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August 1, 2017
by Rachael Inake
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Highlights from the “Course By Design” Workshop During PRLS 2017

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Each summer, the Educational Media Center (EMC) hosts the Pacific Region Learning Summit (PRLS) at Leeward CC, a week-long professional development opportunity for instructors. During this past PRLS (May 15-19, 2017), we offered a new workshop track, Course By Design. We were fortunate to have eight dedicated instructors who registered for our track:

  • Christina Mende (Math & Sciences Division)
  • Faustino Dagdag (Business Division)
  • Darci Miyashiro (Math & Sciences Division)
  • Eric Matsuoka (Math & Sciences Division)
  • I-Chia Shih (Math & Sciences Division)
  • Nolan Miyahara (Professional Arts & Technology Division)
  • Reina Ojiri (Math & Sciences Division)
  • Ross Higa (Business Division)

In this track, we guided the instructors through using our four-step course design process for in-person classes. This process helped them to systematically organize and structure their courses to align their course outcomes with appropriate learning activities. And then put together their lesson modules on a website. Doing so helps students to navigate through the course, identify the expectations, and identify activities they need to complete to be successful in the course.

During the week we led participants through our four-step process using a mix of methods and activities to:

  1. Identify student learning outcomes.
  2. Create specific learning objectives.
  3. Create activities to meet the learning objectives.
  4. Build your lessons on a website.

Participants used a planning document (Google Doc) and learning modules website template (Google Sites) which we designed and developed for the four-step course design process. Some started creating lesson modules for their courses, while others chose to create supplemental lessons and activities for their courses. By the end of the week, participants were able to go through one cycle of the process to create at least one lesson module on their website. Now they have the knowledge, skills, and tools to continue creating the rest of their lesson modules.

All participants earned the “Course Designer Creator” badge of achievement for planning out their course and creating at least one lesson module during PRLS. These badges are helpful to use as evidence in tenure/promotion dossiers.

Participants Have Said

“I learned how to design a google site and how to create pages with activities that focus on helping students meet the learning outcomes. After taking this workshop, I have a starting template that is ready to be used for my future courses. And that is a wonderful feeling! I would recommend this program to other instructors who wants to develop their course sites for face-to-face or online courses.”

“I learned about best practices for my lesson and activity planning; how to clearly connect them with our SLOs and Learning Objectives; and how to present them in a professional looking page!”

“As for advice, I would say the best thing a participant to do is to keep an open mind.”
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Register for Course By Design (Fall 2017)

If you’re interested in re-designing your course, consider joining us in the six-week “Course By Design” workshop series which we adapted for the fall semester. It will be on six consecutive Tuesdays from Oct.10 to Nov.14. For more information and to register, visit: https://course-by-design-fall-2017.eventbrite.com

Rachael Inake and Brent Hirata
Educational Technologists
Educational Media Center

December 6, 2016
by Rachael Inake
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Don’t forget to apply for your letters of completion

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As you wrap up things for the semester, consider applying for a letter of completion if you attended a workshop from the EMC and implemented something in your classroom. (This serves as good evidence for your next dossier.) No worries if you took a workshop this semester and haven’t implemented yet; you can apply after next semester. Here are the links to apply for a letter of completion (or badge):

Look out for emails from the Educational Media Center for our upcoming Spring 2017 workshops. To learn more about our Learning with Technology for Teaching services, click here.

August 24, 2016
by Rachael Inake
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Mahalo for spending your Convocation Week with us

It was so nice to see everyone back from summer break during Convocation Week!

The EMCers hit the ground running before the semester started by offering several opportunities and professional development events during Convocation Week. Many digital badges were awarded to participants who participated and accomplished the events’/workshops’ objectives (perfect for including as evidence in contract renewal / tenure / promotion dossiers). Here’s a quick re-cap of what happened.

Tech It Out Day

We enjoyed another great Tech It Out Day at Leeward CC on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Tech It Out Day is an event to explore how technology can enhance teaching and learning in the classroom and online where participants can “test drive” a variety of technology tools, network with peers, and celebrate the start of a new semester.

Tech It Out Day 2016 Google Forms Quizzing session

This year, we were fortunate to have some faculty facilitate sessions by sharing how they use technology in their classes and leading folks through getting started with using the technology tools that they shared. A participant said, “Thank you for the short but very useful sessions! I learned a lot without feeling like the workshops went on for too long! Also, these workshops are so helpful, I can definitely use them in classes.” Another participant commented, “Thank you for engaging sessions. They got right to the point and provided immediately useful information and other resources.” Facilitators and participants earned Tech It Out Day 2016 badges for their involvement and participation.

Now that you got to see and try a few new things, if you would like further help using what you learned or tried, feel free to contact us. We’d love to help you take it to the next step.

