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Professional Development & Faculty Workshops
Professional Development & Faculty Workshops
Professional Development & Faculty Workshops

Fall 2014 Convocation Videos

Schedule of Fall 2014 In-Service Events

Note: All full-time faculty are required by TBR to attend the TBR Legal Update on Friday, August 22 at 1:30pm.

Adjunct faculty workshop is scheduled for Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Note: All adjunct faculty are required by TBR to attend the TBR Legal Update on Saturday, August 23 at 9am. Adjunct faculty who cannot attend should make arrangements with their division dean to attend the session on Friday, August 22.

Fall 2014 Faculty Convocation and Keynote Workshop

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tristan Denley, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, TBR

Dr. Tristan Denley has served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the Tennessee Board of Regents since August 2013. Before moving to the system office he was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Austin Peay State University from January 2009. Originally from Penzance, England, Dr. Denley earned his PhD in Mathematics from Trinity College Cambridge, and held positions in Sweden, Canada, and the University of Mississippi before coming to Tennessee. At Ole Miss he served as Chair of Mathematics, and Senior Fellow of the Residential College program.

Throughout his career, he has taken a hands-on approach in a variety of initiatives impacting student success. In 2007, he was chosen as a Redesign Scholar by the National Center for Academic Transformation for his work in rethinking the teaching of freshmen mathematics classes. He is presently involved in implementing a wide variety of initiatives surrounding college completion stretching from education redesign in a variety of disciplines and institutional transformation to the role of predictive analytics and data mining in higher education.

His most recent work at APSU has created Degree Compass, a course recommendation system that successfully pairs current students with the courses that best fit their talents and program of study for upcoming semesters. This system, which combines hundreds of thousands of past students’ grades with each particular student’s transcript to take individualized recommendations for current students, was an IMS Global Learning Impact Awards winner and has received recognition from Educause, Complete College America, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and President Obama.

Fall 2014 Workshop Descriptions

Wednesday, August 20 and Thursday, August 21, 2014

Some sessions are offered multiple times. See the schedule for session dates, times and locations.

Apple & Accessibilty: Reaching All Learners
presented by Susan Sutton and Nichole White

Apple believes in a world in which all learners are empowered to discover their own special genius. Apple’s education mission is to provide a learning environment that supports the way students live and how they want to learn. Come see how Apple’s accessibility features can help to act as a scaffold for engagement, creativity and collaboration to bridge the gaps in learning styles. Presenters provided by Apple.  Please bring your iPad so you can learn more about the accessibility features of your iPad. If you do not have an iPad, the iPad cart will be available during this session.

Degree Works Preview
presented by Amy Keeling

Get a sneak peak of Roane State’s new tool for students and faculty to use for academic advising starting October 2014.  This computer program resides in RaiderNet and will merge a student’s academic record with the degree requirements for a particular major. This will replace the “what-if” analysis that is currently in RaiderNet, but it includes much more functionality!  Advisors will be able to make notes on the evaluations to easily track what students have been advised. 

Audio-visual Services and Collections
presented by Robert Benson and Molly Stover

Overview of audio-visual resources and services available from your library. Will share how to find and request items in the library’s DVD collection; how to find titles from Films on Demand and other streaming video services;  and tips for how to incorporate resources into your class.

Getting Started with OER: A Beginner's Toolkit
presented by Robert Benson

Open Education Resources (OER)  offer strong possibilities for greater flexibility, better student engagement and lower costs. Adopting OER can feel intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. This session will highlight different types of OER projects, present a toolkit of resources and suggest ways a faculty member might partner with librarians to accomplish their teaching goals.

Getting Your Students Out of Class and Into the Learning Center
presented by Mike Hill and Abby Griffith

The Learning Center staff will discuss ways to get your students to continue focusing on their coursework outside of the classoom.  We will discuss holding faculty office hours in the Learning Center, helping students form study groups, and how faculty and Learning Center staff can collaborate on assignments and projects.

Momentum/D2L Discussion Boards
presented by Darren York

Navigation, tips and tricks in the new version of discussions.

MS Outlook: Managing Your Inbox Using Automated Folders
presented by Cathy Martin

Learn how to set-up automated folders to sort your mail efficiently in MS Outlook.

SAILS Project Update: Final Year
presented by Sarah Thomason

See what you have already accomplished, and learn how you can help Roane State finish strong as we enter the final year of our SAILS Project.

Your Opinion Matters! CTAT Listening Session
presented by Susan Sutton, Darren York and Nichole White

Come join CTAT to discuss your ideas and opinions regarding educational technology.  Share what professional development sessions you want and let us know what you’d like to see in the future.


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