Center for Organizational and Teaching Excellence (COTE)
Welcome to the Center for Organizational and Teaching Excellence (COTE) at Lone Star College-Tomball! We support the Lone Star College-Tomball vision by providing responsive, innovative, and collaborative learning opportunities and resources that prepare our faculty and staff for a lifetime of learning and change.
Upcoming in COTE:
Thursdays, February 14 & 21
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. in E-160
Learn how to use SoftChalk Lesson Builder to create and deliver powerful presentations with interactive content without the need to learn HTML or any programming at all. Spend your time developing course content, not learning how to use complex software.
During this three session workshop, attendees will learn Basic, Intermediate and Advanced SoftChalk Cloud. In order to be marked complete, you must attend ALL three sessions.
- Attendees will be introduced to SoftChalk, create a SoftChalk Cloud Account and other Basic SoftChalk skills.
- Attendees will be able to utilize SoftChalk Cloud to create course lessons.
- Attendees will be able to link their SoftChalk lesson into their D2L course.
Friday, February 15
Microsoft® Excel (Beginner) Series
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. in E-160
Instructor: Kim Anderson
The Excel Beginner training courses will be instructor-led across two different levels. The Beginner course levels are developed to be taken as a set. You must attend BOTH sessions to receive credit.
In Excel Beginner training, participants will create and edit Excel worksheets and workbooks, use basic formulas and functions, as well as apply formatting and printing techniques.
- Understand the Excel Ribbon and toolbars.
- Learn how to create and modify a worksheet.
- Perform basic calculations using formulas and functions.
- Learn formatting and printing techniques with Excel.
Wednesday, February 20
Toastmasters: Art of Speaking Series
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in E-253
Are you looking to improve your public speaking skills? The Center for Organizational and Teaching Excellence (COTE) has partnered with Toastmasters to bring a public speaking series for leaders wanting to develop existing speaking skills and take them to the next level.
Mondays, February 25
Microsoft® OneNote Series
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. in E-160
Microsoft OneNote is a computer program for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration. It gathers users’ notes, drawings, screen clippings and audio commentaries. Notes can be shared with other OneNote users over the Internet or a network.
During this three session workshop, attendees will learn Basic, Intermediate and Advanced OneNote. In order to be marked complete, you must attend ALL sessions.
Wednesday, February 27
Supporting First-Gen College Students
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. in E-253
Staff and Faculty will have the opportunity to learn about what it means to be a first-generation college student. Participants will assess their challenges and understand how to better support these students.
At the end of this workshop, participants will:
- Learn about the first-gen experience, including their challenges and characteristics.
- Be engage in deliberative dialogue and activities that encourages solutions.
- Be empowered how to respond to the needs of first-gen students properly.
Program supported by the Center for Leadership, Academic and Student Success, HSI Title V Grant Initiative
Save the Date
Graduate Study Conference
Friday, April 5, 10:00 a.m.
Lone Star College-North Harris
The Graduate Study Conference will give participants the opportunity to learn about graduate programs, dissertations, and interact with those who have conducted original research.
Participants will be able to develop a better understanding of what is required in graduate programs and what resources are available to them at Lone Star College.
· Discuss graduate program requirements.
· Understand and compare various types of research methods.
· Hear from current graduate students.
· Identify resources at Lone Star College.
Monday, April 22
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Center (PAC)
H.O.W.L. stands for Honoring Our Wolfpack Leaders. We celebrate our colleagues for their contributions to our college, our students and our community.
The Lone Star College-Tomball Food Pantry is now open. In addition to food, we have personal hygiene items and laundry items. Apply online at http://LoneStar.edu/tomballfoodpantry or stop by West 103 for more information. Open to students, faculty, and staff. Currently collecting donations.
Earn COTE Coins:
Have you collected COTE Coins this year? To see our COTE Coin Catalog and directions for cashing in your COTE Coins for Cool Stuff, visit www.lonestar.edu/cotecoins.htm.
February's Book of the Month:
What Excellent Community Colleges Do – Wyner, Joshua
This book identifies four domains of excellence—degree completion, equity, student learning, and labor market success—and describes in rich detail the policies and practices that have allowed some community colleges to succeed in these domains.
Click here to see the library in COTE.
Links to COTE resources may be password protected:
Password: your LSCS password
COTE offers the following services:
Faculty & Staff Training Development Opportunities – Training and support available for faculty and staff at Lone Star College-Tomball.
COTE Resources – Compilation of resources including teaching tips, training handouts, conference dates/locations, syllabus guidelines, new employee information, events, and newsletters.
Professional Development Calendar – Full listing of all workshops or trainings in an interactive PDF that you can either browse online, download or print.
MyWorkshops – Register for upcoming workshops at https://myworkshops.lonestar.edu/.
To see the Trello learning video, go to https://www.lynda.com.
COTE Contact Information
Located in E-271
René G. Arnold
Online Instructional Designer