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Monday, September 9, 2019


 

Staff Employee of the Month named

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Jason Love was named the Staff Employee of the Month at last week’s First Wednesday meeting. As program coordinator in Benefits, Love was instrumental in the seamless transfer to BefefitFocus, Columbus State’s new online benefits platform for full-time staff and faculty. His supervisor, Deborah Robinson, said, “There were numerous hours of testing and updating the data, as well as other back-end work, that goes unnoticed.” In nominating Love (along with 14 co-nominators), Phyllis Gorman, director of Professional Development and Retention, said, “Jason demonstrated grace under pressure. He engaged staff for countless hours in the lab, returned phone calls, and had long, late nights generating reports and sending emails to assure everyone was properly enrolled onto the BefefitFocus platform.”

 

 

Recommend students for scholarship opportunity

  

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The All-USA Academic Team and the Coca-Cola Academic Team Programs will continue this academic year. The collaboration of Follett Higher Education Group, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and Phi Theta Kappa, will lead to students being awarded nearly $500,000 in scholarships to outstanding college students. Columbus State has the opportunity to receive national press recognition should one of our nominees be identified as a scholar. The College is able to nominate up to eight candidates for these awards. 

Awards are available for all plans of study (two-year degrees and those who plan to transfer).
In addition to recognition by Follett and Coca-Cola, nominees to these programs are recognized in All-State Academic Team programs held in 39 states. All-State Team programs offer a range of academic scholarships, stipends, newspaper coverage, medallions, and certificates to scholars. By nominating students, we provide scholarship opportunities to All-State Team members to which they would otherwise not have access.


At this time, we are seeking your recommendation of students who should be encouraged to apply for these scholarship opportunities. In selecting nominees to represent Columbus State, we ask you to consider students with outstanding academic rigor and grade point averages; participation in honors programs; awards, honors, and recognition for academic achievement, and service to the College and community.

The focal point of the application is an essay. This should center around one endeavor undertaken by the student that utilized their two-year college education to improve their respective community or college. Judges look for innovative, creative, original and lasting achievements or undertakings. As soon as possible, please forward the names of students who should be considered for nomination, as well as a brief summary as to why they would make a good candidate. Students must complete the application no later than October 25 for consideration. Nominated students will be assisted with the application process. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Rebecca Mobley. 

 

 
Accreditation review scheduled October 28 and 29

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The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which is the College’s regional accreditor, will be conducting an on-site Comprehensive Quality Review (CQR) visit October 28-29. A team of five Peer Reviewers will be visiting the Columbus Campus to meet with various groups of administrators, faculty, staff, and students.

This visit is part of the comprehensive evaluation process and is conducted to determine if an institution continues to meet the five Criteria for Accreditation. Institutional advances in continuous quality improvement are also reviewed during the CQR visit.

In preparing the campus for this extremely important visit, Bruce Massis, accreditation liaison officer, and David Tom, faculty fellow for accreditation, have been conducting preparatory meetings with campus groups to ensure the proper background information is provided. In advance of the HLC visit, they encourage faculty and staff to review two important documents.

The first is the Systems Portfolio, a document that was carefully and methodically researched and written by a team of our faculty, administrators, and staff over the course of 18 months before it was submitted to the HLC. It is appraised by a team of HLC peer reviewers, who provide feedback on the institution’s strengths and opportunities for improvement, describes processes, results, and improvement in each of the College’s systems, and shows evidence that the institution continues to meet the Criteria for Accreditation. Read the report here.  

The second document is the Systems Appraisal Feedback Report. This report is designed to provide the College with feedback from a team of peer reviewers experienced in continuous quality improvement and systems thinking. Read the report here.  

 

 

Additional feature added to degree audit system

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A new feature has been added to the Degree Audit system: uAchieve. Starting this semester, the degree audit will show a visual dashboard of the student’s educational progress toward degree completion. 

The student degree audit will show a new chart and corresponding graphs at the top of the audit (see example above). These charts and graphs depict courses the student has completed, the courses they have in progress, and the courses they still need to complete.

