Professional Development

Professional Development

SCC hosts a number of opportunities for employees (both faculty and staff) to develop their skills in new and different approaches to teaching, the application of technology, and the intricacies of supporting community college learners. Below is a list of our current offerings.  In addition, you can click Past Events in the left menu to see recordings of prior sessions, or click Request Session to be added to the wait list for an upcoming session, or request a customized session for your area.
You can add the following events to your calendar by going here and clicking on the   button located in the lower right hand corner of the page.

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January 23, 2018, 2:00 pm - January 23, 2018, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Tara MacDonald, Blindside Networks
Location: Bradford 306

BigBlueButton is a web conferencing system designed for online learning.  This training session takes place inside BigBlueButton and lasts roughly an hour.  We cover the following items:
  • General overview of BigBlueButton
  • BigBlueButton + Blackboard
  • Common issues and resolutions
  • Q & A
Please join us in Bradford 306 if possible.  If you prefer to join from your office or other remote location, webinar link details will be provided when you register.
January 25, 2018, 12:00 pm - January 25, 2018, 1:00 pm
Presenter: Lisa Sizemore, Director of Human Resources
Location: Bradford 306

This training will provide tools to effectively review candidate qualifications, prepare for and participate in the interview process, and select the candidate that best meets the requirements of the job.
Learning Objectives:
  • Utilize the applicant tracking system effectively
  • Assess candidate qualifications
  • Prepare relevant interview questions
  • Conduct job interviews.
January 25, 2018, 3:00 pm - January 25, 2018, 4:00 pm
Presenter: Peter Buck, Student Counselor
Location: Bradford 306, The Center for Teaching Excellence

"This presentation will introduce the approach to healing found in “Brain Over Binge” by Kathryn Hansen and “The Little Book of Big Change” by Amy Johnson, PhD. We’ll look at recent insights from neuroscience regarding habit formation and we’ll point to how humans can access healthy thinking with minimal effort. Based on a health-oriented psychology with a positive 40-year track record, Johnson’s book is provocatively subtitled: "the no-willpower approach to breaking any habit". It is true that recovery is better when we aren’t fighting ourselves.
Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss the limits of will-power in resolving emotional eating.
  • Understand how automatic and impersonal the process by which the brain forms habits is.
  • Understand the role of thought in generating our everyday experience – and discuss its unexpected importance.
  • Understand that human identity includes a heathy core – and elicit examples of this from the experience of those attending.
  • Outline how neuroscience, the role of thought, and the healthy core all point to a self-corrective process regarding emotional eating. (Which will-power plays little part in.)
January 30, 2018, 3:00 pm - January 30, 2018, 4:00 pm
Presenter: Peter Buck, Student Counselor
Location: Bradford 306, The Center for Teaching Excellence

Research has shown that reducing the symptoms of mental illness is not the same thing as supporting mental health. Learn a few simple things that have been shown to support Mental Health and which will help you and your students learn and perform better. We’ll introduce the use of a simple Healthy-Thinking / Productive-Conversation Chart. Among other things, this can be used to help return to a healthy focus - or stop pushing on when or a student is (or we are) in no fit state to communicate or problem-solve effectively. We will have a taste of the calm, present, learner’s state of mind we wish for our students.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the role of thought in generating our everyday experience – and discuss its unexpected implications.
  • Discuss how “state of mind” influences our sense of reality.
  • Differentiate between insights that are truly helpful and motivating for our students – and good ideas about how things should work.
  • Apply “Healthy-Thinking” charts to multiple school and life situations.
February 1, 2018, 11:00 am - February 1, 2018, 12:00 pm
Presenter: Oliver Gee, Educational Technology Specialist and Starr Hogan, Events Technician
Location: Burrell 102A

Covering the basic use of A/V equipment in an event setting, how to best automate your presentation or event using Powerpoint and Google Slides, Dos and Don'ts of event etiquette, and other easy ways to impress everyone by having a slick presentation.
Learning Objectives: Participants will learn:
  • Correct microphone usage
  • Burrell conference room wall panel operation
  • Automation through PowerPoint and Google Sheets
  • What to plan for
  • When to ask for help
  • What to expect on the day of your event
  • Being on camera/in front of people
  • "The show must go on"
February 12, 2018, 2:00 pm - February 12, 2018, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Faciliatators: Jenny Brown - Tutor Program Supervisor, Lori Clancy - Human Services Technology/Substance Abuse Concentration/Program Coordinator, David Jons - Spanish Instructor, and Erin McCully - E-Learning Specialist
Location: Bradford 306

