Final Northern RCTE Offering for Spring 2015

Social Media and Students, April 10, 11-12 online. Andree Betancourt, NOVA Professor of Film Studies, to facilitate (

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Nan Peck
Faculty Coordinator
VCCS Northern Regional Center for Teaching Excellence


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Northern Regional Center for Teaching Excellence

Please join me in thanking the members of our 2014-2015 Advisory Board to the Northern RCTE:

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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Finishing the Academic Year 2014-2015

As another academic year comes to a close, I want to thank all of you for your support and contributions to the excellent teaching and learning that we offer one another and our students in the Virginia community colleges.  It’s been a pleasure working with you.

I will be stepping down from my post as faculty coordinator for the VCCS Northern Regional Center for Teaching Excellence. I’ve enjoyed working with colleagues at GCC, LFCC, and NOVA, and with the other regional chairs.

Many thanks to the VCCS staff in the Office of Professional Development. They continue to offer excellent support and encouragement.

Have a great summer!

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IDOL Course April-June

Creating Learning Online with Universal Design (CLOUD) is a ten week online course focusing on instructional design (theories and models), using open educational resources, universal design for learning, and reusable learning objects.  The following learning units make up the CLOUD course:

  1. Introduction to Learning Theory
  2. Learner Motivation
  3. Instructional Design Models
  4. Reusable Learning Objects
  5. Alignment
  6. Universal Design
  7. Trends in Instructional Design
  8. Open Educational Resources (OER)
  9. Evaluating Instructional Media and Technology
  10. Self-Reflection

There is no charge for taking this course, and participants will each receive a 32 GB flash drive to store the content they are creating and 20 hours of professional development.  In order to sign up for the course you must have successfully completed the VCCS course Instructional Design for Online Learning (IDOL – EDU 287). The course will be offered beginning April 19 and will end on June 26, 2014.

To enroll in the course, please contact C.J. Bracken at expressing your interest.  In your email please note where you took IDOL and what college you are representing from within the VCCS.  You must be an active full time or adjunct faculty member within the VCCS.  There will be a total of three (3) sections offered so space is limited to only 45 participants, please email no later than April 17, 2015 expressing your interest.

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Diversity in Learning, April 8, 12-2, NOVA Annandale

Diversity Week Flyer

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April 9, 2015 Civil War Anniversary on C-SPAN3

On April 9, 1865, after four years of war, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee met Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in the village of Appomattox Court House and surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia. Although other Confederate armies were still active in the field, Lee’s surrender effectively ended the Civil War.

C-SPAN Classroom has aggregated several video clips of historians and National Park Service rangers describing the surrounding events that help paint the scene leading up to General Lee’s surrender:

This Thursday, American History TV on C-SPAN3 will also broadcast LIVE from Appomattox Court House National Historical Park at 1:30pm ET for a ceremony marking the exact time 150 years ago that Grant and Lee met at the McLean House to discuss terms of surrender. The event includes a keynote address by historian Ed Ayers, University of Richmond president, as well as re-enactments of Grant’s arrival at the McLean House and Lee’s departure following his surrender. Other speakers include descendents of key Grant and Lee aides who took part in that historic meeting.

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Webinar on First Year Teaching

Taking on your first teaching post can be an exhilarating but daunting experience.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 12 noon

If you or someone you know is just starting out in higher ed, this free program on How to Survive Your First Year of Teaching will help get things started on the right foot.

In this live, 30-minute session, you’ll discover timely strategies for becoming an effective teacher from James M. Lang, Ph.D., a professor of English and the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College. Lang has worked with new faculty on their professional development throughout his accomplished career.

>>Join us Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 1:00 pm Central <<
>> Use coupon code TALKHIGHERED to attend at no cost! <<

Register today to hear Dr. Lang address key questions, including:
• What are the most important things for new faculty to know or consider before they step into the classroom for the first time?
• How much do new faculty need to know about the research in student learning before they start teaching?
• What are the primary challenges that new faculty face in the classroom, or in their careers?
• How can new faculty continue to grow and develop as teachers as they move through the first years of their careers?

If you’re unavailable at the time of the broadcast, we encourage you to register anyway. We’ll send you a link to the recording a couple days after the event.

Remember, use coupon code TALKHIGHERED to get your free registration.

