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July 2005
Volume 6, Number 7
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2005 Conference on Information Technology

2005 Conference on Information Technology

http://www.league.org/2005cit
October 23-26, 2005
Wyndham Anatole Hotel
Dallas, Texas

Hosted by Dallas County Community College District, Collin County Community College District, North Texas Community College Consortium, and Tarrant County College District.

CIT is perfect for administrators, faculty, librarians, chief technology officers, webmasters, counselors and advisors, faculty development specialists, and other educators who care about exploring and expanding the use of information technology to improve all aspects of the educational enterprise. Regardless of your campus responsibilities, whether you're a novice seeking solutions to everyday challenges or an experienced professional interested in learning about the latest educational advances, you'll find useful information and practical tips that will help you do your job more effectively!

Register for the conference at www.league.org/2005cit. Early registration helps ensure that you secure a place in the Learning Center Course(s) of your choice and that you take advantage of early registration and special group rates of up to 30 percent! Also available are an exciting selection of informative Learning Center Courses. Special Sessions are also available. A tentative list of presentation titles, which may assist individuals who require early details about the conference in order to obtain travel support.

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Dr. Adena Williams Loston PhotoAdena Williams Loston, Chief Education Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Piedad F. Robertson, President, Education Commission of the States

Andre LaMothe PhotoAndré LaMothe, CEO and Chief Scientist, Nurve Networks LLC and Xtreme Games LLC

Back by popular demand, demonstrations of 3D HoloProjection (3DH) technology will again be available during the conference! 3DH is a futuristic technology being introduced into learning environments to create more immersive and realistic learning experiences. The possibilities 3DH holds for education will immediately become clear once you see and experience a live demonstration of an image created and displayed using this technology. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the 3DH live demonstrations are worth millions!

Cybersecurity Summit: The Critical Role of Community Colleges in Protecting Information Technology Resources
Saturday, October 22
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

This Cybersecurity Summit increases the awareness of community college decision makers about the need for IT security education programs for their students. The presenters share the existing standards for IT Security Education programs and certifications, as well as provide resources to help colleges achieve industry-recognized standards in their IT security education courses. Come find out how your college can participate in the Specialty Asynchronous Industry Learning (SAIL) project and provide IT security education courses for your students.

Dallas offers visitors a unique blend of Southwestern warmth, cosmopolitan flair, Old West charm, and modern sophistication. Come see why it's the #1 leisure and business destination in Texas ! Download the 2005 CIT Ultimate Guide to Dallas-Fort Worth, a Windows desktop application. Once downloaded to your PC, the Guide is available for offline use.

Hotel and travel information is now available. We anticipate that conference registrations and hotel rooms will fill up quickly due to the considerable interest in this year's event as a result of the outstanding success of the 2004 conference!

For assistance or additional information, please visit www.league.org/2005cit/ or email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

 

Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers and Community College Faculty

The Division of Education Programs of the National Endowment for the Humanities seeks applications for Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for Community College Faculty, to take place in the summer of 2006.  These grant opportunities are part of the We the People initiative, which is designed to enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture. The workshops bring groups of community college faculty together for intensive one-week, residence-based workshops at or near significant American sites.  Eligible applicants include museums, libraries, cultural and learned societies, state humanities councils, colleges and universities, schools, and school districts.  Collaborative programs are encouraged.

For details about the program, some sample projects, and application guidelines, go to http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/landmarkscc.html. Current Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for Community College Faculty are described at http://www.neh.gov/projects/landmarks-college.html. The deadline is August 10.

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The process of assessing learning outcomes is a means to an end, that end being improved learning. As part of assuming the professional responsibility that goes with teaching, faculty identify, design, and implement specific learning outcomes assessment projects. The results, once analyzed, form the basis for organized change that positively influences student learning.

Rose Mince, “High Impact Learning Outcomes Assessment” The Community College of Baltimore County (MD)

The advising process practiced by the General Arts and Sciences Department helps students to develop the skills and direction they need for college success. A central part of this process, the Advising Seminar course is designed to teach students the generic skills they need, to provide them with an academic advisor, and to offer them broad-based faculty support as they progress through the program…. Many of the students in our programs have not experienced success in their previous studies; indeed, before the advising process was introduced, almost half failed or dropped out of our programs….

