Professional Development

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.
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September 16, 2019, 8:00 am - September 23, 2019, 5:00 pm
Presenter: Barbara Putman - Dean of Arts & Sciences and Bethany Emory - Dean of Teaching and Learning Support
Location: Online

Join us in this hybrid exploration of assessment practice. The session will begin with an online review of common tools and resources. After identifying your comfort zones, you will have the ability to request one on one support for areas you may wish to develop further. The online session is asynchronous, complete it at times that are most appropriate for you.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify methods for assessing students in the classroom
  • Identify useful tools helpful in engaging students in the assessment process
September 16, 2019, 8:00 am - September 23, 2019, 5:00 pm
Presenter: Bethany Emory - Dean of Teaching and Learning Support
Location: Online

This workshop is designed to explore the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric and explore all of the essential standards included in the Distinguished Online Course process here at SCC. It is higly recommended that all faculty completing a distinguished course in 2019-2020 (and who have not completed one prior to this) participate in this course. As a participant in this course, you will have the opportunity to use the QM Rubric to review your online course and develop opportunities for improvement with support from a member of the e-learning staff. As a result you will have a plan for developing a Distinguished Course.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the core concepts behind Quality Matters and its rubric
  • Apply the essential Standards of the Quality Matters Rubric to a module of your own online course
  • Prioritize desired improvements to your online course
September 17, 2019, 9:00 am - September 17, 2019, 10:00 am
Presenter: Chris Akers - Course Development Specialist
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence


Using videos in your online or hybrid courses can help engage your students and promote your learning objectives. In this session, we will discuss why you should consider using video in your courses and explore some tools and strategies for creating and deploying videos that will engage your students.
Learning Objectives:
  • Develop potential uses for video in your classes
  • Create your Relay account
  • Create a basic screen capture video and put it in Moodle
September 17, 2019, 1:00 pm - September 17, 2019, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Chris Akers - Course Development Specialist
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

Using videos in your online or hybrid courses can help engage your students and promote your learning objectives. In this session, we will discuss why you should consider using video in your courses and explore some tools and strategies for creating and deploying videos that will engage your students.
Learning Objectives:
  • Develop potential uses for video in your classes
  • Create your Relay account
  • Create a basic screen capture video and put it in Moodle
September 18, 2019, 9:00 am - September 18, 2019, 10:00 am
Presenter: Chris Akers - Course Development Specialist
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

Using videos in your online or hybrid courses can help engage your students and promote your learning objectives. In this session, we will discuss why you should consider using video in your courses and explore some tools and strategies for creating and deploying videos that will engage your students.
Learning Objectives:
  • Develop potential uses for video in your classes
  • Create your Relay account
  • Create a basic screen capture video and put it in Moodle
September 18, 2019, 1:00 pm - September 18, 2019, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Chris Akers - Course Development Specialist
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

Using videos in your online or hybrid courses can help engage your students and promote your learning objectives. In this session, we will discuss why you should consider using video in your courses and explore some tools and strategies for creating and deploying videos that will engage your students.
Learning Objectives:
  • Develop potential uses for video in your classes
  • Create your Relay account
  • Create a basic screen capture video and put it in Moodle
October 1, 2019, 1:00 pm - October 1, 2019, 2:00 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 instructors will use to support their classes. This course will also introduce you to many of the activities in Moodle that are helpful in engaging students. These activities include discussion forums, assignments, and the other tools.
Learning Objectives:
  • Perform basic navigation functions in Moodle 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
  • Identify uses for the discussion forum and assignment activities
  • Add an activity to a Moodle course
  • Assign appropriate settings to support learner needs
October 2, 2019, 1:00 pm - October 2, 2019, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Deanne Oppermann - Chemistry Instructor; Science Department Chair
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

Come learn how instructors can earn $1000 by participating in OENC helping to solve instructional challenges through online computer applications. My assessment and evaluation of OER in my Fall 2019 class will also be shared. Best interactive online and/or traditional teaching practices will be shared by all participants to improve classroom participation and/or learning (please come ready to share).
Learning Objectives: 1) All participants will have at least one new teaching practice to improve student learning and/or participation in their classrooms
2) All participants will be able to discuss the benefits of OER
3) Instructors could apply for $1000 Spring 2020 grant
October 11, 2019, 8:00 am - November 15, 2019, 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Location: Online

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.

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 course activities, assignments and discussions are asynchronous. Course completers receive a certificate identifying number of contact hours attained and a $100 stipend.
October 14, 2019, 8:00 am - October 21, 2019, 5:00 pm
Presenter: Danell Moses - Dean of Career Technologies and Bethany Emory - Dean of Teaching and Learning Support
Location: Online

Join us in this hybrid exploration of technology use. The session will begin with an online review of common tools and resources. After identifying your comfort zones, you will have the ability to request one on one support for areas you may wish to develop further. The online session is asynchronous, complete it at times that are most appropriate for you.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify methods for infusing technology into your instruction
  • Identify useful tools helpful in ensuring students have support necessary for the tools you choose
October 15, 2019, 9:00 am - October 15, 2019, 10:00 am
Presenter: Erin McCully - E-Learning Specialist
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

In this course, you will learn how to create and deploy discussions using the discussion forum tool in Moodle. Additionally, we will discuss the rationale for using discussion boards and some best practices for implementing and using them in your classes. We'll explore some questions such as: What is a discussion board? Why should I use discussion boards? What sorts of prompts make for the best discussions? What are some practical ways that I can use discussion boards effectively to increase student engagement and learning? How are my colleagues at SCC using discussion boards in their classes?

