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Summer Teaching Institute

Summer Teaching Institute

The 2014 STI is complete!  Thank you to everyone who attended!

Formerly known as the Summer Technology Institute, this year we expanded the institute offerings to include two non-technology sessions. The new sessions gave faculty the opportunity to spend more time focusing on aspects of their teaching not directly tied to any technology. With the expansion comes the new moniker. 

Here is this year's agenda:

  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014:

    • UDL & Accessibility, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 425 Calkins Science Center (CSC)
      Facilitator: Cheryl Kautz
      Description: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone -- not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs. This session provides an introduction on incorporating universal design principles and accessible content into courses. While we will cover some of the same material that has been presented in the past, we will incorporate some new tips in this session.

    • Blackboard Basics, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 425 CSC
      Facilitators: Chad Sytsma & Tony Dykema-VanderArk
      Description: This session is designed to get you started using the basic functions of Blackboard 9.  Blackboard is GRCC’s course management system that allows you to communicate with your students. The basic items explored in this session will include a general overview and capabilities of Blackboard, using the Control Panel (edit mode) and Course Availability, managing the course menu, creating an announcement, populating content areas with items, adding folders and files, accessing the grade center to add columns and grades, and where to find support for Blackboard at GRCC.


    • Getting Off to a Good Start, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 406 CSC
      Facilitators: Deb Vilmont & Mursalata Muhammad
      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.

  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014:

    • Instructor Presence in the Online Classroom, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 425 CSC
      Facilitators: Garry Brand & Megan Stewart
      Description: Online instructors use their presence in the online classroom to let students know that there is actually someone leading their educational experience. This session will focus on the importance of instructor presence and give you practical tools and advice to build your own instructor presence in the online environment.

    • Blackboard Grade Center, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 425 CSC
      Facilitators: Chad Sytsma & Garry Brand
      Description: The Blackboard Grade Center is a powerful tool that supports custom grading scales, grade weighting, item analysis, and multiple gradebook views. This session will introduce faculty to the capabilities of the Grade Center and show faculty how to use the basic functions of the grade center including creating a column, organizing columns, creating customized views, working with Grade Center reports, and downloading grades to Microsoft Excel.


    •  Building Classroom Community, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, 406 CSC
      Facilitators: Deb Vilmont & Mursalata Muhammad
      Description: Many people, faculty and students alike, sometimes miss the significance of seeing the classroom as a community. Getting to know your students and establishing a positive classroom environment can greatly increase student success.  Creating a community of learners is the foundation of effective teaching.  This session addresses what it means to build classroom community by taking you beyond knowing your students' names.  This session will help you build successful classroom communities by exploring ideas and activities that encourage engagement and help you promote student confidence and collaboration in a welcoming environment.

  • Thursday, August 14, 2014:

    • Blackboard Content System, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 425 CSC
      Facilitators: Meegan Willi, Chad Sytsma & Tony Dykema-VanderArk
      Description: The Blackboard Content System (Bb CS) is a powerful tool that provides each faculty member with 5 gigabytes of file storage accessible from on- and off-campus that you can use to store files for both public and private purposes. The Bb CS can be used to seamlessly update files used in Blackboard courses. This session will provide an overview and introduction to the Bb CS and provide you with all the tools necessary for you to get up and running.

In addition to the scheduled sessions, there will also be some open lab time. The CTE Faculty Facilitators will host drop-in hours from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm on Thursday, August 14. The DLIT Staff and Faculty Facilitators will host drop-in hours from 1:00-4:00 pm on Thursday, August 14.