Professional Development

Thursday, April 21, 2016 3PM ET Why can they print?? A conversation about online testing. Assessing students in an online environment is alternatively enthralling, overwhelming and frustrating. Instructors are sometimes shocked to discover that students can print or take screenshots of online tests, or that the text banks to all the major textbooks are for sale on the web. How can you be certain you’re accurately assessing students when they are able to print or copy by hand all of the questions in your exams? Join Corrie Bergeron from Lakeland Community College and Kevin Lowey from the University of Saskatchewan as they discuss assessment strategies which can help address your concerns and give you creative solutions to the authentic assessment problem. REGISTER NOW

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March 23 at 10am PT/1pm ET Join us for a free webinar to learn how to take your slide decks from static to dynamic. We will be offering step-by-step guidance on converting your decks from PowerPoint to Prezi, a highly visual presentation tool that allows you to show your ideas in context. Advice will include: How to rethink your content with visual metaphors. How to structure content on Prezi’s open canvas. A complete walkthrough of Prezi’s PowerPoint import feature, so you can quickly turn your organization’s slide decks into zooming prezis. Register Here!

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Click HERE to Register for the Webinar When: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Time: 12pm San Francisco / 1pm Denver / 2pm Chicago / 3pm New York (find your time zone) Duration: 30 minutes, plus 15 minutes for Q&A Cost: None Certificates of Participation: Yes, provided to attendees of the live webcasts. Recorded: Yes, and emailed to all registrants. Dalton State College’s developmental English program saw pass rates of only 50 percent for several years. To rectify this situation and improve pass rates, the College implemented rigorous improvements to the program as part of its Quality Enhancement Plan. The results had a tremendous, positive impact on student success. In only three years, overall student success rates have increased from an average of 50 percent to 87 percent. Students who complete the developmental English program move on to English Composition I and complete that course at higher rates than the overall student population (84 percent versus 73 percent). Join us to hear from Dr. Jenny Crisp as she discusses the changes that Dalton State College put into place within its developmental English program and the lessons that she and her colleagues learned. Their experiences demonstrate how a strong community, the effective use of…

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Tuesday, March 22nd 2:00 PM EDT Find out how to transform a textbook and the positive impact open educational resources (OERs) have on student’s retention, completion, satisfaction, success and their wallets! After being awarded the Textbook Transformation Grant, Dr. Tamara Powell and four other faculty members at Kennesaw State University created a free, open textbook for their students. The textbook is online and interactive, created using SoftChalk and is available anywhere for anyone in the world to use. Just by using this textbook in their classrooms, Dr. Powell and faculty are saving their students $55,000 from the student debt load each year, and you could too! More success means faster graduation, fewer student loans and less student debt. Register now to learn more. Still not convinced? Check out the savings that Kennesaw State University has had for all of their students over the past year transforming their textbooks. We look forward to seeing you at the webinar! The SoftChalk Team www.softchalk.com www.softchalkcloud.com Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Check out the SoftChalk Talk Blog

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016 from 1:00 -2:00 PM Click Read More to view post. Participant link This 1 hour webinar will cover  some of the advanced gradebook features like extra credit, smart views, grading schema, modifying attempts, calculated columns, and verify the accuracy of the course grade. All Instructors are welcome. There are no registration requirements for this webinar, but space is limited to 100 links. Please send the webinar link to anyone that may benefit from this training. This session will be recorded, and posted March 10, 2016 on GVTC Blackboard Resources

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Retention Center, Performance Dashboard, and Course Reports Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 10:00 -11:00 AM Participant link This 1 hour webinar will cover the retention center, performance dashboard, and course reports. All Instructors are welcome. There are no registration requirements for this webinar, but space is limited to 100 links. Please send the webinar link to anyone that may benefit from this training. This session will be recorded, and posted March 4, 2016 on GVTC Blackboard Resources

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If you have questions about Blackboard’s Grade Center, following is information regarding a webinar opportunity provided by GVTC. Either join us in the CTL or participate in the webinar on your own computer. Thursday, February 25th at 10:00 a.m.   This one-hour webinar will cover the grade center in Blackboard Learn.  From beginning to end on how to set up and use the grade center this training will be thorough and leave you confident using this tool.  All instructors are welcome.  You may either come to the CTL F-131 to watch the webinar with a group or watch on your own by following this link on the day of the webinar:  http://tinyurl.com/hoetbmw. This webinar will be recorded and the link will be posted on the CTL blog – http://ctlblog.athenstech.edu/

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Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) for a free and open webinar on best practices for Faculty Development to promote OER adoption.   Two librarians who are leading efforts in their states to inform and inspire faculty to adopt OER will be featured. Open Oregon is a project of the Oregon’s community colleges focused on reducing textbooks costs and open education is gaining momentum as an innovative and long-term solution to the problem. Amy Hofer is the statewide coordinator of these efforts and works with all 17 community colleges in Oregon to help promote these efforts through faculty development and sharing resources centrally. Lansing Community College held its first OER Summit in fall of 2015.  With support from their Provost,  Regina Gong and her team organized a statewide event for Michigan community college featuring OER thought leaders from many organizations including CCCOER and also faculty from Lansing Community College.  It was an important event to inform and advocate for using open educational resources to reduce costs and expand faculty’s curriculum choices. Date: Wed, February 10, 
Time: 10 am PST, 1:00 pm EST
 Featured Speakers: Amy Hofer, Coordinator, Statewide Open Education Library Services, Open Oregon Regina Gong, Manager of Library Technical Services and Systems, Lansing Community College Participant Login Information: No pre-registration is necessary.  Please use…

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Here are a few webinars and webinar archives to check out. Don’t forget to add them to your professional development hours! Blackboard (Higher Ed) http://www.blackboard.com/blackboard-insights.aspx?market=higher%20education&type=event&webinar Microsoft Office – 15 minute webinars – https://blogs.office.com/featured_topics/office-15-minute-webinars/ Softchalk http://softchalk.com/learn-more/webinars/webinar-calendar/ OER Affordable Learning Ga http://www.affordablelearninggeorgia.org/events/training CCCOER http://oerconsortium.org/spring-2016-webinars/ Higher ED CTL Speaker Archives http://ctl.uga.edu/pages/archive USG Faculty Development Series http://www.usg.edu/facultydevelopment/faculty_development/itunes_u_archives

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Back by popular demand: Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) is BACK! Yes, you’ve read that right! BITS is BACK! After a hiatus of a little over a year, we’re excited to bring back the BITs program so that you can grow your Blackboard Learn usage by hearing about the innovative ways your colleagues are using it – things you can bring back to your campus and implement today! We’re kicking off the series with a session called Top 10 things you didn’t know Learn 9.1 could do, featuring Lisa Capan, Sr. Customer Success Advocate at Blackboard. Thursday, January 21 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern https://t.co/uQXy15Mdeq

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