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News from the Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education Department

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Teach for Changency is an Educational Community to Promote Change

Dr. Anne Ticknor (Assistant Professor in Reading Education) and Dr. Katie Schwartz (Associate Professor in Mathematics Education) led a mathematics-specific induction program, LAUNCH into Mathematics Teaching, for 20 beginning elementary teachers in eastern North Carolina. The induction program included over 60 hours of mathematics professional development and specialized mentoring across two years. The Z Smith Reynolds Foundation funded the program.

Drs. Ticknor and Schwartz collected data from the program and found that the program structure supported beginning teachers in the how-to of enacting mathematics curriculum in their particular classrooms, created an external network of educators to share ideas and frustrations, provided windows into “what’s possible” in other schools/districts, and offered opportunities for reflection about their teaching visions and pedagogical decisions.

Ticknor and Schwartz have presented these findings in a variety of venues including local, regional, and national conferences and written reports for national education journals. Currently a social media campaign, Teach for Changency, is underway to disseminate findings and provide an informational and educational community to promote teacher agency and pedagogical change. Join the community and follow @teach4changency on Twitter and like https://www.facebook.com/teachforchangency on Facebook. 

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PIRATES Educators Work to Improve K-6 Science Education

GREENVILLE, N.C. (10/15/15) — On Saturday, October 10th fifteen College of Education alumni returned to East Carolina University to attend a workshop, “Systemic Science. It’s Elementary!” These teachers were among the first graduates of the newly developed Elementary Science Concentration at East Carolina University that focuses on the scientific content and knowledge needed for teaching science to K-6 students. Students enrolled in the concentration receive instructional strategies and specialized content knowledge within all domains of science.

The workshop was funded by a research start-up grant entitled PIRATES (Preparing and Inspiring Achieving Teaching Excellence in Science). The grant was awarded to Assistant Professor, Dr. Tammy D. Lee who spearheaded the development of this program in response to the need to improve STEM education in the early grades. PIRATES is designed to support the fifteen newly specialized science teachers over the course of three years. These beginning teachers will work with ECU science education faculty, ECU scientists, and North Carolina Museum of Natural Science staff to strengthen their knowledge and skills in systemic science education. The goal of the PIRATES program is to return these teachers to their classrooms and schools across North Carolina as elementary science education leaders.

Participant Ashley Barfield a teacher at Abbotts Creek Elementary School in Raleigh said, “The PIRATE grant will not only benefit me as a teacher but my teammates, students, and my school.”

“This grant will be a huge impact in my classroom because it will help my students to think critically about science in the real world by learning about systems,” added Amber Ellington a teacher at Falkland Elementary in Greenville.

Since the launch of the Elementary Science Concentration in the fall of 2012, enrollment has grown from seven students to over one hundred.

“This increased enrollment indicates the overwhelming interest of elementary pre-service teachers to become science teacher specialists,” said Lee.

For more information about East Carolina University’s Elementary Science Concentration or the PIRATES grant please contact Dr. Tammy D. Lee at leeta@ecu.edu

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PIRATES teachers participating in the “Systemic Science. It’s Elementary!” event on October 10. Pictured above from left to right: Kayla Sager, Christina Baik, Amber Ellington, Abby Wilkinson, Katherine Hart (red shirt), Ashley Barfield, Beth Wantz Kara Rouse, Danielle Alford, Rachel Fendrick Amanda Etheridge and Dail Berry. Kneeling: Bonnie Glass and Dr. Tammy Lee

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The COE Research Committee Presents Dr. Abbie Brown: Increasing Your Impact with Social Media

Come to Speight 202 on October 22, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to learn how to use web-based and mobile applications to create and share content.

Making good use of web-based and mobile applications can significantly increase one’s academic impact. Social media offers a variety of opportunities for scholarship and service to one’s discipline, while increasing the visibility of academic programs and institutions. For the past two years, Dr. Abbie Brown has been experimenting with podcasting, blogging, and content curation via the Flipboard app, resulting in the receipt of a national award for his podcast series, opportunities to collaborate with major figures in his discipline, and invitations to speak at international conferences. It’s one example of using innovative social media to positively affect productivity in more traditional venues.

