Initiatives

Do you know about active learning? Here are a couple of great resources from Lynda.com to get you started. Not sure how to get started with Lynda.com? Check out our howto sheet or drop us an email at ctl@athenstech.edu Making Learning Active from Core Strategies for Teaching in Higher Ed https://www.lynda.com/Educational-Technology-tutorials/Making-learning-active/380260/432588-4.html Facilitating Active Learning from Core Strategies for Teaching in Higher Ed https://www.lynda.com/Educational-Technology-tutorials/Facilitating-active-learning-classroom/360035/378588-4.html  

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Tech Bits are bite sized, lunch ‘n learns focused on specific topics related to educational technology from the staff of the Center for Teaching & Learning at Athens Technical College.  Tech Bits will start again Spring Semester with new topics! In the meantime, did you miss a session?  Check out our resources – Yum! Tech Bits No. 1 – Apps for educators & life! Tech Bits No.2 – Studio Space Tech Bits No. 3 – Lynda.com, your personal training library  Tech Bits No. 4 – Creative commons, copyright and public domain for educators  Tech Bits No. 5 – Photo editing & apps – getting the most from your mobile photography Our latest news: Tech Bits! Bite sized learning series Tech Bits Tech Bits: Copyright & Creative Commons in Education Upcoming professional development from CTL

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The Making It Happen Bootcamp has started and our campers are sharing great ideas in the MIH Blog. We are all learning a lot from this experience—captains and campers are discussing a wide range of topics in the field of finance and marketing as well as technology integration in the classroom. See below some pictures of our first meeting with the campers. We were all so excited to start activities and explore the tablets.    

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Athens Technical College faculty and staff now have access to lynda.com !!! Just make sure to use your athenstech.edu email address. Sign up here! The Center for Teaching & Learning is pleased to announce that ATC has partnered with lynda.com to provide faculty and staff a wide variety of professional development opportunities.  Lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Taught by accomplished teachers and recognized industry experts, lynda.com is a high-quality resource for faculty and staff looking to develop skills in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, project management, social media, and a wide range of other topics. To sharpen your skills, there is even a Blackboard Essential Training playlist with exercise files- and you can even work offline! ATC Professional Development Credit – How can I get credit for using Lynda.com? Log onto ATC’s intranet Select Faculty/Staff Development Select the Add Your Own link Complete the form and submit   Our latest Lynda.com news: Active learning Tech Bits! Bite sized learning series Lynda.com Professional Development news for faculty & staff: You’ll have access to Lynda.com soon! Initiatives

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Press release from NMC: The NMC has selected three innovative learning-focused organizations and institutions to join the Sparking Entrepreneurial Thinking program. The goal of this initiative is to stimulate forward-thinking educational experiences that feature the learning and demonstration of real-world skills. Three $4,000 USD mini-grants have been awarded by the NMC to organizations that will facilitate opportunities for teachers and students to gain critical entrepreneurial knowledge and experience, leveraging HP LIFE e-Learning — a series of online courses designed to build business and ICT competencies within teachers, students, and entrepreneurs across the globe. “Professional development is at the heart of the selected mini-grant projects,” said Samantha Becker, manager of this program at the NMC. “All of the awardees have acknowledged that ongoing training is critical for both teachers and aspiring business owners. We look forward to seeing the tremendous impact these projects will make on each organization’s learning community.” We are pleased to announce the Sparking Entrepreneurial Thinking awardees: Making it Happen: Entrepreneurship & Education Bootcamp Athens Technical College The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) of Athens Technical College (ATC) will host five faculty bootcamps looking at a different HP LIFE e-Learning course each week. Participants will attend weekly meetings to discuss topics…