Wayson Choy and Kit Wilson-Pote, “Advising Process” Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (ON)

Richland College’s Thunderwater Organizational Learning Institute supports ongoing faculty and staff development by facilitating access for all employees to professional development opportunities that are grounded in the learning and service needs of our students and communities; accountable to institutional goals and priorities; and responsive to departmental and individual initiatives based on learning-centered values and practices.

David Canine and Carole N. Lester, “Learning-Centered Excellence” Richland College (TX)

All quotes are from materials provided in the 2005 Learning College Summit Program.

 

SAS Collaborates with Colleges to Make Achieving the Dream a Reality

Only 53 percent of community college students will earn a degree or transfer to a four-year institution within eight years of initial enrollment. Those success rates drop even further for minority and low-income students. With a goal of helping students from groups traditionally underserved in higher education, 27 colleges are participating in the initiative Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count, a multiyear program aimed at improving the success of community college students. Through this initiative, funded in part by the Lumina Foundation for Education, these colleges have made a commitment to improve the success of students on their campuses, to use data to guide their decisions, and to share the lessons they learn so that students at other institutions can benefit.

The SAS Education Practice is collaborating with a number of colleges participating in the Achieving the Dream program to develop intelligence architectures that will help the schools integrate information across campus and share information with other institutions. Components will include solutions for data integration, reporting and advanced analytics.

Kay McClenney, director of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, has suggested that Achieving the Dream “may well be the most important national initiative ever undertaken by American community colleges.”

Read more about Achieving the Dream here.

Inside the League

Deadline Extended for the League's
Executive Leadership Institute

The League for Innovation's Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) provides the opportunity for potential community college presidents, or those in transition, to review their abilities and interests, to refine their skills, and to participate in discussions on leadership with outstanding community college leaders from across North America.

The Program
The program is designed as an intensive week-long experience, with format varying by topic and purpose. Participants should expect to immerse themselves in the seminar from Sunday morning until Friday noon.

Deadline for application has been extended to August 1, 2005.

Join the hundreds of graduates whose careers have taken off thanks to this remarkable professional developing and networking opportunity.

ELI Brochure CoverTo view the latest details or download the 2005 ELI brochure and application,
click here.

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League Alliance and Alliance Advantage Membership

When you become a League Alliance member, your institution's administration, faculty, and staff become part of the international community connected to our efforts. Just take the time to look at our website, and we think you'll agree that we are working hard to make belonging to the League a valuable proposition.

By joining with the more than 790 League Alliance members, you demonstrate your institution's commitment to innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation.

Some of the many benefits available to League Alliance Members include

To obtain even more benefits, your institution can sign up to become a League Alliance Advantage Member. As a League Alliance Advantage member, you'll not only receive the benefits listed above, but your institution will also have access to iStream. More than 70 community colleges have joined as League Alliance Advantage members to enjoy the benefits of this state-of-the-art tool that offers users an abundance of additional resources and information.

Join Now and Start Interacting With Some of the

Most Innovative Institutions in the World!

League Services is Pleased to Announce New Topics

Faculty Engagement as a Necessity for Meaningful Change

This day-long workshop is particularly appropriate for faculty development days. Based upon a careful analysis of the college issues that need faculty involvement with the speaker prior to the event, the workshop uses the principles of systems thinking to ground the work of the day. Literature enlightens and enlivens the systems-thinking material. Using locally developed scenarios, faculty work together to discover possible solutions in areas of the college that may or may not be familiar to them as faculty members – for instance, program revision for a declining program that is not their own; designing professional development for administrators or classified staff concerning the role of faculty; veteran faculty engaging in ways to provide support for new faculty; veteran faculty engaging in ways to support faculty of color, disabled faculty, or faculty who come directly from industry. Crucial to this workshop is the agreement from administration that some of the ideas resulting from the day’s work will be implemented. The outcome should be a more engaged faculty in solving institutional issues; valuing their own ability to engage in creative problem solving outside of their area of expertise; and administrators’ better understanding of the value of faculty wisdom to benefit the college.

