ER&D Spring 2017 Technology Tool Shop

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ZERD 094: Technology Tool Shop I (1c)

The college has an incredible inventory of innovative technologies to enhance teaching and learning, but it is difficult for faculty to find the time to explore these technologies and implement into a curriculum. This workshop helps bridge that gap. Participants will design their own curriculum specific project using the technology of their choice. This will be accomplished with the assistance and guidance of “technology mentors”. Participants will also review pedagogical best practices for instruction with new technologies. This FQAS course can be completed for “renewal” credit.

ZERD 012: Technology Tool Shop II

This advanced technology course will scaffold from the concepts explored in Technology Tool Shop I.  Participants will continue to build upon their curriculum-specific project or choose a new project to explore, using the technology of their choice.  This will be accomplished with the assistance and guidance of “technology mentors”. Participants will also review pedagogical best practices for instruction with new technologies.

FORMAT

DATES

TIME

LOCATION

Face to Face Workshops

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

9 a.m – 2 p.m.

(w/ 45 min lunch)

S120 and various computer labs

Independent Work w/Technology Guide(s)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

various computer labs

Need Help with SumTotal? – Open Labs

sumtotal imageHR is hosting the following open labs to provide Sum Total assistance.  If you or any of your employees have questions or need assistance, please stop by. This is first come, first serve; there is no registration for the open lab.

Milwaukee Campus – M458
Tuesday, March 14 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Friday, March 17 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Oak Creek Campus – A214
Wednesday, March 15 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Mequon Campus – A224
Wednesday, March 15 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

West Allis Campus – Room 200
Thursday, March 16 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

As a reminder, there are also electronic resources available for your use on MyMATC. Employees not able to attend the open lab can contact me or Jodie McCutcheon in Human Resources with questions..

Best regards,

Michelle Krueger
Manager, Training & Development
Milwaukee Area Technical College
414-297-7479

Join Professionals Abroad in Guatemala this summer!

Guatemala (2015)

  • May 26 – June 9
  • Open to full and part-time faculty and staff
  • Earn three credits
    • Cultural Competence – 1 credit
    • Service Learning – 1 credit
    • Spanish Language Acquisition – 1 credit

Contact: Deb Hoem-Esparza hoemesd@matc.edu or Barbara Surwillo surwillb@matc.edu

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Professionals Abroad: Guatemala

MATC Planned Internet Outage on Sunday February 5th

Information Technology has been informed by our Internet Service Provider that they require a brief (15 minute) maintenance window on Sunday morning, February 5, 2017, to upgrade our Internet router. This will result in a loss of Internet connectivity from Midnight to roughly 12:15 a.m. this Sunday morning.

Note:  This will NOT affect access to the Blackboard Learning Management System as this is hosted offsite. 

If you have additional questions, please contact the IT Helpdesk at 414-297-6541.

Need Help with Sum Total? – Open Labs

Michelle Krueger, Manager of Training & Development is hosting the following open labs to provide Sum Total assistance.  If you or any of your employees have questions or need assistance, please stop by and attend one of the Open Labs listed below. This is first come, first serve; there is no registration for the open lab.

Milwaukee Campus – M458
Thursday, January 26 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 31 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Oak Creek Campus – A120
Wednesday, January 25 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Mequon Campus – A224
Friday, January 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

As a reminder, there are also electronic resources available for your use on MyMATC or Sumtotal. Employees not able to attend the open lab can contact Michelle Krueger or Jodie McCutcheon in Human Resources with questions.

Best regards,

Michelle Krueger

Manager, Training & Development
Milwaukee Area Technical College

Winterim Faculty Guide to Preparing Courses

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snowflake2Because MATC’s campuses and support services are closed during the holiday break, we strongly advise faculty teaching Winterim semester courses to refer to these guidelines and resources.

Do Not Use Course Copy to Develop Courses

We strongly advise using the Archive and Import process of moving course materials from one section into another to avoid experiencing technical problems caused by Course Copy.

Support Resources

Faculty may use the tutorials and contact form on the Faculty Blackboard Support website.  Additional information to advise Winterim students is available here.

Students new to using Blackboard should review the Start Here page and Blackboard Student Orientation.  Students may use the tutorials and contact form on the Student Blackboard Support website.

Login Problems

Use the online Password Manager  to retrieve your login credentials or update an expired password.  If you can not use the Password Manager, create a ticket using the Help Desk’s online form to request assistance. The password to submit the request form is: MATC.

