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PD Week

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Professional Development Week
August 10-14

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Friday, August 10

ACUE Orientation
Required for faculty who are part of Cohort 2
BTC Tom Steves Room, 222
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Friday, August 10
Barbara Rodriguez, Regional Director of Academic Programs, ACUE

Use SafeAssign to Reduce Plagiarism with Blackboard
BTC Tom Steves Room, 222
1-1:50 p.m.
Friday, August 10
Jasmine Williams, Curriculum Assessment and Technology Specialist

Teach your students how to implement proper citation practices with SafeAssign Original Reports in Blackboard. SafeAssign compares submitted assignments against a set of academic papers and the web to identify areas of overlap between the submitted assignment and existing works.


Monday, August 13

Fostering Growth Mindset in Students
RJ Wills Lecture Hall
9-9:50 a.m.
Monday, August 13
Mike McMillan, Instructor of Computer Science

This presentation will provide an overview of the growth mindset, what it is for teachers to model the growth mindset, and how they can foster the growth mindset in their students.

METRO Transit 101: Help UA–PTC Students Save Money and Get Places They Need to Go with This Comprehensive “How-To” Training
BTC Tom Steves Room, 222
9-10:20 a.m.
Monday, August 13
Becca Green, Director of Public Engagement, Rock Region METRO

You direct students to use the local transit system; are you up-to-speed on how it works? There’s no time like the present to sign up for this 1.5-hour METRO Transit 101 class. Learn how to read a system map, how to read a schedule brochure or table, how to plan a trip, how to use the METROtrack real-time arrival information (via smartphones, texting systems or online live maps), how to check for service alerts (such as alerts for snow days or holidays) and many more things to pass on to the students with whom you work. Did you know that any route in the system can change each year? Do you know when METRO changes routes or how the process works? Do you know how a client can make a route or bus stop request? Is there a bus route in your neighborhood that could save you time and money for your daily commute? Learn it all at METRO Transit 101. Bring Your Smartphone!

Autism Spectrum Disorder as Explained by Sheldon Cooper
RJ Wills Lecture Hall
10-10:50 a.m.
Monday, August 13
Kelley Cowley, Instructor of Physical Education/Education

This session will discuss some of the behaviors that students on the autism spectrum exhibit. The presenter will offer suggestions on dealing with these behaviors and ways to make students on the autism spectrum more comfortable in a college setting both in and outside the classroom.

Active Shooter the new CRASE (Citizen Response to Active Shooter Event) program
BTC Tom Steves Room, 222
10:30-11:50 a.m.
Monday, August 13
Assistant Director Jerry Best, Officer Calvin Grogan, Officer Regina Boyd, and Officer Mark Brasseur

Three minutes. The average police response time to an active shooter event is 3 minutes. Help is coming but there are immediate actions that you can and need to take to maximize your personal safety until law enforcement can arrive and stop the threat. AVOID. DENY. DEFEND. Avoid, Deny, Defend is the platform of C.R.A.S.E. (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) Training which began in 2001 in response to the 1999 tragic events at Columbine High School. C.R.A.S.E. is based out of the University of Texas and is the only training that has been deemed the gold standard by the F.B.I. for civilians to an active shooter event. While Run, Hide, Fight, (established by Homeland Security in 2006) is very similar to Avoid, Deny, Defend in action, C.R.A.S.E. also explains human behavior during a critical incident and teaches how to overcome the initial stress response to make clear and better decisions to maximize your personal safety.

Looking Cool: Engaging and Intuitive Course Design for Online Learners
RJ Wills Lecture Hall
11-11:50 a.m.
Monday, August 13
Bradley Pierce, Instructor of English, and Christy Oberste, Dean of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

The online experience can often leave students feeling that a subject or course is dry or boring, as instructors often rely heavily on text and outside links to articles as the bulk of the material they present in the online class. Find out how to make your online course more fun and engaging, and how to build a course that leads to more intuitive navigation and structure. After this PD session, you should know how to design an online class that will not leave students sending weekly emails like "Where do I find ____???"