Questions should be directed to our customer service department at

This seminar is sponsored by The Teaching Professor. We hope to “see” you on Tuesday, April 14 at 12 noon.


Mary Bart
Teaching Professor group manager
Magna Publications

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NISOD Webinar Instructor Preparation Academy

Engaging New Faculty Through an Instructor Preparation Academy

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 2-3 p.m.

Transitioning from industry to academia represents a unique type of career change. Examine how Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) uses an Instructor Preparation Academy to prepare and support faculty members in their new profession as educators. By the end of this webinar, participants will understand NWTC’s philosophy about hiring industry experts for faculty positions, the key components used during the Instructor Preparation Academy, how to use Faculty Learning Communities as a support system and instructional cohort, and how to create an Individualized Professional Development Plan.

Cliff Goodacre, Faculty Development Consultant, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College; Stephanie Atkins, Faculty Development Consultant, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Registration is required,

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NISOD Webinar on Engaged Learning

Community College Facilities Unleash the Power of Engaged Learning

We know that community college students learn through their engagement with student activities such as clubs, athletics, and travel. Some two-year institutions have been successful in creating informal learning opportunities through dedicated facilities such as art galleries, museums, and planetariums. Brenda Hanegan, Gallery Director and Fine Arts Instructor at Delgado Community College, describes how their gallery provides learning space that is used for standard classroom courses and for informal learning. A recent project involved students in the creation of a huge replica of George Washington’s nose.

Brenda Hanegan, Gallery Director and Fine Arts Instructor, Delgado Community College; Larry Miller, Senior Director, Community College Relations, The New Media Consortium

Tuesday, April 7
Eastern: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Sponsored by NISOD,

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Virginia Master Teacher Seminar

As the last blasts of winter come through, it is time to begin getting ready for this summer’s Virginia Master Teacher Seminar. We are continuing a tradition started by W. Terry Whisnant and John J. Cavan.

First, let me begin by thanking each you for your continuous support of The Virginia Master Teacher Seminar. We are celebrating our silver anniversary this summer. Twenty-five years of first class professional development programming for community college faculty would not be possible without the support of visionary administrators.

The focus of the entire seminar is improving classroom instruction. The cost for the seminar is $900.00. That includes registration, conference materials, room and board. As always, if your faculty attendees are not completely satisfied, we offer a no questions asked money back guarantee.

We are now recruiting for the 2015 seminar. The Virginia Master Teacher Seminar will once again be sponsored by Southside Virginia Community College and hosted by Hampden-Sydney College. The dates are June 28-July 2, 2015. Please visit our website ( and please share the link with your faculty so they can learn more about why over 500 instructors from Virginia’s Community Colleges have participated in the seminar over the last twenty-four years.   Should you have questions please contact me.

Stephen Walker, Seminar Director

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SCHEV RFP for Implement PD Programs

SCHEV’s Request for Proposal (RFP) for its 2015-2016 Improving Teacher Quality State (ITQ) Grant competition. This is an opportunity for  faculty in your School of Arts and Sciences to collaborate with your School of Education and partner with high-need local school divisions to design and implement PD programs that will improve student achievement.  This year’s competition will give considerable priority to professional development proposals that focus on middle school Mathematics, Science, English and other core academic areas that increase academic achievement and align with state educational initiatives.  While applicants can submit proposals for any content area, we strongly recommend the submission of proposals for professional development activities that:

  •  Promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) instruction, or
  • Advance one of three priorities identified by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE):
    • improvement of K-5 content area nonfiction reading and writing
    • enhancement of college and career readiness skills in argumentation, persuasive writing and research
    • implementation of research-based strategies that support  instruction for English language learners

Additional information is available at SCHEV’s website at via the “Popular Links” section or you may contact Ms. Darlene Derricott by telephone at 804.225.2621 or by email at

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NISOD Webinar on Constructing Argumentative Essays

Critical Thinking in Action: A Step-by–Step Approach to Using Content to Construct Argumentative Essays in Any Class

NISOD is sponsoring this free webinar which begins with a summary of research that shows the specific flaws in how people use evidence. Next, the facilitator provides an overview of the single methodology that has shown measureable gains in critical thinking skills. Building on that foundation, a step-by-step approach to applying this skill to any content area is provided, resulting in quality argumentative essays that are rich with evidence.

Dr. John Eigenauer, Professor, Philosophy and English, Taft College

Thursday, March 26
Eastern: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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