Professional Development

Professional Development

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SCC hosts a number of opportunities for employees (both faculty and staff) to develop their skills in new and different approaches to teaching, the application of technology, and the intricacies of supporting community college learners. Below is a list of our current offerings.  In addition, you can click Past Events in the left menu to see recordings of prior sessions, or click Request Session to be added to the wait list for an upcoming session, or request a customized session for your area.
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January 27, 2020, 3:00 pm - January 27, 2020, 4:00 pm
Presenter: April McNiff and Jodie Waldroup
Location: Bradford 306, The Center for Teaching Excellence

During the Spring 2020 semester, we will read “Generation Z Goes to College” by Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace. We have learned a lot about the millennial generation, but what about the upcoming one who are already in our classes? This book gives a nice overview of Generation Z students, and answers questions about how they learn best, what are their communication preferences, and what motivates them at the end of the day. This book was a study completed with over 1,100 Generation Z college students between the months of August and October of 2014. This group will meet once a month during the spring Semester. Dates are as follows: January 27, February 17, March 23, April 27, and May 11.
Learning Objectives:
  • To gain a better understanding of who Generation Z is
  • To discuss with colleagues about what we are already experiencing and witnessing with the upcoming generation in the classroom and daily interactions
  • To explore ways we as individuals and as an institution can be more prepared for the upcoming generation of college students
February 11, 2020, 8:00 am - February 18, 2020, 5:00 pm
Presenter: Chris Akers - Instructional Technologist
Location: Online

In this course, you will learn how to create and deploy discussions using the discussion forum tool in Moodle. Additionally, we will discuss the rationale for using discussion boards and some best practices for implementing and using them in your classes.

We'll explore some questions such as: What is a discussion board? Why should I use discussion boards? What sorts of prompts make for the best discussions? What are some practical ways that I can use discussion boards effectively to increase student engagement and learning? How are my colleagues at SCC using discussion boards in their classes?

Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize the main components of the Moodle discussion board tool.
  • Identify reasons to use the discussion board tool.
  • Articulate ways the discussion board can help you meet your course objectives.
  • Identify best practices for online discussions.
  • Create effective and engaging discussion board prompts.
  • Create a grading rubric for online discussions.
February 11, 2020, 1:00 pm - February 11, 2020, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Tom Jones - High School Partnership Advisor
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

We all have the chance to create a positive reality wherever we go. Through vision, gratitude and grit we can all be a person that changes the atmosphere of the room we're in.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learners will identify and discuss the values that they hold uniquely unto themselves.
  • Learners will also discover how thankfulness expands our perspective and our capacity to give.
  • Learners will conclude that grit is what separates goal achievers from the rest.
February 12, 2020, 10:00 am - February 12, 2020, 11:00 am
Presenter: Chris Akers - Instructional Technologist
Location: Bradford 306, The Center for Teaching Excellence

Welcome to Moodle! This course will introduce you to Moodle's Gradebook. In the first half of the class you will learn how the tool functions, then in the second half of the class we will practice.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify available functions in the Moodle gradebook
  • Add manual items to the gradebook and assign grades
  • Construct a gradebook that calculates total points, average or weighted average
  • Identify uses for the Grader, Single View and User reports
February 13, 2020, 2:00 pm - February 13, 2020, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Erin McCully - E-Learning Specialist
Location: Bradford 306, The Center for Teaching Excellence

Welcome to Moodle! This course will introduce you to Moodle's Gradebook. In the first half of the class you will learn how the tool functions, then in the second half of the class we will practice.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify available functions in the Moodle gradebook
  • Add manual items to the gradebook and assign grades
  • Construct a gradebook that calculates total points, average or weighted average
  • Identify uses for the Grader, Single View and User reports
February 19, 2020, 9:00 am - February 19, 2020, 10:00 am
Presenter: Susan Cain, Communications Instructor and Tyler Goode, Director of Public Relations
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

