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June 19, 2014

2014 Instructional Technology Mini – Conference

The eLIT office and the VWCC Plus 50 Initiative are co-sponsoring the 2014 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference, a free one-day conference and professional development opportunity for all Virginia Western faculty and staff. The Mini-Conference will include a full day of sessions delivered by outside professionals on a broad range of topics: Blackboard Collaborate and Blackboard IM, Flipping the Classroom, Atomic Learning, Blackboard Learn Roadmap, and Instructional Technology for Adult Learners (Plus 50 learners). A complete 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 two-weeks of TOTAL 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 anticipated to teach only on-campus courses, these credits will also be considered “appropriate training in teaching with technology” that will contribute to meeting professional development objectives in the teaching domain of the new Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan (see page 9).

Time: Friday, July 25, 2014 from 8am to 4:15pm
Location: HP Multipurpose Room
Registration is now open at: http://tinyurl.com/kzff635
Conference Flyer: http://tinyurl.com/lnzsekm

June 18, 2014

2014 Instructional Technology Mini – Conference

The eLIT office and the VWCC Plus 50 Initiative are co-sponsoring the 2014 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference, a free one-day conference and professional development opportunity for all Virginia Western faculty and staff. The Mini-Conference will include a full day of sessions delivered by outside professionals on a broad range of topics: Blackboard Collaborate and Blackboard IM, Flipping the Classroom, Atomic Learning, Blackboard Learn Roadmap, and Instructional Technology for Adult Learners (Plus 50 learners). A complete 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 two-weeks of TOTAL 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 anticipated to teach only on-campus courses, these credits will also be considered “appropriate training in teaching with technology” that will contribute to meeting professional development objectives in the teaching domain of the new Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan (see page 9).

Time: Friday, July 25, 2014 from 8am to 4:15pm
Location: HP Multipurpose Room
Registration is now open at: http://tinyurl.com/kzff635

June 17, 2014

2014 Instructional Technology Mini – Conference

The eLIT office and the VWCC Plus 50 Initiative are co-sponsoring the 2014 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference, a free one-day conference and professional development opportunity for all Virginia Western faculty and staff. The Mini-Conference will include a full day of sessions delivered by outside professionals on a broad range of topics: Blackboard Collaborate and Blackboard IM, Flipping the Classroom, Atomic Learning, Blackboard Learn Roadmap, and Instructional Technology for Adult Learners (Plus 50 learners). A complete 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 two-weeks of TOTAL 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 anticipated to teach only on-campus courses, these credits will also be considered “appropriate training in teaching with technology” that will contribute to meeting professional development objectives in the teaching domain of the new Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan (see page 9).

Time: Friday, July 25, 2014 from 8am to 4:15pm
Location: HP Multipurpose Room
Registration is now open at: http://tinyurl.com/kzff635

May 20, 2014

More TOTAL Workshops Available

Here is a list of the TOTAL workshops that will be offered through either SVCC or DCC this summer. These are open to your college faculty, and if you are interested, feel free to advertise these at your institutions.

These workshops are free and open to any adjunct or full-time instructors. Remember that although these workshops will take place within Blackboard, sign-up for these sessions is through the Knowledge Center. Participants do need to be familiar with Blackboard to complete these sessions, except for the Blackboard Basics workshop. If a faculty member has never used Blackboard before or has used it in a limited capacity, you may want to encourage them to complete the Blackboard Basics session before any of the other TOTAL offerings.

All of these TOTAL workshops have required activities. The assignments are graded; all assignments must be completed; and an overall grade of 80% is required to receive a VCCS certificate of completion. The Blackboard session is very different from other TOTAL workshops in that it is self-paced, but all other TOTAL workshops have required due dates for tasks each week that the session runs. Peer-to-peer interaction is integral for the various sessions, and therefore everyone is expected to complete work on a set schedule.
Let Carrie or me know if you have any questions.

Workshop Title                                                                                      Workshop Dates
Designing Meaningful Discussions (SVCC)                                               May 26th - June 15th (3 Weeks)
Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning (DCC)                          June 2nd - June 29th (4 Weeks)
Captioning Media (SVCC)                                                                              June 9th - 29th (3 Weeks)
Developing Collaborative Activities (SVCC)                                              July 21st - August 3rd (2 Weeks)
Blackboard Basics (SVCC)                                                                             July 21st - August 10th (3 Weeks)

May 15, 2014

Summer TOTAL Workshops for Professional Development

VWCC has joined a consortium with BRCC, NRCC, WCC, VWCC, and VHCC to maximize resources and offer as many TOTAL classes to faculty as possible as NOVA will not be offering any TOTAL courses this summer. Therefore, when registering for the VCCS TOTAL courses offered this summer through the Southwest Consortium, please select the BRCC section as stated in Step 5 of the instructions below.

