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May 2006
Volume 7, Number 5
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highlights
Register Now for the 2006 Learning College Summit!
CD-ROM Version of LENs Now Available!
Executive Leadership Institute is Accepting Applications
Deadline: July 14, 2006
Nova Southeastern University Announces
Special Offers for League Members
Capella University Announces
Fifth League Doctoral Scholarship
READY2NET: THE MOBILE USER

news and events
Registration for CIT is Now Open!
Wireless Community and Mobile User Conference
ANGEL Learning Launches ANGEL IMPACT Awards to Recognize and Foster eLearning Innovation
Plato Learning Introduces Straight Curve
TLT Group
Online Professional Development Workshops
inside the league
iStream Focus on International Education
Join the CCTI Network!
Recent League Publications!
New Workshop Offerings From League Services
Getting Results Free Online Faculty Development
Modules Now Available!
Call for Manuscripts

member spotlight
The Assessment Zone
Frederick Community College
Frederick, Maryland

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Deadline for submitting items for the June issue of League Connections is June 5, 2006.
Please submit items as Word documents attached to an email message addressed to wilson@league.org.

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Register Now for the 2006 Learning College Summit!

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Registration is now open for the fourth annual Learning College Summit, June 11-14, 2006, at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet in St. Louis, Missouri. The host for the 2006 Summit is St. Louis Community College.

Opening Session Keynote Speaker!

 


Mary spilde
Mary Spilde
President, Lane Community College,
Eugene, Oregon

 

Accreditation Symposium Panelists Represent Regional Accrediting Associations!

Ronald L. Baker, Executive Vice President, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Deborah Blue, Vice President, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Robert Froh, Associate Director of the Commission, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
Robert Schneider, Executive Associate Director, Middle States Commission on Higher Education
John Taylor, Director, Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality, The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

The Learning College Summit brings together educators from around the nation and world who are committed to a deliberate, powerful focus on learning at their institutions. The Summit is designed to benefit colleges that are beginning the journey toward becoming more learning centered, as well as veteran learning-college institutions that are well on their way.

In a small conference-center setting, the 2006 Learning College Summit will serve as a working retreat for college teams or for individual representatives from colleges to connect with colleagues and to share experiences, discuss issues, and explore strategies for overcoming obstacles and meeting challenges. This gathering of community college educators is designed to foster networking and collaborative opportunities among colleagues, and is a vehicle to investigate ways colleges have successfully undertaken significant organizational transformation to improve student learning.

The 2006 Learning College Summit offers participants opportunities for in-depth exploration of five pressing topics in community college education as they relate to the Learning College concept in action:

  • Accreditation
  • Accountability
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Assessment
  • Professional Development

Each topic is the focus of deep examination during its own morning or afternoon session. Each session features a symposium, forums, and conversations about learning.

Symposium. Each half-day session begins with a plenary symposium focused on the topic for that session. Each symposium features a panel discussion by leaders and practitioners in the specific topic area, followed by a question-and-answer period involving Summit participants. Participants are encouraged not only to ask questions of the panelists, but also to share brief descriptions of ways their colleges are working to make that aspect of their institution more learning centered.

Forums. Held concurrently, the forums for each half-day session follow the symposium and feature a team of two or three participants from a college presenting successful approaches to achieving educational transformation in the topic area. Presenters provide specific examples of successful strategies and practices used at their college.

Conversations About Learning. Each half-day session ends with conversations about learning designed to provide college teams the opportunity to regroup and reflect on their experiences at the Summit and to begin discussing ways to apply their learning at their college. Teams may choose to use this time to meet with other college teams and/or individuals. For participants who are the sole representative from their institution, these conversations offer an opportunity to continue symposium and forum dialogues and to discuss challenges, obstacles, and successes with others. Individuals may also choose to use this time for meeting with specific college teams and/or individuals.

The 2006 Learning College Summit has the following goals:

  • Provide a comfortable setting for educators to share the successes and challenges of transforming institutions to become more powerfully focused on learning.
  • Increase understanding of the concepts of the Learning College as a framework and inspiration for affecting institutional change to improve student learning, performance, and success.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of innovative processes and approaches to transforming undergraduate education and improving institutional student outcomes.
  • Facilitate participant interaction and development of new networks of colleagues who support Learning College concepts.

If you want to learn more about the process of transforming the structures, procedures, and practices of your institution to focus on producing meaningful and successful student learning, the 2006 Learning College Summit will give you an opportunity to share ideas, approaches, and experiences with colleagues in higher education. For more information, visit the Learning College Summit website, or contact Cynthia Wilson at wilson@league.org or 480-705-8200, ext. 238.