We aim to share tips, offer data, and help create ideas for crafting cohesive, to-the-point, well-intentioned, good looking email and social media posts for on or off campus use. We will use PPT to illustrate do's and don'ts and give learners the opportunity to practice using the new information.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learners will become familiar with state email legalities
  • Learners will gain awareness of Best Practices for email readability and style
  • Learners will gain awareness of social media posting dos and don'ts (from an SCC standpoint)
  • Learners will have an opportunity to work with emails and postings to practice the information given
February 20, 2020, 2:00 pm - February 20, 2020, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Carolyn Porter - Business Department Chair; Business Administration - Program Coordinator/Instructor; Business Administration - Electronic Commerce Concentration, Program Coordinator/Instructor
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

How can we assess student learning when the internet is full of resources to help students cheat and plagiarize? In this workshop, we will explore issues related to academic dishonesty in the digital age. We will look at the tools and forums your students may be using to be dishonest and work toward strategies to better evaluate student achievement.
Learning Objectives: Upon completing this workshop, participants should be able to:
  • Describe tools and methods students may use to be dishonest.
  • Design course activities which promote academic integrity.
February 25, 2020, 1:00 pm - February 25, 2020, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Bethany Emory - Dean of Teaching and Learning Support
Location: Bradford 306, The Center for Teaching Excellence

Are you curious about how to use the Ally tool to make your course materials accessible to a wider audience? (Or just want to turn a few of those dials from red to green?) Join us for this interactive session as we work through your documents using this new tool.

Learning Objectives: In this session, you will:
  • Interpret the accessibility indicator
  • Access suggestions to improve accessibility in your materials
  • List common reasons that make materials less accessible
February 26, 2020, 1:00 pm - February 26, 2020, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Lori Clancy - Human Services Technology/Substance Abuse Treatment Program Coordinator
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence


Many times students do not function well or succeed to their potential not because of their academic issues but due to poor boundaries in their relationships. This TOPS is centered on understanding the impact of diffuse or rigid boundaries in our students lives. As we understand that relationships may impede their success we can help them have tools to understand their boundaries and how to improve their level of functioning within a firm set of boundaries.
Learning Objectives:
  • Identify Healthy vs. Unhealthy Boundaries.
  • Explore and understand why we say yes and no.
  • Be able to explain what healthy boundaries are and teach boundary settings to others.
  • Establish plans to improve boundaries.
March 3, 2020, 8:00 am - March 17, 2020, 5:00 pm
Presenter: Bethany Emory - Dean of Teaching and Learning Support
Location: Online

Using videos in your online or hybrid courses can help engage your students and promote your learning objectives. In this session, we will discuss why you should consider using video in your courses and explore some tools and strategies for creating and deploying videos that will engage your students.

Learning Objectives:
  • Create simple video content for your courses
  • Create quizzes and discussions to encourage student participation
  • Develop activities using video as an option for students
March 4, 2020, 9:00 am - March 4, 2020, 10:00 am
Presenter: Erin McCully - E-Learning Specialist
Location: Bradford 306, The Center for Teaching Excellence

This course will introduce you to some of the activities in Moodle that are helpful in engaging students. These activities include discussion forums and assignments, and the discussion will also cover setting activity settings, including activity completion, setting due dates, and making exceptions for individual students. In the first part of the class you will learn how these different tools function, then in the second part of the class we will practice. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss the types of activities in Moodle and how they can be used for instruction and learning.
  • Add an activity to a course.
  • Assign appropriate settings to support learner needs
March 5, 2020, 2:00 pm - March 5, 2020, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Erin McCully - E-Learning Specialist
Location: Bradford 306, The Center for Teaching Excellence

This course will introduce you to some of the activities in Moodle that are helpful in engaging students. These activities include discussion forums and assignments, and the discussion will also cover setting activity settings, including activity completion, setting due dates, and making exceptions for individual students. In the first part of the class you will learn how these different tools function, then in the second part of the class we will practice. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss the types of activities in Moodle and how they can be used for instruction and learning.
  • Add an activity to a course.
  • Assign appropriate settings to support learner needs
March 18, 2020, 2:00 pm - March 18, 2020, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Matt Cass - Physics Instructor, David Jons - Spanish Instructor, and Mike Park - English Instructor
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

