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Professional Development Opportunities

Below is a list of professional development opportunities offered at BCTC and at venues external to BCTC. Those opportunities that are offered by BCTC groups and/or opportunities that are available at a low cost are noted for your convenience. Links to the Teaching and Learning Center and the Technology Tutorials and Training are also available in the navigation bar to assist BCTC employees with their professional development needs.

To include other PD opportunities on this page, please contact Miranda Hines.

Opportunity (Click on link for more information)

Date

Offered
by Groups
at BCTC

Offered
at a
Low Cost

Supervisory Discovery Network Dates Vary
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KCTCS Active Learning Regional Institute Dates Vary    X
KCTCS Technology Summit Dates Vary   X
Payroll Training for Supervisors  Dates Vary
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TIKI Online Learning Exchange   Dates Vary
  X
The Supervisors' Guide to Giving On-Target Directions, Helpful Feedback & Constructive Criticism   January 27, 2016   X
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University Feb 3 - Mar 30, 2016
  X
Secrets of Clear Communication   February 5, 2016
  X
The Dissertation Proposal: Aligning Your Problem, Purpose, and Research Questions  February 11, 2016   X
Getting in Sync with Your Tenure Clock  February 18, 2016     X
2016 KY-AAWCC Conference February 18-19, 2016   X
Black History Month Celebration: A Musical Journey by Jonathan Blanchard
February 19, 2016
X
X
2016 Changing Classroom Cultures Conference February, 19-20, 2016 X
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The Introvert's Guide to Building Rapport with Anyone, Anywhere February 23, 2016   X
Writing an Academic Journal Article: Moving from Evidence to Argument February 24, 2016   X
21st Century Leadership Conference February 26, 2016   X
TIKI Reboot-ED Unconference February 26, 2016   X
Designing Your Online Presence to Communicate Your Academic Brand March 3, 2016   X
Self-Motivation Tips for Combating Burnout March 4, 2016   X
The Essentials of Management for First-Time Managers March 7, 2016   X
Review of Literature: Finding Your Way Out of the Literature Fog March 10, 2016   X
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills March 11, 2016   X
Emerging Technologies Conference
March 11, 2016
  X
Managing the Imposter Syndrome in Academia: How to Overcome Self-Doubt March 17, 2016   X
Workshop on Human Rights, Peace Building, and International Security

March 18,2016 OR
March 19, 2016


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Academic Branding: Improving Your Visibility, Network, and Career Opportunities March 24, 2016   X
Transformational Technology in Higher Education March 24-25, 2016    
Developing an Academic Support Network April 14, 2016   X
Writing an Academic Book Proposal April 20, 2016   X
@ONE Project Ongoing   X
ADA QuickClasses Ongoing
  X
ADA Resources & Training Ongoing   X
Canvas Network
Ongoing

X
CLEP Online Training Sessions Ongoing
X
Continuing Education and Professional Development Ongoing X X
Coursera Ongoing   X
EDUCAUSE LIVE! Ongoing  
ED2Go - Personal Enrichment/Professional Development Courses Ongoing X X
Friday Live! Ongoing   X
Innovative Educators Ongoing
X
KCTCS Leadership Courses Ongoing   X
KCTCS Technology Training and Learning Center Ongoing
  X
Lexington Public Library, Online Learning Collection Ongoing   X
National Seminars Training Ongoing
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QEP/Read for LIFE Professional Development Ongoing  
The Remote Advisor Ongoing X X
WADA ADA Live! Ongoing   X

DATES VARY: Supervisory Discovery Network

This network offers a variety of supervisory training for new and experienced supervisors. Face to face sessions will address skills such as employee relations, team building, family medical leave, PPE planning, and more.  Dates, locations, and session topics are below. In addition, copies of the 2013-14 Supervisory Training PowerPoint presentations addressing communication, coaching, change management, and organizational development are available on the PD Resources Page. Other opportunities are available in the KCTCS Leadership Courses linked at the bottom of this page and also through scheduled webinars shown on this page.  All full-time supervisors at BCTC are encouraged to take advantage of these training opportunities.