 
Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize the main components of the Moodle discussion board tool. Identify reasons to use the discussion board tool.
  • Articulate ways the discussion board can help you meet your course objectives.
  • Identify best practices for online discussions. Create effective and engaging discussion board prompts.
  • Create a grading rubric for online discussions.
October 15, 2019, 1:00 pm - October 15, 2019, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Erin McCully - E-Learning Specialist
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

In this course, you will learn how to create and deploy discussions using the discussion forum tool in Moodle. Additionally, we will discuss the rationale for using discussion boards and some best practices for implementing and using them in your classes.
We'll explore some questions such as:
What is a discussion board?
Why should I use discussion boards?
What sorts of prompts make for the best discussions?
What are some practical ways that I can use discussion boards effectively to increase student engagement and learning?
How are my colleagues at SCC using discussion boards in their classes?

Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize the main components of the Moodle discussion board tool.
  • Identify reasons to use the discussion board tool.
  • Articulate ways the discussion board can help you meet your course objectives.
  • Identify best practices for online discussions.
  • Create effective and engaging discussion board prompts.
  • Create a grading rubric for online discussions.
October 16, 2019, 9:00 am - October 16, 2019, 10:00 am
Presenter: Erin McCully - E-Learning Specialist
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

In this course, you will learn how to create and deploy discussions using the discussion forum tool in Moodle. Additionally, we will discuss the rationale for using discussion boards and some best practices for implementing and using them in your classes.
We'll explore some questions such as:
What is a discussion board?
Why should I use discussion boards?
What sorts of prompts make for the best discussions?
What are some practical ways that I can use discussion boards effectively to increase student engagement and learning?
How are my colleagues at SCC using discussion boards in their classes?

 
Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize the main components of the Moodle discussion board tool.
  • Identify reasons to use the discussion board tool.
  • Articulate ways the discussion board can help you meet your course objectives.
  • Identify best practices for online discussions.
  • Create effective and engaging discussion board prompts.
  • Create a grading rubric for online discussions.
October 16, 2019, 1:00 pm - October 16, 2019, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Erin McCully - E-Learning Specialist
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

In this course, you will learn how to create and deploy discussions using the discussion forum tool in Moodle. Additionally, we will discuss the rationale for using discussion boards and some best practices for implementing and using them in your classes.
We'll explore some questions such as:
What is a discussion board?
Why should I use discussion boards?
What sorts of prompts make for the best discussions?
What are some practical ways that I can use discussion boards effectively to increase student engagement and learning?
How are my colleagues at SCC using discussion boards in their classes?

 
Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize the main components of the Moodle discussion board tool.
  • Identify reasons to use the discussion board tool.
  • Articulate ways the discussion board can help you meet your course objectives.
  • Identify best practices for online discussions.
  • Create effective and engaging discussion board prompts.
  • Create a grading rubric for online discussions.
October 18, 2019, 8:00 am - November 22, 2019, 5:00 pm
Presenter: NC-Net
Location: Online

Educational videos effectively convey much more information to a more diverse audience of learners than a printed handout, but require planning, execution, polish, and posting to a reliable platform—far more than selfies posted to social media. In this second bootcamp addressing video, teachers will create and polish video using sophisticated software that will teach and assess in their subject area. Working in a supportive group atmosphere, participants will practice the techniques of planning, producing, and sharing video that can communicate and evaluate in a way that static text and images cannot. Note: Video production is time-consuming and computer intensive. Participants will need a 64-bit multimedia computer to support the video editing software (on Windows 7 or MacOS10 or newer).

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 course activities, assignments and discussions are asynchronous. Course completers receive a certificate identifying number of contact hours attained and a $100 stipend.
October 24, 2019, 1:00 pm - October 24, 2019, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Tori Ellison, Jennie Ashlock, Dominique Benson and Jodie Waldroup
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

As a follow-up to our Spring 2018 Appreciative Advising Workshop, SCC’s Appreciative Advising Team (Tori Ellison, Jennie Ashlock, Dominique Benson and Jodie Waldroup) would like to present a more in-depth examination of the 6 phases through two 60-minute interactive sessions. One during Fall 2019 to delve into Disarm, Discover and Dream, followed by a second in Spring 2020 to discuss Design, Deliver and Don’t Settle.
Learning Objectives: Participants will gain a greater understanding of the Appreciative Advising framework in addition to techniques, strategies and best practices for implementing the 6 phases during advising sessions, as well as in the classroom.
October 25, 2019, 8:30 am - October 25, 2019, 5:00 pm
Presenter:
Location: UNC Asheville

