The Dean's Corner - February Issue
Despite the brutal weather start to the semester, I trust that your classes are going well. To assist you with the days of missed instruction, the technology team of the STEM CTL will offer unique strategies such as voice narrated PowerPoint lectures to provide students with the missing work. In addition to this effort, the technology staff will be launching a technology campaign to ensure that we are addressing the needs of all our faculty and staff. They will be requesting a visit to your department meetings at a designated time to meet each of you.
The WAC Brown Bag Workshop will be re-scheduled due to the weather. The CATs Brown Bag Workshop is canceled for Tuesday, February 11th and rescheduled for Friday, February 14th at 10 am in room 3307. I am now a member of the CCC Institutional Review Board (IRB) and our first required meeting is Tuesday, February 11th. There is no conflict with the CATs workshop for the rest of the semester. Remember, the assignment is Chapter 7.
Inside this issue you will get an update on the activities sponsored by the STEM CTL. We appreciate your continued support.
Currently, I am away at the Research Summit on Teaching and Learning in Kennesaw, GA. There are some very interesting sessions, including “Flip and Slip”. Stay tuned.
Vera Averyhart-Fullard, Ph.D.
Dean, STEM Center for Teaching and Learning
February "Technology Tip"
Open Microsoft PowerPoint to an existing presentation:
· Click the Slide Show Tab
· In the Set Up Group
Click Record slide Show
Click Start Recording from Beginning…
· Decide what you want to record
· Click Start Recording
· Speak over each slide if applicable
· Advance to the next slide until you are at the end
· To end the Slide show
Press escape or
Right click and click End Show
TED Talks Discussions Spurred Lively Debate Between Faculty and Students
On January 22, 2014, Art Professor M. Carr facilitated the first monthly TED Talk Discussion around the Talk titled "John Bohannon: Dance vs. Powerpoint, a Modest Proposal". Middle College Instructor, Brian Roach, brought 15 of his students to engage in the conversation with 15 Olive-Harvey Faculty and Staff.
The TED Talk demonstrated engaging the use of dance to explain difficult scientififc concepts in microbiology. Many of the faculty were intrigued by the use of interdisciplinary measures to help students make correlations. Faculty saw the need for integration of different methods for instruction other than powerpoint, however, were unsure how to effectively integrate such things. The students were very engaged in the conversation that the TED talks sparked. Students said it was important for their instructors to finding alternative and creative ways that allowed students to become active learners. And that employing some of those strategies would be highly effective for them becoming more engaged and to best facilitate their learning.
Original TED Talk Video:
A district-wide effort is currently underway to identify and support the way Learning Communities are implemented throughout the City Colleges of Chicago. Past enrollment and retention data along with an analysis of course scheduling and degree requirements are just some of the metrics that will be used to pair learning community courses.
Faculty support is needed for continuous improvement of this best practice. Please consult with your colleagues and submit your Learning Community ideas to Helen Y. West at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The STEM Center for Teaching and Learning (Room 3307) has been reserved from 2 pm to 5 pm, on the 3rd Wednesday of every month through May 10, 2014, for collaborations between Learning Community faculty. Faculty members who co-teach in a learning community will have the opportunity to integrate and align their lessons to help students make relevant connections between the respective disciplines.
Also, surveys have been administered to students enrolled in Learning Communities during Spring 2014. Our efforts implementing Learning Communities are more intentional and focused on successful implementation. Accordingly, we are using data to drive future implementation. To support this effort, three student surveys are planned during the semester, as follows:
1. Pre-participation Surveys - 1st & 2nd week of school to assess student awareness and expectations.
2. Mid-semester Surveys - To assess student satisfactions, concerns or discontents.
3. End of Semester Surveys - To assess student outcomes, success and retention
The STEM CTL has also scheduled two Learning Community workshops for Wednesday, February 12th from 2 pm - 4 pm, and Thursday, February 13th from 3 pm - 5 pm.
The Olive-Harvey College STEM Club Robotics Team finished in 3rd Place at the Vex-U Robotics Competition at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. This was a major win for our students who worked diligently to prepare for the competition against experienced 4 year university robotics teams.
Olive-Harvey College is the first two year community college to compete in the competition, and they were the first to compete from a Chicago area college.
Please remember to congratulate the following students who participated in the competition and demonstrated tremendous commitment, dedication, and teamwork:
Mayowa Balogun, Team Leader
LaShawn Brown, Co-Captain
Oluwadamilola "Dami" Bankole
Proposal Accepted for the International Supplemental Instruction Conference in 2014, Chicago IL
Congratulations to Professor Cornelia Forrester, Elissa Tobin, and Dr. Vera Fullard on receiving their acceptance to present at the International Conference on Supplemental Instruction in Chicago, Illinois May 23-25, 2014.
We are also proud to announce that two student SI Leaders (Cyntkaille Coleman and Katrina Randle) will join the presenting team and will provide the student perspective of our SI Program at the conference. Additional attendees of the conference include Professor Kaife Abedin, and Professor Rosie Inwang.
“Survival of SI at a 2-year Commuter College”
The presenters (Olive-Harvey College) will provide insight into the reality of implementing a Supplemental Instruction program into a 2-year predominantly black commuter college with a distinct population of under-prepared students. The session will focus on both the lessons learned, and the best practices employed to create a successful and sustainable SI program.
CPS Regional Science Fair Results at OHC - January 23, 2014
Lauren Alexander – How Does Wind Speed Affect How a Candle Burns?
George Washington Elementary
Gabriel Avina – A Battery That Makes Cents
Outstanding 7th Graders
Lucy Rutherford – Manay Moisturizes
Sean McCabe – Super Bugs
Samantha Fleming – Radiant Radish Seeds
Fatima Gonzalez – The Effects of Liquids on Wood
Brady Bartels – Poppin Corn’: The Best Way to Store Popcorn
Hallie Berghoff – Insulation Sensation
Morgan Park Academic Center
Kimani Jackson – Keeping It Hot
Mount Greenwood Elementary
Nicolette McDonald – Ripening Fruits
Outstanding 8th Graders
Ellavieve McCarthy – Kill Bacteria: Best Way to Disinfect Water
Amiya Turner – Lead Be Gone: Testing lead (Pb) in Items
Hallie Spolarich – Is Cu the Best Conductor of Electricity?
Riley Cranston – Wind Turbines: Measuring Sounds From Blades
Medgar Evers Elementary
Danye Bowman – Water Temperature vs. Alka Seltzer
Valerie Pavilonis – How Evaportion Affects Heating/Cooling
The Race to the Top Program will start Monday February 10, 2014 at Corliss High School and our new partner school Percy L. Julian. Students at both schools will receive assistance in math to help raise their compass test score.
STEM CTL Trainings and Workshops
Recording Your Lecture Over PowerPoint
- Wednesday February 5 @ 11:00-12:00pm, Rm 3307
- Wednesday February 5 @ 4:00-5:00pm, Rm 3307
- Thursday February 6 @ 2:30-3:30pm, Rm 3307
- Thursday February 6 @ 5:30-6:30pm, Rm 3307
Blackboard Assignments and Tests
Learning Communities Professional Development
TED Talks Discussion (Monthly Discourse)
Supporting the Engagement, Learning, & Success of Students At-Risk (Part 1)
Teach Students How to Learn: Metacognition is the Key
The "L" Word: Including Literacy in All Disciplines
Supporting the Engagement, Learning & Success of Students At Risk (Part 2)
Managing Disruptive Classroom Behavior: Strategies for Creating A Safe & Dynamic Learning Environment