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February 2007, Volume 8, Number 2


  Plan Now for Innovations 2007
  2007 Learning College Summit Call for Proposals
  Conference on Information Technology
  Still Time to Register for the CCTI Summit in New Orleans,
March 3-4


  The Cross Papers Fellowship 2007-2008
Call for Proposals
  Accessing AMSER: Free Tools and Resources for the STEM Educators
  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


  Community College Enrollment Management and Student Marketing Symposium
  Blogging: The New Model for Building Collaboration in the College Classroom
  Walden University Doctoral Studies Scholarship
  Uncovering the Heart of Higher Education
  Strategic Planning Collaboratively!



  Look What’s Coming to iStream in February!
  League Services Offers New Presentations and Workshops!
  Getting Results Faculty Development Modules
  Recent Publications From the League


  Member Spotlight: Bellevue Community College

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Plan Now for Innovations 2007

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Hosted by
Louisiana Community and Technical College System

Innovations: march 4th, 2007Join 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.

Registration for Innovations 2007 is now open online. Register now to avoid higher on-site registration rates!

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; and 
  • 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; and 
  • The opportunity to exchange ideas with hundreds of colleagues during receptions, coffee and refreshment breaks, and after-hours gatherings.
Stephen K. Mittelstet
President, Richland College
Dallas, TX
Sophie V. Vandebroek
Chief Technology Officer and President
Xerox Innovation Group
Xerox Corporation
Rochester, NY
Arthur Chickering
Professor and Special Assistant to the President, Goddard College
Plainfield, Vermont
Marta smith

Martha Smith, President
Anne Arundel Community College
Arnold, MD

Scott hess

Scott Hess
Acting Group Director
Division of Academic and Technical Education, OVAE
Department of Education
Washington D.C.

Rufus glasper

Rufus Glasper
Maricopa Community College District
Tempe, AZ

P. anthony zeiss

P. Anthony Zeiss
Central Piedmont Community College
Charlotte, NC

Henry shannon

Henry D. Shannon
St. Louis Community College
St. Louis, MO

Larry warford

Larry Warford
CCTI Project Director and Senior Consultant for Workforce Development
League for Innovation in the Community College
Phoenix, AZ

Gerardo e. de los santos
Gerardo E. de los Santos
Panel Moderator
President and CEO
League for Innovation in the Community College

Phoenix, AZ

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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2007 Learning College Summit Call for Proposals

2007 learning college summitJune 24-27, 2007
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, in Dallas, Texas. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 28, 2007. Click here to submit a proposal online.

Registration for the 2007 Learning College Summit is now open. Register online at http://www.league.org/ls2007/reg/.

Celebrating its fifth year, the League's Learning College Summit will be 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; and 
  • 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 forums 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 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 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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Conference on Information Technology

Preparations are 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 the 23rd annual event to explore the intelligent application of information technology in community and technical colleges.

Quote 1Proposals to present at the 2007 Conference on Information Technology can be submitted online. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 23, 2007.

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!

Quote 2Each year CIT’s 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 focus on 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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Still Time to Register for the CCTI Summit in New Orleans,
March 3-4

The CCTI Summit, held as part of the College and Career Transitions Initiative, is designed to bring together CCTI Network Colleges that are working to ease student transitions, increase the rate of completion, build partnerships, reduce remediation, and develop career pathways. If you’re interested in college and career transitions, career clusters, and career pathways, you’ll want to join the CCTI Network. As a member of the network, you’ll be able to register for the CCTI Summit in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Hilton Riverside, March 3-4, 2007. Joining the network is free; see www.league.org/cti/networkapplication. Don’t be left out! Join now and register for the Summit!

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The Cross Papers Fellowship 2007-2008
Call for Proposals

Patricia cross In recognition of the many valuable contributions K. Patricia Cross has made to community college teaching and learning, the League is pleased to announce the third annual Cross Papers Fellowship. Supported by an endowment from K. Patricia Cross, the fellowship builds upon the outstanding success and renowned usability of The Cross Papers. Each year, the K. Patricia Cross Endowment names a practitioner/scholar of community college teaching and learning as The Cross Papers Fellow.