The workshop’s purpose is to share information about making effective use of social media to increase your own academic impact by reviewing examples and describing the tasks involved in blogging, ‘casting, and curating content

Faculty participants will receive Distance Education Professional Development Credits. ECU

Faculty and Staff can register for this event in Cornerstone.

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Graduate Program in Mathematics Education Launches 2015-2017 High School Cohort

With a vision of achieving 21st Century skills and productive, meaningful mathematics learning for all students of eastern North Carolina, the College of Education’s Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education’s are of Mathematics Education launched its first ever graduate school cohort of high school mathematics teachers. The vision for the program is that great mathematics learning can be accomplished when faculty, teacher candidates, and eastern North Carolina teachers of mathematics work together in rich mathematics teaching communities.

This fall, teachers and ECU faculty Dr. Maureen Grady and Dr. Charity Cayton are engaged in the study of the research literature, policies, and best practices for high school mathematics instruction. During the past summer, the teachers completed two graduate courses in mathematics with Dr. Chris Jantzen and Dr. Zach Robinson. Committing to the study of mathematics and mathematics education while engaged in the current challenges of teaching high school mathematics is demanding. The College of Education and the area of Mathematics Education are very proud of the 30 teachers who are building their careers and expanding their options with the Master of Arts of Education (MAEd) in Mathematics Education.

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From the TRC: Instruction & Consultation Services

It’s the third Thursday of the month and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight another service or resource Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center (TRC) has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. Today we’ll review a few changes to how students and faculty schedule the TRC’s instruction and consultation services.

These changes are meant to accomplish two things. First, students, faculty and staff will be able to schedule a library instruction session for their classes or a research consultation in less time. Second, these new forms will provide TRC librarians with all pertinent information at the beginning of the scheduling process. This will eliminate extra time used to email questions back and forth after a request is first submitted.

All links below can be found on the left hand side of the TRC’s web page.

Library Instruction for Classes

The Instruction Session Request Form is for professors seeking to schedule a TRC librarian to teach their students not only about Joyner Library’s resources and services, but also how the TRC specifically supports the College of Education and its faculty and students. This form can also be used to schedule whole class SMART Board workshops, and general orientations and tours of the TRC.

The semester may be half over, but there is still time to schedule a library instruction session for your class today!

Consultation Services

Research Consultations – This form will offer students and faculty a direct link to TRC librarians who would like to schedule research consultations. Until now, Joyner Library’s Book a Librarian portal acted as the middle man, but this change will streamline the scheduling process..

SMART Board Consultations – Students and faculty can schedule one-on-one or small group consultations with the TRC’s SMART Certified Education Trainer. Each consultation is specifically tailored to meet your needs.

3D Printing Consultations – The TRC’s newest service! 3D printing consultations are one-on-one sessions that can range from a simple introduction to 3D printing to specific design needs for an academic project and everything in between. It is not necessary to have a finished product in mind when scheduling a consultation.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Until next time…Dan Z. in the TRC

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From the TRC…3D Printing Now Available to ECU Community

It’s the first Thursday of the month and a new edition of From the TRC is published to highlight an instructional technology resource Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center (TRC) has to support the College of Education’s faculty and students. Our first post of the school year highlights a new service in Joyner Library, 3D printing!

Do you know how common 3D printers are in North Carolina’s public schools? If it’s not now, it will be soon. NC State’s College of Education is busily working toward equipping every middle school in Wake County with a 3D printer. ECU’s own Innovation Design Lab is hoping to outfit seven (7) middle schools with a 3D printer by the end of the school year, and many other K-12 schools around the state have already started their own 3D printing initiatives.

