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October 2004
Volume 5, Number 10

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JobNet – Opening the Door to the Future

Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web, Second Edition

Innovations 2005 Registration Coming Soon

Coming Soon from the League for Innovation in the Community College

Project SAIL Update

Speakers Available for Faculty-Staff Development


Certify Your Skills at CIT

HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative – 2005
Transforming Teaching and Learning Through Technology

ETS to Launch Assessment to Measure Students' Technology Proficiency

Unleash Positive Energy for Change on Your Campus!


John Tyler Community College


CIT 2004

The 2004 Conference on Information Technology

The League for Innovation is proud to announce the addition of Steve I. Cooper, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to this year's program of excellent Keynote Presenters!

The 2004 Conference on Information Technology (CIT) is the largest community and technical college conference in the nation and the premier instructional technology conference for two-year institutions.

Online registration, including an exciting selection of informative Learning Center Courses, is available. The response to the early registration deadline has been outstanding, but there's still time to register prior to the conference and save a significant amount over onsite fees.


3D HoloProjection Demonstrations

Back by popular demand! 3D HoloProjection (3DH) is a futuristic technology being introduced into learning environments to create more immersive and realistic learning experiences. 3DH provides the capability to visually remove a physical room and replace it with a created or real multidimensional visual environment.

Get Certified: IC³ Certification Lab

Conference participants can earn a Microsoft Office Specialist or IC 3 certification while getting a firsthand look at the leading certifications in digital literacy and business-application expertise.

League for Innovation and National Association of Manufacturers Collaboration

The League for Innovation and the Center for Workforce Success, the education and training arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), have entered into a collaboration to promote the sharing of best practices, emerging technologies, significant trends, cutting-edge solutions, and other important considerations facing manufacturing technology educators at community and technical colleges.

First Timers' Orientation
The First Timers' Orientation provides first-time attendees of the conference valuable tips on using the information in the registration packets, finding sessions that fit your needs, and applying newly found knowledge.

Emerging and Future Educational Technology

Sessions targeted toward this focus area will encourage an exchange of ideas about how community colleges can anticipate and meet future educational, training, and organizational needs related to radio and TV broadcasting, cellular telephony, specialized mobile radio, wireless data, microwave, and satellite services.

For additional information, visit or contact Ed Leach at or (480) 705-8200, x233.

Steven I. Cooper, Chief Information Officer, Department of Homeland Security

November 9, 2004
6:15 p.m.

Jeb Bush Photo

Jeb Bush, Governor, State of Florida

November 8, 2004
1:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Carol Twigg

Carol Twigg, Executive Director, Center for Academic Transformation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Picture of Dr. Boettcher

Judith Boettcher, Author, Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web, Veteran Executive Director, Corporation for Research and Educational Networking (CREN)

J. David Armstrong Jr.

H. Martin Lancaster

Mark David Milliron

J. David Armstrong Jr., Chancellor, Florida Division of Community Colleges

H. Martin Lancaster, President, North Carolina Community College System

Mark David Milliron
Executive Director,
Education Practice
SAS Institute Inc.  (Moderator)

Keynote Talk Show: The State of Technology in the Community College

November 10, 2004
10:30 a.m. - Noon

Additional Information...


Conference Program

Conference Itinerary Builder

Colleague Lookup

Learning Center Courses

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Sinclair on Road to Expansion

College President Gets OK to Explore Options

Sinclair LogoTrustees of Sinclair Community College (OH) have voted unanimously to authorize President Steven Lee Johnson to explore various expansion options, although several board members made it clear they would prefer entering into collaborations with other schools or organizations for facilities rather than building free-standing branch campuses.

"I don't see us spending $10 million outside Montgomery County," Board Chairwoman Kathy Hollingsworth said just before the 8-0 voice vote.

The college still faces potential legal and regulatory obstacles to large-scale out-of-county expansion, and Sinclair officials vowed they won't step away from the downtown Dayton campus or use money from a Montgomery County property-tax levy to pay for out-of-county expansion.

