Monday, March 1, 2010

Second president candidate forum to be held Wednesday

Dr. B. Kaye Walter

The series of open forums for president candidate B. Kaye Walter will be held Wednesday afternoon, March 3, in the WD Conference Center Ballroom. (Information page posted on the Web linked below.)

Feedback pages for both candidates are also on the Web on the presidential search page. The feedback survey for the first candidate, Dr. David Harrison, will be open until 2 p.m. today. The survey for Dr. Walter will be open through March 4 at 4 p.m.

B. Kaye Walter, Ph.D.

Wednesday, March 3

1:15-2:15 p.m.
2:15-3:15 p.m.
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Faculty Forum – WD Ballroom
Campus Forum and Invited Superintendents – WD Ballroom
Student Forum – WD 409

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Wayne Cocchi

Cocchi is Person of the Year

Wayne Cocchi, director of Disability Services and Counseling Services, has been awarded Ohio Person of the Year by the Association of Career & Technical Educators Special Needs Division. He will receive the award March 4 in Columbus for his support of students with intellectual disabilities participating in postsecondary education. He has been the liaison for Columbus State Community College with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio for WINGS for 13 years.

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Weather cooperates perfectly for ice rescue training class

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Fire and EMS personnel from Orange Township Fire Department practice pulling a “victim” from an icy pond.

While most college students might want to remain indoors during this frigid winter weather, instructors for the Center for Workforce Development have been diving into the outdoor elements—literally. Gordon Henderson, representative in Business & Industry Training, spent several days over the past two weeks coordinating ice water rescue training for two fire departments in central Ohio.

In Knox County he helped plan the training with the Mount Vernon Fire Department. And in Delaware County last week, a training session with the Orange Township Division of Fire received coverage on local television stations and on ONN, the Ohio News Network.

“We contract with a number of fire departments to provide the continuing education that the State of Ohio mandates for EMS and fire personnel,” said Henderson. “Columbus State is able to send in content experts and equipment to deliver training that might otherwise be difficult for the departments to obtain.”

The current continuous cold weather gives agencies a brief window to conduct the vital training exercise in ice-covered ponds. The real-life scenario helps firefighters and paramedics prepare for winter-time rescues. Instructor Jack Guyton told ONN, “By the time we get here, the person is going to be very cold, and they are not going to be able to help themselves. If we throw the line, they probably won’t be able to hold onto it. We're going to have to go out there and physically get to them."

Upcoming seminars from ITDL:
Real Learning in Virtual Worlds: Teaching with Second Life
Presented by: John Orlando Ph.D., Norwich University School of Graduate Studies

Sure, Second Life is fun. But can it also be used as an educational tool? The answer is a resounding yes!

Educators around the globe are discovering the amazing academic potential of this popular virtual world. In fact, Second Life has a growing suite of valuable resources for informed users.

With Second Life, students and teachers can meet, hold discussions, collaborate, and explore learning modules in a digital 3D environment. It's an exciting and effective way to enrich higher education coursework.

This seminar will use videos and images to explore Second Life locations and demonstrate how they are used for learning modules.

When: Wednesday, March 17 (1:00 PM - 2:15 PM) - Register

The Horizons Report - Six Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning

Each year, the Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education within three adoption horizons over the next one to five years. The six selected areas for 2009 are mobile devices, cloud computing, geo-everything, the personal web, semantic-aware applications, and smart objects. Join Paul Owens, coordinator of the Instructional Technologies Institute, as he presents and leads discussions on the potential relevance to teaching, learning, and creative expression as a result of the Horizon Report. We'll also be able to reflect as a group on 2009 and compare notes on the forecast and see what trends took shape.

When: Friday, March 19 (1 - 3 p.m.) - Register
Or attend remotely from your office or home computer via WebEx - Register