In the coming months, the certificate programs will also have charts and graphs embedded in their audits. This new feature is intended to help students better understand their progress as the College moves toward providing students with an academic planner beginning in May 2020.

For more information about how to utilize the charts and graphs feature, you may refer to the Charts and graphs quick-start User Guide

For additional help, contact:
Arts and Sciences: Sue Judd at extension 2631
Business and Engineering Programs: Marcy Leeds at extension 5931
Health and Human Services: Lorrie Boerger at extension 5116
Degree Audit Coordinator: Sarah Lutz at extension 3277

 


Recommend students for scholarship opportunity

The All-USA Academic Team and the Coca-Cola Academic Team Programs will continue this academic year. The collaboration of Follett Higher Education Group, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa will award nearly $500,000 in scholarships to outstanding college students. Columbus State has the opportunity to receive national press recognition should one of our nominees be identified as a scholar. The College is able to nominate up to eight candidates. Awards are available for all plans of study.

In addition to recognition by Follett and Coca-Cola, nominees to these programs are recognized in All-State Academic Team programs held in 39 states. All-State Team programs offer a range of academic scholarships, stipends, newspaper coverage, medallions, and certificates to scholars. By nominating students, we provide scholarship opportunities to which they would otherwise not have access.

At this time, we are seeking your recommendation of students who should be encouraged to apply for these scholarship opportunities. In selecting nominees to represent Columbus State, we ask you to consider students with outstanding academic rigor and grade point averages; participation in honors programs; awards, honors, and recognition for academic achievement, and service to the College and community.

The focal point of the application is an essay. It should center around one endeavor undertaken by the student that utilized their two-year college education to improve their respective community or college. Judges look for innovative, creative, original, and lasting achievements or undertakings.

As soon as possible, please forward the names of students who should be considered for nomination, as well as a brief summary as to why they would make a good candidate. Students must complete the application no later than October 25 for consideration. Nominated students will be assisted with the application process. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Rebecca Mobley



Open House Wednesday at Multimedia Support Center

The Library’s Multimedia Support Center (MSC) will hold an Open House for the Columbus State community this week. Stop by for tech demonstrations offered each hour, media-themed trivia, an open mic, and giveaways. Multimedia technicians will be available to answer questions and share how learn more about MSC services. The Open House will take place on Wednesday, September 11 from noon-3:00 p.m. in the Library Media Studio, Columbus Hall rooms 109 and 111. An event schedule on Cougar Connect can be found here.   

Reminder: Wednesday is Fresh Check Day

Join Columbus State Counseling Services for Fresh Check Day. It’s an uplifting mental health check-in event that will include fun interactive booths, peer-to-peer messaging, free food, prizes, and more. It will be a perfect opportunity to break down the stigma around mental health. These events are open to the College and the community, so bring a friend. For additional questions contact Counselor Shelby Hartzell.

Fresh Check Day will be held on Wednesday, September 11 from 11:00 a.m-2:00 p.m. on the Nestor Hall Ramp. (Rain location: Nestor Hall lounge.)

 

New Global Diversity and Inclusion Certificate

Are you interested in learning more about yourself, our diverse College community, or how to cultivate equitable practices in the classroom/office? The inaugural Global Diversity and Inclusion Certificate is a structured opportunity which focuses on developing greater cultural competence through strengthening knowledge, awareness, behaviors, and skills. Prior diversity, equity, or inclusion experience is not required.

The series is organized so participants start from the basics and conclude with the development of specific skills you can apply to your life, your teaching, and your work.

  • Diversity 101 & 102: Friday, September 20 from noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Cultural Awareness: Friday, October 18 from noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Implicit Bias: Friday, October 25 from noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Microaggressions: Friday, November 15 from noon-2:00 p.m.
  • Safezone 101: Friday, November 22 from noon-2:00 p.m.
  • DreamZone: Friday, December 6 from 2:00-4:30 p.m.

