Teaching + Learning Center
Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus Teaching + Learning Center | Orient 116

What is the TLC?  The Teaching and Learning Centers (TLC) are faculty-managed facilities designed to enhance teaching and learning excellence for full and part-time professional staff. The centers provide opportunities for faculty and staff to connect with one another. By providing a variety of forums for faculty to confer on teaching issues, the TLCs encourage cross-campus peer interaction, sharing, and mentoring. In addition, the TLCs support faculty learning by providing workshops, mini-courses and other learning activities. Educational resources and state-of-the-art technology are available at each campus. The Eastern TLC currently has two computers and a Smart Board as well as software such as Adobe InDesign and Camtasia Studio.

Where is the TLC?  The Eastern TLC is located in Orient 116. The conference room located conveniently next door in Orient 117 can facilitate larger workshops and sessions. Faculty may access the TLC any time during the scheduled workshops or by appointment with the current TLC coordinator, Misty Curreli (if I'm not on campus, obtain a key in Orient 112). You should also contact Dr. Misty Curreli to suggest workshops or to offer your own workshops.

When are the workshops?  The following schedule shows the current spring 2017 workshops; this calendar will be updated as needed. Please RSVP for workshops by emailing Misty Curreli.

A variety of excellent workshops are also available at the Ammerman and Grant campuses.

    Date + Time Workshop Facilitator Room

    Mon 2/6-
    11:00 A.M.-12:15 PM

    Writing Rituals & Micro Sabbaticals Sarah Gutowski Orient 116
    • Faculty are eligible for a sabbatical every seven years -- but waiting that long to finish professional development and discipline-specific projects is impractical and often impossible. This workshop aims to help you find pockets of time in the year for unofficial, self-granted "micro-sabbaticals," where you can focus on those projects that are often delayed or pushed aside. We'll also talk about the importance of daily or weekly writing time, where you can make incremental progress towards your larger project goals.

    Mon 2/13-
    11:00 A.M.-12:15 PM

    Smart Podiums: Past, Present, and Future Damon Vogel Shinnecock 216
    • Damon Vogel will discuss the smart podiums found in the classrooms, how they came into use, what can be done with them, and where we are going with them in the future. To be held in the newest beta-testing smart classroom.

    Wed 2/15
    11:00 A.M.-12:15 P.M.

    Citation Manager Using Zotero Dana Antonucci-Durgan, Head Librarian MLRC217
    • Are you writing a paper to submit to a journal or finishing a thesis or dissertation?  Learn how to use Zotero to import formatted citations into your Word document or manuscript.  Explore how to import references from a library database into Zotero to include in a Word document.  Zotero will save you hours of citation formatting time and help you manage your scholarly readings.

    Tue 2/21
    4:30 P.M.-5:30 P.M.

    How to Discuss Tough Subjects in the Classroom Group discussion by Misty Curreli, Sociology Orient 116
    • There are an abundance of “tough topics” that come up in classroom conversation – either planned or unplanned. Let’s share some of our techniques for managing those discussion in pursuit of helping our students understand.

    Mon 2/27 11:00 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.

    Library e-Resources for Teaching & Learning Susan Wood, Assistant Professor, Library MLRC 214
    • Susan Wood will be talking about why you would want to use library resources for course materials, the depth and breadth of formats and types, and how to integrate them into a Blackboard course shell without giving yourself a headache trying to figure out permalinks.

    Wed 3/1 11:00 A.M.-12:15 P.M.

    Working with ESL Students to Help Them Succeed in Your Class Mary Schafer, Instructor, ESL Orient 116
    • What’s the difference between ELL and ESL students?  Get a better insight and learn some secrets to “break the code” when dealing with second language learners.

    Mon 3/6 11:00 A.M.-12:15 P.M.

    Best Practices for Online Quizzes Cynthia Eaton, Professor of English Orient 116
    • In this workshop, Cynthia will review some best practices for online quizzes in Blackboard, with a focus on how to use the quiz for formative rather than summative purproses, e.g., how to imbed new information and feedback in your quiz responses in a way that enhances student comprehension of your subject matter.

    Wed 3/8 11:00 A.M. -12:15. P.M.

    Healthy & Unhealthy Relationships VIBS Family Violence & Rape Crisis Center Orient 116
    • February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and according to the CDC, “1 in 10 teens reported they had been kissed, touched, or physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to at least once by someone they were dating”. Come learn about the many kinds of dating violence, how to detect it, and how to help others who find themselves in these circumstances.

