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January 17, 2014

Join the Virginia Western Relay for Life Team!

Join the Virginia Western Keep Calm and Cure On team at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life on March 15th at Cave Spring Middle School! Donate or sign up today at http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=61889&pg=team&team_id=1556278. Spread the word so that we can put an end to cancer!

Questions? Contact Tara Nepper (tnepper@virginiawestern.edu)

VWCC TOTAL Workshops Announcement

Register now for VCCS Topics in Online Teaching and Learning (VCCS TOTAL) workshops via the VWCC Knowledge Center.  The first registration deadline is this Friday (1-17-2014) at 12:00 noon.

The VCCS TOTAL professional development workshops, currently offered through Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), are intended for faculty who teach (or want to teach) blended and online courses.  Each workshop focuses on a single topic, so you can build an individualized professional development plan by selecting only the workshops you need.  We suggest taking one workshop at a time; all workshops are offered multiple times during the year.  See the TOTAL project website for workshop descriptions.

NOVA Schedule of TOTAL workshops for Spring 2014:

Beginning January 20

  • Establishing Social Presence - 3 weeks
  • Preparing Student Learning Objectives - 2 weeks
  • VCCS Blackboard Basics - 2 weeks
  • Implementing Open Educational Resources - 3 weeks

Beginning February 10

  • Facilitating Discussion Forums - 4 weeks
  • Using Best Practices in Online Teaching - 4 weeks
  • Writing Directions - 3 weeks
  • Captioning Media - 2 weeks

Beginning March 17

  • Developing Collaborative Activities - 2 weeks
  • Time Management Strategies - 2 weeks
  • Designing Meaningful Discussion Activities - 3 weeks
  • VCCS Blackboard Basics - 2 weeks
  • Copyright, Fair Use & TEACH Act - 2 weeks

Beginning April 7

  • Using Best Practices in Online Teaching - 4 weeks
  • Establishing Social Presence - 3 weeks
  • Designing Rubrics and Providing Feedback - 4 weeks
  • Making Your Courses Accessible - 4 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.
  5. Click on the specific section in which you would like to enroll.
  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 1/13/2014.
  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 or Ramona Coveny in eLearning & Instructional Technology.

Last opportunity to attend Navigating SIS professional development

Come to the Natural Science Center for the first Navigate professional development session of 2014. This session will offer tips and tricks for navigating SIS when advising students as well as a question and answer session led by Brooke Ferguson. Sessions are offered:

  • Monday, January 13 from 12-1
  • Thursday, January 16 from 2-3
  • TODAY-Friday, January 17 from 9-10

Navigating Financial Aid for Advisors

Eliminate your confusion about financial aid by attending the Navigating Financial Aid professional development sessions. Get useful information advisors  and faculty members need to effectively discuss financial aid with their students. All sessions are in the Natural Science Center and will be held:

  • Monday, January 20 from 12-1
  • Thursday, January 23 from 2-3
  • Friday, January 24 from 9-10

Important Date Reminder

  • Last Day to Register/Add a Class - January 13
  • Last Day to Drop and Receive a Refund - January 24
  • Last Day to Withdraw Without Grade Penalty - March 21

Job & Internship Fair for Students & Alumni

Students & Alumni: REGISTER TODAY to attend the 2014 Career Premiere Job & Internship Fair!

WHEN: February, 20th 2014 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

RESERVE your spot today!!! Contact or come by the Hall Career Center (Thomas Center 202) at 857-6710 or careercenter@virginiawestern.edu to complete the registration forms.

For more information and a list of employers please visit the event website:  http://careerpremierefair.com/students/ The employer list will be constantly updated as more employers register to attend with an average of 50-60 employers attending the fair each year this can be a great opportunity to make some connections!

The Career Premiere Fair brings employers together with students and recent graduates from several liberal arts and sciences colleges, universities and community colleges in the northwest and southwest regions of Virginia.

The purpose of the Fair is to share information with college students and graduates about career and internship opportunities at participating organizations.