Wednesday, March 11, 2015

iDevelop – NSCC’s Faculty Professional Development eNewsletter (3/9/2015)

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. iDevelop is being brought to you by Academic Technology and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. 

20 Minute Online Professional Development: How Can I Use Twitter to Improve Teaching and Learning?

The Monday Morning Mentor series will be available over the spring semester to bring you professional development in twenty minute snippets. The topic for the week of March 9th is How Can I Use Twitter to Improve Teaching and Learning?

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.

More information about this session (including description, topics, and learning goals) is available at http://www.magnapubs.com/online/mentor/how-can-i-use-twitter-to-improve-teaching-and-learning-13265-1.html. The spring schedule of Monday Morning Mentor sessions is available at http://nscclets.blogspot.com/2015/01/20-minute-mentor-online-faculty.html.  


Other Professional Development Opportunities
  • TLSD Conference. This year's TLSD Conference will be held at Bristol Community College's Fall River campus on April 10th--that's just one month away! A number of NSCC staff, faculty, and administrators will be presenting (yay team NSCC!!) Because of the travel distance and conference registration costs (the CTLA is billed directly when people register and identify as NSCC employees), attendance is going to be really expensive this year. The CTLA can cover the cost of a limited number of NSCC attendees, so please contact the CTLA ASAP if you are certain that you will be attending. Presenters, we need to hear from you, too! Thank you! iDevelop is honored to serve such a selfless and knowledgeable community!
  • Blackboard Learn Workshops. Starting in summer 2015, Blackboard Learn will be available for faculty members teaching a face-to-face course that uses the learning management system as a supplement. ANGEL will no longer be available. If you teach a summer or fall course and currently use ANGEL, ITD will be offering a series of Blackboard Learn workshops over the March spring break. To view the complete schedule of workshop sessions (with descriptions) and to RSVP, please visit this web site: http://goo.gl/UIkoUk.
Resources
If you are interested in learning more about incorporating Twitter or other Web 2.0 tools into your classes, please contact ITD at itd@northshore.edu. We would be happy to brainstorm ideas and help you get started.

Share your Teaching Strategies

Do you use Twitter or other Web 2.0 tools in your classes to engage students? What tips and strategies do you have for other faculty who are interested in using some of these tools? Please send your teaching strategies to itd@northshore.edu and we will share them in the upcoming issues of iDevelop. 

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