Tech It Out Day 2016 Anki session

Tech It Out Day 2016 Swivl session

For more photos, check out our Tech It Out Day 2016 album.

Laulima Challenge

Following Tech It Out Day on Tuesday, we had a full house at the Laulima Challenge workshop, facilitated by Greg Walker, Brent Hirata, and me. Everyone was super engaged and learned how to set up the basic tools in Laulima by working together in pairs to do several tasks in Laulima to complete the Laulima Challenge activity. At completion, they earned the “Laulima Challenge Finisher” badge.

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Smart Classroom Challenge

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, Brent Hirata facilitated two Smart Classroom Challenge workshops where instructors had the opportunity to learn about, troubleshoot, and try out the Smart Classroom technologies. Reef Amano, Electronics Technician at the EMC, was also there to lend a hand answering technical questions about the hardware. Participants appreciated the opportunity to access a typical Smart Classroom as well as the newer Smart Classroom in the Education Building. By completing the Smart Classroom challenge activity, participants earned the “Smart Classroom Challenge Finisher” badge.

Syllabus Makeover Challenge

On Thursday, August 18, 2016, I facilitated the Syllabus Makeover Challenge workshop. We had guest instructor, Michele Mahi, start things off by sharing her visual syllabus. Then, we discussed various syllabus activities and how we can create more value of it for the students through creativity and design, created a basic doc with the textual contents for a syllabus, and then transformed it into a dynamic, purposeful, and visual syllabus. A free Google Slides template was shared and participants learned different ways to share their syllabus with their students. A collection of instructors’ syllabi can be found here. Participants were excited to bring new life into their syllabus and many finished creating their visual syllabi after the workshop. Once they implement and share how things went, they can earn the “Visual Syllabus Creator” badge.

Self-Introduction Video

Convocation week was also an opportunity for folks to record a self-introduction video. A self-introduction video is great to help students get to know you, about the course or service you provide, and establish a connection with you. Visit our growing collection of self-introduction videos by Leeward CC faculty and staff.

See You Around!

We enjoyed our time with you and hope to see you around, work with you, and see you in our upcoming workshops/events this semester. If you haven’t attended our Convocation Week events this semester, we hope that you do next semester!

Upcoming Events

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August 12, 2016
by Rachael Inake
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5 things to help you get ready for Fall 2016

Summer just flew by! Are you ready for fall semester? Here are a five things the EMC can help you with to get ready.

1. Tech It Out Day 2016 starts tomorrow!

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Come say hello to all your colleagues and participate in four, quick 30-minute instructional technology sessions. You’ll walk away with valuable tips and tools you can integrate in your classes. We’ll also have a fun bonus session at the end – Pokemon Go @ Leeward. This event is free, including beverages and snacks, and open to the Leeward CC Ohana. Quick, register now!

2. Are your Laulima course sites set up?

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Laulima is the University of Hawaii’s online collaborative learning environment. You can use Laulima to organize class materials, streamline communication with your students (including feedback on assignments and grades), reduce paper use, and increase student engagement for your online and face-to-face classes.

What’s new in Laulima? Find out here.

Quick Tip: Add the “Statistics” tool in your Laulima site before the semester starts to track student activity in your Laulima course site such as students logging in, accessing certain tools, and more.

Register for the Laulima Challenge which starts after Tech It Out Day on Tuesday, August 16 at 1:00-2:30 PM, where you’ll work with a partner to learn how to use Laulima’s basic tools so you can set-up your courses for the upcoming semester.

3. Get to know your Smart Classroom

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Over 60% of Leeward Community College instructional spaces are designated “Smart Classrooms.” These rooms contain the necessary audio, visual, computer and network infrastructure to support 21st century teaching and learning.

Register for the Smart Classroom Challenge on Wednesday, August 17 at 3:00-4:00 PM, to learn how to operate Smart Classroom technologies to support classroom instruction by working with a partner to create an engaging learning activity for students that uses Smart Classroom technologies.

Will you be teaching in the Education Building? Register for the Smart Classroom Challenge (Ed Building) on Wednesday, August 17 at 4:00-5:00 PM.

4. Give your syllabus a makeover

Creating a course syllabus and making it available to students is an essential responsibility as an instructor. Creating an interactive syllabus activity paired with a visual syllabus can help your students learn about the course requirements in a more meaningful way and get them excited about what they will be learning.

Quick Tip: Here are some required and recommended Leeward CC syllabus blurbs you can copy/paste into your syllabus.

Register for the Syllabus Makeover Challenge on Thursday, August 18 at 8:30-10:00 AM, to get started on creating a syllabus activity and giving your syllabus a “makeover” into a visual syllabus.

5. Make a self-introduction video

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Self-introduction videos can help you attract students to take your course, establish social presence, and build community in your course. Visit our website to make an appointment to have your self-introduction video recorded by our EMC Video Production crew.