PlayPosit is an easy way to turn just about any video into an engaging assessment! Join us as we learn about how PlayPosit can impact instruction and professional development. Faculty members Lori Clancy and David Jons and staff member Jenny Brown will demonstrate how they use PlayPosit in their courses and training, proving that PlayPosit can be a great tool for faculty and staff alike.
Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss the benefits of using PlayPosit
  • Identify ways the tool could be used in their course(s) and/or training sessions
February 13, 2018 (All day) - February 27, 2018 (All day)
Presenter: Chris Akers, E-Learning Instructional Development Specialist
Location: Online

Let the Grade Center tool in Blackboard make your life easier! Whether you teach fully online, hybrid, or seat-based courses, the Grade Center can replace any paper or spreadsheet based grade books you are currently using and serve as the central place where you store your students’ grades, calculate their grades, and allow your students to see their grades. Be sure to bring a copy of your grading scheme to use.
Learning Objectives:
  • Create Grade Center columns to record grades
  • Configure the Grade Center to calculate grades based on your grading scheme
  • Set up your External Grade column for Aviso reporting
  • Organize the Grade Center to suit your personal viewing preferences
February 14, 2018, 2:30 pm - February 14, 2018, 3:30 pm
Presenter: Tonya Bassé, Student Disability Services Coordinator
Location: Bradford 306

Physical, cognitive, and mental health disabilities affect thousands of people from all areas of life. In this course, you will be introduced to the laws that help ensure that students with disabilities will be provided equal access to an education at the post-secondary level. You’ll also learn about how reasonable accommodations are determined, and how educators can help in implementing those accommodations.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the federal laws that affect students' rights in regards to equal educational access
  • Identify factors which may affect students’ eligibility for support through the disability services office
  • Identify services offered through the disability services office
  • Identify the process for assisting students
February 22, 2018, 2:00 pm - February 22, 2018, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Bethany Emory, Dean of Teaching and Learning Support
Location: Bradford 306

In this interactive online course, join other faculty on campus as we discuss the use and development of rubrics. We will provide some resources for those of you who are newer to rubrics, and offer discussion to involve folks who have had a bit more practice.
Learning Objectives:
  • Distinguish between a rubric and a checklist
  • Define holistic and analytic rubrics
  • Discuss the pros and cons of each type of rubric
  • Develop a plan to implement or revise a rubric in your classes
March 15, 2018, 1:00 pm - March 15, 2018, 2:30 pm
Presenter: Jennie Ashlock - Administrative Assistant - Enrollment Services (Swain), Tori Ellison - Success Coach, Dominique Benson - Success Coach, Jodie Waldroup - Career Counselor
Location: Burrell 102C

Appreciative Advising is a collaborative, strength-based framework advisors use with students to identify and successfully navigate their educational goals. Jennie Ashlock attended the three-day Appreciative Advising Institute this past July. The material shared in this workshop comes from her experience at the Institute, including research on the positive results experienced by other colleges using Appreciative Advising. This interactive workshop includes an overview of the Appreciative Advising process and activities to use with students.
If you attended the spring presentation by Dr. Jenny Bloom, a co-founder of the Appreciative Advising and Appreciative Education movements, and want to learn more or are new to Appreciative Advising, then please come. The workshop is appropriate for any faculty or staff working directly with students.
Learning Objectives: Participants will:
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the Appreciative Advising model.
  • Identify ways to apply the six steps of Appreciative Advising when working with students.
  • Identify one of the six steps to focus on in the coming semester.
March 16, 2018 (All day) - April 27, 2018 (All day)
Presenter: NC-Net
Location: Online

Clearly, today’s students pay attention to video far more than print or even graphics. So, let’s get comfortable with the technical issues surrounding videos, including finding, making, and sharing them, and learn how to make them a regular part of your teaching toolkit. In this course you’ll learn to find and use videos in your courses, record your existing presentations as a video, and create video assembled from demonstrations and lectures to enhance classroom delivery and enable online delivery. Note: As with previous Bootcamps, this course requires a significant commitment of time each week, an eagerness to interact with colleagues, and a reliable multimedia computer with high speed Internet.
April 4, 2018 (All day) - April 11, 2018 (All day)
Presenter: Erin McCully, E-Learning Specialist
Location: Online

Jump into using Socrative (a free app that works on computers, laptops, tablets, and phones) in your classroom to engage students! This tool can help you quickly assess students with prepared activities or on-the-fly questions, and to get immediate insight into your students’ understanding.
Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will identify the different types of Socrative assessments.
  • Participants will discuss how Socrative could be used in their classes.
  • Participants will identify the challenges of using Socrative and solutions.