Adjunct Professional Development Day

A MESSAGE FROM THE LOUDOUN DEANS:

We want to remind everyone that our next Adjunct Professional Development Day is set for Saturday, August 16. Those of you who have participated in the past know how valuable and worthwhile our APDDs have been. If you haven’t attended in the past, we’d like to see you at the next one. It’s a great opportunity to share your best practices, conduct a workshop, discuss common issues with friends new and old, and learn from your colleagues.

We welcome your proposals for the Fall Loudoun APDD workshops at this time. As always, we appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge and skills with your peers by leading a professional development workshop for APDD. Topics can include promoting student success, building meaningful curriculum, building student relationships, or professional relationships, to name a few. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, August 16, 2014 for APDD. Thank you!

Please contact Sandi Nicholson at snicholson@nvcc.edu if you would like to present on August 16 and check your email over the summer for APDD registration information.

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Mindfulness for Your Teaching Practice Faculty Focus Series

From the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Mindfulness for  Your Teaching Practice Faculty Focus Series April 2, 16, 23, 30 : Noon to 1:15 CETL Center.  Annandale CG 218

A four-week Faculty Focus series, led by Sherry Shunfenthal, for faculty members interested in bringing mindfulness to their teaching.  This group uses journaling, poetry and meditation to bring about a focus shift.  When instructors and students are focused, they concentrate and cope better in the classroom.   The group will also look at how students perceive what an instructor is teaching.  Register for Mindfulness in Your Teaching Practice.  Cindy Miller Acting Coordinator Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Associate Professor, Biology Northern Virginia Community College http://blogs.nvcc.edu/cetl/

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Mindfulness for You and Your Teaching

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

invites all faculty and staff to participate in a Faculty Focus Seminar

Focus. Calm. Empathy. Learn.

Mindfulness for You and Your Teaching

Date: Friday, March 28th

Time: 8:30am to 12:00pm

Location: CE Forum, Annandale Campus

      Registration: http://tinyurl.com/Mindfulness-seminar 

Learn simple techniques to

  • Cultivate focus in this age of distraction?
  • Reduce stress for you and your students?
  • Foster creativity?
  • Create a compassionate community?

This is an ideal professional development opportunity for you!  It introduces approaches for personal and professional renewal through reflection. Come explore the art and science of mindfulness; discover informal mindful practices for you and your classroom. Share your experiences; learn from one another.

 

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Three complimentary faculty development workshops sponsored by your RCTE

1.       Assisting Students in Distress, Friday, March 28, 10-2, NOVA’s Annandale Campus

2.       Biology Faculty Articulated Learning Outcomes Workshop, Friday, April 5, 10-2, Germanna’s Fredericksburg Campus

3.       Accounting Faculty Articulated Learning Outcomes Workshop, Friday, May 2, 10-2, NOVA’s Annandale Campus

Assisting Students in Distress 

This workshop will assist you in recognizing and  responding to distressed students in your classes. The seminar will be on Friday, March 28th, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on NOVA’s Annandale Campus, McDiarmid Building, Room 236.

Have your noticed a student who appears to be preoccupied and unable to stay focused and engaged in class? Join colleagues to explore your concerns and ways to respond to students with possible mental health issues. NOVA’s Student Mental Health and Behavior Case Manager MaryAnn Raybuck and NOVA’s Nan Peck will facilitate the discussion.

Have your noticed a student who appears to be preoccupied and unable to stay focused and engaged in class? Join colleagues to explore your concerns and ways to respond to students with possible mental health issues. NOVA’s Student Mental Health and Behavior Case Manager MaryAnn Raybuck and NOVA’s Nan Peck will facilitate the discussion.

This seminar and a light lunch are complimentary. Registration is required, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AUN6PuBcpB3gTZe-9rErbKdylPDKbraQG0MR9HZlXbc/viewform. Space is limited to 50 participants.

The workshop will be held at NOVA’s Annandale Campus, in the McDiarmid Building, Room 236. You may park in any A or B lot if you have a current VCCS faculty/staff parking permit.  Directions: http://www.nvcc.edu/about-Nova/maps-directions/annandale/index.html

This workshop is sponsored by NOVA’s Student Services and your Northern Regional Center for Teaching Excellence.

Biology ALO Workshop
Friday, April 5, 10-2, Germanna’s Fredericksburg Campus.

Please join VCCS colleagues to discuss Biology ALOs (articulated learning outcomes). Please bring your BIO 101 or BIO 102 syllabi. Digital copies are fine.

