We are excited to announce Sam Ballard as the newest member of the TLC team. Sam stepped into his role as IT Specialist on October 12. He is responsible for CSC Online-Sakai, the academic web, and web log (blog) support. In coming months, he will expand services to include instructional media production and post-production services.
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Computers are great for getting things done. Unfortunately, as is the case with many tools, computing can take up a lot of time and energy. This is why automation software is heroic; it steps in and elbows inefficiency out of the way!
Because professors spend a good deal of their time writing, editing, and grading papers, text automation and expansion tools are particularly useful. Boiled down to its essence, text automation and expansion makes it possible for a writer to type a short snippet of text to generate a longer, predefined text. With powerful “text expanders,” such as PhraseExpress, it is possible to work quickly without sacrificing quality. Not only can you save on time and energy, but you might also save money on your carpal tunnel medical bills!
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The online learning company, lynda.com, provides opportunities to advance professional and personal development goals and acquire new skills in a wide range of topics from business and technology to art and design. The company’s extensive online library of courses and tutorials is a valuable resource for faculty and staff interested in exploring academic areas of interest, seeking professional development, or looking to fulfill a MAP or PAR goal.
Currently, this service is free and available to CSC faculty and staff in Academic Affairs. The Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) has a limited number of lynda.com licenses available for use, so leap at this chance to “check out” a license and learn something new at your own pace!
As technology develops at an accelerating pace, it is important to stay current with the latest instructional technology trends. The Teaching & Learning Center aspires to provide the resources necessary for evaluating technologies that have the potential to alter the instructional landscape at Chadron State College.
The TLC blog is itself an example of how technology alters the way in which we now share knowledge; it has become a resource to communicate newly acquired products and newly developed services offered by the TLC. These resources also include specifically designated faculty multiuse spaces designed so that technically adept staff are always nearby to help. We anticipate providing a Teaching & Learning Center that incorporates modern wireless standards and provides a test-bed for proofing a variety of technologies for classroom and online environments.
The TLC Advisory Committee is chaired by the Dean of Essential Studies and Liberal Arts, Jim Margetts, and includes the following members:
We will offer three workshops during the fall semester that are designed to accommodate busy faculty schedules, to expose faculty to new instructional technologies, to engage faculty in MAP priorities and goals, and to provide faculty members with a useful product they can incorporate immediately into their teaching. Some of the defining features of the overhauled workshops are explained below:
Alex (pictured below) is a recent graduate of CSC’s business program and is currently working toward his MBA. This summer, Alex was an accounting intern at an oil and gas company in the Denver area; he gained some valuable experience in customer relations, accounting, and a variety of industry-standard applications.
Over the summer, a new faculty space has evolved in the “garden level” location of the Old Administration Building. ADM 030 is the official location of the Teaching & Learning Center’s Faculty Multiuse Room.
The room (pictured below) is designed for a variety of uses—workshops, seminars, webinars, small group collaboration, meetings, lunch-and-learns, new media development, emerging technology experimentation, and, more simply, functions as a quiet spot to read, browse the Web, or otherwise gather one’s wits. To date, the room features a kitchenette (refrigerator, counter space, and sink), movable tables and chairs, and three 65-inch touch-enabled computer displays. Very soon, the room will be outfitted with comfortable soft seating and torchiere lighting, as well as a stand-up workstation that is intended to facilitate one-on-one collaborations or solo projects.
Please note the following Teaching and Learning Center events for February 2015. For more information about all Teaching and Learning Center events, please visit the Events Page.
Workshops To register for any workshops in Spring 2015, please visit the registration page.
February 2, 4, 10, 12, Library 106 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Using WordPress as a Framework for Building Courses In this session, faculty will learn about options, plugins and templates that are available to use WordPress to build courses. Examples by CSC faculty will be showcased.
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The first is a Brown Bag event on February 20.
February 20 2015 Noon – 1:00 in Library 111 Blended Learning In this event, faculty members will discuss challenges and strategies in design and delivery of blended classes.
The second opportunity is a MOOC from Canvas Network which begins on February 23. The course is called Becoming a Blended Learning Designer (BlendKit 2015). To learn more about the course and certificate options available, please visit the course description page at Canvas Network.