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WHAT DOES THE TLC PROVIDE? South's TLC team, rooms, and tools provide training, services and support on many topics -- starting with our "high  five" applications (listed below), pedagogy/androgogy, rubrics, instructional design, and more!

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Quarterly Course Evaluations

posted May 25, 2016, 3:49 PM by Sara Newman

Move from the old manila envelope and shorty pencils to an easy-to-use course evaluation web application

We can all help save time and trees by using the quarterly course evaluation district web application. Avoid those horrid tiny pencils and manila envelope packets of course evaluation paper -- not to mention the hours of work your division staff puts in typing up all your student's comments.

District has continued to improve our course evaluation web application and it's super easy to setup. We can even customize our course evaluation questions!  

As always, this course evaluation tool is available to all face-2-face and online course types.

To find answers for questions like, "How often am I required to have my courses evaluated" an "Who sees/reviews my course evaluations?" and more, use your Outlook login to accesshttps://inside.seattlecolleges.edu/courseevaluation/ and order your evals ASAP.

Have questions about evaluations? Please contact Faculty Development Coordinator at 206.934.4103

Adopt Tom Gibbons' Extra Credit lesson to get student's incentivised!

Curriculum Grants

posted Nov 10, 2015, 4:25 PM by Sara Newman   [ updated Nov 10, 2015, 4:33 PM ]

Seattle Colleges District Curriculum Development Grants

October 2015 email from JC Clapp 

Hello faculty!

I'm happy to let you know that you may now apply for Curriculum Grants each quarter (it used to be only once per year)! 

Applications are now always due on the Monday of Week 6 of the quarter, with decisions being made by Week 8 of that same quarter. 

You have a full year to get your curriculum deliverables in, but if you get them in sooner than that, then you don't have to get wait to get paid -- we'll process your payment within about two weeks of receiving your products. All of the information you need is here:http://www.seattlecolleges.com/facultydevelopment/default.aspx?pg=curriculumgrants

The Curriculum grants can be used to develop curriculum for any type of class taught by faculty at the Seattle Colleges. 

  • Individual proposals for new courses are funded up to $3,000.
  • Individual proposals for course curriculum revision start at $600 up to a maximum of $1,800.
  • Group proposals are funded up to $5,400. (Group projects may apply to one college or involve two or more colleges in the district.)

Curriculum Grant Deadlines: (applications always due Monday of Week 6 of the quarter -- no applications accepted summer quarter)

  • Monday, November 2, 2015
  • Monday, February 8, 2016
  • Monday, May 9, 2016
  • Monday, October 31, 2016
Important Note: The application requires signatures from your Dean and from your VPI. The application dates are for completed applications that have these signatures. Plan well in advance to obtain these signatures to meet the deadlines.

2015: Top 100 Tools for Learning by Jane Hart

posted Oct 3, 2015, 7:12 AM by Sara Newman   [ updated Oct 3, 2015, 7:13 AM ]

Online learning websites

posted Jul 8, 2015, 4:02 PM by Sara Newman   [ updated Jul 8, 2015, 4:06 PM ]

This (linked) article shares websites & apps covering a myriad of science, art, and technology topics. Topics ranging from making hummus to building apps in node.js -- most of them for free (but not all).
37 websites to learning something new (link)

TLCA's - Summer 2015

posted Jul 8, 2015, 3:48 PM by Sara Newman

Your Summer 2015 Teaching and Learning Center Support Team

TLCA's Off Over Break

posted Mar 30, 2015, 6:31 AM by Sara Newman   [ updated Mar 30, 2015, 7:10 AM ]

Teaching and Learning Center Associates (TLCA's) - Taking Time Off Over Break

If you need TLC or eLearning support over break, please contact TLC & eLearning Director Sara.Newman@SeattleColleges.edu and/or Instructional Designer Tom.Gibbons@SeattleColleges.edu to schedule an appointment.

