Workshops

Professional Development Workshops

Register for one of our workshops to get trained in the latest topics and technologies.

Workshops

Canvas I, II, III

This session will cover all Canvas topics in one day. In this session, you’ll learn the basic features of Canvas including: Global Navigation, Preferences, and creating content to include: Modules, Files, Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, Grades, and Incorporating Rubrics. This is the mandatory training faculty need to complete to teach online.

Date
Time
3–7:30 p.m.
Location
SIER 101
Instructor
Kat Dow

Canvas I, II, III

This session will cover all Canvas topics in one day. In this session, you’ll learn the basic features of Canvas including Global Navigation, Preferences, and creating content to include: Modules, Files, Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, Grades, and Incorporating Rubrics. This is the mandatory training faculty need to complete to teach online. Pre-registration is required for this workshop.

Please add this Zoom link to your calendar after registering.

Date
Time
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location
Online via Zoom
Instructor
Kat Dow

Aha! Moments: An Engaging and Stimulating Assignment

The past two years pushed us to move instructions to an online environment, and re-design how we teach and assess the mastery of the learning outcomes. I developed and tested an engaging assignment that can be used for both online and face-to-face courses to evaluate higher levels of Bloom's taxonomy. The participants will learn how to create an engaging assignment to assess learning outcomes set forth for their students. They will leave with scaffolding on how to use it in their own classes and a rubric to provide feedback to the students.

Date
Time
10:30-11 a.m.
Location
SIER 116

Assessment Day: All Faculty Assembly

Room Change

To continue our conversation around assessment and equity from last academic year, this Fall's Assessment Day: All Faculty Assembly will focus on transparent instruction and its impact on learning. Dr. Mariko Izumi, Executive Director for the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Design at Columbus State University (Columbus, GA) will lead us in a workshop on using the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) framework to design transparent assignments for equitable learning experiences. To make the most of this opportunity, please come with a classroom assignment that you have used in the past or plan to use in the upcoming semester.

Add this Zoom link to your calendar after registering.

Date
Time
1-4 p.m.
Location
Online via Zoom
Instructor

Google Sites for Faculty Web Pages

Do you currently have a TMCC faculty website where you post information about yourself as a TMCC professor/instructor, teaching philosophy, the classes you teach, links to your online/Canvas courses, contact info, office hours, etc.? If the answer is YES, great job! You know how important it is to have a permanent online presence. If the answer is NO, and you don't have this yet, please sign up for this workshop to learn how easy it is to build and maintain a faculty website quickly, without knowing HTML or installing software. This workshop will introduce you to Google Sites, an online website publishing tool that allows you to create a template-driven website from scratch.

Date
Time
9-10 a.m.
Location
RDMT 204
Instructor

Making the Most of Zoom in Your Classroom and Workspace

We've all gotten much more familiar with Zoom over the last couple of years but are you making the most of what Zoom has to offer? In this workshop we will explore the things most useful to those of us working in higher education.

Please add this Zoom link to your calendar after registering

Date
Time
Noon-1 p.m.
Location
Online via Zoom
Instructor

Smart Classroom Training

This Smart Classroom Training will give participants an overview of how to use the smart classroom equipment. This includes training on how to display using the projector or document camera as well as play videos with sound.

Date
Time
10-10:30 a.m.
Location
SIER 110
Instructor

What The Library Can Do For You

The library has lots to offer beyond books on a shelf. This presentation will review the available library services to help faculty deliver quality instruction without physical resources. It will also briefly introduce you to our new library management system which allows you to search and discover a variety of databases, journals and digital material. So many changes! Great class for new and existing faculty.

This is a hybrid class. If you prefer, you may join this class via this Zoom link.

Date
Time
11-Noon
Location
LIB 210 and Zoom

Canvas Updates, Tips and Tricks

Pre-registration is not required for this workshop. Interested in learning about some of the helpful tips and tricks that Canvas has to offer? This session will provide any new canvas updates and features to help you facilitate your canvas course

Date
Time
1-2 p.m.
Location
LIB 210
Instructor

Celebrate TMCC's Career Champions!

TMCC's students nominated their Career Champions. Join us to hear how your colleagues positively impacted the lives of TMCC's students. Celebrate the champions among us!

Add this Zoom link to your calendar after registration.

Date
Time
3-4 p.m.
Location
Online via Zoom
Instructor

Helping Students Overcome Math Anxiety

Note, this class is not just for Math instructors. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Business and other disciplines will find this information helpful. Participants will learn strategies to help students overcome their math anxiety. Participants will be able to recognize the struggles students face with learning mathematics. Participants will leave with activities they can implement in their own classroom.

