AEDD Updates 06-19-2020

NISOD: A Great Faculty Professional Development Resource

Western is a member of NISOD, a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. As a faculty member at Western, you have access to NISOD’s extensive Resource Library, https://www.nisod.org/resource-library/ Please take a few minutes to check it out. **PLEASE NOTE: To access password-protected areas of the NISOD website, you will need a user name and password. Please contact aedd@westerntc.edu to get them.

Syllabus Changes Related to Course Delivery Modes

When you are creating your next syllabus, in the section specific to “Class Information”— where you enter things like dates, times, locations, etc.— you will notice an enhanced dropdown menu to specifically name the type of class delivery mode. Choose the delivery mode for that course and section and then consider explaining what that means in one of the two text fields for “meeting location” or “meeting times”.

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SuccessAbilities Review

Thank you to all program and department chairs who attended recent sessions to review their SuccessAbilities and work towards completion of the alignment to courses. Resources for this work can be found on the Faculty Resources Website under Curriculum and SuccessAbilities (https://facultyresources.westerntc.edu/curriculum/successabilities-2/). Our goal is to have the SuccessAbilities aligned to all courses prior to fall so those exit outcomes will also populate on course syllabi. Please contact Nicole Cooksey (cookseyn@westerntc.edu) or David Boisen (boisend@westerntc.edu) if you have questions about this process.

Check Out Western’s Online Knowledge Base (KB)

Do you need instructions for using Zoom or Microsoft Teams? Do your students ask you how they can install Office 365 for free on their personal computer? You are in luck! You can find answers to these questions and many more on Western’s online Knowledge Base (KB) at https://kb.westerntc.edu. PLEASE NOTE: Some of the KB information requires you to log in with your Western email address and Western password.

Suggest a topic to be covered in the Knowledge Base
Use this online form to suggest a topic that can be covered in the KB.
https://bit.ly/kb-request

Fostering a Dynamic Remote Learning Environment with Student-centered Tools

In this self-paced 3-hour course, teachers will learn how pedagogy needs to shift from the techniques used in a face-to-face environment and how Office 365 and Microsoft Teams can be leveraged to empower student-centered learning in the remote classroom. You will be asked to sign in with your WesternTC.edu email account to view the course.