Teaching and Learning Center

Workshops Available

 

Professional Development Activities 2013-2014

All Faculty/Staff

  It’s All About Support!
September 6th 9:00 – 11:00   TLC Room 1770 

Meet Vice President of Student Services, Oscar De Haro, and learn about the various support systems offered through NVC including counseling, financial aid, TRIO, tutoring, student clubs and health and career centers.

NVC faculty librarian, Stephanie Grohs will instruct participants about resources available to faculty in the library, including online databases and electronic format periodicals.
 

Blackboard
September 10 2:00 – 4:00   TLC Room 1770 

This workshop is intended for instructors who are currently teaching online with Blackboard or who are using Blackboard Course Sites to support a face-to-face class and who need assistance in using the software.  We will cover some of the new features in Blackboard including “Achievements.” We will also cover best practices for securing online tests in order to reduce incidents of cheating.

Pod Casting

September 13th 9:00 – 11:00   TLC Room 1770 

Make use of technology to give your students the freedom to learn the auditory materials from your class 24/7. This workshop will teach you how to record the audio content of your class and post it to your webpage as a podcast.


Embedding YouTube Videos Into Your PowerPoints

September 27th 9:00 – 11:00   TLC Room 1770 

Increase the interest of your PowerPoint presentations by embedding YouTube video, audio, links and other features.
  

Fine Tune Your Teaching Using Brained Based Research and Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATS)

October 4th 1:00-3:00   TLC Room 1770 

Rebecca Scott, Dean of Library and Learning Resources, will discuss how to apply current brain based theory to reach and teach students. Participants will also learn techniques for practical, fast and effective ongoing classroom evaluation methods using CATS.



                                        Safe Spaces
                           October 10th 2:00 – 4:00   TLC Room 1770

Our Safe Space Program is based on two nationally recognized models including the Gay,Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and National Youth Advocacy Coalition programs. The foundation of our program is a comprehensive training for allies who include Napa Valley College teachers, support staff, administrators, and students. The  goal  of our program is to create a safe environment in all corners of the campus in order to promote student success throughout all of the programs offered by the college.

   

Teaching Goals Inventory
October 18th 1:00-3:00 TLC Room 1770 

This workshop will demonstrate use of the Teaching Goals Inventory (Angelo and Cross) to determine how effectively instructors are teaching and what students are learning.

  

Student Learning Outcomes and Assessments

November 1st 1:00-3:00   TLC Room 1770 

Student learning outcomes and assessments provide imperative feedback. This workshop will assist in writing SLOs and creating assessment methods.

 
Introduction to Blackboard and Blackboard Course Sites
November 7th 2:00 – 4:00   TLC Room 1770 

This workshop is ideal for anyone interested in learning Blackboard and Blackboard Course Sites to teach online or to support a face-to-face class. Participants will learn how to set up their own account in Blackboard Course Sites as well as how to build the basic elements of an online course. In addition, we will cover best practices for teaching online and for using a course website to support a face-to-face class.

 

Clickers
November 8th 9:00 – 11:00   TLC Room 1770 

What steps can you take to develop effective educational programs in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) for your faculty, staff and students? This workshop introduces best practices for using clickers and will describe proven techniques in designing, implementing a dn documenting a successful learning experience.


Creating Exemplary Syllabi and Faculty WebPages

                December 6th 1:00-3:00  TLC Room 1770 

Now is the time to review and revise your syllabi and faculty webpage for spring semester. Learn how to move your syllabus and webpage from “ho hum” to “oh wow!”


Blackboard Gradebook Management, Assignments and Assessments
February 3rd 2:00 – 4:00   TLC Room 1770 

This workshop will focus on use of the Blackboard Gradebook and how to set up graded assignments and tests. Participants will learn how to incorporate rubrics for assignments and tests and how to incorporate SLO assessments into assignments and tests.

                             Admissions and Records Essentials
                             February 7th 9:00 – 11:00   TLC Room 1770

Jessica Millikan, Associate Dean, will lead this workshop on key A & R issues.  This training is open to all faculty.
 

Supporting Students with Disabilities
February 21st 9:00-11:00 TLC Room 1770

Rebecca Scott, Dean of Library and Learning Resources, will lead this session on teaching/counseling students with disabilities in the college setting.  Key state and federal laws will be discussed.

 

Starting the Classroom Assessment Cycle
March 7th   9:00 - 11:00   TLC Room 1770

Developing a system with continuous feedback on student learning is critical to improvingteaching/counseling.  NFLC members will develop discipline specific methods to assess learning. 

SMARTPEN WORKSHOP

March 21st, Room 1761

Utilizing Smartpens as a Universal Learning Tool, especially for math instruction

Participants will learn about utilizing Smartpens to improve students’ success in studying and comprehending classroom instruction. The program is overseen by faculty member, Stacey Kayden, but is run by students. Faculty and staff will learn about Smartpens, how they can be adapted to capture critical classroom instruction or instructor’s follow-up notes, and how all students can access these multisensory notes via the internet.  

The training will be divided into two parts.

Part One  10:00-12:00  "Smartpen as a Universal Learning Tool", demonstration on taking notes, learning the basics on using the digital tool, and discussing strategies on encouraging student use, and creating flip classroom applications.

  Part Two 12:00-2:00 "Technical Support for Smartpens", uploading notes to the internet, archiving notes, cleaning the Smartpen, printing paper, and creating watermarks.


Implementing Reading Apprenticeship Strategies in Your Class
                             April 4th 9:00 – 11:00   TLC Room 1770 

Reading Apprenticeship (RA) is an approach that has demonstrated significant gains in secondary student’s reading and writing abilities. Instructors, Kristie Iwamoto and Lisa Yanover will model how RA strategies can be implemented in any course.
 

        Introduction to Blackboard and Blackboard Course Sites
                            April 9th 2:00 – 4:00   TLC Room 1770 

This workshop is ideal for anyone interested in learning Blackboard and Blackboard Course Sites to teach online or to support a face-to-face class. Participants will learn how to set up their own account in Blackboard Course Sites as well as how to build the basic elements of an online course. In addition, we will cover best practices for teaching online and for using a course website to support a face-to-face class.

                                   

 Best Practices for Teaching

May 2nd 9:00 am – 11:00 am TLC Room 1770 

 Master NVC faculty will lead a roundtable discussion on using best practices to teach.

  

Course Back-Ups, Copying Sections, Audio and Video Integration and Other Features
May 15th 2:00 – 4:00   TLC Room 1770 

This workshop will include how to back-up an existing Blackboard or Course Sites sections and how to copy an existing section into a new black section. It will also include how to embed audio and video into parts of a course. There will be time to answer other questions not covered in previous workshops.

 

                                             Workshops TBA

Please note, not all professional development activities for the 2013-2014 academic year are listed. Any new workshops or training activities will be posted on the TLC webpage and advertised to faculty via email.