Professional Development

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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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September 25, 2018 (All day) - October 9, 2018 (All day)
Presenter: Erin McCully, E-Learning Specialist
Location: Online

Welcome to Moodle! This course will introduce you to many of the common tasks that face to face instructors will use to support their classes. If you are a Hybrid or Online / Web-Centered instructor, fear not. This course will provide the basics to get you started (and we will connect you with further training once you have mastered the basics).
Learning Objectives:
  • Perform basic navigation functions such as open a course, add a block, change the layout and turn editing on
  • Add content (like your syllabus or other Web Links)
  • Setup a Simple Grade Center (that will communicate with other software on campus)
  • Add an Announcement or Discussion Board to communicate with your students
September 25, 2018, 8:00 am - September 25, 2018, 12:00 pm
Presenter:
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

This time is designed as a working lab to begin the process of establishing your online courses in Moodle. Participants need not attend the entire time; however, we encourage you to sign up for a consultation with an e-learning staff member to determine the most efficient process for your courses. After that, feel free to hang out in the e-learning area to work on your course with support nearby. We will limit participation based on computers and available support, so please pre-register to ensure the best experience.
September 27, 2018, 3:00 pm - September 27, 2018, 4:00 pm
Presenter: Peter Buck, Student Counselor
Location: Bradford 306

  • What if our students were able to approach learning new skills and information with quieter minds and simple curiosity?
  • What if our students were able to write in-depth papers and do complex projects with: 1) a reasonable estimate of the time they have; 2) the ability to take the next step with undivided (more or less) attention – just being with that step. And then the next step – in a place of well-being. Etc. Until the assignment is complete.
  • What if when our students got stuck they noticed “Oh, I need to get some practice with this new skill.”… Rather than berating themselves for not already having mastered it.
  • What if our students were considering their future career choices from a place of current well-being?
This workshop will address the central obstacle to students being able to do college work and make career decisions… with clear minds and a sense of well-being. It will include handouts, access to videos, queries and insights to help us keep in mind the foundational role that well-being plays in college success and satisfying career choice.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the two basic “identities” humans have… and why doing overrides being
  • Understand the “calling” that arises with being… And the “calling” that arises with the “Performance Self”
  • Discuss how “being” is essential to enjoying complex work that we are not yet competent in
  • Apply the “Healthy–Thinking” Table to help students do school work with minimal stress and consider career options from a place of well-being
October 2, 2018, 2:00 pm - October 2, 2018, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Erin McCully, E-Learning Specialist
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence


Welcome to Moodle! This course will introduce you to many of the common tasks that face to face instructors will use to support their classes. If you are a Hybrid or Online / Web-Centered instructor, fear not. This course will provide the basics to get you started (and we will connect you with further training once you have mastered the basics).
Learning Objectives:
  • Perform basic navigation functions such as open a course, add a block, change the layout and turn editing on
  • Add content (like your syllabus or other Web Links)
  • Setup a Simple Grade Center (that will communicate with other software on campus)
  • Add an Announcement or Discussion Board to communicate with your students
October 2, 2018, 3:30 pm - October 2, 2018, 5:00 pm
Presenter: Barb Putman, Dean of Arts and Sciences; Mary Bradley, Transition Mathematics Instructor; Hilary Seagle, University Transfer Advising Center Coordinator; and Amy Russ, Transition English Instructor
Location: Balsam 310

Southwestern Community College will pilot the Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) placement program starting in the Spring 2019 semester. To help advisors become familiar with RISE prior to Advising Day. Barb Putman, Mary Bradley, Hilary Seagle and Amy Russ have been involved in the implementation of RISE at Southwestern and will walk advisors through the new program.

Register now to ensure you have the information you need to advise students for the spring semester.
October 3, 2018, 10:00 am - October 3, 2018, 11:00 am
Presenter: Erin McCully, E-Learning Specialist
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

This course will introduce you to many of the common tasks that face to face instructors will use to support their classes. If you are a Hybrid or Online / Web-Centered instructor, fear not. This course will provide the basics to get you started (and we will connect you with further training once you have mastered the basics).
Learning Objectives:
  • Perform basic navigation functions such as open a course, add a block, change the layout and turn editing on
  • Add content (like your syllabus or other Web Links)
  • Setup a Simple Grade Center (that will communicate with other software on campus)
  • Add an Announcement or Discussion Board to communicate with your students
October 3, 2018, 3:30 pm - October 3, 2018, 5:00 pm
Presenter: Barb Putman, Dean of Arts and Sciences; Mary Bradley, Transition Mathematics Instructor; Hilary Seagle, University Transfer Advising Center Coordinator; and Amy Russ, Transition English Instructor
Location: Balsam 310

Southwestern Community College will pilot the Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) placement program starting in the Spring 2019 semester. To help advisors become familiar with RISE prior to Advising Day. Barb Putman, Mary Bradley, Hilary Seagle and Amy Russ have been involved in the implementation of RISE at Southwestern and will walk advisors through the new program.

