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World Music Exploration by Joe Terrana
World Music Exploration by Joe Terrana
photo by Amy Kelley

From Angel to Student Affairs, SPC All College Day 2012, Oct. 23 at Clearwater, touched on all the different aspects of higher education that make our jobs both challenging and exciting! Here’s a report on some of the day’s highlights from your peers. Please share your thoughts and experiences through the comments below!

Dan Schroder on catching up to the “21st Century Student”:

Improving Student Online Performance in the Sciences with Pearson, Digital Transformation in the 21st Century Classroom by McGraw-Hill, and iPad Tips & Tricks by SPC’s own Dan Fumano were all VERY informative and helpful, especially as educators, administrators, course designers, content-producers and everyone else who considers themselves “stakeholders” are scrambling to catch up to the “21st Century Student” – multi-networked, always-connected, constantly-communicating, music-rich, resistant (rightfully so) of classic classroom teaching broadcast models. The very best, most “convicting” stream of consciousness of the day came from a YouTube video that our Dean of Natural Sciences, Dr. John Chapin, showed during our departmental breakout session, “A Vision of Students Today” – WOW!

For more strategies and suggestions on student success, register today for the CETL mini-conference “Moving the Needle” at Seminole campus on Saturday, November 17th from 9 am – 2 pm. Don’t miss invited speaker Brian Barnes, philosophy professor at Univ. Louisville, who used a ghost hunt to teach critical thinking.


Shelbey Rosengarten on Getting the most from Your E-Book Readers: Tips and Tricks to Take You from Frustrated to Delighted:

Chad Mairn confirmed our need to go beyond textbooks, beyond traditional methods, beyond what’s been tried – and often found true. Ebook downloads have reached a critical mass. As Newsweek announced its final print issue this December, we’re at a point where we can blend what we know works with some of these new methods. One thing that I still found comforting was the consensus that books themselves aren’t going away. They will evolve. People still paint and draw and animate even though film and photography exist, and we can argue that in fact film and photograph have breathed new life into what hand-drawn images could do or be. So it goes with books.

While technology may seem faddish, and frankly I have known many who claim to be ‘tech-savvy’ that can’t complete a decent Google search, the great thing about instructional technology is that we instructors can find our medium. Maybe some people want to do a rough audio podcast to emphasize something audio that goes with courses – music or speeches or a fragment of an archaic text. Maybe some of us prefer a narrated slidecast—easier to put together than in the past. If you can’t picture writing an entire textbook—and who has that kind of time?—you can put a module together that overlaps in your courses, or your colleagues’ courses, which can help reinforcement. With tons of resources in-house, each of us has the chance to write the next chapter!

Carol Connelly on S.A.L.T, presented by Lee Ann Wolfenden and Michael Bennett:

Students that juggle work, family, and home responsibilities along with the demands of college coursework tend to put the burden of financial aid on the shoulders of the staff that disburses funds. The thought of finding a job and student loan payback does not officially occur until that letter arrives in the mail stating congratulations on the completion of your degree and by the way, please complete the exit loan counseling. SALT, a comprehensive program that offers information on financial literacy and loan counseling helps SPC students BEFORE that letter arrives. Financial aid and student self-direction facilitate achievement and completion, so all students and alumni should establish an account at saltmoney.org and develop financial skills like budgeting, debt management, and maintaining good credit.

Kyle Pierson on networking and student publications:

As an adjunct instructor, it’s easy to feel a little like an outsider. But being invited to the afternoon Communications meeting went a long way to alleviate that feeling. During that meeting, I learned that statistics from One College Support contain interesting information about student success rates. I learned that full-time faculty members also grapple with students whose progress is often stymied by economic troubles, and I met a gregarious guy who introduced himself to me the minute I walked into the room – Jaun Flores, M.A., on the editorial board of META. So, I’d say, the meeting was worth the drive. It gave me a chance to put faces and names together and to find like-minded, full-time colleagues.

and on The META – A Outstanding example of Student Success!

Last year I saw the flyers left in classrooms, I saw the screen saver, and I saw the notices posted in the restrooms – SPC planned to launch two new publications. As a communications adjunct instructor, I was curious about the Sandbox, the online student newspaper, and META, the interdisciplinary journal. At All College Day, I got a hot-off-the-presses copy of META!

META is a publication of the SPC Honors College in partnership with the Silverberg Foundation, publishing scholarly and creative work at all levels in all disciplines. A wealth of photography, art, poetry, and research by students and teachers fill this 1st volume! For copies, email metajournal@spcollege.edu or stop by 2nd floor of the Clearwater Library.

Don’t forget the CETL Snack and Learn Event on Tuesday, 10/30, 5:30pm at Gibbs in TE208.

Join IDT Nancy Munce and CETL to create presentations your students will remember through Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School. Email Lancaster.Gail@spcollege.edu to confirm.

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