Announcements

Spring 2015 Tech Tools Express – Tools You Can Use!

CETL will be hosting a series of Tech Tools Express workshops for the spring semester. The workshops will include tools that can be used to increase student learning. 

Successful Online Communication for Face-to Face, Online, Hybrid and Accelerated Classes: Contributing to Your Students’ Success Through Communication — Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 12 to 12:45 p.m. in CETL Training Room B2216A. 
Guest Presenter: Charles Cunningham, Madison College counselor

Did you know that how you communicate with your students through email and Blackboard can contribute to their success in your class? Additionally, how students communicate with us, as well as what they say, can offer insights and opportunities to help connect them with services available at the college.

Join us for a discussion on ways to communicate that will make sure there are fewer misunderstandings and more positive dialog. 

Mark your calendars for these upcoming sessions: 

  • Thursday, March 26 – Speed Geeking with Tina and Nancy
    Come see what tools are new and new ways to use old tools! 
  • Wednesday, April 15 – Getting Started with SoftChalk
    You’ve heard about it, now come and see how faculty are using it! 

Questions?
Contact Tina Rettler-Pagel or Nancy Woodward in CETL or call (608) 246-6646.

SoftChalk training webinars available

Did you know you can easily create learning activities for your students? Try SoftChalk.

Each month SoftChalk offers one-hour webinars to help you get started. 

Quizzes and Quiz Groups and SoftChalk Score Center — Tuesday, Jan.27, at 2 p.m.
Learn how to create and modify single-and multiple-question quizzes. All of the seven quiz types will be demonstrated.

An Overview of SoftChalk Cloud – Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m.
This short course will show the many features of SoftChalk Cloud. You will see how to create a folder, share the contents of a folder, create a poll and create a rating. You will see also how to save a desktop lesson to the Cloud, place an activity into the Cloud, place objects into the My Files area of the Cloud and insert objects stored in the Cloud into a lesson.

TextPoppers, Images and Hyperlinks - Monday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m.
In this one-hour Short Course you will learn how to insert and modify pop up text annotations. You also will learn how to insert, optimize and modify images within a lesson page and within a TextPopper. You will learn how to create and modify hyperlinks within a lesson page and within a TextPopper. You will see how easy it is to use the Media Search tool to look for and insert graphics.

Navigation Features and Sidebars – Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m.
In this one-hour Short Course you will learn how the navigation works within SoftChalk Create, including how to make a topic part of the navigation, how to change the appearance of the on-page navigation, create a table of contents and create new pages. You also will learn how to create a sidebar and place internal navigation within the sidebar.

Embedded Media – Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m.
In this one-hour Short Course you will learn how to embed media into a lesson and a TextPopper. You will learn how to use the Media Search tool to place video files into a lesson and you will learn how to place local media into a lesson.

Interactive Learning Activities: The Presentation Group – Thursday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m.
In this one-hour Short Course you will learn how to create and modify the presentation learning activities in SoftChalk Create. You will see how to use the Slideshow activity to incorporate PowerPoint slides and much more.

Interactive Learning Activities: The Scoring Group – Monday, Feb.23,  at 11 a.m.
In this one-hour Short Course you will learn how to create and modify the scoring learning activities in SoftChalk Create. Crossword, DragNDrop and Identify are only a few of the activities that will be covered.

Register for the February webinars today!

Don’t have a SoftChalk account?
Call CETL at (608)246-6646 to get one. 

Getting Started with Blackboard

Are you new to Blackboard? Each month the Blackboard Mentors offer a four-week class, Getting Started with Blackboard.

This online class will introduce you to the basics of Blackboard so you can begin to use it to share information with your classes.

The next class begins Monday, Feb. 2. Sign up on the CETL Registration site. 

Questions?
Contact Nancy Woodward in CETL.

Volunteer Center hosts spring Volunteer Fair on Jan. 28

The Madison College Volunteer Center is pleased to announce the spring Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Truax Student Lounge C1420.