Register now to ensure you have the information you need to advise students for the spring semester.
October 5, 2018, 9:00 am - October 5, 2018, 11:00 am
Presenter: Dr. Mitch Fischer, Dean of Health Sciences
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

Although intended for new faculty, these sessions are a great referesher for seasoned faculty as well. Feel free to join in as time allows!
Topics:
Encourage attendance and participation
Respond to assessment results
Anticipate student support needs
Handling behavior and engagement problems
Build assignment and assessment expectations as semester progresses
Plan for the end of the semester
Q&A
October 9, 2018, 1:00 pm - October 9, 2018, 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

This time is designed as a working lab to begin the process of establishing your online courses in Moodle. Participants need not attend the entire time; however, we encourage you to sign up for a consultation with an e-learning staff member to determine the most efficient process for your courses. After that, feel free to hang out in the e-learning area to work on your course with support nearby. 1. Use this link to schedule a consultation 2. Use this form to tell us a bit more about the course you will be working on. We will limit participation based on computers and available support, so please pre-register to ensure the best experience.
October 16, 2018, 10:00 am - October 16, 2018, 11:00 am
Presenter: Erin McCully, E-Learning Specialist
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence


Welcome to Moodle! This course will introduce you to Moodle quiz tool, helpful in assessing students. In the first half of the class you will learn how the tool functions, then in the second half of the class we will practice.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify common uses for Moodle quizzes
  • Create a question category and add various question types
  • Create a Quiz that includes appropriate directions, settings and questions
October 16, 2018, 2:00 pm - October 16, 2018, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Erin McCully, E-Learning Specialist
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

Welcome to Moodle! This course will introduce you to Moodle quiz tool, helpful in assessing students. In the first half of the class you will learn how the tool functions, then in the second half of the class we will practice.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify common uses for Moodle quizzes
  • Create a question category and add various question types
  • Create a Quiz that includes appropriate directions, settings and questions
October 17, 2018, 10:00 am - October 17, 2018, 11:00 am
Presenter: Chris Akers, Instructional Development Specialist
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

Welcome to Moodle! This course will introduce you to Moodle quiz tool, helpful in assessing students. In the first half of the class you will learn how the tool functions, then in the second half of the class we will practice.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify common uses for Moodle quizzes
  • Create a question category and add various question types
  • Create a Quiz that includes appropriate directions, settings and questions
October 17, 2018, 2:00 pm - October 17, 2018, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Chris Akers
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

Welcome to Moodle! This course will introduce you to Moodle quiz tool, helpful in assessing students. In the first half of the class you will learn how the tool functions, then in the second half of the class we will practice.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify common uses for Moodle quizzes
  • Create a question category and add various question types
  • Create a Quiz that includes appropriate directions, settings and questions
October 19, 2018, 8:00 am - October 19, 2018, 12:00 pm
Presenter:
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

This time is designed as a working lab to begin the process of establishing your online courses in Moodle. Participants need not attend the entire time; however, we encourage you to sign up for a consultation with an e-learning staff member to determine the most efficient process for your courses. After that, feel free to hang out in the e-learning area to work on your course with support nearby.
1. Use this link to schedule a consultation
2. Use this form to tell us a bit more about the course you will be working on. We will limit participation based on computers and available support, so please pre-register to ensure the best experience.
October 23, 2018, 8:00 am - October 23, 2018, 12:00 pm
Presenter:
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

This time is designed as a working lab to begin the process of establishing your online courses in Moodle. Participants need not attend the entire time; however, we encourage you to sign up for a consultation with an e-learning staff member to determine the most efficient process for your courses. After that, feel free to hang out in the e-learning area to work on your course with support nearby. 1. Use this link to schedule a consultation 2. Use this form to tell us a bit more about the course you will be working on. We will limit participation based on computers and available support, so please pre-register to ensure the best experience.
October 25, 2018, 1:00 pm - October 25, 2018, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Erin McCully, E-Learning Specialist
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