Systems Thinking as the Model for Operation in a Learning College

This day-long workshop is useful for administrators or administration, faculty, and classified staff representatives. Further consulting upon the implementation of systems thinking within the institution has proved helpful. Systems thinking, as primarily defined by Margaret Wheatley and Peter Senge, is based upon the premise that institutions are more like living things than they are like machines. The mechanistic structures of the past have created silos of knowledge and organizational barriers, bureaucratic and complex solutions to simple questions, and carefully defined jobs that discourage cooperation and collaboration. In systems approaches, the collective knowledge of the institution can be released. Learning occurs across disciplines, offices, and structures. The team mentality results in organic solutions, living institutions. Odd configurations of connections, like growth that occurs underground, allows an institution to discover new solutions to complex issues. This workshop has been effective in helping institutions recognize and value the work of all, understand multiple intelligences, and free up creative solutions for institutional issues. Outcomes include cooperative work among groups without obvious connections and an understanding of how the college is a living thing, capable of growth and creative energy.

To find out more about these and other topics, email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

News and Events

Your Alumni LogoYourAlumni.com Online Alumni Community Software, FREE Trial Offer Exclusively for League Members

The League has partnered with YourAlumni.com (http://www.youralumni.com/), the global leader in online alumni communities, to provide an exclusive offer for all League member colleges.

Your college is entitled to setup, design, and a six-month free trial, including hosting, of the YourAlumni.com complete online alumni community, with no additional commitment required.

The product integrates into your college's website and provides a complete alumni community with secure online donations, an event and reunion system with registration and ticketing, an online store, permanent affinity email, real-time data import and export, an online forum, class home pages, an online directory with alumni profile pages, member searching, group emailing, online surveys, faculty and staff directory, custom pages, a career networking center, and total control over your site content. See our site for all current features at www.youralumni.com/features/.

YourAlumni.com provides site hosting, includes all future software upgrades at no additional cost and unlimited live-person client support, and can have your college up and running in less than 72 hours.

To have a YourAlumni.com representative contact you, please fill out the contact form at http://www.youralumni.com/contact/or contact Bill Stover (727-827-0046 x230, wstover@youralumni.com) for more information and to setup a product demo. Mention the League to receive the free setup and six-month free trial!

Horizon Wimba Releases New Building
Block for Blackboard

Horizon Wimba announced the immediate availability of its new Building Block for the Blackboard Enterprise System.  The Building Block, which integrates Horizon Wimba's Voice Tools and Live Classroom solutions directly into Blackboard, affords Enterprise System users with the easiest and most efficient means of adding a personal touch to their courses because they now never have to leave the Blackboard environment to create, configure, or use Horizon Wimba's Voice Tools and Live Classroom.

Horizon Wimba's new Blackboard Building Block features

  • Easy configuration: Instructors can add and configure any Horizon Wimba application using the familiar Blackboard interface.
  • Seamless access of all Horizon Wimba applications from directly within Blackboard
      -No need for additional usernames, passwords, or external log-in pages
      -Students can immediately participate in vocal exercises and live instruction from any Blackboard course.
  • Integration with Blackboard Calendar: Instructors can add Voice Tool and Live Classroom links directly to the Blackboard Calendar.
  • Consistent look, feel, and navigation: Horizon Wimba products look like and can be used as any other Blackboard tool, dramatically reducing any learning curve to use them.
  • Administrative control: Blackboard administrators can enable/disable Horizon Wimba applications for an entire campus, department, or individual course.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for Blackboard customers to use our products,” said Tommaso Trionfi, CEO of Horizon Wimba.  “By creating this new Building Block we dramatically reduced the learning curve for using our products, as our tools practically appear as if they're part of the Blackboard Enterprise System.”    

Instructors are able to add and configure any Horizon Wimba tool to their courses by using the familiar Blackboard web interface, while they and their students can seamlessly access each tool from within Blackboard, eliminating the need for additional usernames, passwords, or external log-in pages.  Further, all Blackboard users can now automatically be granted appropriate access privileges depending on their user role within Blackboard.

Each Horizon Wimba tool – Live Classroom, threaded voice boards, voice-enabled email, embedded voice, and live conversation – can be enabled or disabled at any level of the Blackboard server.

Horizon Wimba's products are commonly considered to be the next step beyond course management systems and other text-based courses, as web-based collaboration software allows for student-to-instructor and student-to-student interaction that closely resembles that of face-to-face instruction.  It is this personal touch that helps foster effective online education.

About Horizon Wimba
Horizon Wimba develops web-based collaboration software for online education, language learning and live interactive communications. Our collaborative applications enable learning professionals to fully embrace the new wave of teaching and learning opportunities afforded by the internet, regardless of geographic location, bandwidth or operating system. Our classroom collaboration solutions enable educators to conduct live, online classes, meetings, office hours and other collaborations, and our language learning tools add oral interaction directly into course content, webpages, study groups and assessments. With simplicity and power, Horizon Wimba adds new dimensions to online, accessible education, enhancing the learning experience for both students and faculty.