To register as a faculty or staff member, log in to Cornerstone and hover over the “Learning” tab in the upper left. That will bring up a pull-down menu. Select “Events Calendar.” Click on the event, then select “Request” to register. See this guide for search and registration tips. If you have questions contact Jasmine Marks in GDI.

 


Share your experiences as part of a new book club

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The Mindful Classroom Book Club is set to begin this week on the Columbus Campus. Organizer Nichole Brandt says, “Mindfulness helps us give our full attention to the present moment, in an evermore distracted culture.”

The book club series, co-led by Brandt and Cathy Ritterbusch, will explore the growing movement to use contemplative pedagogy in higher education. Mindfulness practices have been shown to improve attention and academic performance and help students manage academic stress. In addition to working with ideas in the text, the club will allow participants to share their experiences integrating mindfulness into the classroom across disciplines. 

Everyone is welcome. Each session will be interconnected, yet stand on its own. The readings will be from “Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning” by Daniel P. Barbezat and Mirabai Bush. The plan is to work with the text over three sessions this semester and three sessions during spring semester. Eighteen books are available for faculty who participate in the book club. Contact Catherine Ritterbusch if you would like a book in advance.   

Sessions this term will be held on these Fridays: September 13, October 11, and November 15. Each session will be held from noon-1:00 p.m. in TL 311. Space is limited. RSVP here.

 

Increase wireless speed by using correct Wi-Fi

Did you know that the Columbus State wireless network is for students and employees? Using the correct network can significantly increase your wireless speed. Double-check your network now on your mobile devices.

In your Wi-Fi settings, choose CSCC (not CSCC-Visitor). Use your Columbus State username and password to connect. It’s the same login you use for Blackboard and CougarWeb.

For further assistance, contact the IT Support Center at 614-287-5050. You may also stop by in person to get help from the IT Frontliners. They are located in the Center for Technology and Learning Cyber Cafe (TL Lobby) or inside the Computer Commons (TL 116).  

On the Delaware Campus you may visit IT at the Learning Center in Moeller Hall.

 

Mixer and resource Fair for First-generation students 

The Generation One Trailblazers (GOT) Events Committee will host a mixer for first-generation college students on Wednesday, September 18 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio, Columbus Hall 111.

The GOT Autumn Mixer & Resource Fair is a free, invitation-only event to support the success of first-generation students. There will be resource tables, icebreaker activities, pizza, dessert, school supply giveaways, and prizes.

The goal of this mixer is to better acquaint students with services that can help them succeed in college and to provide an opportunity to meet and socialize with other first-generation students. For further information, contact Nancy Ziminski.

 

Fall service project for TRIO

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) requests that when you travel to conferences consider bringing unused hotel toiletries back to Columbus State. Students who are food insecure are often in need of hygiene products as well. The SSS students will organize, bundle, and distribute the collected items to the Campus Cupboard locations at the College. Full-size product donations are also being accepted. Items can be dropped off at the TRIO office, Franklin Hall 223, or call TRIO at extension 5777 to have someone pick them up.

 

Entrepreneurs to begin new Goldman Sachs program

A multi-partner program is underway with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses project team, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, and the Goldman Sachs Foundation. On August 28, those groups and the College welcomed prospective scholars to the Columbus Campus to interview as part of the first Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses cohort. The team interviewed 30 entrepreneurs for acceptance into the program. 

The 10,000 Small Businesses program was created to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity in their communities by providing them access to education, capital, and the business support services necessary to make that happen. Program tuition is offered at no cost to the business owner. Accepted applicants receive hands-on education for business growth, access to highly-trained professionals who understand what it takes to grow a small business, and a network of small business owners from across the country.

This first cohort at Columbus State begins on September 26. Cincinnati State plans to launch its first cohort in February. Sinclair Community College will follow later next year. To learn more about the program and its impact visit this link.

For questions about the program, please contact Shane Kirby or Stephanie Hall.

 

 

Mortar Board honors Columbus State colleague

Photo of MabelThe Mortar Board has presented a Distinguished Lifetime Membership to Mabel Freeman. She was one of just five people who received special honors this summer at the Mortar Board National Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Mortar Board is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for outstanding achievement. Freeman served as a trustee, vice president, and president of the board during her career as an Ohio State University staff member.