Here's a list of our TLCA's for our upcoming quarter

Spring 2015 TLCA's

Opportunities to Learn and Present! - Canvas Mini-Con, March 27, 2015

posted Feb 20, 2015, 3:52 PM by Tom Gibbons   [ updated Feb 21, 2015, 8:48 AM by Sara Newman ]

For the past two years, the Washington Canvas Users Group (WACUG) has held a conference for Canvas users in Washington (which seems a little redundant to actually write out…)

For various reasons, the conference was cancelled this year, but people felt so strongly about the opportunity to learn, network and share with each other that an impromptu mini-con has been launched. 

It’s one day, March 27, in Olympia at South Puget Sound Community College. See below for all of the pertinent details, including registration information. Consider presenting, if you have something awesome that you would like to share.

Cost for this mini-con is free. 

 (Mini) Washington Canvas Users Group (WACUG) Conference Information

Sign Up for Mini-Washington Canvas User Group ConferenceFriday, March 27, 9:00-3:00
South Puget Sound Community College

Registration:  free!
Lunch provided:  free!
Parking:  free!
(it’s the last day of SPSCC finals, so there should be LOTS of parking)

Tentative Workshop Categories

  • Basic Canvas
  • Student engagement with Canvas
  • Best practices using Canvas
  • Canvas + (extra goodies you can add to Canvas)
  • Out of the box (crazeee ideas for Canvas)

Register here so we’ll know you’ll be joining us.

SPSCC campus map here – eLearning is in building 22, about in the middle of campus.

Espresso stand in building 22, just 38 steps from eLearning!

Driving directions to SPSCC here.

No parking permit needed.

Interested in presenting? Let us know here.

Hands-on Panopto Training, Feb 26, 2-3 pm

posted Feb 11, 2015, 2:25 PM by Tom Gibbons

Interested in learning more about how to create screencapture videos? 

Do you want to capture the lecture portions of your class so that your students can reference them later? 

Are you thinking about flipping your classroom?

Come to the TLC on 

Thursday, February 26, 

from 2-3 pm 

for hands-on training on how to use Panopto. 

Please complete the registration form if you plan to attend.

If you are unable to attend, you can find additional resources on our local Panopto site. 

Jean Arthur on the cover of Motion Picture Magazine with the Panopto logo added to the lower right corner.

Jean Arthur says, “Panopto made me into the star I am today!”

Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)

posted Dec 17, 2014, 1:30 PM by Sara Newman   [ updated Dec 17, 2014, 3:14 PM ]

