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Day Date Time Location Presenter Title
Monday9/22/20143:00pm-5:00pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)Jennifer Fillion; Aaron Gulyas; Dustin Price
Blackboard Series: Rubrics, Assignments and Safe Assign
Want to have your students turn in materials and be able to grade them electronically without filling up your inbox? Then this workshop is for you! During this workshop, your friendly and engaging CTL Technology Consultants will guide you in developing and grading assignments within Blackboard as well as introduce using the Safe Assign tool to combat plagiarism. It is recommended that faculty be familiar with the basics of using Blackboard and have a course shell developed for adding content to during the workshop.
Tuesday9/23/201411:00am-12:00pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)ITS Staff
An Introduction to Windows 8
All academic lab computers and smart-room computers will be running Windows 8/8.1 for the Fall 2014 semester. Come learn about the latest version of the Microsoft Windows operating system. This session will focus on the look and feel of the new Windows, and it will also give users a chance to play with Windows 8/8.1 and ask questions.
Wednesday9/24/201410:00am-11:00amComputer Lab (ML-3101)Kirk Yaros
MCC4Me-Making It Personal
The front screen of the MCC4Me portal is becoming valuable real-estate when it comes to what users see. Would you like to personalize this page to only show the information YOU want to see? This session will talk about how you can customize MCC4M4 by adding and moving content to suit your needs.
Wednesday9/24/20143:00pm-5:00pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)Jennifer Fillion; Aaron Gulyas; Dustin Price
Blackboard Series: Using Surveys for Student Evaluation of Your Course
Blackboard surveys are a great way for faculty to take periodic, anonymous assessment of what students are thinking about the class. This workshop will examine the types of questions and feedback options open to faculty using Blackboard surveys and how and when these can be most effective towards getting student assessment of your course. It is recommended that attendees be familiar with the basics of using Blackboard and have a course shell developed for adding content during the workshop.
Thursday9/25/20141:00pm-2:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Patricia Duffy
Stock Investments, Politics and World Events
Join us to share your ideas about politics, world events, and how conditions shape the stock market. Our group began in January, and we have pooled our ideas to select some winning stocks. We enjoy investing as a hobby, and enjoy sharing information. Please join us once each month with a stock you'd like to check out. Previous picks include Microsoft, up 36%. Under Armor, up 104% and Trinity, up 138%. These percentages are from the past 52 weeks to the first of August. Attend one or all sessions.
Thursday9/25/20143:00pm-4:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Bill Withem
Get Your Students Up and Moving-Six Fun Ways to Break the Ice
Would you like to try out a number of stimulating ice breaking activities that will enliven your classroom and your students? If so, then you will not want to miss this CTL session. This workshop will feature lightning round sessions by six Mott faculty members, each with one awesome breaking-the-ice activity to demonstrate. Workshop participants will move from table to table, exploring the different icebreakers. Dr. Bill Withem will serve as facilitator and host for the session.
Tuesday9/30/20142:00pm-3:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Christy Rishoi
Checking in With Students Before It's Too Late
This workshop will use a lightning round format, similar to speed-dating, where participants will spend a quick hour getting tips from other faculty on their techniques for providing students with meaningful feedback before they are in too deep to recover and complete the semester successfully. You'll leave with a half-dozen good ideas that you can put to use right away.
Tuesday9/30/20145:15pm-6:15pmCTL (ML-3106)Lois Sharp-Schneider
Owner & Instructor, The Yoga Loft & SHARP Fitness
Your Yoga Tool Kit
This yoga is achievable for everyone. Space limitations exist and each class is limited to the first 15 people who register and pay for all 10 sessions. Participants should bring mat, towel, and water bottle; please wear looser, non-binding clothing. Ends 12/02/2014. $60 for 10 sessions. Make check payable to The Yoga Loft; deliver to Dale Weighill, ML-3106.
Wednesday10/1/201410:30am-11:00amComputer Lab (ML-3101)ITS Staff
New IT Help Desk Software
ITS is moving to a new Help Desk software. Come learn how to use "Mojo Helpdesk" and create/check ITS service requests.
Wednesday10/1/201411:15am-12:15pmCTL (ML-3106)Lois Sharp-Schneider
Owner & Instructor, The Yoga Loft & SHARP Fitness
Your Yoga Tool Kit
This yoga is achievable for everyone. Space limitations exist and each class is limited to the first 15 people who register and pay for all 10 sessions. Participants should bring mat, towel, and water bottle; please wear looser, non-binding clothing. Ends 12/03/2014. $60 for 10 sessions. Make check payable to The Yoga Loft; deliver to Dale Weighill, ML-3106.
