Turnitin Workshop on Friday, February 2nd

The upcoming TGIF workshop will focus on Turnitin. Learn how to create an account, set up a classroom, input students, create assignments, and more.

What: There will be an overview of TurnItIn, and a TurnItIn representative will answer questions via Skype.

When: Friday, February 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: BE-102

Why: Learn how technology can be used to support student writing and stop plagiarism.

Panelist:  Ryan Miller, TurnItIn representative

Moderators:  Frances Won, Kelly Kennedy, and Ann Inoshita, TGIF Committee

Refreshments will be provided.

Turnitin is Live

Turnitin.com is available to all faculty and lecturers this semester. To begin using Turnitin, please self-enroll at turnitin.com

  1. Click “Create Account” in the upper-right corner of your screen.
  2. If you have not used Turnitin before, click “Instructor” under “Create a New Account.”
  3. Enter the Account ID and Join Key that is found in the lccfaculty-l email sent to all Leeward faculty and lecturers in late December 2017. Search your email inbox for the subject line: Join Turnitin 
    1. If you did not receive this email, contact the Leeward Turnitin administrator. See the end of this post for details.
  4. Then enter your user information and acknowledge the user agreement.
  5. Your Turnitin.com account is ready to use.

New users should view a recording of a webinar for Leeward faculty conducted on November 11, 2017. This video provides an in-depth overview of the Turnitin.com platform, various tools, and their functionality: https://youtu.be/VcNcpRmng_s

Note: This video is unedited, and it is over 80 minutes long.

A quickstart guide with instructions (creating classes and new assignments, submitting papers, etc.) and short instructional videos are found at https://guides.turnitin.com/01_Manuals_and_Guides/Instructor_Guides/01_Quick_Start_Guide

For assistance with setting up your Turnitin account, please contact Wayde Oshiro, Leeward Turnitin administrator. Email: waydeo@hawaii.edu

Workshops will be offered in Spring 2018 to assist faculty with using Turnitin.com. A workshop schedule will be announced soon.

Support for Turnitin comes from Innovation Funds awarded to the Faculty Senate in 2017. The Faculty Senate will be conducting a survey at the end of the Spring 2018 semester to evaluate the success of this initiative.

CES Ballot Results

The Ad Hoc Committee on the Course Evaluation System distributed an online ballot to all faculty and lecturers on November 13th.  The voting period was November 13-17, 2017. The ballot asked faculty to vote on three items:

  • a common campus question;
  • an open-ended comment field; and the
  • sharing of survey results with division chairs.

A total of 108 responses were received.

Ballot Results

One of the following three multiple-choice questions/statements will be a campus-level question on all course evaluations. Please choose one of the following:

  1. How would you rate the overall quality of this course?  Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent   63.89% or 69 votes
  2. How would you rate the overall effectiveness of this course? Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent  19.44% or 21 votes
  3. This course helped advance my educational goals. Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent  16.67% or 18 votes

Should the open-ended question, “Other comments,” be included as a campus-level question on all course evaluations?

  1. Yes  75.93% or 82 votes
  2. No  24.07% or 26 votes

No results will be shared directly with administrators. The campus will determine if the Division Chair will see the results for faculty within their division.  Please choose one of the following options:

  1. All results will be shared with each Division Chair.  36.11% or 39 votes
  2. Results for non-tenured faculty only will be shared with the Division Chair. 7.41% or 8 votes
  3. Each division may decide to share results with the Division Chair.  32.41% or 35 votes
  4. No results will be shared with the Division Chair.  24.07% or 26 votes

Since none of the sharing options received a majority of the votes and the sample size was small, the Ad Hoc Committee on the Course Evaluation System is giving the decision on the sharing option to the divisions.

Each division will decide one of the following options:

  1. The Division Chair will see the results for all faculty within the division.
  2. The Division Chair will see the results for non-tenured faculty within the division.
  3. No results will be shared with the Division Chair.