Sinclair already offers limited courses at sites in Springboro and Lebanon, but with the board approval of the expansion concept, "I can have meaningful discussions with other entities," Johnson said.

Several potential partners were identified by a Sinclair analysis.

  • YMCA of Greater Dayton. Several of the new YMCA centers in the region have room for attached educational centers that could accommodate three to five classrooms.
  • Middletown Regional Hospital. The hospital has asked Sinclair to develop a complete Nursing and Allied Health education center on the proposed new hospital campus, the report said.
  • Warren County Community College. The board of trustees of the newly formed college might ask Sinclair to be the education provider to those attending the college, the report said.

Other potential partners for satellite education centers or other programs include the University of Cincinnati, Miami University-Miiddletown, Central State University, Eaton public schools, the proposed Trotwood Town Center, and the cities of Huber Heights and Fairborn.

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The Best Education Websites and Applications Named

More than 40 of the best and most innovative K-12 and higher education websites and online applications have been named by the Center for Digital Education in its 2004 Best of the Web (BOW) contest and Digital Education Achievement Awards (DEAA) program.

In its third year, the BOW evaluates Higher Education, K-12 state and K-12 local district websites on their innovation, web-based delivery of public services, efficiency, economy, and functionality for improved student and faculty access. The inaugural DEAA grades state district and school online applications and projects based on enhanced interactions, transactions and services.

"The review process this year was a difficult, but exciting project, "said Marina Leight, director of the Center. "It's clear that the web world in education has come of age and that it's no longer a question of static versus functionality. The defining features are more subtle and have to do with who the website is serving and how."

The League for Innovation in the Community College would like to congratulate our member colleges that were honored.

The top BOW winners in the Higher Education Web site category are:
1st Place (tie): North Shore Community College, Massachusetts
2nd Place : North Orange County Community College, California
4th Place: College of DuPage, Illinois

Winner in the DEAA Teacher-Focused Application (Higher Education) category is Preparing Technology Proficient Teachers in Illinois, Illinois Community College Board.

Winners in the DEAA Integrated/Multifocus Application (intergovernmental) category are Work Ready Electronics, Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center (AZ); and
MySite eServices,
South Orange County Community College District, California.

See the full list of winners at

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Clearly Quotables

“The wonder and power of the online environment is that it provides an entirely new context for teaching and learning.”

“Once the learning environment is in place, how does one ensure that worthwhile communication exchanges occur?”

“Standing in line on campus is being replaced by being online off campus. Student consulting and faculty office hours are being replaced by asynchronous email and synchronous chat, telephone calls, and videoconferences.”

“Over the next few years, we will see multiple generations of software agents come and go. Maybe by the year 2010, we will have become accustomed to personal robots, digital assistants who can help us remember our preferences and with whom we interact most frequently.”

Judith Boetcher and Rita-Marie Conrad, Faculty Guide to Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web, Second Edition. (in press). Phoenix : League for Innovation in the Community College. Scheduled for release November 2004.

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More Professors Teach by Using Other
Colleges' Online Courses

A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses how new efforts help institutions trade curricula. Yet some faculty members remain wary. Read the full article here.

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What CEOs Want to Know About…
Leadership Development?

These stats were part of the survey results released February 27, 2004, and are composed of the responses submitted by CEOs for the Alliance quarterly CEO survey service. The response rate for this survey was 37% (n=209).

Of the institutions surveyed, the following incentives exist for those seeking a doctorate.

18% Full tuition reimbursement

50% Partial tuition reimbursement

54% Increased opportunity for promotion

33% Increased retirement benefits related to increases in salary

41% Unpaid leave with opportunity to return

41% Increased steps in salary scale

39% Paid Leave

Of the CEOs surveyed, the following skills were considered most important for effective educational leadership.

62% Creative use of resources

45% Developing a common vision

66% Sustaining a focus on learning

52% Listening effectively

34% Keeping end goals in mind

33% Maintaining high morale

43% Ability to develop a common vision

71% Building partnerships

46% Setting clear directions

47% Political astuteness


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JobNet Header JobNet – Opening the Door to the Future

If you are looking to fill an open position…

JobNet will help you advertise to a targeted international audience. With more than 10,000 visitors to the League website each month, JobNet is an excellent venue for filling open positions at your institution.