Wednesday10/1/20143:00pm-5:00pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)Jennifer Fillion; Aaron Gulyas; Dustin Price
TechSmith Relay
Come learn how to use the great new TechSmith Relay screen capture system. Prepare learning materials, integrate assessment tools, and share videos with your students through this easy-to-use, but powerful system. Folks from the CTL as well as from TechSmith will be on hand to show you all the ins and outs of recording video for students!
Wednesday10/1/20145:30pm-7:00pmCulinary Art Kitchen-PrahlMatthew Cooper
Vegetarian Cooking -CTL Health Cooking Class
With summer's bounty of fresh flavors, it's easy to create delicious vegetarian dishes to please even the pickiest eaters. In this hands-on class, you'll learn a variety of techniques for preparing vegetables — from grilled to marinated, fritters to pesto. Space in this session is limited. First come/first serve.
Thursday10/2/20146:30pm-7:30pmThe Yoga Loft - Downtown FlintMary Kline
Certified Group Exercise Fitness Instructor, The Yoga Loft and SHARP Fitness
INSANITY!!
Find out what you're made of with this heart pumping, muscle shredding, sweat dripping, high intensity cardio workout. Suitable for all fitness levels. Modifications are taught and encouraged. It's all about working to your own personal limits and pushing yourself further each time. Mary Kline is a certified group exercise fitness instructor since 2009. She is certified in Turbo Kick, PiYo (combination of pilates and Yoga) and Insanity. She had one of the first certification classes in Toledo, OH. She has been teaching Insanity since May 2013.All workout sessions held at The Yoga Loft, downtown Flint. $75 for 5 sessions. If you cannot do consecutive weeks, the five sessions must be used within a two-month period. Check for $75 (payable to The Yoga Loft) must be sent to Dale Weighill (ML-3106) to ensure your commitment.
Friday10/3/20148:00am-5:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Robert Benard; Bill Reich
Mott Curriculum Design (MCD)
Training for the WIDS replacement product MOTT CURRICULUM DESIGN (MCD) will be held on Friday October 3, 2014 and October 24, 2014. Both sessions will run 8 am to 5 pm in the CTL. This course design replaces the required WIDS documentation for e-Learning coursework and modular course design. �Please contact CTL@mcc.edu or 810-762-5623 to reserve your place. �
Friday10/3/201412:00pm-1:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Mark Minder
RFC, Minder Planning Group, LLC
Retirement Planning 101
In this seminar on retirement basics, attendees will learn: How to put together a retirement road map; Factors that influence when you should retire and how long your retirement could last; How to crunch the numbers by estimating your retirement expenses and retirement income, while factoring in inflation and taxes; How to use tax-advantaged savings vehicles like IRAs and 401(k)s. Attendees will also receive a free workbook created just for this presentation. The workbook contains key information, worksheets, and questions to help you remember important points from the seminar. Pizza lunch will be provided by Mr. Minder.
Saturday10/4/20145:00pm-10:00pmRiverfront Banquet Center, FlintCTL Staff
Service Saturday - Genesee Humane Society
Cruisin' on the Love Boat - Genesee Humane Society Charity Event at Downtown Flint's Riverfront Banquet Center. They are looking for dog handlers. This would be great for all dog lovers. This is what is involved: Arrive at 5:00 pm and plan to stay until 9:45 pm; Your job would entail handling of the guests' dogs during cocktail hour and dinner; The handlers can brush the dogs, chat with their friends, walk dogs in venue, and eat snacks during your volunteer time. It will be casual; All dogs and handlers will remain inside the venue during the event. A space has been designated to care for them on the premises; You would receive an orientation from Volunteer Patty Hough from 5:00-5:30pm. Patty also will be your direct contact should any problems arise (barking dogs, loose dog, etc.); Beverages and snacks will be available for the volunteers.
Tuesday10/7/20142:30pm-3:30pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)Jennifer Fillion; Aaron Gulyas; Dustin Price
Introduction to Using Social Media in Pedagogy
This workshop will provide an introduction to using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instragram in pedagogy, and will share the most valid practices in using social media within a higher education setting. What boundaries, limitations, or guidelines are necessary when using social media in an educational context? How various forms of social media can engage students in deeper learning practices? The issues and outcomes to consider before employing social media in your classroom will be discussed and best practices shared with participants.
