Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning ejournal

The current edition of Transformative Dialogues: teaching and learning ejournal, Volume 7, Issue 2, TA and Grad Student Experiences with SoTL, is newly published (and freely accessible)!

Transformative Dialogues is a forum for conversations intended to foster the improvement of adult teaching and learning. TD facilitates the multi-disciplinary exchange of ideas, actions, and results of innovative and professional practice in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

This is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal.

The articles are available as .pdf files. The reader can be downloaded for free from Adobe.

Tranformative Dialogues also has a call for submissions for Volume 8, Issue 1, which will be open until October 1, 2014. This will be an open issue and intended for publication January, 2015.

Read the previous issues of Transformative Dialogues!

If you do not already serve as a reviewer for Transformative Dialogues and are interested in applying to be a member of our Review Board please contact us at: TD@kpu.ca

Shifting the Education Paradigm: Biology Instruction for the 21st Century

ISBThe Institute for Systems Biology just published an article in their newsletter, Molecular Me.  cropped-sbctc-image.jpg

Shifting the Education Paradigm” shares pictures of Washington State CTC faculty learning from ISB scientists, as well as a snapshot timeline outlining collaborations between ISB and SBCTC.

Read all about it!

 

Announcing Our New OER Website: Open Washington

cropped-sbctc-image.jpgOLYMPIA, Wash. – The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) today launched OPEN Washington, a website that connects faculty to the nation’s finest open resources to save students money.

With OPEN Washington, SBCTC assembles links to top quality open educational resource collections and adds step-by-step training and other tools to help instructors identify, adopt and modify relevant materials. The goal is to make the best materials available to all students at a cost much lower than that of published textbooks.

The Open Educational Resources (OER) available through OPEN Washington are released under licenses managed by the nonprofit Creative Commons, allowing users to reuse, alter and repurpose the content with attribution.

OPEN Washington extends Washington state’s groundbreaking work in open education in a significant new direction. With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Washington state Legislature, SBCTC and community college faculty built the Open Course Library, a collection of open course materials for 81 of the community and technical college system’s highest-enrolled courses. SBCTC has also implemented an ‘open’ policy that ensures products of public and grant-funded educational projects at community and technical colleges are openly licensed and freely available.

In addition to assembling a high-quality collection of resources, OPEN Washington provides training materials and resources, stories of the impact of successful OER use in the Washington community and technical college system, and a community-driven Q&A forum to help instructors learn open licensing and how to use, license and modify OER in their own teaching. SBCTC’s  “How to Use OER” training course is nationally recognized for its success in teaching instructors and librarians how to use OER the right way. A self-paced version of that course is available on OPEN Washington.

“The value of the new site is that it provides a one-stop center for instructors and anyone else to find open resources and use them effectively,” said Mark Jenkins, SBCTC director for eLearning and open education. “OPEN Washington gives us the means to represent the best of what’s out there in OER and to provide help and resources for both new and experienced instructors committed to teaching with it.”

SBCTC is one of five organizations nationwide to provide training and support to all U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT grantees (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training) through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Products resulting from the DOL grants must be openly licensed. The other partners in this grant are Creative Commons, Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University and the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST).

CBE Coaching Webinar: Register Now!

WGUSupporting students in a competency-based education (CBE) program is somewhat different from traditional on-line programs. Most CBE programs offer some form of coaching to assist students in navigating through the program and keeping them on track.

Join presenters from Bellevue College, Broward College, Sinclair Community College, and Western Governors University and as they describe their unique student coaching models developed for and operating in their CBE programs. Each institution has developed a model for supporting their students that fits within the structure of their own campus operations. This interactive webinar will allow you hear about each model and ask questions of the presenters.

Who will benefit from attending: academic administrators developing CBE programs as well as faculty supporting CBE students

The webinar will be held on July 30 from 1:00 to 2:30 EDT/12:00 – 1:30 CDT/ 11:00 – 12:30 MDT/ 10:00 – 11:30 PDT/ 9:00 – 10:30 AKDT/9:00 – 10:30 HST.

You must register to participate. Registration is open until July 27.

The webinar will be archived in October 2014.

Questions?

Sally M. Johnstone
Vice President for Academic Advancement
Western Governors University
voice: 801.924 4662
email: sjohnstone@wgu.edu

 

The 2014 Kingsborough Autumn Institute on Learning Communities

kingboroughKingsborough Community College offers a two day series of active, collaborative, workshops on the “nuts and bolts” of designing and building learning communities and LC programs.  The autumn workshops will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 18 and 19, on our campus in Brooklyn, NY.

The workshops are appropriate for individuals new to learning communities as well as those who seek to reflect on and strengthen their practices.  We have been joined in the past by teams from across the nation, from two year and four year colleges. I’ve attached more detailed information to this email.

If you would like to send a team from your school we welcome you.

If you know of colleagues elsewhere who might be interested, please feel free to share the attached, or to direct them to Ms. Stephanie Akunvabey, Associate Director of Academic Affairs (stephanie.akunvabey@kbcc.cuny.edu; 718.368.6634).

NEH Enduring Questions Grant

neh_at_logoApply for an NEH Enduring Questions Grant!

The National Endowment for the Humanities/Natl. Fndn. on the Arts & Humanities Enduring Questions grant program supports faculty members in the teaching and development of a new course that will foster intellectual community through the study of an enduring question.