Following her retirement from Ohio State, Freeman has served in a variety of roles at Columbus State including special assistant to the president and interim vice president in two departments: Marketing and Communications and Enrollment Services and Student Affairs. She most recently served as a part-time consultant.

 

Presentation today for CCP students

Please encourage your College Credit Plus (CCP) students to attend Librarian Wendy Harper’s presentation on library services today, September 9 at 11:00 a.m. in the Library Media Studio, Columbus Hall 111. This area of the library is reserved for CCP students once each week from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. to gather, study, or grab a snack.

If you have questions, contact Jackie Jenkins or Wendy Harper.

 

Self-care in the podcast spotlight

There is a new Guidance with Grace podcast series available on self-care. It begins by discussing the definition of self-care with Jorie Schwartz, assistant professor in Social and Human Services. Listen each Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. for new episodes on ways to develop a better self-care routine. You can listen here.  


Interstate 71 access

Due to ongoing construction on Cleveland Avenue, the City of Columbus, at the request of the College, will be installing signs this month to direct drivers to a secondary route to Interstate 71. Current signs direct motorists to the interstate entrance on Cleveland Avenue alongside I-670. (That entrance will remain open.) New signs will direct drivers to take Long Street to I-71 north and Broad Street to I-71 south. It's designed to ease traffic congestion on Cleveland Avenue.

If you’re on the west side of campus, the easiest way to access those routes is via N. Grant Avenue, which runs behind the Bookstore. There’s no construction on N. Grant Avenue, and it will take you directly to both Long Street and Broad Street. You can see N. Grant Avenue on the campus map here.

 

Additional training sessions for food market

If you’re interested in volunteering at the Mid-Ohio Market Columbus State, additional training sessions have been schedule. (An opening date has not been determined)

Click here to sign up on CougarConnect. Search for “Mid-Ohio Market.” Contact Desiree Polk-BlandJack Popovich or Lisa Phillips with questions.

Compliance training: Wednesday, September 11 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in Nestor Hall 232
PantryTrack training: Wednesday, September 11 from 11:00 a.m.-noon in Nestor Hall 232
Compliance training: Friday, September 13 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in TL 115
PantryTrack training: Friday, September 13 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in TL 115

 

Deadline extended to apply to present at COLO

Student Engagement and Leadership formally invites you to complete a workshop application for the 10th annual Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio (CLCO). This day and a half conference will be held Friday and Saturday, November 8-9 at Columbus State's Conference Center. All workshops occur on Saturday from 9:30am - 3:30pm.

Columbus State’s Student Ambassador Leadership Program sponsors the annual conference. This year’s theme is “10 Years Later: The Evolution of Leadership.”  As a presenter you will be given a room for an hour during one of our four breakout sessions. Upon completing the workshop application, you will be able to specify your desired time for presenting.

The deadline to apply to present has been extended to Friday, September 13. If you have questions contact Michael Foy Armstead or Amaal Shehabi.

 

 

Women's ERG

The Women’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) meets Thursday, September 12 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio, Columbus Hall 111.

 

Bookstore promotion with Coca-Cola

The Bookstore is offering a promotional sale on Coca-Cola products. You can purchase a 20 oz. Coke, Coke Zero, or Sprite for a dollar. The sale ends Friday, September 13.

 

August Cougar Paws

See the list here.

 


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Student Conduct Hearing Board application

The Office of Student Conduct is looking for Columbus State students, faculty, staff, and administrators to join the Student Conduct Hearing Board (SCHB). Representation on the SCHB allows you to educate students on expectations, maintain community standards, and uphold the Student Code of Conduct.

SCHB meetings are convened by the Office of Student Conduct for either of two reasons:

  1. When an alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct occurs that is severe enough to warrant potential suspension or expulsion
  2. When a student denies responsibility for an allegation(s) or disputes the sanctions proposed by an Administrative Hearing Officer in non-suspension level situations

Benefits of being involved with the SCHB include:

  • The opportunity to partner with faculty, staff, and students to forge professional and mentoring relationships
  • The opportunity to practice critical thinking and decision-making skills
  • The opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to your campus community and provide a valuable service to the College

The deadline to submit your application is September 30. To apply, please use this Cougar Connect link.