Recommendations for divisions:

  • Hold an open discussion at Division Meetings.  
  • An anonymous vote is strongly recommended.

Divisions will report their decision to the CES Committee by January 19, 2018.

Next Steps for the Committee

The Ad Hoc Committee on the Course Evaluation System

  • Will work with the designated CES campus administrator to prepare for the CES launch in Fall 2018;
  • Will create a central repository for existing survey questions and make it accessible to faculty; and
  • Will share information about the CES platform with faculty and work with the CES campus administrator to plan workshops to assist faculty in using the new platform.

Legislators’ Meeting with Faculty on November 20

The Senate and House Higher Education Committee chairs are visiting each of the campuses to meet with various constituencies.  Senator Kahele and Representative McKelvey will visit Leeward CC on Monday, November 20th.

The Executive Committee encourages all faculty to attend the 3:15 pm faculty meeting to share your concerns and priorities with the Legislature.  The meeting will be at 3:15 pm in GT-105.

Senator Kaiali’i Kahele, Chair-Senate Committee on Higher Education

Representative Angus L.K. McKelvey, Chair-House Committee on Higher Education (no longer attending)

Visit Schedule

  • 11:45am – Lunch at Leeward Community College with administration
  • 1:15pm – campus tour
  • 2:15pm – meeting with student government (GT-105)
  • 3:15pm – meeting with faculty (GT-105)
  • 4:00pm – campus visit complete

Ballot on CES Common Question Coming November 13

Leeward Faculty and Lecturers,

The new Course Evaluation System (CES) will be rolled out Fall 2018.  CES surveys will be automatically distributed to all students enrolled in credit-based courses.  Unlike eCafe, CES is mandatory.

See a February 27, 2017, blog post for background on CES and Leeward’s implementation plan.

The Ad Hoc Committee on the Course Evaluation System will distribute an online ballot to all faculty and lecturers on November 13th.  The ballot will ask faculty to vote on three items:

  • a common campus question;
  • an open-ended comment field; and the
  • sharing of survey results with division chairs.

The ballot language will be as follows:

  1. One of the following three multiple-choice questions/statements will be a campus-level questions on all course evaluations. Please choose one of the following:
    1. How would you rate the overall quality of this course?  Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent
    2. How would you rate the overal effectiveness of this course? Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent
    3. This course helped advance my educational goals. Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent
  2. Should the open-ended question, “Other comments,” be included as a campus-level question on all course evaluations?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  3. No results will be shared directly with administrators. The campus will determine if the Division Chair will see the results for faculty within their division.  Please choose one of the following options:
    1. All results will be shared with each Division Chair.
    2. Results for non-tenured faculty only will be shared with the Division Chair.
    3. Each division may decide to share results with the Division Chair.
    4. No results will be shared with the Division Chair.

The voting period will be November 13-17th.  The ad hoc committee will report the results to Faculty Senate at its December 6th meeting.  Please refer any questions to any committee member below.

Ad Hoc CES Committee

  • Kelsie Aguilera
  • Jeremiah Boydstun
  • Michael Oishi
  • Wayde Oshiro, co-chair
  • Catherine Walker, co-chair
  • Irwin Yamamoto

Turnitin Testers Wanted

In May 2017 the Faculty Senate procured the funding for access to Turnitin.com, a web platform used to provide feedback, assess work, and check for plagiarism in student writing.  Funding for the $20,328 annual license came about through a Faculty Senate application for Innovation Funds.

As Leeward’s Turnitin site administrator, I am seeking instructors interested in testing the functionality and use of the tool and helping me to configure the platform for the campus. Testing will occur this semester. The vendor will offer a one-time web-based training for us.  I will work with volunteer testers to schedule training in the coming weeks.

Turnitin campuswide rollout is scheduled for Spring 2018. More information about open enrollment and training opportunities will be shared with the campus at a later date.

