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.
Friday, August 25, 2017 - 10:00am - Friday, August 25, 2017 - 12:00pm
Presenter: Dr. Barbara Putman
Location: Bradford 306

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:
  • Assessing and Reporting student behavioral and academic concerns
  • Grading scales
  • Tests and quizzes
  • Beyond the research paper: Writing to learn and writing to evaluate
  • Portfolio and performance assessments
  • Rubrics
  • Using results of assessments to inform instruction
  • Q&A
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 2:30pm - Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 3:30pm
Presenter: Peter Buck
Location: Bradford 306

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 re 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 re emotional eating (which will-power plays little part in)
Monday, September 11, 2017 - 11:00am - Monday, September 11, 2017 - 12:00pm
Presenter: Susan Kimmel, Erin McCully and Anna Walls
Location: Bradford 306

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. Join us to find out how your colleagues are already using Socrative in their classrooms and test it out yourself!
Learning Objectives: Participants will:
  • Discuss how Socrative could be used in their classrooms
  • Create their own Socrative accounts and design an activity
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 2:30pm - Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 3:30pm
Presenter: Tonya Bassé
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
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 8:00am - Friday, November 3, 2017 - 5:00pm
Presenter: NC-Net
Location: Online

Full-time and part-time faculty from any community or technical college in North Carolina may apply. Participants should plan to spend 5-7 hours per week on course assignments. With the exception of a few Technology Bootcamp course activities, assignments and discussions are asynchronous. Course completers receive a certificate identifying number of contact hours attained and a $100 stipend.

Today’s students come to the classroom expecting a technology component. Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the new technology options? Need some guidance on where to start but are too embarrassed to ask? This course is for you! Join us in a user-friendly environment where we’ll meet you where you are and then examine some of the latest technology applications. Before you know it, you’ll be making your own polished audio recordings for both your online and face-to-face courses. Please note: This course is aimed at IT novices, and requires a significant commitment of time each week, eagerness to interact with others, and a reliable internet-connected computer.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 10:00am - Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 11:00am
Presenter: Erin McCully
Location: Bradford 306

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)
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 2:00pm - Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 3:00pm
Presenter: Erin McCully
Location: Bradford 306

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)
Monday, October 2, 2017 - 8:00am - Monday, October 2, 2017 - 5:00pm
Presenter: Bethany Emory
Location: Online

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
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 2:30pm - Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 3:30pm
Presenter: Peter Buck
Location: Bradford 306

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 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 set boundaries or stop pushing on when we are (or a student is) in no fit state to communicate or problem-solve effectively.

A brief review of how to handle disruptive students will be included.
Learning Objectives:
  • Review the usual helpful ways to handle disruptive students through syllabus design and in-class interventions.
  • 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.
  • Apply “Healthy-Thinking” charts to multiple school and life situations.
Friday, October 6, 2017 - 10:00pm - Friday, October 6, 2017 - 12:00pm
Presenter: Dr. Mitch Fisher
Location: Bradford 306

  • 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
Friday, October 13, 2017 (All day) - Friday, November 17, 2017 (All day)
Presenter: NC-Net
Location: Online

Full-time and part-time faculty from any community or technical college in North Carolina may apply. Participants should plan to spend 5-7 hours per week on course assignments. With the exception of a few Technology Bootcamp course activities, assignments and discussions are asynchronous. Course completers receive a certificate identifying number of contact hours attained and a $100 stipend.

Adjunct and new instructors are encouraged to enroll in this course that challenges participants to investigate complex issues: How well does your teaching style mesh with your college’s mission? What’s different about adult learners? How do we reach them—and how do we know that we did? Designed for participants with minimal background in education theory and application, this course will enhance new and adjunct instructors’ understanding of community college students and the factors critical to their academic success. Note: Participants must be currently teaching at least one face-to-face class to complete the activities in this Academy course.
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 8:30am - Friday, October 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
Presenter:
Location: Burrell

The Safe Zone Program provides training to students, faculty, staff, and community members to increase awareness and sensitivity to issues of gender and sexuality. SCC will host trainers from the Western Carolina University Safe Zone Program. Safe Zone also creates a network of support, resources, and allies committed to supporting gender, sexuality, and identity issues reflected in the campus and local community. This presentation is offered in collaboration with SCC’s Department of Student Services.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 10:00am - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 11:00am
Presenter: Erin McCully
Location: Bradford 306