Many community organizations will visit the Madison College Truax campus to share information regarding the various opportunities to get involved with their organizations and give back to our community.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to come and learn more about opportunities these community organizations and learn more about themselves through volunteerism and community service.

TAA Manufacturing grant lead features Madison College students

Madison College TAA Advance Wisconsin Manufacturing students Martin and Rose were highlighted by the TAA Manufacturing grant lead.

The videos are part of a series posted in the Advance Manufacturing “Job Up” website that promotes outcomes of the TAA Advance Manufacturing grant. 

Microsoft Office technology trainings through CETL

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is offering a wide variety of technology training for both beginning and intermediate users of Microsoft Office.

Many courses are offered online. 

Technology training for Microsoft Office users: 

Intro to Word 2010 — Online
Tuesday, Jan. 27
Estimate Time to Complete: 60 minutes a week, four weeks 

Intro to Word 2011 for Mac — Online
Tuesday, Jan. 27
Estimated time to complete: 60 minutes a week, four weeks

Intro to Outlook 2010 — Online
Tuesday, Jan. 27
Estimated time to complete: 60 minutes a week, four weeks 

Intro to Outlook 2011 for Mac — Online
Tuesday, Jan. 27
Estimated time to complete: 60 minutes a week, four weeks

Intro to PowerPoint 2010 — Online
Tuesday, Jan. 27
Estimated time to complete: 60 minutes a week, four weeks 

Intro to PowerPoint 2011 for Mac — Online
Tuesday, Jan. 27
Estimated time to complete: 60 minutes a week, four weeks 

To register, go to the CETL Registration page.

Visit the CETL Calendar or click on the name of a session to view descriptions.  

Questions?
Contact Alan Natachu at (608)246-6050.

WolfPack volleyball Championship Ring Ceremony on Jan. 24

Madison College women’s volleyball team will receive their national championship rings on Saturday, Jan. 24, in the H. Douglas Redsten Gymnasium at the Truax campus.

The ceremony will take place at the halftime of the men’s basketball game.

The women’s basketball game will start at 1 p.m. while the men’s basketball game starts at 3 p.m.

The Gallery 211 presents "Dystopia Now" from Feb. 6 to March 12

The Galley 211 located at DTEC Room D011 will host the art ehxibition “Dystopia Now" on view from Feb. 6 to March 12.

An opening reception for "Dystopia Now" will be held on Friday, Feb. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.

WACTE local 27 thanks all who donated

Thanks to all of you who came and supported the WACTE lunch fundraiser. Around 315 people were fed and WACTE raised close to $1,100 for scholarships.

Special thanks to all those who pitched in to help including: 

  • Jim Miller
  • David Shonkwiler
  • Barb Hundt
  • Beth Bremmer
  • Lisa Delany
  • Craig Lathrop
  • Dave Heinzen
  • Robin Gee

Also thanks to Terrie, Tammy, Jason and the cafeteria staff.

Thanks to Gotham Bagels for their generous food donation.

Paul Flogel
President
Local 27 WACTE

Upcoming IRE Training Series offered through CETL

The series of six research-based training workshops will be offered again this spring, based on over capacity enrollment last semester. 

To have the best foundation in understanding of how data can be used to provide critical insights in the decision-making process, all six sessions are recommended. 

The skills learned will help in guiding your department or program’s direction by established fact-based evidence upon which growth and progress can be made.

Those involved in Student Development and Success or any program area can benefit from these sessions. 

  • Module 1: Fundamentals of Research — Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Room D1641
  • Module 2: Data 101 — Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Room D1641
  • Module 3: Combining Data from Different Database Platforms — Wednesday, Feb. 18,  from 9 to 11 a.m. in Room D1641
  • Module 4: Cognos Cubes — Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Room D1641
  • Module 5: Program Retention Cube — Wednesday, March 4, at 9 to 11 a.m. in Room D1641
  • Module 6: Putting It All Together – Key Performance Indicators — Wednesday, March 11, at 9 to 11 a.m. in Room D1641 

For course descriptions, click here.

To sign up, go to the Professional Development page.

Questions?
Contact Alissa Tambone

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