Since the release of the inaugural issue of The Cross Papers in 1997, community college educators have used these monographs as tools for stimulating discussion, providing orientation and training to new faculty and staff, rejuvenating veteran employees, and designing successful practices and strategies for reaching the diverse groups of students who come through the open doors of community colleges every day. The League applauds the work of K. Patricia Cross and seeks through this endowment to continue her legacy of professional development focused on community college teaching and learning.

The 2007-2008 Cross Papers Fellow will write an issue of The Cross Papers using the general format established by K. Patricia Cross in the original Cross Papers. This format includes a review of literature on current teaching and learning theory as well as practical applications of current theory in contemporary learning environments. The Cross Papers Fellow will also conduct a Special Session on The Cross Papers topic at the League’s annual Innovations conference, with the session videotaped and posted on the League’s iStream. Following the session, The Cross Papers Fellow will be available to sign copies of the monograph.

The Cross Papers Fellow will receive a stipend of $2,000 to support research and writing, complimentary registration to the Innovations conference at which the Fellow will present the work, travel expenses of up to $1,000 to attend the conference, a plaque commemorating the recipient’s designation as a Cross Papers Fellow, and 10 copies of the print edition of The Cross Papers issue the Fellow writes.

The 2006-2007 Cross Papers Fellow, Michael Schoop of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, will present his work, From Classrooms to Learning Spaces: Teaching by Design, in a Special Session at Innovations 2007. The Special Session is scheduled for Monday, March 5, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

Guidelines for submitting proposals are available on the League website at http://www.league.org/crosspapersfellow/guidelines.html. The deadline for submitting proposals is April 30, 2007.

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Accessing AMSER: Free Tools and Resources for the STEM Educators

Join us in New Orleans for a hands-on workshop exploring a set of free online tools for applied science, technology, engineering, and math educators!

About the AMSER Workshop. AMSER, the Applied Math and Science Education Repository (http://amser.org), and the National Science Digital Library (http://nsdl.org) are offering a three-hour training workshop on using AMSER in educational settings on Monday, March 5, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., during the 2007 Innovations conference in New Orleans. Workshop participants will receive a stipend and follow-up support in return for their further participation over the next semester.

Innovations 2007 participants with an interest in the integration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) online learning objects or digital resources into the classroom are especially encouraged to attend. Participants will gain hands-on experience using this powerful online set of tools, explore all of AMSER’s features, and discuss upcoming additions. Computers will be provided for use by workshop attendees, and participants will receive access to an array of online training pages as well as a set of print materials that can be used to train others on their own campuses or communities.

About AMSER. AMSER is a free online portal of applied math and science resources, created specifically for use in community and technical college settings as part of the National Science Foundation’s National Science Digital Library initiative. AMSER provides users with websites, learning objects, and other online applied STEM materials in an easy-to-use web portal environment. New resources are added to AMSER every day, covering the use of math, engineering, and science in an extensive range of disciplines and vocations, and an array of tools are provided as part of AMSER to help educators locate, organize, and stay up-to-date on STEM resources they can use in their classrooms. AMSER is available free of charge and can be found online at http://amser.org.

For more information about the AMSER workshop and stipend specifics, and for details about how to apply, please contact Rachael Bower at bower@scout.wisc.edu.

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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 ).

The New York Times College Website. To find curriculum guides and instructional strategies, faculty should visit The Times college website at www.nytimes.com/college. There, faculty can do a search of over 160 subject areas that will provide them the last 10 articles from The Times. In addition, faculty and students can also sign up for email alerts on topics that are of interest to them. The Navigator tool is used by New York Times reporters and editors for their forays onto the web and is a great research tool for students and faculty. For more information, please send an email to Jan Gilboy at gilboj@nytimes.com or call at 1-888-443-1800 .

