Volume 6, Number 7
Wyndham Anatole Hotel
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
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
Williams Loston, Chief Education Officer,
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
F. Robertson, President, Education
Commission of the States
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
Cybersecurity Summit: The Critical Role of
Community Colleges in Protecting Information Technology
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
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.
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
or email Ed Leach
or call (480) 705-8200, x233.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
view the latest details or download the 2005 ELI brochure and
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
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
Institutions in the World!
Faculty Engagement as a Necessity for
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
To find out more about these and other topics,
Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.
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
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, email@example.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 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
- Easy configuration: Instructors can add and configure
any Horizon Wimba application using the familiar Blackboard
- 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
- 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
- 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
- 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/.
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your
request. Membership Spotlights will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, with subsequent requests filling
each open spot.
Feel free to forward this message
to your all-college listservs. To join the list of innovative
educators receiving League Connections
directly via email,
League Connections is
published monthly by the League for Innovation in the Community
For information, contact Matthew T.
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