Atomic Learning is Here

All faculty and staff are now able to access hundreds of online videos and tools through Atomic Learning.  The PD office has provided all faculty and staff access to Atomic Learning through Blackboard under the MCC Professional Development Online link.  You may click here for instructions on how to access this service.

Any faculty or staff having difficulties accessing Blackboard or Atomic Learning are encouraged to contact the PD office at x3661 and we will be glad to assist you.

Pull out those earbuds we provided you on Professional Day and let your online professional development begin right from your desk.

Workplace Safety/Security for Faculty Workshop

This 50-minute workshop describes potential physical threats and measures that can be taken by faculty and students to protect themselves. The presenters will lead attendees through practices that will maximize their safety in a workplace environment. It will include a discussion on how to make use of existing campus technology to further enhance safety.

Tuesday, 10/27/15

Cowan Center, Room 112

2pm-2:50pm     OR     3:00-3:50pm

If you are a faculty member interested in attending, please register by e-mailing Wendy Khadjikian at khadjikianw@middlesex.mass.edu by October 26th. Wendy will assign them to either the first or second session.

Working With Veterans Workshop

On 10/27/15, you have the opportunity to participate in a great workshop offered by our Student Services and the V.A.  “Creating a Welcoming Classroom Environment for Veterans and Military-Connected Students” is limited to 17 participants and a $50 stipend is available to full- & part-time faculty, as well as part-time staff.  Full-time professional staff and administrators are encouraged to register, although they will not qualify for payment.  Please contact Wendy for the application to register.  Only those who have registered in advance will qualify for the stipend.  Spots have already been filled, so hurry!  The workshop will take place in the Galvani room from 2-4pm.

Online Resources

We’ve heard it quite a few times: “I’d like to make your workshop, but can’t leave my desk.”  It’s a real dilemma and one we have been trying to work on for some time.  We are happy to announce upcoming access to online workshops through Atomic Learning!  Keep an eye on our Newscaster as updates are sure to roll in quickly.  You can quickly access dozens of workshops right from your desk relating to many of the workshops you’ve asked for.  Don’t worry, though, we will continue some face-to-face workshops because we know those are just as important.

Google Drive Tutorials

PD has added a few, short, videos to our online platform for anyone interested in learning how to create a “word” document, “powerpoint” presentation, or “excel” spreadsheet using Google’s Drive.  Create and edit from a computer, tablet, or smartphone…and access/edit anywhere!  These videos show you the basics, but once you’re in, you’ll be pleased to find how similar they are to Microsoft’s products.  Contact our office if you have any questions about accessing the videos.

The Mentoring Relationship

Check out LENS to register for the upcoming workshop on The Mentoring Relationship.  This will be a panel-led, round-table discussion focusing on what it means to be a mentor, what is learned in the mentoring process, engaging in the mentoring relationship, and challenges people face as both mentor & mentee.  This will be a wonderful discussion for those who have mentored in the past as well as those who anticipate being a mentor in the future.  Friday, 3/13 from 2-3:30PM in the Bedford TLRC.  Please note: this workshop will only run with a minimum of 5 registered participants.