Professional Development

Professional Development

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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February 19, 2018 (All day) - March 5, 2018 (All day)
Presenter: Bethany Emory, Dean of Teaching and Learning Support
Location: Online

This workshop is designed to explore the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric and provide a framework to improve your online course. As a result of this training you will explore all of the essential standards included in the Distinguished Online Course here at SCC. 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 your own online course
  • Prioritize desired improvements to your online course
February 22, 2018, 2:00 pm - February 22, 2018, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Bethany Emory, Dean of Teaching and Learning Support
Location: Bradford 306

In this interactive session, 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
March 15, 2018, 1:00 pm - March 15, 2018, 2:30 pm
Presenter: Jennie Ashlock - Administrative Assistant - Enrollment Services (Swain), Tori Ellison - Success Coach, Dominique Benson - Success Coach, Jodie Waldroup - Career Counselor
Location: Burrell 102C

Appreciative Advising is a collaborative, strength-based framework advisors use with students to identify and successfully navigate their educational goals. Several members from Enrollment Services will present: Tori Ellison, Dominique Benson, Jodie Waldroup and Jennie Ashlock. All presenters received training in Appreciative Advising, use the model with their students and some have co-facilitated the online Appreciative Advising course.
Material shared in this workshop comes from their training programs, including research on the positive results experienced by other colleges using Appreciative Advising. This lively, 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.
March 20, 2018, 2:00 pm - March 20, 2018, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Erin McCully, E-Learning Specialist
Location: Bradford 306

Join us to learn about replacing text-only discussions on Blackboard with VoiceThread activities. VoiceThread is a media player with a highly-interactive discussion space built in, and it can be used to create interactive lectures or even have students create their own presentations for the class. We’ll hear from your colleagues about how they use VoiceThread, view examples of VoiceThread in action in SCC instructors’ courses, and discuss how VoiceThread could enhance your classes.
Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will participate in a VoiceThread activity
  • Participants will discuss how VoiceThread could be used in their classes
March 21, 2018, 10:00 am - March 21, 2018, 11:00 am
Presenter: Success Coaches Dominique Benson and Tori Ellison
Location: Bradford 306

AVISO Bootcamp training sessions are designed to fit your busy schedules.
Learning Objectives: 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.
March 22, 2018, 2:30 pm - March 22, 2018, 3:30 pm
Presenter: Bethany Emory, Dean of Teaching and Learning Support
Location: Bradford 306

Universal design for learning (UDL) has been defined as “…a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.” (The Center for Applied Special Technology, 2016) For many the example of curb cuts, or the cutouts in road or sidewalk curbs to allow wheelchairs to pass, provide one of the most concrete examples of this principle. Although originally proposed to allow easier access for individuals in wheelchairs, these indentions have become essential for parents struggling with strollers, workers delivering packages and many others alike.

Applying this principle to the design of instruction is helping to move educators away from designing instruction to meet specific learning needs, and toward designing in a way that allows users to access materials and complete assignments in the way that makes most sense for them.(Rose, Harbour, Johnston, Daley, & Abarbanell, 2006)
Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the principles of universal design for learning (UDL)
  • Identify methods to determine where UDL may be most effective in improving student learning
  • Identify appropriate media tools and/or techniques which incorporate UDL principle
April 4, 2018 (All day) - April 11, 2018 (All day)
Presenter: Erin McCully, E-Learning Specialist
Location: Online

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.
Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will identify the different types of Socrative assessments.
  • Participants will discuss how Socrative could be used in their classes.
  • Participants will identify the challenges of using Socrative and solutions.