science in Nutrition Degree
  • Jeff Gillette – Medical Lab Technology Profession

 

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

 

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

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

STAFF SENATE MEETING – NEXT THURSDAY, JANUARY 22ND

NEXT STAFF SENATE MEETING – THURSDAY, JANUARY 22ND

The next Staff Senate Meeting will be Thursday, January 22nd from 10:00am – 11:00am in the HR Training Room (F02).

Prior meeting minutes may be found on VWConnect through this link: https://vwconnect.vw.edu/sites/governance/Shared%20Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx?RootFolder=%2Fsites%2Fgovernance%2FShared%20Documents%2FStaff%20Senate

At least one person from each office/department is asked to attend, but ALL full and part-time classified staff are eligible and encouraged to be a part of Staff Senate. Staff Senate is supported by the college’s administration.

Agenda items may be submitted no later than Wednesday, January 21st to Valerie McKnight (vmcknight@virginiawestern.edu.)

January 12, 2015

Retirement Announcement

Please join eLIT as we congratulate Ramona Coveny on her retirement from VWCC! In her nearly 30 years of service, Ramona Coveny has served many faculty, staff, and students and provided the direction and oversight of many programs in promoting student success. Friday, January 23 will be her last day on campus. Please take a minute to stop by and wish Ramona well as she begins a new chapter in her life.

Funds are being collected for special retirement gifts. If you would like to contribute towards these gifts, please deliver your cash or check (payable to Ramona Coveny) donation to eLIT office/Carrie Halpin at Business Science Building M312 or 313.

December 3, 2014

Fall 2013 Course Deletion

All Fall 2013 (and prior) courses will be removed from Blackboard on December 15, 2014. Blackboard is not designed as a permanent historical archive of course activity. It is a production system for current classes. Keeping old courses can have a negative effect on the performance of the system for current courses and current students. This is why all courses are constantly archived and then eventually removed.

The criteria for removal at this stage:

  1. Course ID ending in "FA13"
  2. Or created before August 1, 2013

Procedure:

  • On December 3, title of courses is changed to include "Will delete December 15, 2014" and courses are made unavailable on Blackboard.
  • All courses are archived (this is an ongoing standard procedure) by VCCS ITS.
  • December 15, 2014 (and following) - all flagged courses will be removed from production.

Courses that are “deleted” will no longer be accessible to the instructor for access in Blackboard. The current VCCS policy allows courses to be accessible to instructors in Blackboard for three previous semesters and then the courses can be restored only by a Blackboard administrator. This is done by instructor request. So if you should need course content from an earlier semester, it can be restored. If you requires an exception, for example for an uncopyable cartridge-based course that students still require access to, please contact Carrie Halpin at CHalpin@virginiawestern.edu including the course id *and reason*.

If you have any questions, please contact the department of eLearning & Instructional Technology at eLIT@virginiawestern.edu

November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Break Hours at the Library

Brown Library has modified its hours of operation for the Thanksgiving holiday break.

  • Saturday, November 22nd: 9am-4pm
  • Monday, November 24th: 8am-8pm
  • Tuesday, November 25th: 8am-5pm
  • Wednesday, November 26th: 8am-12pm
  • Thursday, November 27th—Sunday, November 30th: Closed

Remember, even when the library is closed, you can still access professional assistance, online library resources, and computers for doing class work or research. Check out these alternatives:

Computer Labs on Campus

Off-Campus Access to Research Databases and the Library Catalog

Ask a Librarian Chat Service

Area Libraries

November 21, 2014

International Students Club Festival Today from 5:30-9:30

The International Students Club will hold a festival from 5:30-9:30 on November 21st in Whitman Auditorium celebrating the diverse cultures found on our campus. Students representing different countries will have booths set up with food and decorations. There will be music, costumes, and fun! Please stop by!