Volume 01 | May 15, 2018

Center for Teaching Excellence Newsletter
Educational Technology
Have you checked out our Ed Tech Guide recently? The Guide contains help for instructors and students regarding the use of technology that can enhance learning in the classroom. It is always expanding so take a look and see what's new!

You can access the guide at: https://guides.baker.edu/edtech

You will also find a link to the guide in the Instructor Resources area of your course shell.
Library Resources
Still concerned about students accessing fake news? Nexis Uni offers a critical advantage over other popular search engines; it has a trusted collection of news, business and legal sources. Rather than wasting time with irrelevant search results or tapping less credible sources, your students have access to vetted, comprehensive content.  Input from university students led to a solution that offers an intuitive, engaging research experience on a wide range of devices.

Nexis Uni is great for the legal and news resources for faculty and student research alike, featuring more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790. 

For access to Nexis Uni, click here . For more information about library resources and access, contact Patrick Mullane, Coordinator of Library Services.
Baker College Professional Development Offerings
5th Annual Ed Tech Boot Camp

Are you interested in learning about Ed Tech tools to use in your classroom? How about discovering some things you can do in the new learning management system, Canvas?

On Friday, June 22nd, Baker College, in collaboration with the Genessee Intermediate School District, will be hosting the 5th Annual Ed Tech Boot Camp for Higher Ed and K-12 teachers, from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Baker College of Flint Student Center.

If you are interested in participating, click on the link  here .
The Quad-POD Consortium is excited to offer a Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) Program across all four Flint higher education institutions (Baker College, Mott Community College, Kettering University, and UM-Flint).

An FLC is a cross-disciplinary faculty and staff group, who engage in an active, collaborative, yearlong program with a curriculum about enhancing teaching and learning. Frequent activities provide learning, development, the scholarship of teaching, and community building.

The Quad-POD believes that while each institution may have its own culture, they have many commonalities too - especially where student learning is involved. Everyone is excited about the conversations, sharing of teaching ideas and implementation of new practices that can result from these scholarly interactions. For more information on the Quad-POD and how to become a part of an FLC, view the brochure for 2018-2019.
Canvas for Instructors
The Canvas Orientation for Instructors course is ready! 

Please note that this is a self-paced resource, organized to help build a foundation for the hands-on campus training sessions, but should not replace a faculty training experience. This will enhance the value of your future campus training sessions.

To get to the course:
  • log in to baker.instructure.com
  • use your regular Baker login info
  • click on the Help option on the lower left
  • click on the Canvas Orientation for Instructors link (see pic to the right)

This course resource is restricted to faculty and staff (students cannot see it) and is a view-only resource. Enrollment is not required. 

There is a professional development evaluation form at the end of the course for participants to fill in. Please provide feedback to the training team.
Assessment Corner
Are you teaching a course with a Direct Measure Assessment? 

Click the  Direct Measure Schedule  to find out.

Please note:  It is also located on My Services>Department Resources> Academic> Assessment (In the menu on the left).

If the course you are teaching is not on the list, then you are set until next semester.
Upcoming Conferences
Save the Date! August 21st, 2018
Baker College Conference : Higher Education and the Public Good Owosso Campus - August 21, 2018

Five presentation tracks:
  • Public Scholarship
  • Participatory/Action Research
  • Community Partnerships
  • Public Information Networks
  • Civic Literacy Scholarship

Conference submissions due May 31st, 2018 bcconference@baker.edu
eCornicopia: Teaching with Technology - Rochester, MI
Friday, June 22, 2018

Oakland University's e-Cornucopia is an annual one-day technology conference that explores online teaching and learning topics including pedagogy best practices, software, apps, engagement techniques and much more .

Lilly Conference - Traverse City, MI
October 18, 2018- October 20, 2018

Baker Faculty are able to receive a 10% discount on registration. The mission of the Lilly Conferences is to provide a forum to share and model a scholarly approach to teaching and learning that reports quality student learning outcomes while promoting professional development of faculty.
Learn about Lilly Conference at https://www.lillyconferences-mi.com
Center for Teaching Excellence

The Mission of the Center for Teaching Excellence is to create, identify, and provide support structures and processes to cultivate a professional learning environment where faculty take ownership and are positioned to direct their own professional learning relative to Baker’s Mission and institutional goals.

The Center for Teaching Excellence is a collaborative entity where the Associate Provost of Academics, System Faculty Development Specialist, and the individual campus Instructional Effectiveness Specialists (IESs) partner to design, develop, present, and facilitate professional development in order to support and coach faculty in their pursuit of quality teaching and learning.
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