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The Center for Teaching and Learning June 2009 CTL Newsletter

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At a Glance u We are Excited!

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eLearning u What is an ePOD?

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We are Excited! Equipment for CTL It doesn’t take much to get CTL excited - just shiny new computers. CTL has been given funding to purchase 15 new computers and copies of Adobe Suite (Captivate, FLASH, etc.). Visit eLearning soon (Library 309, WSC) and help us celebrate. We are currently working to set up the lab which will be used for both eLearning and other CTL technology training. Thanks, Technology Replacement Task Force (TRTF) for making this possible!

Strategic Planning Process for Institutional Distance Education is Drafted Thanks to all of the faculty, administrators and staff who attended the forums for developing the institutional distance education strategic plan. Response was tremendous! The plan has now been drafted and is being reviewed. Before adoption, the plan will be reviewed and approved by Academic Affairs, President’s Cabinet and the AC Board of Regents.

The Hunt is On!

New Faculty Academy 2009

The screening committee continues to review applications and conduct interviews for the position of Faculty Instructional Designer/Technology Specialist for CTL’s eLearning. This group has been extremely dedicated and thorough in their search. Members include Kim Boyd, Carol Buse, Brenda Davidson, Becky Easton, Pam George, Jill Gibson, Sabra Gore, Diana Johnson, Patsy Lemaster, Brian Nixon, Ed Nolte, Dan Porter, Vicky Taylor-Gore, and Ruth Whitehead. It is anticipated that the position will be filled sometime this summer or early fall.

Kudos to the faculty committee charged with review and refinement of the New Faculty Academy 2009. Members included John Chaka, Sherri Clowe, Monique Dupuis, Bobbie Hyndman, Theresa Jiwa, Mark Rowh, Kay Taylor, Amanda Wheeler and Richard Whitaker. The committee has worked steadily to combine the previous content from New Faculty Academy, New Employee Orientation, College Teaching, and The Community College Education Program. Sessions for new faculty are being planned for selected Monday afternoons as needed throughout Fall 2009 and Spring 2010. The committee will designate a portion of the materials to be covered through online instructional components as possible.

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Digging Deeper Baby boomers v GenX/Y: Public v private behaviour Is the Millennia Generation the Smartest or Dumbest? Generation X and The Millennials: What You Need to Know About Mentoring the New Generations

All in a Name According to Boomer World - “The youngest boomers: those born in the 1960s don’t like being called “baby boomers.” They prefer to be referred to as Generation X. The youngest boomers say 71 is considered OLD while older boomers say the old age begins at 78.” lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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Do you struggle with connecting with your students? Ever wonder what motivates them or how to engage them in the process of truly learning? The First-Year Experience Committee (Melissa Bates, Amber Brookshire, Dan Ferguson, Jill Gibson, Judy Jackman, Judy Johnson, Alexa Maples, Courtney Milleson, Jerry Moller, Jason Norman, Mark Rowh, April Sessler, and Renee Vincent. ) has made the recommendation to invite Dr. Christy Price, Professor of Psychology at Dalton State College, GA to AC as a featured presenter for 2009/2010. Dr. Price will review the literature regarding the culture of the millennial student (age 18-21), and share the findings of research regarding millennial student culture. She has won the Excellence in Teaching Award at Dalton State, the University System of Georgia Teaching Excellence Award and the National First-Year Students Advocacy Award. “Her dynamic and interactive style” make Dr. Price a favorite as a professor and presenter. Watch for announcements as the date for this presentation is confirmed.

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Community College Education Program Discontinued The Community College Education Program was discontinued Spring 2009. The program and its activity was researched by a faculty committee composed of Brent Cavanaugh, John Chaka, Bill Crawford, Sharla Fowler, Marcia Green, Celestina Rangel, David Tompkins, and Kay Taylor. After review the recommendation was made to discontinue. Faculty who have already taken one or more courses are eligible to complete the requirements for the program by identifying courses from WTAMU to substitute for those no longer being offered. Download more information and guidelines for course substitutions.

Faculty Internship Development Committee A new committee has been identified to assist with the research/creation of internal faculty internship opportunities. Interns will be working to assist other faculty in CTL as determined by the committee. Members are Larry Adams, Carol Buse, Monique Dupuis, Jill Gibson, Judy Isbell, Lana Jackson, Verena Johnson, Jan Martin, and Ed Nolte. Watch for updates about this exciting new opportunity for AC faculty!