Tuesday10/7/20143:00pm-4:30pmCTL (ML-3106)Barbara Handley-Miller; Robert Moore
Professor of Communication - Delta College; Assistant Professor of Political Science, Delta College
Building Students' Critical Thinking Skills Through Engagement In Our Democracy
In this workshop, Dr. Robert Moore and Barbara Handley-Miller, both from Delta College, will provide an overview of the general education learning outcomes at their institution, and explore how students' critical thinking skills are built through civic engagement experiences and projects in and out of the classroom and in the community, with a goal of more active, engaged citizens. [Program note: Delta has recently updated its general education learning outcomes and graduation requirements for the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science. Both degrees have a new civic engagement requirement and students across all disciplines have new civic engagement learning opportunities.]
Wednesday10/8/201412:30pm-1:30pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)ITS Staff
An Introduction to Windows 8
All academic lab computers and smart-room computers will be running Windows 8/8.1 for the Fall 2014 semester. Come learn about the latest version of the Microsoft Windows operating system. This session will focus on the look and feel of the new Windows, and it will also give users a chance to play with Windows 8/8.1 and ask questions.
Thursday10/9/201412:00pm-1:30pmCTL (ML-3106)Robin Foreman
Let's Hook
Learn the basics of crochet. Please bring your favorite color yarn and crochet hooks (size I hook or larger), if you have them. Hooks can be provided. Space in this session is limited. First come/first served.
Thursday10/9/20144:00pm-5:30pmCTL (ML-3106)Parmis Johnson; Julie Steffey
MCC Campaign for Reading Improvement Across the Curriculum Reading Apprenticeship Workshop
Are your students fully comprehending your classroom texts? No matter the subject matter or student skill level, you can help students tackle the necessary reading material in your courses. Learn to: Engage students with pre-reading techniques; Provide during-reading assistance; use after-reading strategies to check and deepen student comprehension. Practice these immediately-applicable reading strategies with your colleagues from various disciplines in this hands-on Reading Apprenticeship workshop.
Thursday10/9/20144:00pm-6:00pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)Jennifer Fillion; Aaron Gulyas; Dustin Price
Moving Beyond PowerPoint
Have you (or your students) noticed that your PowerPoint slide presentations are looking a bit...dull and similar? Have they become wallpaper, not really adding anything to your classroom? Like wallpaper, it would look weird if it was just gone one day. Come to this workshop to learn about and discuss some alternatives to PowerPoint in the classroom (including Prezi, timelines, and other tools), as well as ways to improve the slideshows you already use. We'll also have you play, practice and demonstrate.
Friday10/10/201412:00pm-1:30pmCTL (ML-3106)Jacquetta Dantzler
Success Solutions
Time Management
This follow-up course elaborates on various online tools introduced in the Time Management courses. These tools are suggested to assist with Time Management skills learned in previous course. There will be a step-by-step instruction on how to apply these useful tools. Recourses include Google Calendar, spreadsheets, and electronic to-do lists. Key objectives of this course: Prioritize time use; Enhance your time management skills; Utilize online tools.
Tuesday10/14/20145:30pm-7:00pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)Christy Rishoi
Managing The Paper-Grading Load
This workshop will demonstrate and allow you to try out great techniques for managing essay-grading for faculty in any discipline. Approaches will include digital and audio solutions as well as research-based best practices for grading written assignments. Pre-workshop tip: Massive marginalia by instructors does not lead to better student writing! Join us to learn why that is, and what to do instead.
Wednesday10/15/201411:00am-12:00pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)Randy Schapel
Google Apps for Education
The interactive workshop will have you exploring Google's Apps for education which is an essential tool for the Mott community. It is used to deliver both email and calendaring tools to our students, faculty and staff. It also has more to offer with additional tools like spreadsheets and word processor which will be demonstrated. This workshop is tailored for beginners, but veterans are welcome as well.
Wednesday10/15/20142:30pm-3:30pmCTL (ML-3106)Paula Weston
Grammar Refresher
Need a little boost of grammar confidence? Feeling like you're slipping with your apostrophes? Wondering what's acceptable and what is way, way slang? If so, spend a little time talking tenses, parsing punctuation, and lingering over language with Paula Weston, who teaches English here at Mott. This session will be fun and interesting � absolutely no final exam!
Thursday10/16/20142:30pm-3:00pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)ITS Staff
New IT Help Desk Software
ITS is moving to a new Help Desk software. Come learn how to use "Mojo Helpdesk" and create/check ITS service requests.
