Issue Date: 01-25-2021
Are you interested in meeting fellow faculty members from across the University and working together to improve your teaching and learning practice and research? Do you value sharing knowledge, ideas, and resources with your colleagues? If so, we invite you to participate in LEC’s pilot of the MAKO Commons, a virtual community of practice (vCoP) for NSU faculty.
What is a community of practice?
Wenger, McDermott, and Snyder (2002) defined communities of practice (CoPs) as groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis…” (p. 4). Members of a CoP use it because they find value in the interactions of sharing information, insight, and advice. In addition to these aspects, community members find satisfaction in the connections they make with others who share similar interests. Within the context of higher education and faculty professional development, CoPs have been used to support formal and informal learning (Buckley, Steinert, Regehr, & Nimmon, 2019).
What is the MAKO Commons?
The MAKO Commons is NSU's faculty virtual community of practice (vCoP). We are using an agile approach to develop this vCoP and hope that our members will help us build a community that is relevant, meaningful, and inclusive. Our goal is to foster and sustain a community of NSU faculty that advances the learning of all members. Our mission is to connect faculty across NSU so that we can share ideas, information, and resources related to research and practice in teaching and learning. We strive to engage in collaborative learning within an environment of shared authority, trust, and mutual respect. We hope through the MAKO Commons to Make All Knowledge Open so that we can learn from each other and strengthen our institutional capacity for effective teaching and learning.
The primary activities that sustain this group as an intellectual community include:
Who can join MAKO Commons?
We welcome anyone who is involved in teaching and learning at NSU and is willing to share their knowledge and learn from each other. MAKO Commons members may include, for example, administrators, staff, full-time and part-time faculty, instructors, adjuncts, University School teachers, etc. We encourage those who are new to teaching and learning as well as those who are seasoned professionals (and everyone in the middle) to participate.
Where do I find the MAKO Commons and what do I do when I get there?
The MAKO Commons will be housed in Canvas, NSU’s learning management system. MAKO Commons will be an online space for faculty to share knowledge and information specifically related to teaching and learning at NSU. It will be primarily discussion-based using the Discussions tool in Canvas. Perhaps later, we can add more technology tools and consider holding a monthly MAKO Commons live meeting (either via Zoom or eventually face-to-face).
How will the Commons develop?
During this pilot period (February–May, 2021), we will start simple with a few topical Discussion threads in Canvas. While it is up to you to choose how often you participate, we hope you check the Commons three or more times per month and share your thoughts, questions, ideas, and resources. After the pilot, we will review what worked, what didn’t, and what can be improved and identify next steps from there.
How often will you communicate with me?
We will post 2-3 announcements in Canvas per month so we advise you to set your Canvas notifications to receive those announcements in your email inbox. You can also set other notifications (such as how often you receive Discussion updates) according to your preference.
Our announcements will be brief and provide updates on what’s happening in the Commons, the topic of the month, any timely conferences or calls for proposals relating to teaching and learning, etc.
When will we launch MAKO Commons?
Our pilot launch is Tuesday, February 16, 2021 and run through the Winter semester.
I’m Interested, what do I do next?
If you are interested in joining the pilot, please complete the MAKO Commons Enrollment Form here. Once you complete it, you will be contacted with further instructions prior to the launch date of February 16.
To enroll in the MAKO Commons vCoP:
We will also be providing 30-minute information sessions on the following dates. Feel free to join us for a live discussion about the MAKO Commons.
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021, from 12:00-12:30 PM
To Register for this course visit- https://nova.traincaster.com/app/Login.pm?course_code=MakoFeb3 select Traincaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule.
Thursday, February 11th, 2021, from 12:30-1:00 PM
To Register for this course visit- https://nova.traincaster.com/app/Login.pm?course_code=MakoFeb11 select Traincaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule.
If you have additional comments or questions, please contact Marti Snyder, Ph.D., Director of Faculty Professional Development, LEC at email@example.com.
Thank you for your interest in the MAKO Commons!
Buckley, H., Steinert, Y., Regehr, G. and Nimmon, L. (2019). When I say…community of practice. Medical Education, 53, 763-765.
Wenger, E., McDermott, R. & Snyder, W. M. (2002). Cultivating communities of practice. Boston, MA. Harvard Business School Press.
Copyright at times can be incredibly simple, such as the fact that everything is protected by copyright the moment it is created. Others, like how long the copyrights last, can be very complicated. And as to the question of “is this fair use”, even Federal Judges have trouble with the concept. This session will help you understand the basics, and some of the more complicated questions, when applied to a classroom setting.
Participants will be able to:
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 from 12:30-1:30PM
To Register for this course visit https://nova.traincaster.com/app/Login.pm?course_code=LECGuestFeb23, select Traincaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule.