Date
Time
9-9:30 a.m.
Location
SIER 116
Instructor

How to Apply Diversity General Education Learning Outcomes (GELOs) to Your Syllabus and Course

Did you know GenEd courses need to meet certain, changing criteria? Come and learn how to apply the diversity GELOs to your syllabus/course.

Date
Time
10-11 a.m.
Location
SIER 116

Introduction to Packback, an AI-Supported Discussion Board

Packback is an inquiry-based online discussion tool, designed to inspire students' higher-order thinking skills, that is available to Truckee Meadows Community College instructors at no cost. It uses A.I. as an automated T.A. that moderates and grades discussion posts in real-time to help students cite more sources and write better questions, so instructors are able to spend time focusing on content and delivering quality feedback.

Please add this Zoom link to your calendar after registering.

Date
Time
Noon-1 p.m.
Location
Online via Zoom
Instructor
Barbara Kenny, Packback Representative

Meet the WebCollege Team and Canvas Template: A Good Framework for Online Courses

This presentation will look at a basic TMCC Canvas template which may offer instructors a nice starting point if new to designing an online classroom. We will discuss how the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric was used to design this simple template, and how it may be useful to both new instructors and our online learners. Feedback and open discourse are encouraged, so come prepared to share your thoughts about the template!

Date
Time
11-11:30 a.m.
Location
LIB 210

Teaching Squares

Room Change

Looking for teaching inspiration? So are we! Now that we're back on campus, it's time to reboot teaching squares. This collaborative activity is not a peer review or a teaching evaluation of any kind. It's a chance for us to reconnect, get inspired, and share ideas about teaching. As part of a "teaching square," you will be matched with three other instructors across campus to observe each other in the classroom and share your love of teaching. Later this semester, we'll meet as a group to debrief and share what we've learned. In this session, we'll go over all the details and start organizing squares. If you're curious but not sure, just come and learn what teaching squares are all about.

Date
Time
2-3 p.m.
Location
SIER 117

TMCC Kahoot! EDU 101

Interested in using Kahoot! in your classes? Join this online workshop to find out how easy it is to set up and use. Kahoot! is a fun and effective way to engage students, test their knowledge and gather feedback all through their interactive quiz platform.

Please add this Zoom link to your calendar after registering

Date
Time
9-10 a.m.
Location
Online via Zoom
Instructor
Sydney Jones, Kahoot! Representative

Cafe Verde Tastebud Tour (MAX Capacity Reached)

Full

Maximum capacity for this class has been reached. Please check out the same class being held on Aug. 18 at 1:30 p.m.

What’s new with Cafe Verde and catering through TMCC Dining Services? Come over to the Cafe to tour the menu, meet our staff, and sample our latest tasty offerings. Each participant will receive a coupon for a future Cafe visit. Each session is limited to 15 people.

Date
Time
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location
Cafe Verde

Creating Course Videos Using Kaltura in Canvas

Room Change

Create simple introduction videos or elaborate lectures and presentations. In this session we will cover how to access the recording tool in Canvas and how to share your creations with your students.Video management, such as adding colleagues to your videos, quizzing and using the Media Gallery will be demonstrated.

Date
Time
1-2 p.m.
Location
SIER 101
Instructor

Finding the Right Audience: The TMCC Advertising Strategy

Do you see our ads “in the wild” around the community? If not, that’s probably a good thing, because… you’re not our target audience! But if you aren’t seeing our ads, what is TMCC doing to make sure we find our general and target audiences? Come learn about our FY23 ad strategy, and how you can help us make the most of our paid ads and organic messaging.

Date
Time
9-10 a.m.
Location
RDMT 256

Global Learning Experience 360

Canceled

Unfortunately, we have to postpone this class until later in the semester. Stay tuned!

Explore the world in 360! A new and exciting global learning resource available to all students and faculty. Join International Student Services and Study Abroad Association on a 360° journey around the globe. The Global Learning Experience 360 is an interactive educational platform created to make global education accessible to all. SAA has developed up-to-date multidisciplinary content in diverse global regions to provide a deeper look and understanding of the world and allowing institutions an effective and engaging way of bringing the world into the classroom and internationalizing curriculum. Come by to learn about GLE 360° and how a virtual global experience can enhance your curriculum.

Date
Location
Canceled

Imagine the Possibilities, Teaching and Learning With an iPad

Join this session to meet with Apple executives for a demonstration of what is possible for teaching and learning with iPad.  We will focus on best practices that increase student engagement using digital resources like Augmented Reality (AR) apps and Open Education Resources (OER).  We will highlight tools that will allow you to create your own OERs and demonstrate how you can utilize digital resources for your student's success.  We will also highlight accessibility tools to better meet your diverse learners’ needs. We will show how Apple Pencil and screen recording will help save you time, and energy and allow you to give your students more authentic feedback. This is a virtual presentation. An in-person presentation is available at 3 p.m.

