With just two weeks left until break, it really is beginning to feel a lot like spring around here, isn’t it?  I’m reluctant to get too optimistic – we all know just how fickle Michigan weather can be – but I can’t help but hope that the worst is behind us for this winter.  Either way, let’s enjoy these mild temperatures while they last.  As for the upcoming programming that we have available for you, there is quite a bit, so whether it be coffee, tea or OJ, maybe grab a cup of your favorite morning beverage and settle in for a bit.

To kick things off, this week’s Monday Morning Mentor queries:  “Beyond Syllabus Policies: What Strategies Help Students Take Responsibility for Learning?”  The link and password below will grant you access to this clip through midnight on Sunday of this week, February 26. 

Please also remember that the final event in the Digital Education Days series, a joint project with the University of Michigan – Dearborn and Flint and Mott Community College, takes place this week.  We want to thank all those who attended talks during the first two days of the conference – Friday, February 10, and Wednesday, February 15.  DED will wrap up tomorrow, February 21, with two separate virtual sessions featuring HFC faculty and executive administration.  Melinda DeWitt, Sarah Castillo and Jessica Shamberger will offer a presentation titled “‘Our Thoughts, Our Voices,’ an English language Learner Podcast” while Lori Gonko will engage in a discussion titled “A New Baseline: COVID 19’s Lasting Impact on Enrollment and Student Success Trends.”  Let’s, please do our best to show our support to our colleagues by attending these sessions if at all possible.  Additional details and registration information for these remaining events are available through the below link. 

Similarly, in this hectic week, don’t forget that the Liberal Arts Network for Development virtual conference is upon us now, too, taking place this Wednesday through Friday with a variety of awards being presented to HFC students and faculty this year – not the least of which is the Institutional Award honoring HFC’s Black Male and QUEENS Focus Group (BMQFG).  Again, let’s make a great showing by attending as many sessions as possible in solidarity alongside our College’s award recipients.  Once more, updates on the restructured format and revised program dates for this conference remain available below.  Meanwhile, please also be aware that HFC Graphic Design student Christopher Namyst’s first place award-winning design is featured on the LAND t-shirt, sweatshirt, and swag, so you just might want to pick up one or two of these items too! 

Next, did I say busy week already?  Another workshop that appears to be fairly worthwhile takes place this Thursday, February 23: “Helping Faculty Navigate Top Challenges in This New Blended Learning Environment.”  This free, virtual event is sponsored by Fierce Technology with various sessions running from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Additional information is supplied below. 

I think I said busy, right?  Yet another timely and intriguing workshop sponsored by The Chronicle of Higher Education will also be held on Thursday, February 23, at 2 p.m.  It is co-sponsored by Adobe, free to attend and will tackle the subject “From ‘Digital Native’ to Digital Competency.”  Please see further details on this below. 

Finally, once more, applications for the Library Book Improvement Fund are still being accepted, and this form will remain available on the CTEI Moodle Hub through the March 6 deadline.  Any interested parties should complete this document and submit it via e-mail to Ruth Ann Schmitt and/or Tessa Betts.  Meanwhile, please also remember that Michigan College, University, Partnership (MiCUP) at Lawrence Technological University will also be running immersive in-person sessions for instructors examining how students are learning through authentic scientific experiments in the classroom.  The first of these will take place on February 24.  All of them will be held on HFC’s campus in room J-110, and Scott Corp, project coordinator, has provided a flyer for these events, which can now be found on the CTEI Moodle hub and here through this link.    

As always, thank you for your time and for participating in the events that interest you.  Please also remember that we always appreciate your recommendations and feedback, so if you have any to share, please never hesitate to e-mail either or both of us.   

Upcoming Events 

Event  Description  Time/Date Link 
Monday Morning Mentor Beyond Syllabus Policies: What Strategies Help Students Take Responsibility for Learning? 2/20-2/26 Virtual On Demand Video View Here Password: beyond123 
Sponsored Event: Digital Education Days* Conference Focusing on Digital Pedagogy 2/21 Virtual Event  Register Here 
Partner Event: LAND Conference** Liberal Arts Network for Development Celebrating Student and Faculty Scholarship 2/22-2/24 Virtual Event Conference Website and Registration Link 
Partner Event: Fierce Technology Conference** Helping Faculty Navigate Top Challenges in This New Blended Learning Environment 2/23 1 to 4:30 p.m. Virtual Event Conference Website and Registration Information 
Partner Event: From ‘Digital Native’ to Digital Competency  Forum Hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education 2/23 2 to 3 p.m. Virtual Event Details Available Here 
Partner Event: MCSS/ATD Roundtable Discussion Series** Equity in Gateway Courses and Guided Self-Placement Varying Days and Times – See Below for More Detail 
Visit the MCSS Events Page for More Information and Registration Links  
Partner Event: Inaugural HyFlex Collaborative Conference** Collaborative One-Day Event Bringing Together Higher Ed and K12 Educators 6/26 Virtual and In-Person Attendance Options Conference Website 
Partner Activity: ACUE’s Online Micro-credentialing** Open-Enrollment Opportunities to Complete Online Pedagogical Training at Your Convenience Ongoing Find Information Here 
Partner Activity: NISOD Online Professional Development Events**  Wide-Ranging Events on a Variety of Topics Ongoing Find Information Here 
Article Discussion Group* Participate in a Faculty-Led Discussion Group with Colleagues Various and Ongoing E-Mail Scott to Join a Group in Progress 

*Denotes a sponsored CTEI event that qualifies for AFO reimbursement. 

**Denotes a partner activity that may qualify for AFO reimbursement. Please see your area representative for further information.  

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