PATH Center Open House
PATH Center (IT 303)
12-3 p.m.
Monday, August 13
Drop in to UA-PTC’s new Prototyping, Authoring and Technology (PATH) Student Success Center. The PATH Center makes advanced technologies for multimedia production and prototyping , including a CNC mill, 3D printing and an easy-to-use academic video studio, complete with green screen, available to the UA-PTC community. Come learn how to use these technologies to enhance teaching and learning.

Enhanced Conceal Carry Question and Answer
RJ Wills Lecture Hall
1-1:40 p.m.
Monday, August 13
Assistant Director Jerry Best, Officer Bill Monroe, and Officer Calvin Grogan

The State of Arkansas began issuing "enhanced concealed carry" permits earlier this year. The law creating the new permits, which passed last spring, allows enhanced carriers to bring guns into what the state calls "sensitive places," including public university campuses, bars, churches and the state Capitol.
We want to answer all questions and inform how to deal with an enhanced conceal carry individual, the carriers rights, what is considered conceal carry, our rights as a university and any other questions that you may have.

Social Justice in the Classroom
BTC Tom Steves Room, 222
1-1:50 p.m.
Monday, August 13
Cheri Courtright, Instructor of American Sign Language

What does social justice mean to you? How do you incorporate any type of justice in your classroom? Promoting equality along with providing education is crucial in developing productive citizens. Are you a teacher or a teacher for social justice? How do you incorporate social justice in your lessons and atmosphere in your classroom? This session will provide a different way of thinking for the classroom and everyday life.

Universal Design for Learning: Creating an Environment of Equal Opportunity
RJ Wills Lecture Hall
2-2:50 p.m.
Monday, August 13
Chelsey Moore, 3D Program Director

The goal of education in the 21st century is not mastery of content, but rather the mastery of the learning process. The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, passed with strong bipartisan support, established the statutory definition for universal design for learning. Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles for curriculum development that provides flexibility and reduces barriers to give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. Individuals bring a huge variety of skills, needs, and interests to learning. Neuroscience reveals that these differences are as varied and unique as our DNA or fingerprints. Come to this session to learn how to provide multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement within your curriculum to make learning accessible for all.

Antimicrobial Resistant bacteria: A Global Perspective
BTC Tom Steves Room, 222
2-2:50 p.m.
Monday, August 13
Dr. Beth Miller, Instructor of Life Sciences

In 2016, the UN General Assembly recognized antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as a global threat. This threat is leaving doctors with fewer effective treatments for many bacterial infections. One of the major drivers of antimicrobial resistance is the inappropriate use of antimicrobial drugs in food producing animals, both in rich and less developed countries.

Come hear about the latest interdisciplinary research to reduce antimicrobial use, and global strategies to foster healthy human and animal populations. This is relevant to everyone's health, and is an excellent topic to engage students in the broader concepts of evolution, science policy, and international cooperation.

EAP: Challenges of Change
RJ Wills Lecture Hall
3-3:50 p.m.
Monday, August 13
Emily Durham, EAP Consultant

In this workshop, we will examine the dynamics of change, discuss change management through effective information flow, and identify positive coping and stress management skills.

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Tuesday, August 14

Blackboard Retention Center
RJ Wills Lecture Hall
9-9:50 a.m.
Tuesday, August 14
Jasmine Williams, Curriculum Assessment and Technology Specialist

Life is hectic; sometimes students fall off track. Nudge your students in the right direction with the help of the Blackboard Retention Center. This easy-to-use alert system, will keep you and your students in sync with their progress throughout the semester.

Purchasing and Contracts Training
BTC Tom Steves Room, 222
9-10:20 a.m.
Tuesday, August 14
Alexander Binci, Director of Purchasing, Inventory, and Travel, and Louise Branscomb, Administrator of Grants and Contracts

This training session will review what is required for the submission of a successful purchasing requisition. We will review basic purchasing requirements as well the legal requirements for purchases.

