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Calendar of Events

Each semester, the Teaching-Learning Center at Durham Technical Community College sponsors a variety of workshops and presentations to help faculty improve instruction and to address new and ongoing challenges in the classroom.

These events take place in the TLC in Phillips 325 (unless noted) and are open to full-time and part-time faculty and staff. No registration is required (unless noted), and all events are free.

Archives of previous TLC events are available here.

 
AUGUST
Tuesday, August 13

New Faculty Orientation
Facilitated by Gabby McCutchen, Coordinator, TLC and Faculty Development

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

New full-time and part-time faculty are invited to participate in the New Faculty Orientation.  Participants learn campus resources available to faculty, new strategies for teaching adult learners, and effective techniques in course planning.  RSVP with your Program Director by Friday, August 9 to participate.

Wednesday, August 14

New Faculty Orientation
Facilitated by Gabby McCutchen, Coordinator, TLC and Faculty Development

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

New full-time and part-time faculty are invited to participate in the New Faculty Orientation.  Participants learn campus resources available to faculty, new strategies for teaching adult learners, and effective techniques in course planning.  RSVP with your Program Director by Friday, August 9 to participate.

Thursday, August 29
 

WEBINAR Teach Students How To Learn: Metacognition Is The Key!
Presented by Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

From the webinar website: “This webinar is designed to help faculty, learning center professionals and student affairs personnel develop strategies to help students become independent, self-directed learners. A discussion of the characteristics of today’s students will help participants understand why many students lack effective learning strategies when they enroll in college, and how simple it is to teach them strategies for successful learning.” For more information, see the following link: http://www.innovativeeducators.org/product_p/627.htm.

The 90-minute LIVE webinar will be followed by a 30-minute discussion of how best to apply the principles of metacognition in our own classes.

 
Friday, August 30

Bye-bye Blackboard -- Hello Sakai!
Presented by Karen McPhaul, Assistant Dean, Instructional Technologies

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

The clock is ticking... Durham Tech's transition from Blackboard to Sakai is in its final months! Effective January 1, 2014, no classes will use Blackboard, and Sakai will be the college's only learning management system.
 
This session will provide an update on where we are in the Sakai transition -- what's been done and what's left to do. We'll give an overview of Sakai's features and highlight key differences between Sakai and Blackboard. You'll learn about Sakai training options, get the latest news on resources for instructors and students, and hear tips for making a smooth transition. We'll provide details about how and when Blackboard will go away and answer any questions you may have.
 
All are welcome. Whether you are completely new to Sakai or have been using it a while, we hope you'll gain a clearer understanding of the Sakai transition as well as some tips you can use.

SEPTEMBER
Thursday, September 5

Please Excuse Our Dust. . .Due to Our Reorganization
Presented by Lisa Inman, Interim Dean, Student Development and Support (SDS); and SDS Staff

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Confused by the recent reorganization of Student Development and Support? Recently walked into an office in Wynn and saw unexpected faces? Not sure who to call or to which office you should send your students? This workshop will help provide you with the necessary knowledge to assist your students in navigating student services at Durham Tech. Participants will receive quick reference guides and have an opportunity to respond to different scenarios to test their newly acquired knowledge about Student Development and Support.

Monday, September 9

Developmental Education Redesign: What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been
Presented by Vernon Bridges, Chair/Instructor, Developmental Mathematics; and Robbi Muckenfuss, Chair/Instructor, Developmental English and Reading

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

The process of redesigning anything is a journey. Redesigning an entire curriculum that is going to be used throughout North Carolina with thousands of students is an expedition.  Durham Tech’s developmental faculty have participated in the state-wide redesign efforts, and we would like to share some updates with you. 
What is this redesign all about?  What can you tell me about the course content?  What does integrated mean? How is the instruction delivered?  What does this mean for advising and placement?  These are some of the common questions our developmental education faculty can answer for you. 

Friday, September 13

Advising 101
Presented by K. Leigh Forell, Assistant Dean, Admissions and Enrollment Services

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This interactive session will cover the basics - the mission and philosophy of advising at Durham Tech; confidentiality, ethics & FERPA; enrollment and registration processes; student placement; programs and plans of study; evaluating student progress toward degree; advising restrictions; considerations for special populations and more. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEW FACULTY ADVISORS

Monday, September 23

Advising 101
Presented by K. Leigh Forell, Assistant Dean, Admissions and Enrollment Services

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

This interactive session will cover the basics - the mission and philosophy of advising at Durham Tech; confidentiality, ethics & FERPA; enrollment and registration processes; student placement; programs and plans of study; evaluating student progress toward degree; advising restrictions; considerations for special populations and more. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEW FACULTY ADVISORS

Tuesday, September 24
 

Making Sense of the SENSE
Presented by REAP staff

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

The Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) helps community and technical colleges focus on the “front door” of the college experience. Grounded in research about what works in retaining and supporting entering students, SENSE collects and analyzes data about institutional practices and student behaviors in the earliest weeks of college. These data can help colleges understand students’ critical early experiences and improve institutional practices that affect student success in the first college year. Durham Tech last administered the SENSE survey in Fall 2012. Come find out how our entering students responded to a variety of questions and issues surrounding their first weeks at the college.