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CD-ROM Version of LENs Now Available!

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The League is pleased to announce the availability of the LENs faculty development program on CD. Previously available only through iStream, LENs is a professional development program designed by and for faculty. The program includes six modules:

  1. Creating a Positive Learning Environment
  2. Developing Learning Outcomes and Competencies
  3. Selecting Teaching and Learning Strategies
  4. Enhancing Teaching and Learning Using Educational Technologies
  5. Classroom Assessment: Formative Strategies
  6. Instructional Evaluation: Summative Strategies

LENs can be used as a self-paced professional development program or as a workshop-based program for a cohort of faculty members, and it is appropriate for new as well as veteran faculty. The program includes workshop and ancillary materials for 18 workshops, a workshop facilitator’s guide, and various timeline suggestions for the workshop program.

Developed by faculty from Humber Institute for Technology and Advanced Learning, Dallas County Community College District, and Johnson County Community College, LENs has been incorporated into faculty development programs at community and technical colleges across the U.S. and Canada.

To order the LENs CD, visit the League Store at www.leaguestore.org.

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Executive Leadership Institute is Accepting Applications
Deadline: July 14, 2006

Executive Leadership Institute
December 3-8, 2006, Tempe, Arizona

ELI logoThe 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 North America.

Applicants for ELI must have served in senior positions of leadership at community colleges and must be qualified for the presidency by their educational and experiential backgrounds.

The typical applicant will hold an advanced degree and will have three or more years of experience as a senior-level administrator at a community college, normally reporting to the CEO at the campus, college, or district level.

Participants are selected from qualified applicants by a committee of experienced presidents. Attendance at the institute is limited. The deadline for application is July 14, 2006.

ELI is designed primarily for those who have not yet served in a presidency. However, new community college CEOs and those contemplating a transition will find ELI extremely valuable as well. Participants do not need to be employed at League Alliance Member institutions, and international applications are welcome. Applications are encouraged from women and minorities.

For more information about ELI, visit http://www.league.org/eli.

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Nova Southeastern University Announces
Special Offers for League Members

Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Fischler School of Education and Human Services (FSEHS), as a partner of the League for Innovation, offers the following to League members:

  • A tuition grant toward the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) or the Certificate of Advanced Graudate Studies (CAGS) in Education programs;
  • Eligibility to apply for a full scholarship awarded yearly to a member of the League toward the Ed. D.;
  • Ability to transfer six to nine credits into NSU’s Ed.D. program at no cost if member has received the Certificate of Completion from the Academy for Leadership and Development; and
  • Opportunity to collaborate to develop 2+2 and 3+1 articulation agreements between institutions.

FSEHS, in partnership with the Academy for Leadership and Development and the League for Innovation, is proud to announce an educational incentive grant of a 15 percent discount for League members attending the leadership training and League members seeking the Ed.D. degree. For program information and application materials, contact Debbie Nellis (800-986-3223, ext. 8437 or debbien@nsu.nova.edu) or Maryann K. Vaca (800-986-3223, ext. 8677 or vacamary@nsu.nova.edu).

In today’s rapidly changing world, NSU’s Fischler School of Education and Human Services has designed an Ed.D. that allows practical application of an individual’s knowledge and experience in their current profession. With over 30 years of experience, NSU offers real education for the real world, serving more than 15,000 students annually, “On-site, Online, Worldwide.”

For more information, call (800) 986-3223 or visit www.SchoolofEd.nova.edu.

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Capella University Announces
Fifth League Doctoral Scholarship

Capella

Capella University and the League for Innovation offer a complete doctoral scholarship to innovative community college faculty or staff. In addition, three partial League for Innovation scholarships are available to Ph.D. learners.

Call for entries
Capella University, an accredited online university, is now accepting applications for the fifth annual Capella University-League for Innovation in the Community College doctoral scholarship.

Who is eligible? Members of the faculty or staff at a League Alliance member college who have demonstrated innovation in the field of higher education are eligible to apply. Log on to http://www.league.org/league/membership/allimembers.htm for a list of League Alliance member colleges. In addition, online rules and applications are available at http://www.capella.edu/about_capella/community_college_leaguescholarship.aspx.

Eligible programs: The scholarship winner can enroll in a Psy.D. or Ph.D. program in Capella’s Harold Abel School of Psychology, or in a doctoral-level program in the School of Human Services, Business, or Education. Current Capella doctoral-degree or individual course learners meeting the eligibility requirements described above are also encouraged to apply.