We will present the concept of equity, review success data of students, and suggest methods of improvement in order to build equity. Please register early, so that we can pull specific data to your instructional area.
Learning Objectives: Faculty will be able to:
  • Understand the difference between equality and equity
  • Analyze their own student success data for areas of possible improvement
  • Identify and explore strategies and practices to decrease equity gaps
March 23, 2020, 10:00 am - March 23, 2020, 11:00 am
Presenter: Bethany Emory - Dean of Teaching and Learning Support
Location: Bradford 306, The Center for Teaching Excellence

H5P makes it easy to create, share and reuse interactive content, including presentations, video and quiz questions. H5P empowers everyone to create rich and interactive web experiences more efficiently - all you need is a Moodle shell...

Learning Objectives:
  • List possible uses of H5P interactive elements
  • Craft a simple interactive presentation for your Moodle course
March 24, 2020, 2:00 pm - March 24, 2020, 3:00 pm
Presenter: Bethany Emory - Dean of Teaching and Learning Support
Location: Bradford 306, The Center for Teaching Excellence

H5P makes it easy to create, share and reuse interactive content, including presentations, video and quiz questions. H5P empowers everyone to create rich and interactive web experiences more efficiently - all you need is a Moodle shell...

Learning Objectives:
  • List possible uses of H5P interactive elements
  • Craft a simple interactive presentation for your Moodle course
April 2, 2020, 1:00 pm - April 2, 2020, 2:00 pm
Presenter: SCC’s Appreciative Advising Team (Tori Ellison, Jennie Ashlock, Tom Jones and Jodie Waldroup)
Location: Bradford 306; The Center for Teaching Excellence

As a follow-up to our Spring 2018 Appreciative Advising Workshop, SCC’s Appreciative Advising Team (Tori Ellison, Jennie Ashlock, Tom Jones and Jodie Waldroup) would like to present a more in-depth examination of the 6 phases through two 60-minute interactive sessions. One during Fall 2019 to delve into Disarm, Discover and Dream, followed by a second in Spring 2020 to discuss Design, Deliver and Don’t Settle.
Learning Objectives: Participants will gain a greater understanding of the Appreciative Advising framework in addition to techniques,strategies and best practices for implementing the 6 phases during advising sessions, as well as in the classroom.
April 7, 2020, 8:00 am - April 14, 2020, 5:00 pm
Presenter: Bethany Emory - Dean of Teaching and Learning Support
Location: Online

In this interactive online course, join other faculty on campus as we discuss the use and development of rubrics. We will provide some resources for those of you who are newer to rubrics, and offer discussion to involve folks who have had a bit more practice.

Learning Objectives:
  • Distinguish between a rubric and a checklist
  • Define holistic and analytic rubrics
  • Discuss the pros and cons of each type of rubric
  • Develop a plan to implement or revise a rubric in your classes
April 7, 2020, 9:00 am - April 7, 2020, 10:00 am
Presenter: E-Learning Team
Location: Bradford 306, The Center for Teaching Excellence

Join us for a discussion of best practices in grading as efficiently, effectively and quickly as possible. We will start with a short presentation, then customize the remainder of the training to troubleshooting specific scenarios from the group. We realize that schedules are tight, so if one of the proposed sessions do not work for you time wise, please respond to this email to suggest another time.

Learning Objectives:
  • Evaluate Moodle Grading Options
April 8, 2020, 11:00 am - April 8, 2020, 12:00 pm
Presenter: E-Learning Team
Location: Bradford 306, The Center for Teaching Excellence


Join us for a discussion of best practices in grading as efficiently, effectively and quickly as possible. We will start with a short presentation, then customize the remainder of the training to troubleshooting specific scenarios from the group. We realize that schedules are tight, so if one of the proposed sessions do not work for you time wise, please respond to this email to suggest another time.

Learning Objectives:
  • Evaluate Moodle Grading Options