Northern RCTE Offerings for Spring 2015

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Northern Regional Center for Teaching Excellence Offerings:

  • OER workshop, February 6, at NOVA’s ELI. Cheryl Huff and Preston Davis to facilitate
  • Pedagogy Book Club, How Learning Works, February 13, online 11-12
  • Communication and Social Support, Feb 20, 11-12 online. Kevin Wright, GMU Professor of Communication, to facilitate
  • Copyright in the Classroom, March 13 or 20, Claudia Holland, GMU Office of Copyright, to facilitate
  • Social Media and Students, April 10, 11-12 online. Andree Betancourt, NOVA Professor of Film Studies, to facilitate (

Nan Peck
Faculty Coordinator
VCCS Northern Regional Center for Teaching Excellence


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Northern Regional Center for Teaching Excellence

The 2014-2015 advisory members to the Northern RCTE include:

Germanna Community College
Camille Mustachio, PDC representative
Cheryl Huff (Coordinator CETL)
Maury Brown (International Exchange Coordinator)
Yanyan Yong, ELET (ex-officio)

Lord Fairfax Community College
Jose Nieves, PDC representative
Nicole Martin (Teaching Faculty, History and Humanities)
Jen Schaefer (Teaching Faculty, English)
Karen Kellison, ELET (ex-officio)

Northern Virginia Community College
Marleen McCabe, PDC representative
Cindy Miller (Coordinator CETL)
Bob Loser (Instructional Designer ELI)
Jennifer Lerner, ELET (ex-officio)

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NCAT Free Webinars

The National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) is pleased to announce that it will offer four free webinars on course redesign in the coming months. During spring 2015, we will incorporate our popular Getting Started on Course Redesign seminar into this webinar series, and we will also offer a number of discipline-based topics.

Getting Started Webinar on February 10, 2015 at 1 pm EST

Getting Started on Course Redesign is a webinar for those of you who are thinking about beginning a large-scale course redesign project. This two-hour-long webinar will provide participants the opportunity to learn about how redesign efforts have begun at both four- and two-year institutions. NCAT Redesign Scholar Michelle Miller from Northern Arizona University will describe how their redesign of Introductory Psychology got started and how they resolved problems that arose. NCAT vice president Carolyn Jarmon will give examples of what has been experienced by two-year institutions in a variety of academic disciplines as they began their redesigns. The agenda includes plenty of time for discussion to help you think about how to get started.

Discipline-based Webinars: March, April and May of 2015 

Each hour-long webinar will feature an NCAT Redesign Scholar, the project leader of a highly successful course redesign, describing the redesign project with a particular focus on its distinguishing characteristics. After a presentation, the lead faculty member will be available to answer questions and provide additional specifics about the redesign. The following topics and speakers are planned:

  • March 10, 2015 at 1 pm EST: Redesigning College Algebra at the University of Missouri-St. Louis presented by Shahla Peterman, featuring the use of the Emporium Model a proven approach to learning college-level mathematics.
  • April 14, 2015 at 1 pm EST: Redesigning Women in Society at Arizona State University presented by Michelle McGibbney Vlahoulis, featuring the redesign of a large enrollment, general education course using the Replacement Model.
  • May 12, 2015 at 1 pm EST: Redesigning Developmental English and Mathematics at Austin Peay State University (TN) presented by Martin Golson, featuring the use of the Linked Workshop Model for developmental education.

You must register for each webinar, but there is no registration fee.  Go to to register for one or more of these webinars.

Videos of Prior Webinars

Videos of the following prior webinars may be accessed at

If you have questions about this webinar series, please contact Carolyn Jarmon, NCAT vice president, at

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VCCS PD Opportunities for Spring 2015

Professional Development Opportunities for Spring 2015
The Virginia Community College System offers its faculty and staff an array of professional development opportunities year ’round.  Below are hyperlinks to what’s available this spring and a reminder of the associated deadlines. For more information, additional opportunities, calendar and ongoing updates, visit us online at

VCCS New Horizons Conference 2015 April 1–3
   Excellence in Education Award Application Deadline January 19
   Hotel Roanoke Room Lottery Deadline January 19
   “Early Bird” Registration Deadline February 11
   Standard Registration Deadline March 11
STEM Takes Flight – Summer Research Application Deadline January 30
Paul Lee Grant Application Deadline for Summer 2015 February 1
Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship Application Deadline February 1
Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professorship Deadline February 1
Accounting, Business & Economics Peer Conference February 19-20
American Sign Language & Interpreters Peer Conference February 28
Faculty Exchange with the Netherlands Application Deadline March 20


Paul Lee Grant Application Deadline for Fall 2015 April 1


Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence Application Deadline April 25
Inquiry – Call for Submissions Deadline May 29
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NCAT Archives for Course Redesign Webinars

Videos of the following prior webinars may be accessed at

  • Redesigning General Psychology at Frostburg State University
  • Redesigning Computing and Information Literacy at Arizona State University
  • Redesigning developmental math at Cleveland State Community College, Chattanooga State Community College and Northwest-Shoals Community College
  • Redesigning American History and European History at SUNY Potsdam
  • Redesigning Principles of Chemistry at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Redesigning statistics at Niagara County Community College
  • Redesigning Developmental Reading at Northeast State Technical Community College
  • Getting Started on Course Redesign: examples of how redesign efforts began at both four- and two-year institutions.
  • Redesigning General Psychology at the University of New Mexico
  • Redesigning College Algebra at the University of Central Florida
  • Redesigning the Economic System at Buffalo State College
  • Redesigning Developmental Mathematics at Manchester Community College.
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Memorial Service for NOVA Prof Joe Windham

To honor the memory of our dear friend and colleague Dr. Joseph Windham, there will be a community Celebration of Life on Monday, January 5, 2015, at 7 pm at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College,
4915 East Campus Lane, Alexandria, VA.