Value of the scholarship: The scholarship award is valued at approximately $50,000 and covers three years’ tuition, and the three partial scholarships are valued at $12,000 each during the three continuous years of enrollment at Capella University.

Application deadline is July 15, 2006. The award winner will be notified the week of August 1, 2006.

Applicant is expected to enroll at Capella no later than October 3, 2006. Visit the Capella website www.capella.edu/league-scholarship for full details, including eligibility requirements and application forms. Go to www.capella.edu and choose the Schools tab to view Capella’s doctoral programs.

Capella University is an online academic institution accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Founded in 1993 to serve working adults and employers, Capella University offers degree programs and certificates in business, technology, education, human services, and psychology. Today, the university serves more than 10,000 enrolled adult learners from all 50 states and more than 50 countries. Central to Capella’s approach are achievement-oriented learners, expert faculty, and a university staff that is passionate about each individual’s success. Capella University is a wholly owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit www.capellauniversity.edu or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227-3552).

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READY2NET: THE MOBILE USER

Join Ready2Net on June 1, 2006, for the next satellite TV broadcast and webcast of this award-winning program. Broadcasting live from the Wireless Community and Mobile User Conference in Monterey, California, "The Mobile User" program is scheduled as follows:

  • 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time
  • 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time
  • 10:30 a.m. - Noon Central Daylight Time
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

The free, three-part Ready2Net program focuses on current initiatives and examines the impact of Mobility on Education, Mobility and Community, and Mobility and Public Policy.

Expert panelists will discuss topics ranging from student and faculty mobile learning, to forming government and business partnerships for school and communitywide networks, to the public policy issues concerning municipal Wi-Fi.

Mark your calendars and register now to join us for the free Ready2Net program. For more information, visit http://csumb.edu/ready2net.

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Inside the League

iStream Focus on International Education

iStream logoSubscribers to iStream have access to League conference keynote speeches and selected other sessions, League print and electronic publications, and a variety of other focused content for staff and organizational development. This month’s special focus is international education, and the following list highlights new content for May.

  • Mark Milliron discusses global enterprise resource planning, mass use, irrational exuberance, and more in an engaging new streaming video. 
  • The Community Colleges for International Development, Inc., is celebrating 30 years of educational outreach to countries around the globe.
  • Discover the many advantages WebCT can offer your institution.
  • International trade whiz Glenn Doolittle has plenty to say about international education and the global economy.
  • George Lorenzo takes a look at Project SAIL’s rapid success in the May Education Pathways.

To find out if your college is an iStream subscriber, check the participating institution list at http://istream.league.org/. For subscription information, contact Wendy Neil at neil@league.org or (480) 705-8200 ext. 234.

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Join the CCTI Network!

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CCTI is now accepting applications for the CCTI Network. When membership opened last fall, more than a hundred colleges became Charter Members! Now applications are being taken once again for general membership. As a member, you’ll be invited to the CCTI Summit in New Orleans, March 3-4, 2007, and have the opportunity to share with other colleges that are working on easing student transitions from high school to college to work as well as reducing remediation and increasing persistence. For more information on CCTI, go to www.league.org/ccti, and join now at www.league.org/ccti/networkapplication.

View all current CCTI network members at http://www.league.org/league/projects/ccti/network/networklisting.cfm.

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Recent League Publications!

Innovation Showcase, May 2006, Art at the Heart of Overland Park, by Julie Haas, Director of College Information and Publications, Johnson County Community College (KS). The arts help to reveal aspects of ourselves and our world. But a strong arts community also attracts business and industry a community needs, as well as the skilled workforce that goes with them. In 1980, Johnson County Community College took steps to develop an arts education program. Haas describes how that initial resolve has blossomed into a gallery, a major annual fundraising event, and an economic stimulus for the community in this issue of Innovation Showcase.

Leadership Abstracts, May 2006, The Two-Year College and the Chief Information Officer, by Wayne Brown, Chief Information Officer, Johnson County Community College (KS). Technology expansion in institutions of higher education has resulted in a need for system and technology department reliability, which can be critical for an organization. Brown reports on a recent study on the role of the leader in that department: the CIO.

