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MC Online/Remote Teaching Summer Professional Development Institute

Summer Professional Development Institute Information

For Summer II and Fall 2020, MC is moving to the delivery of online and structured remote teaching (SRT) courses. MC's commitment to high quality instruction continues with the launching of the MC Online / Remote Teaching Summer Professional Development Institute offered through the Office of ELITE. The Summer Institute is designed to offer all faculty the opportunities to enhance their teaching practices and learning environments through various activities.

What Training is Required?

What training is required to teach in the fall?

  • Prior completion of Online Teaching Part 1* and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra / Zoom training.  Or,
  • Completion of Structured Remote Teaching ​which includes Blackboard Collaborate Ultra / Zoom training.  Or,
  • Prior completion of Online Teaching Part 2.

What training is required to teach in Summer Il?

The same requirements to teach remotely in fall 2020. 

*Online Teaching Part 1 involves completing all of the Bb tutorials and completing the Blackboard Skills Demonstration, reviewed by an ELITE instructional designer. 

If I finished the Blackboard Learning Center courses, what else do I need to do? 

Complete the Blackboard Skills Demonstration by May 19 or take Structured Remote Teaching with Blackboard.  

If I completed Online Teaching Part 2 do I still need to take Collaborate / Zoom training?

It is recommended, ​even if you used some version of Blackboard Collaborate / Zoom during emergency remote teaching.  Blackboard Collaborate Ultra / Zoom training is not included in Online Teaching Part 2.

If I completed Online Teaching Part 2 and Collaborate / Zoom training, do I have to take one of the summer offerings?

No.  However, you may take one of the optional offerings:  Emerging Technologies, Outside of the Box Assessment Techniques, or Universal Design for Learning. 

Will Online Teaching Part 2 be offered this summer?

No.  Online Teaching Part 2 may offered again in the fall for disciplines that have courses that are required for a degree.

Structured Remote Teaching (SRT) with Blackboard Training

If I take SRT, do I need to repeat modules I have already completed?

Yes.  All requirements of the Structured Remote Teaching with Blackboard training must be completed in order to receive the stipend.

I used Collaborate / Zoom in spring. Do I need to take the Collaborate / Zoom training?

Yes, ​you must take the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra / Zoom training, even if you used some version during emergency remote teaching.  Blackboard Collaborate is now Collaborate Ultra.  Collaborate original is being phased out later in May.  Zoom is available within Bb.  The training will include engagement strategies for teaching by webinar. 

Will the stipend be available in the future?

No.  This is a one-time opportunity to prepare for SRT in summer II and fall ​2020. 

Dr. Fiona Glade, Dean of ELAP, Linguistics, and Communication Studies

Shinta Hernandez, Department Chair of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

Dr. Kim Kelley, Vice President/Provost of Arts, Business, Education, English, and Social Sciences

Dr. Angela Lanier, Instructional Designer, ELITE

Dr. Michael Mills, Vice President of ELITE

Dr. Sanjay Rai, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Angela Rhoe, Interim Director of ATPA and Interim Director of Academic Alliances

Darren Smith, Department Chair of Math, Statistics, and Data Science

Interview with Dr. DeRionne Pollard and Dr. Sanjay Rai

A discussion on how Montgomery College has weathered the pandemic and what employees can expect moving forward.

Faculty Testimonials

What faculty are saying about the Summer Professional Development Institute....

“Day 1 was good. I was surprised at how personal the course felt. When I took online courses, I remember the biggest thing I needed was to not feel like my courses were taught by a robot professor, that didn't care about me as person or student. This course gives you the comfort of knowing that the instructors are there to support you, value your time, and want to maximize your learning outcomes. I can tell these courses are designed with us in mind, and they really took the time to create lessons that will be useful. The course is well organized, progresses in a logical place, and everything is explained well. Good start to day 1!”

”I have to say you and everyone who have created this course have put a lot of work into it and done a good job. The examples are clear and detailed although it is still quite daunting going from teaching face to face to creating a totally online class. 🙂(Hopefully I will be able to soldier through). If not, it will not be because of you and your team.”

“I must commend you on your SUPER CLEAR instructions. I can hear you, you do not offer any more information than needed, you stay to the point of the topic, your tone and flow are great. I love this which is why I am still on here. Thank you for being so conscientious!”

"I've gotten some really nice feedback about the SRT training, as well as a lot of gratitude for the organizers and the mentors. People are helping each other all over the place and there really is a wonderful feeling of collaboration. :-D"

“SRT training has taken face-to-face teaching to a new and higher level. Professors, even professors who would have been considered well organized in a traditional classroom setting, must think through every “move” to weave classes seamlessly so that student interest is maintained, especially in long evening classes.”

Professional Week Speaker Series

During Professional Week, a Speaker Series will kick off the Institute, and this series will include external and internal guest speakers presenting relevant topics on navigating through these challenging times, particularly as we embark on enhancing our online teaching strategies and learning environments.

Access the ELITE Hub for speaker's video and presentation window

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Dr. Katie Linder
Silver Lining: Leveraging Teaching and Learning to Cultivate Resilience in Challenging Times

Monday, May 18, 11:00 a.m., via Zoom. Registration is required on MC Learns.

Dr. Katie Linder is currently the executive director for program development at Kansas State University Global Campus. Previously, she directed the award-winning Ecampus Research Unit at Oregon State University. Katie is also a Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation.

Katie is an avid writer and researcher with a passion for process and peeking behind the scenes at what it takes to be a successful academic. For the past several years, her work has focused on blended course design best practices, institutional supports for accessible online learning, and research literacy for scholarship of teaching and learning practitioners and distance education stakeholders. She speaks on topics related to writing and publication; creativity and productivity; self-promotion and personal branding; and teaching and learning with technology.

Her latest works include Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to Alternative Academic Careers (Stylus, 2020; co-authored with Kevin Kelly and Tom Tobin), Managing Your Professional Identity Online: A Guide for Faculty, Staff, and Administrators (Stylus, 2018), High-Impact Practices in Online Education (Stylus, 2018), and The Business of Innovating Online (Stylus, 2019). She is also the author of The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide (Stylus, 2016).

Katie earned her BA in English Literature from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, and her MA and PhD in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University.

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Dr. Collins Jones
What You Should Know about COVID-19

Tuesday, May 19, 11:00 a.m., via Zoom. Registration is required on MC Learns.

Dr. Collins Jones is the coordinator for the Biotechnology Program at Montgomery College in Montgomery County, Maryland. In this capacity, Dr. Jones works closely with a number of Maryland biotech companies, including Bioreliance Sigma Millipore, Astra Zeneca, Lonza, GlaxoSmith Kline, and Lentigen, to develop and maintain the curricula for the Biotechnology Program. The biotechnology curriculum developed by Dr. Jones includes courses in Immunology and Biomanufacturing. Since 2005, Dr. Jones has placed over 250 students in full time jobs in the Montgomery County biotechnology industry.

Dr. Jones serves as a member of the Montgomery County Life Science business incubator review board and the advisory board for the Master’s Program in Biotechnology at the Johns Hopkins University and several other local higher ed institutions. He is also designated as a Master Instructor for Biotech Primer, Inc. Before accepting his current position, Dr. Jones spent ten years at the National Institutes of Health as a research scientist. His research included the investigation of xenobiotic induced hepatic drug metabolism at the National Cancer Institute and the development of in vivo and in vitro methods to image phospholipid mediated signal transduction in the brain at the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Jones received his BS in Biochemistry with a mathematics minor from Albright College and his received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland.

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Dr. John F. Beyers
Teaching and Learning STEM Online: Highlights and Hurdles

Tuesday, May 19, 1:30 p.m., via Zoom. Registration is required on MC Learns.

Dr. John F. Beyers is the Program Chair and Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Maryland Global Campus. He leads a department of 200+ faculty to serve the educational needs of over 20,000 non-traditional, under-represented undergraduate students globally. He is responsible for the new program development, curriculum planning, teaching effectiveness, and Learning Outcomes Assessment. Prior to his current position, Dr. Beyers was the Associate Director for the Center of Distance Education at the Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Beyers has an extensive academic background as a faculty member and leader of one of the largest online mathematics and statistics departments in the country. While earning a PhD in mathematics education from American University (his dissertation was the first to earn “pass with distinction” in over two decades), Dr. Beyers began his career in innovative education as Research Coordinator on the NCTM Standards 2000 Project, which resulted in the national standards document Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM, 2000). He later worked with post-secondary students and faculty at the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Distance Education on innovative distance education models to determine how difficult/easy is it for faculty to embed or integrate technologies into a course and in harmony with their pedagogic model.

Dr. Beyers has been recognized for his efforts as an innovative academic leader in higher education. In 2012, he received the UMUC Presidential Award and the University System of Maryland’s Faculty Fellowship Award from the Chancellor’s Office. In 2007, he received the Adelle F. Robertson National Educator of the Year Award (UPCEA), and in 2006, he received the Alexander Charters Mid-Atlantic Region Educator of the Year Award (UPCEA).

Dr. Beyers has published and presented extensively on the topics of course redesign, adaptive and accelerated learning models, distance learning, and mathematics education. Most recently, Dr. Beyers' book, Teaching and Learning Mathematics Online, will be published in May 2020 by CRC Publishing. His current interest is focused on how to support better teaching and learning online from both the faculty and student perspectives. He has an extensive network of academic colleagues in STEM online education. Dr. Beyers received his BS in Mathematics from Towson University and his MA and PhD in Mathematics Education from American University.

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Dr. Thomas Bailey
Hope and Planning Our Outcomes

Wednesday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m., via Zoom. Registration is required on MC Learns.

Dr. Thomas Bailey has recently retired from the position of Vice Dean of the Sciences Programs at the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). He has had a diverse and wandering career. He enlisted in the Navy in 1976, was commissioned in 1990, and retired in 1995. During that time, he earned his BA and MS degrees. After retiring from the Navy, he earned his MA and PhD degrees. Also during that time, he operated a company providing consultation to NSA, Northrup Grumman, AACC, NIST, and AeroTec. Dr. Bailey also taught as an adjunct instructor at AACC, UM@B, and JHU. From 2001 until 2006, he was the Director of the Undergraduate Psychology Program at the University of Baltimore and taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. In 2006, Dr. Bailey became the Academic Director of the Psychology Program at UMGC and was instrumental in redesigning their program and curriculum and bringing in Psi Chi. In 2012, he became the Assistant Dean (now renamed Vice Dean) of the Sciences Programs, providing leadership for eight degree programs. He was instrumental in the development of the RN to BSN program.

Dr. Bailey established two endowed scholarships at UMGC for the nursing and psychology programs. He has also published research in positive psychology, focusing on HOPE as a cognitive construct. Dr. Bailey received his BS in Business Management from the University of Maryland University College, MS in Human Resource Management Systems from Chapman University, MA in Human Development from The Fielding Institute, and PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from The Fielding Institute.