  • October 22, Newtown, CB022, Progressive Discipline
  • November 12, Newtown, CB123, Employee Relations 
  • December 11, Leestown, M128, Team Building
  • February 5, Leestown, M128, Family Medical Leave
  • February 26, Leestown, M128, Time Management & Organization 
  • March 24, Leestown, M128, Interview Skills & Hiring Procedures
  • April 21, Leestown, M128, Payroll 
  • May 20, Leestown, M128, PPE Planning and Review

Register Here

For more information, contact Miranda Hines.

Dates Vary | KCTCS Active Learning Regional Institute | Times and Locations Below | Cost: FREE

Active Learning does not consist of group work and games haphazardly thrown into a course. Instead, Active Learning uses a carefully orchestrated and designed series of interactive student experiences to engross students and provide them with continuous feedback on content understanding. Simply put, Active Learning is a philosophy that asks you to step aside and make your classroom student-centered at each twist and turn of the semester. When done well, these thoughtfully planned assignments empower students to engage and become true masters of content.

Come join us for the Active Learning Institute – where this all-day workshop will utilize a series of active learning protocols to explore Active Learning, begin to understand what Active Learning might look like in your own classroom, and culminate in practical, “how-to” lesson and course design. Specific topics for the workshop include What is your perspective?, When are you an “expert”? , Implementing Bloom’s Taxonomy, and Planning my Class.

View Agenda

Locations:

  • February 12 @ Somerset, 8:30am-5:00pm (EST) – Register
  • February 19 @ Gateway, 8:30am-5:00pm (EST) – Register
  • April 18 @ West Kentucky, 8:30am-5:00pm (CDT) - Register

Space is limited so REGISTER today to ensure your spot!

Dates Vary | KCTCS Technology Summit | Dates and Locations Below | Cost: FREE

The KCTCS Office for Professional Development and Innovation has teamed up with Technology Solutions to bring you the professional development you've been asking for at the Technology Summit. You don't want to miss this one!

At KCTCS, we have a wide array of technology tools designed to improve the way we work, to increase services to our students, and to keep our employees in step with cutting edge technology development. The KCTCS Technology Summit will provide hands on training and education with over 30 sessions covering tools such as SharePoint Online, DSS, OneDrive, PeopleSoft, Starfish, Visual Schedule Builder, Radius, Skype for Business, Office 365, OneNote, Windows 10, Outlook, and more.

Representatives from Microsoft, Blackboard, and Dell will be onsite. Microsoft will be showing off Windows 10, Blackboard will introduce you to their latest products, while Dell will be here showcasing their latest IT gadgets and devices. Space is limited so register today and get your spot. P.S. There will be door prizes!

View schedule and session descriptions

Agenda

  • 8:30-9:00 Registration
  • 9:00-9:20 Welcome and Announcements
  • 9:30-12:30 Concurrent Sessions
  • 12:30-1:30 Lunch (sponsored by Dell)
  • 1:30-3:25 Concurrent Sessions
  • 3:30 Wrap Up and Door Prizes

Registrations

DATES VARY: Payroll Training for Supervisors

The Payroll Office offers Payroll Training for Supervisors throughout the year. If you are a new supervisor and need training on your responsibilities related to payroll processes; if you are a long-term supervisor and just need a refresher, or if you have questions and issues related to payroll you would like to discuss, please join us.

  • 10/12 2pm Leestown TBD
  • 11/9 2pm Newtown 207
  • 11/30 2pm Cooper Maloney 145

For more information, go here, or contact Kristine Murphy. 

DATES VARY: TIKI Online Learning Exchange hosted by the KCTCS Office for Professional Development and Innovation (OPDI) | Free Online Webinars

The TIKI Online Learning Exchange is a new initiative to provide a webinar series of professional development sessions throughout the year and to exchange and share more information between colleges, departments and co-workers. Topics vary for each webinar. These sessions can be delivered by any KCTCS employee and will be presented online through Blackboard Collaborate.