3D printing in K-12 and higher education is definitely a trend. As a result, the TRC has been busy preparing two 3D printers for the College of Education and the rest of the campus community to use. I am proud to announce that, as of today, Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center is now accepting print requests for our 3D printers!

To help guide the ECU community, we have also developed a library guide for those who are unfamiliar with 3D printing, but would like to know more. Joyner Library currently has two 3D printers available for use, a FlashForge Creator Pro and a ZPrinter 310 (.pdf). We are also busy prepping a Lulzbot TAZ 5 for future use. This library guide will help you:

Contact us for help by email, 3Dprinting@ecu.edu.

Stay tuned for workshops and other professional development opportunities that involve 3D printing in K-12 and higher education in the months ahead.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Until next time…Dan Z. in the TRC.

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Reading Education Faculty Highlights

At this time in the semester, students are showcasing what they have learned through papers, projects and mid-term exams. We thought we would share a few highlights of what the ECU College of Education Reading Faulty have been doing since the start of the fall 2015 semester.

Dr. Caitlin Ryan has presented multiple professional development sessions for Pitt County Teachers working on Literature Circles.  Dr. Ryan shared, “I really enjoy helping teachers learn about texts and activities that help students love reading. We focused on how talk about text is an important component of both student engagement and comprehension instruction in the reading curriculum.”

Dr. Anne Ticknor and Dr. Katie Schwartz (Associate Professor in Mathematics Education) led a mathematics-specific induction program, LAUNCH into Mathematics, for 20 beginning elementary teachers in eastern North Carolina. The induction program included over 60 hours of mathematics professional development and specialized mentoring across two years. The Z Smith Reynolds Foundation funded the program.  Ticknor and Schwartz are continuing research and publications related to the initiative and are facilitating a social media campaign, Teach for Changency, to showcase program guest bloggers, participant quotes, and key findings from the study. See: teachforchangency.com

Kelly Bahoric (Elementary Education, K-12 Reading License, ’15) and Dr. Elizabeth Swaggerty co-authored a journal article that explores fanfiction as a valuable literacy practice in both the real world and the K-12 classroom. Bahoric notes, “Reading and writing fanfiction is an exciting practice for students because it allows students to expand upon ideas they already love and enjoy. There is also a subversive element to the practice. One could rewrite established works in a way that is more challenging and less conservative than the original. The potentially subversive nature of the practice is highly appealing to young people.” Article available here: http://www.ccira.org/colorado-reading-journal/SUMMER-2015.html

Dr. Ran Hu is investigating Western teachers’ English teaching experience in China. She hopes to help more people understand the experiences and challenges of those who taught English in a foreign country.  If you have taught English in another country or have an interest in learning more about teaching English abroad, please contact Dr. Hu (hur@ecu.edu).

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Elementary Science Alumna Receives WITN’s Teacher of the Week Award

Congratulations to Dail Berry who received this week’s Teacher of the Week award from WITN. Last May, Berry graduated from East Carolina University, receiving the Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Elementary Science. In the summer of 2014, she was an innovative camp counselor for the East Carolina Summer Science Camp. In her role as camp counselor, she created and implemented the popular camp session, Under the Sea. Ms. Berry also has experience working as a counselor for the 4H program in her hometown. After graduation, Berry decided to return home to Hyde County to start her teaching career. She is now teaching 7th and 8th grade science at Mattamuskeet Early College High School. When asked about her interest in science, she stated, “I fell in love with science while taking courses at ECU and now I want science to be my focus.”

Berry has already distinguished herself as a leader in her school by assisting with the Junior Beta club, a Co-advisor of the Envirothon team, and the Assistant Varsity Coach for the high school volleyball team. For the next three years, she will also be a part of a new research grant entitled PIRATES, Preparing and Inspiring Readiness for Achieving Teaching Excellence in Science. Dr. Tammy Lee, Assistant Professor in Science Education at ECU, noted: “The goal of this grant is to support beginning teachers that specialized in elementary science within their undergraduate education program at ECU.” The person nominating Berry for this award said, “She is an amazing teacher and the sweetest person. It’s her first year teaching and I’d love for her to get recognition for all her hard work and determination.”