As another semester of Blend-Flex teaching is underway, let’s take what we've learned so far and "up our Zoom game." Many of you have participated in Zoom and online teaching workshops before. If you did, in this session you will be able to go beyond the basics of student engagement and will have a chance to address issues that are pressing for you among colleagues. The purpose of this session is to review Zoom features that have become "tried-and-true" for many of us, as well as explore some new approaches to teaching through Zoom. If you are new to Zoom, it is recommended that you review the Zoom Basics workshop here: https://sharkmedia.nova.edu/media/1_grin0nw3; if you would like to review a more in-depth workshop on Best Practices in Teaching & Learning Online, you can review this workshop here: https://sharkmedia.nova.edu/media/1_6ju67o6n
This session will be delivered online, using (you guessed it!) Zoom! Some topics discussed will include behaviors, and others have to do with the technical aspects of teaching and learning through Zoom. Some intended topics are outlined below, but we will also address the issues that attendees bring up:
In this session, we will:
Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 from 12:00 pm –1:00 pm
To Register for this course visit https://nova.traincaster.com/app/Login.pm?course_code=LECGuestFeb24, select Traincaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule.
In this interactive session, the presenter will introduce definitions of implicit bias and engage participants in discussing implicit biases, potential effects they may have on our life and work, and strategies to deal with them.
Participants will be able to:
Wednesday, March 10, from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
To Register for this course visit - https://nova.traincaster.com/app/Login.pm?course_code=LECGuestMar10, select Traincaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule.
If you have writing assignments in your course, then you already know that plagiarism can be a problem. This workshop will present the tool, Turnitin, which helps identify instances of potential plagiarism. During the workshop, you will learn about the various ways in which Turnitin can be used in your Canvas course so that you can begin screening writing assignments for plagiarism, as well as grammatical errors.
January 29th, 2021- 10:00am-11:00am
February 11th, 2021- 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Online Zoom
To Register for this course visit - https://nova.traincaster.com/app/Login.pm?course_code=Plagiarism, select TrainCaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule.
BlendFlex training opportunities available for the month of January and February!
Register for a BlendFlex interactive training session and learn how to deliver face-to-face and online learning experiences simultaneously. After this mandatory online training, you will be able to do the following:
We look forward to seeing you online!
January 27th, 2021, 9:30am-11:00am
To Register for this course visit- https://nova.traincaster.com/app/Login.pm?course_code=BlendFlexJan27, select TrainCaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule
February 17th, 2021 - 9:30am-11:00am
To Register for this course visit- https://nova.traincaster.com/app/Login.pm?course_code=BlendFlexFeb17, select TrainCaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule
Engaging students at a distance and in the classroom can present challenges. Poll Everywhere provides a way to interact with your students with activities designed to ask questions, drive participation in group activities, and encourage student to share thoughts and insights from their phone or computer.
The workshop will use a flipped delivery model where we will ask you to review some content in advance of the live online workshop and you will have an opportunity to have guided practice using the Poll Everywhere tool during the live online workshop session.
The Canvas based portion of the workshop needs to be completed in advance and will provide the following learning opportunities:
The Live Zoom Workshop will have you accomplish the following objectives:
After registering the Instructor will send you an introductory note along with access to the canvas course for you to begin the first part of the Workshop.
January 26th, 2021 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
February 5th, 2021 10:00 am to 11:30 am
To Register for this course visit-https://nova.traincaster.com/app/Login.pm?course_code=Pollev1, select TrainCaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule, select your desired date and click on Register.
On Thursday, January 28th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. join the Alvin Sherman Library on Zoom to learn about academic publishing from publishers, editors, and NSU faculty and librarians. Learn such skills as how to become a multilingual scholar, using Web of Science to determine where to publish, how to prepare a compelling business or science book proposal, publishing your research with IEEE and more.
To see session details and register, visit - Alvin Sherman Library to host 6th Annual Virtual Power Publishing Day – SharkBytes (nova.edu)
SharkMedia is the NSU branded name for the video platform Kaltura. Kaltura is offering a new masterclass series focused on helping higher education faculty and instructional designers better use video. The series is called Kaltura Academic Media & Pedagogy (KAMP).
This series for Kaltura customers will not only teach them tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Kaltura products, but will also give users some of the latest in pedagogical theory for how to use video as part of their courses for more effective learning. Starting January 14, sessions will be held every second Thursday of the month. All Kaltura end users from higher education are welcome!
Users can register for as many sessions as they wish; each session is a stand alone topic.
Check out the schedule, which starts on January 14th!
Dates & Times:
Second Thursday every month, 2:00PM EST (New York) Session 2 is on February 11th, 2021 with earlier sessions available for review.
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