3 Great Things!
October 2014

Training Resources to Increase Engagement and Improve Course Design

This issue of 3 Great Things! shares resources collected at the NCCCS Conference and the latest DE  department training resources.

Great Thing 1:

Engaging and involving our students in online courses is a cornerstone to their success. Reggie Cobb, a biology instructor at Nash Community College shared a terrific presentation filled with practicable strategies for engaging and connecting with students. Where did my instructor and classmates go? Engagement in Online Learning- link opens in a new window.

Great Thing 2:

If you were able to attend the VLC presentation on Accessibility you may have received a copy of the Online Course Accessibility Checklist. This excellent and detailed tool provides clear "do this" and "don't do this" directions for how to ensure each component in your course is accessible to as many students as possible. Remember- accessibility efforts support all of our learners. Here's a link to the Online Course Accessibility Checklist (it will open in a new window). Come to the Accessibility Training session on November 11 (details were emailed to all WCC staff and faculty) to learn more.

Great Thing 3:

Assessment. Some days it seems all we talk about is assessment. Creating assignments and projects that accurately assess student learning takes thought and creativity. Dr. Evonne Carter shared a Quality Assessment Toolkit at the NCCCS Conference that simplifies some of the challenges in creating assessments. Check out her Toolkit (link will open in a new window)

Bonus Great Thing!

Blooms taxonomy and the Assessment Toolkit shared above are terrific tools the Padagogy Wheel V3.0 is an excellent tool for clarifying which web based application is best suited to your specific needs. Check the wheel out here: Padagogy Wheel (link will open in a new window). And here's a video explaining the wheel; will open in a new window:


Wrapping Up

  • Don't forget all WCC faculty and staff can access professional development through Starlink. Check your email for Starlink login information. Then login at http://www.starlinktraining.org/ and check out the wide range of topics available. Starlink presentations are accessible on and off campus.
  • Moodle help, links to past issues of 3 Great Things! and lots of other faculty support tools are available on the Moodle Faculty Help page
  • Have questions about the resources shared here? Or suggestions for new topics or resources? Email me at jamarciel-rozzi at waynecc.edu