    Wed 3/22 11:00 A.M.-12:15 P.M.

    Introduction to SafeAssign Jenny Farquhar, Professor of Library Services MLRC217
    • In this workshop, you will learn how to use SafeAssign, a tool in Blackboard that can be used to “prevent plagiarism and create opportunities to help students properly attribute sources” (Blackboard, Inc.).  Participants will practice navigating the basic features of SafeAssign and consider pedagogical issues when using this tool.

    Mon 4/3 11:00 A.M.-12:15 P.M.

    PowerPoint Grzegorz Fabiszewski, Professional Assistant II - Educational Technology Unit, Computer Support Services Orient 116
    • Session will cover creating PowerPoint using master slides with templates and a Q&A on creating and using PowerPoint in the digital classroom.

    Tues 4/4 10:00 A.M. -11:15 P.M.

    Excel: The Basics Dana Antonucci-Durgan, Head Librarian MLRC217

    This workshop will give an overview of the basics of Excel.  Learn how to create worksheets, add, sort and filter data, add formulas to tables, use different formatting options, and change printing options.

    Mon 4/10 11:00 A.M. -12:15 P.M.

    No Time to Think: Exploring Contemplative Practices in the College Classroom Lisa Melendez,Professor of Library Services & Misty Curreli, East TLC Coordinator Orient 116
    • This workshop will begin to explore how contemplative practices can complement learning. Having attended SUNY’s Contemplative Network Conference, Profs. Lisa Meléndez, Library Services, and Misty Curreli, Sociology, will give an overview of how mindfulness practices are being used to create environments that enhance education, deepen students’ connection to learning, and foster greater academic success.  The workshop will also include a sampling of practices.

    Wed 4/12 11:00 A.M. -12:15 P.M.

    Professional Development Event Engaging Students in the Online Classroom: Tips from Experienced Professors

    Cynthia Eaton, Professor of English

    Nina Acquavita, Assistant Professor of Communications

    Jean Nicolas Pestieau, Professor of Mathematics

    Margaret Altizer, Associate Professor of English


    This presentation is designed to highlight the many innovative techniques our professors use to promote engagement and participation from our online students.  Four of our experienced online professors will share their methods for facilitating active involvement in their own classes. From Dropbox to Tests to Discussion Board, see how these Blackboard tools can be used in ways to enhance learning and “buy-in” from students. A Q&A session will provide the opportunity to discuss engagement more broadly and answer any questions about best practices for teaching online.

    Mon 4/17 11:00 A.M. -12:15 P.M. Preservation of Plants Native to Long Island Paul Anderson, Professional Assistant II - Science Orient 116
    • Learn about the L.I. Native Plant Initiative, a coalition of over 30 non-profit organizations that seek to protect the native plant population. Paul will share his experience working Long Island grasses, coastal plants and the Pine Barrens.   
    Mon 4/24 11:00 A.M. -12:15 P.M. Blackboard Wiki's Cynthia Eaton, Professor of English Orient 116
    • Cynthia recently revised her ENG102 class to move away from the ubiquitous discussion board entirely, as she migrated all student postings to the Blackboard class wikis. This workshop will review her rationale for doing so, how it seems to be encouraging greater student collaboration, and some do's and don'ts of using the Blackboard wikis.

    Wed 4/26 11:30 A.M.-12:15 P.M.

    Interdisciplinary Learning: A Model for Collaboration in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Joseph Napolitano, Associate Professor, Math and Science & Meredith Starr, Assistant Professor, Visual Arts Orient 116
    • While artists and scientists are equally creative, they explore and research their subjects with different perspectives, technology and techniques. When Visual Arts students are offered the opportunity to enter the science lab, they discover new ways of seeing, experiencing and interpreting the world around them. Texture Lab is a presentation about an ongoing collaboration between Drawing I and Drawing II students and the Biology Department. Professors Meredith Starr and Joseph Napolitano will share their experience and provide you with a model that demonstrates what happens when science, technology, engineering, art and math collide!

    Wed 5/3 11:00 A.M.-12:15 P.M.

    Copying Your Blackboard Course for a New Semester Misty Curreli, Sociology Orient 116
    • Did you know that you don’t have to start from scratch each semester in Blackboard?  You can copy parts of your class over from previous semesters and it’s not too difficult! 

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