Here is the link to the WITN interview with Berry: http://www.witn.com/home/headlines/WITNs-Teacher-of-the-Week-Dail-Berry-of-Hyde-County-327835781.html

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College of Education awards more than $475,000 in scholarships to ECU students

East Carolina University’s College of Education has awarded $476,000 in scholarships to 78 outstanding students for the 2015-2016 school year. A total of 95 scholarships and awards, ranging from $250 to $20,000, were presented. Several students received multiple scholarships.

Recipients were honored Aug. 28 at the ECU College of Education Scholarship Recipient and Donor Recognition Ceremony at Rock Springs Center. A photo album has been created to share the photos take at the event. The scholarships, funded through private donations, support students while honoring and memorializing educators and the profession. Visit the university scholarships page for more information about each scholarship

ECU’s College of Education is the largest producer of new teachers in the state and the oldest professional school on campus. The college’s mission is the preparation of professional educators and allied practitioners in business information systems, counseling, electronic media and librarianship. This fall, more than 200 students are enrolled in education programs at ECU.

College of Education Living-Learning Community Scholarships

Four-year scholarships awarded to first year students who plan pursue a career in education.

Betty S. Abernathy Memorial Scholarship – $20,000
Kali Bousquet
Winterville, NC

Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarship – $20,000
Kyndall Westerbeek
Warsaw, NC

Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarship – $14,000
Michaela Nobels
Vanceboro, NC

Pat and Lynn Lane Education Scholarship – $14,000
Jordan Lewis Outlaw
Washington, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Haylie Byanna Dockery
Burgaw, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Makenzie Evans
Clayton, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Raleigh Forrest
Lumberton, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Elizabeth Hawley
Lucama, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Mathew Joyner
Elm City, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Hannah Lewis
Jacksonville, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Hannah Parham
Wilmington, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Mollie Pittman
Richlands, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Megan Kristina Sealy
Franklinton, NC

James H. and Connie M. Maynard Scholarship – $20,000
Connor Mckinley Wilkins
Washington, NC

College of Education 2015-2016 Scholarships

The Helen Armfield Crowder Scholarship – $4,000
Ayla Allen
Roseboro, NC

The Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship – $2,500
Ann Ballance
Fremont, NC

The Batton-Boyette Memorial Scholarship – $1,750
Taylor Barbour
Clayton, NC

The Frank G. Fuller Scholarship – $400
Jena Bogovich
Northumberland, PA

The Don and Linda Lassiter Scholarship (COE) – $3,000
Cheri Brown
Smithfield, NC

The Dianne and Chip Linville Doctoral Fellowship Endowment Fund – $1,000
Shannon Cecil
Greenville, NC

The Dr. Sunday Ajose Memorial Scholarship – $2,000
Brett Congleton
Winterville, NC

The Dr. Charles R. Coble Scholarship Fund – $2,500
Candice Corcoran
Eden, NC

The Carolyn C. Matthews Jones Scholarship – $4,500
Candice Corcoran
Eden, NC

The David and BJ Fisher Scholarship in Education – $1,500
Candice Corcoran
Eden, NC

The Dixie Wilson Duncan Science Education Scholarship – $1,000
Jessica Curasi
Mebane, NC

The Dr. Moses M. Sheppard Scholarship Fund – $1,000
Allison Cuthrell
New Bern, NC

The Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship – $5,000
Allison Cuthrell
New Bern, NC

The Laughinghouse-Leary Scholarship – $500
Allison Cuthrell
New Bern, NC

The Craig W. and Ruth T. Joyner Family Scholarship – $1,000
Allison Cuthrell
New Bern, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Brittany Daniels
Rocky Mount, NC

The Ellen Boone Staton Memorial Scholarship – $1,500
Elizabeth Dupree
Holly Ridge, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Margaret Ellen Edwards
Kinston, NC