If you are searching for a new employment opportunity…

JobNet provides free access to job listings for colleges throughout the country. Whether you are looking for an administrative or faculty position, JobNet provides an array of opportunities.

Click here to search the positions available at any of the following colleges:

Administrative: Foothill-De Anza Community College District, Clover Park Technical College, Cuyahoga Community College, Miami Dade College, Monroe Community College, North Seattle Community College, or Pierce College

Faculty: Miami Dade College

For more information, please contact Wendy Neil at or (480) 705-8200 x234.

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Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching
and Learning to the Web,
Second Edition

Judith V. Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad

Five years have passed since Judith V. Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad teamed up to write the immensely popular Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web. But five years in the arena of distance learning, hybrid courses, and web enhancements for teaching and learning seem more like five decades, given the technological advances – and five minutes, given the pace of change in technology, education, the workforce, and the world.

Now, Boettcher and Conrad have returned to reveal the latest tools, the best ways to create a successful online course, and a glimpse of the future for online teaching and learning. The second edition of the Faculty Guide for Moving Teaching and Learning to the Web provides faculty and administrators with practical guidelines for implementing web-based learning in postsecondary institutions and features chapters on technology, learning theory, and instructional design. Stories told by faculty who have taken the plunge into web-based instruction – as well as straightforward descriptions of solutions

to typical first-time challenges – make this book even more of a must-have than ever for postsecondary instructors.

The authors treat the subject with plain talk, approachable explanations, and good humor, a combination sure to make this sequel just as instructive and entertaining as the first version.

The second edition of the Faculty Guide will be available November 7 at the Conference on Information Technology in Tampa, and beginning November 15 at the League Store.

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Innovations 2005 Registration Coming Soon!

Be a part of Innovations 2005, March 6-9 at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City. The 2005 conference is hosted by Monroe Community College and Queensborough Community College. Registration for Innovations 2005 will open the week of November 6, 2004. In addition, status letters for submitted proposals will be mailed out the week of October 29, 2004.

League Corporate Partners and Member Colleges are invited to participate in the Innovations exhibition. Details are available online at or contact Greg Luce at

The New York Marriott Marquis is just steps from Times Square in the heart of the Theater District and within walking distance of Fifth Avenue shopping, Lincoln Center, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and Carnegie Hall.

The Innovations conference incorporates ideas, initiatives, and inspirations from seven key streams into the broader conference goal of encouraging and facilitating student and organizational learning through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation.

The conference features Forums, Roundtables, Learning Center Courses, and Poster Session presentations for each Innovations stream, along with General Session keynotes and an exhibition aimed at inspiring innovation and productive change in all areas of community colleges.

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Coming Soon from the League for Innovation in the Community College: Appreciative Inquiry in the Community College: Early Stories of Success

By Nancy E. Stetson and Charles R. Miller

Appreciative Inquiry is a strengths-based and collaborative approach to facilitating change in human systems organizations, groups, and communities that can be rapid, sustainable, and transformative. In a few short years, hundreds of community colleges and other groups have embraced this method, facilitating a positive – and fearless – revolution on their campuses. Two experts in the field, Nancy E. Stetson and Charles R. Miller, now bring these methods to a wide audience with Appreciative Inquiry in the Community College: Early Stories of Success, available soon at the League Store and by download from iStream.

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Project SAIL Update

Project Sail

Project SAIL presents the nationally acclaimed Online Clinical Dental Assisting Program at Rio Salado. The newest program addition to the Project SAIL network focuses on the high-demand, high-wage dental assistant profession and is readily available for home college delivery. Find out more...