Examples of topics to be covered include:

  • Maximizing learning by using essential questions in a theory based class | 2/4/16
  • Grants from the Ground Up: Get Into the Funding Game - Part 1 | 2/11/16
  • College Forensics: It’s About Competitive Speaking Not Dead Bodies! | 2/12/16
  • Online Teaching in the 21st Century: Navigating the Do’s and Don’ts | 2/19/16
  • ENG 102 Through Topics of Social Importance: Writing an Integrated Essay to Facilitate Critical Thinking | 2/26/16
  • And More!
Go here to register for a webinar or to submit a presentation proposal.

January 27, 2016 | The Supervisors' Guide to Giving On-Target Directions, Helpful Feedback & Constructive Criticism |Hosted by National Seminars Training | 2:00pm-3:30pm ET | Leestown, M128 | Free In-House Webinar

Good communication skills are essential to leadership, but communicating effectively and motivating employees takes practice and finesse. Each person (including you) comes to the job with unique experiences and perspectives that affect understanding. If employees don’t “get” what you need, they can’t give you what you want. You have to be clear. Learn how to give crystal clear directions in every situation with every person. Get techniques to become a more motivating, persuasive communicator.

Objectives:

  • Recognize different behavioral styles and how to be clearly understood by each individual
  • Position your requests to increase employee motivation, buy-in, and action
  • Get tips on how to word praise and criticism so it has the best impact on employees
  • Learn techniques for becoming a more persuasive, influential leader
  • Learn about listening inhibitors and how best to tackle them
  • Plus much more

Register Here

February 3, 2016-March 30, 2016 | Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University sponsored by Central Bank | 7:00 pm – 9:00pm | Leestown Campus, M128 | Cost: $102.30 (materials + shipping/handling)

This life-changing class taught by Dave Ramsey and the FPU teaching team on video and coordinated by Chris & Sheila Carmack will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before. You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever

The course begins Wednesday, February 3, 2016, and is open to all BCTC staff and faculty. This 9 week class will be held each Wednesday, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, in room M128, at the Leestown Campus.

Go here to learn more or sign up and order materials.

February 5, 2016 | Secrets of Clear Communication |Hosted by National Seminars Training | 2:00pm-3:30pm ET | Leestown, M128 | Free In-House Webinar

In the workplace, unintended lack of clarity by the speaker and assumptions by the listener lead to confusion, misunderstanding, and mistakes. Communication is the single most important skill in any workplace. If you’re tired of struggling to get buy-in… if you’re wondering why you’re always repeating directions... if you feel like you and your team are sometimes in the dark, join this webinar to get unique ideas and examples to strengthen your communication.

Objectives:

  • Learn to distill your message before you speak to improve its clarity and get the action you need
  • Identify message muddlers and how they weaken the impact of what you’re trying to say
  • Know how to best build support for a plan or say no when you need to
  • Learn to get listeners involved so your message has greater impact and buy-in
  • Get expert tips for clarity in person, on the phone, and in written messages
  • Learn active listening techniques to make your communication more effective

Register Here

February 11, 2016 | The Dissertation Proposal: Aligning Your Problem, Purpose, and Research Questions, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 4pm-5pm | Cost: FREE

Completing a dissertation proposal requires you to develop and tightly align your problem, purpose of study, and research questions. Join this webinar to learn how.       

Register Here

February 18, 2016 | Getting in Sync with Your Tenure Clock, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 4pm-5pm | Cost: FREE

How do you create peace of mind when working against the tenure clock? Learn strategies to create a tenure plan and rethink your relationship to your tenure process.    

Register Here

February 18-19, 2016 | 2016 KY-AAWCC Conference| Embassy Suites, Lexington, KY | Cost: $125

KY-AAWCC is the Kentucky Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. It was formed to champion the women currently serving in Kentucky’s community colleges and maximize their potential. The annual conference is focused on helping its members develop and grow in both their personal and professional lives, and give them an opportunity to network with their counterparts from across the state.

Join the KY-AAWCC at this year’s conference, 25 Years: Challenges, Changes, & Champions. They say “Be the change you want to see” and for the past 25 years through the challenges and changes, Champions have led the way in higher education through community and technical colleges. Our experiences and education of the past 25 years has equipped us for the future. We, as purposeful, passionate, and phenomenal women must use this knowledge to create our vision for the next 25 years.

