Thursday, May 11, 2017

2017 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference

The 2017 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference will be held on Friday, July 21 here at Virginia Western. This is a no-cost, one-day conference and professional development opportunity open to all faculty and staff from Virginia Western Community College, New River Community College, and Central Virginia Community College.

Dr. Brett Jones, a full Professor in the Educational Psychology program within the School of Education at Virginia Tech, will be our keynote speaker. His topic is Designing Instruction to Motivate Students. For more information about Dr. Jones, please visit: http://www.soe.vt.edu/edpsych/faculty/Brett_Jones.html

Time: Friday, July 21, 2017 from 8am to 4:15pm
Location: HP Multipurpose Room 208/210
Registration is now open at: https://tinyurl.com/mhsszkq
Session Descriptions and Presenter Bios are available now
Conference Agenda:


Time
Event and Location
8:00 – 9:00
Registration and Breakfast: HP208/210 HP (Fralin Center for Science and Health Professions)
9:00 – 9:10
Welcome Remarks – Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Virginia Western Community College
9:15 – 10:45
Designing Instruction to Motivate Students
Keynote – Dr. Brett Jones, Professor, Virginia Tech


HP341

HP208/210

Business Science Building 245
11:00  – 12:00

Session One
ePortfolios for Deep Learning and Authentic Assessment
Dr. Marc Zaldivar, Virginia Tech
What’s New in Blackboard Learn?
Krista Martin, Zeina Habal, Lisa Andion , Blackboard
Online Engineering: Lessons Learned from a New Online Instructor
George Studtmann, Virginia Western Community College
Noon  – 1:00
Work Lunch
(HP208/210)
Luncheon/Keynote – HP208/210
Big Challenges and Bigger Opportunities: The Intersection of Instructional Technology and Student Success within the VCCS
Jenny Quarles, Director of VCCS Teaching and Learning Technology
1:15  – 2:30

Session Two
What You May not Know about Blackboard: Tricks and Tips
Miriam Basinger, Blue Ridge Community College,
Simple Techniques for Using Technology to Enhance Your Teaching
 Dr. David Halpin, Carilion Clinic/Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Creating Effective Rubrics and Providing Valuable Feedback
Dorothy Connelly, Blue Ridge Community College

Break
2:45  – 4:00

Faculty Showcases of Teaching Strategies and Lessons Learned in the Field of Online/Hybrid Education - HP208/210
Heather Derrick, Virginia Western Community College; Dr. Pablo Chalmeta, New River Community College; Dr. Cynthia Lofaso, Central Virginia Community College
4:00  – 4:15
Closing Remarks and Door Prize– HP208/210
** Blackboard Drop-in Session (1:00pm to 3:45pm at Business Science Building 269): Stop by and ask your VCCS Account Team from Blackboard all of your Blackboard questions.

This conference is co-sponsored by the VCCS Paul Lee Professional Development Mini-Grant and partners with Central Virginia Community College and New River Community College.

Monday, June 6, 2016

2016 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference

The 2016 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference will be held on Friday, July 29 here at Virginia Western. This is a no-cost, one-day conference and professional development opportunity open to all faculty and staff from Virginia Western Community College, New River Community College, and Central Virginia Community College.

Dr. Greg Sherman, Associate Professor, from Radford University will be our keynote speaker. His topic is Lessons from the Field: Strategies and Tools to Improve the Effectiveness of Technology-Supported Course Experience. For more information about Dr. Sherman: http://tinyurl.com/zs8v9u7

Time: Friday, July 29, 2016 from 8am to 4:15pm
Location: HP Multipurpose Room 208/210
Registration is now open at: http://tinyurl.com/zooz8rc
Session Descriptions and Presenter Bios: http://tinyurl.com/jndm35u
Conference Agenda:

Time
Topic and Location
8:00 – 9:00
Registration and Breakfast (Provided): HP208/210
9:00 – 9:10
Welcome Remarks – Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Virginia Western Community College
9:15 – 10:45
Lessons from the Field: Strategies and Tools to Improve the Effectiveness of Technology-Supported Course Experiences
Keynote – Dr. Greg Sherman, Associate Professor, Radford University

Concurrent Session One
HP341
Concurrent Session Two
HP208/210
Concurrent Session Three
Business Science Building M302
11:00  – 12:00
Best Practices in Online/Blended Learning
Kenyada McLeod, John Tyler Community College
What’s New in Blackboard Learn?
Tammy Jolley, Blackboard
OER for Instructors: Sharing Your Work with the World
Dale Dulaney, Virginia Western Community College
Noon  – 1:00
Lunch (Provided) – HP208/210 (Update on Teaching and Learning Resources)
1:00  – 2:15
Discover Collaborate Ultra: A Hands On Experience
Tammy Jolley, Blackboard
Strategies for Preventing Online Cheating and Plagiarism
Dr. David Halpin, Carilion Clinic/Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Integrating Panopto and Blackboard
Timothy Hoffman, Rappahannock Community College

Break
2:30  – 3:45
How to Make Your Life Easier: Blackboard Tricks and Tips
Miriam Basinger, Blue Ridge Community College
Faculty Showcases: Online/Hybrid Instructional Strategies
Jonathan Bayer, Virginia Western Community College; Peggy Dunn, New River Community College; Lana Velez, Central Virginia Community College
From Scratch or Adoption? Reflections on Different Ways of Constructing an OER Class
Dr. Ivan Guajardo and Sandra Kelly, Virginia Western Community College
4:00  – 4:15
Closing Remarks and Door Prize– HP208/210

VWCC faculty who complete the full-day mini-conference will receive a certificate equivalent to the completion of two-weeks of TOTAL workshop credits
. These credits will contribute to satisfying the “Professional Development Objectives for Faculty Teaching Hybrid and Online Courses” as outlined in the new Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan (see page 9). For faculty who anticipate teaching only on-campus courses, these credits will also be considered “appropriate training in teaching with technology” that will contribute to meeting the  professional development objectives in the teaching domain of the new Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan (see page 9).

This conference is co-sponsored by the VCCS Paul Lee Professional Development Mini-Grantand partners with Central Virginia Community College and New River Community College.