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July 23, 2014

Plus 50 Pre-Conference Workshop on Engaging Adult Learners

The VWCC Plus 50 Initiative and the Academic Link are co-sponsoring a free pre-conference workshop on best practices for engaging adult learners. The workshop will be held on July 24, one day prior to the 2014 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference and will run from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. The workshop is open to all VWCC employees though faculty and tutors will find it especially relevant.

Entitled From Pedagogy to Andragogy: Best Practices for an Engaged Learner, the workshop will be presented by Melissa Maybury Lubin, Ph.D., the director of the Virginia Tech Richmond and Hampton Roads Centers. “Andragogy,” according to Dr. Lubin, is “. . . a flexible, enhanced, inclusive mode of learning that promotes a positive environment for learning for both children and adults.” In this workshop, Dr. Lubin, who earned her Ph.D. in Adult Learning and Human Resource Development at Virginia Tech, will draw on her experience and expertise in developing and engaging adult learners to help attendees understand how “the principles of andragogy [can] inform the practice of teaching in our interactions with adult learners.”

The workshop will provide a foundation and context for the mini-technology conference the following day, so if you’re planning to attend the mini-conference, please make plans to attend the workshop, as well. If you aren’t attending the mini-conference, please plan to attend the workshop anyway – particularly if you teach or tutor. You’ll be glad you did!

Time: Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 2 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: HP208
Registration is now open at: https://docs.google.com/a/email.vccs.edu/forms/d/1uuHBV9PB-SNqB0P9DIYahYIBFrJW3hp_N1SK8yfgVLQ/viewform

Calendar Tip – Unlocking Doors – PLEASE READ!

When adding a reservation to the college's online calendar, don't forget to select the resources needed to have your room ready.

If you've made room reservations and have not selected the resource for Campus Police to unlock your doors that means someone else is double checking for you. Please don't leave this to chance!

Please refer to these instructions which will help you make sure your needs are met. http://www.virginiawestern.edu/facstaff/docs/FacStaffCalendarInst.pdf

On page 12 you'll find instructions on using the Resources section of the calendar. Be sure to use this to make sure your room is unlocked by Campus Police, need support from the Media Geeks or require a guest wireless password.

New option! A new option to use is "No need to unlock, user has a key". Please use this option if you do not need Campus Police to unlock the door. Using this option will let us know that the resource was not accidently left off.

Thank you and please contact Tara Nepper with any questions.

Free Employee Chair Massages!

Stress is a very common problem. Too much stress on a continuous basis can be detrimental to your physical and mental health. Managing your stress is key to being healthy. The CommonHealth Committee wants to help you reduce your stress by sponsoring an event that will provide you a free chair massage!

Eleven (11) students from Miller-Motte Clinical Technical College will be at the college offering chair massages on:

Tuesday, July 29th

11:45 to 1:15 p.m.

Natural Science Center

The students will provide 10 minute chair massages to employees on a first come first serve basis. Don’t miss your chance to unwind and de-stress!

Visit http://www.gentle-stress-relief.com/how-does-stress-affect-health.html to learn more about what causes stress, the harmful effects of stress, and a variety of possible solutions for much needed stress relief!

July 22, 2014

Caregiving – Planning for the Future

The League of Older Americans will host a conference, "Caregiving - Planning for the Future on August 19th, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center. Cost to attend is $20. Register to attend: http://www.loaa.org/events/.

Plus 50 Pre-Conference Workshop on Engaging Adult Learners

The VWCC Plus 50 Initiative and the Academic Link are co-sponsoring a free pre-conference workshop on best practices for engaging adult learners. The workshop will be held on July 24, one day prior to the 2014 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference and will run from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. The workshop is open to all VWCC employees though faculty and tutors will find it especially relevant.

