professional development

Blackboard is coming soon! We have developed more training sessions to get you ready to use Blackboard this Spring!  Sign up on the intranet! November 10: BB Learn – The Basics [Athens Campus] November 11: BB Webinar – Making the Most of the BB Gradebook [located in the CTL] November 12: BB Webinar – Creating Tests/Assignments [located in the CTL] November 13: BB Grade Center [Athens Campus] November 16: BB Webinar – Discussions, Blogs, Journals, & Wikis [located in the CTL] November 16: BB Learn – The Basics [Athens Campus] November 16: BB Learn – The Basics [Walton County Campus] November 17: BB Grade Center [Athens Campus] November 18: BB Express! – Adaptive Release [Athens Campus] November 19: BB Express! – Rubrics [Athens Campus] November 19: BB Assessments [Athens Campus] December 1: BB Webinar – Making the Most of the BB Gradebook [located in the CTL] December 4: BB Learn – The Basics [Athens Campus]

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Jump-Starting Success with Open Educational Resources: The Lumen Model for OER-based Courses and Support Through years of collaboration with faculty and institutions, Lumen Learning has developed not only a growing catalog of road-tested courses designed using open educational resources, but also an engagement approach that helps institutions make a sustained impact with OER. This webinar shares how we develop OER courses and support institutions and faculty through the processes of course adoption, customization and continuous improvement. Gain insight into Lumen’s support model, pricing, and strategies we recommend to help students, faculty and institutions realize the full benefits of OER. When: Tuesday 10/27/2015, 11-12 ET/8-9 PT Presenter: Julie Curtis, VP Strategy & Communications, Lumen Learning Register: Jump-Starting Success with Open Educational Resources: The Lumen Model for OER-based Courses and Support   High Impact OER Courses: Accounting Due to the double-whammy of high commercial textbook costs and historically low passing rates, Accounting has been high on the OER wish-list for many institutions and faculty members. This webinar showcases Lumen’s new Financial Accounting and previews Managerial Accounting, the products of extensive collaboration and effort to improve the learning experience and student success in this foundational course sequence. Bring your questions about customizable OER course…

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Free OER webinar: —————————————— Curious about how OER initiatives through the repository can save students money? Please join us for a free webinar exploring how open access textbooks in Portland State’s PDXScholar saved thousands of dollars for students! Register below: Webinar: Inside an Open Educational Resource Initiative: PDX Open at Portland State University Date/time: Thursday, 11/5 at 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern Register here:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9085201177789281026   As the rising cost of textbooks continues to burden students, some libraries have begun to facilitate the creation and sharing of Open Educational Resources. At Portland State University, Digital Initiatives Coordinator Karen Bjork has worked with faculty on campus to publish five new open textbooks in their repository, PDXScholar, all as part of a Provost-backed initiative. The initiative aligns with their institutional mission of better serving the student body: in their first term of use, the open textbooks saved students nearly $24,000!   Over the course of the presentation, Karen will discuss the Provost’s initiative and how the library continues to work with faculty to create open resources. She’ll also go over some of the specific workflows they’ve used and provide best practices for those interested in working with their own faculty on OER.

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Are you ready to revise and remix, but uncertain about tools and techniques? Then this is the webinar for you. http://openoregon.org/events/event/adapting-and-authoring-oer-lessons-learned/ Central Oregon Community College librarian Michele DeSilva is a member of the 2015 Open Oregon special projects grant cohort. She is working with two writing faculty on developing an OER textbook for a technical writing course. The team worked through issues likely to arise for any OER adopters/adapters, including questions about platforms, accessibility, and attribution. In this webinar, Michele will discuss answers to these questions and other practical lessons learned while supporting faculty in their OER work. Join the session: Oct. 16, 2015 https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2008418&password=M.00FA0F3D48C58152D470CA7471E2EE Call-in number: 571-392-7703 Participant PIN: 924 186 726 350 NOTE: We’re starting at 10am Pacific time! (Pacific time! 1 PM EST)

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Blackboard Learn migration Update – October 9, 2015 1.       Checklist  Logged in to Blackboard Completed BB Learn training Reviewed the “BB Learn Basics” course under your course listing Submitted ANGEL Master course export requests to the CTL Help Desk* Submitted a ticket to the CTL Help Desk if you need an empty course master shell* * This is optional, and only applies if you choose to have master course content imported to Blackboard. Follow the attached instructions for how to prepare your master courses for export/import 2.       BB Learn Important Dates October 13:  BB Learn Student E-learning Orientation deployed October 15: Spring semester BB Learn master courses are built and ready to copy into spring course shells October 22: Master course export deadline October 30: Spring BB Learn course shells will be accessible to instructors November 12: Master course export deadline December 3: Master course export deadline FINAL deadline for exporting courses to BB Learn for Spring semester. You will be able to continue to export master courses after this date, however, these will not get processed until after the start of Spring 2016 3.       Upcoming Trainings – sign up on the Intranet! October 13: BB Webinar – Adding Content October…

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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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Using Turnitin Originality Reports and The Plagiarism Spectrum Students are often unaware of what constitutes plagiarism. The Plagiarism Spectrum was designed to help students see how plagiarism is defined and can take form. The spectrum outlines the 10 most common types of plagiarism with easy to remember digital monikers. Having students review their Turnitin Originality Reports using the Plagiarism Spectrum can be an effective approach to educating students about what plagiarism looks like and to help them write with integrity. Join us for this engaging workshop, where we’ll discuss the Plagiarism Spectrum and share different strategies for using the Spectrum with Turnitin Originality Reports, including a plagiarism quiz, lesson plan ideas, posters for the classroom and handouts. Where: Your Computer When: Thursday, September 17, 2015 Time: 10am San Francisco / 11am Denver / noon Chicago / 1pm New York (find your time zone) Cost: Free Attendees of the live webcast will receive a certificate of participation. The webcast will be recorded and posted online within 24 hours. http://go.turnitin.com/webcast/colormebad-plagiarism

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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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Survey Findings: Student Attitudes Toward Writing, Teacher Feedback and Turnitin In June 2015, Turnitin conducted an exploratory survey of over 1,400 students to explore what students think of the value of writing, feedback from educators and Turnitin. Do students think it’s important to know how to write well? Or to avoid copying and pasting? What do they think helps them improve their writing? Does Turnitin help them learn about the value of originality and proper citation practices? Join us for a discussion to review students’ attitudes toward writing, feedback and Turnitin. An accompanying infographic and paper will be shared. Certificates of participation are provide to attendees of the live webcast. Where: Your Computer When: Thursday, September 10, 2015 Time: 10am San Francisco / 11am Denver / noon Chicago / 1pm New York (find your time zone) Cost: Free Presenters Sean Tupa is the Education Program Manager at Turnitin. Previously, he had worked in various capacities for the College Board, including the roles of Director of Research for the Digital Solutions department and as a Director with the Innovation & Concept Development team. In these positions he conducted research projects, focus groups and surveys with both students and educators to help…

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