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November 2006, Volume 7, Number 11
 
 

Gatherings

  2007 Learning College Summit Call for Proposals
  Plan Now for Innovations 2007
  Conference on Information Technology
 

Opportunities

  League for Innovation and Microsoft Announce Terry O’Banion Student Technology Awards
  The League’s 2006-2007 Innovation of the Year Competition Now Open
  The New York Times Announces 2nd Annual Innovative
Teaching and Learning Award Competition
  Uncovering the Heart of Higher Education
  Call for Manuscripts

Synergies

  National Repository for Online Courses (NROC)
Offers Benefits to iStream Members
  Atomic Learning Has a Big Deal for
Technology Professionals
  Newspaper Readership Programs Increase
  The TLT Group Announces Workshop:
Enhance Teaching with Technology Using MERLOT
  NCAT Invites Participation in The Redesign Alliance and Colleagues Committed to Redesign (C2R)

 

Linkages

  iStream Adds New Comment-Posting Feature
Post a Comment by December 1
and You May Win a Free Innovations 2007 Registration!
  iStream: Focus on Open Source/Open Content
  Join the CCTI Network and Attend the 2007 CCTI Summit
  League Services Offers Teambuilding,
Leadership, and Communication (TLC)
  Getting Results Faculty Development Modules
  Featured Publication: Learning Abstracts

Celebrations

  Member Spotlight: Hawkeye Community College

 
 
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2007 Learning College Summit Call for Proposals

2007 learning college summitJune 24-27, 2007
Dallas Hilton Lincoln Centre
Dallas, Texas
Hosted by
Dallas County Community College District

The League invites proposals for forum sessions at the fifth annual Learning College Summit to be held June 24-27, 2007, at the Dallas Hilton Lincoln Centre in Dallas, Texas. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 28, 2007. Click here to submit a proposal online.

Now in its fifth year, the League's 2007 Learning College Summit is being hosted by Dallas County Community College District. Plans are fully under way for this exciting gathering, which brings together educators from around the nation and world who are committed to a deliberate, powerful focus on learning at their institutions. As an integral facet of the League's Learning Initiative, the Learning College 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 2007 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 2007 Learning College Summit offers participants opportunities to explore in depth five pressing topics in community college education as they relate to the Learning College concept in action:

  • Quality Enhancement
  • Learning Outcomes and Assessment
  • Learning Environments
  • Student Engagement
  • 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 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 speakers, 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 one or more institutions presenting successful approaches to achieving educational transformation in the topic area. Presenters provide specific examples of successful strategies and practices used at their college. The deadline for submitting proposals to present a forum is February 28, 2007.

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 2007 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 2007 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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Plan Now for Innovations 2007

Innovations: march 4th, 2007Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Hosted by
Louisiana Community and Technical College System

Join the League in New Orleans, March 4-7, 2007, as the most innovative community college professionals from across North America and around the world share ideas and practices for improving student and organizational learning through innovation, experimentation, and institutional transformation. And, we invite you to celebrate with us as we mark the 10th anniversary of the Innovations conference.

Early Registration Now Open! Early registration for Innovations 2007 is now open online. Early registration allows you to receive registration discounts of up to 30 percent of the full registration cost. Early registration ends February 2, 2007, so register now.

Innovations 2007 keynotes

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

  • Learning and Teaching
  • Leadership and Organization
  • Workforce Preparation and Development
  • Student Services and Activities
  • Basic Skills and Developmental Education
  • Resource Development and Foundation Management
  • Research, Assessment, and Accountability

Major Events and Opportunities. Innovations features many opportunities for professional and organizational development, including:

  • More than 2,000 participants exchanging the latest innovative practices in community colleges
  • Learning Center Courses on leading-edge topics granting certificates of completion
  • Extensive exhibition of educational resources and services from League Corporate Partners
  • Engaging keynotes, forums, special sessions, and poster sessions addressing critical issues facing community college educators
  • Roundtable discussions offering a more personal setting for exchanging ideas
  • Email and Internet Lab for staying in touch
  • The opportunity to exchange ideas with hundreds of colleagues during receptions, coffee and refreshment breaks, and after-hours gatherings.