Entitled From Pedagogy to Andragogy: Best Practices for an Engaged Learner, the workshop will be presented by Melissa Maybury Lubin, Ph.D., the director of the Virginia Tech Richmond and Hampton Roads Centers. “Andragogy,” according to Dr. Lubin, is “. . . a flexible, enhanced, inclusive mode of learning that promotes a positive environment for learning for both children and adults.” In this workshop, Dr. Lubin, who earned her Ph.D. in Adult Learning and Human Resource Development at Virginia Tech, will draw on her experience and expertise in developing and engaging adult learners to help attendees understand how “the principles of andragogy [can] inform the practice of teaching in our interactions with adult learners.”

The workshop will provide a foundation and context for the mini-technology conference the following day, so if you’re planning to attend the mini-conference, please make plans to attend the workshop, as well. If you aren’t attending the mini-conference, please plan to attend the workshop anyway – particularly if you teach or tutor. You’ll be glad you did!

Time: Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 2 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: HP208
Registration is now open at: https://docs.google.com/a/email.vccs.edu/forms/d/1uuHBV9PB-SNqB0P9DIYahYIBFrJW3hp_N1SK8yfgVLQ/viewform

July 21, 2014

Plus 50 Pre-Conference Workshop on Engaging Adult Learners

The VWCC Plus 50 Initiative and the Academic Link are co-sponsoring a free pre-conference workshop on best practices for engaging adult learners. The workshop will be held on July 24, one day prior to the 2014 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference and will run from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. The workshop is open to all VWCC employees though faculty and tutors will find it especially relevant. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • July 21 - 180 squats
  • July 22 - 185 squats
  • July 23 - 190 squats
  • July 24 - REST
  • July 25 - 220 squats
  • July 26 - 225 squats
  • July 27 - 230 squats

Free Mammogram Screening

The Belk Mobile Mammography Van is coming to the Komen Virginia Blue Ridge region!

  • 7/29/2014 - 9:45a – 5:45p Lynchburg, VA River Ridge Mall
  • 7/31/2014 - 9:45a – 5:45p Roanoke, VA Valley View Mall
  • 8/2/2014 - 9:15a – 4:30p Christiansburg, VA New River Valley Mall

Belk will cover all of the costs associated with the Mobile Mammography Center as well as any out-of-pocket costs to women who are screened.

To learn more about how to receive a mammogram that day, please visit http://tinyurl.com/mbonu5v

Free Employee Chair Massages!

Stress is a very common problem. Too much stress on a continuous basis can be detrimental to your physical and mental health. Managing your stress is key to being healthy. The CommonHealth Committee wants to help you reduce your stress by sponsoring an event that will provide you a free chair massage!

Eleven (11) students from Miller-Motte Clinical Technical College will be at the college offering chair massages on:

Tuesday, July 29th

11:45 to 1:15 p.m.

Natural Science Center

The students will provide 10 minute chair massages to employees on a first come first serve basis. Don’t miss your chance to unwind and de-stress!

Visit http://www.gentle-stress-relief.com/how-does-stress-affect-health.html to learn more about what causes stress, the harmful effects of stress, and a variety of possible solutions for much needed stress relief!

 

Please Delete Panopto Recordings!

The Panopto Lecture Capture has a limited amount of storage space, and it's running out. In order to maintain a cost-effective storage model, it was originally agreed upon that only THREE years of recordings would be maintained! Right now, there are a lot of recordings that are nearly four years old, many of which have not been viewed by a student in more than one year.

Video files more than three years old should be deleted and, if still relevant, re-recorded with the most up to date material. Yes, we know that in some cases the information is exactly the same. However, students forced to watch old videos often comment about the perceived value of those video recordings. We hear comments like "If the instructor doesn't care enough to update the recording (replace the videotape, etc.), why should I care about the material?". If you look substantially different, or the slides and information you are showing on the video don't match your current class information and textbook, you should update your recordings, even if it's been less than three years!

Remember: the use of Lecture Capture is an additional instructional tool, NOT a replacement for current, up to date, dynamic instruction!

Thanks for all your help and support!

The Media Geeks