Successful applicants must attend a required training session. Members are asked to be available to participate in two or three board meetings each semester. Hearing Boards typically occur from 2:00-4:00 p.m. during the workweek. If you are interested, please check with your supervisor before applying.

If you have any questions, contact Rich Kane, Office of Student Conduct, extension 2104.


Join the Fall 2019 PONO Diversity Learning Community

PONO is a dialogic community open to employees and students. It meets for eight weeks to discuss different diversity-related topics, including race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, socio-economic status, intersectionality, and more! PONO provides opportunities to build community with others, share your story, and gain new perspectives. If you are interested in joining, please register at this link on the office of Global Diversity & Inclusion's Cougar Connect portal. You will also find our Fall 2019/Spring 2020 meeting dates at the start of the application. The first meeting will be on Friday, October 4.

If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to contact Jasmine Marks, specialist at Global Diversity and Inclusion.

 

 

 

Library announces new OER workshop

The library is offering a new Open Educational Resources (OER) workshop called “Introduction to Open Texts” during September. It’s for faculty and employees interested in learning more about the Open Texts@Columbus State initiative. In addition to the initiative, the workshop will cover basics about OER, where to find them, and how to use them in course material.  Each workshop will be held in the Library (Columbus Hall) room 302.

Thursday, September 5 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Friday, September 13 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Thursday, September 19 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Friday, September 27 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Register for a workshop in Cornerstone. For questions,contact Rachel Dilley, OER librarian.

 

 

Peer advocates schedule

Peer Advocates are available daily for students needing assistance. Advocates can help with navigating processes at the College, connect with community resources, and provide tools and tips for success. Contact Student Advocacy at extension 5192 or peeradvocates@cscc.edu.

Peer Advocate hours:
Monday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cougar Fair - Columbus Campus

The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership would like to invite all Columbus State departments, student groups, and partnered colleges to participate in the 2019 Fall Cougar Fairs. These events are free and open to the Columbus State community. This will be an excellent opportunity to showcase the involvement and resources that your organization, department, and colleges offer to Columbus State students.

If you’re interested in hosting a table during one or both days of the fair, please complete the registration form here by Tuesday, September 3. The fairs will occur on two dates: 

  • Monday, September 9 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Columbus Campus courtyard
  • Tuesday, September 10 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Columbus Campus courtyard

If you have questions, email seal@cscc.edu or contact the Student Engagement and Leadership office at extension 2637.

NEW information: The United States Postal Service (USPS) will be joining the upcoming Cougar Fair and offering students and staff the opportunity to apply or renew passports and enroll in Informed Delivery. Visit the USPS table this week. See additional details  by viewing and downloading this link.

 

 

 

 

Equity Advocate training

With the autumn semester cohort of Equity Advocate training now full, an additional cohort was just added. In order to support fair, legal, and equitable hiring and promotional processes at Columbus State, you are invited to participate in the Equity Advocate Certification Training Program. This program amplifies the College commitment to fairness and equal opportunity in hiring and promotion. 

If you’re interested in becoming an Equity Advocate, contact Morgan Sayre at extension 2406. Once confirmed, the meetings below will be shared with your Outlook Calendar.

Cohort 11 (Locations have not yet been determined)

Friday, September 13 from 9:00 a.m.-noon
Kick-off: successful and inclusive hiring

Friday, September 20 from 8:30 a.m-4:00 p.m.
CUPA: building a successful, more inclusive search

Friday, October 4 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cultural competency: developing vocabulary, welcoming, understanding privilege

Friday, October 11 from 9:00 a.m.-noon
Practicum

 
Registration for Day of Service 2019 is now open

It is time to register for Columbus State’s seventh annual Day of Service, which will be held on Tuesday, September 24. See video highlights here from 2018.