Facilitated by Marty Zahn, zahnm@tncc.edu and Dan Lewis, dlewis@nvcc.edu.

Registration is required: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1A2-ET2aKl0NoHbs797RUoJX8w_MzoVDtWikEL30xJIE/viewform

The workshop runs from 10-2. A complimentary lunch will be served.

Workforce Building, Rooms 105A and B, (at your left, at the end of the lobby). 10000 Germanna Point Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22408

This workshop is sponsored by VCCS Educational Programs and your Northern Regional Center for Teaching Excellence.

Accounting ALO Workshop
Friday, May 2, 10-2, NOVA’s Annandale Campus

Please join VCCS colleagues to discuss Accounting ALOs (articulated learning outcomes). Eastern Shore’s Paul Weitzel will be your facilitator.

A complimentary lunch will be served. There is an on campus Starbucks within yards of the location.

The workshop will be held at NOVA’s Annandale Campus, in the McDiarmid Building, Room 236. You may park in any A or B lot if you have a current VCCS faculty/staff parking permit.  Directions: http://www.nvcc.edu/about-Nova/maps-directions/annandale/index.html

Registration is required: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pD8zywC8AotXqYMSDycb_tatbjn9t_U8UHDZ6gH9xH8/viewform

For more information, contact Paul Weitzel, pweitzel@es.vccs.edu or Dan Lewis, dlewis@vccs.edu

This workshop is sponsored by VCCS Educational Programs and your Northern Regional Center for Teaching Excellence.

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Policy Changes

HELP SPREAD THE WORD…

NOVA has recently approved implementation of six policy changes that will take effect for the Fall 2014 semester. The initial five policy changes will affect new first-time-to-college students.

The sixth policy impacts all NOVA students and faculty.

All NOVA students enrolling in Fall 2014 classes will be expected to register before 11:59 p.m. on the day before the session begins to meet the on-time registration requirement.

This change will ensure a stronger start for students and a smoother start for your classes. Review all the changes here:

http://www.nvcc.edu/sixpolicychanges.pdf

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CETL Training Sessions

What’s in The Center?

An Innovative Blog-based Five-Part Series

March 20th, March 27th, April 3rd,April 10th and April 17th

This series, sponsored by the CETL Faculty Associates, is blog-based.  You don’t even have to leave your Office.  Five different articles about learning-centered teaching will be published on the dates above.  Each is full of practical suggestions for your teaching practice.

Read the details about the series on CETL’s blog:  http://blogs.nvcc.edu/cetl/learning-centered-teaching/    Please, please do discuss anything you want about this by using the reply feature of the blog. 

Mindfulness for You and Your Teaching

Faculty Focus Seminar

March 28th: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

Annandale:   CE Forum

 

A half-day Faculty Focus Seminar  on Mindfulness for You and Your Teaching.   This Faculty Focus will teach you simple techniques to cultivate focus in your classroom, reduce stress for both you and your students, foster creativity and create a compassionate community within your classroom!

Register forMindfulness for You and Your Teaching Practice.

 Mindfulness for  Your Teaching Practice

Faculty Focus Series

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: One hour sessions mid-day (exact time TBA)

CETL Center.  Annandale CG 218

A five-week Faculty Focus series for faculty members interested in bringing mindfulness to their teaching. This group uses journaling, poetry and meditation to bring about a focus shift.  When instructors and students are focused, they concentrate and cope better in the classroom.   The group will also look at how students perceive what an instructor is teaching.  Register for Mindfulness in Your Teaching Practice.

  Luncheon Reception and Discussion

in honor of NOVA’s Current Fulbright Scholars.

April 3rd, Noon to 2 PM

CETL Center, Annandale CG 218

 Dr. Amy Gilley, Returned Fulbright Scholar  from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Dr. Min Ji, Fulbright Scholar in Residence from Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu, China will be honored by a light luncheon and will each give a short talk about their experiences.  Come to honor Amy and Min and find out what it is like to be a Fulbright Scholar.  You’ll be able to explore these global teaching opportunities and ask Amy and Min questions about their experiences.  The Office for Global Studies and Programs will be on hand to answer questions about the Fulbright program as well.   Register for theLuncheon Reception and Discussion.

 Flip, Click and Learn

Interactive strategies for an interactive classroom.
a repeat of a session held at Manassas.  Date and time to be announced.  Watch for it!