Want to learn more about open education and the Open Education North Carolina (OENC) initiative? Through sessions tailored for librarians and faculty, attendees will learn about the OENC initiative, how to promote OER adoption on campus, and how to apply for a $1,000 grant!
This session will be held at UNCA, and a van will be available for transportation, and will depart SCC at 8:30. Conference is 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Be sure to register by Oct 20th.
October 28, 2019, 1:00 pm - October 28, 2019, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Mike Despeaux, Director of Career Services and Mark Ellison, Director of of Enrollment Management
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

October 29, 2019, 8:00 am - November 12, 2019, 5:00 pm
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 (CAT)
November 4, 2019, 1:00 pm - November 4, 2019, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Tori Ellison, College Success Coach/Advisor and Tom Jones, College Success Coach/Advisor
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

Stop by Aviso Boot Camp for a quick review and to learn the latest updates.
Learning Objectives: Tori and Tom will cover how to:
  • send alerts
  • create notes
  • save documents to a student record
  • utilize the tabs/information located in the Aviso tool
November 5, 2019, 10:00 am - November 5, 2019, 11:00 am
Presenter: Tori Ellison, College Success Coach/Advisor and Tom Jones, College Success Coach/Advisor
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

Stop by Aviso Boot Camp for a quick review and to learn the latest updates.
Learning Objectives: Tori and Tom will cover how to:
  • send alerts
  • create notes
  • save documents to a student record
  • utilize the tabs/information located in the Aviso tool
November 5, 2019, 1:00 pm - November 5, 2019, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Bethany Emory - Dean of Teaching and Learning Support
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence


Are you curious about how to use the Ally tool to make your course materials accessible to a wider audience? (Or just want to turn a few of those dials from red to green?) Join us for this interactive session as we work through your documents using this new tool.
Learning Objectives:
  • Interpret the accessibility indicator Access suggestions to improve accessibility in your materials
  • List common reasons that make materials less accessible
November 13, 2019, 1:00 pm - November 13, 2019, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Lori Clancy - Human Services Technology/Substance Abuse Treatment Program Coordinator
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence


This TOPS is an introduction into the concepts of what Resiliency is and how to build this in our students. I want to provide practical skills and tools that you can teach and use with students when they are struggling with anxiety, stress and lack of focus. These tools work in the moment but also as preventative tools that you can teach students to cope as life struggles occur.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the concepts around ACES and how that impacts the brain and daily functioning.
  • Learn 7 practical tools and techniques to calm anxiety and reactionary responses.
February 11, 2020, 1:00 pm - February 11, 2020, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Tom Jones - College Success Coach/Advisor
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

We all have the chance to create a positive reality wherever we go. Through vision, gratitude and grit we can all be a person that changes the atmosphere of the room we're in.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learners will identify and discuss the values that they hold uniquely unto themselves.
  • Learners will also discover how thankfulness expands our perspective and our capacity to give.
  • Learners will conclude that grit is what separates goal achievers from the rest.
February 19, 2020, 9:00 am - February 19, 2020, 10:00 am
Presenter: Susan Cain, Communications Instructor and Tyler Goode, Director of Public Relations
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

We aim to share tips, offer data, and help create ideas for crafting cohesive, to-the-point, well-intentioned, good looking email and social media posts for on or off campus use. We will use PPT to illustrate do's and don'ts and give learners the opportunity to practice using the new information.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learners will become familiar with state email legalities
  • Learners will gain awareness of Best Practices for email readability and style
  • Learners will gain awareness of social media posting dos and don'ts (from an SCC standpoint)
  • Learners will have an opportunity to work with emails and postings to practice the information given
February 20, 2020, 2:00 pm - February 20, 2020, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Carolyn Porter - Business Department Chair; Business Administration - Program Coordinator/Instructor; Business Administration - Electronic Commerce Concentration, Program Coordinator/Instructor
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

How can we assess student learning when the internet is full of resources to help students cheat and plagiarize? In this workshop, we will explore issues related to academic dishonesty in the digital age. We will look at the tools and forums your students may be using to be dishonest and work toward strategies to better evaluate student achievement.
Learning Objectives: Upon completing this workshop, participants should be able to:
  • Describe tools and methods students may use to be dishonest.
  • Design course activities which promote academic integrity.
February 26, 2020, 1:00 pm - February 26, 2020, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Lori Clancy - Human Services Technology/Substance Abuse Treatment Program Coordinator
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence


Many times students do not function well or succeed to their potential not because of their academic issues but due to poor boundaries in their relationships. This TOPS is centered on understanding the impact of diffuse or rigid boundaries in our students lives. As we understand that relationships may impede their success we can help them have tools to understand their boundaries and how to improve their level of functioning within a firm set of boundaries.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify Healthy vs. Unhealthy Boundaries.
  • Explore and understand why we say yes and no.
  • Be able to explain what healthy boundaries are and teach boundary settings to others.
  • Establish plans to improve boundaries.