On that day, the campus community — including faculty, staff, and students—will join together to show our community the impact we can make in just one day. Service sites range from foodbanks and shelters to community gardens and arts organizations. There’s sure to be a service activity for everyone to join!

Please click this link to be directed to the Day of Service sites page where you can regiser for individual events. If you do not see any sites, please use the log in button in the top right.

 

"The Mix" recreational cooking classes open to the general public

Columbus State Community College has created The Mix, a new program of recreational cooking classes that anyone can take without being enrolled in a degree program. It’s the perfect way for members of the general public to hone their cooking skills and be a part of Columbus State’s new School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts.

Hosted in Mitchell Hall, The Mix classes are now open for registration at mix.cscc.edu. The first classes start in early September. Registration prices typically range between $55-$65, although some classes are free.

 

Food Service hours

Union Cafe and Starbucks
Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Sips@Davidson
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday

Subway
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Fridays: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed Saturday

Tortillas Mexican food truck
Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Closed Friday and Saturday

Market C on the Delaware Campus
Open at all times that Moeller Hall is open

Mid-Ohio Market @CState
Hours of operation (once a permanent opening date is announced)
Mondays: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Last Saturday of each month: 9:00 a.m.-noon

 

 

 

DEIS faculty Blackboard training workshops for Autumn 2019

New: Academic Quality Review (AQR): Best Practices in Online Course Design

If you are curious about how online course design is evaluated at Columbus State and the work done by your department’s Academic Quality Review (AQR) team, come to this session. The AQR process has been revised and you are invited to learn all about it. Departments are in the midst of completing AQRs on web and blended courses. AQRs provide faculty with data that may be used to show the exemplary work occurring in web and blended courses. In this session, we will take a close look at the criteria used by AQR reviewers when courses are reviewed. The AQR criteria cover:

  • Course navigation
  • Interaction
  • Assessment
  • Course content
  • Course accessibility

Information will also be provided on how to add captioning to videos and descriptions to images so that courses meet the AQR course accessibility criterion. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to complete a self-assessment using the AQR rubric on one of your own courses. All three sessions are in CT 106, and taught by Jane Roberts.

Monday, September 9 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Register here

 

Blackboard Fundamentals

Are you new to using Blackboard? Do you have questions about your online courses? Let us show you the basics. Learn how to get timely help with content development and troubleshooting. Better understand college policies and processes for online course design and course copying.

Friday, Sept. 6, 10-11am – CT 106 - Register here
Thursday, Sept. 12, 3-4pm – CT 119 - Register here

 

Blackboard Features

Learn how to use Blackboard features that will make your life easier. Some are brand new to Blackboard and some are just new to you. LibGuides, Due Date Management, Video/Audio Feedback, Grade Center tips and more!

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 10-11am – CT 106 - Register here

Friday, Sept. 27, 9-10am – CT 119 - Register here

Thursday, October 10, 1-2pm – CT 106 - Register here

 

Blackboard Test Pools

This workshop is about how to use Blackboard Test Pools to create a database of questions that can be reused for multiple tests. We will talk about how to build a pool, edit existing pools, and also how to export and import pools for use in tests in other courses or to share with other instructors.

Friday, October 4, 11:30-am-12:30pm – CT 119 – Register here

Wednesday, October 16, 1:30-2:30pm – CT 119 – Register here

Friday, October 25, 12:30-1:30pm – CT 119 – Register here

 

Blackboard Assessments: Assignments, Tests/Quizzes and Surveys

Are you tired of using so much paper and grading by hand? In this training you will learn how to use Blackboard for assignment submissions and grading. We will show you how to create and deploy tests and quizzes – from simple multiple choice to math formulas – in Blackboard. You will also see how to survey your students using Blackboard.