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About the Bootcamp: In 2015, The Center for Teaching & Learning of Athens Technical College staff (Dean:Mary Clare DiGiaComo, Portal Manager: Robin Fay, and Instructional Designer: Natasha Barreto) wrote a successful grant application for a New Media Consortium (NMC) /HP LIFE E-Learning mini-grant. This grant is facilitating the Fall 2015 CTL Professional Development Program Series: Making it Happen: Entrepreneurship & Education Bootcamp, for teaching faculty. Participants in this Bootcamp are using tablets to engage with content in the HP LIFE e-learning series for entrepreneurs, which focuses on entrepreneurship, business, and IT skills. Campers are participating in weekly meetings to discuss topics and brainstorm ideas such as how higher education can incorporate ideas from startups and maker culture. Weekly blog posts here encapsulate discussion and provide opportunities for reflection and collaboration. Participants will also complete a brief pre-camp survey and post-camp survey, a potential lesson plan and participate in weekly meetings. Potential outcomes of the program include incorporation of innovative teaching practices using entrepreneurial ideas in the 21st century classroom, establishing a community of practice focused on innovation and entrepreneurship, and a stronger network of technology startups and makerspaces within the Athens, Georgia region. Participating faculty will receive HP course certificates, ATC…

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CTL’s goal is to increase student success through ongoing support and development of the faculty. In meeting those goals, CTL provides equipment and software in new teaching technologies, such as 3D. CTL supports the technologies that fall under the umbrella of 3D including digital 3D and development. For more information, please email us at ctl@athenstech.edu 3D covers a broad range of technologies from 3D printers that “print” real objects to digital 3D. Passive vs. Active passive (works similar to the old “red/blue lens” approach) active (computer signal in receptor in glasses) Types of 3D audience/view (typically uses passive glasses so no interaction) interactive (typically uses active glasses; participant can be interactive with content) kinetic (uses active glasses and a hands-free system gesture like Xbox) Interactive immersive 3D technology is what is called virtual reality. Virtual reality can involve using an avatar (Second Life) in an online experience or inserting the participant directly into the game or environment (many point of view – POV- games use this approach).   Holograms are digital images projected onto the real world via glasses or some other optical based device (e.g., Microsoft’s Holo Lens). 4D adds another level through providing tactile sensations (touch) or smell….

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As part of the TAACCCT initiative, The Center for Teaching & Learning has been able to support multimedia in the classroom with cutting edge technologies through providing access and training to 3D and virtual reality equipment, software, and tools. New to 3D? Check out our downloadable, 1 page 3D introduction sheet! The Center for Teaching & Learning has a 3D Rover (digital/virtual reality projector), 3D videocameras, among a growing collection which can be checked out by faculty and staff for creating classroom and instructional content.  Faculty and staff , drop us a message at ctl@athenstech.edu or use the Intranet contact form to reserve equipment.   Not affiliated with Athens Technical College? We are always happy to share information about these amazing educational tools, so drop us a line at ctl@athenstech.edu.    

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Media Albany Tech Engineering Tech Week (2014) News Albany Tech Celebrates Engineering Week (2014) Albany Celebrates Engineers Week; also republished at Fox 6 (2015), WTOC11(2015),  and Live5 (2015)   Media   eWeek Announcement  (2014) eWeek_Talking_Points (2014) eWeek_Press_Release (2014) eWeek_Poster (2014) eWeek_Leaflet (2014)           News Athens Tech Marks Engineering Week Athens Technical College to Celebrate Engineering Week Engineering Open House at Athens Tech Powell revved up about Engineering Technology Program  Photo Gallery (2014) News Photo Gallery (2014)    

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CTL takes leadership roles in various projects, including the Teaching with Technology series and other instructional and learner supported projects. CTL also serves as the hub for ATCx3 , a consortia of Athens Technical College, Albany Technical College and Atlanta Technical College. Athens Technical College serves as the consortium leader for ATC Times Three (ATCx3), comprised of Albany Technical College, Athens Technical College, and Atlanta Technical College. A repository of grant related content was developed and maintained by the Portal Manager, who is housed in the Center for Teaching & Learning. Additional support for the TAACCCT Grant initiatives are shared by the CTL and other departments on campus.  ATCx3 colleges works with engineering firms and companies like Caterpillar, as well as state and local Department of Labor offices in creating the curricula and programs to fulfill this grant. ATCx3 Consortia submitted a proposal for developing more pathways for students to earn college credentials in engineering technology. Read more about the TAACCCT grant in the links below. ATCx3 – TAACCCT Grant News Athens Technical College DOL Grant funds Engineering Technology Programs  Engineering Information Forum /Athens Obama administration announces $500 million in community college grants to expand job training through local employer partnerships Open…

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