Hotel and Travel Information. Hotel and travel information is now available. For assistance or additional information, please visit http://www.league.org/i2007/index.htm, or contact Mary Harris at harris@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 228.

Preconference Events. In addition to the full Innovations conference, the following preconference events are available:

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Conference on Information Technology

2007 citEarly feedback regarding the recent 2006 Conference on Information Technology (CIT) in Charlotte has been enthusiastically positive! We extend our appreciation to all conference participants for their contribution in making the 2006 CIT such a success, with special thanks to the colleges representing the Charlotte Regional Workforce Development Partnershipfor their generous support, including providing an outstanding team of volunteers. The nearly 2,400 conference participants were treated to great weather; a diverse program of informative hands-on, breakout, and other sessions; and an exhibition of resources and services from over 100 Corporate Partners, Friends of the League, and College Participants.

Preparations are already under way for the 2007 Conference on Information Technology, to be held at the Nashville Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, November 11-14. The Tennessee Board of Regents System will serve as host for this 23rd annual event to explore the intelligent application of information technology in community and technical colleges.

Nashville boasts a mild climate year round with some of the most beautiful and vibrant foliage in the country. Best known for its musical history, Nashville's The District attracts visitors with its nightclubs, bars, and restaurants. Attractions cover the spectrum from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the famous Grand Ole Opry to a priceless Picasso and a full-size replica of the Parthenon. There is something for everyone in Music City. Country music fan or not, Nashville gets your toes tapping!

Proposals to present at the 2007 Conference on Information Technology can be submitted online. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 23, 2007.

Each year Track One focuses on an emerging technology of particular interest to educators. For the 2007 CIT, Track One features Portable High-Tech Media Devices and Their Implications for Instruction. The growing consumer use of MP3 players, PDAs, cell phones, and other portable high-tech media devices raises questions about their role in improving student learning and student access to learning. How does the use of these devices change the dynamics of teaching and learning? Does instructional content linked to these devices now make them an additional de facto student purchase? How is instructional success defined and measured when using these devices? Proposals targeted toward this focus area should assist in the evaluation, adaptation, and use of portable high-tech media devices for academic purposes. Although the increased use of portable high-tech media devices is the special focus of the 2007 CIT, other proposal topics related to the emerging and future use of information technology at community and technical colleges are strongly encouraged.

For additional information about the 2007 Conference on Information Technology, contact Ed Leach at leach@league.org or (480) 705-8200, x233.

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League for Innovation and Microsoft Announce Terry O’Banion Student Technology Awards

Microsoft

The League for Innovation and Microsoft invite League Alliance institutions to nominate two outstanding community college technology students for the Terry O'Banion Student Technology Awards. The winners of these awards will be determined through a national search of nominations from League for Innovation member colleges. The awards - each in the amount of $5,000, plus copies of Microsoft software programs - will be presented to two students with special talent and interest in a career in technology who also demonstrate a need for financial assistance in meeting their career goals. Community college faculty or staff members are invited to nominate student candidates by returning the nomination form accompanied by a 500-word letter of recommendation. For more information about the Terry O’Banion Student Technology award process, please contact Wendy Neil, neil@league.org or 480-705-8200, ext. 234.

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The League’s 2006-2007 Innovation of the Year Competition Now Open

LeagueThe League for Innovation in the Community College announces the opening of the 2006-2007 Innovation of the Year competition. League Alliance Member Institutions are eligible to participate in this valuable program that recognizes and celebrates faculty and staff innovation. To determine if your college is a member, visit http://membership.league.org/allimembers.html. For information about the Innovation of the Year award process, please contact Wendy Neil, neil@league.org or 480-705-8200, ext. 234.

All winning innovations will be featured on the League website. To view the 2005-2006 Innovation of the Year winners, visit http://www.league.org/league/competitions/innovations/.