Shift The Paradigm from Problems to Possibilities!

Thousands of organizations, including hundreds of community colleges, are learning how to shift the paradigm from problems to possibilities. They've learned how to discover what's working really well at their college and create more of it, thereby crowding out the problems.
You can learn how to do this at  your campus by participating in a four-day workshop. Then go home and use the process for self-study for accreditation, strategic planning, hiring the best people, you name it.  Learn how to use a possibility process rather than a traditional problem-solving, deficit-based, gap analysis process, so that you can generate positive energy for organizational transformation.

You can host a workshop on your campus or attend one already scheduled in Pennsylvania, British Columbia, Wisconosin, and Illinois. Go to http://centerforappreciativeinquiry.net/ for full information.

TechSmith Releases Camtasia Studio 3 with Picture-in-Picture and Quizzing to Create On-Demand and Interactive e-Learning

TechSmith Corp., the world's leading provider of screen capture and recording solutions, today announced the availability of Camtasia Studio 3 with Picture-in-Picture (PIP), quizzing, and other interactive features designed to help create robust, on-demand e-Learning content.

Used by thousands of educators around the world, Camtasia Studio provides professors and instructional designers with a professional and easy-to-use solution for recording lectures and online coursework without the need for multimedia or programming expertise.

Camtasia Studio's full-motion recording allows educators to record live in-room lectures when using a PC, Tablet PC, Wacom®, or interactive whiteboard.  All inking and marking is recorded, even when using PowerPoint, along with the educator's audio and camera feed. This content can then be posted online as Flash (SWF) or streaming media files for students and colleagues to view at their convenience or for distance-learning courses.

In addition to video capture and PIP other new features in Camtasia Studio 3 include

  • Quizzing – Allows organizations to assess learning with multiple-choice quizzes.  Answers can be reported back to SCORM-compliant Learning Management Systems.
  • Interactive callouts – Gives users one-click control to make any callout a hot spot for interactive navigation.
  • 30 days of free web hosting – Camtasia Studio 3 users receive 30 days of free third-party web hosting for their videos, with additional monthly contract options.
  • JPEG compression for Flash (SWF) – Users can significantly reduce SWF file size for graphically intensive recordings such as photographs, CAD drawings, or any complex graphic. 
  • Automated publishing – New production wizard aids users in publishing and sharing videos, optimized for email or DVD sharing.
  • Additional audio and video tracks – With richer video production capabilities such as PIP, additional audio and video tracks are provided.
  • Faster audio editing – A new audio-editing toolbar has been added to help users quickly adjust audio levels.

About TechSmith Corporation
TechSmith Corporation was founded in 1987 and is located in Okemos, Michigan. TechSmith provides practical software tools to capture and manipulate images, voice, and video from Windows desktops. The company's flagship software packages, SnagIt and Camtasia Studio, enable customers to create visually enhanced content for teaching, training, websites, documentation, and business presentations. Morae is the first and only all-digital solution for recording and analyzing human-computer interaction.  TechSmith products are used by 98 percent of the Fortune 500. For additional information, visit http://www.techsmith.com/.

Member Spotlight

Membership Spotlight: Year in Review

Membership Spotlight was introduced at the beginning of the 2004-2005 membership year as a new League benefit.  Each month, member colleges had the opportunity to spotlight an aspect of their institution to share with other community colleges: a program, an award, a new innovation being implemented, and so on. These spotlights were then posted in our monthly LeagueConnections newsletter.

We send our thanks and recognition once again to the colleges featured in last year's membership spotlight. Each institution is listed below with a link to the college's spotlight selection.

July

Chemeketa CC

January

Patrick Henry CC

August

Lane CC

February

Sinclair Community College

September

J. Sgt. Reynolds CC

March

Lurleen B. Wallace CC

October

John Tyler CC

April

Northland Pioneer College

November

Reedley College

May

Langside College

December

Anne Arundel CC

June

Monroe Community College

The Membership Spotlight begins anew for the 2005-2006 membership year in our August 2005 LeagueConnections newsletter. We invite our member colleges to participate in this year's spotlight opportunity. If you are interested in participating, please contact Wendy Neil (neil@league.org) with your request. Membership Spotlights will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, with subsequent requests filling each open spot.

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