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Speakers Available for Faculty-Staff Development

Need an experienced, dynamic, and interactive speaker to help make your faculty-staff development successful? Let League Services provide a recognized expert to inform, inspire, and enthuse your campus. Representing a wide assortment of topics, our experienced speakers will tailor workshops to meet your organization's specific needs. If you don't see the topic you are interested in, let us know!
Why opt for a League Services speaker for your event? Here are just a few reasons:

  • We are committed to providing high-quality, affordable speakers.
  • We specialize in community colleges, so we speak your language.
  • Our speakers have years of experience in community college education.
  • Speakers cover topics ranging from preparing for accreditation to becoming more learning centered to evaluating your institution's workforce development efforts.
  • We offer customized programs to meet your institution's specific needs, from campuswide events to interactive small-group sessions.
  • When developing a program, our speakers meet with institutional leaders to solicit input that ensures the maximum possible benefit.

League speakers are now accepting engagements. Email Ed Leach or visit the League Services Request a Speaker online form to schedule your speaker now!

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Certify Your Skills at CIT

The League for Innovation and Certiport® have partnered to provide an exceptional opportunity for CIT attendees. A special certification lab will be available to administer Certiport's Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³®) and Microsoft® Office Specialist exams at CIT 2004 in Tampa.

This special lab will provide an opportunity to earn an industry-standard credential that is valuable and beneficial for your career and success.

For more information or to register to take an exam, visit here.

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HP Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative – 2005

Transforming Teaching and Learning Through Technology

HP has launched its 2005 Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative. This initiative will award grants of cash and equipment totaling $5M over two years to innovative K-12 public schools and two- and four-year college and university faculty engaged in integrating mobile technology into teaching. Web-based applications are due by 5 p.m. PST, Tuesday, February 15, 2005.

For more information about applying, and to access the requests for proposals, go to

To view the media advisory, go to

To access a printable flyer with links to grant information, go to

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ETS to Launch Assessment to Measure Students' Technology Proficiency

Educational Testing Service (ETS) will soon introduce an assessment to help institutions of higher education and employers measure a test taker's proficiency with information and communications technology and their prospects for succeeding in an information-driven academic or professional environment.

Known as the ICT Literacy Assessment, the new test will measure students' ability to find, use, manage, evaluate, and convey information efficiently and effectively. The test will require both a knowledge of technology and the ability to use higher-order thinking skills to solve problems within a technological environment.

“Given the remarkable extent to which information and information technology have transformed the classroom, the workplace, the global economy, and our lives, it is critical that schools and employers have at their disposal an effective means for measuring a prospect's information literacy,” says Linda Tyler, Group Executive Director for New Product Development, Higher Education Division at ETS.

The ICT Literacy Assessment is appropriate for entry-level college students, rising juniors, and others who are either seeking to continue their higher education or move into the increasingly complex, technology-driven workplace.

What distinguishes ETS's ICT Literacy Assessment is that it is an interactive test that presents real-time, scenario-based assignments. “The ICT Literacy Assessment is like no other information technology assessment currently available,” says David Williamson, an ETS research scientist who helped design the test. “It is a simulation-based assessment that is designed to pinpoint the breadth and depth of a test taker's ICT proficiency in a highly innovative way.

“Unlike a traditional test, which uses discrete, artificial tasks to evaluate performance,” Williamson says, “our new ICT assessment simulates the real-life demands of technology users, targeting specific skills of someone who is ‘ICT literate'.”

How the test works

Equipped with a PC and paper and a pencil for notes, test takers are called on to respond to16 tasks over the course of the two-hour test. Each of the first 13 tasks is designed to be completed in four minutes. Two 15-minute tasks and one 30-minute task follow.

This test identifies which technology tasks an individual can perform, such as extracting specific information from a database, developing a spreadsheet, or composing an email summarizing certain research findings.

Results will show whether a test taker needs basic ICT instruction or is properly prepared to enroll in a technology-rich course or academic program. The assessment also indicates to prospective employers if a potential applicant is prepared for the rigors of the job.

“The purpose of the test is not to measure a test taker's knack with a PC, but rather how they can use information and information technology as a practical resource,” says Williamson.

