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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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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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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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QEP Development Team Name Title Represents Email Phone Dr. Mary Clare DiGiacomo, Co-Chair Director of Distance Education and Instructional Technologies Academic Affairs mcdigiacomo@athenstech.edu 706-583-2760 Dr. Alysen Heil, Co-Chair Faculty – Math; Adjunct Faculty Coordinator MATH, PHYS; Contact for Technical Specialist Advising General Education aheil@athenstech.edu 706-355-5064 Caroline Angelo Executive Director, Registration, Records, and Advising Student Affairs cangelo@athenstech.edu 706-355-5013 Jennifer Benson Admissions Specialist Student Affairs jbenson@athenstech.edu 706-355-5050 Stephanie Benson Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness Institutional Effectiveness sbenson@athenstech.edu 706-355-5112 Sibley Bryan Greene County Campus Coordinator Off Campus Locations and Economic Development sbryan@athenstech.edu 706-453-0378 Jill Drerup Faculty – Radiography Life Sciences drerup@athenstech.edu 706-355-5070 Dr. Yancey Gulley Director of Student Activities Student Affairs ygulley@athenstech.edu 706-355-5175 Kala McNair Assistant Director of Registration and Records Registration and Records kmcnair@athenstech.edu 706-357-1202 Rhonda Lastie Program Chair – Social Work Assistant Business & Public Service rlastie@athenstech.edu 706-355-5075 Dr. Tawana Mattox COLL Instructor/Adjunct Coordinator General Education tmattox@athenstech.edu 706-425-3327 Dr. Margaret Morgan Director of Instructional Services Academic Affairs mmorgan@athenstech.edu 706-355-5182 Red Petrovs Program Chair – Business Administration Business & Public Service rpetrovs@athenstech.edu 706-540-3885 Carol Stanley Director of Library Services Academic Affairs cstanley@athenstech.edu 706-355-5019 Greg Thomas Faculty – Automotive Collision Repair, Program Chair Technical & Industrial gthomas@athenstech.edu 706-369-5725 Dr. Jackie Wilson Faculty –…

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The original QEP Proposals were shared via a blog at http://qepp.blogspot.com/  which includes proposals and comments. Enclosed below are the proposals in PDF form. Additional documents shared as part of the proposal process QEP_presentation QEP_Proposal_Rubric QEP Proposal Instructions Proposals proposal-1 proposal-2 proposal-3 proposal-4 proposal-5 proposal-6 proposal-7 proposal-9 proposal-10 proposal-11 proposal-12 proposal-13 proposal-14 proposal-15 proposal-16 proposal-17 proposal-18 proposal-19 proposal-20 proposal-21 proposal-22 proposal-23 proposal-24 proposal-25 proposal-26 proposal-27 proposal-28

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  Executive Summary First-Year Experience Initiative (original document is enclosed below as a PDF) The purpose of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for Athens Technical College is to improve the first-year experience of students by providing a foundation for academic and career success. Members of the College community have worked for many months to develop a First-Semester Seminar (FSSE) course and Student Success Professional Development program to support and sustain the College’s mission and number one strategic goal of student success. Comprehensive research on how to improve student engagement, persistence, and program completion at Athens Technical College led to the QEP topic selection of the first-year experience. The FSSE course is designed to introduce new students to the academic skills they will need to attain their educational and career goals. The course will also introduce students to the resources available to them as they work toward those goals. Through the use of academic strategies and self-discovery, students will acquire knowledge and skills to help them succeed at Athens Technical College and in life. Students new to the college will take the FSSE course during their first semester of enrollment. The course will be a three-credit-hour hybrid course (a blend of…

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Recently, the CTL Portal Manager, Dean of CTL,  and Dr. Randall Fameree  of the Anatomy and Physiology Department conducted a brief survey of his students to answer the following questions: How does the cost of the textbook for this class impact students? Do they make decisions about this class based upon the textbook? Would they choose an e-book, if it was a more affordable option? Do they buy the textbook and if so, from where? 35 students completed the survey (Download quantitative data here). Additional OER resources from us can be found here. General conclusions from the survey: Although expensive, the A&P students felt the book was worth the purchase and because it was used for 2 classes, it was deemed as less expensive overall. In general, the A&P students  would not choose an ebook over a print copy – ease of use seemed to be the biggest factor: the ability to highlight and take notes seemed to be the biggest factor, followed by portability  and access Of those who responded: 94% purchased the required textbook needed for the class. Of the 6% who did not purchase the book, 1 was given the book by a friend; 3 indicated that…

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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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