Thursday10/16/20143:30pm-4:30pmCTL (ML-3106)Candice Munoz; Sunni Samuels
Reducing Students' Fear Factor on the Very First Day
Come join this interactive workshop centered on strategies to reduce students' fears on the first day of class. In this workshop, we will discuss: fear factors�what are our students afraid of? (i.e. the topic/discipline, the class requirements, the instructor), the role of perception, strategies to create a comfortable classroom environment, how to convey classroom expectations while managing student fears. This workshop will follow a show-and-tell format so be ready to share your ideas and experiences and learn from others, too.
Thursday10/16/20146:00pm-8:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Jessica Himstedt; Joshua Sauvie
Fair Use, Copyright and Higher Education
If you have ever questioned the legality of using copyrighted images, texts, movies, and songs, websites, etc., in your classroom or office, this workshop will be sure to answer some of those questions. We will cover the history of Copyright and Fair Use, what rights educators and professionals have when using copyrighted works in the college setting, as well as discuss some of the important myths surrounding Copyright Law.
Friday10/17/20149:00am-12:00pmML-3012Jennifer Fillion; Aaron Gulyas; Dustin Price
Bowen Check-In and Sharing
Need more on how to implement some of Jose Bowen's strategies for engaged teaching through flipping your classroom? Join your colleagues for breakfast and come ready to share and discuss ways in which you are working to implement these Teaching Naked strategies.
Saturday10/18/201410:00am-12:00pmDowntown FlintCancer Society
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Help us finish the fight against Breast Cancer. Thanks to your support of our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) walk, we are doing the most in every community to help people with breast cancer today and striving to find cures to end the disease tomorrow. Register online at: www.makingstrideswalk.org/flintmi
Tuesday10/21/201410:30am-11:30amCTL (ML-3106)Heather Sisto
Pilates Basics for Core Strength and Stress Relief
We all spend too much time hunched in front of our computers or cell phones. Come take a break and learn how to combat aching neck and back, sciatica, and that general mid-day slump &helip; Explore basic Pilates principles that strengthen your core, increase flexibility, relieve stress and develop functional fitness! We will use yoga mats, so dress in comfortable pants and socks. (Mats will be available or bring your own.)
Tuesday10/21/201410:30am-11:30amCTL (ML-3106)Sharon Ewles; Steve Robinson
Culture and Civility at MCC: The Story of MCC's Cultural Values Statement
MCC has a unique culture of collaboration and student focus that makes it a highly sought-after place to work. In this session, two veteran employees with many years of experience in staffing and organizational development at MCC will present our recently-adopted Cultural Values Statement and the story behind it: Mott Community College faculty, staff and students are dedicated to creating a positive learning environment through appropriate appearance, responsible behavior, and respectful communication. In addition to exploring the values statement, the presenters will describe the hiring and collaborative problem solving processes used at MCC, as well as analyze the recent Personal Assessment of College Environment (PACE) survey completed by employees.
Tuesday10/21/20141:00pm-2:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Patricia Duffy
Stock Investments, Politics and World Events
Join us to share your ideas about politics, world events, and how conditions shape the stock market. Our group began in January, and we have pooled our ideas to select some winning stocks. We enjoy investing as a hobby, and enjoy sharing information. Please join us once each month with a stock you'd like to check out. Previous picks include Microsoft, up 36%. Under Armor, up 104% and Trinity, up 138%. These percentages are from the past 52 weeks to the first of August. Attend one or all sessions.
Tuesday10/21/20144:00pm-6:00pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)Jennifer Fillion; Aaron Gulyas; Dustin Price
Teach the Teacher Series: Helping Your Students Build Websites for Assignments
One way to assess your student's comprehension and ability to apply the information in your courses is by having them create things which show off their skills and knowledge. This workshop will focus on helping students create simple websites to convey information or to demonstrate mastery of a subject. We'll cover a few of the tools out there to make this as painless for them (and you!) as possible as well as discussing specific issues like copyright, fair use, and accessibility. We'll also have time to discuss and practice crafting these sorts of assignments.
Thursday10/23/20145:00pm-8:00pmTBDQuad POD Professional Development Consortium
What Are You Doing to Teach Naked?
