Upcoming Brown Bags at Harper College

All faculty and staff are invited to attend two upcoming Brown Bag presentations offered by Harper faculty members Pardess Mitchell and Andy Geary, who were each awarded Instructional Technology Committee mini-grants and look forward to sharing ideas on best practices from their recent conference involvements.  No registration is required.  Specific details regarding each presentation are as follows:

I.  Please join us for a Brown Bag lunch session on April 23rd with Pardess Mitchell who will share ideas on "Using Cognitive Strategies to Improve your Online Class" following participation in the recent Sloan-C conference:

TITLE: Using Cognitive Strategies to Improve your Online Class
DATE:  Tuesday, April 23, 2013
TIME: 12:00-12:45PM
PRESENTER: Pardess Mitchell, Chair, Physical Education Department
DESCRIPTION:  This session will present some of the best practices in online learning. The strategies that will be presented can work within any online course. These techniques are pulled from cognitive psychology and research suggests they can help improve student outcomes in online classes.

II.  Please join Andy Geary for an afternoon Brown Bag session on May 2nd to learn new tips for communicating with online, blended, and even traditional students using a variety of tools and programs.  Before or after attending Andy’s sharing session, be sure to check out the CII Area’s Open House showcasing their newly renovated facilities (hospitality will be provided).

TITLE: Facilitating Indirect Communication with Online/Blended (and Traditional) Students
DATE:  Thursday May 2, 2013
TIME: 3:00-3:45PM
LOCATION:   F124 (CII Lab)
PRESENTER: Andy Geary of the Harper Math Department
DESCRIPTION:  Online and Blended classes offer unique communication challenges. Often times it is difficult to answer complicated questions for students via e-mail or even speaking with them directly on the phone. Students are often working at odd hours because of their schedules and direct communication, although available, is not convenient. There are several ways to effectively communicate ideas and problem solving to your students indirectly using the tablet PC and programs like JING. We will look at writing messages with image capturing, creating demonstration videos of websites and programs, problem solving videos and more. We will be using SnagIt, JING, www.ScreenCast.com and possibly a few other programs in this presentation.