About the Center for Teaching Excellence
The Center for Teaching Excellence is funded by the Title V - Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Program under the U.S. Department of Education. The title of the Title V-HSI grant which was awarded to SMC is Building Foundations for Academic and Career Success. The aim of this project is to support low-income, Latino, and other traditionally underrepresented students as they pursue their academic and career goals.
At the heart of this grant will be SMC's new Center for Teaching Excellence (The Center), which
will offer an annual Faculty Summer Institute, quarterly seminars for all faculty, departmental workshops that target career-specific improvements in math, English, and content specific-courses, and customized individual and small group support.
RUSHTON HURLEY: Creativity and Efficiency via Free Tools and Resources
The Center for Teaching Excellence was proud to welcome Rushton Hurley, speaker at our inagural presentation and workshop on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013.
This presentation and workshop included coverage of and activities with collaborative tools (Google and other), digital media (presentations and video content), and open educational resources (research, finding existing content, etc.). The program included lecture and demonstration leading to hands-on practice and project design.
This presentation was designed to help instructors learn:
* to save themselves time using freely available online tools
* to help students strengthen the quality of their work
* to vary presentation of content to avoid unproductive predictability
* to reconnect to the passions that originally brought them to teaching
Rushton led a large group presentation from 10:00 am – 11:30 am in Business 111 and facilitated a small group hands-on workshop later that afternoon. All together, we had over 50 faculty in attendance.
Rushton Hurley has trained teachers on various strategies and resources for using educational technology in the United States, Ireland, Italy, Bahrain, India, Singapore, the Philippines, and Japan, and regularly keynotes educational technology conferences. His presentation was engaging, informative, relevant and drew lots of laughs, and we will be sure to invite him back again soon. Stay tuned for the next chance to attend.
FACULTY SUMMER INSTITUTE
July 29 through August 8, 2013
Faculty connected, collaborated, and created at the Faculty Summer Institute (FSI). This Summer marked our first Faculty Summer Institute: faculty learned about ways to revitalize their teaching, increase student retention and persistence, and keep students engaged.
During the institute, experts and practitioners in the field of education shared research-based strategies that increase student success.
Space was limited to 30 instructional faculty. Participating faculty will receive a stipend for their participation in the Faculty Summer Institute and continuing involvement in The Center. Implementation plans were drafted by each attendee explaining how they will use what they learned over the two weeks, and how they will collaborate with their fellow faculty members and other departments to improve their instructional skills and methods. We thank everyone who attended and were please to have such a motivated, involved group.
Information for the 2014 Faculty Summer Institute will be available in the Spring, but check back often for more reports from this year's institute, presentations from attendees and photos.