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The New York Times Announces 2nd Annual Innovative
Teaching and Learning Award Competition

New york times

The League for Innovation and The New York Times invite League Alliance Member institutions to participate in the 2nd annual Innovative Teaching and Learning Awards. Member colleges are encouraged to nominate two faculty members and two students who have shown exceptional growth or creativity through the use of The New York Times. To determine if your college is a League Alliance Member, visit http://membership.league.org/allimembers.html. Please visit the League website to download the faculty and student application forms.
 
For more information about the Innovative Teaching and Learning Award, please contact Wendy Neil in the League office (neil@league.org or 480-705-8200, ext. 234) or Jan Gilboy at The New York Times (gilboj@nytimes.com or 1-888-443-1800).

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Uncovering the Heart of Higher Education

heartIn our densely interconnected world, integrative teaching and learning have never been more important, but in what components of their studies and in what dimensions of themselves are students being asked to make connections? We understand integration within a major, between fields, and even between knowledge and practice. More recently, the relationship between curricular and co-curricular activities has received attention. While these and other trends help students and faculty integrate otherwise fragmentary elements of their educational venture, do we go far enough? Do our efforts reach the often unspoken heart of higher education?

The central questions become, Do current higher education efforts address the whole human being - mind, heart, and spirit - in ways that contribute best to our future on this fragile planet? What steps can we take to make our community colleges, colleges, and universities places that awaken the deepest potential in students, faculty, and staff?

After two years of dialogue and planning, The Fetzer Institute and California Institute of Integral Studies are sponsoring a major conference in San Francisco on February 22–25, 2007, for the field of higher education. Uncovering the Heart of Higher Education will focus on integrative learning for compassionate action in an interconnected world. Conference partners include the Associated New American Colleges, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Council of Independent Colleges, League for Innovation in the Community College, and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Targeted to faculty, administrators, student life professionals, and chaplains, the conference will address the relationships between curriculum and values; intellectual, aesthetic, and moral intelligences; technical competency and compassionate action; critical reasoning and contemplative inquiry; and vocation and life purpose. The rising interest in integrative learning supports a holistic approach to education that is founded on a growing recognition of the need for students to integrate their inner lives and their outer vocations. One aim of the conference is to draw together and articulate teaching perspectives from around the world that are theoretical, pedagogical, and relational. Tracks of inquiry will include contemplation, spirituality, and religion in higher education; integration of emotional and academic intelligence; cross-cultural competency, integrative learning communities, learning through work and service, leading from within, and the major trends in research.

With the rigor of traditional academic conferences, leading faculty, administrators, and student life professionals will present and explore best teaching practices as well as theoretical frameworks for programs, courses, and activities that will explore, promote, and cultivate a balanced education of heart, mind, and spirit, and a need to work in the world. At the same time, this conference will gather leading and diverse voices from across the country to share their journeys as educators.

Keynote speakers will include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker; educational activist and author Parker Palmer; Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela of the University of Cape Town and author of A Human Being Died That Night; Robert Kegan, developmental psychologist at Harvard University and author of The Evolving Self; Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, president of Kalamazoo College; Steve Mittelstet, president of Richland College; Diana Chapman Walsh, president of Wellesley College; Alexander and Helen Astin, co-directors of the Templeton Project on Spirituality in Higher Education. The conference includes five preconference institutes, 50 sessions, and four site visits in San Francisco.

Session leaders include Mirabai Bush, Arthur Chickering, Mary Taylor Huber, Pat Hutchings, Paul Elsner, Peter Laurence, Wayne Muller, Marilyn Nelson, Mary Rose O’Reilly, David Pollick, Ann Ponder, Laura Rendon, Elizabeth Ursic, Hal Roth, Jake Schrum, David Scott, Steve Severin, Patti Owen Smith, Beverly Tatum, and Arthur Zajonc.

Online registration begins this fall. For more information, visit http://www.heartofeducation.org or email Joseph Subbiondo, president of California Institute of Integral Studies, at heartofeducation@ciis.edu.