Go here to register or learn more.

February 19, 2016 | Black History Month Celebration: A Musical Journey by Jonathan Blanchard | 7:00pm-9:00pm | Lyric Theatre, 300 E. 3rd Street, Lexington, KY 40508 | Cost: FREE to BCTC faculty and staff

Celebrate Black History Month with BCTC as the Office of Multiculturalism & Inclusion welcomes the musical talents of Jonathan Blanchard. This musical journey celebrates African American Music from its inception. The Negro Spiritual serves as the inspiration and the spring board for exploring other genres like Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Blues, Funk, and Hip-Hop.

Cost: Free to BCTC faculty and staff. Community is pay what you can at the door.

For more information, contact Charlene Walker.

February 19-20, 2016 (BCTC dates) | 2016 Changing Classroom Cultures Conference | BCTC, Newtown Campus | Cost: FREE

The theme for the 2016 Changing Classroom Cultures Conference is Building Innovative Communities. This year, the Friday portion of the Changing Classroom Cultures Conference will be offered in partnership with the KCTCS Teaching & Learning Institutes. Friday sessions will continue to target topics of interest to Faculty, Adjuncts, AND Staff and will be offered at three regional locations, on three different dates. Saturday sessions will maintain a Faculty and Adjunct focus and will be offered at the BCTC location. All sessions will provide an opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills that enrich our KCTCS community.

Go here to learn more about this event.

February 23, 2016 | The Introvert's Guide to Building Rapport with Anyone, Anywhere |Hosted by National Seminars Training | 2:00pm-3:30pm ET | Leestown, M128 | Free In-House Webinar

Today’s work place runs on relationships as much as it does on hard work… meaning that networking, mentoring, and connecting, play an important role in success. This can be overwhelming, intimidating, and exhausting for introverts.

Learn easy-to-apply techniques for building professional relationships. Discover how you can create a great first impression and a positive lasting impression. Learn how to recognize when you’re at your limit so that you can take a break to recharge and refocus. Maximize your relationship-building while minimizing your stress level!

Register Here

February 24, 2016 | Writing an Academic Journal Article: Moving from Evidence to Argument, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 3pm-4pm | Cost: FREE

In this webinar you will learn how to address the fundamentals of crafting successful article submissions in the sciences and social sciences.     

Register Here

February 26, 2016 | 21st Century Leadership Conference sponsored by The Maysville-Mason County Area Chamber of Commerce | 8:30 am - 3:00 pm | Maysville Community & Technical College (Maysville Campus) | Cost: $99

The theme of the 2016 21st Century Leadership Conference is Focus on Team Building. Jay McChord, author and consultant on Generational Communication, Leadership, and Team Building, will present How to Mobilize, Manage, and Motivate Your Teams. Six breakout sessions will address topics such as managing stress, conflict resolution, developing your team mission and vision, and practical team building activities. (View flyer)

Go here to learn more or to register

February 26, 2016 | TIKI Reboot-ED Unconference sponsored by KCTCS Office for Professional Development & Innovation| 8:30am-4:00pm | Owensboro Community & Technical College - 4800 New Hartford Rd Owensboro, KY 42303| Cost: FREE

Join the Office for Professional Development and the PD Peer Team for the TIKI Reboot-ED unconference at Owensboro Community & Technical College on February 26, 2016. This exciting day is for everyone from faculty to staff to support to leadership!

What? You don’t know what an unconference is? Well, this is an experience you don’t want to miss. There is literally something for everyone at an unconference since the schedule for the day is planned that morning by participants that show up. That’s right, there will be no schedule of sessions sent out because we won’t know the schedule until you show up to share your experience and expertise with us!

Still feeling unsure? Take less than 3 minutes to watch this video, then register for TIKI Reboot-ED.

Register here

March 3, 2016 | Designing Your Online Presence to Communicate Your Academic Brand, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 3pm-4pm | Cost: FREE

Are you ready to start the process of writing a successful book proposal and finding the best press for your academic book? Learn what you need to know to navigate the landscape of academic book publishing today. This webinar will introduce you to the most popular online platforms and tools and help you decide which ones to use to promote yourself and your academic work.

