NC-NET Academy Course Schedule

Professional Development

NC-NET Academy Course Schedule

Fall 2021 – Spring 2022

From Good Teaching to Student Learning: An Adjunct Faculty Primer

Session I
September 3 – October 8, 2021
Early enrollment opens August 13
Open enrollment begins August 15

Session II
October 8 – November 12, 2021
Early enrollment opens September 17
Open enrollment begins September 19

Adjunct and new instructors are encouraged to enroll in this course that challenges participants to investigate complex issues: How well does your teaching style mesh with your college’s mission? What’s different about adult learners? How do we reach them—and how do we know that we did? Designed for participants with minimal background in education theory and application, this course will enhance new and adjunct instructors’ understanding of community college students and factors critical to their academic success.
Note: Due to the nature of the course format, participants are required to be currently actively teaching at least one course section. Participants will need teacher/student interaction to complete the activities for this Academy course.


Reaching Students with Video (Technology Bootcamp Series)
This is a prerequisite for Planning and Producing Educational Video

Session I
September 17 – October 22, 2021
Early enrollment opens August 27
Open enrollment begins August 29

Session II
January 14 – February 18, 2022
Early enrollment opens December 24
Open enrollment begins December 26

Clearly, today’s students pay attention to video far more than print or even graphics. In this course you’ll get comfortable with the technical issues surrounding videos, including finding, making, and sharing them, and ways to make them a regular part of your teaching toolkit. You will learn to 1) find and use videos relevant to your courses, 2) convert existing presentations to video, and 3) record and embellish your own videos, such as weekly assignments, demonstrations, short lectures, or just “welcome to the class!” It’s time to enhance your own classroom lessons and online instruction with video!
Note: This course requires a significant commitment of time each week, an eagerness to interact with colleagues, and a reliable multimedia computer with high-speed Internet.


Planning and Producing Educational Video (Technology Bootcamp Series)
Reaching Students with Video
is the prerequisite for this course

Session I
November 12 – December 17, 2021
Early enrollment opens October 22
Open enrollment begins November 7

Session II
February 25 – April 1, 2022
Early enrollment opens February 4
Open enrollment begins February 6

Educational videos effectively convey much more information to a more diverse audience of learners than a printed handout, but require planning, execution, polish, and posting to a reliable platform—far more than simply recording a video on a smartphone and posting it to social media. In this second video bootcamp, teachers will take a giant step toward creating and delivering video that will further the educational mission in their subject area. Working in a supportive group atmosphere, participants will practice the techniques of planning, producing, and sharing video that is designed to quickly and effectively communicate a message.
Note: Video production is time-consuming and computer intensive. Participants will need a modern multimedia computer with at least 8 GB of memory.


Incorporating Active Learning Strategies in the College Classroom

January 7 – February 18, 2022
Early enrollment opens December 17
Open enrollment begins December 19

Come explore ways to increase student engagement and participation in your courses. We’ll begin by examining best practices and models of active learning, including case studies, problem-based learning, and collaborative group learning. Along the way, we’ll self-assess the degree to which our current teaching strategies promote active learning. Finally, we’ll stretch beyond our comfort zones and redesign a lesson that is usually taught in a more passive manner.
Note: Due to the nature of the course format, participants are required to be currently actively teaching at least one course section. Participants will need teacher/student interaction to complete the activities for this Academy course.


Curriculum Development for Integrated Instruction

March 11 – April 22, 2022; final projects due April 30
Early enrollment opens February 19
Open enrollment begins February 21

This course offers a guided, collaborative curriculum design experience. Participants will explore models and methods for integrating career, technical and academic concepts in their courses. Following a step-wise process with provided templates, participants will create an integrated lesson that incorporates a real world scenario, contextual learning, employability skills development, and authentic assessment. Colleagues will provide each other with weekly peer reviews and feedback through the course discussion board. Come explore this model for maximizing student interest and learning through integrated lesson design.

Note: Due to the nature of the course format, participants are required to be currently actively teaching at least one course section. Participants will need teacher/student interaction to complete the activities for this Academy course.

Questions? Please email academy@nc-net.info for additional information.