Tuesday, September 17, 2-3pm – CT 106 – Register here

Friday, October 4, 10-11am – CT 119 - Register here

Monday, November 18, 2-3pm – CT 119 - Register here

 

Kahoot - Using Mobile Devices in the Classroom for Active and Collaborative Learning

There are many ways to use technology to foster student engagement and learning in the classroom. The free Kahoot program can be an effective tool for reviewing concepts and involving students in active and collaborative learning. This program allows instructors to create their own interactive games, and it encourages students to work together and to use their mobile devices in a constructive way. In this session, Emily Anderson will demonstrate one of the Kahoots she uses in class, followed by a Q&A. Bring your smartphone or laptop so you can play along!

Friday, September 20, 1-2pm – CT 106 - Register here

 

Tracking Student Progress in Blackboard: Retention Center, Performance Dashboard & Course Reports

An overview of how Blackboard’s built in performance and activity trackers can help you quickly identify students who are needing extra attention and those who are doing well. Data provided in Blackboard’s Retention Center can assist in creating Starfish reports in a timely manner. See how Course Reports and the Performance Dashboard can identify most frequently used course areas and students’ access patterns.

Friday, October 18, 10-11am – CT 106 - Register here

 

Using Weighted Grades in Blackboard

Setting up a weighted grade center can be challenging. This workshop will explain how to use categories in Grade Center to streamline the process as well as other tips to ensure the Grade Center is in sync with the syllabus and reporting accurate grades to the students.

Wednesday, October 16, 12-1pm – CT 119 - Register here

Friday, October 25, 11am-12pm – CT 119 -  Register here

Thursday, November 8, 10-11am – CT 119 - Register here

 

Blackboard Grade Center

Need to brush up on your Grade Center skills? This workshop will introduce you to the main Grade Center features. Participants can also schedule additional one-on-one help with the Faculty Assistance Center following the workshop. All College faculty are required to use the Grade Center in Blackboard. According to a resolution approved by Academic Council:

In order to increase student success, the OAA Digital Learning Committee recommends that all Columbus State faculty employ the Blackboard Grade Center for students in a manner which allows students to determine, at any point during the term, their current grade in the course (e.g. a running average; running total, weighted or unweighted; other up-to-date benchmark that allows a student to compare their performance to that course’s overall standards of assessment).

Monday, October 28, 11am-12pm – CT 106 - Register here

Tuesday, November 5, 2-3pm – CT 119 - Register here

 

Tips, Tricks, and Techniques to Make Your Grade Center Experience Better

Some topics include: Drop the highest grade, drop the lowest grade, use filters, manage Grade Center columns, export the Grade Center to Excel, and more!

Friday, November 1, 1-2pm – CT 106 - Register here

Wednesday, November 13, 10-11am – CT 119 - Register here

 

Introduction to Screen Recording with Kaltura Capture

For years, TechSmith (Camtasia) Relay has been the College’s simple screen/camera recording program. It is now being phased out and will be completely replaced with a new program, Kaltura Capture, at the beginning of 2020. So join us and learn about Kaltura Capture, which works on any computer to create your own videos with just a few mouse clicks. Those videos are then automatically pushed to Blackboard, where they can be easily embedded in any course site. Accompanying tutorial documentation will be provided in hard copy and digital format. CT 106.

 

Monday, Sept. 9, 11am-12pm – Register here

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 10-11am – Register here

Monday, Sept. 16, 2-3pm – Register here

Friday, Sept. 20, 10-11am – Register here

Monday, Sept. 23, 3-4pm – Register here

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 11am-12pm – Register here

Monday, Sept. 30, 2-3pm – Register here

 

Easy-to-Use and Powerful Video Features in Blackboard

How would you like to be able to do the following things *inside* Blackboard: video edits, closed captioning creation and editing, and interactive video quiz construction? Well now you can. And it's much easier than you might think. Join us for this quick-hitting workshop on how simple it is to use these advanced video features in My Media on Blackboard. Accompanying tutorial documentation will be provided in hard copy and digital format. CT 106.
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 10-11am – Register here

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 3-4pm – Register here

Friday, Sept. 13, 10-11am – Register here

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 10-11am – Register here

Thursday, Sept. 19, 4-5pm – Register here

Friday, Sept. 27, 10-11am – Register here

 

 


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