The Emily S. Boyce Fellowship – $2,500
Joy Edwards
Wilson, NC

The Sheltering Home Circle of the King’s Daughters and Sons Scholarship – $2,500
Katherine Freer
Wendell, NC

The Katie Earle Owen Morgan Scholarship Endowed Fund – $2,500
Katherine Freer
Wendell, NC

The Charles and Beth Ward Scholarship in Elementary Education – $1,400
Katherine Freer
Wendell, NC

The Kay Hall Chesson Scholarship – $1,500
Michelle Gianvito
North Brunswick, NJ

The H. Frances Daniels Scholarship – $5,000
Michelle Gianvito
North Brunswick, NJ

The Thadys J. Dewar Scholarship – $1,000
Michelle Gianvito
North Brunswick, NJ

The Sally Ruth Hinton Klingenschmitt Scholarship – $400
Melyssa Gomez
Fayetteville, NC

The Becky Keith Ledford Scholarship – $2,000
Karen Gurley
Burnsville, NC

The Gina Gaillard Locklear Scholarship – $2,000
Karen Gurley
Burnsville, NC

The Dr. Suzanne Wester, M.D. Scholarship – $4,500
Derek Hamm
Snow Hill, NC

The Helen Massey Harrell Memorial Scholarship – $1,500
Gabriele Harrell
Gates, NC

The Polly Mason Strickland Education Scholarship – $1,000
Gabriele Harrell
Gates, NC

The Mary Elizabeth Austin Yancey Scholarship Fund – $5,000
Lauren Holloway
Creedmoor, NC

The Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship – $5,000
Mackinsay Howe
Smithfield, NC

The Alva Sawyer & Lee G. Williams Memorial Scholarship – $1,000
Takeiya Hudson
Robersonville, NC

The Dr. James W. Batten Research Fellow Scholarship – $2,500
Brianna Ingram
Virginia Beach, VA

The Kathy A. Taft Memorial Scholarship – $2,000
Maria Johnson
Kinston, NC

The Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship – $2,500
Melanie Koerber
Elizabeth City, NC

The Osmond Mitchell Endowment Fund – $5,000
Anthony Lassetter
Vanceboro, NC

The Linda Haddock McRae Memorial Scholarship – $5,000
Sharon Lepore
Fayetteville, NC

The James Bryant Kirkland, Jr. and Evelyn Johnson Kirkland Middle Grades Scholarship – $5,000
Mary MacRae
Fayetteville, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Sarah Marsh
Newark, DE

The Hattie M. Strong Foundation Scholarship – $5,000
Corinne McClain
Kill Devil Hills, NC

The Edwin and Hazel Roberts Donnell Scholarship – $1,000
Rebecca McHugh
Southern Pines, NC

The Sharon Raynor Scholarship – $1,000
Danielle Mehling
Jamestown, NC

The Dr. John T. Richards Scholarship – $800
Danielle Mehling
Jamestown, NC

The Faye Marie Creegan Scholarship Endowment Fund – $1,500
Heather Modlin
Jamesville, NC

The Ralph Brimley Enrichment Fund – $3,000
Gregory Monroe
Winterville, NC

The Dr. Betty M. Long Memorial Scholarship – $2,000
Michelle Nendza
Plainview, NY

The Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship – $2,500
Michelle Nendza
Plainview, NY

The Osmond Mitchell Endowment Fund – $5,000
Michaela Nobles
Vanceboro, NC

The Jane B. Reel Education Scholarship – $1,000
Olivia Oakley
Greenville, NC

The Katie Earle Owen Morgan Scholarship Endowed Fund – $1,250
Alyssa Overton
Wilmington, NC

The Eloise Faison Teacher Scholarship – $2,500
Alyssa Overton
Wilmington, NC

The Andy Roos Memorial Scholarship – $2,500
Kiana Owens
Cary, NC

The Gayle Morgan Shearer Endowment Fund – $1,000
Danielle Parrish
Middlesex, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Jessica Pinner
Winterville, NC