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ACTS 2009 ACTS 2009 was a roaring success. With leadership provided by Michael Bellah, Claudie Biggers, and Kay Taylor, ACTS attendees participated to share instructional methods, celebrate teaching and explore new instructional ideas. Other featured activities included salsa-building contests, “clicker� demonstrations, eLearning application software orientations, a cookout, a progressive dinner, outstanding monologs/video and much more. ACTS 2009 faculty included Jennifer Bartlett, Nola Bartling, Becky Easton, Heather Funderburg, Pam George, Mike Haynes, Bobbie Hyndman, Judy Jackman, Lynae Jacob, Theresa Jiwa, Marianne Jones, Diana Johnson, Patricia Maddox, Bruce Moseley, Michelle Orcutt, Dan Porter, Emery Shier, Jim Taylor, Rene West, and Ruth Whitehead. Q&A sessions were hosted by Dr. Paul Matney and Jerry Moller. The retreat was conducted May 20-23 at Fort Marcy Compound in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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POD Training Schedule For a complete list of course descriptions for all classes and training sessions being offered by CTL go to the “Schedule-at-a-Glance” site at: http://www.actx.edu/pod

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PDF Files – Overview #84891

Wed., 6-24-09

11:00 AM-Noon

Polk St. B&I Center 126

Word 2007 – Sections, Borders & File Mgmt. #84892

Tue., 6-30-09

10:00 AM-Noon

Polk St. B&I Center 126

Word 2007 – Forms #84893

Wed., 7-1-09

10:00 AM-Noon

Polk St. B&I Center 126

Word 2007 – Macros #84894

Wed., 7-8-09

3:00-5:00 PM

Polk St. B&I Center 126

Please register by visiting: https://colleagueweb.actx.edu/AC/WebAdvisor?CONSTITUENCY=WBEM&type=P&pid=ST-XWBSTS027 Once you are logged in, you will be at the “Register for Center for Teaching & Learning Classes” page. Click “SUBMIT” at the bottom of the page to go to the next screen. The next screen will list all classes being offered. Choose as many as you would like to register for by clicking the “Select” button on the left of the Course Name & Title, then just click submit and you are registered!

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AC Online Training – Spring 2009

Over 60 training sessions for AC Online were conducted during daytime, evening and weekends throughout Spring 2009. Training was hosted on Washington Street Campus and West Campus as well as at Moore County and Hereford. Over 200+ faculty have been trained for the Summer 2009 implementation of AC Online. Congratulations, faculty for your dedication and professionalism throughout the LMS migration process. A very special and sincere “thank you” goes to the following faculty who lead training and other AC Online efforts: Claudie Biggers, Sabra Gore, Ruth Whitehead, Pam George, Jan Martin, Bobbie Hyndman, Michelle Orcutt and Jill Gibson.

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What is an ePOD? ePods are small group training and sharing sessions for specific eLearning topics offered to enhance the delivery of your online courses. Sessions are currently being scheduled and offered through CTL. Featured topics include GradeBook, Course Organization, Activating Courses, Copying Courses, Course Design, Assessments, Calendar and more! Jump onboard and join us! Thanks to the following faculty for their contributions to help create ePODs: Carol Buse, Judy H. Carter, Nichol Dolby, Courtney Milleson, CamilleNies, Michelle Orcutt, and Vicky Taylor-Gore.

Dual Credit Instructor/Facilitator Training With Input received from Larry Adams, Carol Buse, Jana Carver, Becky Eason, Kim McGowan, Jennifer Pickle, and Dan Porter. CTL will be offering AC Online training for dual credit instructors and/or facilitators during July 2009. Topics planned include the following: Basic navigation, Syllabus, Email (AC email address), Finding Amarillo College

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posted assignments and other documents, Finding & Interpreting the Gradebook, Uploading/downloading assignments, Gradebook Training, Access to students’ grades and activities and calendar, Setting dates on assignments, Early/late assignments—how to handle, Posting announcements, AC Online training (complete), AC Website training. If you work with dual credit and have additional topics that need to be covered, please contact eLearning. Watch for announcements for training dates/information.