Add this Zoom link to your calendar after registering.

Date
Time
Noon-1 p.m.
Location
Online via Zoom
Instructor
Nina Jaliel, Amanda Orndorff

Imagine the Possibilities, Teaching and Learning With an iPad

Join this session to meet with Apple executives for a demonstration of what is possible for teaching and learning with iPad.  We will focus on best practices that increase student engagement using digital resources like Augmented Reality (AR) apps and Open Education Resources (OER).  We will highlight tools that will allow you to create your own OERs and demonstrate how you can utilize digital resources for your students’ success.  We will also highlight accessibility tools to better meet your diverse learners’ needs. We will show how Apple Pencil and screen recording will help save you time, and energy and allow you to give your students more authentic feedback. This is in person. A virtual presentation is available at noon, Aug. 17.

Date
Time
3-4 p.m.
Location
RDMT 256
Instructor
Nina Jaliel, Amanda Orndorff

Introduction to Genealogy, TMCC's Library Family Research Room

Genealogy is in the news! The topic is popular and has come a long way from the simple family tree. This class will introduce you to the TMCC Library Open Genealogy Lab and Reading room. We will explore our diverse book collection and have an open discussion on incorporating family history research into just about any curriculum.

Date
Time
10-11 a.m.
Location
LIB 106
Instructor

Online Canvas Quizzes/Test Bank Management

Room Change

Explore the process of quiz development from start to finish. In this session, we will discuss the differences between New and Classic Quizzes, how to locate, build, and manage test banks, how to format question sets for mass upload, and how to set up Respondus Lockdown Browser. In order to attend, you must pre-register and be able to log in to Canvas with your official TMCC username and password. If you do not have this information, please contact your department.

Date
Time
2-3 p.m.
Location
SIER 101
Instructor

Readspeaker Universal Design for Learning

Do your students disengage after your F2F class? Do they struggle with your subject? Do they seem to appear engaged in class but don't produce on their assignments? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then this session is for you.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is not just a catchphrase; it is an active practice that allows students to engage in learning in the way that is best for them. Using ReadSpeaker's text-to-speech technology allows the student to receive the material in the way they need to. Individually customizable settings, enlarged text, page masks, and more are ways that UDL can be easily used by students to help retain their learning.

Add this Zoom link to your calendar after registering.

Date
Time
10-11 a.m.
Location
Online via Zoom
Instructor
Ginger Dewey

Teaching Poverty

This workshop will provide exercises and tools to encourage critical thinking through an examination of social class, including the causes and effects of poverty in American society. Attendees will work through example exercises during the workshop and be provided with additional activities, writing assignments, discussion questions, and other strategies to employ to generate meaningful change in the ways students conceive of poverty and its effects on society and the individual.

Date
Time
11 a.m.-Noon
Location
SIER 116

TMCC Instructor Onboarding

Academic leaders welcome new and returning Part-Time Instructors, as well as new Tenure-Track Faculty, at this onboarding designed to orient them to TMCC and provide tips and advice for a successful Fall semester.

Please be sure to RSVP for this workshop!

Date
Time
5-8 p.m.
Location
SIER 108
Instructor

Bobcats in Your Backyard: Part II

Undergraduate research on bobcat presence in suburban west Reno has moved to the next phase: trapping and collaring bobcats! This presentation will provide updates on trapping and collaring methods, current results, and future plans. Attendees will learn how bobcats are being live-trapped and what type of data are being collected, along with a discussion on the successes and challenges of mentoring undergraduate research students. If you thought part one was exciting, the sequel is even better! To my knowledge, my research team and I are the first to GPS collar a bobcat in Nevada. Come join me for a discussion on bobcat research and mentoring students.

Date
Time
9-10 a.m.
Location
SIER 105
Instructor

Book Binding: A Do It Yourself Project

Do you have a book that has felt the passage of time? A favorite childhood read, a book that has been passed through the generations, or something that you picked up at a flea market? Are you interested in finding out what you can do to preserve or repair your treasure? Whether you own such a book or if you are simply interested, please attend this brief book conservation and repair workshop. Maggie will go over the parts of a book, how to repair a book, and how to package a book for safekeeping. You are encouraged to bring your own treasure along to show to other participants.