Resolving Common Technical Problems

  • Use the Browser Tester on Blackboard’s home page to check your technology’s settings and review the Resolving Common Browser Problems page for solutions.
  • Advise students using Google Chrome as their browser to update it to the latest version to prevent technical problems when taking tests in Blackboard.
  • If you see a “Module Information is Unavailable” message in Blackboard, see the workaround instructions here.
  • To troubleshoot content availability settings, use your course’s Student Preview Mode to see what students see.
  • For problems with publisher content, please contact your publisher’s technical support directly for assistance. We have compiled a list of publisher support resources here.

ER&D Professional Development Offerings – Spring 2017

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ZERD 100: Peer Support – An Introduction to Teaching (2c)

Delivery Method: Blended - Mondays (2/6, 2/13, 3/6, 3/13, 4/3, 4/10, 5/1, and 5/8; from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.), plus online hours

Peer Support introduces and models research-based teaching best practices and prepares participants for teaching at MATC. Participants learn the basics of navigating MATC systems, digital communication, classroom management, teaching methods and assessments, and the basic neuroscience of teaching and learning. Participants are paired with an experienced instructor who has been trained in peer mentoring. This relationship and the course offer new instructors a safe place in which to learn about MATC, to ask questions about the college and about teaching, as well as to share successes and challenges from the classroom. This FQAS course is required for new faculty but can also be completed for “renewal” credit.

ZERD 100: Peer Support – An Introduction to Teaching (2c)

Delivery Method: Blended – Saturdays (3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25; from 9:00 a.m. – 3:55 p.m.), plus online hours
Peer Support introduces and models research-based teaching best practices and prepares participants for teaching at MATC. Participants learn the basics of navigating MATC systems, digital communication, classroom management, teaching methods and assessments, and the basic neuroscience of teaching and learning. Participants are paired with an experienced instructor who has been trained in peer mentoring. This relationship and the course offer new instructors a safe place in which to learn about MATC, to ask questions about the college and about teaching, as well as to share successes and challenges from the classroom. This FQAS course is required for new faculty but can also be completed for “renewal” credit.
 
ZERD 101: Understanding Classroom Environments (2c)
Delivery Method: Online
This course examines several factors that contribute to an effective classroom environment at MATC. These include understanding the adult learner, promoting a culture of student success, respecting diversity, and developing appropriate teaching strategies. In addition, participants examine how their own behaviors and mindset impact the classroom environment. This FQAS course is required for new faculty but can also be completed for “renewal” credit.
 
ZERD 102: Instructional Planning (2c)
Delivery Method: Online
This course guides participants through the creation of a course instructional plan and individual learning plans. Participants will align instructional and assessment strategies to identified competencies and learning objectives.  Additionally, participants will communicate assessment results to promote student learning and incorporate inclusive learning strategies by evaluating resources available at Milwaukee Area Technical College.  This FQAS course is required for new faculty but can also be completed for “renewal” credit.
 
ZERD 011: Preparation for Online Teaching (2c)
Delivery Method: Online
This course will provide participants with an introduction to developing an online course, based on best practices. The course will provide a theoretical framework for understanding adult learners and online course design. Participants will develop or revise an online course through incorporation of a course design plan and module learning plans that situate alignment of learning activities, teaching strategies and assessments. Blackboard will be utilized as the content management system. This course is required for new faculty interested in teaching online courses at MATC.
 
Register TODAY…via Infonline…

Introducing G Suite for Education

A new name for Google Apps: G Suite

Presented by Jonathan Rochelle
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT MANAGEMENT, GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION

G Suite for Education is the same set of apps that you know and love—Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts, and more— but designed with new intelligent features that make work easier and bring teachers and students together.

Smarter spreadsheets

 Google

We launched Explore in Google Sheets to help summarize spreadsheet data with automated charts and insights. But many students might not experience the full value of spreadsheets because they can’t write formulas. This is a case of the computer requiring you to speak its language. Machine intelligence turns this upside down, so now the computer understands your language. Students can simply enter a question using natural language and Explore in Google Sheets will use Natural Language Processing to translate the question into a formula and offer an instant answer.

Smarter documents

We’ve also added Explore in Google Docs with machine intelligence to automatically recommend related topics to learn about, images to insert, and more content to discover. Students can even use Explore in Google Docs to find a related document from Drive, so they spend less time switching between apps and more time polishing their assignments.  And educators will be happy to hear that image searches performed using Explore limit results to those that comply with SafeSearch and are approved for use with Creative Commons.

