November 18, 2013 Week 8 - Fall Quarter
Week # 8 - Gentle Reminders... Business Office: Frequently Asked Question
When will I be paid for my In-Service and Professional Development Meetings? *In-Service and Professional Development meetings that take place before the quarter begins are always paid on the second pay of the quarter. Fall Quarter – October 31st pay date Winter Quarter – February 15th pay date Spring Quarter – April 30th pay date For the actual pay date, please refer to the faculty pay schedule located in your faculty handbook. If you do not have a copy of the faculty handbook, you can find one on Blackboard in the “CT Communication Tool” community.
HUS, CRJ and ECE News
Baker College - Clinton Township
Volume 1, Issue 8
*Week 5 Faculty Meetings and Professional Development meetings that take place during the quarter are generally paid within 2 pay periods of the meeting. *If you are attending a meeting and you are unsure of the pay rate or the number of hours you will be paid, please ask your Dean or the presenter.
End of Quarter Notices (Business Office) Instructors have contact with students who may not take the time to visit the Business Office or Financial Aid before exam time. In an effort to facilitate important communication with our students regarding financial matters, we send a reminder notice for instructors to distribute to the students in class. The Financial Aid and Business Offices appreciate your assistance in giving our students more time to take care of these matters. Please note that we no longer require the student to obtain an authorization form to give to the instructors to take his/her final exam. We only request that the notices be distributed to the students whose names are written on each notice. It is the student’s responsibility to take care of matters with the appropriate office. The Business Offices appreciate your efforts and thanks you for your support!
Winter Quarter Faculty Dinner & Kickoff PD
Topic: Transforming Our Teaching to a More Learner-Centered Approach - Curriculum Tier I
ALL EDU, HUS/ECE/CRJ Faculty: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Location: Clinton Township Main Campus Student Center Monday, January 6, 2014, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Please Note: All Faculty Professional Development (PD) events are mandatory and full faculty attendance is expected.
Special Note from Barbara Krygel, Director of Advising If a student comes to you and states that s/he has attempted suicide, wants to commit suicide or harm himself/herself or others contact Campus Safety or bring the student to the Advising Office immediately. Campus Safety will contact 911 if there was a suicide attempt. Staff is not to detain the student if he or she is determined to leave the premises. However, it is critical to contact Campus Safety immediately, they will contact the authorities. Never leave the student
unattended, with another student or send
SAMHSA Online Suicide Prevention Training Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) If you would like additional information and training on suicide prevention, Baker College through a relationship with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers a FREE, two-hour online training that can be accessed through the following link: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSAMHSA/ bulletins/804729 This course can be completed in approximately tw0 hours and in more than one session if needed. The Training is open to all Baker College faculty and staff; participants seeking continuing education credit that successfully complete the course may be eligible to receive 2 clock hours of continuing education credit from the National Board for Certified Counselors and/or 2 contact hours of social work continuing education from the National Association of Social Workers.
DATING & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION MINI-WORKSHOP Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abusive relationship is the first step to ending it. There is help available. If you witness warning signs of abuse in a friend, family member, or co-worker, please take them seriously. This presentation will focus on identifying domestic violence, statistics, local resources, and support. PRESENTER: Disability Service Coordinator, Claudia Webb, MSW WHEN:
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 3:30- 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Student Center, Baker College - Clinton Twp. REGISTRATION: The presentation is free and open to the public. If you have questions, or need additional information, please e-mail Claudia Webb at email@example.com or call at 586- 790-9716.
Faculty, this is a great opportunity to expose your students to this critical content, please share this program with your students and encourage them to attend!