Questions?

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The friendly folks at the EMC are available to help you enhance your teaching and students’ learning. Contact an Educational Technologist today.

April 26, 2016
by Rachael Inake
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Learning Through Reflection

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Reflection is an integral part of the learning process. We can help our students learn by guiding them through reflection to find meaning in their experiences. When students take the time to think about what they did, how they know they learned it, what helped them to learn, what challenges they had, and how they felt, they make connections and discover and uncover the meaning of their learning experiences.

Reflection’s not only for students’ learning, but for ours as instructors as well. Do you make time to reflect on your teaching during and after the semester? What worked well? What didn’t work well? How could you be better or more effective? It is not until we’ve reflected on our experiences that we truly learn and can then improve.

Learn more about reflection strategies to make learning stick and ways you can guide students in reflecting/learning in the following links below:

Furthermore, learn how you can enhance your reflective practices/activities with technology by contacting the EMC Educational Technologists for assistance.

April 26, 2016
by Rachael Inake
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Mozilla’s Interactive Guide to Teaching Web Literacy

The Mozilla Foundation released their interactive guide to teaching web literacy. Their web literacy map provides a framework for entry-level web literacy (i.e. reading, writing, and participating) and 21st century skills (i.e. problem solving, communication, creativity, and collaboration).

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The web literacy map shows how all web literacy components are connected and when you click on an area on the map, it will show you basic definitions, competencies, and most noteworthy, teaching activities for web literacy. Alternatively, you can access the complete collection of web literacy activities and lesson plans here.

March 18, 2016
by Rachael Inake
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TCC 2016 Worldwide Online Conference – Call for Participation

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Aloha,

Join us and register today for the TCC 2016 Worldwide Online Conference, The More We Get Together, on April 19-21:

http://tcconlineconference.org/

Enjoy keynote and special regional sessions by:

  • Dr. Jon Dron, Author, Athabasca University, Canada
  • Drs. Malcolm Brown & Veronica Diaz, Educause Learning Initiative, USA
  • Dr. Katsuaki Suzuki, Kumamoto University, Japan
  • Dr. Danilo Baylen, University of West Georgia, USA
  • Ana Cristina Pratas, United Arab Emirates

TCC is a three-day, entirely online conference for post-secondary faculty and staff worldwide with over 100 sessions that cover a wide-range of topics related to distance learning and emerging technologies for teaching and learning. Individuals participate in real-time sessions from the comfort of their workplace or home using a web browser to connect to individual sessions. All sessions are recorded for on-demand viewing.

Site licenses for unlimited participation from a campus or system are available. Special reduced rates apply to University of Hawai’i faculty and staff. For more info, contact Sharon Fowler <fowlers@hawaii.edu>.

We look forward to seeing you at TCC 2016.

Warm regards,

– Bert Kimura
For the TCC Conference Team

To join our TCCOHANA-L mailing list: http://tcchawaii.org/tccohana-l/

December 21, 2015
by Rachael Inake
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TCC 2016 Accepting Proposals Until December 23, 2015

Now that the semester has finished, perhaps you have something you want to share about your teaching and students’ learning at the 21st annual TCC worldwide online conference during April 19-21, 2016. This year’s theme is “E-Learning: The More We Get Together” which focuses on how “Web 2.0 tools continue to transform how we communicate, network, share, collaborate, create and disseminate seamlessly over the Internet, independent of time and place” (tcchawaii.org).

The TCC team has extended the proposal deadline until this Wednesday, December 23, so get your proposals in before it’s too late.

Full details are posted at: http://tcchawaii.org/call-for-proposals-2016/

Submit your proposal: http://bit.ly/tcc2016-proposal

Keep informed about TCC 2016: http://tcchawaii.org/ or join their mailing list. Registration details to be announced in January.

December 18, 2015
by Rachael Inake
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2015-2016 Teaching Excellence Program (TEP)

The Educational Media Center (EMC), in collaboration with the Innovative Center for Teaching and Learning (ICTL), has wrapped up the fall semester of the Teaching Excellence Program (TEP). TEP is a year-long program designed to encourage new instructors to think critically about their teaching and to apply effective strategies and practices to maximize student learning.

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Topics

  • Ice breakers
  • Increasing student participation and questioning/response techniques
  • Laulima
  • Classroom management techniques and strategies
  • Contract renewal tips
  • Gmail
  • Google Docs
  • Student engagement using technology
  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Learning styles and reaching and teaching millennial students
  • Campus resources (Academic Services and Student Services)
  • Course assessment, rubrics, eCafe
  • Problem Based Learning (PBL)

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TEP Participants

  • Brian Ichida – Social Sciences Division, Education
  • Jeffrey Breitenfeldt – Language Arts Division, English
  • Jonathan Brown – Math & Sciences Division, Math
  • Kathleen Cashman – Business Division, HIT
  • Keahiahi Long – Academic Services Division, Library, Hawaiian Pacific Resource Librarian
  • Lucille Gilbert – Language Arts Division, Speech
  • Matt Egami – Professional Arts and Technology Division, Culinary
  • Patrice Jackson – Business, HIT
  • Reina Oiri – Math & Sciences Division, Math

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TEP Facilitators

  • Brent Hirata – Academic Services Division, EMC, Educational Technologist
  • Carleen Yokotake – Language Arts Division, Speech
  • Cindy Martin – ICTL Coordinator
  • Greg Walker – Academic Services Division, EMC, Educational Technologist and DE Coordinator
  • Leanne Riseley –  Academic Services Division, EMC, EMC Coordinator
  • Rachael Inake – Academic Services Division, EMC, Educational Technologist

What the TEP Participants Said

I have met so many people in such a short amount a time that would benefit my placement at Leeward CC. I have met people from different departments, divisions, and people with different skills and support services. I felt welcomed by all of them.

TEP helped me improve my teaching by showcasing new technology, faculty and student services, and management skills. Every session was valuable.

The atmosphere of TEP was great! Each session was always different, not just lecture and notes every time. Some sessions were hands-on, others were Q & A or meet and greet, or even discussions. Even the medium changed. Some sessions were face-to-face and some were online through different devices. What a variety of sessions both in content and in type.

The Teaching Excellence Program taught and introduced me to a number of tools and strategies to help me be a better instructor and member of the Leeward CC community. The three lessons that were most impactful to me were those about contract renewal, classroom management skills, and tech tools (e.g. Blackboard and Laulima). I also really appreciated the many opportunities to meet and get to know fellow staff and faculty here at Leeward. As a new instructor, meeting everyone helped me to feel more connected to the College.

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November 18, 2015
by Brent Hirata
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Highlights from Stop Lecturing and Flip Your Classroom (Fall 2015)

We would like to thank the instructors who participated in our Stop Lecturing and Flip Your Classroom workshop this semester as part of our Flipped Classroom series:

  • Amanda Silliman, English (LA)
  • Christine Walters, Religion (A&H)
  • Eric Pang, Automotive (PAT)
  • Jeremiah Boydstun, English (LA)
  • Kazuko Nakamitsu, Japanese (LA)
  • Michele Mahi, Speech (LA)
  • Naiad Wong, History (A&H)

We also wanted to take this opportunity to share some highlights from the workshop. We realize that as you reflect on your course experience this semester and prepare for the coming spring semester you might be intrigued by the idea of flipping an activity or two in your classroom.

“Flipped Learning is a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter” (The Flipped Learning Network).

Benefits of flipping the classroom:

  • To increase student understanding of the content prior to coming to class so that class time can be better utilized for interacting and connecting with each other, practicing, and applying knowledge and skills for deeper and more meaningful learning.
  • To allow students to take ownership of their learning and become self-directed learners.
  • To differentiate instruction because students learn at different paces and in different ways.
  • To increase student support in class. Instructors can provide one-on-one help to students. Students can help one another.
  • To create a dynamic, engaging, and interactive learning environment.
  • To allow more “real world” learning experiences.

Workshop topics:

  • What is the flipped classroom and flipped learning?
  • How to create a flipped classroom
  • Curate or create content?

We designed and facilitated the workshop series like a flipped classroom, utilizing and modeling best practices, strategies, and a variety of methods and activities, to give our participants (and ourselves) an authentic flipped learning experience. We also had two weeks of (optional) hands-on workshops specifically for how to use several tools for flipped learning, such as Educanon and Google Forms/Sheets with Flubaroo, to help participants curate and create materials for their flipped lessons and activities.

Participants engaged in their learning before coming to class, and class time was used for applying learning through interactive group activities, discussions, sharing, and giving each other feedback, to ultimately create their own flipped learning lessons and activities. We as facilitators, did our best to provide not only learning materials, but a learning experience for our participants as we guided/supported them through the process. We’ve found that the best learning happened through the experience we had together. Also, it was exciting to see the participants (who teach different subjects), connect with each other and help each other. As one participant said, “I benefited from networking with other faculty on campus and the assistance I received with technology from Rachael and Brent.”

Another participant shared, “I’m going to completely revamp my courses thanks to this eight-week workshop, and I know that with the knowledge and tools made available to me that I will benefit greatly as an instructor and my students will be more engaged and invested in their learning. I’m excited to begin this new chapter of teaching.” We look forward to seeing what our participants have created for their classes and to share what they’ve created and implemented in a future blog post.

Rachael & Brent

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