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June 2006
Volume 7, Number 6
inside this issue
highlights
2006 Conference on Information Technology
Executive Leadership Institute

news and events
Congratulations, 2006 Innovation of the Year Recipients!
Atomic Learning and The Big Deal Book of Grant and Funding Opportunities
Capella University Announces
Fifth League Doctoral Scholarship
TLT Group Online Professional Development Workshops
Campus Technology 2006: Learn From Technology Innovators and Leaders
Synergy 2006
inside the league
League Alliance and Alliance Advantage Membership
iStream: Focus on Innovative Learning
New Presentations and Workshops Now Available Through League Services
Join the CCTI Network!

member spotlight
Online Tutorial Program in Mathematics
Indian River Community College
Fort Pierce, FL

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2006 Conference on Information Technology

2006 cit

2006 Conference on Information Technology
October 22-25, 2006
Charlotte Convention Center
Charlotte, North Carolina

CIT, the largest community and technical college conference in the nation, is perfect for administrators, faculty, librarians, chief technology officers, webmasters, counselors and advisors, faculty development specialists, and others 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 prior to the end of this fiscal year at www.league.org/2006cit! Available are group registration discounts and an exciting selection of informative Learning Center Courses, special three-hour or full-day workshops that provide in-depth exposure to specific topics in each conference track while connecting a community of learners who share common interests. Special Sessions, diverse and exciting presentations that provide a focused discussion about particularly innovative and timely topics, are also available. 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!

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Honorable Sue Myrick, U.S. House of Representatives, North Carolina
Ellen D. Wagner, Senior Director, Worldwide E-Learning Solutions, Adobe Systems

BACK BY POPULAR DESIGN
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!

NEW SPECIAL FOCUS!
For the 2006 CIT, the special focus for Track 1 is Open-Source Solutions and Their Implications for Community Colleges.

EXPANDED CONFERENCE TRACK!
Track 7 (Math, Science, Allied Health, and Vocational Education) aims to facilitate the dialogue among mathematicians, scientists, health care professionals, engineers, and technologists in academia and industry.

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.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
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, weekend, or longer, Charlotte will keep you entertained!

EXHIBITING AT CIT
The 2006 CIT will continue the momentum and excitement generated by previous conferences by bringing an even greater number of participants to the inviting and alluring city of Charlotte. Companies that have exhibited at CIT in previous years know that space in the hall is limited and fills quickly. Be sure and secure your exhibition space early for the 2006 CIT! Direct any questions about exhibiting or about becoming a League Corporate Partner to hennessey@league.org.

Hotel and travel information is now available. For assistance or additional information, please visit www.league.org/2006cit/, email Ed Leach, or call (480) 705-8200, x233.

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Executive Leadership Institute

ELIThe 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' 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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Inside the League

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 the League's efforts. Just take the time to look at the League website, and we think you'll agree that joining the League is 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!

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iStream: Focus on Innovative Learning

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 innovative learning, and the following list highlights new content for June.

  • English professor and tribal chairman Greg Sarris believes teachers are all going to heaven, but not before they face some tough challenges.
  • Anne Arundel Community College has taken some bold and refreshing steps that have transformed the way the college does business.
  • Many students remain disconnected from learning. Chandru Rajam believes he knows why that is and how we can fix it.
  • Emily Lardner and Gillies Malnarich, codirectors of the Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, address learning communities and other education topics in this month's "Ten Questions to Leadership" feature.
  • When it comes to classes, size matters. Here are suggestions about how to choose your class’s size.

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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New Presentations and Workshops Now Available Through League Services

Athlete Mindset: Leadership and Management Techniques From the Sports Arena
This integrative workshop develops leadership and management skills using proven strategies with examples from the athletic arena. Major areas discussed include a seven-step process for dealing with failure and change in organizations. (More information.)

The Physiology of High Performance
This integrative workshop is aimed at informing how human behavior is a reflection of the changes in human physiology. (More information.)

Next-Generation Faculty
Significant research and attention has been appropriately focused on next-generation students. Institutions will soon begin to hire faculty from the leading edge of this very same next generation. (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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Join the CCTI Network!

CCTI

More than 140 community colleges have joined the College and Career Transitions Initiative (CCTI) Network  since October, when CCTI announced its expansion to all community colleges in North America. If your college is interested in easing student transitions from high school to college and on to careers, you’ll want to join with us. It doesn’t cost anything to join; it just requires a commitment to the goals of CCTI. For more information, visit www.league.org/ccti/networkapplication.

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News and Events

Congratulations, 2006 Innovation of the Year Recipients!

Every year, the League honors outstanding innovations that have been recognized by member institutions as Innovations of the Year. These innovations represent not only honored achievements, but also the continuing renewal of the spirit of innovation and experimentation upon which the League was founded.

Once again, this year’s competition has been very exciting. The League received innovations that encompass every category of the award criteria: quality, efficiency, cost effectiveness, replicability, creativity, and timeliness. The League extends congratulations to all the 2006 Innovation of the Year Award recipients, along with hearty thanks for outstanding effort and creativity at your community colleges.