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Call for Manuscripts

League publicationsThe 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:

Leadership Abstracts
Learning Abstracts
Innovation Showcase

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

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National Repository for Online Courses (NROC)
Offers Benefits to iStream Members

nrocThe National Repository for Online Courses would like to thank everyone who stopped by the exhibit area at the League's Conference on Information Technology to learn more about our nonprofit project and our new relationship with iStream. iStream members now have access to iPod downloads of NROC content, webinars, special membership rates, and discounts for online course evalutions. 

We congratulate Michael Talbott from Bellevue Community College who took home the video iPod loaded with NROC learning objects. To learn more about our efforts, visit www.montereyinstitute.org.

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Atomic Learning Has a Big Deal for
Technology Professionals

Atomic learningAtomic Learning announces the availability of the second edition of The Big Deal Book of Grants and Funding Sources for Higher Education Technology Professionals. The book includes sections on funding information, grant and award opportunities, scholarships and competitions for students, and an index of organizations and companies. A PDF version of the book is available for free download at http://www.bigdealbook.com/he/.

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Newspaper Readership Programs Increase

Times selectFresno City College, De Anza Community College, Santa Fe Community College, Southern Maine Community College – these are just a few League and Alliance member colleges that have implemented readership programs using The New York Times. These programs are becoming more popular among community colleges because they increase student engagement, improve critical thinking skills, and connect classroom work to the real world. The New York Times Readership Program includes daily copies of The Times for students and faculty as well as curriculum resources, faculty and student workshops, access to TimesSelect and more. For more information on how to bring a New York Times Readership Program to your college, please send an email to Jan Gilboy at gilboj@nytimes.com or call at 1-888-443-1800.

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The TLT Group Announces Workshop:
Enhance Teaching with Technology Using MERLOT

TLT groupLooking for a great resource collection especially designed for faculty and students of higher education? The TLT Group is offering “How to Enhance Teaching with Technology and use of MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching” on November 28, December 5, and December 12, 2006, at 3:00 pm EST. Workshop leaders are Ray Purdom, Director, University Teaching and Learning Center, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; John Prusch, Excelsior College; and Steve Gilbert, President, The TLT Group.

Workshop leaders will introduce participants to MERLOT, a free and open resource that includes links to online learning material along with annotations such as peer review and assignments. During this workshop, you will not only become familiar with this collection of resources, you will also learn how to take full advantage of the MERLOT’s many features:

  • A continually growing catalog of online learning materials, peer reviews, learning assignments, and user comments, organized by discipline into specific discipline communities and created to help faculty enhance instruction;
  • An international consortium of partners and affiliates who cooperate to continually create, expand, and refine MERLOT in order to transform and improve higher education;
  • A community of individual members from academia, business, and professional organizations who strive to share and enrich their teaching and learning experiences by contributing to MERLOT (contributing and sharing materials and resources is free to MERLOT members); and
  • A technology initiative with its own infrastructure and dynamically designed set of technology tools and software development policies created to help faculty integrate high-quality, online instructional technology resources into their courses effectively, easily, and enjoyably.

Participants will learn how to

  • Become a MERLOT member (membership is free);
  • Move beyond simple browsing of the vast MERLOT resources to explore ways MERLOT supports community-building within the disciplines;
  • Contribute materials (MERLOT disseminates instructional resources and confers professional recognition through peer review);
  • Create personal collections, individualized and annotated listings of online instructional resources;
  • Employ personal collections to identify other members who share specific interests;
  • Use the member directory to contact potential collaborators; and 
  • Invite others within the discipline to join in a collaborative activity.

Audience: Faculty, Faculty Development Professionals, Instructional Designers and Technologists, and Directors and Staff at Teaching and Learning Centers

Click here for pricing and registration. A limited number of free seats in this workshop are available to iStream members. For information about the free seats, contact Wendy Neil, neil@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 234.

