Wednesday, May 6, 2015

iDevelop – NSCC’s Faculty Professional Development eNewsletter (5/4/2015)

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 Instructional Technology and Design and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. 

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20 Minute Online Professional Development: What Works and What Doesn't When Teaching Large Classes?
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 May 4th is What Works and What Doesn't When Teaching Large Classes? The presentation is available Monday at 10:00am and is accessible through Sunday of that week.  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/what-works-and-what-doesnt-work-when-teaching-a-large-class-13421-1.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
  • 5th Annual NSCC Faculty Technology Summer Institute - Save the Date. In June, Instructional Technology and Design, the Library, and the Educational Technology Innovation Group will be holding a two day Faculty Technology Summer Institute that will focus on creating flexible learning environments through the use of instructional technology ("Flex with Tech"). Based on feedback from interested faculty, the Faculty Technology Summer Institute will take place on Monday, June 1st and Tuesday, June 2nd from 9:00am-3:30pm in Danvers. Please save the date. More details on the Faculty Technology Summer Institute with RSVP information will be available shortly.
Interesting Reads
  • The Edge Newsletter. The latest edition of the Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) newsletter, The Edge: Where Classrooms Meet Technology, is now available on North Shore Community College’s public site at: http://www.northshore.edu/faculty_staff/resources/tac.html. Check out the newsletter to read comments from TAC faculty on their technology integration and online/hybrid course development projects.
  • Report on the Multi-State Collaborative Pilot Study. As many of you know, thanks to the participation of our fantastic full and part time faculty members, and by members of our academic support professionals, North Shore Community College served as regional lead in our state's recent participation in the Multi-State Collaborative Pilot Assessment of Student Learning. The pilot partnered public colleges and universities across the nation with the AAC&U, in order to determine if we could, as a group, submit a statistically meaningful sample of student artifacts. Well, the initial data suggests that the trial run was a success for Massachusetts in general and NSCC as an institution. You can read the official Report on the Multi-State Collaborative Pilot Study that was submitted to the Task Force on Statewide Assessment by the Massachusetts Team.  The report includes an analysis of the MSC surveys completed by members of the NSCC community, as well as initial lessons learned and recommendations. The report along with copies of the surveys and raw results are posted on the DHE Student Learning Website (www.mass.edu/studentlearning). It is a site worth looking at when you get a breather from May stressors. To see the report specifically, click on the link, then click (in the left hand bar) on MA/MSC Pilot, then scroll down the page to the "Report on MA/MSC Pilot Study (April 2015)." The report indicates our progress, and tentative plans for the next assessment---this time, of Civic Learning! Exciting stuff, everyone!
Resources
Share your Teaching Strategies
The end of the semester is upon us. What strategies do you employ to wrap up the semester, help students see what they have learned and accomplished throughout the course, and end on a high note? 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 Instructional Technology and Design 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,
Instructional Technology and Design and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment