VoiceThread for Enhanced Online Discussions and Collaboration

• Wednesday, March 24, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Schulz 2019

Faculty looking for a way to engage students in discussion around course topics outside of class, or who find typical text-based threaded discussions a bit flat and stale, should consider attending this presentation about VoiceThread.

A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slideshow that holds images, documents, slide presentations, and videos, allowing people to navigate and leave comments in a variety of ways - using voice, text, or video. VoiceThreads are simple to create and offer a high level of student sharing, collaboration, and engagement. You can choose who accesses each VoiceThread or you can make it public. Since they are web-based, faculty and students can access them anytime, anywhere. In addition, users can easily embed VoiceThreads within WebCT.

On Wed., March 24, Brett Christie, director of the Center for Teaching and Professional Development, will present an overview of VoiceThread, as well as a demonstration of effective uses.

If interested in this session, please register at this link.

Workplace

Faculty Nominees for the Excellence in Teaching Award

Please add your congratulations and to the list of nominees for the Excellence in Teaching Award, Ai-Chu Wu of the mathematics and statistics department. An oversight in the Senate office caused this delay in announcing her nomination. Wu and the following faculty were nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award this year:

Chiara Bacigalupa, education; Julie Bright, biology; Elizabeth Burch, communication studies; Anita Caitlin, nursing; Sarah Dove, business; Jenny Patten Gagiulo, art history; Armand Gilinsky, business; Michaela Grobbel, modern languages and literature; Myrtle Heery, psychology; Ada Jaarsma, philosophy; Doug Jordan, business; Daniel Malpica, Chicano and Latino studies; Matthew Mookerjee, geology; Mary Ann Nickel, education; Ervand Peterson, environmental studies and planning; Christine Renaudin, modern languages and literature; Tom Shaw, Hutchins; Richard Shayewitz, kinesiology; Thaine Stearns, English; Rick Svendsen, education; Eric Williams, criminology and criminal justice; and Ai-Chu Wu, mathematics and statistics.

Faculty nominated are in the pool for two years. This list represent faculty nominated this year and last year. Congratulations to all the nominees.

CalPers Retirement Class Coming to SSU

On Mon., April 26, CalPERS instructors will be on campus to conduct an employer-sponsored class specifically for SSU members. This class will help members plan and prepare for retirement by providing specific details about CSU and CalPERS benefits including the application process. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Schulz 1121. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.

After attending the class, employees may also elect to request a one-on-one, 30-minute session in the afternoon with a CalPERS representative, for individual personalized assistance with completing the retirement application. These sessions are available only by appointment. To make an appointment, contact Susan Zito (Payroll and Benefits) at 4-2178 or email susan.zito@sonoma.edu.

(To register, members must have a user ID and password to log in. After logging in, click on "my education” tab, click on “select a class,” then in the “browse by location box” select from the drop-down box “CalPERS Walnut Creek Regional Office.” Check the “Classes Sponsored by Employers” box (note: if you just want to enroll in a regular class, do not check this box), find your employer’s class, click on class name, then click on “enroll." This will lead to the enrollment screen to enter information for sign up.)

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