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NCAT Invites Participation in The Redesign Alliance and Colleagues Committed to Redesign (C2R)

NCAT

In partnership with more than 60 colleges and universities, the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) has shown how using information technology to redesign courses can improve student learning while reducing instructional costs. Institutions that have completed a large-scale course redesign want to find ways to continually improve their redesigns and to scale their successes throughout their institutions. Institutions that have not yet embarked upon a large-scale course redesign want to learn from the experiences of those that have done so and to collaborate with knowledgeable faculty and staff to accelerate the redesign process.

The Redesign Alliance. To meet these goals, 42 institutions and organizations have formed the Redesign Alliance to facilitate the exchange of ideas, experiences, resources, and strategies among institutions interested in course redesign. We seek other institutions and organizations to join us. For a full description of the Redesign Alliance, please see http://www.thencat.org/RA.htm. The Call to Participate describes the goals and objectives of the Alliance and its strategies to meet them. To join the Redesign Alliance, please complete an application for membership at http://www.thencat.org/RedesignAlliance/MemApp.pdf.

Colleagues Committed to Redesign (C2R). In addition, NCAT is pleased to announce a new three-year program, Colleagues Committed to Redesign (C2R) sponsored by the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE). The purpose of the program is to support the redesign efforts of new colleges and universities. In order to have maximum impact, redesign efforts supported by the program will focus on large introductory courses with high enrollments.

NCAT will bring four-person teams from 60 institutions (20 in each year of the program) together with NCAT staff and 16 Redesign Scholars at a series of disciplinary institutes. Four disciplinary institutes (humanities; mathematics, statistics, computer science; natural sciences; and social sciences) will be held in each of three years for a total of 12. The institutes will introduce the teams to the NCAT redesign methodology, share strategies and techniques for successful course redesign, and help teams develop plans for course redesigns on their home campuses.

Following each institute, NCAT will support collaboration and consultation among NCAT staff, Redesign Scholars, and institutional teams to help teams apply what was learned at the institutes on campus and replicate prior successes. Each participating C2R institution will have resources made possible by the FIPSE grant to invite one or more Redesign Scholars to their campus for follow-up consultations and workshops. 

Participating institutions will implement a pilot redesign and will share their experiences and lessons learned with the larger higher education community at the Redesign Alliance annual conference. FIPSE funding will support team travel to the institutes and to the conference.

The deadline for applying to participate in the first round is January 15, 2007. For a full description of the Colleagues Committed to Redesign (C2R) program and the application guidelines, please see http://www.thencat.org/RedesignAlliance/DissemProgram.htm.

For more information about either initiative, please call 518-695-5320 or email info@theNCAT.org.

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iStream Adds New Comment-Posting Feature
Post a Comment by December 1
and You May Win a Free Innovations 2007 Registration!

istreamThe League is pleased to introduce a new venue for iStream members to post their comments about the rich content available on iStream. Share your thoughts and opinions with iStream participants, authors, and faculty across North America and around the world through iStream’s new comment-posting tool.

As a bonus, a random drawing will be held December 1, 2006, with the winner receiving a free Innovations 2007 registration. Each post in the Comments section will be counted as an individual entry in the drawing.

For more information about iStream and the new comment-posting feature, contact Wendy Neil at neil@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 234.

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iStream: Focus on Open Source/Open Content

Thoughtful Topics. In the spirit of open content, Getting Results, funded by the National Science Foundation and produced by WGBH-Boston, is freely available online, modularized for custom use, and offers materials that are customizable to meet local or individual faculty development needs.

League Projects. For more than a decade, Foothill-De Anza Community College District (CA) has been a pioneer in open source and open content for community college education with such successes as ETUDES and Sofia. Its leadership in Open Educational Resources (OER) has put FHDA in heady company with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Rice University.

Partners. A two-fer from rSmart: An abstract for the time-challenged and a link to the full text for those who demand all the details about OSP. Targeted for newbies and vets alike, “Understanding the Open Source Portfolio, Version 2.1” explores myriad aspects of OSP: What is OSP? What’s its history? Who’s in the OSP community? What’s its future? How do I get involved?

