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October 2015 email from JC Clapp
I'm happy to let you know that you may now apply for Curriculum Grants each quarter (it used to be only once per year)!
Applications are now always due on the Monday of Week 6 of the quarter, with decisions being made by Week 8 of that same quarter.
You have a full year to get your curriculum deliverables in, but if you get them in sooner than that, then you don't have to get wait to get paid -- we'll process your payment within about two weeks of receiving your products. All of the information you need is here:http://www.seattlecolleges.com/facultydevelopment/default.aspx?pg=curriculumgrants
The Curriculum grants can be used to develop curriculum for any type of class taught by faculty at the Seattle Colleges.
Curriculum Grant Deadlines: (applications always due Monday of Week 6 of the quarter -- no applications accepted summer quarter)
This (linked) article shares websites & apps covering a myriad of science, art, and technology topics. Topics ranging from making hummus to building apps in node.js -- most of them for free (but not all).
If you need TLC or eLearning support over break, please contact TLC & eLearning Director Sara.Newman@SeattleColleges.edu and/or Instructional Designer Tom.Gibbons@SeattleColleges.edu to schedule an appointment.
Here's a list of our TLCA's for our upcoming quarter
For the past two years, the Washington Canvas Users Group (WACUG) has held a conference for Canvas users in Washington (which seems a little redundant to actually write out…)
For various reasons, the conference was cancelled this year, but people felt so strongly about the opportunity to learn, network and share with each other that an impromptu mini-con has been launched.
It’s one day, March 27, in Olympia at South Puget Sound Community College. See below for all of the pertinent details, including registration information. Consider presenting, if you have something awesome that you would like to share.
Cost for this mini-con is free.
(Mini) Washington Canvas Users Group (WACUG) Conference Information
Tentative Workshop Categories
Interested in learning more about how to create screencapture videos?
Do you want to capture the lecture portions of your class so that your students can reference them later?
Are you thinking about flipping your classroom?
Come to the TLC on
Thursday, February 26,
from 2-3 pm
for hands-on training on how to use Panopto.
Please complete the registration form if you plan to attend.
If you are unable to attend, you can find additional resources on our local Panopto site.
Jean Arthur says, “Panopto made me into the star I am today!”
Classroom Assessment Techniques (also known as CATs) are excellent methods of learning whether your students are getting out of your lectures and assignments what you expect or need and evaluating your teaching. Here are some great CAT resources ...
What is SRS? It's an online application teachers (or presenters) can use to actively engage their student/audience.
After hearing/observing a UW Physics teacher use SRS (Student Response System) in his classroom, our innovative chemistry teacher, Jessica Whitman, met with me in our Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) to talk about classroom clickers, how they've evolved into SRS online apps, and how to use/apply them in her classroom.
Online SRS polls and quizzes are typically accessible via any laptop, computer, tablet or smart phone (even flip phones!) with Internet access.
I recommend two online SRS (Student Response System) platforms: Socrative and Poll Everywhere.
While I use and like them both, I typically drive faculty to Socrative because it's free whereas Poll Everywhere is only free at the entry level which only allows 40 votes, per poll/quiz.
Jessica, created an account with Socrative and is developing her first quiz/poll in it.
She's going to be introducing Socrative (and her quiz) on the second day of class this Winter quarter to review her Syllabus and acquaint her students with this engaging method of formative assessment.
If all goes well, she's going to use Socrative for group lab assessment using Space Race.
Because she's going to display her questions and realtime responses on her classroom overhead data projector, I recommend having students choose super hero names for the quarter, keeping their real names on a spreadsheet, and have them use their super hero names when logging in so student answers are anonymous to everyone on the data projector screen.
Both Socrative and Poll Everywhere provide quiz/poll "results" for the teacher/presenter, as well. Socrative provides your data report to you via email, google drive, download to your computer in an excel spreadsheet or view the live data online.
Please take a moment to consider how you might use the above SRS synchronous, formative assessment tool in your classroom to engage your students. Because it's so easy to setup you probably won't need help. However, if you would like help, please make an appointment with me or our Instructional Designer, Tom.Gibbons@SeattleColleges.edu.
CATs (Classroom Assessment Techniques)
The above system and other methods are a wonderful way of actively engaging students and gathering formative assessments. To learn of other classroom assessment techniques (CATs) please review this post and its resources: http://sites.southseattle.edu/tlc/Home/cats
South Seattle College (SSC) eLearning & TLC Director
During winter break (12/11 - 01/04) please direct all SSC TLC appointment requests to me, Sara Newman, via my online form http://tinyurl.com/sara-appointment and/or email Instructional Designer, Tom.Gibbons@SeattleColleges.edu
On January 5th, our TLCA's will be returning to their TLCA roles for winter quarter and they will have their winter offerings (available days, times, and contact information) posted on their individual TLCA pages soon, as well.
South Seattle College (SSC) eLearning & TLC Director