Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Upcoming Training Opportunities


Tue...4/18.Canvas Basics...
...12:00pm - 01:30pm...
Tue...4/18.Assessment - Forma. & Sum....
...02:00pm - 04:00pm...
Wed...4/19.Course Design...
...01:00pm - 05:00pm...
Thu...4/27.Preparing to Teach...
...09:00am - 12:00pm...
Fri...4/28.Canvas Advanced...
...08:00am - 10:30am...

Technology Open Labs are scheduled twice a week. Tuesdays 2:00 - 4:30pm in the Computer Commons, E132, and Thursdays 8:30 - 10:30am in Q130. Feel free to drop by with your technology questions regarding Canvas, FMS, SIS, HCM, and more. Individual time may be limited depending on attendance.

Adjunct Appreciation Luncheon for Spring 2017

All Adjunct Faculty and Division Chairs are invited to join the celebration luncheon. This celebration is a wonderful opportunity for colleagues to share a meal and catch up. Also, we want to honor and celebrate how much we value you and the work you do at the college. Our success and our students’ success could not happen without you. We look forward to seeing you at the celebration luncheon. Please join us!
  • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
  • When: Friday, May 12, 2017
  • Where: Q Building 120-B
Please RSVP by Friday, May 1st by sending an email to: or call: (602) 787-6697.  Please click here to see the flyer.

For this luncheon, we will be having a buffet style party with trays from Chick-Fil-A. The menu will consist of Chicken Sliders, Fruit, Nuggets, Cool wraps and Chicken Salad Sandwiches. Please let us know of any special dietary needs. Menu subject to change.

Minecraft in the classroom?

Taken from: Sheri Ledbetter, Chapman University

Justin Walsh, Ph.D., associate professor of art history and archeology teaches a class called Poets, Philosophers and Citizens, Life in the Ancient Greek City – Art 347. It is more of an archeology class than an art history class. And this year, Walsh changed it up a little – rather a lot – by having his students use the popular block building video game Minecraft to build their Greek city, rather than the traditional graph paper.

What made you think Minecraft would be a valuable kind of tool to use in the class?
It was a really interesting thing – kind of a Eureka moment. I was trying to think of a better way to have students do a project in this class rather than just writing a paper on some aspect of a Greek city. And I thought I could have them design Greek cities on graph paper, and plan out what they wanted their city to look like and come up with a foundation and a history and all that. At the same time I was interacting with a colleague on social media who is a digital humanities specialist as well as an archeologist – and through that interaction the idea emerged to use the popular video game Minecraft.

By having them play this game they actively apply the principles of Greek urban planning. I thought using Minecraft would engage them more than just pen and paper and it would provide something very visually stimulating as well.

What does Minecraft bring to the learning experience?
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Tech Tips

Did you see the upcoming FMS training webinars taking place this week? No need to be registered to participate. Simply click on the link and sign in with your First and Last Name for the class roster:

FMS Travel Authorization and Professional Growth Application QRG
Thursday, 4/13/17 at 2:00pm.  Webinar Link: please click here

FMS Expense Report Quick Reference Guide
Friday, 4/14/17 at 10:00am.  Webinar Link: please click here

Canvas Corner

Did you know… Respondus Testing Software is now available at PVCC in Canvas? Respondus LockDown Browser is a set of software tools that promotes academic honesty when taking online tests in Canvas Learning Management System. The tools include a lockdown browser and monitor. There is no charge to the students. Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Canvas. While using LockDown Browser, students are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications during an online test. Please register here for a 45 minute training webinar. And kindly click here for additional information. Contact Linda Lawson for a demo of the product.