As a Turnitin Tester, you agree to:

  • Start exploring and using Turnitin this Fall;
  • Attend the web-based training;
  • Attend one meeting this semester to share feedback;
  • Help plan and facilitate at least one training workshop in Spring 2018;
  • Help assess the effectiveness of Turnitin through a survey or other method of assessment in Spring 2018.

If you’re interested in serving as a Turnitin Tester this Fall, please email me at waydeo@hawaii.edu.

Legislative Relations Committee: UH Promise Scholarship Update

Aloha All,

We were all beaming with pride during our Fall convocation as Chancellor Manny narrated how Leeward Community College is taking the lead in many respects of UHCC endeavors.

Earlier last month the Honolulu Star-Advertiser announced the $1.8 UH Promise Program Scholarship on the front page of its August 18, 2017 issue.

Leeward Community College can and should take pride in its students for their persistent and consistent support for the UH Promise Bill.  (Their campaign has been integrated in both the ASAN 204 and ASAN 205 Spring 2017 classes as part of their “real-world” experience.  The group includes our Early College students at Waipahu High School taking ASAN 205).  Please note that Leeward CC students were the only student group throughout the 2017 legislative session that consistently supported and fought for the bill during the hearings.  Noting the flood of written testimonies from Leeward CC students, one legislator even commented (I’m sure, jokingly, in the presence of President Lassner and Dr. Morton): “I see most of the testimonies coming from Leeward Community College students. We might as well just give the money to Leeward.”  Of course our students knew they were standing for students in the UH system, and not for Leeward CC alone.  That was leadership!

The students’ campaign kicked off with a positively-spirited rally in front of the Hawai’i State Capitol on February 3, 2017, followed by written testimonies to the House and Senate higher education and money committees, and personal oral testimonies in the legislature–before the HED, HRE, Finance and WAM committees throughout the season.  Our students also met with legislators and had the opportunity to meet both UH President, David Lassner and UHCC VP, John Morton. It seemed to me like advocacy and real-life education wrapped into one “lumpia”!

Please allow me to share you some photos of our students which were taken at the Capitol on different days. You may use them for whatever purpose(s) you deem fit–from publication to accreditation.

I would also like to thank the Leeward CC Faculty Senate (at that time under the chairmanship of William Albritton) for supporting the the UH Promise Bill.

ONWARD, LEEWARD! We set the pace; others will follow!

Raymund Liongson
Professor, Philippine Studies
Co-Chair, Faculty Senate Legislative Relations Committee, 2015-2017
Leeward Community College

 

 

Faculty Senate Convocation Breakout Session Invitation

Dear Leeward CC Faculty and Staff,

You are cordially invited to attend the Convocation Faculty Senate Breakout session on Wednesday, August 16th.  There will be a slideshow presentation about the Faculty Senate. There will also be in attendance faculty senators, returning and new, for you to meet.

This will also be a chance for you to hear and thank the AY 2016-2017 Faculty Senate Chair, William Albritton, and Vice-Chair, Eiko Kosasa, and Secretary, Wayde Oshiro, who will be present to talk about the issues the Faculty Senate faced during the last academic year while the new incoming Faculty Senate Executive Board will answer any questions you might have about the upcoming year.

If you are interested in running for a seat on the Faculty Senate in the future this is also a good time to learn what we do.

Thanks, and hope to see you there.

James Fujita

Faculty Senate Highlights for 2016-17

Aloha Leeward CC Faculty and Staff,

I just wanted to thank the 2016-17 Faculty Senate for all their work this year for the campus. In particular, I wanted to thank Eiko and Wayde for their support and teamwork as a part of the FS Executive Committee. Finally, kudos to the continuing Senators, new Senators, and new Executive committee, James Fujita (chair), Wayde Oshiro (vice chair), and Michael Oishi (secretary) for your service to the college for the next academic year. I look forward to hearing about the achievements of the next Faculty Senate!

Highlights of the 2016-17 Faculty Senate includes the UH Promise Bill, Back Language Credit Policy, revisions to the Policy on Curriculum Review and Revision document, the DE Committee DE Liaison program, and CES.