This question-driven course will encourage undergraduates and teachers to grapple with a fundamental concern of human life addressed by the humanities, and to join together in a deep and sustained program of reading in order to encounter influential thinkers over the centuries and into the present day.

 

Enduring Questions | National Endowment for the Humanities

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NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

neh_at_logoApply for a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant!

National Endowment for the Humanities/Natl. Fndn. on the Arts & Humanities is currently accepting proposals designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities.

By awarding relatively small grants to support the planning stages, NEH aims to encourage the development of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities.

Proposals should be for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the humanities.  Two levels of awards will be made in this program: Level I and Level II.

Level I awards are small grants designed to fund brainstorming sessions, workshops, early alpha-level prototypes, and initial planning.  In addition to early planning towards an innovative prototype, Level I proposals should identify a problem or research question, explore a research agenda, or discover appropriate methodologies or technologies.  Outcomes for Level I projects would likely include reports, position papers, and plans for subsequent steps and future research or development. Level I projects may also fund conferences or workshops addressing specific topics related to the impact of technology on the humanities.  Proposals should include specific plans for broad dissemination of project outcomes.

Level II awards are larger grants that can be used for more fully-formed projects that are ready to begin implementation or demonstrate proofs of concept. Level II proposals should therefore include a more articulated plan of work leading to concrete and tangible outcomes, such as working prototypes, test beds, or demonstration projects.

Applicants must state in their narrative which funding level they seek. Applicants should carefully choose the funding level appropriate to the needs of the proposed project.

Deadline: 09/11/2014

Program Number: 42117

DEADLINE NOTE
Program staff recommends that draft proposals (which are optional) be submitted at least six weeks before the deadline. Time constraints may prevent staff from reviewing draft proposals submitted after that date.

Student Retention Software Demos

SBCTC eLearningMark Carbon, of SBCTC’s eLearning department, has scheduled several student retention software demonstrations.  

If you are interested in attending (they are hosted via Collaborate and recorded), please visit the WAOL website.

If you have any questions, please contact Monique Kovalenko at mkovalenko@sbctc.edu

Webinar on Institutional Support and Resources for Online Accessibility

The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD for short) funded Suffolk University to collect data and produce a guide on an important topic around online accessibility– how to increase collaboration between Centers for Teaching and Learning (CTLs) and Offices of Disability Services (ODSs) to establish institutional support.

Join in the conversation on August 7th at 1PM (EST) to learn more!

Questions? Contact Kathryn Linder at klinder@SUFFOLK.EDU

RSVP here!

CTLs and ODSs

FREE Webinars on Academic Branding, Publishing, Coaching, and Dissertation Writing!

ACW ImagineHere’s a preview of the 12 webinars in the FREE Academic Coaching and Writing (ACW) Fall Webinar Series

Hosted by the John A. Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Information Technologies at the University of Notre Dame.

Academic Branding

Academic Branding: Improving Your Visibility, Network, and Career Opportunities

September 17, 2014

Academic branding puts you in the driver’s seat, allowing you to tell the story you want to tell about yourself, your scholarship, and your leadership.

REGISTER HERE

Conducting an Academic Job Search with Clarity, Positivity, and Resilience

October 1, 2014

In this webinar you will learn how to manage the uncertainty of an academic job search in ways that increase your clarity, positivity, and resilience.

REGISTER HERE

  1. Designing Your Online Presence to Promote Your Academic Persona

October 15, 2014

This webinar will introduce you to the most popular online platforms and tools and help you decide which ones to use to promote yourself and your academic work.

REGISTER HERE

Academic Publishing

Writing a Journal Article: How to Move from Evidence to Argument

September 11, 2014

This webinar will address the fundamentals of crafting successful article submissions in the sciences and social sciences.

REGISTER HERE

Writing an Academic Book Proposal

November 6, 2014

In this webinar you will learn how to start the process of writing a successful book proposal and how to find the best press for your academic book.

REGISTER HERE

Academic Coaching

Managing the Imposter Syndrome in Academia: How to Overcome Self-Doubt

September 25, 2014

Do you ever feel like an academic “imposter” or have negative thoughts about your capabilities? This webinar will help you rethink how you present yourself.

 REGISTER HERE

Getting in Sync With Your Tenure Clock

October 23, 2014

How do you create peace of mind when working against the tenure clock? Learn strategies to create a tenure plan and rethink your relationship to your tenure process.

REGISTER HERE

Developing an Academic Support Network

November 20, 2014

Have you found an academic team that will support you on your academic journey? Learn how to grow your network and ask for support.

REGISTER HERE

Dissertation Proposal Writing

Finding and Focusing Your Dissertation Topic: Setting Out on Your Dissertation Journey

August 14, 2014

In this webinar you will learn how to focus your topic and identify a gap in the literature.

REGISTER HERE

The Dissertation Proposal: Putting the Pieces Together

September 18, 2014

Completing a proposal is like doing a jigsaw puzzle with 1000 pieces. In this webinar you will learn how to write the problem statement and put the pieces together.

REGISTER HERE

The Review of Literature: Finding Your Way Out of the Literature Fog

October 16, 2014

In this webinar you will learn how to begin the literature review, organize your materials, decide when you’ve read enough, and synthesize the research.

REGISTER HERE

Selecting a Research Design that Aligns with Your Research Question

November 13, 2014

This webinar offers a crash course in understanding research methods and how to align them with your topic and research question.

REGISTER HERE

Visit http://www.academiccoachingandwriting.org/ for more information