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: Tutoring Tips and Advising Assistance
RJ Wills Lecture Hall
10-11 a.m.
Tuesday, August 14
Kate Earney, Instructor of English, and Jonathan Purkiss, Instructor of English

This workshop will provide information for faculty members who are interested in learning more about the tutoring and advising services provided in the CHARTS Collaboration Center.

Travel
BTC Tom Steves Room, 222
10:30 a.m.-11:50 a.m.
Tuesday, August 14
Casey Johnson, Administrative Coordinator

The training class will review the requirements necessary to submit a successful travel requisition. Topics of discussion will include the do's and don'ts per UA-PTC and the State of Arkansas.

Faculty Advising: A Panel Discussion
RJ Wills Lecture Hall
11-11:50 a.m.
Tuesday, August 14
Moderator: April Hearne, Chair of Business and Information Technology

UA-PTC is moving to a new case management and proactive advising approach that includes faculty as key advisors for students with declared majors. Listen and learn from different faculty from across campus on how they advise our students.

Blackboard for Academic Advising
RJ Wills Lecture Hall
12-12:50 p.m.
Tuesday, August 14
Jasmine Williams, Curriculum, Assessment and Technology Specialist; Jonathan Purkiss, Instructor of English; and Kirsten Heintz, Instructor of Speech

Be prepared for your Academic Advising duties by using Blackboard as a case management tool. Review the Academic Advising Blackboard shell built to assist you with your students' needs.

Inventory Processes
BTC Tom Steves Room, 222
1-2:20 p.m.
Tuesday, August 14
Alexander Binci, Director of Purchasing, Inventory, and Travel, and Sara Osborne, Mail and Shipping Supervisor

This training session will review the requirements of Purchasing, Inventory Control, and Mail & Shipping during the full life cycle of purchased inventory. We will cover the correct process flow for ordered items, tracking inventory while being used by UA-PTC, and disposal of commodities once they have reached the end of their useful life.

Be Your Own Copycat: Copying Content in Blackboard
RJ Wills Lecture Hall
1-1:20 p.m.
Tuesday, August 14
Jasmine Williams, Curriculum Assessment and Technology Specialist
Start the next semester with a reduced workload by using the copy features in Blackboard to transfer your course material.

Tips for Faculty Advising
RJ Wills Lecture Hall
1:30-2:20 p.m.
Tuesday, August 14
Kimberly Kwee, Instructor of Art; Jonathan Purkiss-Jones, Instructor of English; Nicolette Smith, Instructor of Philosophy; Kirsten Heintz, Instructor of Speech Communication

In this session, you will learn tips and gain helpful advice about faculty advising. The session will focus specifically on advising for transfer degrees.

The Tipping Point: A Conversation on Diversity & Inclusion within the Offices of Higher Ed
BTC Tom Steves Room, 222
2-3:20 p.m.
Tuesday, August 14
Adora Curry, Advancement Marketing Manager

This workshop is designed to provide participants a safe space to have a candid conversation about how race relations and cultural differences play out within the offices on campus. We will identify various types of implicit bias and together design a best practice model for creating a healthier, respectful, and more inclusive work environment.

Having Fun?
RJ Wills Lecture Hall
2:30-3:20 p.m.
Tuesday, August 14
Jim Porter, Instructor of Biology

Teachers traditionally love their jobs but all of us are susceptible at times to being overwhelmed by our responsibilities and find ourselves thinking that teaching doesn't seem to be as fun as it used to be. This seminar will present statistical data on research investigating which teaching methodologies (IE. practice tests, repetition, homework, etc.) achieve the best retention of knowledge for this generation of students - but with a focus on incorporating them into an enjoyable and interactive environment. Best of all, these techniques have been shown to work regardless of what class is being taught.

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