2018 Faculty Learning Community Opportunities

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We are proud to announce new opportunities to join a faculty learning community (FLC) this spring. A faculty learning community is a peer-led group of faculty members who engage in an active, collaborative, year-long program, structured to provide encouragement, support, and reflection.

As the CTL enters its fourth year of hosting FLCs, we want to challenge those that have not participated in one. Joining an FLC places you as a Change Representative for teaching and learning at Forsyth Tech. We hope that you find interest in serving as a change representative by advancing one of the following initiatives:

  • Supporting our Students by designing interventions to positively impact student persistence, retention and completion
  • Advancing the philosophy of Universal Design and Accessibility by developing a platform that emphasizes universal design and equity in access as opposed to ADA-compliance
  • Championing Quality Matters by piloting the a Blackboard template and adopting the its rubric to enhance course design.
  • Develop a Quality Matters Faculty Mentor program to help onboard faculty members as early adopters.
Registration is open. Visit our Voices site​ to read more about each FLC and incentives for joining based on
elgibility. Why would you want to be an FLC Participant? Click here to learn more. Apply by November 7th.

Copin’ House

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The Center for Transformative Learning (CTL) invites faculty and staff to attend our open house event, which we call Copin’ (Coping) House. This will benefit those that need help “coping”with the stress of beginning a new semester, such as using Blackboard for the first time in an online, hybrid, or face-to-face class. Use of Starfish will also be supported. Click the link to the flyer below to learn more.

The event takes place from Friday, August 18th, the first day of the fall semester, to September 1st in the Oak Grove Center Room 2347 (The FLEX). CTL staff will also be available online to support you via Skype for Business. If you have any questions about the event, please let me know.

Click here to view the flyer. You may be asked to log into TechLink.

We are a Quality Matters Institution!

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I am happy to announce that we are a Quality Matters Institution! Quality Matters is a highly-recognized industry standard for evaluating online and blended courses. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers directly from their Website. To learn more about Quality Matters, please visit this page:
https://www.qualitymatters.org/about.

What is Quality Matters?

Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its scalable, peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning.
Learn More.

How will my institution benefit from implementing Quality Matters?

Quality Matters processes benefit both individual educators and their institutions in the following ways:

  • Improved student engagement and learning outcomes
  • Adoption of a systematic and comprehensive continuous quality assurance process that includes faculty training, course development, and course improvement processes that are aligned with accreditation standards
  • Incorporation of new technologies and research findings
  • Opportunity to engage in benchmarking activities with peer institutions
  • Ongoing faculty professional development
  • Opportunity for peer-to-peer collaboration and sharing across institutions
  • Online courses that meet a consistent and widely-respected quality threshold

We are excited about the possibilities of this venture. The Center for Transformative Learning will use Quality Matters as the foundation for our faculty development program for years to come. For up-to-date information about this and other CTL info, please visit Voices at
http://ctl.forsythtech.edu/voices.