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LSC-Online Instructional Resources COVID-19 SPRING Semester Course Conversion to Online Protocols

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Student Resources

FSC: Transition to Online Resources

Access FSC: Transition to Online Resources

The FSC: Transition to Online Resources? is a website created by the  Faculty and Staff Center to facilitate the transition from teaching face-to-face to online teaching. The purpose of this newly created website is to house in one centralized area the tools and resources needed for faculty to transition to classes online.

We are launching the FSC: Transition to Online website with the following:

  • a video collection courtesy of LSC-Online on using D2L,
  • alternatives to face-to-face activities to online teaching,
  • and other professional development opportunities available to faculty.

The FSC: Transition to Online website will continue to evolve as additional resources that are deemed essential to facilitating the transition to online teaching are collected.  Our goal is to provide a centralized location where faculty can go to find step-by-step user guides, training videos, or solutions for online engagement.

Visit FSC: Transition to Online Resouces website.

LSC-Online Support:  VTAC Support

D2L Semester Start Videos

D2L video library to help you prepare for the start of the semester. Access D2L semester start videos.

Additional D2L Video Resources

D2L video demonstrations on the most frequently asked questions, courtesy of LSC-Kingwood.

LSC-North Harris Specific Help via Trinia James

Faculty can find one-on-one instructional support scheduling through VTAC as well. Our Instructional Designer Trinia James is opening up support sessions via WebEx. Faculty can make appointments with Trinia James at Trinia's Acuity Calendar.

Appoinmtent times are from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Google Voice: 713.570.6164.

LSC-North Harris Workshops - These are built so that you can join for any specific topics you want to learn more about- no need to stay for the entire time unless you want to.

24/7 D2L support

To better support faculty, LSC-Online is excited to announce 24/7 D2L support. Lone Star College faculty can now get D2L-specific help 24/7 using the existing VTAC Chat link on the VTAC Support page.

Please note that the D2L helpdesk will only be able to provide support for questions directly related to D2L. For any questions outside regular VTAC hours regarding third-party integrations such as Turnitin, Relay, or textbook publishers, please continue to consult our VTAC knowledgebase or contact the OTS Service Desk.

During regular VTAC hours, faculty will continue to have direct access to LSC-Online’s instructional technologists.

VTAC Regular Summer Hours

VTAC regular summer hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

For more information and a video demonstrating the new services, please visit Using the Virtual Teaching Assistance Center.

How to Reset Your Password While Working Remotely

If you are working remotely as most of us are and need to reset your password, the Office of Technology Services has shared with us best practices on how to reset your password. The How to Reset Your Password link will take you to our intranet site where you can access this resource. Authentication is required. Simply enter your username and password.

LSC-NH Library Resources

Library Reserves - let the library staff know what materials you need to share with your students via email at NH-AskALibrarian@LoneStar.edu. In many cases, the publishers have made the electronic version available for free for the continuation of the Spring semester. Where this is not the case, librarians are here to support you in searching for alternative electronic resources, besides the library eBook collection, you are encouraged to explore our Open Educational Resources as well at, NHResearch.LoneStar.edu/OER.

If you have questions about a specific book or resource or need assistance, please contact the library staff via email at NH-AskALibrarian@LoneStar.edu.

Title V Faculty Professional Development Opportunities

Faculty Institute

Provides development and training to full-time and adjunct faculty on yearly themes chosen and best practices discussed, studied and implemented in the classroom.  Faculty Institute is normally offered at the start of Fall and Spring semesters during the first week when faculty return. To learn more about the LSC-North Harris Faculty Institute program, visit the Title V MATCH Inititiaves page.

Mentoring Program

The Faculty Mentoring program provides an opportunity to gain new insight into our teaching through a non-evaluative process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection. The two faculty members (mentor and mentee) agree to visit each other’s class over the course of a semester and then meet late in the semester to discuss what they have learned from their observations.  By allowing faculty to be “learners” again in a colleague’s class, Faculty Mentoring can open up unique spaces for reflection and conversation about teaching. To join, visit LSC-North Harris Title V Mentoring Program page.

Teaching Squares

The Teaching Squares program provides an opportunity to gain new insight into our teaching through a non-evaluative process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection. The four faculty members agree to visit each other’s classes over the course of a semester and then meet late in the semester to discuss what they have learned from their observations.  By allowing faculty to be “learners” again in a colleague’s class, Teaching Squares can open up unique spaces for reflection and conversation about teaching. To learn more about the LSC-North Harris Teaching Squares program visit the Title V MATCH Inititiaves page.

True North Chair Academy

Most chairs come into their positions with little training for managing the chair’s responsibilities, cultivating a wider view of campus challenges, or understanding the leadership role that they have been asked to accept. The True North Chair Academy focuses on strategic and practical approaches to developing leadership skills and institution-wide vision. The True North Chair Academy actively assist department chairs in meeting both their faculty and chair responsibilities. To learn more about the LSC-North Harris True North Chair Academy program visit the Title V MATCH Inititiaves page.

Faculty Professional Development Online Resources

Faculty Focus Newsletter 

Features articles on effective teaching strategies for the college classroom, both face-to-face and online. Access Faculty Focus Newsletter.

Faculty Online Teaching Certification

LSC-Online provides Online Teaching Certification Courses as a resource for faculty covering best practices of online teaching. The topics covered in the courses include student engagement, student interaction, student contact, faculty contact, community building, common social media tools, Learning Management System (LMS) tools, online tutoring, online proctoring, design for accessibility, copyright, online resources, SoftChalk, Civitas Learning Illume and Inspire, Cisco WebEx, and open educational resources. Completion of the certification courses is supported system-wide and required before a faculty member teaches an online or hybrid class for the LSCS. Access and learn about Faculty Online Teaching Certification.

The Virtual Teaching Assistance Center

The Virtual Teaching Assistance Center (VTAC) is an instructional resource created for Lone Star College faculty. The VTAC site provides instructional guides and training to assist with the development and implementation of successful online courses. Access VTAC.

LinkedIn Learning for Lone Star College Employees

LinkedIn Learning is an online video library of courses to help you learn software, creative and business skills. Courses for all levels cover technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies and more. Watch and learn from top experts who are passionate about teaching. Access for Lone Star College employees to LinkedIn Learning.

To learn how to use this resource, watch this video on Getting Started with LinkedIn Learning

Faculty Matters Newsletter

A monthly newsletter published once per month by the Faculty and Staff Center.  Articles are written by LSC-North Harris faculty.  You will find articles on effective teaching strategies for the college classroom, campus resources, and personal growth. Access Faculty Matters.

STARLINK

STARLINK was established in 1989 with a Perkins State Leadership grant. Since its founding, STARLINK has been committed to empowering student success and providing exceptional professional development to higher education communities. Our online courses allow staff, faculty, adjuncts, and CEOs to take responsibility for their growth and development, giving them the ability to personalize their learning with on-demand courses. STARLINK provides courses that maintain academic rigor, technical knowledge and skill sets which drive positive growth. STARLINK offers members a personalized dashboard to track training and 24/7 access to over 200 hours of professional development training through its eLibrary. New courses, features, and webinars are released monthly.

STARLINK currently provides professional development programming annually to member colleges and universities across the United States, Canada, and throughout the world through U.S. Military and embassies. STARLINK, empowering student success! Registration to STARLINK

How to create your STARLINK account.

 

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