Smarter presentations

For students, making a presentation inspiring can be a lot of work. Often, students spend more time formatting slides than thinking creatively about the story they want to tell. Now, as students add content to a presentation, Explore in Google Slides dynamically offers layout suggestions that help the content shine. In just a couple of clicks, students can create polished presentations that bring their ideas to life. The best thing about these intelligent features is that they’ll continue to learn and improve over time the more they’re used, and save students even more time tomorrow than they save them today.

Smarter scheduling

Finding time to meet with other teachers can be hard, especially when the list of people and locations you’re coordinating starts to grow. Google Calendar uses machine intelligence to help you easily find a time when invitees are free, and it also suggests available rooms based on your previous bookings. And, when the list of invitees grows long and no times are available, Calendar will suggest times across the group where the conflicts are easiest to resolve, such as recurring 1:1 meetings.

Learn more about the new name and features.

Diversity Dialogues

MATC Community:

I am pleased to announce the college is launching a free workshop series titled

Diversity Dialogues presented by MATC

Diversity Dialogues presented by MATC“Diversity Dialogues” next Saturday, November 12. The workshop will be held at Washington High School, 2525 N. Sherman Boulevard in Milwaukee.

Faculty members from the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences will lead discussions about various aspects of diversity and effects on our neighborhoods, state, region, and nation. The series will be held on the 2nd Saturday of each month through May 2017 from 10 a.m. to Noon.
Shortly after the tragic events that shook the Sherman Park neighborhood in August, Sociology instructor Nichole Todd reached out to several colleagues with the suggestion that the college use the “Introduction to Diversity Studies” as a model for an ongoing, community-wide discussion that could be a catalyst to transform lives and our community. School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Sadique Isahaku and several School of Liberal Arts and Sciences instructors and staff members have shepherded the project.

It is my hope that these monthly discussions will lead to substantive changes, not just in Sherman Park, but all throughout Milwaukee. Please help us promote the conversations by sharing information about Diversity Dialogues and the linked flyer.

Thank you.
Vicki J. Martin, Ph.D.
President
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Diversity Dialogues presented by MATC

National Distance Learning Week Nov. 7, 2016 – Nov. 11, 2016 • Virtual

Monday, November 7 | 12:00 – 1:00pm CST

Trends in Alternative Credentialing: Benchmarks, Badges, and Noncredit Programming Webinar

Micro-credentials, nano-credentials, badges…staying current on emerging trends in education is a challenge. It is also the life-force of the work that we do to prepare students for an ever-shifting professional landscape. In this engaging session, learn about the driving factors behind the emergence of alternative credentials, how higher education institutions are responding, and hear insights about what’s next.

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Veterans on Campus Workshop

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ER&D, in collaboration with the Military Education Support Office (MESO), is excited to offer a workshop designed to guide instructors and staff about military cultural competency and best practices for creating a supportive environment for student veterans.

The 90 minute workshop will include role-play scenarios and discussions; learners will obtain hands-on experience and practice managing challenging behaviors.

Attendees may earn hours toward certification and FQAS renewal in the area of “Teaching Excellence”.

We would like to service all interested faculty and staff…therefore, look for a future email regarding online workshop opportunities.

Each workshop is limited to 12 seats…Register TODAY via Sum Total…
For more information, and to register, search your gmail archives for an email from ER&D.

Upcoming November Workshop: Google Apps Online Orientation

Google  Apps Workshop Notice

In this one-hour online training session, faculty and staff will be oriented to the online Google Apps workshop to review using Google Gmail and Google Calendar.

Seating is limited – - complete the Registration Form to reserve your seat by November 3rd! Select one (1) session:

  • November 10th, 2016 11:00 am – 12:00 Noon
  • November 17th, 2016 11:00 am – 12:00 Noon

If you have questions about the workshop, contact:

Mernathan Sykes
sykesm@matc.edu
414-297-6890

 

Innovation Grant Application Opportunity

A message from Dr. Mohammad Dakwar:

You are invited to submit a proposal for an Innovation Grant through the Provost’s Office which will provide support to projects and activities that focus on innovation and student success.

Innovation grants are intended to encourage faculty and staff to be visionary, creative and innovative.  Our working definition of innovation is people creating value by implementing new ideas.  I encourage you to consider submitting your ideas to create value and transform lives through innovative education for the betterment of our students and community.

Application Deadline - October 28, 2016

Innovation Grant Application