Tuesday, September 16, 2014

iDevelop – NSCC’s Faculty Profession​al Developmen​t eNewslette​r (9/15/2014​)

Welcome to iDevelop, a weekly eNewsletter providing faculty with information about professional development opportunities at NSCC.  The intent of this eNewsletter is to spotlight the various professional development events for faculty in one convenient location as well as share best practices, resources and tips related to the teaching practice.

20 Minute Online Professional Development: How Can I Enhance Students’ Self-Regulated Learning Skills?
The Monday Morning Mentor series will be available over the fall semester to bring you professional development in twenty minute snippets.  The topic for the week of September 15th is How Can I Enhance Students’ Self-Regulated Learning Skills? 

More information about this session (including description, topics, and learning goals) is available http://www.magnapubs.com/catalog/how-can-i-enhance-students-self-regulated-learning-skills/.

The presentation is available Monday at 10:00am and is accessible through Sunday of that week.  For information on accessing the presentation and supplemental materials, please view the email version of iDevelop or the Bulletin notice. 

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Other Professional Development Opportunities
  1. What are you doing this Thursday afternoon (September 18th)?  A few spaces are available for full or part time faculty to attend an information session in the CTLA (DB 388) about Academic Technology and Library Services here at North Shore Community College.  Although this session and others that will follow (stay tuned!) are designed for new full time faculty, whether you are new to North Shore, full time or part time, or if you simply feel that you or your students could use a refresher to kick off a new academic year, you are invited to come.  Learn from our fantastic and friendly professionals--Andrea Milligan and Christine Goodchild.  Please RSVP to Andrea DeFusco-Sullivan (adefusco@northshore.edu) by noontime on Wednesday so that we can have enough coffee ready!  The coffee's on at 2:00 p.m. and things will wrap up around 4:00 p.m., but if you need to come a little late or leave a little earlier due to class/meeting scheduling, do not fret--come anyway.
  2. The Tri-State Multi-State Collaborative Consortium, consisting of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, will co-host a Professional Development Day for faculty, administrators and professional staff at participating Multi-State Collaborative institutions.  The event will be held at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center on September 26, 2014 from 9:00am – 3:30pm, with registration and a continental breakfast beginning at 8:30am.  The event is sponsored by the American Association of Colleges and Universities and the State Higher Education Executive Officers and funded by a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant.  The event is free but space is limited to the first 150 participants to register.  Please contact Andrea DeFusco-Sullivan (adefusco@northshore.edu) for registration information.

Share your Teaching Strategies
Here are some teaching strategies shared with us around early semester community building.  Please continue to send us your great ideas at itd@northshore.edu and we will share them in the upcoming issues of iDevelop. 
  • “I tried something new this semester.  Introductions in my class include: creating a 6 word memoir (there's a great YouTube video that introduces the concept) and having them tell me and the class what their hopes and dreams beyond NSCC are, what's their favorite sport and day of the year.  One of my edu objectives for all my students is to have them give three stand-up presentations each semester.  The introverts either don't come to class that day, or refuse to do it in class.  My strategy this year was that at the 2nd class I brought a fairly large ball (not quite a beach ball) to class.  I have students line up on either side of the room and toss the ball back and forth.  When you get the ball you do your intro.  100% of students spoke.  But more importantly, I polled the class afterwards for those who HATE public speaking and explained they'd just successfully spoken in front of the class.  The ball gives their mind something to do besides being crazy nervous, standing with a group of students gives them strength/courage, and tossing the ball back and forth provides comic relief.  I'm going to use the ball when we have our next presentation to further give them confidence.”
    -Dianne McDermott Cerasuolo (please feel free to contact her directly if you have questions or want to brainstorm around using her idea)
iDevelop is being brought to you by Academic Technology and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.  If you have any professional development events, best practices, resources or tips to share with other faculty, please send them our way.  Also, we would love your input on this eNewsletter.

Thank you,
Academic Technology and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment