Friday, January 20, 2012

Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer Developer Program

Trainer Professional Development Program

The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) program provides teacher trainers the opportunity to deepen and expand their skills on integrating technology in their training to positively impact teaching and learning. MIE participants will leave the two-day event with tools and training materials that support engaging, hands-on professional development. These seminars are designed for trainers who have responsibilities for training educators on the integration of technology in the classroom.

What you will learn
  • How to maximize the benefits of Microsoft Office in the classroom with special emphasis on Microsoft OneNote and the new cloud-based Office Web Apps.
  • How to take advantage of the numerous free tools including AutoCollage, Mathematics 4.0, Partners in Learning School Research that Microsoft makes available for educators and students to inspire creativity
  • How to take each component of the training and make it relevant and useful for your training needs.

In the words of recent attendees:
  • “Fantastic training. The time to connect with peers and work around the shared vision of incorporating these tools into the educational frameworks of our districts was valuable.”
  • “Excellent, well put together, enjoyed all trainers and all aspects, wasn’t bored like most seminars.”
  • “This was one of the most informative and productive workshops that I have ever attended. I can’t wait to begin training our staff!”

Seminar benefits
In addition to learning new project-based, student-centered activities for K-12 classrooms, attendees will receive:
  • Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) certificate
  • Free access to MIE professional development curriculum for your use in your district
  • Eligibility for clock or credits hours (will vary by state)

To see the agenda and register go to:

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

5th Annual International Symposium for Emerging Technologies for Online Learning - Call for Proposals

MERLOT and the Sloan Consortium will partner again for the 5th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium – The Call for Papers is now open!

We invite you to submit a proposal for the 5th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, July 25-27, 2012 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

The 5th Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, a joint Symposium of Sloan Consortium and MERLOT, is designed to bring together individuals interested in the review and evaluation of online teaching and learning technologies. Faculty, students, instructional designers, instructional technologists and academic administrators are encouraged to submit proposals which are engaging, informative and interactive. These sessions can be targeted to all attendees or beginners, intermediates, or experts.

The symposium, focusing on the technologies, networking and systems that drive online learning effectiveness will accept presentations that offer attendees “real solutions.” Symposium tracks highlight and demonstrate research, application and effective practices and noteworthy technological tools in the following areas:

  • Digital learning Environments & Communities
  • Accessible Learning for All
  • Evidence-based Learning and Reflection
  • Learning And Data Analytics
  • Faculty and Student Development
  • Innovation in Media and Tools

Proposals for presentations must be submitted by March 5, 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Helpful Blackboard Tips

Don’t forget that by the first day of class, all courses need to be made available to students. Access the Course Availability tutorial at

Test Students do not copy over to your new course sections. To add a test student to each of your courses, access

Are you making the transition from Campus Cruiser to Blackboard? These can help!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Apply Now for the 2012 Innovation of the Year Award

The Innovation of the Year Award is designed to recognize League college staff members who have designed and implemented a significant innovation. Each year the League recognizes “Innovations of the Year.” Only one award will be presented to each of the League Alliance member district or college.

We encourage you to participate in the 2012 competition for the chance to represent HCC!

Interested candidates should submit the following information to CITT Faculty Professional Development ( by February 6, 2012:

  • Names, titles, and college of the individual team members who created the Innovation of the Year.
  • A brief description (1000 characters (with spaces) or less) of the innovation being recognized. The description will be posted on the League website and should include names, titles, college, and district (if different) of those responsible for the innovation and a concise summary of the innovation. If longer descriptions are submitted they will be edited for use on the website.
  • One recent color or black and white picture of the creator(s) of the innovation that is suitable for publication (at least 150 dpi and have a 72 resolution with a size of at least but no smaller than (width 400 pixels). Please be sure to provide one group photo if the innovation was created by two or more people.

An innovation should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Quality
  2. Efficiency
  3. Cost Effectiveness
  4. Replication
  5. Creativity
  6. Timeliness

Please visit the League website for more information

Faculty Spotlight - Johana Melendez

Biology Department
Plant City Campus
Course Range: Traditional, Web-Enhanced and Hybrid for Microbiology and Laboratory

Capital Course:
Microbiology and human disease. When I was in high school I went on a field trip to a University to explore different careers. A Microbiology Professor there showed me an agar plate and some bacteria and I was so fascinated that I knew I wanted to learn more about those little creatures that sometimes make us sick. I have a passion for science and medicine and this class gives me the opportunity to expose my student to both. Here they can know the science behind the diseases people get and gain a better understanding of why sometimes, our body’s defenses lose the battle against microbes. This class gives me the opportunity to be very creative when teaching it and use examples that students can relate to. Subsequently, I find it fun to teach and intriguing to learn.

Optimized Advice:
I advise any new person desiring to teach an on-line or hybrid class to start slow. Get familiar with the technology you will be using first and get organized! You need to have a clear vision of how you will be presenting that topic and what are the learning objectives, so students know what is expected of them and by when (time frame to complete tasks). Students need to know the here to read more