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Community College Enrollment Management and Student Marketing Symposium

Join SAS and SEM WORKS for the Community College Enrollment Management and Student Marketing Symposium, March 26-28 in Cary, NC! It's the only conference tailored to the marketing and enrollment challenges of community colleges. Designed to integrate proven practices with sound theory, this event will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to position your institution to optimize enrollment opportunities. Discounts are available for early-bird registrants, League members, and teams of five or more attendees. For more information and to register, visit www.semworks.net, call (800) 494-3710 or send an e-mail to conferenceinfo@semworks.net.

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Blogging: The New Model for Building Collaboration in the College Classroom

For college students around the nation, blogs have become far more than the latest technology buzzword.  For many, blogging can be a major method of communication on both a social and academic level. While most students already blog in their free time, incorporating blogging technology into the college classroom can have many benefits through the use of a medium that already interests students and makes learning more interactive and engaging.

Given the knowledge and interest that students have in blogging, it can be an effective tool to engage students outside of the classroom setting. For example, blogs can be a great avenue for continuing class discussions.  When there is not enough time in class to cover everything, instructors can direct their students to the course blog to post comments and questions about the subject at hand. This provides a means to continue the conversation, while giving quieter students the opportunity to participate without feeling the pressure of speaking in front of a group. Students will also find this medium helpful as they will have more time to formulate their thoughts and to reflect on other students’ comments and questions.

Another use for blogs in the classroom is peer review, a method many instructors use for essays and projects. A blog can be a convenient and interesting way for students to review others’ work. Students can post an essay, for example, and their peers will be able to read it and post comments without having to schedule a time to meet after classroom hours. Blogging also makes the peer review process easier for instructors to grade, as they can see who commented and the content of their remarks.

Perhaps most importantly, class blogs are a great way to build a sense of unity and community within the classroom. Within this online forum, announcements can be posted, information for school events or special speakers provided, and student profiles and class goals shared. This allows students an opportunity to learn about and from each other. With this unity comes an open class culture that fosters learning and promotes an environment in which students feel comfortable sharing their ideas.

To help instructors develop ways to incorporate blogging into their classrooms, Atomic Learning has created a Blogging Workshop available free at highed.atomiclearning.com/atomiccurriculum. The workshop covers topics ranging from setting up a blog and managing blog comments to keeping your blog confidential.

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Walden University Doctoral Studies Scholarship

Walden University now offers a need-based scholarship program to support and promote doctoral study. Known as the Walden University Doctoral Studies Scholarship, the fund is available for new Ph.D. and Ed.D. students across the university. 

The Ph.D. in Education program produces leaders who can address the nation’s most pressing educational challenges. Each of the specializations, including Community College Leadership, is designed to meet students’ professional interests and the needs of their organizations. Walden’s Ed.D. program has two specializations, Teacher Leadership and Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning. Both are semester-based programs designed for educators who want to continue their practice while assuming leadership roles in their schools and communities.

The Walden University Doctoral Studies Scholarship fund will award 100 scholarships of up to $10,000 each, which will be available to new students who meet financial need criteria, in increments of up to $2,000 per financial aid year. The deadline for submission for the February 26, 2007, start is February 19, 2007, and the deadline for the March 5, 2007, start is February 26, 2007. For more information about the Walden Doctoral Studies Scholarship visit www.WaldenU.edu/dss or call an enrollment advisor at 866-492-5336.

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Uncovering the Heart of Higher Education

In 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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Strategic Planning Collaboratively!

San Joaquin Delta College, California used Appreciative Inquiry (AI), a collaborative strength-based approach to change, for strategic planning. Many other community colleges in the United States and Canada are using Appreciative Inquiry for whole systems group and organizational changes, including institutional dialogue in their self-studies for accreditation. The AI approach heightens energy, sharpens vision, and inspires action for change without resistance.

Houston Community College is hosting a four-day AI Facilitator training, February 28 to March 3, 2007. HCC’s conference and training facility are centrally located in the vibrant Houston downtown area. For more information about HCC please visit their website at www.hccs.edu.

To learn more about AI and to register to attend the Houston training, go to http://centerforappreciativeinquiry.net/. Our schedule is updated regularly, so visit our calendar for other locations and dates: http://companyofexperts.net/events.php. If you would like to host a training, please email Kathy@coe.net or call (760) 327-4180.

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Look What’s Coming to iStream in February!

Focus on Gaming and Simulation Software Development

iStream has a new look, new content, and new features for easy access to the latest League resources and publications. Log in today to innovate, converse, and discover the endless virtual world that is iStream.

Thoughtful Topics. In February’s Thoughtful Topics keynote session, Andre LaMothe gives the history of video game development from Pong to PlayStation and shares insights for incorporating gaming into your curriculum.

Project Highlights. Central Piedmont’s devotion to emerging technology is carried into the new millennium and beyond with the creation of The Future’s Institute. The Institute’s multifaceted approach to learning and technology is featured in the February issue of Project Highlights.

Partner Spotlight. Looking for fun ways to keep students engaged and excited about learning? Gameshow Prep, LearningWare Inc.’s popular game show simulation software, is your best bet.

TLT Webinars, Dangerous Discussions, and Flashlight. iStream members have access to select TLT archives, including “Spirituality in Higher Education, With Art Chickering.” Chickering will be a keynote speaker at the 2007 Innovations Conference. Each month, the TLT Group makes a limited number of seats in their online programs available to iStream members at no charge.

Ten Questions. Get a chance to meet the pioneer of CPCC’s Simulation and Game Development degree program. Discover what the future holds for the gaming industry and the best classes he never took, when Farhad Javidi answers 10 Questions.

To find out if your college is an iStream member, or to learn more about joining iStream, contact Wendy Neil, neil@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 233.

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League Services Offers New Presentations and Workshops!


League Services provides speakers, workshops, training, and other professional development opportunities for community college faculty, staff, and administrators. Whether you’re planning an all-college convocation, a staff in-service workshop, a strategic planning retreat, or a faculty development program, League Services has options to meet your needs. The following list highlights just a few of the many League Services offerings. For more information, contact Ed Leach at leach@league.org or (480) 705-8200 , ext. 233.

Applying Basic Supervisory Techniques in Community Colleges. This workshop is designed to provide participants with a quick overview of the essential elements of successful supervisory and leadership skills, especially within the context of community colleges. (More information.)

Finding, Retaining, and Maximizing Employees. Research suggests that hiring the wrong person cost the average organization $67,000. This workshop provides insights helpful in selecting the right person for the job and getting the best from your present employees. (More information.)

Success Made Simple: Lessons Learned That Lead to Success. During this workshop, participants discover ways of behaving and responding to situations that successful individuals have in common. These principles of success are explained so participants can learn and apply the strategies and enjoy the success that they bring. (More information.)

How to Talk, How to Listen: Communication in the Workplace. This workshop provides the tools for enhancing the communication needed for greater performance, efficiency, and production. Basic elements of the communication process are identified, as are the differences between hearing and listening. (More information.)

To have one of these presentations or other workshops delivered on your campus, contact Ed Leach.

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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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Recent Publications From the League

Each month, the League publishes Leadership Abstracts, Learning Abstracts, and Innovation Showcase. The most recent editions are available on the League website:

Leadership Abstracts. All Aboard for Online Collaboration – Project SAIL: Specialty Asynchronous Industry Learning by Stella Perez (January 2007). Project SAIL’s online courses provide community colleges with a cost-effective way to address the increasing need to prepare students for the workforce. Read about the many solutions offered by Project SAIL and its partners in the January issue of Leadership Abstracts.

Learning Abstracts. Quality Online Education: A Social Authoring Approach by Ruth Rominger (January 2007). The demand for quality online courses still falls heavily on faculty, but they don't have to go it alone. Get a detailed description of NROC's social authoring process and learn how you can get involved, in the January issue of Learning Abstracts.

Innovation Showcase. Celebrating Publishing in the Pines: Montgomery College Offers a Festival a Home by Cliff Hudder and Alicia Bankston (January 2007). The Texas Writers and Publishers Festival, which lost its funding in 2001, was revitalized last year thanks to a partnership between Montgomery College and the local Literary Arts Council. Read about the success of the partnership and The State of Publishing: A Texas Small Press Conference and Book Fair in the January issue of Innovation Showcase.

iStreamThe complete archive of Leadership Abstracts and Learning Abstracts is available on iStream. If your college is not an iStream subscriber, learn how to gain access to these and other League publications and professional development resources by visiting www.league.org/istream or contacting Wendy Neil at neil@league.org or (480) 705-8200, ext. 233.

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Member Spotlight: Bellevue Community College

Microsoft IT Showcase School
Bellevue Community College
Bellevue, Washington

Microsoft Corp. designated Bellevue Community College (BCC) the second Microsoft® IT Showcase School in the nation, recognizing the college’s leadership in preparing students for the digital age.

“The future economic health of our region and the nation depends on preparing students for the growing opportunities provided by advances in technology,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “That’s why we support Bellevue Community College’s trailblazing efforts in technology education. We want to help other colleges learn from BCC’s success, so that even more students can benefit.”

The IT Showcase School program seeks to recognize those institutions of higher learning that have demonstrated leadership in information technology (IT) education and teaching, and help them share that knowledge and experience broadly.

In naming BCC an IT Showcase School, Microsoft highlighted the college’s following programs and achievements:

  • Annual Working Connections summer seminars to train teachers in new IT programs and concepts, created in cooperation with Microsoft;
  • Fast Track training programs – full certificate programs condensed to six to eight months of intensive study, focused primarily on Microsoft technologies and certification – which were pioneered by BCC and are now emulated across the nation;
  • IT Job-Shadowing for high school and community college teachers;
  • National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education Center of Excellence, which develops IT skill standards and curricula and helps promote best practices in technology education to benefit students, faculty, and industry regionally and nationally;
  • Business Intelligence certificate programs that are among the few offered in an area of growing need for employers;
  • Life Sciences Informatics programs and National Life Sciences Informatics Center of Excellence, one of five biotech education centers nationally supported by the U.S. Department of Labor;
  • Innovative MyBCC Web portal created collaboratively with Microsoft, providing a central point of access to commonly used tools, applications, and services; individual course sites that allow faculty to distribute online materials to students; and innovative data-mining tools for college administrators to use in forecasting and decision-making.

 “We are honored to be chosen by Microsoft as its second national IT Showcase School and its only community college. BCC has, for many years, developed innovative programs that educate students to be adaptable to changing environments and emerging technologies,” said Jean Floten, president of BCC.“ A great deal of our success in IT education is due to the support Microsoft has provided community and technical colleges nationally as part of its intense commitment to the advancement of education. Its additional support now will help us all continue to turn out the students our employers need to stay competitive.”      

Schools in the IT Showcase School program will benefit from a deep relationship with Microsoft and access to a broad array of customized learning resources tailored to the schools’ specific needs. Further, Microsoft will support schools in the program so that they may accomplish the following goals:

  • Share best practices;
  • Highlight innovative curriculum and pedagogy;
  • Collaborate with other schools looking to adopt innovative IT curricula and programs and encourage women and minority enrollments in IT; and
  • Create the technical infrastructure needed to support future innovation.

BCC has a strong history of collaboration with Microsoft, including premier membership status in the Microsoft IT Academy Program, offering up-to-date training, education, and certification preparation using Microsoft technologies and Microsoft-certified instructors.

BCC is also the largest provider of Microsoft training and education among Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges, and one of the largest in the country. BCC delivers hundreds of courses annually for thousands of students and industry professionals pursuing advanced training and certification using Microsoft products.

BCC was also the first college in the nation to deliver Microsoft .NET programming training for incumbent workers, and the college operates one of the highest-volume testing centers for Microsoft certifications in the U.S.

BCC joins the University of Massachusetts Amherst, selected in October 2005 as the first national Microsoft IT Showcase School for its strong Information Technology Program, IT Curriculum Case Studies, Learning Commons, Women in Technology Initiatives, Center for Teaching, and other leadership IT programs.

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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