SU2018 End of Semester Course Evaluation

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Please urge your students to complete a course evaluation for your course. Students have received an email with a link to the evaluation, and they have a “Take Survey button” on the homepage of the Blackboard site for your course. The evaluations remain open until midnight on July 31.

Thanks,
Milwaukee Area Technical College

 

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

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

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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.

Upcoming November Workshop: Google Apps Online Orientation

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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

MATC Merit Badge Clinic

Dear Faculty,
“Great opportunity!  Please see important message below and make every effort to participate in this unique program.” `Mohammad Dakwar, Ed.D. Provost


Please note the following changes:

Date has been changed to Saturday, November 12th - same date as Open House
All Merit Badge Clinics need to be offered at the Milwaukee Campus.

PLEASE SUBMIT INFORMATION by Tuesday, September 22nd

MATC is partnering with the The Boy Scouts of America, Three Harbors Council to provide a Merit Badge Clinic. All of the initial logistics are listed below. We are asking each school to identify 3 to 4 or more programs that align with the merit badges (see link below) that would highlight the programs in each school.. Not all of the requirements need to me met on the day of the clinic. Scouts may be required to have pre-requisites before the clinic or complete activities after the clinic. Please see the Gateway Tech link for more information below.

Please complete the form below for merit badges that your school can offer. Please feel free to contact me with any questions – Rich Busalacchi - busalacr@matc.edu

DATE CHANGE - Saturday, November 12 (this is the same day as out open house). Our thought is to maximize our resources and allow Scouts and Parents to participate in open house before the clinic.

-MATC’s program will be modeled after the Merit Badge Tech program at Gateway
https://www.gtc.edu/merit-badge-tech

-There are a total of 135 merit badges available — many align with MATC programs
http://www.scouting.org/meritbadges.aspx

-Scouts will be ages 12 – 18 (middle/high school)
-Each scout is charged an $8 fee for the program
-An MATC faculty and merit badge leader (assigned by Boy Scouts) will lead each session
-MATC will arrange for catering (granola bars/juice in the morning and boxed lunches)
-3-4 merit badge programs from each school program (CHANGE – as a result of aligning program with Open House – all clinics need to be held on the Milwaukee Campus).
-Idea is to showcase facilities and campus specific programs
-Parents are welcome to visit the merit badge sessions; transportation and lunch on their own.
-Registration will be open 10/19 – 11/12; once sessions are full, they are cut off (no wait list)

Tentative Agenda for the Day

  • 7:30am Registration
  • 8:00am Opening session in Cooley
  • 8:30am Scouts attend Open House – participate in scavenger hunt and visit programs that are being offered as merit badge clinics
  • 9:15am Scouts meet merit badge leaders and instructors at assigned meeting point and are led to merit badge clinic
  • Noon – Break for lunch
  • 3:00pm Merit badge sessions wrap up;
  • 3:15 pm Scouts meet in Cooley for Closing Session
  • 3:30 pm Closing ceremonies in Cooley – Event Concludes

MATC Merit Badge Clinic Form*

*Log into your MATC Google Account to access form

Google Apps Update – Calendar

 

Launch of Reminders for Google Calendar on the web

Google has announced that Reminders are now available in Google Calendar on the web.
New features:
Set a reminder for a specific time and date and get notified when it’s time. To create a reminder, tap on a time in the calendar grid, then select “Reminder.”
  • Reminders carry forward to the next day, until you mark them done. To mark a reminder as done, simply click on the reminder, and click ‘Mark as done’.
  • Reminders created in the Google app, Keep, and Inbox will also show in Google Calendar.
  • Reminders on the web will sync to your Google Calendar Android and iOS apps.

Please note:

  • Reminders are private to calendar owners and are not viewable, even if your calendar is shared with others.
  • Google Tasks users will not be prompted to use the Reminders feature. It can be enabled from the drop down menu on the Tasks calendar.

 

Google Apps Update – Drive

Set expiration dates for access to Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides files

Google has added a new feature to Google Drive.  According to Google, this new feature helps keep your organization’s information safe. Google is introducing the ability to set an “expiration date” for specific user access to files in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

For instance, imagine a student receives an incomplete in your course. To complete the course, the student needs to view a spreadsheet, doc, or presentation containing pertinent information about the course. Following this launch, you’ll be able to share docs, spreadsheets, and presentations with the student, give them view access-only, and set that access to expire at the end of the semester. If the student attempts to open the spreadsheet after the expiration date has passed, they’ll be denied access.

Please note that you’ll only be able to set expiration dates for users with comment or view access; you will not be able to set expiration dates for file owners or users with edit access.

ER&D’s 25th Anniversary

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Educational Research and Dissemination (ER&D) celebrates its 25th anniversary at MATC this year. The current ER&D team of Toshiba Adams, Michelle Felix, Patricia McFarland, and Kameal Love are proud to continue a tradition of success with faculty helping faculty through courses, workshops, shared resources, committee participation and consultations.

The ER&D model is based on current and credible research in teaching and learning. Patricia McFarland is one of the founding members of ER&D and has been actively involved in a variety of positions. She explains that in 1990, Local 212 was not involved in any professional development. Local President Ernie Schnook heard about the national American Federation of Teachers’ faculty development program and asked Local 212’s Executive Board if anyone was interested in research on teaching.

From those who were interested, including McFarland, MATC developed its local ER&D program. Emma Palmer, a now-retired faculty member, led the efforts to develop two of the national ER&D’s courses for implementation at MATC: Foundations I and II.

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By about 1995, ER&D was adding new courses based on needs and current research on teaching and learning. When MATC created the Faculty Innovation Center on the Downtown Milwaukee Campus in Room M201, and ER&D moved there from its small space in Foundation Hall, the college established a central location for ER&D and its services to the faculty.

Come on out and celebrate 25 years of ER&D!

Date & Time Location HOst
Weds. April 20th, 1:30 PM Milwaukee Campus, 6th Street Cafe ER&D