Center for Teaching and Learning

Spring 2015 Newsletter

SCC's Center for Teaching and Learning Mission

The Center for Teaching and Learning at Scottsdale Community College provides opportunities for faculty professional development to promote innovation and excellence in teaching and learning to enable student success.

Useful Tools

Quality Matters

Quality Matters (QM) is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to continuous improvement in online education and student learning. QM subscribers include community and technical colleges, colleges and universities, K-12 schools and systems, government agencies, corporations, and other education-related organizations.

The program features:

  • Faculty-centered, continuous improvement models for assuring the quality of online courses through peer review
  • Professional development workshops and certification courses for instructors and online learning professionals
  • Rubrics for applying quality standards to course design

SCC (along with all other MCCCD schools) has adopted Quality Matters as a standard for online and hybrid courses. If you are interested in learning more about QM and how it can help improve your courses, drop by our QM Open House on Friday, April 3rd between 1:30 and 3:30 PM in IT111.

Strategic Enrollment Management

There are many efforts at SCC to look at ways we can recruit, keep, and graduate our students. This is the focus of the Strategic Enrollment Management Committee. As Dr. Corr has mentioned, SCC has an excellent rate of fall-to-fall retention, but there is always room for improvement.

With enrollment now open, there are a few things you can do to encourage your students to enroll now for the summer and fall semester.

  • Send an email and make in-class announcements to your students to let them know about early enrollment. Here is a sample letter you can modify and use.
  • Send emails to former students in your program and who have completed one of your classes to encourage them to return and register early.
  • Some students find spring break to be disruptive to their regular routine and do not come back. If you find that your students haven't come back to class, send email or text telling them they were missed and asking them if they need help.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that are copyright-free or have been released under a copyright license that permits others to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute them. Examples of OER include: full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.

Scottsdale Community College is paving the way for OER in a number of ways.

  • Departmental adoption of OER materials. The Math (several classes), Reading (RDG091) and Chemistry (CHM130LL) departments have adopted, adapted and created OER materials that are available for their students use, reducing costs to students and ensuring that students have access to these materials on the first day of class.
  • Use of OER. Many faculty across the SCC are using OER materials in their classes. Students can now search the schedule for classes that are "no cost" or "low cost" <$40 enabling them to be able to make choices about the cost of their education.
  • OER Working Group. The OER Working Group is collaborating on events and developing materials to raise campus awareness of OER. They produced this flyer on the basics of OER.

Online Support

SmarterMeasure - Online Readiness Survey

SCC has an online readiness survey available for students that can be placed in Canvas as an assignment and the instructor can view the results. This tool is called SmarterMeasure.

Students can take this survey, which will provide the student and the instructor with valuable feedback in the following areas.

  • Personal Attributes
  • Learning Styles
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Technical Competency
  • Technical Knowledge
  • Typing Speed & Accuracy

It takes 20-30 minutes to complete and gives the student and the instructor instant results. The survey is not designed to exclude students from courses. The survey is designed to provide valuable feedback for the student in regards to their strengths and weaknesses related to online learning. From this feedback students can work to strengthen their weaknesses and enhance successful learning.

For instructions on how to use SmarterMeasure in your Canvas courses, check out the guide here.

Online Proctoring with ProctorU

ProctorU is a live online proctoring service that allows exam takers to complete their assessment at home while still ensuring the integrity of the exam for the institution. Using almost any webcam and computer, students can take exams at home, at work, or anywhere they have internet access.

SCC has an agreement with ProctorU, an online proctoring service, to provide online proctoring of tests. The cost, $25 per 2-hour exam, is paid by the student. Here is some more information on this service:

How online proctoring works

SCC's Online Proctoring Portal

If you are interested in learning more about this service or using this service as an option for students, please review the materials below and contact Lisa Young for more information.

ProctorU Test-taker Detailed Service Description

ProctorU Instructor Handout