Learning Abstracts, March 2006, Accreditation and the Learning College: Parallel Purposes and Principles for Practice, by Ronald L. Baker, Executive Vice President, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and Cynthia Wilson, Vice President, Learning and Research, League for Innovation in the Community College. The Learning College movement has matured since its early days, setting aside the misperception that accreditation did not support the work or the goals of the Learning College. In this article, Baker and Wilson discuss how the principles of accreditation and those of the Learning College are now seen as compatible and mutually supportive.

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New Workshop Offerings From League Services

League servicesAccreditation Management for Recognition and Renewal
Need to get accredited or renew accreditation? Let a League consultant assist and guide you! Colleges today are frequently undergoing accreditation reviews by a variety of associations and organizations. It is a common complaint of administrators, faculty, staff, and trustees that too much time, money, and organizational resources are spent on achieving and maintaining accreditation. (More Information)

Enable Your College to Use Benchmarking to Adapt Best Practices
Allow the League’s Service Division to provide your college with a systematic and continuous measurement practice of assessing and comparing methods against process leaders anywhere in the world to gain information. This benchmarking seminar gives your team the tools to take action to improve performance and reduce costs. (More Information)

Post-Tenure Faculty Development
Build a system for faculty improvement and appreciation at your college! Tenured faculty members are a large cohort at colleges today, and the League can help you create effective development strategies to help improve their performance, which is important for institutions to remain competitive. (More Information)

Using Appreciative Inquiry for Strategic Planning
It is important for all the people who will be affected by a strategic plan to be a part of its development. Appreciative Inquiry is based on the assumption that everyone is proud of their college. Tapping into that pride as a resource allows everyone to feel responsible for the college’s success. (More Information)

New and Emerging Instructional Technologies
Faculty increasingly embrace technology in an effort to improve their teaching effectiveness, enhance learning, spark interest, or engage students in active learning. Many faculty members report encouraging results, but others question whether technology makes a difference. (More Information)

To have these new offerings and other topics delivered on your campus, email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

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Getting Results Free Online Faculty Development
Modules Now Available!

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WGBH-TV and the League for Innovation in the Community College are pleased to announce the launch of Getting Results multimedia professional development modules for training community college faculty. The modules focus on the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, specifically in Advanced Technology Education classrooms. The videos accompanying the modules include real teachers and students in real classroom settings across the country, representing a range of fields, institutions, programs, and subject areas.

Suitable for self-study, face-to-face training, or other formats of online and onsite use, Getting Results gives faculty members strategies for deepening teaching and learning. Extensive curriculum is now available online at no charge at www.league.org/gettingresults. Free, downloadable PDF versions of web-based text and PowerPoint outlines are included with each module. A CD-ROM version that does not require internet access is being developed and will be available for purchase ($29 price includes standard shipping) from the League later this year.

Getting Results begins with an orientation video followed by six modules. Each module features classroom videos illustrating classroom practice; background information about the teacher and class; activities for learners; readings; downloadable, printable PDF versions of web-based text content; customizable PowerPoint slide shows; and suggestions on how to incorporate the strategies into users’ own classrooms. The module topics are

  • Creating a Community of Learners,
  • Planning for Outcomes,
  • Active Teaching and Learning,
  • Moving Beyond the Classroom,
  • Teaching with Technology, and
  • Assessing Teaching and Learning.

Funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Program, Getting Results was produced by WGBH-TV, PBS’s flagship station, in association with the League for Innovation in the Community College. Getting Results draws on research about best practices in adult learning. It is currently being piloted at 13 community and technical colleges, and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) at The University of Texas at Austin is conducting a formative and summative evaluation through 2007.

WGBH Boston is America’s pre-eminent public broadcasting producer, the source of fully one-third of PBS's prime-time lineup, along with some of public television’s best-known lifestyle shows and children's programs and many public radio favorites. WGBH is the number-one producer of websites on pbs.org, one of the most trafficked dot-org websites in the world. WGBH is a pioneer in educational multimedia and in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who rely on captioning or video descriptions. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards, and even two Oscars. In 2002, WGBH was honored with a special institutional Peabody Award for 50 years of excellence. For more information, visit www.wgbh.org.

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Call for Manuscripts

The League maintains an open call for manuscripts for its monthly digital publications, Leadership Abstracts, Learning Abstracts, and Innovation Showcase. The editorial staff invites community college educators and scholars to share effective, innovative practices, processes, strategies, and programs with the field through the brief articles (1,500 to 2,000 words) featured in these publications. Click on the publication links below to access the guidelines for prospective authors:

  1. Leadership Abstracts
  2. Learning Abstracts
  3. Innovation Showcase

If you have questions, please contact Cynthia Wilson at wilson@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 238.

