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.
March 18,2016 OR
March 19, 2016
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.
For more information, contact Miranda Hines.
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.
Space is limited so REGISTER today to ensure your spot!
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
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.
For more information, go here, or contact Kristine Murphy.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
In this webinar you will learn how to address the fundamentals of crafting successful article submissions in the sciences and social sciences.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Go here to see upcoming QuickClasses and register.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
To learn more, go here.
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.
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.
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.
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.