Classroom Assessment Techniques (also known as CATs) are excellent methods of learning whether your students are getting out of your lectures and assignments what you expect or need and evaluating your teaching. Here are some great CAT resources ...
Name Description What to do with the data Time required
Minute paper During the last few minutes of the class period, ask students to answer on a half-sheet of paper: "What is the most important point you learned today?"; and, "What point remains least clear to you?". The purpose is to elicit data about students' comprehension of a particular class session. Review responses and note any useful comments. During the next class periods emphasize the issues illuminated by your students' comments. Prep: Low
In class: Low
Analysis: Low
Chain Notes Students pass around an envelope on which the teacher has written one question about the class. When the envelope reaches a student he/she spends a moment to respond to the question and then places the response in the envelope. Go through the student responses and determine the best criteria for categorizing the data with the goal of detecting response patterns. Discussing the patterns of responses with students can lead to better teaching and learning. Prep: Low
In class: Low
Analysis: Low
Memory matrix Students fill in cells of a two-dimensional diagram for which instructor has provided labels. For example, in a music course, labels might consist of periods (Baroque, Classical) by countries (Germany, France, Britain); students enter composers in cells to demonstrate their ability to remember and classify key concepts. Tally the numbers of correct and incorrect responses in each cell. Analyze differences both between and among the cells. Look for patterns among the incorrect responses and decide what might be the cause(s). Prep: Med
In class: Med
Analysis: Med
Directed paraphrasing Ask students to write a layman’s "translation" of something they have just learned -- geared to a specified individual or audience -- to assess their ability to comprehend and transfer concepts. Categorize student responses according to characteristics you feel are important. Analyze the responses both within and across categories, noting ways you could address student needs. Prep: Low
In class: Med
Analysis: Med
One-sentence summary Students summarize knowledge of a topic by constructing a single sentence that answers the questions "Who does what to whom, when, where, how, and why?" The purpose is to require students to select only the defining features of an idea. Evaluate the quality of each summary quickly and holistically. Note whether students have identified the essential concepts of the class topic and their interrelationships. Share your observations with your students. Prep: Low
In class: Med
Analysis: Med
Exam Evaluations Select a type of test that you are likely to give more than once or that has a significant impact on student performance. Create a few questions that evaluate the quality of the test. Add these questions to the exam or administer a separate, follow-up evaluation. Try to distinguish student comments that address the fairness of your grading from those that address the fairness of the test as an assessment instrument. Respond to the general ideas represented by student comments. Prep: Low
In class: Low
Analysis: Med
Application cards After teaching about an important theory, principle, or procedure, ask students to write down at least one real-world application for what they have just learned to determine how well they can transfer their learning. Quickly read once through the applications and categorize them according to their quality. Pick out a broad range of examples and present them to the class. Prep: Low
In class: Low
Analysis: Med
Student- generated test questions Allow students to write test questions and model answers for specified topics, in a format consistent with course exams. This will give students the opportunity to evaluate the course topics, reflect on what they understand, and what are good test items. Make a rough tally of the questions your students propose and the topics that they cover. Evaluate the questions and use the goods ones as prompts for discussion. You may also want to revise the questions and use them on the upcoming exam. Prep: Med
In class: High
Analysis: High

(may be homework)

Student Response System (SRS) - Fun Formative Assessment

posted Dec 17, 2014, 12:33 PM by Sara Newman   [ updated Dec 17, 2014, 3:51 PM ]

Socrative - Free!

What is SRS? It's an online application teachers (or presenters) can use to actively engage their student/audience. 

After hearing/observing a UW Physics teacher use SRS (Student Response System) in his classroom, our innovative chemistry teacher, Jessica Whitman, met with me in our Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) to talk about classroom clickers, how they've evolved into SRS online apps, and how to use/apply them in her classroom.

Online SRS polls and quizzes are typically accessible via any laptop, computer, tablet or smart phone (even flip phones!) with Internet access.

I recommend two online SRS (Student Response System) platforms: Socrative and Poll Everywhere

While I use and like them both, I typically drive faculty to Socrative because it's free whereas Poll Everywhere is only free at the entry level which only allows 40 votes, per poll/quiz.

Running a Quiz - Super Easy!

Jessica, created an account with Socrative and is developing her first quiz/poll in it. 

She's going to be introducing Socrative (and her quiz) on the second day of class this Winter quarter to review her Syllabus and acquaint her students with this engaging method of formative assessment. 

If all goes well, she's going to use Socrative for group lab assessment using Space Race

Because she's going to display her questions and realtime responses on her classroom overhead data projector, I recommend having students choose super hero names for the quarter, keeping their real names on a spreadsheet, and have them use their super hero names when logging in so student answers are anonymous to everyone on the data projector screen.

Both Socrative and Poll Everywhere provide quiz/poll "results" for the teacher/presenter, as well.  Socrative provides your data report to you via email, google drive, download to your computer in an excel spreadsheet or view the live data online.

Reports - Overview

Please take a moment to consider how you might use the above SRS synchronous, formative assessment tool in your classroom to engage your students.  Because it's so easy to setup you probably won't need help. However, if you would like help, please make an appointment with me or our Instructional Designer, Tom.Gibbons@SeattleColleges.edu.

CATs (Classroom Assessment Techniques) 
The above system and other methods are a wonderful way of actively engaging students and gathering formative assessments. To learn of other classroom assessment techniques (CATs) please review this post and its resources: http://sites.southseattle.edu/tlc/Home/cats

Virtually yours,
South Seattle College (SSC​) eLearning & TLC Director

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