Date
Time
2-3 p.m.
Location
LIB 106

Cafe Verde Tastebud Tour

What’s new with Cafe Verde and catering through TMCC Dining Services? Come over to the Cafe to tour the menu, meet our staff, and sample our latest tasty offerings. Each participant will receive a coupon for a future Cafe visit. Each session is limited to 15 people.

Date
Time
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location
Cafe Verde

Closing the Writing Equity Gap with Packback

Educational Technology can improve students’ writing skills to help you spend less time grading and more time teaching. Join us to learn more about the newest innovations that Packback has to offer. TMCC is continuing our partnership with Packback, an educational technology that helps students receive feedback on their academic behaviors in real-time so instructors can focus their efforts on teaching the subject matter. For the past year, Packback's technology was only available to support improving the weekly discussion board; however, coming this Fall, Packback is releasing a new technology into their platform that helps with writing assignments. TMCC will have early access to pilot this technology this academic year as a part of our continued partnership. Join us to learn further about this powerful technology and how all of its tools can improve our students' success. 

This class is a hybrid. You can attend with this Zoom link or attend in person in SIER 110.

Date
Time
Noon-1 p.m.
Location
SIER 110
Instructor
Devyn Maguire, Packback Representative

Creating Content That Is Inclusively Accessible

This is a Toolbox Presentation! Meaning participants will walk away with a file of accessibility tools (a virtual toolbox) that will be at their fingertips anytime they need accessibility help. During this presentation, attendees will be exposed to creating content that is inclusively accessible for Canvas, Word, PowerPoint, and Gmail. Making a small change in your content can mean the world for a student. This is a great workshop for new faculty.

Date
Time
Noon-1 p.m.
Location
LIB 210
Instructor

Mindful SEAD, Educator Self-Care

We hear a lot lately about the importance of self-care, but what is self-care? Research shows that practicing mindfulness reduces stress, enhances well-being, increases awareness, strengthens emotional intelligence, and improves focus and productivity. This workshop supports you in consciously activating the relaxation response through easy-to-use techniques. Learn how to manage pressure, reduce the likelihood of suffering stress, and embed strategies to build your resilience. This workshop is designed to help you make powerful shifts in your self-care practices to optimize your physical, mental, emotional, and relational wellbeing.

Add this Zoom link to your calendar after registering.

Date
Time
11-Noon
Location
Online via Zoom
Instructor
, Dr. Michele Robinson, Dr. Debb Oliver

New Tenure Track Faculty Training

This workshop is designed for new tenure track faculty, but ongoing faculty are welcome! This will cover the timelines of tenure, the forms, the reports, and all the ins and outs of navigating the tenure track process.

Date
Time
11-Noon
Location
SIER 105

Packback Drop-in Office Hours

Meet with Devyn from Packback to get further information regarding how Packback can suit the needs of your course, program, or department. Devyn can offer further examples of how Packback is used across disciplines and modalities. She is also able to provide individual course consultations, insight on best practices, or address any open questions. 

Date
Time
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Location
SIER 116
Instructor
Devyn Maquire

Protest Pedagogy Book Club: Happy Teachers Change the World

Protest Pedagogy Book Club discussion of Happy Teachers Change the World. We will discuss Happy Teachers Change the World: A Guide for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education by Thich Nhat Hanh and Katherine Weare. We will also survey practices in Happy's "Appendix A: Summaries of the Core Practices" to design a culturally relevant activity for TMCC's Year of Sustainability for implementation this semester.

Add this Zoom link to your calendar after registering.

Date
Time
1-2 p.m.
Location
Online via Zoom

You Deserve a Break: How to Apply for a Sabbatical

This workshop will help participants understand the process of applying for a sabbatical and offer guidance and feedback on sabbatical proposals. You will gain an understanding of what forms need to be filled out and when. Develop an understanding of how sabbatical proposals are evaluated. You will walk away knowing what is expected of people who successfully get a sabbatical.

Date
Time
10-11 a.m.
Location
SIER 116
Instructor

2022/23 The Year of Sustainability: A Two Prong Approach

An interactive workshop to engage The Year of Sustainability project initiated by the Sustainability Champions and supported by FREE Participants will: (1) Review two prongs of TMCC Year of Sustainability, (2) Discuss “campus community” prong and get sustainability activity ideas, (3) Survey Juliana Urtubey’s sustainability activities to inspire yours, (4) Pose one question to ask Urtubey on Oct. 6 at 3:30 p.m. about your sustainability activity, (5) Brainstorm one sustainability activity to implement in courses and committees this semester. This is a Zoom offering of the same workshop offered at Kick-off.

Add this Zoom link to your calendar after registering.

Date
Time
10-11 a.m.
Location
Online via Zoom
Instructor