The Daisy Carson Latham Memorial Scholarship – $3,000
Mary-Ashley Pollard
Benson, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Rebecca Poole
Winterville, NC

The Teer-Mihalyi Academic Enrichment Endowed Fund – $2,500
Lillian Reinisch
Land O Lakes, FL

The Benjamin Scott Denton Scholarship in Special Education – $500
Lillian Reinisch
Land O Lakes, FL

The Kallam/Moore Scholarship – $1,500
Lillian Reinisch
Land O Lakes, FL

The Educators Hall of Fame Scholarship – $2,500
Meredith Sanderson
Kinston, NC

The Tom and Karen Bartik Scholarship in Science Education – $750
Hazelle Sandoval
Raleigh, NC

The Tom and Karen Bartik Scholarship in English Education – $750
Chandria Sharpe
Waxhaw, NC

The Russell-Smith Fellowship in Adult Education – $1,000
Tiffanie Simerson
Greenville, NC

The Angel Boberg-Webb Scholarship – $500
Chelsea Skurow
Charlotte, NC

The Callaree Jarvis Horton Elementary Education Scholarship – $1,000
Lanie Smith
Washington, NC

The James H. and Virginia J. Tucker Scholarship – $1,000
Haley Sparrow
Winterville, NC

The Doris Burnette Scholarship – $5,000
Avery Spey
Cary, NC

The James Bryant Kirkland, Jr. and Evelyn Johnson Kirkland Middle Grades Scholarship – $5,000
Lauren Stephens
Fayetteville, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Taunya Stevens-Johnson
Barberton, OH

The J. Worth Carter Scholarship – $900
Lauren Stone
Greenville, NC

The Mary Lois Staton Scholarship – $5,000
Chelsea Taylor
Gates, NC

The Miriam Perry Saunders Education Scholarship Fund – $5,000
Tiffany Taylor
Greenville, NC

The Alston W. Burke Scholarship – $6,500
Samaria Trimble
Greenville, NC

The Dr. Suzanne Wester, M.D. Scholarship – $4,500
Aleida Velasquez
Greenville, NC

The Mack and Margaret Coble Doctoral Fellowship – $2,500
Angela Wall
Mount Olive, NC

The Daisy Carson Latham Memorial Scholarship – $3,000
Jessea Waterfield
Buxton, NC

The Floyd and Pauline Mattheis Scholarship – $1,000
Kayla Watterson
Fayetteville, NC

The Catherine Jones Baggett Scholarship – $2,800
Kyndall Westerbeek
Warsaw, NC

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Upcoming Professional Development Offering: Instructional Design for Online Student Success

The NEW Instructional Design for Online Student Success professional development series will focus on motivating and retaining online learners by developing a course that incorporates interactive tools, student collaboration and a variety of assessment activities. Topics will also include strategies for creating and fostering a sense of community in online or blended courses.

The first session, Collaborative Tools in Blackboard, will focus on using the collaboration tools that are readily available within Blackboard and many other learning management software suites including groups, discussions, wikis and blogs. Both novice and experienced online instructors are encouraged to attend the session, as it will focus on sharing collaborative ideas among faculty in addition to showing how to use these tools.

Collaborative Tools in Blackboard-Part I will be offered face to face on Thursday, September 17th at 1:00 in Speight 239. Participants are encouraged to bring their own device to participate in the interactive session. The session will also be offered online Thursday, September 24th at 2:00 via Saba Meeting.

Part 2 of Collaborative Tools in Blackboard will provide a more focused look at one or more of the collaborative tools discussed in Part 1 based on participant interest and feedback provided during the sessions.

Faculty and staff can register for these sessions via Cornerstone. For more information contact Holly Fales at heathh@ecu.edu.

View all detailed descriptions of all COE Faculty/Staff Professional Development opportunities at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/oaa/facultypd.cfm.