Friday, September 27

Using Advising Technologies
Presented by K. Leigh Forell, Assistant Dean, Admissions and Enrollment Services


Note Location: Tech 974
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

In this hands-on session, we will practice using WebAdvisor and Datatel Colleague and learn all about the various tools and information that these programs provide to advisors. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEW FACULTY ADVISORS

Monday, September 30

Using Advising Technologies
Presented by K. Leigh Forell, Assistant Dean, Admissions and Enrollment Services


Note Location: Tech 974
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

In this hands-on session, we will practice using WebAdvisor and Datatel Colleague and learn all about the various tools and information that these programs provide to advisors. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEW FACULTY ADVISORS

OCTOBER
Tuesday, October 1
 

WEBINAR Teach Students How To Learn: Metacognition Is The Key!
Presented by Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

From the webinar website: “This webinar is designed to help faculty, learning center professionals and student affairs personnel develop strategies to help students become independent, self-directed learners. A discussion of the characteristics of today’s students will help participants understand why many students lack effective learning strategies when they enroll in college, and how simple it is to teach them strategies for successful learning.” For more information, see the following link: http://www.innovativeeducators.org/product_p/627.htm.

The 90-minute LIVE webinar will be followed by a 30-minute discussion of how best to apply the principles of metacognition in our own classes. This is the last opporutnity this semester to participate in this webinar. A previously recorded webinar on this topic and by this presenter was presented in the TLC in May.

 
Monday, October 7

Changing the World, One Artist at a Time
Presented by Catherine Howard, Visual Culture Documentarian, 131313 Sketchbook Project

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Nearing the end of a year of traveling to 13 countries around the world to interview artists about how their artwork revitalizes their communities, Catherine, an artist herself, wanted to believe that art objects could change the world.  However, as she has traveled, she has been forced to recognize the fact that art objects alone rarely impact individuals.  The real impact of “art” comes directly from the personalities of the artists themselves.  While art is a powerful manifestation of the human creative spirit, artists are the real impetus for lasting social change.  With their eyes and hearts open, artists can see the problems that are plaguing their communities, and with their capacity to think creatively, they can envision alternative solutions for those problems.  Join Catherine for a discussion about how artists are changing their communities all around the world and how you can be a creative catalyst for change.

For more information about Catherine's project, see http://131313sketchbookproject.com/.

Tuesday, October 8

Good Advisor/Bad Advisor
Presented by K. Leigh Forell, Assistant Dean, Admissions and Enrollment Services; and Kerry Cantwell, Instructor, College Success

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

In this interactive workshop, we will present several advising scenarios and the participants will have the opportunity to practice fundamental advising skills.  We will also discuss key characteristics of a strong advisor, pitfalls to avoid, and new processes including DRE placement and prerequisite check.

Wednesday, October 16

Advising Refresher
Presented by K. Leigh Forell, Assistant Dean, Admissions and Enrollment Services

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This workshop will re-introduce returning advisors to key processes in advising at Durham Tech, as well as provide timely advising updates. We will also spend time sharing helpful hints with our colleagues and discuss ideas for improving procedures. RECOMMENDED FOR ALL RETURNING FACULTY ADVISORS

Wednesday, October 23

Math Redesign: Continued Rigor, New Relevance, Focused Pathways
Presented by Chris Mansfield, Chair/Instructor, Mathematics

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The North Carolina Community College math curriculum is being redesigned. Chris will present an overview of the changes: introduce the new courses, go over which courses will be archived and why, and explain changes to the existing courses. This information will be vital to program directors, some of whom will have to change the math requirement to their program, and advisors, who will have to explain these changes to students.

Friday, October 25; Friday, November 1; Friday, November 8; and Friday, November 15

College Success Instructor Training
Facilitated by Gabby McCutchen and Kerry Cantwell; Instructors, College Success

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The four-day training is intended primarily for faculty and staff who are interested in teaching the College Success course.  However, anyone who is interested in learning innovative teaching techniques, strategies to improve students’ first college year experience, or content knowledge that will improve their advising practices is invited to participate.  To register, please email Gabby McCutchen at mccutcheng@durhamtech.edu before Friday, October 11.

Thursday, October 31

Mapping the Big Picture - An Introduction to Curriculum Mapping
Presented by Tina Bryant-Allen, Coordinator, Institutional Assessment and Planning

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

We're all familiar with the phrase, "If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail."  The same holds true when it comes to planning effective program assessment. This hands-on session is designed to allow participants to review their programs of study, course syllabi, assessments, exams, etc. to determine if they all work together effectively, mapping the journey a student makes through the program. Bring your course materials and prepare to participate in this hands-on workshop.   

NOVEMBER
Tuesday, November 5

Career and College Promise at Durham Tech
Facilitated by Patricia Gould, Coordinator of High School Programs

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Career and College Promise has been in operation since January, 2013. This TLC presentation will give a brief update on progress and changes and then move to an interactive discussion between CCP students and the audience about the benefits and challenges of being and having high schools students within our community.

Thursday, November 7

Food for Thought:  Talking about hunger on campus, locally, and internationally
Facilitated by Erin Riney, Coordinator, Service-Learning

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Please join us for a comprehensive conversation about food security at home and abroad. Rev. Ray Buchanan, founder of Society of St. Andrew and Stop Hunger Now, local and international hunger relief agencies, will be joining us to provide an overview of domestic and international hunger problems and relief efforts.  Sally Parlier, Volunteer Coordinator, and students will also discuss Durham Tech's Campus Harvest Food Pantry.  There will be time for questions and audience discussion. 

Wednesday, November 13

Reconstructing General Education and Transfer: The Impact of the New Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA)
Presented by Tom Gould, Dean, Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer

Teaching-Learning Center, Phillips Building, room 325
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

In 2012, the Joint Oversight Committee on Education charged the North Carolina Community College System and UNC-General Administration to review, update, and revise the state’s Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. The new CAA will take effect Fall 2014 and will have a monumental impact on both transfer and general education. The end result is a new and improved CAA, but these significant policy and structural changes will be felt from Student Services to University Transfer to all curriculum programs offering general education courses. This presentation will highlight the changes and clarify the timeline for implementation. We encourage everyone to attend. 

 
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