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.
October 25, 2017, 10:00 am - October 25, 2017, 11:00 am
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
October 25, 2017, 2:30 pm - October 25, 2017, 3:30 pm
Presenter: Suzanne Berryhill
Location: Bradford 306 - Center for Teaching Excellence

This interactive presentation will describe the Kahoot! app for smartphones and tablets. This application may also be used on computers (think: laptop cart). The Kahoot! app allows for flexibility in the classroom that clickers do not have as no reservations are required and students intuitively know how to work their smartphones.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn to Download Kahoot!
  2. Demonstrate Kahoot! with an interactive quiz
  3. Understand the applications of Kahoot! in the classroom
  4. Illustrate types of questions, including higher order thinking, that can be used with Kahoot!
October 27, 2017, 2:00 pm - October 27, 2017, 3:00 pm
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
November 1, 2017, 10:00 am - November 1, 2017, 11:00 am
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
November 1, 2017, 11:00 am - November 1, 2017, 12:00 pm
Presenter: Jodie Waldroup
Location: Bradford 306


In this session attendees will get an overview of the Appreciative Advising model and how it is incorporated into our QEP initiative, PEAK. Advisors will learn the importance of their role in PEAK with reviewing Reflection Essays and Five Year plans with students during advising appointments. They will also walk away with strategies and tools for their “Advising Toolbox” with adopting the Appreciative Advising model into their advising practice.
Learning Objectives: Attendees will learn:
  1. How PEAK incorporates Appreciative Advising.
  2. How Advising at SCC is integrated into PEAK.
  3. Tips and strategies for adopting and implementing the Appreciative Advising framework into their advising practice.
November 2, 2017, 2:00 pm - November 2, 2017, 3:00 pm
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
November 3, 2017, 10:00 am - November 3, 2017, 12:00 pm
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
November 10, 2017, 8:00 am - November 10, 2017, 12:00 pm
Presenter: Bethany Emory
Location: Bradford 306

This workshop is being presented in two sessions.  Participants must attend both sessions.

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.
November 10, 2017, 9:00 am - November 10, 2017, 10:30 am
Presenter: Scott Baker
Location: Burrell 102 A-B

A look at Google Apps and what you can do to make your work and instructional life easier and fun! I'll survey participants two weeks prior to solicit customized topics for those signing up early.
Learning Objectives: - Explore Google Apps capabilities (new users)
- Explore deeper features (experienced users)
- Collaborate and share best practices for higher education
November 14, 2017, 10:30 am - November 14, 2017, 11:30 am
Presenter: Amanda Everhart
Location: Bradford 306 - Center for Teaching Excellence

College Access has worked to grow the dual enrollment program at SCC. This presentation will focus on explaining the inner workings of dual enrollment including- FERPA policy regarding minors, advising and enrollment practices, and the best way we, as a college, can help our dual enrollment students succeed!
Learning Objectives: Participants will walk away with the following:
  1. Increased understanding of the Career and College Promise program, and the "extra" repercussions a failed SCC course has on high school students
  2. Deeper understanding of the high school population in terms of socio-economic demographics, and educational ambitions
  3. Awareness of policies and practices used by College Access to increase high school student success, and the role SCC faculty play in that
November 15, 2017, 10:00 am - November 15, 2017, 11:00 am
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
November 16, 2017, 2:00 am - November 16, 2017, 3:00 pm
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
November 17, 2017, 8:00 am - November 17, 2017, 12:00 pm
Presenter: Bethany Emory
Location: Bradford 306

This workshop is being presented in two sessions.  Participants must attend both sessions.

SCC is pleased to offer Quality Matters' 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.
December 1, 2017, 10:00 am - December 1, 2017, 12:00 pm
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
December 6, 2017, 1:00 pm - December 6, 2017, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Paul Wolf
Location: Bradford 306 - Center for Teaching Excellence

This highly interactive workshop will introduce the participants to a variety of icebreaking and energizing activities to be used in the classroom. Participants should dress in comfortable clothes and shoes and come prepared to be silly, hold hands, frolic, and have fun.
Learning Objectives: Participants will learn and leave this workshop with at least a dozen different activities that they can use to start a semester and help students interact with each other. Participants will also be made aware of resources available on the web to further their "bag of tricks" with a plethora of options for even more exciting and engaging activities.
January 12, 2018 (All day) - February 23, 2018 (All day)
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.
January 18, 2018, 3:00 pm - January 18, 2018, 4:00 pm
Presenter: Tracy Chapple
Location: Burrell 102C


Grit is defined as having passion and perseverance over time. It is considered to be one of the most important qualities to posses for succeeding in anything in life and is crucial in achieving long-term goals. Psychology has known the importance of grit for several years and has recently been exploring evidence-based approaches to developing it. We will look at what grit is, what it isn't, and how to help our students develop more grit.
Learning Objectives:
  • defining grit
  • what are various faux types of grit
  • learning exercises to help our students develop more grit
January 31, 2018, 11:00 am - January 31, 2018, 12:00 pm
Presenter: Oliver Gee and Starr Hogan
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"
March 15, 2018, 1:00 pm - March 15, 2018, 2:30 pm
Presenter: Jennie Ashlock
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.