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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.

April 18, 2014

National Library Week – Tip of the Day

The Association of College and Research Libraries defines information literacy as “the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information.” These critical skills equip students to become independent lifelong learners. Brown Library wants to partner with faculty and staff to promote information literacy. Here’s one of the ways we can work together:

Tip #4: Request an embedded librarian for your course

A library staff member embedded in your Blackboard course can serve as a teaching assistant to help your students with research. The embedded librarian maintains research discussion forums and answers questions by email. This concept gives students help at their point of need and provides additional outreach to online students. Contact Dale Dulaney to get a guest library presentation or post, to get a librarian to join your class for a short period of time, or to get someone to join your class for an entire semester.

An article about Brown Library, written by Adjunct English Faculty and library staff member, Sandra Kelly, appears in the Spring 2014 edition of the VCCS Library System News: http://library.vccs.edu/reference/news.html

Library Contest!

Students, faculty, and staff --- Enter the library’s “How Many Books?” contest. Guess how many books in print are in the Circulating collection on the top floor of the Brown Library Building. The student and the faculty/staff member who makes the closest guess (without going over the actual number of books) will win a prize! Go to the top floor of the library and look at the Circulating collection; then submit a contest entry form at either the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk. The contest runs April 15 through April 19, 4:00pm. Winners will be notified on Monday, April 21.

Happy National Library Week!

April 17, 2014

National Library Week – Tip of the Day

Information literacy is a core component of undergraduate instruction. Brown Library wants to partner with faculty and staff to promote information literacy. Here’s one of the ways we can work together:

Tip #3: Request a LibGuide for your course

LibGuides are librarian-created websites that include resources from the library’s databases and book collections and reliable resources from the Internet. A library staff member will create a specific LibGuide for your class or for a particular topic; contact Dale Dulaney to request a custom guide. Or you can refer your students to existing LibGuides from the library’s website.

Library Contest!

Students, faculty, and staff --- Enter the library’s “How Many Books?” contest. Guess how many books in print are in the Circulating collection on the top floor of the Brown Library Building. The student and the faculty/staff member who makes the closest guess (without going over the actual number of books) will win a prize! Go to the top floor of the library and look at the Circulating collection; then submit a contest entry form at either the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk. The contest runs April 15 through April 19, 4:00pm. Winners will be notified on Monday, April 21.

Happy National Library Week!

April 14, 2014

National Library Week – Tip of the Day

Information literacy is an important key to student success. Brown Library wants to partner with faculty and staff to help our students select and use information effectively. Here’s one of the ways we can work together:

Tip #1: Require your students to use scholarly sources for their assignments.

The library has a variety of reliable sources for your students: books, journals and magazines in print; online databases with thousands of articles; eBooks, audiobooks, and online videos; and friendly, knowledgeable staff members to help your students access whatever they need.

Happy National Library Week!

April 11, 2014

Next Week is National Library Week!

April 13 - 19, 2014, is National Library Week, a nationwide celebration of libraries and library workers.

Come to Brown Library.

Search our online databases.

Read a book.

Hug a librarian (gently).