“Productivity Apps of the Week” Penultimate
Are you interested in combining “new-school” technology with “old-school” ease and familiarity? If you are an iPad or iPhone user, consider capturing your handwritten notes through an App called “Penultimate”. Penultimate allows users to record their handwritten notes and drawings using their finger and/or a stylus. The notes can then be uploaded directly to Evernote for easy access and storage. For a quick overview of Penultimate, visit: http://evernote.com/penultimate/ . To learn more about Penultimate and Apple IOS updates visit: http://evernote.com/penultimate/whats_new/ios/
Occasions If you have ever forgotten an important date, such as a birthday, anniversary, holiday, or special event, the Occasions App may be for you. The Occasions App can sync to your calendar (and Facebook contacts if you would like), and you can program the App to provide you up-to three individual reminders for an event. You can even make calls, send emails and messages while within the Occasions App. Occasions can be accessed on cell phones, tablets, and other devices. To learn more about Occasions, see: http://occasionsapp.com/
Coming Early 2014? “Google Glass” (Wearable Computer) Google Glass is Google’s new wearable computer; it is expected to be released to the general public for purchase in early 2014. Google Glass was on display this past weekend (November 16 and 17) at a special event hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. This event was the first public event open to consumers interested in trying Google Glass outside of trials (BETA). Google Glass features the ability to display maps, engage in voice searches, video calls, photo sharing and more. To learn about Google Glass, see: http://www.techradar.com/us/news/video/ google-glass-what-you-need-to-know-1078114
Note: If you have mobile Apps, technology, or Baker related information you would like to share in this Newsletter, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the name of the App(s)/information you would like to circulate. To open live web links in this Newsletter, you may be required to activate your Adobe Flash plugin, if it isn’t up-to-date.
Friday, November 22, 2013 From 12:00noon - 2:00pm Open to all Full Time & Adjunct Faculty and Staff
If you are interested in participating in the Potluck, please identify the item you plan to bring and place your name on the sign-up sheet located on the refrigerator in the Lunch Room.
The Potluck will take place in the Lunch Room Bring as much as you want, try to be creative. Let’s have some fun. If there are questions, please contact
Barb Krygel at Ext 2598.
Implementing Quality Teaching and Learning: Your Challenge Our Fall Kickoff PD session focused on the process used to make purposeful decisions that foster an engaging and rigorous learning environment. At the end of the session, Dr. Treanor issued the following challenge for all faculty teaching this quarter (whether you attended the Kickoff session or not): Identify a lesson that you will be teaching this quarter that has not gone well in the past (or that you anticipate may not go well if you have not taught it before). Use the Quality Teaching Faculty Implementation Form to analyze the lesson, identify “strengths” and “limitations” (based on past experience or forethought), and plan “modifications” PRIOR to teaching the lesson this quarter. (If you participated in the Kickoff PD, this is probably done or nearly done—see that last page of your participant packet.). Implement your planned “modifications” when you teach the lesson. After you teach the lesson, use another Quality Teaching Faculty Implementation Form to document the results of the lesson—Strengths, Limitations, Modifications, Evidence, and Student Learning. Please submit both forms to Dr. Janet M. Joiner, Dean of HUS, CRJ and ECE by the end of Week 9 (December 6).
Faculty Dual Campus Teaching Adjunct faculty teaching loads are limited to 12 credit hours per quarter. Even if an instructor teaches at multiple Baker College campuses, the faculty member is limited to teaching a maximum of 12 credit hours per quarter. The maximum allowable hours per week, per course is 9 hours (4 class contact hours and 5 hours of preparation); the maximum allowable hours per week, per adjunct faculty member is 27 hours. If you have not exceeded your 27 hour per week maximum, and are interested in exploring opportunities for faculty involvement, please contact your Program Director (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
Attention all WRK Faculty All WRK Faculty are asked to participate in one of two Debrief Meetings to provide feedback and discuss the WRK internship experience, and make edits/revisions to the process, curriculum (such as discussion boards, reflective questions, summary reports, etc.). The Debrief Meetings will be held Friday, January 17th and Friday, April 11th on the Baker College Owosso Campus. Please do mark your calendar early, and plan to attend one of these two scheduled sessions. Continue to visit your Baker email and read this Newsletter for additional information on this process closer to the date. Thank you in advance for your support and continued commitment to excellence.