Please save the date of Thursday, October 23, 2014, from 5-8pm (location TBD) for an upcoming opportunity sponsored by the Quad POD Professional Development Consortium (Baker College of Flint, Kettering University, Mott Community College, and The University of Michigan - Flint).The event -- "What are you doing to Teach Naked?" -- will serve as a follow-up to the visit this past January by Dr. Jose Bowen, author of Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning.Faculty and other interested parties from all four Quad POD institutions are invited to attend this gathering and will be sharing their strategies, intentions, successes, and challenges with aspects of Teaching Naked and the concept of flipping the classroom.The location for this free event is TBD, so please watch for additional information from me as well as a link to formally register in the next two weeks.
Friday10/24/20148:00am-5:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Robert Benard; Bill Reich
Mott Curriculum Design (MCD)
Training for the WIDS replacement product MOTT CURRICULUM DESIGN (MCD) will be held on Friday October 3, 2014 and October 24, 2014. Both sessions will run 8 am to 5 pm in the CTL.This course design replaces the required WIDS documentation for e-Learning coursework and modular course design. Please contact CTL@mcc.edu or 810-762-5623 to reserve your place.
Monday10/27/20141:00pm-2:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Bruce Childs
Book Lovers @ the Mott Library
Do you love to read? Are there any favorite authors or book series you enjoy reading? Come join us at the CTL for help in finding your perfect read! In this session you will learn: How to locate and even borrow books using both the Mott Library and the Mel.org online book catalogs; How to use the Mott Library and Mel.org databases to learn more about a book, author, or book series; How to borrow and access the Mott Library Kindles and read their eBooks; How to search book-related websites to keep up on the most recently published or most popular books.
Monday10/27/20143:00pm-4:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Teri Hill; Candice Pickens
Writing & Evaluating Multiple Choice Questions
Have you ever questioned the reliability of multiple choice questions (MCQs)? Have you wondered if MCQ exams are a valid evaluation tool? Do you want to increase the quality of your test writing skills? If so, this session is for you! Research has shown that many MCQs (including test bank questions) have critical problems. Test-taking strategies teach students how to answer MCQs with little to no knowledge of the material - so, is it truly possible to accurately evaluate student knowledge based on MCQs? We think so, and we come from a profession whose national board exam is primarily MCQs. We have learned how to use our own ScanTron machines to analyze individual questions as well as the overall exam. During this session we will discuss how and what MCQs can evaluate; the pitfalls of MCQs---and how to avoid them; how to write solid distracters; and, how to increase and analyze the reliability of MCQs. Participants are encouraged to bring sample exam questions for discussion/analysis.
Tuesday10/28/20142:00pm-3:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Elizabeth Blair; Brian Ivory
Using the MCC Cultural Values Statement to Promote Classroom Civility & Citizenship
This workshop will help faculty who want to utilize the MCC Cultural Values Statement to promote classroom civility and to address behavioral issues that may arise over the course of the semester. Prevention and responsive strategies will also be addressed. In addition, the facilitators will connect this topic to MCC's General Education requirement related to the teaching of citizenship.
Tuesday10/28/20144:30pm-6:30pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)Jennifer Fillion; Aaron Gulyas; Dustin Price
Teach-the-Teacher Series: Helping Your Students Create Video and Audio Presentations
One way to assess your student's comprehension and ability to apply the information in your courses is by having them create things which show off their skills and knowledge. This workshop will focus on helping students create simple websites to convey information or to demonstrate mastery of a subject. We'll cover a few of the tools out there to make this as painless for them (and you!) as possible as well as discussing specific issues like copyright, fair use, and accessibility. We'll also have time to discuss and practice crafting these sorts of assignments.
Wednesday10/29/201412:00pm-1:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Sherri A. Svrcek
Mental Health Therapist/High School Guidance Counselor
Welcome to the World of Food Allergies and Intolerances
After years of working with the special dietary needs of her own family, Sherri A. Svrcek, MA, is coming through on a promise that she would write the handbook she wished she could have found in the beginning – a candid, practical, and positive guide for families facing a new diagnosis of food allergies (Welcome to the World of Food Allergies and Intolerances: A Parent's Handbook; CreateSpace 2014, www.amazon.com). In addition to an honest look at the struggles Svrcek and her family faced while making the transition to an allergy-free diet and providing valuable wisdom for all aspects of living with allergies and intolerances, she will share the suspected reasons behind the enormous increase in food allergies and other childhood health problems, and tell the story of her son's recovery from Tourette's Syndrome using diet and supplements. Svrcek has been working in the counseling field for the past twenty-four years, both as a mental health therapist and a high school guidance counselor. She is the proud mother of a remarkable teenager, and has been married to the love of her life for twenty-three years.