Register Here

March 4, 2016 | Self-Motivation Tips for Combating Burnout |Hosted by National Seminars Training | 10:00am-11:30am ET | Leestown, M128 | Free In-House Webinar

Loss of productivity, apathy, and exhaustion are all signs of burnout. When you’re dealing with the negative effects of burnout, even the most mundane tasks can seem overwhelming. Don’t let stress and a lack of motivation kill your success. Learn how to stop burnout that’s already started, and prevent it from happening in the first place.

Objectives:

  • How to identify the stressors and causes behind burnout in your life
  • Finding the motivation to go on, even when you think you can’t
  • Organizational strategies to help you fight stress
  • Identifying your own motivators and using them to combat malaise
  • The importance of exercise and sleep in combatting burnout
  • How to develop and maintain a work-life balance that will keep you energized
  • Why pushing through is a bad idea

Register Here

March 7, 2016 | The Essentials of Management for First-Time Managers |Hosted by National Seminars Training | 2:00pm-3:30pm ET | Leestown, M128 | Free In-House Webinar

First-time managers have a lot on their plate as they learn to navigate new responsibilities and effectively lead a team. Learn essential strategies and techniques every successful leader needs to know. Discover how to motivate employees... learn how to efficiently navigate your new responsibilities... and develop the key skills you need to ensure your success as a leader.

Objectives:

  • The first step every manager should take before doing anything else
  • Master the one skill no manager can survive without: time management
  • Effective techniques that will get your team working in harmony and singing the same song
  • How to motivate your staff to perform at their highest level
  • Simple tricks to get — and keep — your boss on your side
  • Foolproof tips for protecting yourself from burnout

Register Here

March 10, 2016 | The Review of Literature: Finding Your Way Out of the Literature Fog, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 4pm-5pm | Cost: FREE

Do you feel like you’ve lost your way in the review of literature? Do you read endless articles and find yourself no closer to completing your review of literature? In this webinar you will learn how to begin the literature review, organize your materials, decide when you've read enough, and synthesize the research.

Register Here

March 11, 2016 | Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills |Hosted by National Seminars Training | 10:00am-11:30am ET | Leestown, M128 | Free In-House Webinar

Master the critical tools to overcome obstacles and make effective decisions. Learn how to come up with fresh and innovative ideas more quickly and effectively than you ever thought possible. Discover new ways to look at problems... how to accurately weigh risks against rewards... how to develop solutions... how to test and validate those solutions, and more!

Objectives:

  • What makes excellent critical thinking?
  • Identify your critical thinking style
  • Typical barriers to critical thinking and how to overcome them
  • 3 basic ground rules for making stronger decisions
  • Tips for evaluating risk so you make the right decision every time
  • Pitfalls of problem solving — and steps for avoiding them

Register Here

March 11, 2016 | Emerging Technologies Conference | 9:00am-4:00pm | Ashland Community & Technical College, Technology Drive Campus | Cost: FREE

This FREE, one-day conference is supported by the USDA Rural Development Grant. USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. The conference provides dynamic sessions on emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, robotics, and more!

Register Here

March 17, 2016 | Managing the Imposter Syndrome in Academia: How to Overcome Self-Doubt, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 4pm-5pm | Cost: FREE

Do you ever feel like an academic "imposter" or have negative thoughts about your capabilities? Key to academic success is your ability to present yourself in a compelling manner. However, many academics are inhibited by negative self-talk that undermines the way they present their competencies. This webinar will help you to step back and assess how you present your academic capabilities and how you manage others' impressions of your abilities.

Register Here

Date TBD | Workshop on Human Rights, Peace Building, and International Security | Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Date: Either Friday, March 18 or Saturday, March 19 (depending upon the date that works best for most)

If you are interested in attending, please email Rebecca Glasscock by February 5th, and let her know which date you prefer, and if both are acceptable.

Host/Location: The Center for Slavic and East European Studies, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (197 miles)

Travel: Mileage from Kentucky to Columbus, Ohio, as well as one night’s lodging, will be provided by the Center for Slavic and East European Studies.

