Initiatives

QEP

CTL staff have participated in the planning and implementation of the QEP including developing the FSSE 1000 (FirstYear Initiative) Course, in addition to producing materials such as published plan, posters, the student video. About the QEP The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) requires each of its member institutions to develop a QEP as a component of the accreditation process (Core Requirement 2.12).The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a well-defined plan of action for improving some aspect of student learning and/or the student learning environment. The plan is developed by the institution and includes identifying key issues emerging from institutional data. This plan will demonstrate Athens Technical College’s capability and commitment for the initiation, implementation, and completion of the QEP. It will include broad-based involvement of institutional stakeholders in the plan’s development and proposed implementation and will identify goals and a plan to assess our success. The QEP is a great opportunity for all members of the Athens Tech community to participate in selecting our plan’s topic and contributing to the development of a plan that will positively impact student learning in the coming years. Below is our archive of QEP related information. QEP News (2013)…

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As more federal agencies begin requiring grant recipients to make research results freely available to the public, college librarians have taken on a new role: helping researchers comply with open-access rules. A February 2013 memorandum from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy said federal agencies with more than $100 million in research-and-development expenditures would have to require that results be available within a year of publication. Read more about this http://chronicle.com/article/Librarians-Leap-to-the-Aid-of/231997/?key=HG1yd1M7Pn1HZnFgMTZAZT4Ab3BvNh4rYnRIOn1wblxRGQ==  

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Lynda.com  is coming to Athens Technical College for faculty and staff professional development!  Lynda.com is an online video training library  with over 3,279 self-paced training classes on a wide range of computer skills for beginning, intermediate, and advanced users. Faculty and staff, you will be able to use Lynda.com to Get up to speed on Blackboard Learn about video production and graphic design Increase business, teaching, and management skills Boost your productivity Increase your management and interpersonal skills Gain tips and techniques for Word, Excel, Access and more Find an answer to a technology related question Explore new technologies such as 3D printing, mobile technology and more Add online professional development training for your professional development credits Build skills to boost your resume Key an eye out on our blog for more information about this exciting partnership between Athens Technical College and lynda.com!

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Fulltime and adjunct faculty at Athens Technical College are participating in the Making It Happen Bootcamp to learn about entrepreneurship in the classroom. Upon completion of the 6- week program, faculty earn 15 hours of professional development credits, HP certificates (if applicable), a digital device AND a stipend!  Bootcamp applications were open from July 24-August 7, 2015; with Campers notified on August 14, 2015.  Only 10 faculty were  selected.   The Making It Happen: Entrepreneurship & Education Bootcamp is sponsored by a grant from The New Media Consortium and HP. Application Criteria Yes No Presents pitch clearly. Uses current references to emerging technologies. Includes principles of 21st century skills. Presents a well-developed plan that can successfully be implemented in a classroom setting. Completion Criteria Yes No Completes the pre- and post-program surveys. Completes 5 modules across the HP Life e-Learning courses Participates in all required weekly discussions. Creates all required weekly reflective blog posts. Drafts and presents a lesson plan to be incorporated by Spring 2016.

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Fans of Shark Tank and Emerging Technologies rejoice!  Fulltime and Adjunct faculty are participating in the CTL’s Making It Happen Bootcamp to learn about entrepreneurship in the classroom. Camper Resources Getting Started Blog instructions Calendar & Weekly Work Checklist Lesson plan example (click to download) Overview of the HP LIFE e-Learning online training for entrepreneurs Rubrics Criteria for Completion & Application Discussion Guidelines Making It Happen Content from Our Faculty Making it Happen Blog Lesson Plans  Information about the Program List of Campers Announcement Application form About the Bootcamp The Making It Happen: Entrepreneurship & Education Bootcamp is sponsored by a grant from The New Media Consortium and HP. Making It Happen: Reflections from our faculty – Start in September! A faculty cohort is participating the Making It Happen: Entrepreneurship & Education Bootcamp. Interested in learning more about this exciting program sponsored by a minigrant from HP and NMC? Visit our website or drop us an email.

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       Navigating the Flipped Classroom Paradigm Presentation: http://tinyurl.com/norp3a4 Resources Handout: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0ISPq4K46GWdFNKb2UxWWptdlk/view Resources Active Learning Strategies http://gsi.berkeley.edu/teachingguide/sections/active.html ; http://scaleinstitute.com/ Copyright for Educators http://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-copyright-fair-use Flipped Classroom Community http://flippedclassroom.org/ Fizz: Flipping the Classroom https://www.fi.ncsu.edu/project/fizz Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) http://www.ted.com/speakers/sugata_mitra.html Universal Design Guidelines for Learning (UDL) http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines Open Online Content & Open Ed Open Innovation Revolution Across K-20 Education http://www.imsglobal.org/imsrevolution.html http://open4us.org/resources/ https://archive.org/details/movies http://www.khanacademy.org http://www.coursera.org/ http://www.edx.org/ http://oyc.yale.edu/ http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm http://florida.theorangegrove.org/og/access/home.do Open Professionals Education Network (OPEN) http://open4us.org/ Accessibility http://webaim.org/standards/508/checklist Toolkit / Software  Deskscribble – http://www.deskscribbleapp.com/ Snagit – http://www.techsmith.com/snagit.html Camtasia Studio – http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html Collaborate – https://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate.aspx Softchalk – http://softchalk.com/ Captivate – http://www.adobe.com/products/captivate.html Articulate – http://www.articulate.com/

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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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