Click on the links below to view information about the recipients of the 2006 Innovation of the Year awards.

Anne Arundel Community College

Johnson County Community College

SAIT Polytechnic

Baltimore City College

Kirkwood Community College

San Diego Mesa College

Cedar Valley College

Lake Superior College

San Juan College

Central Arizona College

Lane Community College

Santa Fe Community College

Central Piedmont Community College

Mesa Community College

Seattle Community Colleges

Century College

Miami Dade College

Seminole Community College

Cuyahoga Community College

Middlesex County College

Sinclair Community College

Delgado Community College

Midland College

Southeastern Community College

Delta College

Monroe Community College

St. Clair County
Community College

Frederick Community College

Montgomery County Community College

St. Louis Community College
Forest Park

Harrisburg Area Community College

Moraine Valley Community College

University of Cincinnati
Clermont College

Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Morton College

Wallace State Community College Hanceville

Indian River Community College

Northcentral Technical College

Western Technical College

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Atomic Learning and The Big Deal Book of Grant and Funding Opportunities

Looking for grant and award opportunities? If so, use this link on the League’s website to access the downloadable PDF, The Big Deal Book of Grant and Funding Opportunities. You’ll find connections to funds to make your technology dreams a reality, gain support for special programs and research, achieve recognition for colleagues, and provide cash rewards for student efforts.

Click here: http://www.league.org/league/partners/files/AtomicLearning.pdf

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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 Applications
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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TLT Group Online Professional Development Workshops

The TLT Group’s online offerings include the use of low-threshold tools, the 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 discount.) Contact Joanna Beiter bieter@tltgroup.org for additional information.

Information Literacy and Assessment
An ACRL/TLT Group Online Seminar
June 28, July 5, and July 12
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT
Session Description
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How To Get Started With Information Literacy: Special Selection
An ACRL/TLT Group Online Seminar
July 6, 3, and 20
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Session Description
Register

Enhance Teaching With Technology Using MERLOT
A MERLOT/TLT Group Online Seminar
July 11, 18, and 25
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Session Description
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Flashlight Online: A Sneak Peek  
Free Seminar
July 19  3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT
Session Description
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Campus Technology 2006: Learn From Technology Innovators and Leaders

Campus Technology 2006, July 31-August 3 in Boston, showcases top-level, cross-functional teams who have enacted technology change on campus. This summer’s annual conference features interactive panel discussions presented by visionaries and leaders who can help you make change happen on your campus. You’ll hear what worked and what didn't and how to plan and implement for success, and you'll get tools you can put to work immediately. Explore the technologies and implementation models of the Smart Classroom/Campus, plus nine other hot topics in higher education technology ranging from mobility to funding, security to eLearning. An extra bonus: a full day of workshops, including an insider's afternoon at MIT's renowned Media Lab, Stata Center, and Tech Museum. Register now for Early Bird rates.  http://www.campustechnology.com/conf/

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Synergy 2006

Held in Boston at a world-class hotel on the Charles River, within walking distance of MIT and Harvard, Synergy 2006, scheduled July 30-August 2, will feature keynotes by the founder of Monster.Com and experts from renowned advanced laboratories about the future of IT: where the industry is now; where it is going, and what you should do to prepare your students, yourself, and your institution to meet the needs of tomorrow's workplace. Synergy 2006 is not a traditional conference, designed instead for administrators and faculty to learn, assess current programs, network, and apply new techniques and tools. Visit www.synergy06.org for more information. 

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Member Spotlight

Online Tutorial Program in Mathematics
Indian River Community College
Fort Pierce, FL

Member imageAsoka Peiris, Math Department Chair at Indian River Community College, made a commitment to improve students’ conceptual understanding of college algebra, to address a variety of student learning styles, to increase the use of technology in the classroom, to provide tutorial practice of math problems, and to raise the success level in this course. Spending more than 1,000 hours creating computerized quizzes and homework problems with tutorials using MapleTA, Professor Peiris developed a learning system that provides hints to help students understand the reasoning involved and the step-by-step methodology to solve algebra problems.

 All quizzes and homework problems are algorithmically generated. A student can complete as many problems as are needed for practice. No student is presented with the same homework problems or quizzes. When a student completes a quiz, there is instant feedback, and test results are sent to the student’s instructor. This feedback allows the instructor to identify students who need more support, personalized help, and possible remediation. 

Although many textbook companies provide technology assistance for algebra students, there is a cost involved. The Maple TA quizzes and tutorials run on the college servers and are free to all students, who can access them from home or in campus computer labs.  

Member image 2The infusion of technology into mathematics instruction has increased the success rates in college algebra and has increased the number of students who are attempting more advanced mathematics courses. Students who learned college algebra using Maple TA have requested that the same kinds of  quizzes and homework problems be generated for their next levels, pre-calculus algebra and trigonometry. 

Peiris is currently developing those applications and has been awarded an Endowed Chair to complete practice problems and quizzes for Calculus I, II, and III.


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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