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NISOD International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence Conference 2021

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NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence will be taking place virtually between April 28-30, 2021.

The event will feature keynote presentations from Dr. Martha Kanter, Senior Fellow at New York University’s Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy and leader of College Promise; Dr. Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher,  Professor of Higher Education and Community College Leadership and the Director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Patrick Methvin, director of Postsecondary Success in the United States Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The preliminary schedule can be found on the conference website. Those interested in participating in the conference should register to attend.

NISOD is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges.

AccessATE Tip Sheet: Creating Accessible PDFs

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From project proposals, to instructional materials, to recruiting resources, PDF documents are plentiful across the ATE Community. It’s vital to ensure that the documents we produce are accessible to as many users as possible. This not only helps widen our reach, but can even improve the experience for users without disabilities. Make your PDF documents accessible by design with the Creating Accessible PDFs tip sheet from AccessATE and NCAM.

This tip sheet covers accessible PDF structure, navigating Adobe Acrobat, and more! To find additional resources that will help your team ensure accessibility, read the AccessATE blog post about the Creating Accessible PDFs tip sheet.

AccessATE supports the work of the NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects and centers in making the materials and activities they develop more accessible for all students and faculty, including those with disabilities. The project aims to increase awareness and understanding of accessibility requirements and provide guidance, tools, and support that offers solutions and helps achieve compliance with accessibility standards.

AccessATE Tip Sheet: Creating Accessible Websites

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The quantity and quality of online content is ever-increasing in most areas, including education. Taking extra steps to ensure your website and webpages are accessible, as this tip sheet on Creating Accessible Websites from AccessATE and NCAM describes, can make your content stand out and get it used more often by more people.

This tip sheet covers how to use headings to keep your website organized, tips for writing descriptive link text and button labels, testing websites for accessibility, and more! The sheet also links to additional resources that will help your team ensure accessibility. To learn more, read the AccessATE blog post about the Creating Accessible Websites tip sheet.

AccessATE supports the work of the NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects and centers in making the materials and activities they develop more accessible for all students and faculty, including those with disabilities. The project aims to increase awareness and understanding of accessibility requirements and provide guidance, tools, and support that offers solutions and helps achieve compliance with accessibility standards.

CA2VES Webinar Recording: Fundamentals of Qualitative Research

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This webinar, which took place on March 17, 2021 guides viewers through the essential topics in qualitative research. This includes the definition of qualitative research and the most common methods and analysis techniques. This webinar is intended to provide an introduction for researchers new to qualitative research. Those interested in viewing the webinar recording can find it on the CA2VES Webinar Series page, along with other past webinar videos.

AccessATE Tip Sheet: Creating Accessible Videos

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We use videos in so many ways in the ATE community; as part of classroom and lab instruction, for recruiting students, and as part of our outreach efforts to various stakeholders. And as we all use Zoom and other online platforms for meetings and conferences, we often record those events, creating more recorded video content. So how do we ensure that everyone can utilize this great content? By considering accessibility from the beginning, which is what this helpful tip sheet from the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) and AccessATE is all about!

This tip sheet covers best practices for creating accessible videos, from captioning to creating descriptive narration to selecting accessible video players. The tip sheet also includes links to related resources. To learn more, read the AccessATE blog post about the Creating Accessible Videos tip sheet.

AccessATE supports the work of the NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects and centers in making the materials and activities they develop more accessible for all students and faculty, including those with disabilities. The project aims to increase awareness and understanding of accessibility...

Second-Chance Mentoring Available

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Community college faculty who have had ATE project proposals declined during the past 24 months are eligible for help from Mentor-Connect’s  Second-Chance Mentoring to re-apply for funding. Second-Chance Mentoring provides faculty teams with advice from an experienced mentor to rework and resubmit ATE grant proposals.

The application deadline is April 1. But Mentor-Connect responds within days to Second-Chance Mentoring applications so work with a mentor can begin ASAP.

AACC 2021 Community College Innovation Challenge

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Do you know a student with an entrepreneurial spirit and an interest in STEM? 

AACC, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, is inviting community college students to participate in the 2021 Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). 

The CCIC is a national competition where community college student teams, working with a faculty or administrator team mentor, use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to innovate solutions to real-world problems, attend a Virtual Innovation Boot Camp, and compete for cash awards. 

The Virtual Innovation Boot Camp provides professional development, mentoring, and coaching designed to build strategic communication and entrepreneurial skills to help students advance their innovations in both the public and private sectors. The Boot Camp culminates in a virtual poster session and engagement opportunity with STEM leaders and Congressional stakeholders, and a pitch presentation in front of a panel of industry professionals to determine the first, second, and third place winning teams.

Diverse and interdisciplinary teams that include students in STEM, business, humanities, and other fields are encouraged to ...

Webinar: Walking the NSF Budgeting Walk: NSF ATE Proposal Budget and Budget Justification

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The purpose of this webinar is to help those who have not been funded by NSF to develop fundable proposals. Topics include how to prepare a budget for your NSF ATE grant, what to include in each budget category, how to prepare a budget justification, how to align the budget and project description, and how to avoid common errors.

This event will take place on Mar 17, 2021  at 1:00 pm ET. Those interested in participating should register to attend.

Scott Wright Student Essay Contest 2021 Deadline

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Held in honor of former Community College Week editor Scott Wright, this annual essay contest asks participants to complete a 500-word essay on "a faculty member, staff member, or administrator who encouraged them to complete a course, finish a semester, or graduate from college and how that encouragement helped them reach their goal(s)."

Three students will be selected as winners, with both the authors and featured individual receiving $1,000 checks. The student winners will also gain a complimentary 2021-2022 NISOD membership and be featured on NISOD's website. Essays will be evaluated on the basis of content, originality, clarity, organization, conciseness, and grammar.

Those interested in participating should submit by the March 12 deadline.

Webinar: Selecting Instructional Media: Considerations, Examples, and Resources

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The market for instructional media (examples - technology tools, environments, etc.) is very saturated. This webinar will discuss the importance of selecting appropriate media in your instructional process. We will look at example situations and discuss the rationale for selecting appropriate tools.

The event will take place on Feb 23, 2021 at 02:00 pm ET. Those interested in participating should register to attend.

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