CAE Gazette

News you can use from CCCO's Center for Academic Excellence

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Save the Date!

The annual CCCOnline CONNECT Conference will be held Friday, October 14, 2016, at the DoubleTree Denver Tech Center (that is the same location as last year's CONNECT conference). More details to follow!

We Think You'll Like These Webinars in April & May . . .


The Theory Behind Online Instruction - Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016, 1:00-2:00 PM MT
Presenter: Maggie Gaddis, CCCOnline instructor

Ever wonder why we do what we do? In this webinar, we will discuss research-based instructional models and learning theories that scaffold our teaching practice. Maggie Gaddis, a veteran CCCOnline instructor and former CCCOnline Program Chair, will touch upon several topics including behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism, and connectivism. Within these theories, she will highlight Merrill's first principles of instruction and the 5E model of science instruction. She will conclude with recommendations for including students in the dialogue of learning strategy--to help students become more aware of what they should do to study and why studying works.

The Voice of Experience: A Brown Bag Session with John Ragan - Thursday, Apr. 28, 2016, 1:00-2:00 PM MT
Presenter: John Ragan

John Ragan is a seasoned CCCOnline instructor, Program Chair, and Teaching Excellence reviewer. Before he departs for retirement, he will present for us one last time – on such topics as student engagement, instructor presence, course reviews, effectively handling student complaints, CCCOnline’s role in the system, and more! Come join us for a session full of interesting insights and tips you can use.

Teaching on the Fast Track – Thursday, May 5, 2016, 1:00-2:00 PM MT
Presenter: Dr. Leigh Wolfe-Dawson, CCCOnline Instructor
This webinar will explore how to survive and thrive while teaching and managing a 6-week course. Bring your questions about Fast Track teaching and bring your Fast Track experiences to share.

Library Resources Are Made for YOU! - Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 1:00-2:00 PM MT

Presenter: Brittany Dudek, CCCOnline Online Instructional Librarian

Come be wowed at this showcase of improvements and enhancements to CCCOnline’s Library Services! Did you know you may provide direct access to scholarly materials right within your courses? Do you know where to find databases on our website? Do you know how to create and use permalinks? Explore these questions and much more! (Please note this webinar originally was scheduled for Apr. 7.)

You may register at the Training and Professional Development Database and find registration details and instructions on the Registration Process page.

TCC Online Conference: April 19 - 21, 2016

We're excited to extend another Professional Development opportunity to CCCOnline instructors!

CCCS has purchased a system-wide subscription to the Technology, Colleges & Community (TCC) Online Conference Apr. 19-21: "E-Learning: The More we Get Together." Based in Hawaii, this conference is in its 21st year. So, log in and enjoy at no cost to you. All presentations will be archived, so you will have access for one year after the conference!

Learning Technology has reshaped how we engage students in teaching, learning and creativity. This year’s conference highlights best choices, practices and research related to online learning (e-learning), networking and collaboration. Additional information on the conference.

To Participate:

You will not need to register for this event, but you will need to establish an account.
The invitation code for the CCCS is: zgrp969
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Knowledgebase: Did You Know?

Did you know CCCOnline has a fabulous website, designed for our instructors, with lots of technical information and tutorials on D2L/Brightspace, digital content, email, the Portal, and more? Check it out!

Last Survey Reminder . . . We'd Love to Hear Your Input on TPD at CCCO!

If you didn't already, please complete this short survey regarding Training & Professional Development at CCCOnline. Your participation is greatly appreciated and will help us plan future opportunities!
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Professional Development and Instructor Effectiveness

A recent article by education reporter Colleen Flaherty examines the issue of whether professional development efforts appear to bring about improvements in college instructor performance. Ms. Flaherty's article discusses the book Faculty Development and Student Learning: Assessing the Connections (Indiana University Press), which was written by William Condon, a professor of English at Washington State University; Ellen R. Iverson, director of evaluation at the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College; Cathryn A. Manduca, director of Carleton’s Science Education Resource Center; Carol Rutz, director of the College Writing Program at Carleton; and Gudrun Willett, a cultural anthropologist at Ethnoscapes Global.

In her article, Ms. Flaherty explains that this book was based on parallel, multi-year studies at a private college, Carleton, and at the public Washington State University. Among other significant results, this research indicated that professional development for instructors has a long-term, continuing positive effect, which instructors use in their assignments and course materials. The book's authors also were able to correlate better student course outcomes in the courses of instructors who were thorough participants in professional development.

In a comment to Ms. Flaherty, author Carol Rutz noted “We argue that learning goals for faculty -- presented through workshops allied with institutional objectives -- powerfully advance student learning when coupled with assessment.” And, author William Condon told Ms. Flaherty that "what institutions value, as enacted in various faculty development opportunities, continues to 'spread,' even beyond the set of faculty who were directly involved in the original effort or initiative.”

Flaherty, Colleen. "Professors Can Learn To Be More Effective Instructors." Inside Higher Ed. Web. 10 Feb. 2016.

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