NC-NET Academy Course Schedule

Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

From Good Teaching to Student Learning: An Adjunct Faculty Primer
September 8 – October 13, 2017
Early enrollment begins August 21; open enrollment for all colleges starts August 23.
Adjunct and new instructors are encouraged to enroll in this course that challenges participants to investigate complex issues: How well does your teaching style mesh with your college’s mission? What’s different about adult learners? How do we reach them—and how do we know that we did? Designed for participants with minimal background in education theory and application, this course will enhance new and adjunct instructors’ understanding of community college students and the factors critical to their academic success. Note: Participants must be currently teaching at least one face-to-face class to complete the activities in this Academy course.

Technology Bootcamp I
September 22 – November 3, 2017
Early enrollment begins September 5; open enrollment for all colleges starts September 7.
Today’s students come to the classroom expecting a technology component. Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the new technology options? Need some guidance on where to start but are too embarrassed to ask? This course is for you! Join us in a user-friendly environment where we’ll meet you where you are and then examine some of the latest technology applications. Before you know it, you’ll be making your own polished audio recordings for both your online and face-to-face courses. Please note: This course is aimed at IT novices, and requires a significant commitment of time each week, eagerness to interact with others, and a reliable internet-connected computer.

From Good Teaching to Student Learning: An Adjunct Faculty Primer
October 13 – November 17, 2017
Early enrollment begins September 18; open enrollment for all colleges starts September 7.
Adjunct and new instructors are encouraged to enroll in this course that challenges participants to investigate complex issues: How well does your teaching style mesh with your college’s mission? What’s different about adult learners? How do we reach them—and how do we know that we did? Designed for participants with minimal background in education theory and application, this course will enhance new and adjunct instructors’ understanding of community college students and the factors critical to their academic success. Note: Participants must be currently teaching at least one face-to-face class to complete the activities in this Academy course.

Incorporating Active Learning Strategies in the College Classroom
January 12 – February 23, 2018
Come explore ways to increase student engagement and participation in your courses. We’ll begin by examining best practices and models of active learning, including case studies, problem-based learning, and collaborative group learning. Along the way, we’ll self-assess the degree to which our current teaching strategies promote active learning. Finally, we’ll stretch beyond our comfort zones and redesign a lesson that is usually taught in a more passive manner.

Technology Bootcamp II
January 12 – February 23, 2018
Feeling confident from the Technology Bootcamp I experience, you’re ready for the accelerated pace of this course that will explore even more new technology tools—one to two each week! You’ll move your lectures beyond PowerPoint presentations with Prezi, easily make your own word clouds and concept maps, explore and create in Google Earth, try out some lecture capture and distribution technologies, collaboration tools, discuss copyrights, and more. Note: The Bootcamp series of courses require a significant commitment of time each week, an eagerness to interact with colleagues, and a reliable multimedia computer with high speed Internet. Although recommended, Tech Bootcamp I is not a prerequisite for this course.

Technology Bootcamp III
March 16 – April 27, 2018
Clearly, today’s students pay attention to video far more than print or even graphics. So, let’s get comfortable with the technical issues surrounding videos, including finding, making, and sharing them, and learn how to make them a regular part of your teaching toolkit. In this course you’ll learn to find and use videos in your courses, record your existing presentations as a video, and create video assembled from demonstrations and lectures to enhance classroom delivery and enable online delivery. Note: As with previous Bootcamps, this course requires a significant commitment of time each week, an eagerness to interact with colleagues, and a reliable multimedia computer with high speed Internet.

NC-NET Academy Practicum: Collaborative Curriculum Development for Creating Integrated Instruction
March 12 – April 27, 2018; final projects due May 1
Faculty participants must be nominated for this course. Please see the practicum page for details.

Questions? Please email academy@nc-net.info for additional information.