Mandatory CPI Training CPI Training is mandatory for all faculty and must be completed during 2013 - 2014. Below are remaining winter 2014 and spring 2014 dates (all fall training dates have been completed). During CPI Training attendees will learn how challenging and potentially dangerous situations develop, how our actions can influence outcomes, strategies to help maximize our safety and that of others during confrontations, as well as other important aspects of Violence Response Procedures. Winter Quarter 2014 Saturday, January 11th – 8:00am – 12:30pm, Main Campus- Community Room Tuesday, January 21st – 5:00pm – 9:30pm, C Bldg. Community Room Thursday, February 13th – 5:00pm – 9:30pm, C Bldg. Community Room Spring Quarter 2014 Saturday, April 5th – 8:00am – 12:30pm, Main Campus- Community Room Tuesday, April 15th – 5:00pm – 9:30pm, C Bldg. Community Room Wednesday, April 23rd – 5:00pm – 9:30pm, C Bldg. Community Room Your attendance is required for the 2013-2014 school year, so please register early as class sizes are limited. Register by email at CPI-CT@Baker.edu and provide two date preferences, your phone number and department. You will receive a confirmation e-mail; if you have questions please contact Barb Krygel at 586 790-9598.
Blackboard Upgrade Coming Soon! In an effort to increase student engagement and provide enhanced tools to faculty, Baker College will be upgrading to Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 13 on December 30, 2013. While there are many improvements with SP 13, two essential enhancements that will be available are:
Faculty Efficiency – Inline Grading New capabilities in SP 13 will save faculty time and effort, making it easier to focus on student engagement, feedback, and other instructional activities. Inline grading offers faculty a consistent and efficient grading experience. Instructors will be able to see student submissions, and annotate and provide feedback to assignments by using the grading tools without downloading or uploading documents.
Enhanced Discussion Board Interface SP 13 incorporates exciting new Discussion Board features that cultivate active learning and student engagement. A cleaner interface that includes improved thread organization and an option for profile photos enhances the user experience. In addition, Bb has introduced a new “post first” setting that allows faculty to specify that students must enter their own thread before viewing other threads in a forum.
Bb SP 13 What’s Better Training To introduce and assist faculty in learning about the new features in SP 13 we will be utilizing WebEx Seminars and Video Tutorials. These resources are designed to assist faculty with step-by-step directions for maneuvering through the updated platform. The Video Tutorials will be available through the “Bb SP 13 What’s Better” tab found on the Bb portal page beginning in October. In addition, faculty and academic leaders can register for WebEx seminars via the same tab. The WebEx Seminars will be recorded and available for viewing for those faculty interested but unable to attend the live sessions. The WebEx schedule is included below. In addition, to provide a preview of one of the new features we have included a “Bb SP 13 What’s Better” document to provide an initial preview regarding the new inline grading functionality.
Bb SP 13 What’s Better Transition Due to our recent transition to a Blackboard hosted environment, the time required to upgrade to an enhanced version of Blackboard is much shorter. We will be transitioning to Bb SP13 on December 30 th, 2013. The process should take only a few days, including all post transition testing. We expect Blackboard to be available on January 2, 2014, and will be sending an announcement to faculty, staff and students once Blackboard is back online.
Bb SP 13 What’s Better About Inline Grading Inline Grading offers instructors a consistent grading experience within assignments, blogs, discussions, journals, and wikis. Instructors can grade a submission, post, and entry without leaving the page. Instructors can see the student submission content on the left and be able to grade the submission by using the grading tools in sidebar on the right.
Blackboard Training Sessions
November 18, 2013
November 18, 2013
November 18, 2013
November 20, 2013
November 20, 2013
November 20, 2013
6 -7 pm
December 3, 2013
December 3, 2013
December 3, 2013
December 5, 2013
December 5, 2013
December 5, 2013
Thanksgiving Br eak 11/25/13—11/29/13
Final Exam Week
Grades Due by 12:00pm 12/16/13 Faculty Workroom Hours Monday—Thursday, 8:00am-10:00pm, Friday 8:00am- 5:00pm & Saturday 8:00am-1:00pm
Evening Academic Office Coverage for HUS, ECE, and CRJ *
Monday - Janet M. Joiner, Dean of HUS, ECE, and CRJ
Tuesday - Mary Jane Merren, Director of ECE
Wednesday - John Wilk, Director of CRJ Thursday - Wynonia Ward, Director of HUS
*The above administrators will be available in the Academic Office Monday—Thursday until 6:15pm
Academic Office, Main Campus 586-790-9587
Janet M. Joiner, PhD, LMSW Dean of Human Services, Early Childhood Education, and Criminal Justice Baker College of Clinton Township Office Phone: (586)790-2814 - FAX (586) 791-6611 Janet.firstname.lastname@example.org