In this session, we will review different options for using the Test tool in Blackboard that can broaden the options for formative and summative assessment. We will examine alternatives to the basic quiz/test, such as: 1-minute writing assessments, self-assessments, exit tickets, syllabus quizzes, and more.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify multiple uses for the Blackboard Test tool
  • Identify the different settings that allow instructors to create different types of assessments using the Blackboard Test tool
  • Discuss an alternative test you might use in a course
November 2, 2018, 9:00 am - November 2, 2018, 11:00 am
Presenter: Bethany Emory and Danell Moses
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

Although intended for new faculty, these sessions are a great referesher for seasoned faculty as well. Feel free to join in as time allows!
Topics:
  • Describe resources available to incorporate technology into your instruction (Blackboard, Social media and other web enhancements)
  • Describe cooperative learning Explore discussion strategies to engage all students
  • Q&A
November 5, 2018, 10:00 am - November 5, 2018, 11:00 am
Presenter: Chris Akers, Instructional Development Specialist
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

Welcome to Moodle! This course will introduce you to many of the common tasks that face to face instructors will use to support their classes. If you are a Hybrid or Online / Web-Centered instructor, fear not. This course will provide the basics to get you started (and we will connect you with further training once you have mastered the basics).
Learning Objectives:
  • Perform basic navigation functions such as open a course, add a block, change the layout and turn editing on
  • Add content (like your syllabus or other Web Links)
  • Setup a Simple Grade Center (that will communicate with other software on campus)
  • Add an Announcement or Discussion Board to communicate with your students
November 5, 2018, 2:00 pm - November 5, 2018, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Chris Akers, Instructional Development Specialist
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence


Welcome to Moodle! This course will introduce you to many of the common tasks that face to face instructors will use to support their classes. If you are a Hybrid or Online / Web-Centered instructor, fear not. This course will provide the basics to get you started (and we will connect you with further training once you have mastered the basics).
Learning Objectives:
  • Perform basic navigation functions such as open a course, add a block, change the layout and turn editing on
  • Add content (like your syllabus or other Web Links)
  • Setup a Simple Grade Center (that will communicate with other software on campus)
  • Add an Announcement or Discussion Board to communicate with your students
November 7, 2018, 10:00 am - November 7, 2018, 11:00 am
Presenter: Erin McCully, E-Learning Specialist
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

In this session, we will discuss the importance of reflection in learning and how you can provide students with opportunities for reflection in your courses using blogs and journals. We will compare blogs and journals and determine when it is appropriate to use each based on participants' instructional challenges or ideas, and participants will also have some hands-on time with both tools.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify benefits of using blogs or journals in a class to encourage student reflection
  • Compare the blog and journal tools in Blackboard
  • Describe ways journals or blogs can be used in your own course(s)
November 7, 2018, 1:00 pm - November 7, 2018, 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

This time is designed as a working lab to begin the process of establishing your online courses in Moodle. Participants need not attend the entire time; however, we encourage you to sign up for a consultation with an e-learning staff member to determine the most efficient process for your courses. After that, feel free to hang out in the e-learning area to work on your course with support nearby. 1. Use this link to schedule a consultation 2. Use this form to tell us a bit more about the course you will be working on. We will limit participation based on computers and available support, so please pre-register to ensure the best experience.
November 12, 2018, 1:00 pm - November 12, 2018, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Tori Ellison, College Success Coach/Advisor and Katy Caulder, College Success Coach/Advisor
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

AVISO Bootcamp training sessions are designed to fit your busy schedules.
Learning Objectives:
  • send alerts
  • create notes
  • save documents to a student record
  • identify tabs located in the AVISO tool
November 13, 2018 (All day) - December 4, 2018 (All day)
Presenter: Bethany Emory, Dean of Teaching and Learning Support
Location: Online

For instructors, one of the most challenging tasks can be assessing to what degree our students have achieved their objectives - throughout the term. (Before that big test, or certification opportunity!) CATs or Classroom Assessment techniques are generally simple, non-graded, anonymous activities designed to give you and your student’s useful feedback on the teaching-learning process as it is happening. In this course, we will explore how to incorporate these techniques in an online, hybrid or face to face environment. This course will be based on the material found in Classroom Assessment Techniques, A Handbook for College Teachers by Thomas A. Angelo and K. Patricia Cross. A copy of this book is incredibly helpful to complete the course, but not completely necessary. We have supplemented the course with alternative web resources, should you not have a copy available. Or you can access the book in the Holt Library, or borrow a copy from the Center for Teaching Excellence in Bradford Hall - Room 306. This course is designed to take about 4 hours to complete over a two week period. Please note that the time it takes to finish the workshop will depend upon your level of experience (and curiosity).
Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the characteristics of classroom assessment
  • Describe a Classroom Assessment Technique (CAT)
  • Identify potential results of planning on a CAT implementation
  • Discuss how you will respond to the results of a CAT
  • Plan how/if you will implement a Classroom Assessment Technique (C
November 13, 2018, 9:00 am - November 13, 2018, 10:00 am
Presenter: Tori Ellison, College Success Coach/Advisor and Katy Caulder, College Success Coach/Advisor
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