This five-hour workshop hosted by the Center for Slavic and East European Studies at Ohio State University will explore how human rights, peace building, and international security intersect. It will be in a seminar format, with three short papers/readings provided in advance that will be used to facilitate discussion by their authors. Three separate sessions will focus on each topic, followed by a fourth session that will lead to discussion on how the concepts and ideas presented throughout the workshop might be applied to two case studies in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

The first session on human rights will be led by Dr. Stephen Porter, U. of Cincinnati, who will use a micro-history of a relief worker helping in the aftermath of World War I to show how different people’s concepts of humanitarian responsibilities have changed in the 20th century, and finish with a discussion about research and teaching methodologies that move between ethnographic and personal sources to connect the personal and local with wider developments. The reading that will be provided in advance will be an abridged portion of the first chapter of Dr. Porter’s forthcoming book, Benevolent Empire? U.S. Power, Humanitarianism, and the World’s Dispossessed.

Next, Dr. Julie Hart, Ohio Dominican University, will speak about peace building, specifically nonviolent direct action, how it has been applied in conflicts in Columbia for the second session on peace building. Participants would read Dr. Hart’s article “The Work of Christian Peacemaker Teams in Columbia” in advance. For the third session, Ohio State PhD student Lauren Moscott, would discuss international security, specifically by focusing on the United Nations principle of Right to Protect and how this principle has been invoked by different countries in the recent past. A third brief paper by Ms. Moscott discussing her research on the Right to Protect would be provided in advance. In the fourth and final section, facilitators would then briefly present information on two frozen conflicts, Nagarno-Karabakh and Ukraine, to start a discussion about how the concepts presented by Dr. Porter, Dr. Hart, and Ms. Moscott might be applied or relevant to these two cases.

March 24, 2016 | Academic Branding: Improving Your Visibility, Network, and Career Opportunities, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 3pm-4pm | Cost: FREE

Academic Branding is a new approach to articulating your unique expertise and purposefully managing the way you are perceived in face-to-face and virtual encounters. Branding puts you in the driver’s seat, allowing you to tell the story you want to tell about yourself, your scholarship, and your leadership.

Register Here

March 24-25, 2016 | Transformational Technology in Higher Education | Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO | Cost: Varies by registration date

Transformational Technology in Higher Education Conference, formerly Campus Technology Forum, is a redesigned event for higher education IT executives and professionals to receive a more personalized conference experience. With more than 100 colleges and universities from across the nation represented, attendees have the opportunity to network with peers from a wide array of institutions and become a part of a larger community continuously seeking to advance the technological pedagogy of their campuses.

Attendees will learn from industry experts and be exposed to the latest trends, tools and resources during collaborative and educational sessions. In an environment where finding solutions to technological challenges is the priority, attendees also have access to a variety of consultative vendors in the Expo Hall.

Learn more or register here.

April 14, 2016 | Developing an Academic Support Network, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 4pm-5pm | Cost: FREE

In this webinar you will learn to understand why you need an Academic Support Network, define the roles of members of your Academic Support Network, use a tool to plan and build your Academic Career Support Network, and develop strategies to "Make the Ask."

Register Here

April 20, 2016 | Writing an Academic Book Proposal, hosted by Academic Coaching & Writing | Online Webinar | 3pm-4pm | Cost: FREE

In this webinar you will learn how to identify essential documents to include in book proposal submissions, understand the purpose of each of the sections of an academic book proposal, select the best press for your work, and communicate with academic editors.

Register Here

Ongoing | @ONE Project

The @ONE Project makes it easy for California Community College faculty and staff to learn about technology that will enhance student learning and success. @ONE’s programs provide training and online resources for free - or at a very low cost - thanks to funding from the California Community College Chancellor's Office Telecommunication and Technology Infrastructure Program (TTIP).

Each year, @ONE offers over 100 trainings, drawing more than 8,500 registrations. Workshops are taught by knowledgeable instructors who tailor their content to the specifics of the community college setting. The programs are also structured to fit a busy faculty or staff member’s schedule. Training formats include desktop webinars, instructor-led online courses, and self-paced training.

