Grants

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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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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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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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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The Center for Teaching & Learning of Athens Technical College is pleased to announce that they are the recipient of a New Media Consortium (NMC)  HP LIFE E-Learning mini-grant. This grant will be used to facilitate the Fall 2015 CTL Professional Development Program Series: Making it Happen: Entrepreneurship & Education Bootcamp, which will be open to Athens Technical College teaching faculty via an application process. Participants in this Bootcamp will use technology to engage with content in the HP LIFE e-learning series for entrepreneurs,  which focuses on entrepreneurship, business, and IT skills.  Campers will participate in weekly meetings to discuss topics and brainstorm ideas such as how higher education can incorporate ideas from startups and maker culture.  A weekly blog post will encapsulate discussion and provide opportunities for reflection and collaboration.  Participants will complete a brief pre-camp survey and post-camp survey, a potential lesson plan and participate in weekly meetings.  A group blog will be publicly available and also used to communicate information and other resources related to the program. 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…

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Fulfilling our mission of supporting faculty in student achievement, the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) of Athens Technical College, takes a variety of roles in projects from coordinating educational technology projects to serving as instructional and educational support for ATC faculty. Staff have helped with Caterpillar Job Fairs, Open Access Week, Engineers Week,  and other community related events. Faculty, if you need assistance from us, such as help with Blackboard or would like to book an equipment/technology reservation or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us, using our helpdesk form (Intranet login needed).   Highlighted Projects: OER / Building a Community of Open : CTL staff are actively involved in facilitating the growth of open technology and open instructional materials from chairing the OER Committee to hosting OER Brown Bag Lunches. CTL was involved in ATC’s application to join the CCCOER (Community College Consortium on OER)  – the first college in the state of Georgia to join!  CTL staff are actively involved in OER professional activities and have presented numerous times on their OER efforts. Read more about our efforts here. Blackboard Migration : CTL staff are guiding faculty through the migration from ANGEL to Blackboard through…

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Dr. Powell Program Chair for Engineering Technology, Photograph by Don Nelson, 2014 Engineer Tremaine Powell foresees an exciting future for the new Engineering Technology program at Athens Technical College and for the business community it serves. “I think that we will be able to fill much-needed engineering tech positions in local and statewide industry,” said Dr. Powell, who began work as program chair for Engineering Technology in January 2013.  “I hope that outside industry will see that we have a competent and skilled engineering technology workforce coming out of the program, and that they will want to move or expand to the local area, knowing that they will be able to obtain the personnel they need to make their business succeed.” Dr. Powell’s optimism and several other factors prompted him to join the college to direct the new Engineering Technology program that kicked off in the fall. He also is enthusiastic about a February 19 open house and career fair the college will host to highlight the Engineering Technology program. “We will offer an opportunity for potential students and community members to tour the Engineering Technology department and view the state-of-the-art equipment purchased through a federal grant to support the…

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