AVISO Bootcamp training sessions are designed to fit your busy schedules
Learning Objectives:
  • send alerts
  • create notes
  • save documents to a student record
  • identify tabs located in the AVISO tool
November 13, 2018, 10:00 am - November 13, 2018, 11:00 am
Presenter: Bethany Emory, Dean of Teaching and Learning Support
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

Welcome to Moodle! This course will introduce you to Moodle' Grade Center. In the first half of the class you will learn how the tool functions, then in the second half of the class we will practice.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify available functions in the Moodle grade Center
  • Add manual items to the gradebook and assign grades
  • Construct a gradebook that calculates total points, average or weighted average
  • Identify uses for the Grader, Single View and User reports
November 13, 2018, 1:00 pm - November 13, 2018, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Bethany Emory, Dean of Teaching and Learning Support
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

Welcome to Moodle! This course will introduce you to Moodle' Grade Center. In the first half of the class you will learn how the tool functions, then in the second half of the class we will practice.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify available functions in the Moodle grade Center
  • Add manual items to the gradebook and assign grades
  • Construct a gradebook that calculates total points, average or weighted average
  • Identify uses for the Grader, Single View and User reports
November 14, 2018, 10:00 am - November 14, 2018, 11:00 am
Presenter: Bethany Emory, Dean of Teaching and Learning Support
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

Welcome to Moodle! This course will introduce you to Moodle' Grade Center. In the first half of the class you will learn how the tool functions, then in the second half of the class we will practice.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify available functions in the Moodle grade Center
  • Add manual items to the gradebook and assign grades
  • Construct a gradebook that calculates total points, average or weighted average
  • Identify uses for the Grader, Single View and User reports
November 14, 2018, 2:00 pm - November 14, 2018, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Bethany Emory, Dean of Teaching and Learning Support
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence


Welcome to Moodle! This course will introduce you to Moodle' Grade Center. In the first half of the class you will learn how the tool functions, then in the second half of the class we will practice.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify available functions in the Moodle grade Center
  • Add manual items to the gradebook and assign grades Construct a gradebook that calculates total points, average or weighted average
  • Identify uses for the Grader, Single View and User reports
November 14, 2018, 8:00 pm - November 14, 2018, 5:00 pm
Presenter: National Council for Behavioral Health
Location: Burrell Conference Center

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

Topics Covered include depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychosis and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well.

When you take a course, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations. These include when someone is experiencing:panic attacks,suicidal thoughts or behaviors, nonsuicidal self-injury, acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions), or overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use reaction to a traumatic event.

The opportunity to practice — through role plays, scenarios, and activities — makes it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation.
November 16, 2018, 9:00 am - November 16, 2018, 12:00 pm
Presenter:
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

This time is designed as a working lab to begin the process of establishing your online courses in Moodle. Participants need not attend the entire time; however, we encourage you to sign up for a consultation with an e-learning staff member to determine the most efficient process for your courses. After that, feel free to hang out in the e-learning area to work on your course with support nearby. 1. Use this link to schedule a consultation 2. Use this form to tell us a bit more about the course you will be working on. We will limit participation based on computers and available support, so please pre-register to ensure the best experience.
November 21, 2018, 8:00 am - November 21, 2018, 12:00 pm
Presenter:
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

This time is designed as a working lab to begin the process of establishing your online courses in Moodle. Participants need not attend the entire time; however, we encourage you to sign up for a consultation with an e-learning staff member to determine the most efficient process for your courses. After that, feel free to hang out in the e-learning area to work on your course with support nearby. 1. Use this link to schedule a consultation 2. Use this form to tell us a bit more about the course you will be working on. We will limit participation based on computers and available support, so please pre-register to ensure the best experience.
December 7, 2018, 9:00 am - December 7, 2018, 11:00 am
Presenter: Dr. Cheryl Davids, Dean of Macon Campus
Location: Macon Campus

Although intended for new faculty, these sessions are a great referesher for seasoned faculty as well. Feel free to join in as time allows!
Topics:
Anticipating grading challenges
Adjusting the course based on learning outcomes, student feedback, and self-reflection
Q&A