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Welcome to the Office of E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence (ELITE)

E-learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence ELITE Logo SmallThe E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence (ELITE) team is committed to providing excellence and leadership to the diverse MC community in the areas of instructional professional development, learning technology support and college-wide academic initiatives. We hold ourselves accountable to seek and provide practical, innovative solutions to enhance the learning experience of faculty, staff and students.

If you are looking for information on online teaching, please select E-Learning. For technology resources, please go to Innovation. For information such as New Faculty Orientation, please go to Teaching Excellence.

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the start of another academic year! We hope you enjoyed your summer and are ready for a great semester. ELITE was quite busy this past summer including our move from Germantown to the Rockville campus. We are now located in Mannakee, Suite 340.

The Fall semester kicked off with a wonderful presentation by Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab and outstanding workshops at the ELITE/MCIW conference. We are looking forward to a semester filled with other professional development activities focusing on student success.

Below is a link to this semester’s newsletter. As always, we welcome your input and feedback. Enjoy!
http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/elite/newsletter/fall-2017

Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab: Addressing Students’ Financial Challenges: What We Can Do as a College

Sara Goldrick-Rab Photo MediumDr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies at Temple University, and author of the book Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, spoke at Montgomery College’s Professional Day on August 22nd. Her main message concerned the financial challenges oftentimes faced by first-generation college students, including insufficient financial aid, food insecurity, and homelessness. Moreover, she gave specific recommendations for addressing these issues, such as including on syllabi a statement of resources for financially vulnerable students, and college staff/faculty being more proactive in reaching out to these students. After her main talk, Dr. Goldrick-Rab spoke to a smaller group of staff and faculty about what they can do to help students at Montgomery College who face food insecurity and homelessness. Her post-keynote discussion can be viewed via the Hub.

Please visit the Hub via the link below. Click on ELITE Workshop Material, ELITE Programs and Events, and 2017 Professional Day Conference, then select Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab’s Small Group Discussion Video.

Link to the Hub - http://mcblogs.montgomerycollege.edu/thehub

ELITE Report 2017 - Blackboard Analytics Summary

Blackboard course activity trending over the semester is, on average, how often an enrolled student interacts with a Blackboard course. Many types of student actions can lead to an interaction being logged, such as accessing a course item and navigating around the course. Activity and logins have continued to increase. To view the full report, please VIEW THIS PDF .

Montgomery College's Open Educational Resources Featured in Articles

Inside Higher Education featured Montgomery College's Open Educational Resources (OER) and included quotes from Dr. Michael Mills, Vice President of ELITE. Dr. Mills was also featured on an article from EdSurge.

Saving Students Money , Inside Higher ED

38 Community Colleges Share What It Takes to Launch an OER Degree Program , EdSurge

The Love of Teaching: A Faculty Retreat

Love of Teaching photo 2017 love of teaching

“How can I be an educator if I do not develop in myself a caring and loving attitude toward the student, which is indispensable on the part of one who is committed to teaching and to the education process itself.” - Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom

Part-time and full-time faculty gathered for a morning of renewal, refreshment and celebration on Saturday, April 29th. We remembered those educators, mentors and role models who encouraged and inspired us at critical moments in our own journeys and reflected on the powerful opportunities we have in our relationships with our students. Dr. Deborah Stearns, Professor of Psychology, gave an insightful and energizing keynote address on the vital importance of relationships to student success and to our own love of teaching.

One participant wrote in the evaluation, "This workshop was amazing. I left feeling inspired, valued, and deeply grateful to be working at MC."

This second annual retreat was a collaboration between ELITE and the Institute for Part-time Faculty Engagement and Support. Many thanks to Professor Jane Smith and Dr. Jesse Parker for their time and creativity in planning the event and to Dr. Caroline Toscano and Dr. Antonio (Tango) Thomas for their support and participation. To see the presentation slides, visit the Hub– a virtual space for teaching resources developed by Montgomery College faculty. To help plan next year’s retreat, please contact Dr. Carol Moore (carol.moore@montgomerycollege.edu).

iStream Subscription

Looking for professional development 24/7? The League for Innovation in the Community College’s iStream is a web-based, multimedia portal where faculty, administrators and staff can access videos, articles, publications and learning programs. In addition, iStream provides access to League conference presentations, services, partnerships and collaborative communities. For example, July’s focus is on Pathways to Completion and includes access to presentations and articles on this theme. Access to iStream is free for Montgomery College employees. Follow these simple directions to create your account:

Go to www.league.org/istream; Click on “Create Your iStream Account”, In the next window, select Montgomery College from the dropdown menu; Enter your first and last name and college email address, Click “Submit”. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions on logging in and creating your password. CLICK HERE for details about what you have access to through the iStream subscription.

Share Your Idea For A Workshop - Submit Your Proposal

Do you have an idea for a workshop? Then go to our I Have An Idea For A Workshop - Professional Development Proposal Form and share your workshop idea with ELITE!



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