Roane State Community College

Teacher Tip Thursdays

Teacher Tip Thursdays

Momentum/D2L Tips:

  • Gradebooks. (video) Learn how to set up two common styles of gradebooks in D2L, and easy ways to use grades in a traditional or web course.  Presenter: Darren York
  • Parade of Courses. (video) Tips, tricks, smart moves, and great ideas from real Roane State Professors teaching online or using Momentum/D2L to supplement their courses, including technical requirements, navigation tips, and sound teaching philosophy. Hosted by Darren York.

Online Library Tips:

  • Research Guides. (video) Library Guides: Customize the Library to Meet Your Needs. Your librarians have been busy building webpages to showcase the best books, journals, videos, and databases for each discipline. Explore these powerful webpages and learn how librarians will partner with you to customize a guide for your specific class needs or assignment. Hosted by Robert Benson and Ollie Nolan.
  • Online Librarian. (video) The Lurker, The Dipper, The Works: Partnering with an Online Librarian for Student Success! Parterning with your own personal online librarian can help your students find better resources and understand how to think critically about their own information skills and habits. Learn more about Roane State Library’s Online Librarian Program and start planning your own personal pilot. Hosted by Molly Stover and Ollie Nolan.
  • eBooks- Get library eBooks on your mobile device. (video) Roane State Library has more than 250,000 eBooks. Many of these eBooks can be read online or downloaded to your mobile device. Setting up the first download is a pain. It gets easier after that. Expert advice on how to use Roane State’s incredible eBook collection wherever and however you want. Hosted by Robert Benson.
  • What’s So Scary about Research? (video) Although we expect our students to have some grasp of research conventions and synthesis, and many courses require a research project as evidence of mastery of prescribed competencies, we often dread these assignments, sometimes even putting them off until the very end of the semester when it is too late to ensure quality through drafting and revision and too late to address plagiarism productively. This webinar will offer some tips to overcoming this dread by integrating research into your course early on and building research projects in stages. Hosted by Mike Hill.

App Tips:

  • Utilize Socrative in your classes. (video) Socrative – a student response system that allows students the ability to respond to faculty using their computers, laptops, tablets, or Smartphones. Carrying out formative assessment can provide valuable insight into what concepts need to be reviewed or even re-taught. It allows you to administer exit tickets and quizzes to your students regardless of what devices they are on as long as their device has web browser capabilities. Socrative only takes teachers 3 minutes to set up and takes students 20 seconds to load. Hosted by Ronda Blevins
  • Air Server Passwords and Pass codes. (video) Learn how to use Air Server to wireless  project your iPad in the classroom. Most importantly, we will be discussing passwords and passcodes so your classroom screen cannot be high jacked by another classroom using Air Server. Hosted by Nikki White.

Other Tips:

  • Mediascape. (video) Join us as we share the newest collaborative work space on the Harriman campus.  Students, faculty, and staff may BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to develop ideas and work on projects in this open environment.  Presenters: Nichole White and Robert Benson
  • Study Group Starter Kit: Encouraging Study Groups. (video) For years we have seen research proving the efficacy of study groups outside the classroom, but the formation of these groups can often be a trial in the community college setting. This webinar will discuss the ways an instructor can both incentivize and embolden students to form effective study groups outside of class. * Very useful in the flipped classroom model.
  • Teaching without the Text. (video) Explore ways Roane State faculty are using online resources from the library and open web to deliver flexible, relevant, engaging courses. Hosted by Mike Hill & Robert Benson
  • Low Tech Lessons that Still Engage. (video) Despite our and our students’ reliance on technology, both in and out of the classroom, there is still room for teaching which requires little, if any gadgetry. This webinar will highlight a couple of assignments which can be easily adapted to a variety of disciplines, which engage students, and which address a range of learning outcomes. Hosted by Mike Hill.
  • Creative Commons. (video) Jane Park from Creative Commons will give a brief overiew of Creative Commons, Creative Commons license use  in education, and Creative Common’s integral role in the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement. She will explain the Creative Commons Attribution license  (CC BY) requirement for TAACCCT program grantees, how the CC BY license works, and free support CC will over to grantees around application of the license to grantee materials. Hosted by Jane Parks.