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Day Date Time Location Presenter Title
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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