Wednesday10/29/20142:30pm-3:30pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)Randy Schapel
Telephone Training
This interactive workshop will teach you the basic operations and features of MCC's POLYCOM telephones. Learn how to access voice mail, transfer calls, make calls off campus, access & search the directories, forward calls, place calls on hold and the do not disturb feature. The CTC Computer Lab is equipped for each participant to have their own telephone for hands-on training.
Tuesday10/29/20144:30pm-6:30pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)Jennifer Fillion; Aaron Gulyas; Dustin Price
Teach the Teacher Series: Put in Perspective - Student-Developed Media for Assignments
Using a wider array of assessment tools can give us, as instructors, a wider array of information about what our students are learning as well as what they're not learning. One way to assess your students' comprehension and ability to use the information in your courses is by having them create things which demonstrate their skills and knowledge. This workshop will focus on helping students create audio or video presentations using a variety of tools, including TechSmith's Camtasia Relay, as well as discussion and practice on crafting these sorts of assignments and how to best use this technology for assessment.
Wednesday10/29/20145:30pm-7:00pmCulinary Art Kitchen-PrahlMatthew Cooper
Thai Cooking - CTL Healthy Cooking Class
Who needs takeout when you can easily create delicious, authentic Thai dishes at home? Join us and learn secrets for combining aromatic herbs and spices with seasonal ingredients to create the flavors that make Thai cuisine uniquely delicious. Space in this session is limited. First come/first serve.
Thursday10/30/20142:00pm-3:00pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)ITS Staff
An Introduction to Windows 8
All academic lab computers and smart-room computers will be running Windows 8/8.1 for the Fall 2014 semester. Come learn about the latest version of the Microsoft Windows operating system. This session will focus on the look and feel of the new Windows, and it will also give users a chance to play with Windows 8/8.1 and ask questions.
Monday11/3/20142:00pm-3:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Robert Benard
Outcomes-Based Education Workshop
A brief workshop exploring outcomes-based education. Goals will be to define course competencies, determine knowledge required to achieve those competencies, and assessment of student skills to mark success. This workshop will include an overview of these methods along with open discussion on how to achieve them.
Tuesday11/4/20144:30pm-6:30pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)Jennifer Fillion; Aaron Gulyas; Dustin Price
Blackboard Series: Blackboard Basics
If you have never tried Blackboard or you really aren't sure of how to start, this workshop introduces you to creating and populating your own course shell. We discuss options for personalizing it and the basics of how to post readings, videos and links into your course, the basics of the gradebook, and how to communicate with your students through emails and announcements.
Wednesday11/5/201410:00am-11:00amCTL (ML-3106)Jackie Knoll
Using Rubrics to Design and Grade Open-Ended Exams
You've been using essay and short-answer tests in your classes for a semester or two (or perhaps twenty). You're asking yourself questions like, How detailed should an answer be to get full credit? How many points should I take off for grammar? How much of your time is effectively spent answering questions like these?
Thursday11/6/20144:30pm-6:30pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)Jennifer Fillion; Aaron Gulyas; Dustin Price
Blackboard Series: Blackboard Tips and Tricks
This advanced workshop will take a look at the various tools available within Blackboard for content management, time saving, and personalization. Some of the features we will be examining include using modules and lesson plans, adding personal images/avatars, systems for data management, finding student access data, setting up adaptive release or course items, and using the new webcam capturing tool within Blackboard. It is recommended that faculty be familiar with the basics of using Blackboard and have a course shell developed for adding content to during the workshop.
Friday11/7/201412:00pm-1:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Mark Minder
RFC, Minder Planning Group, LLC
Financial Planning 101
In this seminar on Financial Planning Basics, attendees will learn: How to construct a budget and the importance of establishing an emergency fund; Credit fundamentals; Basic investment concepts, including risk tolerance and the difference between pre-tax, after-tax, and tax-deferred investments; Basic estate planning concepts. Attendees will also receive a free workbook created just for this presentation. The workbook contains key information, worksheets, and questions to help you remember important points from the seminar. Pizza lunch will be provided by Mr. Minder.
Monday11/10/20142:30pm-4:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Paula Harris; Dr. Michelle Montpas
Developing Test Blueprints: Aligning Exams With Learning Outcomes
Do you have evidence that your exams reflect course learning outcomes and align with subject matter and emphasis of content? If not would you like to help strengthen your exams and develop blueprints of your course assessments? Join us for a workshop in which participants will explore test blueprints and align their own course exam with learning outcomes, emphasis of content, and professional standards. Please bring an exam from one course along with the learning outcomes to the workshop.
