Forsyth Technical Community College | Robert L. Strickland Center
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Curriculum Series

The mission of the CTL is to catalyze teaching excellence through Community, Partnership, and Educational Innovation.

Program Description

Focusing on a wide range of subjects from Blackboard use and engagement to the essence of learner centered teaching, The Curriculum Series is composed of a wealth of programs that catalyze the teaching and learning connection at Forsyth Tech. Each subject is aligned with Quality Matters (QM) standards.

The series is comprised of sessions such as:

Basic Blackboard

Attendees will learn how to create instructor contact information, upload a syllabus, create an assignment to be submitted via Blackboard, set up the grading center and embed an introduction video. (QM General Standard 1)

Advanced Blackboard

This workshop will enable participants to set up a discussion board, integrate technology, create assignments and rubrics, and establish groups. Requires Basic Blackboard competency. (QM General Standard 5)

Ally

Learn how this powerful tool can be fully integrated into Blackboard with a focus on making digital course content more accessible, creating a more inclusive online environment. (QM General Standard 8)

Gradebook

This seminar will help you understand and have fluency in the mechanics for using the gradebook in Blackboard. This includes set up, creating categories, tabulating data, assignment of percentages and managing the gradebook columns. (QM General Standard 3)

Backwards Design

Do you have a new course to design or just an old course that needs updating? Are you planning to start with the new textbook chapters or the material you need to cover? Let the CTL show you a different and better way to design (or re-design) your course. In this workshop, we will discuss the principles of Backward Design which prioritize setting learning goals for your students and enabling them to demonstrate the skills you want them to learn! (QM Alignment Standards)

Constructing a Teaching and Learning Philosophy

After completion of this workshop, you will have created a personal statement that describes your unique approach to teaching and learning. We will also show you how to identify further areas for reflection and growth and to develop a methodology for ongoing reflection about educational practices.

Improving Online Engagement

There’s more to online student engagement than that tired old discussion board. Join us as we share tips and tricks to make learner-to-learner and learner-to-instructor engagement more robust and even fun. Let’s get rid of “busy work” activities and focus in on meaningful conversation, communication, and interaction in online courses. (QM General Standard 5)

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)

This workshop will guide faculty on how to apply the Quality Matters Rubric and critical elements of online, hybrid, and face-to-face course design. Learners will be able to draft helpful recommendations as they apply Quality Matters principles to an actual course. Click here to view the QM Implementation Plan. (QM General Standards 1-8)

Integrating Emerging Technologies

There are so many new technologies available to you! From Blackboard Collaborate to Ally to cutting edge video technology, you have opportunities to employ emerging technologies in your online and face-to-face classrooms to increase learner engagement and assess students in new and effective ways. Join us as we discuss ways to make these technologies work for you and your students. (QM General Standard 6)

30/20/10

In this session, we will analyze the limitations of the traditional model of single loop teaching and covering sequential materials. Participants will create a learner centered model focused on double loop learning and a broader concept of engagement to include spiraling formative assessments, journaling and reflection. (QM General Standard 5)

Prep for Ranking Review

Faculty will engage in developing a methodology for sharing and storing artifacts to support their application for faculty rank. You will also learn best practices for developing and highlighting your rank applications in the areas of Teaching and Student Learning, Service to the College, Service Beyond the College and a Portfolio of Practice.

Learner Centered Teaching

What if we could show students how to direct their own learning and put the process of problem solving in their hands? Sound impossible? It’s not! The CTL will offer this workshop as an introduction to the concept of student centered learning, its theories, and basic principles. We will also talk about how to create a cohort of learners capable of creating meaning from content and taking an active role in what they learn. (QM General Standard 4 and 5)

Effective Assessment / Test Blueprinting

Participants will learn about the connection between assessment, curriculum, teaching and learning. Alignment of learning outcomes to assessment will be explored, including the characteristics of a good assessment and how to know if your assessment is measuring the outcomes you want to evaluate. (QM General Standard 3)

Problem Based Learning

“Sink or swim.” “Make or break.” “Do or do not, there is no try.” Often times, the true test of learning is in the doing. We want to know: can our students demonstrate the skills we wanted them to learn all along? In this workshop, we will discuss the concept of Problem Based Learning (PBL), which prompts students to identify and solve a problem directly connected to course content. PBL helps to create learners who are self-directed, able to work in groups, and most importantly, directly apply the skills you are teaching with a critical and reflective approach (even when they do not “succeed”). With PBL, you can teach your students to try and do! (QM General Standard 4 and 5)

Gamification

Attendees will learn an evidence-based approach to motivate students to learn by using game design and game elements. The focus of this workshop will be on how to maximize engagement and inspire lifelong learning via gaming.(QM General Standard 5)