In creating this test, ETS built an internet-like database, which test takers are asked to explore to find very specific information. Like the internet, the database contains misleading, superficial, and superfluous information. The test taker's challenge is to use technology appropriately and effectively, avoid being sidetracked, and arrive at the correct results.” The database, Williamson notes, will force test takers to program filters into the search engine, therefore gleaning relevant information.

ETS is rolling out the new test in two phases. Beginning in January 2005, the assessment will be used only to collect aggregated test results of a student body or group. This will not only generate results for benchmarking purposes, but it will also give higher education administrators and faculty an opportunity to determine and describe the ICT strengths and weaknesses of an entire student body or subgroups, defined by such attributes as language, race, class year, and major.

In 2006, ETS will calibrate the test to begin gauging an individual's proficiency in ICT. The assessment will help determine whether a test taker should be accepted within a certain major, enter upper-division instruction, transfer from a community college to a four-year institution, or secure a job in a particular field.

In developing this new test, ETS partnered with seven leading college and university systems in 2003 to form the National Higher Education ICT Initiative. This group was guided by the work of the International ICT Literacy Panel, a multinational group of experts from education, government, nongovernmental organizations, labor, and the private sector.

ETS convened the literacy panel in 2001; within a year it released a report titled “Digital Transformation: A Framework for ICT Literacy,” available at The report provides a comprehensive analysis of what is and isn't known about ICT literacy and offers valuable recommendations for research and policy.

For more information about the ETS ICT Literacy Assessment, log on to

Unleash Positive Energy for Change on Your Campus!

Tired of trying to lead in a negative or neutral environment? Send a team of two people or more – yourself or other administrators, faculty, or support staff – to a four-day Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training. They'll come back ready to unleash positive energy for change on your campus, for any or all of your small or large-systems change agendas.  The workshops, cosponsored by the League, NCSPOD, and Company of, are listed at

Trained AI Facilitators can lead group or organizationwide inquiries into Accreditation Self Study, Assessment, Classroom Learning, Collective Bargaining, Conflict Resolution, Curriculum Development, Customer Service, Dialogue, Human Resource Development [employee hiring, evaluation, orientation, training], Learning College, Organization Culture Change, Organizational Assessment, Program Review, Strategic Planning, Student Learning Outcomes, and Student Success. They also will be able to facilitate Team Building sessions for you and your Board members, your top leadership team, or any other group or department on your campus.

Coming up in 2005: Sacramento, Miami, Albuquerque, Winter Haven, Wilkes Barre, Port St. Lucie, St. Louis. We are now seeking host community colleges in Austin, Chicago, Little Rock, New York - Long Island, Providence-Rhode Island, and Raleigh-Durham.

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Member Spotlight

John Tyler Community College

Chester, Virginia


John Tyler Community College (JTCC) is the sixth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. The institution serves more than 8,500 for-credit students annually, offering quality and economical opportunities for workforce development and training, transfer to four-year institutions, and recreational and personal interest at its campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area.

In an effort to better serve the community, JTCC is continuously evaluating its programs and researching potential new programs. The Hispanic Program for Workforce and Economic Development is such a program. This program is part of an effort to make JTCC's programs and services more readily available to the significant and growing Hispanic population in the college's service area, thus training Hispanic workers for jobs in various industries.

The Hispanic Project for Architecture and Building Construction (HPABC) was created as part of the Hispanic Program for Workforce and Economic Development. The HPABC is extremely important to the economic development of the Hispanic community. Most of the Hispanic individuals who move into the Richmond and Tri-Cities area speak little English and are not able to move beyond low-paying laborer jobs. Many of these individuals are currently working in the construction industry. Their expertise is good preparation for the HPABC, which enables Hispanic students to take the first three courses in the architectural engineering technology associate degree program entirely in Spanish. At the same time, students are enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. After completion of the ESL course, students are matriculated into the regular English-speaking architecture classes.

The Hispanic Program for Workforce and Economic Development seeks to develop a pipeline of future employees for business and industry. Of course, the ultimate benefit of this project is job training and language instruction to the growing Hispanic community in need of career advancement and job training assistance.

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 for article requirements.

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