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Topics in Online Teaching and Learning Workshops


Faculty who teach (or want to teach) blended and online courses are invited to participate in any of ELI’s November TOTAL workshops:


  • Developing Collaborative Activities  (November 11 – November 24)
  • Designing Rubrics and Providing Feedback  (November 11 – December 15; no activities Thanksgiving week)
  • Writing Directions  (November 11 – November 24)


The workshops are facilitated online in Blackboard and involve reading/viewing assignments, application assignments, and interaction with colleagues.    See the TOTAL project website (https://sites.google.com/a/email.vccs.edu/vccs-total-project/home-1/workshops) for specific workshop descriptions.  Each workshop requires 5 – 8 hours of work per week.  Consider the workload carefully before registering for multiple workshops at the same time.  Most TOTAL workshops are repeated each semester.


Registration for the November workshops is open now and closes at noon on November 8.  To register for a workshop:

  1. Log into NOVA Academy (https://covkc.virginia.gov/nvcc).  See HR’s professional development page (NOVA web site > Faculty & Staff >Human Resources > Professional Development) for NOVA Academy login directions and a user guide.
  2. Select Course Catalog in the Learning Center menu at the top of the page.
  3. Search on VCCS total to see the TOTAL workshops listed.  (Ignore the “classroom” description; NOVA Academy does not recognize Blackboard as a delivery method.)
  4. Click on a workshop to see the section(s) available.
  5. Click on a section to enroll or manage your enrollment.   All those enrolled will receive an email announcement with workshop directions on or before the first day of the workshop.


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

2014 Power Up your Pedagogy Conference Registration Continues

Colleagues – – Registration Continues!

Power Up Your Pedagogy

The Ninth Annual Power UP your Pedagogy (PUP) Conference is OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!  All Faculty and Professional Staff are cordially invited.

It is an online registration—Just click on this link.
And then on the Registration Tab.

(Faculty relaxing in the 2013 conference lounge)


PUP is an exciting, award-winning, professional development conference that brings all NOVA faculty together.  PUP is YOUR conference presented by YOUR colleagues. You will leave with amazing new insights about the best teaching practices, the best teaching tips and tricks and the very best ideas about teaching and especially about teaching at NOVA! Cluster Meetings are also part of the conference.

The 2014 PUP 21st Century Teaching & Learning

January 8th and 9th on the Annandale Campus

Register Now!

We have reviewed some wonderful proposals and have exciting speakers for the conference. You will see the following:

  • Interactive peer presentations are at the heart of the conference.  You may choose to attend a variety of sessions such as:
    • Many interactive 45-minute breakout sessions
    • Dynamic two-hour workshops
    • Topical Interest Groups
    • Three important conference addresses highlight the conference. Learn from our leaders:
      • Dr. Robert Templin will give a welcoming address to open the conference
      • Robert Bausch, the 2013 NOVA SCHEV Award winner will give us his insights on teaching.
      • And,  continuing last year’s amazing success with a Second Day Plenary Speaker: Dr. Bryan Alexander, an educational futurist.
  • Also featured  this year:
    •  an Active Backchannel to make it your own conference:  A backchannel conversation is one that occurs concurrently with the main conference and gives voice to attendees.  Each can add content to the conference, comment on it as it progresses, and share inspirations from it.  Here are the PUP backchannels:
  • PUP twitter feed #PUP14.
  • A PUP blog page on which to enter comments as replies.
  • Whiteboards for your written and drawn comments
  • Face to face conversations in the PUP lounge area.
  • A Project Poster Presentation hosted by adjunct and fulltime faculty in the Gym
  • An exhibition of Learning Spaces of the Future
  • A Vendor Fair that lets you visit with representatives of companies dedicated to supporting education in the CE Forum
  • PUP has an important commitment to sustainability.   When you register you’ll be able to choose how you want to receive your program – in a printed format, or electronically.  You’ll also be able to print your individual conference schedule through the Conference Event Planner, just as soon as the program is finalized.  We’ll let you know.  (Printed programs will only be available to those who indicated they want one during the registration process.  They won’t be available at the conference.)

Every attempt is being made to be sure that everyone, even those who only attend Cluster Meetings, receives a lunch.   The lunches are the single largest expense for PUP.  In these tight economic times, it is imperative that we have an accurate count of those who wish lunch.   The only way to count YOU is by your registration.  You must register even if you only plan to attend the Cluster meetings.

 NOVA Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Student Spotlight: Eugene Malts

Eugene Malts


photo 1Where do I start? I remember how I was debating with myself concerning my future. It was summer in Russia. Meanwhile, I was sitting on the corner of the street in my hometown in Siberia. The debate was concerning my future life, to be exact, should I move to the USA or to stay where I belong, in Siberia? In this particular case, I believe my major experience is the immigration to the USA.

It is August of 2012, and I’m taking a placement test to measure my English language skills. The test placed me in an ESL class, where I belong.

During my ESL experience for almost 1.5 year, I’ve struggled and didn’t get any useful advice from surrounding me people due to limited English.

In my last level of the ESL, I realized something that will change my views, and an attitude towards the education.

My friends and I decided to open an interest group to gather those shy, inexperienced, and, you know, brilliant students all over the campus to help them adjust to American college system and, of course, improve their English. Obviously, our advisors made a crucial impact on our club. The most important thing is to believe that we can make it. Imagine the amateur group of students with noble spirits evolved into the established club. As the president, I’m learning how to lead and how to be a good role model for those, like me in the past, who is struggling.

I would never imagine that the idea was so successful and we built up a team, which is working hard to make sure our moral to help brilliant students’ works.

After a year and a half of hard work, I’m sitting in a college composition class debating on George Orwell’s works in my head. Did I mention that I finished struggling? No, I’m still struggling, learning more and believe that impossible could be possible. And there is a tip to a Good Samaritan: hard work always pays off.