Professional Development

Teaching our Peers (TOP)

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Please join us for the Fall 2014 TOPs professional development presentations. 

SO YOU'RE GOING TO A MEETING!
Kirk Stephens, Tuesday, Sept. 30,  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Bradford Hall Conference Center
A simplified approach to Robert's Rules of Order for committee chairs and members.

Learning Outcomes:

  • What are Robert's Rules?
  • Why follow Robert's Rules?
  • What is the basic order of business for SC committees?
  • How can I be a better committee member?
  • What if I am asked to chair a committee?

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SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP) - HELPING STUDENTS KEEP FINANCIAL AID ELIGIBILITY
Melody Lawrence, Tuesday, Oct. 21,  3 - 4 p.m., Burrell Building, Conference Rooms C & D
Everything you ever wanted to know about Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to factor in SAP components when registering a student.
  • Learn how to help students anticipate SAP problems when requesting a withdrawal.
  • Increase awareness of when to send students to the Financial Aid Office for consultation.

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​MICROSOFT EXCEL
Johnathan Dean, Friday, Oct. 31,  9 - 10 a.m., Burrell Building, Conference Rooms A & B
Tools and tricks from both basic and intermediate levels of Excel will be presented. In addition participants will learn how to create and use a pivot table.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate what tools are available to make your life easier with data.
  • Show some of the common tools used daily.
  • Demonstrate how easy Pivot Tables are to create and use.

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​GOOGLE-A-PALOOZA, PART II
Scott Baker, Friday, Oct. 31,  10:15 - 11:15 a.m., Burrell Building, Conference Rooms A & B
Leveraging Google Drive, Docs, forms, & YouTube for instructors and staff.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How to use Google Apps to improve organization, collaboration, and presentation.

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​ENHANCING TEACHING & LEARNING BY USING CHAIR-BASED YOGA
Jennifer Ashlock, Tuesday, Nov. 18,  2 - 3 p.m., Burrell Building, Room 203

This workshop will help participants understand how simple chair-based yoga may help alleviate stressors.  
No special clothing, prior yoga experience, or props are required.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how mindful, gentle chair-based yoga helps release physical and mental stressors to enhance concentration and mental focus
  • Experience a 25-minute chair based yoga session
  • Receive/review instructions for and applications of chair-based yoga in the classroom, office, and home.

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TOP TEN STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE STUDENT LEARNING IN ONLINE AND TRADITIONAL CLASSES
Deanne Oppermann, Friday, Dec. 5,  9 - 10 a.m., Burrell Building, Conference Rooms A & B

The top ten techniques to enhance student learning with several documented improved learning results will be presented.  Many of these strategies will also improve critical thinking.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Faculty/Staff will understand how each of my top ten strategies were used to improve student learning in my online/traditional chemistry courses.
  • Faculty/Staff will be able to use this professional development opportunity to enhance their existing online/traditional course.

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SCRATCHING THE SURFACE
Matthew Cass, Friday, Dec. 5,  10:15 - 11:15 a.m., Burrell Building, Conference Rooms A & B

Scratch is a visual programming language developed to foster programming skills.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain logic based critical thinking skills inherent to programming, learn advanced modeling and problem solving skills,and increase proficiency in writing and understanding a computer program.

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