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Academic Affairs Newsletter, Week of January 22

Welcome to Rainy Week Three: But Clearing to Come! 


First, thanks to all who attended Friday's Affordable Solutions Workshop.  Aline Soules has created an excellent website on ways to create an affordable textbook.  Great presentations by Patrick Fleming and Maria Ortuoste.  Help available through your library liaisons!

As A Reminder:

Some of the textbooks assigned are available as e-books to students!  The list is at: 

The Library Reserve section also makes some print textbooks available 

2. From Office of the Online Campus:

Winter First Five Week surveys will open on Saturday, January 27th at 11:59 pm and close on Saturday, February 3rd at 11:59 pm.  Some courses will be evaluated at a different time before finals. Students can complete their evaluations by logging into the Blackboard. A separate link for each of your course evaluations, with an embedded password, will also be sent to student Horizon email accounts.  Click here to view the Video that will be provided to students on How to Access End of the Course Survey in Black Board. For more details, please click here: Student Survey of Learning Experience.

3. From Faculty DevelopmentWorkshops

10 Technology Tools for Active Learning & Engagement
Monday, January 22, 2-3:30 pm
SF 328

When students are motivated to reflect, analyze, process and discuss course concepts, they report increased motivation, learning, critical thinking, and engagement. Creating a classroom environment that supports and fosters active learning is a challenge. We struggle to pique their attention, foster interaction, or promote participation. This presentation reviews ten technologies that can be integrated into the classroom to increase student engagement, create interactive lectures, facilitate classroom assessment techniques, and foster active learning. This is a recorded Innovative Educators webinar that attendees will watch and discuss. Disclaimer: many web-based engagement platforms are not supported by ITS or the Online Campus; however they are usually easy to learn and use.

Facilitator: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development

Difficult Conversations: Cultural Encounters, Part I
Tuesday, January 23, 1-2:30 pm
SF 328

In this workshop we will view short video clips from the University of Victoria Critical Incidents series on difficult conversations between faculty and students that address interactions around diversity. We will brainstorm responses and strategies and think about their applications in interactions we have had or may have in the future. It is hoped interested faculty will attend all Difficult Conversation sessions but the material in each stands alone. CI: I 10, II. 3, 4, 5,6, 7  

Facilitator: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development

Pacing Courses for Sanity and Student Success
Thursday, January 25 11:00-12:30 pm
SF 121


How we pace activities, assignments, and assessments will be key to the success of our courses under semesters.  This will be especially challenging in the first year of semesters as we, and our students, figure out how to organize ourselves and our work to get the most out of courses. In this workshop we will discuss integrating formative feedback and summative assessments into our semester courses. Participants will leave with a draft course timeline that incorporates best practices in semester assessment planning. Participation in this workshop counts towards the Teaching on Semesters certificate.

Presenters: Andrew Carlos, Library, Julie Glass, Mathematics,  Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development *Teaching on Semesters Certificate

As Annie would say: The Sun will come out tomorrow!

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