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What’s New in November

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First, the Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (CETL) Faculty Spotlight recognizes Darlene Westberg for her participation on numerous collegewide committees and dedication to student learning. Read more here to learn about teaching computer programming and Web development.

Here at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), we don’t want to add to your load – we want to support your development goals! Check out the wealth of professional development opportunities coming up in November to find the strategies or techniques that answers a pressing question in your class:

The Web and Instructional Technology Services (WITS) department, in partnership with the CETL, invites all faculty for a collegial exchange of ideas and ANGEL wisdom from the field. This South County ANGEL sharing session on November 14th, 2012 at the Allstate Center, in AC-103 from 5:30 -7 pm includes light refreshments, provided by CETL, so you won’t even miss dinner!

Timely Tips for Adjunct Faculty – part of a monthly series on the 3rd Thursday – presents Dr. Lynn Grinnell, on Designing and Grading Online Team Projects in person Nov. 15 at noon at the EpiCenter, Room 2-307 or via webinar

Audio conference information:

  • Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208
  • Access code:730 422 053

As we head into the end of the semester, we all start worrying about finals. Okay, teachers probably worry more than students; however, Ginny Price of Vet Tech shared this PowerPoint – Test Development – on writing multiple choice test items. For questions or kudos, email her at Price.Ginny@spcollege.edu. Thank you Ginny!

For strategies to improve student performance such as a ghost hunt to teach critical thinking by Brian Barnes, philosophy professor at Univ. Louisville, register today for the CETL mini-conference “Moving the Needle” at Seminole campus on Saturday, November 17th from 9 am – 2 pm.

Communications instructors college-wide may cringe at the title, but they’ll learn a new style of communication at the November WITS Learning Event, I 4C A Smartphone N UR CLASSROOM.  Get practical hands-on ideas for integrating smartphones as positive, non-disruptive learning tools at a training session near you!

Be sure to take sometime out for something fun as the holiday approaches. There are all sorts of events coming up from an exhibit of maritime bronzes at the Leepa-Rattner Museum to a conversation with the Mayor of Clearwater. And if you’re worried about the turkey, book an appointment for nutritional counseling.

The CETL blog provides weekly update on tips and suggestions to support faculty with proven practices and ongoing research. Going forward into November, we’ll explore Mentoring. Whether formally or informally, what is the key to working with others for professional growth?

Mentoring GuidelinesThree Factors That Help Ensure Successful Programs

Teaching teachers to teach

The key to being a successful mentor

What Makes a Good MentorAttributes of a Good Mentor

What does good mentoring look like?

Why we need reverse mentoring

How to be a Good Mentee“The mentee is not a passive vessel…”

7 characteristics of a successful mentee

Seeking the mentors you need

Last, but not least, this blog is a place to network and exchange ideas – everyone is welcomed to post, comment, and participate!

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