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News and Events

Registration for CIT is Now Open!

CIT 2006

Register now!

Are your technology initiatives progressing as you would like? Or are they struggling to reach their potential?

The League for Innovation’s annual Conference on Information Technology (CIT) offers a diverse program and cutting-edge exposition exploring the intelligent application of information technology in community and technical colleges.

If your goal is to take your technology initiatives to the next level, then you and your team must participate in the 2006 CIT!

The benefits of attending CIT are as numerous and as diverse as the participants themselves.

  • Discuss strategies, solutions, and technologies with colleagues facing similar issues and concerns.
  • Hear firsthand what international experts have to say about important issues facing community and technical colleges.
  • Learn about the latest technology innovations and approaches that help accelerate learning.
  • Experience hands-on and demonstration sessions designed by and for new and experienced educators.
  • Compare the products and services of leading vendors in hours instead of weeks or months.
  • Expand your professional connections while exchanging advice and real-world experiences during receptions and other networking opportunities.
  • Embrace fresh perspectives and return to your campus rejuvenated and enthused.
  • Gain insight into how to leverage technology to help your institution reach its potential.
  • Learn about emerging technologies and their implications that may affect your job in the future.

 

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!

In Charlotte, there is always something new to entice, interest, and amaze. Charlotte's southern culture represents a colorful spectrum, from the fine artwork of the Mint Museum to the engine-racing thunder of NASCAR that draws more than one million visitors each year. Whether you stay a day, a weekend, or longer, Charlotte will keep you entertained! Also consider these exciting Charlotte area attractions!

 

Group registration is available!

94% of last year’s conference participants agreed that the 2005 CIT was well worth the investment in time and money. Take a look at the 2005 CIT Conference Program to see why.

Your conference was one of the most meaningful ones I've ever attended. I cannot convey to you how much I learned from your presenters. I've recommended to our vice president that we send a contingent this year to the CIT.
Barbara Messina, English Department, Berkeley College

News and Events

Questions?
Ed Leach
(480) 705-8200, x233

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Wireless Community and Mobile User Conference

Monterey, California
May 31-June 2, 2006

Get up to speed on wireless:

  • Hands-on workshops and live demos from the shore and from undersea
  • A strolling dinner at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Participation in “The Mobile User” live Ready2Net satellite and TV broadcast and webcast direct from our conference center
  • Presentations addressing broadband challenges and solutions in community and municipal networks, public safety and emergency communications, and K-12 and higher education Wi-Fi Initiatives
  • Join colleagues from municipalities, government, nonprofit organizations, and education
  • All this and more in Monterey, California

Early-bird registration ends May 16, 2006, at the special rate of $425 for the conference workshops and sessions! For more information, visit http://wetec.csumb.edu. Hotel information is available at http://wetec.csumb.edu.

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ANGEL Learning Launches ANGEL IMPACT Awards to Recognize and Foster eLearning Innovation

Last month, ANGEL® Learning launched the ANGEL IMPACT Awards program to recognize exemplary implementations of the ANGEL Learning Management Suite and foster innovation and collaboration in the ANGEL user community. ANGEL IMPACT Awards will be presented for model courses and programs at the annual ANGEL User Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, on June 6, 2006.

“At ANGEL Learning, we recognize that the dedication and vision of the ANGEL user community is one of our greatest strengths,” said Christopher Clapp, ANGEL Learning president and CEO. “We are consistently impressed with ANGEL users’ creativity and openness to sharing with their colleagues. The ANGEL IMPACT Awards provide ANGEL Learning the opportunity to applaud our customers’ leadership in the education community and foster continued innovation and collaboration in the ANGEL community.”

An open system, ANGEL’s easily customized features enable nearly unlimited creativity in course development. This flexibility, in combination with ANGEL’s exclusive agent technology and noted ease-of-use, provides innumerable opportunities for instructors and institutions to personalize ANGEL courses and the ANGEL environment, to personalize and automate communications, and to automatically individualize learning paths based on student performance. ANGEL’s ultraflexible discussion forum capabilities enable extreme personalization and individualization in student-to-student collaboration. ANGEL’s flexibility similarly affects program delivery with ANGEL and enables easy migration to ANGEL from competitive systems.  

The ANGEL IMPACT Awards will bring forward superior ANGEL implementations that affect teaching and learning. Following the two-day ANGEL User Conference, award-winning entries to the ANGEL IMPACT Awards program will be available to the ANGEL community for inspiration, modification, and adoption in their ANGEL courses and programs. Award program details are available on the ANGEL Learning website: www.angellearning.com/applied. To learn more about the ANGEL difference, visit www.angellearning.com.

