Center for Teaching and Learning

Summer 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.

Summer Support

Need help overhauling your online or hybrid class? Looking to add some new engagement strategies to your in-person, online or hybrid classes for the fall?

Sarah Risi, the CTL's Learning Facilitator, will be available by appointment to help you explore new concepts, conduct unofficial QM reviews, and more.

Email her at to schedule an appointment.

Tech Tips

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Syllabus Template

Did you know there are elements that are required to be included in your syllabus?

Please feel free to use, revise and share this Syllabus Template. The template has the latest language in regard to accommodations and Title IX/Sexual Harassment.

The syllabus template [NEED LINK] includes all of the required elements of a syllabus per the Syllabus Regulations, as well as recommended components, which are highlighted in green. The format of the syllabus template is a table format, rows can easily be deleted to remove information, added to include your own syllabus components, and border lines can be hidden for organizing the content of the syllabus.

Additionally, revisions will be made to the College Catalog and Student Handbook for the 2015-2016 Academic Year, and will be available the first week of July, so be sure to refresh your links. The template will be updated at that time.

Retention Efforts

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.

Given that summer has fast-paced, condensed courses, it is important to implement measures to help our students succeed. Here are a few things you may want to try.

  • Contact your students the week prior to class beginning to let them know of textbooks, and materials they need as well as where the class will be held (link to a campus map and provide tips on where to park for easy access), how to log in to Canvas or other technology sites to be used, etc.
  • Send students a short list of success strategies for each class before it begins.
  • Let students know about office hours and academic support services and encourage their use.

To encourage students to register for Fall classes:

  • Send emails to former students in your program and who have completed your classes to encourage them to return.

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.

This flyer provides information on the basics of OER.

Want to learn more about OER? Check out this free, online Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) that will provide you with the basics of OER and Creative Commons licensing.

Scottsdale Community College is embarking on the journey to reaffirm our accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission. In the 2016-2017 academic year we will submit an assurance argument along with artifacts to support that we are meeting the components of the five criterion of accreditation as identified by the HLC. For more information regarding accreditation, please check out the SCC Accreditation website.

Criterion one focuses on the mission of the college. At SCC our mission centers on the students and support of their success. During the Fall of 2014 we enlisted the campus to participate in a video contest. We asked them to show in movie format how their office or department fulfills the mission of SCC. We received amazing and creative video submissions. The ultimate winning video was submitted by the Library Division and can be watched by clicking on the video below.

SCC Library - Blind Date with a Book

Online Support

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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

Useful Tools