Each workshop focuses on a single topic for your professional development plan. Registration is open and closes at noon on May 16 for the May 19 workshops, and closes at noon on July 3 for the July 7 workshops. The schedule is:

 

May 19, 2014 - VCCS: Using Best Practices in Online Teaching (Please select BRCC Section) - 4 weeks - Ramona Coveny and Ken Fairbanks

May 19, 2014 - VCCS: Designing Rubrics and Providing Feedback (Please select BRCC Section) - 4 weeks - Carrie Halpin and Don Taylor

July 7, 2014 - VCCS: Preparing Student Learning Objectives (Please select BRCC Section) - 2 weeks - Ramona Coveny

July 7, 2014 - VCCS: Developing Collaborative Activities (Please select BRCC Section) - 2 weeks - Ian Griffin

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 Designing Rubrics and Providing Feedback 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 1/13/2014.
  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 (eLIT).

May 12, 2014

Summer TOTAL Workshops for Professional Development

VWCC has joined a consortium with BRCC, NRCC, WCC, VWCC, and VHCC to maximize resources and offer as many TOTAL classes to faculty as possible as NOVA will not be offering any TOTAL courses this summer. Therefore, when registering for the VCCS TOTAL courses offered this summer through the Southwest Consortium, please select the BRCC section as stated in Step 5 of the instructions below.

Each workshop focuses on a single topic for your professional development plan. Registration is open and closes at noon on May 16 for the May 19 workshops, and closes at noon on July 3 for the July 7 workshops. The schedule is:

 

May 19, 2014 - VCCS: Using Best Practices in Online Teaching (Please select BRCC Section) - 4 weeks - Ramona Coveny and Ken Fairbanks

May 19, 2014 - VCCS: Designing Rubrics and Providing Feedback (Please select BRCC Section) - 4 weeks - Carrie Halpin and Don Taylor

July 7, 2014 - VCCS: Preparing Student Learning Objectives (Please select BRCC Section) - 2 weeks - Ramona Coveny

July 7, 2014 - VCCS: Developing Collaborative Activities (Please select BRCC Section) - 2 weeks - Ian Griffin

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 Designing Rubrics and Providing Feedback 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 1/13/2014.
  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 (eLIT).

Professional Development Award Letters – 2014-2015

2014-2015 Professional Development Award Letters have have been distributed. Your award is contingent upon receipt of the Acceptance Form (included with your Award Letter). Please return your completed Acceptance Form to Kathy Holland by the end of the day, Thursday, May 15th.

Webinar: Enhancing Student Learning Through Atomic Learning

Atomic Learning will host a webinar with Blackboard on May 15 at 2:00pm. The webinar will be focus on how one institution is dealing with the challenge to provide a resource that allows instructor to focus on the instruction, instead of technology. Jonathon D. Messer from the University of Richmond, will share how their institution utilizes Atomic Learning's online training videos within Blackboard Learn to extend learning opportunities and ensure classroom instruction is focused on the curriculum at hand.

Title: Enhancing Student Learning through Online Training Videos
Time: Thursday, May 15 at 2:00pm
Registration: Please Click here for more information and to register for the free webinar.

Please contact the department of eLearning and Instructional Technology at eLIT@virginiawestern.edu for questions.

May 8, 2014

Webinar: Enhancing Student Learning Through Atomic Learning

Atomic Learning will host a webinar with Blackboard on May 15 at 2:00pm. The webinar will be focus on how one institution is dealing with the challenge to provide a resource that allows instructor to focus on the instruction, instead of technology. Jonathon D. Messer from the University of Richmond, will share how their institution utilizes Atomic Learning's online training videos within Blackboard Learn to extend learning opportunities and ensure classroom instruction is focused on the curriculum at hand.

Title: Enhancing Student Learning through Online Training Videos
Time: Thursday, May 15 at 2:00pm
Registration: Please Click here for more information and to register for the free webinar.

Please contact the department of eLearning and Instructional Technology at eLIT@virginiawestern.edu for questions.

Professional Development Award Letters – 2014-2015

2014-2015 Professional Development Award Letters have have been distributed. Your award is contingent upon receipt of the Acceptance Form (included with your Award Letter). Please return your completed Acceptance Form to Kathy Holland by the end of the day, Thursday, May 15th.