Tuesday11/11/20144:30pm-6:30pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)Jennifer Fillion; Aaron Gulyas; Dustin Price
Blackboard Series: Quiz Pools and Tests
During this workshop, CTL Technology Consultants will help you understand the various question formats available within Blackboard, review processes for developing quiz pools, and navigate you through the myriad of options you have in launching tests within your Blackboard class. It is recommended that attendees be familiar with the basics of using Blackboard and have a course shell developed for adding content to during the workshop.
Wednesday11/12/20143:00pm-4:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Paula Weston
Losing Weight, Gaining Yourself
Weight loss is difficult and starting your journey is often the hardest part. Join Paula Weston (English) to talk about the challenges and rewards of her own weight-loss journey, which began in June 2012 and has resulted in 100 pounds lost. This anecdotal session will explore our perceptions of ourselves and the space we occupy, the kinds of things that contribute to weight gain and prevent weight-loss success, and many of the issues that arise when we dedicate ourselves to an ambitious and demanding path of self-improvement and self-awareness.
Thursday11/13/20144:30pm-6:30pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)Jennifer Fillion; Aaron Gulyas; Dustin Price
Blackboard Series: Learning about Wikis, Blogs, Discussion Boards and Journals
This workshop focuses on the tools available in Blackboard for developing and assessing student communications and collaborations within your class. You will learn about the basic differences between Journals, Discussion Boards, Wikis and Blogs and some of the ways these can be used to assess student knowledge and engagement with your course materials. It is recommended that attendees be familiar with the basics of using Blackboard and have a course shell developed for adding content to during the workshop.
Friday11/14/20141:30pm-2:00pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)ITS Staff
New IT Help Desk Software
ITS is moving to a new Help Desk software. Come learn how to use "Mojo Helpdesk" and create/check ITS service requests.
Tuesday11/18/201410:00am-11:00amCTL (ML-3106)Melissa Rueterbusch
Using Multiple Assessment Methods in Online Courses
Join Melissa Rueterbusch, Professor of Economics, in a discussion about using multiple assessment methods in online courses. Bring your ideas, best practices and experiences related to how to best assess students in the online environment.
Tuesday11/18/20144:30pm-6:30pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)Jennifer Fillion; Aaron Gulyas; Dustin Price
Blackboard Series: Rubrics, Assignments and Safe Assign
Want to have your students turn in materials and be able to grade them electronically without filling up your inbox? Then this workshop is for you! During this workshop, your friendly and engaging CTL Technology Consultants will guide you in developing and grading assignments within Blackboard as well as introduce using the Safe Assign tool to combat plagiarism. It is recommended that faculty be familiar with the basics of using Blackboard and have a course shell developed for adding content to during the workshop.
Wednesday11/19/201412:00pm-1:00pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)ITS Staff
An Introduction to Windows 8
All academic lab computers and smart-room computers will be running Windows 8/8.1 for the Fall 2014 semester. Come learn about the latest version of the Microsoft Windows operating system. This session will focus on the look and feel of the new Windows, and it will also give users a chance to play with Windows 8/8.1 and ask questions.
Wednesday11/19/20142:00pm-3:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Katherine Krcmarik
How to Create a More Accessible, Less Intimidating and Super Good-Looking Syllabus
Typically, a syllabus is a five to ten-page document printed with some effort taken to show hierarchy and highlight important points. Students think, This is a document I will look at once, maybe twice and then never look at again. They often judge you and the quality of your class by this first impression. However, a well-designed syllabus can excite the students about the class to come and set the stage for a productive semester. It can also reduce the number of questions you get throughout the semester about policies and guidelines already outlined in the syllabus. The use of simple design techniques can drastically improve a student's perception of the course and you as an instructor. By starting the student off on a positive note, you can increase the likelihood of a positive, successful semester. This session will provide some hands-on help to get you started with some simple techniques that will make a big difference in your classroom and reduce the time you spend answering students' questions.
Thursday11/20/20141:00pm-2:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Patricia Duffy
Stock Investments, Politics and World Events
Join us to share your ideas about politics, world events, and how conditions shape the stock market. Our group began in January, and we have pooled our ideas to select some winning stocks. We enjoy investing as a hobby, and enjoy sharing information. Please join us once each month with a stock you'd like to check out. Previous picks include Microsoft, up 36%. Under Armor, up 104% and Trinity, up 138%. These percentages are from the past 52 weeks to the first of August. Attend one or all sessions.
