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Ext: #1491Building C, Room 215
All events take place at Morton College's Teaching and Learning Center, Building C, Room 276, unless noted otherwise.
New events will be announced soon.
Presenter: Michael Spikes
Attendees learned about the basics of News Literacy from the Center for News Literacy, one of the leading organizations that has been arming educators with the tools they need to bring crucial critical thinking skills to help students navigate our new information age for more than 10 years.
Presenter: Sonja Van den Berge, Kellebeek College. Dr. Tom Pierce, Dean of Adult Education, welcomed Dutch ICISP Exchange Visitor, Ms. Van den Berge, whose presentation provided insights on adult education in the Netherlands.
Presenter: Ashantá Marshall, Director of the Disability Access Center, Daley College. Ms. Marshall led a critical look at common misperceptions faculty and staff have about serving students with disabilities with a focus on advising students with disabilities and strategies for making classrooms accessible using the Universal Design model.
Presenter: Courtney Griffin, Instructional Technologist, Morton College. Ms. Griffin discussed Kahoot, a system that allows your students to use their smartphones as clickers and its use in class participation, in-class quizzes, immediate feedback and keeping students engaged. During the session, participants created an account, a quiz and participated in a Kahoot session.
Presenters: NAFSA (Various). This webinar was part of the series Architecture for Global Learning. Presenters outlined best practices and provided a comprehensive picture of student learning through the application and interpretation of various methods and rubrics for the meaningful assessment of global learning outcomes.
Presenter: Magda Banda, Institutional Research. Review of the past five years of retention and grade data for Morton courses offered online or hybrid course compared with face-to-face (traditional) delivery methods. Aggregate retention rates and retention by course were presented followed by a discussion of their implications.
Adjunct English Professor Arnie Bernstein discussed his latest book, Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund, the true story of a 1930 American Nazi organization and the disparate confederacy that brought them down.
Participants reviewed the concept of OER (building on the recent TLC presentation by invited speaker Page Wolf) and discussed the role these may have at Morton College.
All are invited, and especially those with experience, training or interest in online teaching & learning. The main agenda item will be proposed additions to the Online Learning Policies and Procedures Manual regarding policies for online orientation.
Presenters: Chicago Area Faculty Development Network Board Members. Discussion of the results of a multi-year study that assessed how students’ learning is affected by faculty members’ efforts to become better teachers. The authors show that faculty participation in professional development activities positively affects classroom pedagogy, student learning and the overall culture of teaching and learning in a college or university.
Presenter: Page Wolf, PhD, Faculty Development Chair at the College of Lake County. The College of Lake County’s promotion and adoption of Open Textbooks including tips for getting started, helpful resources and lessons learned. Dr. Wolf's presentation (PPT) and associated materials are available for download on TLC's Resources page.
Bard College’s Institute for Writing and Thinking. This workshop offered writing strategies to help students gain a better understanding of complex ideas, historical documents, literary texts and mathematical problems.
Werner Richelle, Dutch Exchange Administrator.
Presenter: Finnish educator Jaana Kauppinen. Lecturer, Department of Social Welfare & Health Care, North Karelian College, Joensuu, Finland. Jaana Kauppinen is visiting Morton College through the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) faculty exchange.
Debriefing is a teaching/learning strategy used to bridge content, knowledge and experience through the use of facilitated reflection. It is a constructivist, reflective teaching strategy. The learners have an opportunity to reflect upon and interpret their performance. It can be used with any experiential learning and would be of value to those who use simulation or group projects/activities. Faculty members who use debriefing should have skills in this technique.
Presenter: César Jiménez and the Education Advisory Board (EAB).
Participants discussed updating the CSS 100 curriculum.
Multiple faculty roundtable. This fall MC is rolling out an effort to conduct a complete curriculum map for the College. Participants learned about why a curriculum map is necessary, saw how the process (ideally) works, and head from faculty who have already gone through the pilot process.
The presenter was Michael Barrett, College Board. The event moderated by Mr. Jeremy Joslin, Dr. Maura Abrahamson and Dr. Michael Kasprowicz.
The presenter was Amanda Eggers, Salzburg College.
Presenters Angie Doyle and Steve Sartori, Pearson Education, focused on A & P Students.
Dr. Enrique García y Moisés, Una conferencia sobre la época del Porfiriato (1876-1910). El Dr. García y Moisés es historiador y economista por la UNAM. Actualmente es el Coordinador del Posgrado de la FES Acatlán. También te anexo unas imágenes de su último libro sobre la economía del Porfiriato. Como tu sabes, durante este periodo hubo un crecimiento económico importante y también se crearon las condiciones que dieron lugar a la Revolución Mexicana.
Presenter Cynthia Baasten discussed ADA law as it applies to the college classroom, provided attendees with an overview of the applicable statues and regulations and conducted a discussion using recent case examples.
Presenter was Ben West, Turning Technologies.
David Comp, Associate Director of International Programs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, discussed how faculty have approached the idea of internationalizing classes for the community college curriculum.
Presenter K. Alex Levesque, Founder and CEO of Automotive Mentoring Group, realized at a very young age that he loved to build model cars, especially vintage cars. With the help of six mentors, Alex operates a phenomenal training/mentoring program instructing at-risk youth, often ex-offenders, how to restore classic vehicles and at the same time teaches them life skills to change attitudes and prepare the mentees to earn a living wage and become better citizens of the world.
Speaker Eric Derr described an opportunity for Morton College students to study abroad at Carlow College, a partner of the Illinois Consortium of International Studies and Programs partner institutions. A presentation by Eric Derr following the event.