To learn more about available trainings, go here 

Ongoing | ADA QuickClasses

QuickClasses, offered by Pepnet2, cover a range of topics that assist the capacity building efforts of institutions, agencies, and individuals who work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Participants successfully completing QuickClasses receive "Verification of Training Completion" with information needed to receive CEUs. Five terms of QuickClasses are offered each year.

QuickClasses:

  • Are free of charge.
  • Are 6 weeks long.
  • Require 5 hours of work per week.
  • Have weekly deadlines for assignments.
  • Are asynchronous; they do not require you to be online at any specific time.
  • Require participation in weekly discussions.
  • Most are pre-approved for both CRCC and RID CEUs  

Go here to see upcoming QuickClasses and register.

Ongoing | ADA Resources & Training | Southeast ADA Center | Free Online Resources and Webinars

The Southeast ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network and a project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University, provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They consist of ten regional ADA Centers and an ADA Knowledge Translation Center located throughout the United States (U.S.). They are not an enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA's mission to "make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality."

To view these resources or register, go here.

Ongoing | Canvas Network

Canvas Network gives teachers, learners and institutions alike the place and platform to define the world of open online learning in a way that makes sense for everyone. It grows as teachers and learners apply it in individual ways and then share the results with the world.

Built on the same Canvas platform that millions already use to learn every day, Canvas Network will grow to be a gathering place for the open online courses, communities and collections that millions more will be able to use to evolve learning to meet their goals.

So take a course. Teach a course. Explore. Imagine.

Ongoing | CLEP Online Training Sessions

CLEP has launched a series of new professional development webinars. These free one-hour sessions are designed to meet the needs of faculty and testing professionals. Topics will be useful to those on campuses just beginning to use CLEP and to those who have more specific needs and questions.

To register for these sessions, go here.

Ongoing | Continuing Education and Professional Development| BCTC Workforce Solutions

Bluegrass Workforce Solutions provides continuing education, recertification, and relicensure courses for a variety of professionals. Continuing Education Units (CEU's) will be awarded for those courses and participants will receive a Certificate of Completion to be used for recertification/relicensure requirements. For more detailed information, visit the website or call (859) 246-6666.

Ongoing | Coursera | Free Online Courses

Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer FREE online courses for anyone to take. Their technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students in an effort to give everyone access to the world-class education that has so far been available only to a select few. Their goal is to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Courses include a wide range of topics, spanning the Humanities, Medicine, Biology, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Business, Computer Science, and many others. Whether you're looking to improve your resume, advance your career, or just learn more and expand your knowledge, there are multiple courses that you may find interesting.

To explore and register for a course, go here.

Ongoing | EDUCAUSE LIVE!

EDUCAUSE® is a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. They help those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic IT decisions at every level within higher education. They view IT not only as technology, but as a system of people, processes, organizations, and challenges that are constantly evolving. Their programs and services focus on analysis, advocacy, community building, professional development, and knowledge creation to support the transformative role that IT can play in higher education. Finally, they offer many ways to help higher education professionals who use or manage information technology to keep up on trends and developments… many of which are provided online at no cost.

Find Adobe Connect technical requirements; past webinar archives; instructions for attending webinars using an iPhone, iPad, or Android-enabled device; and suggestions for making webinars a collaborative event on your campus on the EDUCAUSE Live! website 

Ongoing | ED2Go - Personal Enrichment/Professional Development Courses | BCTC Workforce Solutions

Online courses cover a variety of topics including accounting, personal finance, grant writing, computer skills, healthcare, sales and marketing, digital photography, starting your own business, health information management, creative writing, graphic arts, and web design, just to name a few. For more detailed information, visit the website or call (859) 246-6666.

Ongoing | Friday Live! | Fridays, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Free Online Sessions

FridayLive! is a free, interactive, Internet-accessible, multimedia weekly series offered by The Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TLT) Group. The TLT Group is a not-for-profit that helps college and university educators take advantage of changing technology so they can improve teaching and learning. As a non-profit, the TLT Group looks to enable collaboration, support, mutual understanding and communication among key stakeholders in an institution, and use evidence to make better decisions.