TLT Webinars, Dangerous Discussions, and Flashlight. Numerous workshops and three TLT Group archives are now available online through iStream. The TLT Group also offers FridayLive!, TLT-SWG, and TGIF. Subscribers can link into these offerings at any time, and each month, the TLT Group makes a limited number of seats in their online workshops available to iStream members at no charge.

10 Questions to Leadership. Gary Lopez, Executive Director of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), fields 10 questions about open source/open content models – their past, present, and future – and his personal voyage to head MITE.

Education Pathways. Canada has a history of distance learning that dates back to the early 1800s, today enrolling more undergraduate distance learners than the U.S. George Lorenzo, editor and publisher of Educational Pathways, reports on how and where it’s happening.
Log into iStream for new content, new updates, and new ideas. For information about becoming an iStream subscriber, contact Wendy Neil at neil@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 234.

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Join the CCTI Network and Attend the 2007 CCTI Summit

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Join with more than 150 community colleges across the United States and Canada. It's free and the only condition of membership is a commitment to work toward the goals of College and Career Transitions Initiative (CCTI). For more information on CCTI check out www.league.org/ccti and then join the network at www.league.org/ccti/networkapplication.

When you join you'll be eligible to attend the CCTI Summit, March 3-4, 2007, at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans, Louisiana. Information about the Summit is available at www.league.org/cctiClick here to register online for the 2007 CCTI Summit. If you have questions, contact Jean Petty at petty@league.org. Join the CCTI Network now and we'll see you at the Summit!

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League Services Offers Teambuilding,
Leadership, and Communication (TLC)

ServicesAll community college staff members need to work together. This dynamic and synergetic program illustrates how staff members are better able to come together as a working unit to perform their various duties. In order for community college personnel to be effective throughout the organization, certain elements must be in place.

By using teambuilding principles and techniques, staff members are more keenly aware of the need for teamwork at their institutions. Leadership makes all the difference in a community college, and teams need leaders to inspire and motivate members to successfully meet their individual and collective goals.

Finally, communication is the last portion of this program demonstrating the importance of communication in the workplace. Nothing can be accomplished without an effective communication process! Learn how to develop and use these vital skills to propel your staff to a higher level of cooperation and efficiency as they bond and learn how to work together to carry out your college’s mission.

This full-day workshop is highly interactive, dynamic, thought provoking, and fast paced, and is ideal for a Staff Development Day activity. It can also enhance the skills of a newly formed group of supervisors, supervisors and staff members, or a combination of individuals from a variety of levels within a community college. Topics covered include:

  • The Importance of Team Work
  • Essentials of Teams and Team Stages
  • Team Work in Goal Setting and Customer Satisfaction
  • Leadership Skills: The Leader Sets the Pace
  • The Three P’s of Leadership
  • Effective Leadership: The Secret Weapon
  • Leadership: Committed vs. Involved
  • Leadership and Dealing With Individual Differences
  • Motivation: Myths and Realities
  • Communication Skills
  • Listening for a Cause

League speakers are now accepting engagements! 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 in which you are interested, let us know!

Email Ed Leach or call (480) 705-8200, ext. 233, for additional information or to schedule your speaker today!

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Getting Results Faculty Development Modules

Getting resultsGetting Results, a free, online, multimedia professional development course for training community college faculty, produced by WGBH-TV in association with the League, is available online at no cost (http://www.league.org/gettingresults), and a CD version is available for purchase through the League Store (http://www.leaguestore.org).

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 http://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 available for purchase ($29 price includes standard shipping) from the League Store at http://www.leaguestore.org.

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 has been 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 primetime 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 http://www.wgbh.org.

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Featured Publication: Learning Abstracts

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Member Spotlight: Hawkeye Community College

Schools Helping Students With Career Choices

by Andrew Wind

Hawkeye logoA new push is under way to get students thinking about and preparing for careers from their first day of high school. Waterloo Community Schools and Hawkeye Community College (HCC) in Waterloo, Iowa, last month signed sharing agreements to create career pathways in the fields of teaching and information technology. This fall, students beginning in the ninth grade at Waterloo's high schools will be able to take exploratory classes in those areas.