Dr. Windham touched and influenced the lives of many of our students during his 22 years as a dedicated faculty member. He will be missed greatly by his colleagues and friends here at NOVA.

A Joseph Windham Memorial Scholarship has been set up, and anybody who desires can contribute by going to the NVCC Foundation website and clicking the drop-down menu:

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2015 SCHEV Award Recipient Callan Bentley

The State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) has announced that Callan Bentley, Assistant Professor of Geology at the Annandale Campus, has been selected to receive the 2015 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award. This annual award recognizes the accomplishments of 12 outstanding educators of Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities. Recipients are selected based upon nominees’ contributions to their students, academic disciplines, institutions and communities.

Callan will be recognized by Governor Terry McAuliffe during a February 19 ceremony at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. He will receive an engraved award and $5,000 underwritten by the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, the parent company of Dominion Virginia Power. Since the first awards in 1987, there have been only 341 Virginia faculty members from all of Virginia’s colleges and universities who have received this high honor. Callan is the tenth NOVA faculty member to receive this award in the last twelve years, a record held by few other colleges or universities in Virginia.

Since his arrival at NOVA eight years ago, Professor Bentley has developed multiple new courses that examine geologic ideas, including advanced field courses and research, several in collaboration with faculty at George Mason University, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Michigan, and Thomas Nelson Community College. Callan has received numerous awards for his ground-breaking research on topics such as climate change, earth quakes, education and technology. He has authored scholarly papers and presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on geological topics. His recognition reflects a national reputation as an innovator in community college-level field geology instruction. Callan is a pioneer in macro gigapanning (creating enormously precise images of exceptionally small things) and three-dimensional scanning, for which he received a NOVA President’s Sabbatical. Also, he has received the student-choice “Golden Apple” award and the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the highest award in the VCCS.

NOVA students who have completed Callan Bentley’s courses have described him as a “teacher who completely changed my perception of the world…taught me…to be a better student…a greater person”; “He goes out of his way to engage students of all interests…an energetic force and an asset to the State’s educational system”; “He never lets an opportunity to teach slip by”.

He now joins the company of eleven other NOVA colleagues who have been past recipients of the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award.

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Register for VCCS New Horizons Conference

The VCCS New Horizons Conference 2015 is April 1-3 at the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, VA.

It’s time to register,

Apply for an Excellence in Education Award. Deadline is January 19, 2015. These awards recognize the VCCS colleges’ “best-of-the-best” work to advance teaching and learning, and enhance student success by leveraging collaborative and innovative strategies. Such strategies, their demonstrated impact, and their measurable instructional, disciplinary, and student outcomes are the nucleus of these awards.

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NOVA ELI to Offer EDU 285 and EDU 287 in Spring 2015

As you wrap up your semester and prepare to leave for the holidays, I want to call to your attention that we have two for-credit courses available for spring that you might want to register for before the holiday break. Most faculty are eligible for free tuition for these courses.

We are excited to be offering both our EDU 285 and EDU 287 courses to you this Spring.  You’ll find descriptions, dates, and registration information for both courses below.

ELI will be offering a section of this 3-credit hour 8-week online course during our 3rd 8-week session which runs from February 23 – April 19.

The purpose of this course is to prepare experienced college faculty to teach existing online courses using new teaching strategies and new tools grounded in current research and best practices in online teaching and learning. Experienced college faculty will develop an enhanced understanding of essential online teaching and learning concepts and practices while experiencing an online course from the perspective of the learner.  Upon successful completion of the course participants will receive a VCCS certificate of completion signed by the Chancellor of the VCCS.

For information on the general course purpose, course prerequisites, course-level objectives, and a list of major course content topics, as well as for information on how to register for this course, please reference ELI’s Course Information Page for EDU 285.

ELI will also be offering a section of this 3-credit hour 12-week online course during our second 12-week session which runs from January 26 – April 19.

IDOL is a twelve-week online course designed for faculty who are interested in developing online or hybrid courses.  IDOL teaches you the ASSURE process for developing an online course that follows the national Quality Matters™ standards.   Upon successful completion of the course participants will receive a VCCS certificate of completion signed by the Chancellor of the VCCS.

For information on the general course purpose, course prerequisites, course-level objectives, and a list of major course content topics, as well as for information on how to register for this course, please reference ELI’s Course Information Page for EDU 287.

Please be on the lookout in January for an announcement of our full slate of Spring professional development offerings, including Blackboard training, hybrid certification workshops, training in technology tools like Blackboard Collaborate and Panopto lecture capture, and pedagogy workshops.

Dr. Jennifer E. Lerner
Associate Vice President for e-Learning
Northern Virginia Community College
Extended Learning Institute (ELI)
8333 Little River Turnpike
Annandale, VA 22003
Office: (703) 323-3807



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Educators’ Book Club

Would you like to join a book club to read and to discuss books about teaching and learning? Northern RCTE invites faculty from GCC, LFCC, and NOVA to join. Our first book will be How Learning Works. 

Here’s what you do:
1. Read the book

Susan Ambrose, Michael Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha Lovett, Marie Norman’s How Learning Works (2010),

2. Join the online discussion, Friday, February 13, 11-12 noon.  To register, email Nan Peck (

Future Titles Include:


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Upcoming Spring 2015 Peer Group Conferences

Accounting, Business and Economics, February 19-20, 2015, Omni Richmond

American Sign Language and Interpreters, February 28, Richmond area

for more information, go to

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