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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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Discussion Guidelines (Synchronous and Asynchronous) Your active participation in during discussion is essential to your overall success this bootcamp. Discussion questions are designed to help you make meaningful connections between the course content and the larger concepts and goals of the bootcamp. These discussions offer you the opportunity to express your own thoughts, ask questions for clarification, and gain insight from your classmates’ responses and facilitators’ guidance. Requirements for Discussion Board Assignments  Campers are required to post one (1) initial post and to follow up with at least two (2) response posts for each discussion board assignment. For your initial post (1), you must do the following: Compose a post of one to two paragraphs. Complete the initial post by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time of the module week. Take into consideration material such as course content and other discussion boards from the current module and previous modules, when appropriate. Reference scholarly or peer-reviewed sources to support your discussion points, as appropriate (using proper citation methods for your discipline). For your response posts (2), you must do the following: Reply to at least two different classmates outside of your own initial post thread. Complete the two response posts by…

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Ten faculty were selected from an application process to participate in 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. Name: Department/Program Brenda Beach General Education Laura Bowen Center for Teaching and Learning Bryson Dye Chemistry Mark Evans Emerging Technologies Ron Gaines Business/Marketing Management Andy Garrison Criminal Justice Technology Courtney Ray FSSE/Financial Aid Stephanie Phillips Dental Hygiene Jackie Wilson Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management Charlene Woodham Early Childhood  

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Bootcamp Weekly Checklist Note: See Discussion Guidelines for detailed instructions about writing reflections and participation Week 1 (9/6 – 9/12) September 11: Kickoff at the CTL : 10 AM __ Tablet pickup & kickoff event __ Setup tablet & required apps Instructions : http://ctlblog.athenstech.edu/initiatives/making-it-happen-bootcamp/making-it-happen-instructions-getting-started-with-your-device/ __  Review Bootcamp calendar and HPLife E-Learn review courses (follow instructions above to set up account) __ Complete survey (will be sent via email)   Week 2: Finance (9/13-9/19) __ Complete at least one mini-course from the HP LIFE E-Learn Finance section (Basics of finance,Profit and loss, Finding funding, Cash flow and/or Sales Forecasting) __ Write your weekly reflection on your topic from the Finance section focusing on application to your “pitch” __ Participate in weekly discussion – Video Conference – Google Hangout Discussion Prompt: After reading through the Finance module, discuss what you have learned from this training. Share your thoughts about how you can integrate what you’ve learned into a learning experience for your students. What are you excited and nervous about in regards to integrating this content to your course? What difficulties can you see in integrating these topics into a lesson? What can you do to help alleviate these difficulties? Explore your classmates’ ideas and join an…

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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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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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Ideas to get faculty involved in OER Make it easy for faculty Identify OER for specific courses and share it with faculty Training in tools Partnerships & mentoring Between OER staff and faculty Between faculty – can they collaborate on resources? e.g., one biology book for all Between faculty and students – can students – or select students – help write or edit some of the OER? Help identify OER? (this can all be part of coursework) GIve them a reason to do it (money, prestige, part of tenure process, etc – money was mentioned several times.) Have a few physical copies (printed) of what an open book actually looks like – they may need to see an actual textbook. Identify appropriate human resources Find innovators and get them on board Get the word out to stakeholders – whoever is making textbook decisions Get support from administration Staffing for OER Notes from the OpenEd Conference in 2014 by the Portal Manager, Robin Fay.   Download (PDF, 246KB)

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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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QEP gift drawing winner, Carol Stanley, Athens Technical College’s Director of Library Services expresses her excitement to Dr. Mary Clare DiGiacomo, director of distance education and instructional technology, after Dr. DiGiacomo presented Ms. Stanley with a gift card for brunch/lunch for two to Mama’s Boy restaurant in the first drawing for proposals submitted for QEP. Library services director wins first QEP proposal drawing Carol Stanley, Athens Technical College’s Director of Library Services won a gift card to Mama’s Boy restaurant in the first drawing of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) campaign to garner proposals that would improve student learning at the college. The Athens Technical College administration is inviting faculty members, staff, and students to submit their ideas to be considered for QEP, a student-centered learning initiative and part of ATC’s reaffirmation of accreditation process established by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the college’s regional accrediting organization. Designation as an accredited college ensures student access to federal aid and indicates a college meets or exceeds required quality standards for teaching and learning. Athens Technical College was first accredited by SACSCOC in 1987. An Athens Technical College selection team representing faculty, staff and students from all…

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