The pathways outline recommended high school courses for those interested in the career fields. By their junior and senior year, students will be able to take some pertinent first-year HCC classes to receive dual high school and college credit. Students who choose a pathway are not locked into that career field if they change their mind later because the specific classes also will generally prepare them for college.

"The concept here is to give students success while they're in high school that they can do college work," said Russ Clark, the school district's career and technical education coordinator.

Sixty-eight percent of Waterloo's 2005 graduates told the district they planned to attend college. But Clark believes many students who talk about going to college never enroll. Of those who do, a significant portion drop out, especially at community colleges.

Nationally as of 2002, the two-year college retention rate was 55 percent, according to statistics complied by the Education Commission of the States. Many of those students may not have been adequately prepared for college during high school. The National Center for Education Statistics found that 61 percent of high school seniors who graduated in 1992 and first attended a two-year college over the next eight years completed at least one remedial course.

Hawkeye tool and die"We need to make high school so that [it is] helping the students point toward the future," said Clark. "It's not a matter of helping students march across the stage for graduation…. Our goal is to prepare them for where they're going next."

"We've already been doing this with the career academies," said Linda Allen, HCC's vice president of academic affairs. "But what we really want to do is partner with the schools and reach back to ninth grade."

The region's high school juniors and seniors have been enrolling in HCC's career academies for manufacturing since 2000 and nursing since 2003. The academies include paid internships and college credit courses that give students an early start on an associate's degree in those fields.

Hawkeye nursingAllen said those academies will become part of manufacturing and medical careers pathways in future years. "They're focusing on the junior or senior," she said. "But the reality is [that] kids need to start planning earlier, so they're academically prepared to go to college."

Students who follow a particular pathway also would have the technical preparation to go directly into the work force if they choose not to get a college education after high school.

National Effort Started

The pathways approach is being developed nationally by the College and Career Technical Initiative consortium, which HCC joined this spring. Project director Larry Warford said the federally funded initiative was started more than three years ago by the League for Innovation in the Community College to create "a coherent, articulated sequence of both rigorous academic and career courses beginning in ninth grade" that lead to an occupational area. A total of 150 community colleges in 40 states and two provinces of Canada are now involved, including five in Iowa.

Organizers are "looking to improve student success and looking to improve transitions from high school to college to jobs," added Warford. The initiative focuses on 16 career clusters, some of which include doctors and lawyers. Clark said Waterloo's high schools had more than 600 requests for dual-enrollment classes related to the information technology and teaching pathways for next year, although there was not room for all of the students. "That was double what I was expecting," he said.

Clark is satisfied that the dual-credit classes will be as rigorous as their counterparts taught at HCC. He cited comparative studies of dual-credit courses done by North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City.

President Mike Morrison said NIACC has done 13 studies in recent years that compared dual-credit and regular college courses that had the same textbooks and requirements. In 12 of the studies, the high schoolers' performances were "at least comparable" to the college students.

"They tend to be highly motivated, higher ACT scores, academically gifted students," Morrison said. "So it's not surprising that they do very well on the college level courses."

Allen said only certain high school students will be allowed to take the dual-credit courses.

"The high schools need to certify to us – guarantee to us – that these students are competent, are qualified to take a college course," she said. "You won't put your D students in there."

Officials hailed the pathways approach as a major educational shift from previous decades. "This is huge," said Clark. "This is taking us out of the paradigm that we were in in education through the last 30, 40 years."

He said the effect will be increased rigor of class work and a better understanding by students of its relevance. "We are really calling this the start of the next major community college movement," said Warford. He noted there was a time when community colleges wanted to distance themselves from high schools, but this initiative is changing that.

"We've all come to realize we've been writing and talking about high school reform for years and we've been writing and talking about college success for years," said Warford. "High school reform and college success go hand-in-hand."

This article appeared originally in The Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, and is used here with permission. Andrew Wind is a Courier staff writer.

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