A Little Professional Development

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Hands down, the Virginia Community College offers some amazing professional development opportunities. While I hope to see many of you at the VCCS signature conference, New Horizons on April 12-14, the reality remains that not every staff or faculty member has the ability to attend. We have a lot of work to do in order to offer more digitized means of professional development. However, there are a few upcoming opportunities that need highlighting.

Join Northern Virginia Community College’s Extended Learning Institute in recognizing Open Education Week, March 27 – 31, 2017, by attending NOVA Opens Up, a virtual conference. All are welcome to attend 20 minute power talks relating to best practices, strategies, resources for the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in your courses.  Network with colleagues and start conversations. For complete information and to register: libguides.nvcc.edu/oer/openedweek

Online Interactivity and Engagement: A Mini-Course*
Whether an online or face to face course, interactivity and engagement in the digital course space is important to student success. Per a recent study of community colleges, persistence from fall to fall is 80% if the students are “averagely engaged” within their LMS. Persistence drops to 37% when students are not engaged. Within this mini course, explore ways in which faculty can diversify how students are engaged digitally and how to provide for more opportunities for interaction online.

Course dates: March 27th-April 10th

This course is open to all faculty and staff. The mini course is completely online, asynchronous and will take 1-2 hours to complete. All activities must be completed by April 10th to receive a certificate of completion.

To sign up for this mini professional development session, visit: https://goo.gl/forms/FschQklWFh9GXYxO2

Registration ends March 17th

*This first course is a pilot and also allows for demonstration of the learning management system, Schoology, on the LMS Needs Assessment vendor short list.

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