Is college worth the cost? Is today’s model of higher education broken? Students and faculty viewed the documentary Ivory Tower and and engaged in a post-film guided discussion.
Colleagues shared ideas on teaching and how to begin teaching online. This will be an ongoing conversation, with additional dates set in future semesters.
Language Arts faculty member Karolis Zukauskas, author of the recently released novel The Fugue, spoke about the relationship between three parts of his identity: his career as an educator, his career as a writer and his practice of Zen meditation. Zukauskas argued for the benefits of contemplative pedagogy, a fusion of mindfulness practice and academic pursuit."
Presenter Karolis Zukauskas and Cheryl Bulat provided two perspectives on Dutch Education. Language Arts faculty member Zukauskas described his experiences in the Netherlands during last year’s two-week ICISP faculty/administrator exchange program, and Early Childhood Education faculty member Cheryl Bulat’s exchange partner from the Netherlands shared her perspectives on her country's educational practices.
Presenter Dr. Jimrex Byamugisha, Professor and Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Harper College shared his insights. Byamugisha is currently a lecturer at the School of Statistics and Planning, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. He holds a Master’s Degree, Post-Graduate Diploma, and Bachelor’s degree in Statistics. He has been a consultant with many organizations both in Uganda and other countries, including Kenya, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. Prof. Byamugisha has worked for a variety of government ministries, local and international NGOs, and International Organizations such as UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN World Food Programme (WFP), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Populations Fund (FPA) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). His research has ranged from social surveys, health surveys including HIV/AIDS, energy, educational and other specialized survey studies.
Sue Kerby, Study Abroad Specialist the College of DuPage discussed what Morton College can do to promote study abroad opportunities for Morton College students. As the Illinois Consortium of International Studies and Programs (ICISP) coordinator for Seville, Spain, she devotes special attention to this program.
Participants included Jill Izumikawa, Coordinator of International Student Services; Sara McGuinn, Study Abroad Program Assistant, Northwestern University; Dana Vizdal, Assistant Director, Orientation and Student Activities at the Center for International Studies, Western Illinois University; Rachel Webb, Immigration Specialist, Office of International Studies and Programs at Illinois State University; Kate Hilby, Assistant Program Manager for The Education Abroad Network (September, 2015).
Presenter Herbert Burns, who heads the Digital Effects and Animation program at Forsyth Technical Community College and has served as an adjunct faculty at UNCG and Salem College, shared his views. Burns has lectured on digital design, architecture and sustainability in the US, Finland, Belarus, and Russia.
This roundtable discussion included faculty members who have experience with online or hybrid classes in a variety of disciplines, here at Morton and elsewhere. The event focused on faculty experiences with these modes of teaching/learning, related to the curricular, pedagogical, and class management issues. An outcome of this series was a consensus white paper on OHTL, which was presented to the Academic Standards committee for further consideration and action. Faculty can download the group’s OHTL White Paper (PDF).
Shot over a period of a decade in Colombia, Spain, and Venezuela, this documentary follows the experience of a drug addict as he emerges from addiction and builds a new life. A reception and a discussion with director Germán Piffano and Morton College faculty member Mark Litwicki, who worked as an associate producer and translator, followed the screening. This event was co-sponsored by the Student Activities Office.
Shanon Dickerson, Executive Chair of the Illinois Consortium
for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) and Foreign Language
Instructor at Carl Sandburg College shared her insights.
February 16Dr. Irving P. McPhail, president and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, was the presenter. McPhail served as Chancellor of the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), one of Maryland's largest and most influential higher-education providers, from 1998 to 2005. Under his leadership, CCBC successfully reorganized from three separate community colleges into a single, multi-campus public college that is highly regarded for promoting academic excellence, developing potential, nurturing talent, and cultivating partnerships that benefit the people, families, and businesses of the Baltimore metropolitan region.
Faculty can download material related to Dr. McPhail's presentation on the TLC Resources page.
Presenter: Mel Sabella, Ph.D., a Professor of Physics at Chicago State University and the former Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics. His interests focus on improving STEM education for underrepresented students. Sabella initiated and continues to work on major American Physical Society projects which focus on the supporting the needs of diverse student populations and aiding in the recruitment and preparation of future physics teachers.
Presenter Erik Janssen, a language instructor and international student internship coordinator at ROC Menso Alting, a post-secondary vocational school in the Netherlands, provided his perspective. He visited Morton College through an exchange program organized by the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP).
A roundtable featuring a panel of faculty members who have experience with online or hybrid classes in a variety of disciplines at Morton and elsewhere, focused on faculty experiences with these modes of teaching/learning, related to the curricular, pedagogical, and class management issues.
See previous description.
A presentation by Daniel Cryer, Ph.D. Assistant Director of Core Writing at the University of New Mexico.
February 18, 2014
Presentation on student response systems (i.e. clickers) in the classroom to track student understanding, start discussions and collect assessment data.
February 27, 2014
Dr. Lourdes Torres from DePaul University’s Latino Studies/Latin American Studies Program conducted a presentation and dialogue about the state of her academic field, Latino Studies/Latin American Studies.
May 14, 2014
Participants discussed student response systems utilizing smart phones, laptops and tablets. From Pearson publishing, with input from Science instructors on using these technologies in the classroom.
Programming priorities are based on the subject areas of greatest interest to faculty as indicated by responses to the TLC Faculty Survey (see below).
Types of Events
During the Spring 2014 semester, the Teaching and Learning Center created and conducted an in-depth survey of faculty college-wide that enjoyed high levels of participation by both full-time and part-time faculty and will guide further development of the Center’s goals and Mission.
The TLC's 2014-2015 Programming is informed by some preliminary findings from the survey; a more comprehensive report is forthcoming.