In this highly participatory session, our colleagues will share tips and strategies for developing an interactive classroom. Using techniques such as the flipped classroom, video lectures, student response devices, group discussion, and publishers’ online based learning systems, their goal is to make learning a truly student led experience.  The use of clickers will be demonstrated.

 

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TOTAL Professional Development Workshops

NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) will offer the following TOTAL workshops in March…we hope you will take advantage of one or more of these workshops as they truly are proving to be wonderful professional development opportunities with a high level of collaboration among the participants:

Start Date Workshop Title Length of Workshop
 

March 17

Developing Collaborative Activities 2 weeks
Time Management Strategies 2 weeks
Designing Meaningful Discussion Activities 3 weeks
VCCS Blackboard Basics 2 weeks
Copyright, Fair Use & TEACH Act 2 weeks

The TOTAL professional development workshops are intended for faculty who teach (or want to teach) blended and online courses.   Each workshop focuses on a single topic, so you can build an individualized professional development plan by selecting only the workshops you need.  We suggest taking one workshop at a time; all workshops are offered multiple times during the year.  See the TOTAL project website for workshop descriptions.

The workshops are facilitated online in Blackboard and involve reading/viewing of resource materials, application assignments, and interaction with colleagues.   Each workshop requires about 5 hours of work a week.  Assignments are due weekly (sometimes mid-weekly) and are graded.  If you complete all assignments and achieve an 80% or higher average, you receive a VCCS certificate of completion.

Registration is now open via NOVA Academy, and closes at noon on Friday, March 14.  Search on vccs total to see the workshops listed.  (Ignore the “classroom” delivery designation; the workshops are conducted online in Blackboard, which NOVA Academy does not recognize.)  Click on a workshop title to see the sections.  Click on a section to enroll or manage your enrollment.  See HR’s professional development page on the NOVA web site for NOVA Academy login directions and a user guide.

Questions?  Contact Bob Loser (rloser@nvcc.edu).

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FLIP, CLICK & LEARN – Interactive strategies for an interactive classroom


FLIP, CLICK & LEARN

Interactive strategies for an interactive classroom

Presenters:  Laura Jean Bhadra and Maryellen Ryan

Date: Thursday, March 6th

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Manassas CampusMP 232

Brown Bag cosponsored by the Technology Application Center (TAC) and Center for Excellence in Teaching (CETL)

Light refreshments will be served

FREE GIVEAWAYS!

RSVP to dhtett@nvcc.edu for a Mystery Gift!

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Success Strategy Group Information Spring 2014

Loudoun Adjunct Faculty Colleagues:

This message is from Sandi Nicholson and Susan Johnson:

Feel free to come check out whichever Success Strategy Group best fits your schedule for spring 2014

Monday, Feb. 17 at 2:00pm in LC 235 – contact tgutnick@nvcc.edu

Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7:00 pm in LC 235 – contact drice@nvcc.edu

Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 2:00 pm in LC 235 – contact rsweeney@nvcc.edu

Thursday, Feb. 20 at 5:00 pm in LC 235 – contact  wmcfadden@nvcc.edu

  • A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO INFORMALLY GET TOGETHER WITH OTHER FACULTY ACROSS THE ENTIRE CAMPUS
  • BE EXPOSED TO APPLIED AND TESTED STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE TEACHING EFFECTIVENESS
  • SHARE YOUR OWN STRATEGIES , QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS
  • BENEFIT FROM SMALL GROUP FEEDBACK WITH YOUR FELLOW LOUDOUN COLLEAGUES
  • ENJOY THE RICHNESS OF INTERACTION WITH A BLEND OF EXPERIENCED, DEVELOPING AND NEW ADJUNCT FACULTY
  • FACILITATED BY YOUR FELLOW ADJUNCTS – EXPERIENCED AND TRAINED TO DO A GREAT JOB

Success Strategy groups will meet once a month during the 3rd full week of the month.  Each session lasts for one hour with the option of coming a little early or staying a little late to make more time to chat, while still keeping the hour focused.

Riley and Joe

Academic Deans at Loudoun

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Success Strategy Group Meetings for February

Feel free to come check out whichever Success Strategy Group best fits your schedule for spring 2014 

Monday, Feb. 17 at 2:00pm in LC 235 – contact tgutnick@nvcc.edu

Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7:00 pm in LC 235 – contact drice@nvcc.edu

Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 2:00 pm in LC 235 – contact rsweeney@nvcc.edu

Thursday, Feb. 20 at 5:00 pm in LC 235 – contact  wmcfadden@nvcc.edu

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