Questions to Ask When Developing Online Courses? Do you need a quick guide to follow as you develop your online courses? AC has a new resource, Questions to Ask When Developing Online Courses to assist in answering basic course development questions. Thanks to the Best Practices Committee who helped to develop these guidelines (Claudie Biggers, Carol Buse, Sabra Gore, Mark Hanna, Lana Jackson, Kara Larkan, Patsy Lemaster, Danita McAnally, Brian Nixon, Mark Rowh, and Kay Taylor). Best Practices will be implemented in the future as part of the process for enhancing courses and possibly for guiding activities for voluntary course certification (committee and process pending). Watch for updates! 5


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Angel Tutorials ELearning has assembled a list of Angel Tutorials from internet resources. You can download a PDF with links to over 60 tutorials, covering a wide array of topics such as, entering grades by assignment, adding agents, and setting up a discussion forum. Most of these tutorials are in Flash format. eLearning also has a number of “How-To” s such as, copying a course and merging course rosters available on our web site.

“Let’s Talk eLearning” Workshops

Join a Select Group of Talented People

Taking a few weeks to review all the new, exciting eLearning products and software that could help you improve your online class is time consuming. An easier answer may be to attend the “Let’s Talk eLearning” workshops, designed to give instructors a quick overview of many of the products and techniques that can make your class more professional and engaging.

Have you ever wanted to be on Facebook but your children won’t invite you? Now there’s revenge. Come join a select group of AC Online instructors using the latest in social networking. To qualify you have to be an AC Online Instructor willing to share ideas and experiences with other instructors. If you are interested contact Brian and I’ll make you my friend.

Over the last few months the workshops have covered topics like, Creating Student-User Friendly Online Files, PowerPoint to Flash, and Using Softchalk. Future topics will cover, How to use Captivate, Video compression and Animation. If you have suggestions for topics please contact Brian in eLearning.

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Job Outlook for RNs Job opportunities for RNs in all specialties are expected to be excellent. Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through 2014, and, because the occupation is very large, many new jobs will result. In fact, registered nurses are projected to create the second largest number of new jobs among all occupations. Thousands of job openings also will result from the need to replace experienced nurses who leave the occupation, especially as the median age of the registered nurse population continues to rise. Source: http://www.overview.com

Center for Teaching & Learning is pleased to announce that Dr. Lana Jackson will be serving as Career Clusters Director, facilitating the coordination, development and expansion of Career and Technical Education (CTE) curricula within the Career Clusters framework.

More information on Career Clusters is available online at States’ Career Clusters (http://www.careerclusters.org/) and Texas Career Cluster Project (http://www.txcareerclusters.org/index.html). Lana may be contacted at x5292 or lcjackson@actx.edu

Initial focus for Clusters development will be the completion of two Career Clusters: Manufacturing and Information Technology. Health Science and Transportation, Distribution & Logistics are scheduled to be completed by 2011. The timeline for the development of each Career Cluster will be coordinated with local industry and community needs. Lana will be contacting affected faculty and staff as necessary to engage in the developmental process.

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Technology McNuggets

As part of CTL, the Technology Support Services Department, run by Charles Hendrick, offers many different classes aimed at training employees to better use computers and software. Technology Training offers courses in Office 2007, MyAC, Outlook, Colleague, and Web Advisor. We offer 9 different classes in both Excel and Word. For a complete list of course descriptions for all classes and training sessions being offered by CTL go to the “Schedule-at-a-Glance” site at: http:// www.actx.edu/pod

would like to see built, contact Charles and let him know. Even though he may not be the instructor, he may be able to build the class so that another person could teach it.  

New Classes on the Horizon include: 1. Outlook Web Access (OWA) – accessing your email from the Internet 2. SoftChalk! – building creative class content in for online classes 3. NovusHR – posting department jobs through the Internet 4. New Colleague classes

New Classes Being Offered include: a PDF Files class and Adobe Captivate will be offered for the first time in early summer. The date for the first class has not been set. If there is a class that you •In Office programs such as Word or Excel, SHIFT +F10 will bring up the “right-click” menu without using the mouse. •In Outlook 2007, CTRL +2 displays the Calendar, and CTRL +3 displays the Contact list •In Excel, to quickly create a chart, highlight the data, and press Function Key F11

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