Thursday11/20/20144:30pm-6:30pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)Jennifer Fillion; Aaron Gulyas; Dustin Price
Blackboard Series: Using Surveys for Student Evaluation of Your Course
Blackboard surveys are a great way for faculty to take periodic, anonymous assessment of what students are thinking about the class. This workshop will examine the types of questions and feedback options open to faculty using Blackboard surveys and how and when these can be most effective towards getting student assessment of your course. It is recommended that attendees be familiar with the basics of using Blackboard and have a course shell developed for adding content during the workshop.
Saturday11/22/20148:00am-12:00pmCTL (ML-3106)CTL Staff
Service Saturday - Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
Join MCC colleagues -- both faculty & staff -- as we travel together to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan where we will work as a team to sort, package and box food that will be distributed to men, women & children in our community and beyond. Arrive at the Mott Library no later than 8:00 am on the day of service and the group will travel by bus to the site.
Tuesday12/2/20141:00pm-2:00pmComputer Lab (ML-3101)Randy Schapel
Google Apps for Education
The interactive workshop will have you exploring Google's Apps for education which is an essential tool for the Mott community. It is used to deliver both email and calendaring tools to our students, faculty and staff. It also has more to offer with additional tools like spreadsheets and word processor which will be demonstrated. This workshop is tailored for beginners, but veterans are welcome as well.
Thursday12/4/201410:00am-11:00amComputer Lab (ML-3101)Randy Schapel
Telephone Training
This interactive workshop will teach you the basic operations and features of MCC's POLYCOM telephones. Learn how to access voice mail, transfer calls, make calls off campus, access & search the directories, forward calls, place calls on hold and the do not disturb feature. The CTC Computer Lab is equipped for each participant to have their own telephone for hands-on training.
Friday12/5/20149:00am-5:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Genesys Health System Trainers
Mental Health First Aid Training
You may know CPR or the Heimlich maneuver. You can call 911. But, would you know how to administer first aid in a mental health crisis? Could you recognize suicidal thoughts or behaviors? This 8-hour course (two half-day sessions) is taught by certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructors. You will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression, substance use disorders and psychosis. You will also learn what to do until appropriate professional and other help can be obtained. Participants will be introduced to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses. The course builds understanding, and looks at common supports. This course uses role-playing and simulations to learn how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate care.
Tuesday12/9/201410:00am-11:00amComputer Lab (ML-3101)ITS Staff
An Introduction to Windows 8
All academic lab computers and smart-room computers will be running Windows 8/8.1 for the Fall 2014 semester. Come learn about the latest version of the Microsoft Windows operating system. This session will focus on the look and feel of the new Windows, and it will also give users a chance to play with Windows 8/8.1 and ask questions.
Wednesday12/10/201411:30am-12:30pmCTL (ML-3106)Heather Sisto
Pilates Basics for Core Strength and Stress Relief
We all spend too much time hunched in front of our computers or cell phones. Come take a break and learn how to combat aching neck and back, sciatica, and that general mid-day slump &helip; Explore basic Pilates principles that strengthen your core, increase flexibility, relieve stress and develop functional fitness! We will use yoga mats, so dress in comfortable pants and socks. (Mats will be available or bring your own.)
Wednesday12/10/20141:00pm-2:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Trisha Nelson
Managing Your Personal Life and Your Career
The ideal combination of work or school, family, and social life can be difficult to achieve. Take the first step in gaining control of your life.
Friday12/12/201412:00pm-1:00pmCTL (ML-3106)Mark Minder
RFC, Minder Planning Group, LLC
Investment Planning 101
In this seminar on Investment Planning, attendees will learn: Investment fundamentals, including the effects of inflation and compounding; how to identify financial goals and time horizons; How to measure your risk tolerance, and the relationship between risk and return; The difference between cash equivalents, bonds, stocks and mutual funds, and the importance of asset allocation. Attendees will also receive a free workbookk created just for this presentation. The workbook contains key information, worksheets, and questions to help you remember important points from the seminar. Pizza lunch will be provided by Mr. Minder.
Friday12/19/20143:30pm-6:00pmMt. HollyBob Rentschler
Ski with Bob Rentschler
Learn to ski with Bob Rentschler. Mt. Holly Ski Area (www.skimtholly.com). Meet in front of the ski patrol building. Cost: Beginner lift ticket: $33; ski rental: $27; All-area lift ticket: $42; Helmet rental: $10. If you have never been on skis, if it has been a long time, or if you want to get back into the sport, this is for you.
 


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