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
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 2:00pm - Friday, October 27, 2017 - 3:00pm
Presenter: Erin McCully
Location: Bradford 306

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
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 10:00am - Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 11:00am
Presenter: Dominique Benson and Tori Ellison
Location: Bradford 306

AVISO Bootcamp training sessions are designed to fit your busy schedules.
Dominique and Tori will review with you how to:
  • send alerts
  • create notes
  • save documents to a student record
  • identify tabs located in the AVISO tool
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 2:00pm - Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 3:00pm
Presenter: Dominique Benson and Tori Ellison
Location: Bradford 306

AVISO Bootcamp training sessions are designed to fit your busy schedules.
Dominique and Tori will review with you how to:
  • send alerts
  • create notes
  • save documents to a student record
  • identify tabs located in the AVISO tool
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 10:00am - Friday, November 3, 2017 - 12:00pm
Presenter: Bethany Emory and Danell Moses
Location: Bradford 306

  • 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
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:00am, Friday, November 17, 2017 - 8:00am - Friday, November 10, 2017 - 12:00pm , Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:00am, Friday, November 17, 2017 - 8:00am - Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:00pm
Presenter: Bethany Emory
Location: Bradford 306

SCC is pleased to offer Quality Matter's flagship workshop on the Quality Matters Rubric for hybrid and online courses. The course will cover its use in reviewing the design of online and blended courses. It is particularly helpful to those new to Quality Matters or those considering completing a distinguished or exemplary course at SCC.

In addition to learning about the QM Rubric and the course review process, participants will learn to apply the concept of alignment and draft helpful recommendations for course improvement.

Completing this training is the first step in becoming a QM Peer Reviewer.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 10:00am - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 11:00am
Presenter: Chris Akers
Location: Bradford 306


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: In this session, you will learn to:
  • 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
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 2:00am - Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 3:00pm
Presenter: Chris Akers
Location: Bradford 306


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: In this session, you will learn to:
  • 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
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:00am, Friday, November 17, 2017 - 8:00am - Friday, November 10, 2017 - 12:00pm , Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:00am, Friday, November 17, 2017 - 8:00am - Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:00pm
Presenter: Bethany Emory
Location: Bradford 306

SCC is pleased to offer Quality Matter's flagship workshop on the Quality Matters Rubric for hybrid and online courses. The course will cover its use in reviewing the design of online and blended courses. It is particularly helpful to those new to Quality Matters or those considering completing a distinguished or exemplary course at SCC.

In addition to learning about the QM Rubric and the course review process, participants will learn to apply the concept of alignment and draft helpful recommendations for course improvement.

Completing this training is the first step in becoming a QM Peer Reviewer.
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 10:00am - Friday, December 1, 2017 - 12:00pm
Presenter: Dr. Cheryl Davids
Location: Macon Center Conference Room

Although intended for new faculty, these sessions are a great refresher 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
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 8:00am - Friday, February 23, 2018 - 5:00pm
Presenter: NC-Net
Location:
Full-time and part-time faculty from any community or technical college in North Carolina may apply. Participants should plan to spend 5-7 hours per week on course assignments. With the exception of a few Technology Bootcamp course activities, assignments and discussions are asynchronous. Course completers receive a certificate identifying number of contact hours attained and a $100 stipend.

Feeling confident from the Technology Bootcamp I experience, you’re ready for the accelerated pace of this course that will explore even more new technology tools—one to two each week! You’ll move your lectures beyond PowerPoint presentations with Prezi, easily make your own word clouds and concept maps, explore and create in Google Earth, try out some lecture capture and distribution technologies, collaboration tools, discuss copyrights, and more. Note: The Bootcamp series of courses require a significant commitment of time each week, an eagerness to interact with colleagues, and a reliable multimedia computer with high speed Internet. Although recommended, Tech Bootcamp I is not a prerequisite for this course.
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 8:00am - Friday, April 27, 2018 - 5:00pm
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.