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Plato Learning Introduces Straight Curve

Late last month, PLATO Learning announced the introduction of Straight Curve™, a new product line focusing on empowering classroom teachers, supplementing and delving deeper into core textbook lessons, and leveraging technology to bring grade-level and advanced instruction to life for students.

“PLATO Learning has a long history of helping schools successfully deliver rigorous, student self-paced instruction that provides targeted interventions, remediates skill gaps, and improves academic achievement,” said Mike Morache, PLATO Learning president and CEO. “While we will continue to design innovative solutions that meet the needs of intervention and remediation programs under the PLATO® brand, we’ve heard a strong appeal from the market for instructional technology that teachers can integrate easily in the classroom every day to enrich instruction and supplement textbook coverage of those concepts that are most difficult for teachers to teach and students to grasp.”

Now in beta test in classrooms across the U.S., the first Straight Curve product, Straight Curve™ Mathematics Series 2, is scheduled for release in summer 2006. Straight Curve Mathematics Series 2 provides in-depth lessons for Grades 3 to 5 in the areas identified by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) as most complex for students to learn and teachers to teach: fractions, decimals, measurement, probability, and problem solving.

Straight Curve Mathematics Series 2 is the first of many products planned for development and release under the Straight Curve brand. Straight Curve curricula will include extensive teacher materials and professional development to expand teacher capacity and provide the resources teachers need to enrich classroom instruction every day using technology. As explained by Morache, “PLATO Learning has consistently delivered products that are easy to use and engaging for students. Products under the new Straight Curve brand will be designed with teachers in mind, to support and extend teacher time and resources for direct classroom instruction, while continuing our products’ tradition of effectiveness with students.”

For more information, please visit http://www.plato.com.

PLATO® is a registered trademark of PLATO Learning, Inc. PLATO Learning, Straight Curve, and Academic Systems are trademarks of PLATO Learning, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. PLATO, Inc., is a PLATO Learning, Inc., company.

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TLT Group
Online Professional Development Workshops

The TLT Group’s online offerings include the use of low-threshold tools, examination of controversial issues, participants with a range of experience, and suggestions for assessment as you integrate what you’ve learned into your repertoire. Workshop leaders are committed to providing practical, interactive, and stimulating sessions. Register for one or more of these workshops and forward this information to colleagues you think can benefit from these opportunities. League members receive a special discount. Contact Joanna Beiter bieter@tltgroup.org for additional information.
               

Respond to Learning Style Differences by Making the Most of Digital Content
May 18, 25, and June 1, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Session Description  
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Student Engagement
May 31, June 7, and June 14, 2:45 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Session Description 
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Blogs, Wikis, Newsfeeds, and Aggregators: Web Communication Trends
June 6, 13, and 20, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT
Session Description  
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Clothing the Emperor:  Open Source in the Community College
June 6 a conversation between Steve Gilbert, Arta Szathmary, and Willie Pritchard,
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT
Session Description   
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Information Literacy and Assessment  An ACRL/TLT Group Online Seminar
June 28, July 5 and 12, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT
Session Description 
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Coming in July
How To Get Started Wth Information Literacy: Special Selection
Enhance Teaching With Technology Using MERLOT

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Member Spotlight

The Assessment Zone
Frederick Community College
Frederick, Maryland

At Frederick Community College, the campus community was having trouble moving forward on assessment. Faculty member Ken Kerr met with Gohar Farahani and Peggy Waxter of the Office of Research and Outcomes Assessment. Kerr had the idea to produce an entertaining video that would explain student learning assessment in a fun and informative way. Waxter and Farahani procured a grant from the FCC foundation to underwrite the project.
         
Working with his partner, video lab manager Richard Schellenberg, the team wrote and produced an 18-minute DVD to explain what the assessment of student learning is and why it is important to assess learning in a meaningful way. The video was the centerpiece of the college's January 2006 faculty retreat. After viewing the video, the faculty began to ask how and when. There were no more what and why questions.

Other institutions having difficulty moving assessment efforts forward could benefit from doing a project like this on their own campuses, related to their mission and using actors from their faculty and staff.

View The Assesment Zone.


If your institution would like to submit a story for the Member Spotlight section of League Connections, please contact Wendy Neil, Director, Membership Services, at neil@league.org for article requirements.

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