Success Strategy Group for Adjunct Faculty

  • A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO INFORMALLY GET TOGETHER ONLINE 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

The Success Strategy group will meet once a month from September through April.  Each session lasts for one hour.

Topics of discussion will be launched from a professional development book chosen by your group.  Some topics you can look forward to exploring may include:

     Today’s College Students:  age factors affecting perspective and learning styles

     Strategic Course Planning:  resources and designing an effective course

     Launching Your Course Effectively:  first impressions, setting the tone, and whetting their appetites

     Managing the Context of Your Course:  organization, communication, and handling disruptions

     Instructor-Directed Learning Methods:  strategic use of lecture, video and more

     Student-Driven Learning Methods:  active and experiential learning

     Infusing Technology into Your Teaching:  leveraging the learning resources available via technology

     Managing the Examination Process:  qualities of an effective examination

     Alternative Methods of Assessing Student Learning

     Bringing Your Course to an Effective Conclusion:  effective end of semester class meetings

     Managing your teaching career:  developing a master strategy

For more information, please feel free to contact the group facilitator, Nick Zefran

Online Success Strategy group – Nick Zefran nzefran@nvcc.edu

Questions?  Contact nzefran@nvcc.edu

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Registration for Aug 22 APDD

Hello all – Many of you have already registered for the upcoming Adjunct Professional Development Day scheduled for August 22.  If so, please disregard this email.

For those of you who have not yet had a chance to register, please review the attached document with the workshop descriptions before you follow this link for registering for the event  http://goo.gl/forms/ZC35fxn0pB .

Hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer!

Sandi Nicholson, Assistant Dean, Physical Education Program, NOVA’s Loudoun campus, 703-450-2613

APDD workshop descriptions fall 2015

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Weekly Tip: Help students stay focused by providing them with study tips for final exams

With final exam week approaching, students can find themselves overwhelmed with exams and projects. A brief ten minute review session and/or study tips presented in lecture can help to alleviate fears and keep students on track during the crucial last two weeks of the semester. It may also be a good time to remind students of the resources available to them on campus — math center, writing center, tutoring and office hours. By reviewing some successful study strategies/resources, it can help students to stay focused until the end of final exams.

(link to article: http://teaching.colostate.edu/tips/tip.cfm?tipid=63)

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Call for proposals for August 22 APDD

This is just a friendly reminder that Sandi would like you to submit any proposals you have for the August 22 Adjunct Professional Development Day to her by close of business Monday, April 20, please.

Even if you haven’t fully scoped out your ideas, let us know what you’re planning so we can begin to assemble the program.

The APDDs have been one of the most successful by-us-and-for-us initiatives at NOVA, so let’s keep that going.  Share your good ideas and practices with your colleagues and plan on attending so they can share theirs with you.

If you have any questions you can contact Sandi Nicholson at 703-450-2613.

Thank you for all you do for NOVA, for each other, and for our students.

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Weekly Tip: Provide positive reinforcement as appropriate to help encourage students

This is the point in the semester when students can become overwhelmed with their course work and assignment deadlines. Sometimes student attendance and motivation can be low. A simple “good job” or “keep up the good work” can help to keep a good student on track. Sails is an excellent way to send these positive comments to students. For those students who are struggling, it can help to remind them that you are here to help them and to point out the ways they can still improve their course performance – this often best done informally and in person.

A short message or brief conversation with a student can be enough to help to motivate them in these last few weeks of the semester.

(link to articles:  http://wellbeingincollege.org/upload/TEACHING%20TIPS%20FOR%20MORE%20POSITIVE%20COLLEGE%20CLASSROOMS.pdf)

http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/giving-student-feedback/

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Weekly Tip: Teach study strategies and success tips to students

Share your best study, reading, and success tips with your students. As instructors, we have witnessed a great deal of both success and failure, and students can benefit from our observations. Many of our students have never developed good study and time management techniques on their own. A quick tip can change everything for a struggling student.

(link to article: https://www.examtime.com/blog/study-hacks/)

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Weekly Tip: Ask students about their lives, so that they know you care

Before and after class ask individual students about their lives, jobs, or hobbies. Many students feel isolated and assume their professors are concerned about everything but them. A small moment of attention will lead to greater engagement in the course. We all need a bit of encouragement this late in the semester.

(link to article: https://www.cmu.edu/teaching/solveproblem/strat-lackmotivation/lackmotivation-01.html#strat)

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Weekly Tip: Encourage students to get involved on campus

The Loudoun campus has a strong and active student government association which provides resources to students for getting involved on campus. Research suggests that students who are involved in campus activities will be more likely to continue on at the school and complete their degree. Encourage your students to get involved in these activities. By getting involved in campus life and campus initiatives, the students will be better connected with their peers and better able to get the support they need in their academics and in their personal lives while they are at NOVA.

(link to article: http://kvccdocs.com/KVCC/2013-Spring/FY125-OLA/content/L-17/Student%20Involvement%20Article.pdf)

Links for campus involvement:

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Communicate midterm grades to students

Since we are about halfway through the semester, now is a great time to communicate with students about their current standing in the class. Even though calculating a grade in the class may seem easy to us, students often times do not know how to do this, even if it is explained in the syllabus. Consider providing students with an approximate midterm grade or explain to them how they can calculate their current grade. Students may also appreciate any feedback you can provide to them about how they can improve their grade in the class – whether this is communicated to the class as a group or one-on-one.

If you are transparent about their current performance in the class, students are more likely to reach out and ask for help before it is too late. This will avoid frustration at the end of the semester for both students and teachers.

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Call for Proposals for August 22 APDD

Planning for our August 22 Loudoun Adjunct Professional Development Day is beginning.  As always, we appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge and skills with our adjuncts in the way of leading a professional development workshop for APDD.  Whether it be promoting student success, building meaningful curriculum, building student or professional relationships, or another appropriate professional development topic, we welcome your proposals for workshops at this time.  Full-timers,  keep in mind that presenting at APDD can serve to meet your APPDO requirements.

Please send the title for your proposed workshop along with a description in 50 words or less to snicholson@nvcc.edu .

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 22 for APDD.  Thank you! Sandi Nicholson, 703-450-2613.

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