The UH Promise Bill was enthusiastically supported by FS Legislative Relations Committee’s Co-Chair Raymund Liongson and his students, who spoke directly with our State legislators in support of this bill. This bill is for  $1.8M to meet the remaining financial gap for UH Community College students with financial need. See the FS Legislative Relations Committee’s Annual Report, for details on this exciting bill.

The FS approved the Back Language Credit Policy, an update to the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Manual, to match UHM’s policy on back language credit so Leeward CC can create a MOA with UHM to help Leeward CC students transfer language credits. See the FS Assessment Committee Annual Report for more details. Candy Hochstein, Kepa Badis, and FS Assessment Committee Co-Chair Jeff Judd worked to put this together.

Thanks to Ad Hoc Committee Chair Jeremiah Boydstun, we have an updated Policy on Curriculum Review and Revision document. This document is important in establishing the five-year review of assessing courses as well as describes the minimum requirements in our syllabi.

The DE Committee, under the guidance of Co-Chairs Pete Gross and Warren Kawano, worked to establish the DE Liaison program, which gives support to instructors new to online as well as any instructor interested in improving their online courses. For more details, see the DE Committee’s Annual Report.

All 10 UH Faculty Senates raised a ruckus in opposition to the originally proposed version of the Course Evaluation System (CES), the replacement for eCAFE. As a result, adjustments were made to CES. In the fall, the CES Ad Hoc Committee, under the direction of Co-Chairs Wayde Oshiro and Catherine Walker, will be sending out a survey to the faculty to finalize what question Leeward CC will use in our CES as well as organize CES training for faculty. See the CES Ad Hoc Committee’s Annual Report for more details.

These are just a few noteworthy highlights. To see the Annual Reports of all the FS Committees, check out the links in the agenda from our last meeting on May 3, 2017.

Have a fun and relaxing summer!

Aloha,

William

Ballot on CES Tier 1 Question Coming April 3rd

Leeward Faculty and Lecturers,

An electronic ballot will be distributed to all faculty and lecturers on Monday, April 3rd soliciting input on Leeward’s tier 1 campus-level question for the new Course Evaluation System (CES). The question/statement with the highest votes will be submitted as our campus tier 1 question when CES is implemented in Fall 2018. Balloting will end on Friday, April 7th.

If you want to learn more about CES and why we are requesting your input, see our February 27, 2017 post on this topic.

Below is the text of the email you will receive on April 3rd. The ballot questions follow.

The Faculty Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on the Course Evaluation System would like your feedback on selecting one Tier I campus-level question for the new online UH Course Evaluation System.  Tier I questions are standard questions that will be distributed to all Leeward CC students enrolled in credit-based courses.  Tiers 2 and 3 are for division and program-level questions and Leeward has decided that the use of these tiers will be determined by individual divisions/programs. Individual faculty members will decide Tier 4 questions.

The new Course Evaluation System (CES) will be electronically delivered to all students enrolled in your course.  There is no opt-out choice.  Details on the sharing of aggregate results is as yet undecided.

After gathering feedback from the March 6th faculty forum and online survey, the ad-hoc committee is seeking faculty input on the following two items:

Which of the following Tier 1 campus level questions/statements do you prefer? (choose one)

  • How would you rate the overall quality of this course? (Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent)
  • How would you rate the overall effectiveness of this course? (Very poor, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent)
  • This course helped me advance my educational goals. (Strongly disagree, Disagree, Neutral, Agree, Strongly Agree)

Should we include the following open-ended statement as an additional Tier I campus level question? (yes or no)

  • Other comments:
    • Yes, this question should be asked of all students.
    • No, this question should be asked at the discretion of the division or individual faculty member.

Ad-Hoc CES Committee

  • Kelsie Aguilera
  • Jeremiah Boydstun
  • Michael Oishi
  • Wayde Oshiro, co-chair
  • Catherine Walker, co-chair
  • Irwin Yamamoto