12th Annual Summer Teaching Institute August 15, 16, 17

Summer Teaching Institute

Join us this August for our 12th Annual Summer Teaching Institute! We have a variety of sessions, and you may choose to attend as many or as few as you'd like. We are offering a number of sessions in the evenings this year as well. Registration is required. Visit http://www.grcc.edu/ctereg to register today!

Tuesday, August 15

9:00 am - noon: Getting Off to a Good Start

  • Facilitators: Christina McElwee, Deb Vilmont, Bill Faber
  • Description: There are many things to consider when preparing for the first few days of class and most of us know these first contact hours are crucial to the success of the year overall. Planning ahead will decrease anxiety and nervousness for both you and your students while increasing your excitement. This session helps you plan by providing suggestions for syllabus preparation, ideas for reviewing course objectives and expectations, strategies for creating meaningful first contact activities (including new ideas for "ice breakers" and "introductions"). Taking time to consider your options for engaging students at the start of class helps you create positive first impressions you can benefit from throughout the entire course. Bring a copy of your syllabus and your great ideas to share!

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Leveraging Blackboard to Maximize your Course

  • Facilitators: Chad Sytsma, Tony Dykema-VanderArk
  • Description: Learn to maximize the use of Blackboard in your course, whether teaching online or in a classroom setting. Learning will be focused on 7 different tools and features built right into Blackboard. *Adding in Folders, Web Links and Content, Availability and Announcements. *How to create and use the assignment feature to send and receive digital work. *Using Grade Center to create categories, columns, viewing and grading work submitted thru the Assignment feature. *Using the Discussion board to create, manage and grade digital discussions. *Adding Digital content such as incorporating YouTube videos (or adding links to other video content). *Creating and deploying tests and quizzes in your course including creating questions, importing question banks, creating tests and deploying tests

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Leveraging Blackboard to Maximize your Course

  • Facilitators: Chad Sytsma, Tony Dykema-VanderArk
  • Description: Learn to maximize the use of Blackboard in your course, whether teaching online or in a classroom setting. Learning will be focused on 7 different tools and features built right into Blackboard. *Adding in Folders, Web Links and Content, Availability and Announcements. *How to create and use the assignment feature to send and receive digital work. *Using Grade Center to create categories, columns, viewing and grading work submitted thru the Assignment feature. *Using the Discussion board to create, manage and grade digital discussions. *Adding Digital content such as incorporating YouTube videos (or adding links to other video content). *Creating and deploying tests and quizzes in your course including creating questions, importing question banks, creating tests and deploying tests

Wednesday, August 16

9:00 am - noon: Online Teaching Challenges and Strategies

  • Facilitators: Garry Brand, Meegan Willi
  • Description: This workshop will tackle some of the toughest online teaching challenges and share proven strategies for success. Experienced faculty will discuss topics like managing multiple sessions, handling challenging students, and promoting active discussions. Participants will get hands-on time to implement at least one of the strategies.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Adding Images and Video to Your Course Using SnagIt, Relay, and Camtasia

  • Facilitators: Tony Dykema-VanderArk, Meegan Willi
  • Description: This session will introduce you to a suite of three tools from TechSmith that are available to all faculty and staff at GRCC. SnagIt is a robust screen-capture tool that can be used to create and mark up screenshots or to create short videos and GIFs. Relay allows users to capture lectures or lessons in longer videos. Camtasia offers a rich video creation and editing tool with a wide range of capabilities. This session will introduce the basic functions of each tool, highlight some of the more advanced features of each, and allow lots of time for hands-on practice.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Honor Projects

  • Facilitator: Mursalata Muhammad
  • Description: The Honors Project session will guide you through revising an Honors Project draft into a final version for Winter 2017, Summer 2018, and/or Fall 2018. Once you sign up, You'll receive an email with information, instructions, and examples for how to prepare an Honors Project draft - if you don't already have one. Target dates for finalized projects are: Winter 2017 - Wed, Sept. 13, 2017; Summer 2018 - Wed, Sept. 13 or Nov. 11, 2017; Fall 2018 - Wed. Jan. 24, 2018.

Thursday, August 17

9:00 am - noon: GRCC's Latest Tool for Student Engagement: The Lightboard

  • Facilitators: Klaas Kwant, Garry Brand, Bill Faber, Rafael Pastrano
  • Description: Our new Lightboard is a "glass chalkboard pumped full of light. It's for recording video lecture topics. You face toward your viewers, and your writing glows in front of you." http://lightboard.info/ In this hands-on session, we will introduce you to the tool, give you time to plan out a video session, provide examples and even do some recording.

10:00 am - noon: Learning Through Serving

  • Facilitator: Melanie Schiele Gady
  • Description: This workshop will guide you through the why's, how's, reflection, and assessments of service learning so you can be prepared as an instructor to bring this to your courses.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom

  • Facilitators: Tamber Bustance
  • Description: How do we make the most of controversial moments in the classroom? According to researchers, “controversy can be a useful, powerful, and memorable tool to promote learning” (University of Michigan, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching). In Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom, participants will discuss the boundaries of civil discourse in the classroom, examine facilitation process tools and determine strategies for responding to tensions in the classroom.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Talking to Students about Academic Pathways

  • Facilitators: Jennifer Batten
  • Description: This session first provides an overview of GRCC’s Academic Pathways Initiative. The discussion will explain the curriculum development process and the changes to the student experience including the application, new student orientation, customer relations management communications, and the declaration of academic program process. The conversation will then cover the new Pathway Concentration A.A. degrees and their relationship to current academic programs. We will have an in depth look at the part of the College Catalog that pertains to Academic Pathways and will talk about how you can use this information to help your students successfully graduate and move to their chosen transfer program or career.

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Getting Off to a Good Start

  • Facilitators: Christina McElwee, Deb Vilmont, Bill Faber
  • Description: There are many things to consider when preparing for the first few days of class and most of us know these first contact hours are crucial to the success of the year overall. Planning ahead will decrease anxiety and nervousness for both you and your students while increasing your excitement. This session helps you plan by providing suggestions for syllabus preparation, ideas for reviewing course objectives and expectations, strategies for creating meaningful first contact activities (including new ideas for "ice breakers" and "introductions"). Taking time to consider your options for engaging students at the start of class helps you create positive first impressions you can benefit from throughout the entire course. Bring a copy of your syllabus and your great ideas to share!

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Advanced Placement (AP) & GRCC

  • ​​​​​Facilitator: Mursalata Muhammad
  • Description: Did you know a number of GRCC part-time and full-time faculty participate in The College Board's Advanced Placement (AP program? This session will provide an open discussion about intersections between the AP program and community colleges. Our focus will be on beginning a dialogue about how GRCC fits into this multi-dimensional segment of higher education, where issues of equity and access have become a focal point. Our discussion may include but is not limited to issues related to curriculum, employment (as AP readers), grades 7 - 2yr college collaborations/partnerships, 2yr colleges - 4yr college relationships. For more information about The College Board's AP Higher Education department go to: https://aphighered.collegeboard.org/.

Registration is available at http://www.grcc.edu/ctereg.