December starts off busy as finals start December 6th and school ends December 15th. As we wrap up the semester, take a moment to relax and unwind. It’s not unusual to feel frustration or let down after all the hustle of the past semester, so do something that makes you happy:
Go for a walk – the Natural Habitat Park on Seminole campus is gorgeous now that it’s not hot!
Get in the swing with the Helios Jazz Orchestra at the Music Center on Gibbs, Tuesday, December 11 at 7:30 PM.
Then, when you’ve got your breath, take advantage of your time off to get ahead for next semester. I know, I know – it’s what we tell students all the time, but of course, we know better!
If you have Angel questions or just want to make changes for Spring, you need to retreat to the Spa Friday, December 7 at 9 AM or 1 PM at the EpiCenter. These open sessions will cover best practices for setting up your shell and the IDTs will be available for hands-on, personalized help. There is no problem the IDT’s haven’t seen and can’t fix.
An important part of planning is taking the time to research and think about what you need and can use. The SPC Critical Thinking Gateway offers a number of Reusable Learning Objects, or modules that can be inserted into a class. There’s one on Website Evaluation that any class with a research component could benefit from!
I’ll also be spending some time catching up on the professional journals. Education, like many other industries, is undergoing significant change. Some items of note:
- Adjuncts make up an increasing large majority of instructors and are starting to influence policy because of their numbers – Adjuncts Build Strength in Numbers, The Chronicle of Higher Education
- An exploration of the barriers to adopting technology is discussed in Breaking Down Technology’s Barriers, The Journal.
- How to do more with less is this month’s theme in Acadame from the American Association of University Professors.
- University Business Magazine discusses Financial Stress: An Everyday Reality for College Students.
- Maria Shine Stewart form InsideHigherEd recommends humor in Don’t Smile Until December.
December is also a good time to catch on CETL blog posts. Presentations from past training sessions are posted here online for you, including this PowerPoint – Test Development – on writing multiple choice test items from Ginny Price of Vet Tech. Thank you Ginny!
Last, but not least, this blog is a place to network and exchange ideas – everyone is welcomed to post, comment, and participate!