FridayLive! sessions alternate among a variety of topics: Dangerous Discussions, interviews, tech topics and tools. You can join FridayLive! on Fridays from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Even though the session is free, we'd prefer that you register in advance, unless you are an individual member and hold a season FASTPASS. Room opens at 1:45 p.m. Main session from 2:00 to 2:55 p.m. Closing until 3:00 p.m. Afterthoughts until 3:30 p.m.

For more information or to register, go here.

Ongoing | Innovative Educators | Free Trainings

Innovative Educators is dedicated to providing superior training focused on critical issues facing students and educators today. Our primary goal is to provide the information, training, and skills necessary to implement positive change on a personal, professional, and institutional level. Complimentary webinars address topics such as service-based learning, rubrics, advising, use of open educational resources, student engagement, campus safety, and much, much more.

To view a complete list of these free trainings and to register, go here 

Ongoing | KCTCS Leadership Courses | Online | Free

A variety of Leadership Courses are now available online through Blackboard. Courses include the following topics and may be accessed anytime from your own computer.

  • Foundations of Leadership
  • Coping with Difficult Behaviors
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking Skills

Review course descriptions and objectives.

View step-by-step instructions to enroll in a leadership online course.
 
Stay tuned for more online course opportunities.

For more information, contact OPDI@kctcs.edu.   

Ongoing | KCTCS Technology Training and Learning Center | FREE ONLINE RESOURCE

With more and more changes/features/functionality coming to Office 365, the employee intranet, PeopleSoft, etc. the need has never been greater for an online central training repository. System Office TS staff has assembled information in a central location, the Training and Learning Center. This online training is free and easily accessible.

Check it out and share with other KCTCS members.  

Ongoing | Lexington Public Library, Online Learning Collection | Free

The Lexington Public Library offers many free resources to its card holders. Among those free resources is their online learning collection. This collection provides free access to resources such as the following while also providing links to a variety of other resources:

  • LearningExpress Library - Practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want. Study for the GED, ACT, SAT, and many other entrance and professional exams. Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you.
  • Lynda.Com - Lynda.com helps anyone learn software, technology, creative, and business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals. Users receive unlimited access to a vast library of high-quality, current, and engaging video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts.
  • Mango Languages - Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn more than 60 languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more. Learn English with narration in your native tongue through ESL courses taught in 15 different languages.
  • Tutor.Com - Live Homework Help is just the beginning. Pass the Citizenship test or study for the GED with help from an academic tutor. Search for a job, write an effective resume, or prepare for an interview with a career tutor. Real-time help on reports, essays and papers with tutors who explain the writing and proofreading process.

To learn more, go here.  

Ongoing | National Seminars Training | Limited Free Webinars - See below

National Seminars Training offers training on topics including Microsoft Office products, communication, conflict and confrontation, HR and ADA issues, project management, marketing, generational differences, and more. To view a complete list of these trainings, go here.

Limited access to webinars is available to BCTC at no cost. For more information and to recommend one of these webinars, please contact Miranda Hines.

Ongoing | QEP/Read for LIFE Professional Development

Every semester, all faculty attend professional development related to reading across the disciplines. Faculty learn reading strategies to apply in their classroom, therefore directly enhancing what is offered to our students. Faculty and staff may attend a face-to-face workshop or meet their professional development goals on-line. Staff may attend professional development to enhance reading across college-level programs such as student advising and to improve student comprehension of important terms used in “BCTC Literacy” such as SAP, and FERPA. Either way, opportunities to learn more about this initiative are readily available to all.

For more information about live and online training opportunities, please go here.

Ongoing | The Remote Advisor

The Remote Advisor is a new online tool that provides advising training to address working with students at a distance. This training satisfies a PD training requirement for faculty advisors.

To access this online tool, go here.

Ongoing | WADA ADA Live! | Wednesdays, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Free Online Sessions

WADA ADA Live! is a free monthly internet-based radio talk show to learn about the rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Sponsored by the Southeast ADA Center, mark your calendar to join this informative 30-minute discussion on the first Wednesday of each month, from 1:00 -1:30 p.m. During each live show, real-time captioning is available.

You may submit questions and connect to each show through www.adalive.org.