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.
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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November 15, 2018, 3:30 pm - November 15, 2018, 4:30 pm
Presenter: Jim Falbo, Mechatronics/Electronics Engineering Technology Program Coordinator/Instructor
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

Jim’s presentation will show data and trends from scientists, mathematicians, technology experts, and from personal experience. He will use this information to show predictions in the kind of jobs that will reduce the need for people, and how it will affect the future of Western North Carolina. Many areas of CTE will have an influence on this economic shift. Suggested solutions will be addressed and discussed.
Learning Objectives: To get people thinking about the future workforce in WNC.
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.

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. 

We will limit participation based on computers and available support, so please pre-register to ensure the best experience.
November 29, 2018, 10:00 am - November 29, 2018, 11:00 am
Presenter: Jodie Waldroup, Career Counselor
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

Do you feel overwhelmed with the many to do lists, projects, collaborations with other offices and departments, ideas, and goals you have? In this session attendees will see a demonstration of a free online tool known as “Kanban Flow.” I will demonstrate how I use it to manage the many different components of my job from weekly tasks I have, event planning, supervising of work study students, social media outreach, collaborations with other offices, and overall project management. I will also give time for attendees to create their own Kanban Flow account to get started with this tool that can make work a little more organized, simple, and overall productive.
Learning Objectives: 1) Attendees will learn the basics of Kanban Flow and how they can incorporate it into their daily work.
2) Attendees will be given the opportunity to create their own Kanban Flow account and have dedicated time to get started with this free online tool.
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
January 23, 2019, 3:30 pm - January 23, 2019, 3:30 pm
Presenter: Suzanne Berryhill
Location:
Facilitator: Suzanne Berryhill, Biology Instructor

Over the course of the Spring semester, we will read "Teaching What You Don't Know" by Therese Huston. Everyone in academia knows it and no one likes to admit it: faculty often have to teach courses in areas they don't know very well. This book gives ideas and answers questions about the question: What do you do when you are assigned to teach a class that isn't your area of expertise?

Group will meet every other Tuesday for six weeks (Jan 23, Feb 6, Feb 29 and Mar 6th)
Learning Objectives: To better prepare for classes that you haven't taught
To look credible when you aren't an expert in that particular area
To get ideas on how to answer questions when you do not have a clue where to begin.
 
January 24, 2019, 9:00 am - January 24, 2019, 10:00 am
Presenter: Melanie Price, College and Career Readiness Coordinator
Location: Burrell 102B

The abilities to listen, communicate, work in teams, and self-assess are "real world" skills critical to job success and are valuable for any occupation, skilled or professional, at any level of education. Let's share with students what SCC offers them as students but also what SCC offers them and their families for job and career preparation.

 
Learning Objectives: Each learner will walk away knowing
how they can incorporate certain soft skills into their students' daily lives
what services are offered by College & Career Readiness for the students as well as their families and friends
about the availability of FREE interview clothing from our Clothes Closet.
January 30, 2019, 10:00 am - January 30, 2019, 11:00 am
Presenter: Vicki Todd, Math Instructor
Location: Balsam 310

How can you teach a class with students who are in front of you as well as in another county? I have developed techniques for an ITV class that could easily be modified for a hybrid or on line class. Come see how I teach math in real time with students who are an hour away as well as in front of me. These techniques can easily be applied to face to face, hybrid or online classes.
Learning Objectives: Learn how to use google meet as well as drive to reach students that you may never meet in person.
February 6, 2019, 2:00 pm - February 6, 2019, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Matt Cass, Physics Instructor
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

Nancy Cline began Time to Think in 1984 with a singular goal in mind: to change the way the world solved problems. Her 10 step approach to creating an atmosphere for problem solving is revolutionary in the way it eliminates fear and uncertainty in those involved with the problem to present a clear path forward to success by the use of incisive questions to remove underlying assumptions to why we "think" we can't overcome a problem. Matt has used The Thinking Environment model in both his personal life as well in the classroom as a way to tackle subjects that may otherwise seem insurmountable. He believes our institution can benefit from this problem solving approach and and would love to share it with you.
Learning Objectives: - Understand the 10 steps required for creating a thinking environment.
- Understand your role as quiet listener.
- Become familiar with the use of incisive questions to help the problem solver remove underlying assumptions.
February 13, 2019, 1:00 pm - February 13, 2019, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Lori Clancy, Human Services Technology/Substance Abuse Treatment Program Coordinator
Location: Burrell 102A

This presentation is to offer practical tools and techniques you can give or use with students who struggle with test anxiety. We will look at ways of preparing mentally for test taking. We will also look at ways of helping students plan and prepare not just their knowledge, but their mental preparedness for test taking.
Learning Objectives: 1. Examine practical tools to cope with test anxiety
2. Create a plan to prepare and overcome test anxiety
 
February 20, 2019, 12:30 pm - February 20, 2019, 1:30 pm
Presenter: Dawn Wick, Computer Information Technology Instructor
Location: Bradford 306: The Center for Teaching Excellence

Learn about tips and tools that you can use now to increase student engagement in your online course.
Learning Objectives: 1. Acquire tips on how to personalize your online course
2. Learn about tools you can use to engage your students in your online course
3. Learn how to incorporate a few of these tools into your online course
February 28, 2019, 2:00 pm - February 28, 2019, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Facilitator: Patty Wall, User Support Manager
Location: Burrell 102A

Learn how to use Onbase to make your job more productive.
Learning Objectives: Explore how to navigate the web client and the desktop client.
Explore how to retrieve documents.
Explore how to use the Custom Queries.
Explore how to fill out forms.
Explore at an overview level how workflow works.
March 1, 2019, 9:30 am - March 1, 2019, 10:00 am
Presenter: Scott Baker, Vice President for Information Technology
Location: Burrell 202

Let's find out what is new in G Suite in the last several months and look at common tools for making your Google Apps experience the best it can be. Registrants will be surveyed before the presentation to solicit topic interest areas.
 
Learning Objectives: Learn how to leverage Google Apps for your work area