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High Impact Practice Spotlight Sessions

Mark your calendars! On Thursday, January 13 from 8:00AM-10:40AM colleagues will share High Impact Practices that are making a difference in their work with students. In these brief, 30-minute sessions, MCC employees will share what they are doing, describe the impact to teaching and learning, and invite feedback from peers. Virtual and in-person sessions will be available.

High Impact Practice Spotlight Sessions Schedule

There is a body of research published by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) that offers a roadmap to evidence-based high impact practices that elevate academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, and a supportive campus environment. These practices include:

  • First-Year Seminars and Experiences
  • Common Intellectual Experiences
  • Learning Communities
  • Writing and Inquiry-Intensive Courses
  • Collaborative Assignemnts and Projects
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Diversity/Global Learning
  • Service Learning, Community-Based Learning
  • Internships
  • Capstone Courses and Projects
  • ePortfolios
  • Accelerated Developmental Education
  • Tutoring
  • Orientation

And, according to the AACU (2017):

  •  Student participation in one or more of the 10 original HIPs is associated with a range of positive outcomes, especially for those historically underrepresented in postsecondary education.
  •  HIPs are developmentally powerful because they require applied, hands-on, integrative, and often collaborative learning experiences.
  •  Sadly, HIPs participation is inequitable, with first generation, transfer students, and African-American and Latino students least likely to have such experiences.
  • Among the challenges to institutionalizing HIPs are demonstrating the fiscal benefit of increased graduation rates, changing academic reward systems to support faculty and staff involvement in HIPs, and acknowledging HIPs in the institutional data system.

However, “simply offering and labeling an activity an HIP does not necessarily guarantee that students who participate in it will benefit in the ways much of the extant literature claims” (Inside Higher Ed, 2018). The quality, scale, and intensity by which we enact high impact practices at will have a significant impact on the student expreience and student outcomes which are quantified by our wildly important college goals.

Web-Based Teaching & Learning Summer 2014

Prepare or Retool Online Learning

Web-Based Teaching & Learning

Prepare for or Retool Your Online, Hybrid and Web-Enabled Course

The CIS 236 and CIS 237 series is designed to help you get started in or retool for the unique world of teaching & learning in the hybrid and online formats. It can also help support you in web-enabling your ground/face-to-face course.

First, experience the ‘student’ perspective of online learning in CIS236. Get helpful tips to facilitate a course including policies, procedures and content management (copyright and accessibility). Along the way, see what the Canvas learning management system can do to enhance any course format and discover new digital teaching tools to engage learners. Then explore course design and content creation more deeply in CIS 237. Build engaging assignments, group activities and integrate technology to support learners’ needs.

Instructors will complete the series with practical tips, researched pedagogy and a duplicative structure for building and facilitating an online or hybrid format class or supporting a ground/face-to-face course with an online presence.

Advantages of the Open Entry / Open Exit Format

Mesa Community College is offering CIS236 and CIS237 in the Open Exit/Open Exit format for the Spring 2015.

Flexible Learning!

  • Pick your own start date (1/19 – 3/13)
  • Set your own pace over an 8 week period
  • No hard deadlines.

Enroll Today

Enrollment through My.Maricopa.edu. (SIS will be unavailable until February 16)

  1. Complete your Student Information Form
  2. Register for Class
  3. Pay for the course, Learn About MCCCD Tuition Waivers:http://www.maricopa.edu/publicstewardship/resources/tw.php

If you have difficulties registering or have questions about these courses, contact the instructor:

CIS 236:  Web Based Teaching & Learning I (2 credits), Section #31761

Experience using a web-based learning environment from an online student’s perspective. Use communication tools, submit assignments, use evaluation tools, and navigate an online-learning environment.  Introduction to the basics of online pedagogy and lots of hands-on experience with a web-based learning environment and digital teaching tools! Prerequisites: CIS133CA or CIS 133DA, or permission of instructor. Contact instructor for override code.

  • Offered fully online during Spring 2015 (Open Entry/Open Exit) – Choose a start date between January 19 and March 13. Students will have 8 weeks to finish the course from the start date.
CIS 237:  Web Based Teaching & Learning II (3 credits), Section #31762

Discuss theories, methods, and best practices for designing, developing, and delivering an online course including Classroom Assessment Techniques, Flipped Classroom, Quality Matters and more.  Create an online or hybrid course module using a web-based learning environment.  Prerequisites: CIS 236, or permission of instructor. Contact instructor for concurrent enrollment code (allowing students to take CIS236 and CIS237 simultaneously).

  • Offered fully online during Spring 2015 (Open Entry/Open Exit) – Choose a start date between January 19 and March 13. Students will have 8 weeks to finish the course from the start date.
Fall Tech and Teach Fest Logo

3rd Annual Tech & Teach Fest Begins October 20th!

A Festival of Learning Just for You

The Center for Teaching & Learning will be holding its 3rd Annual Fall Tech & Teach Fest Monday, October 20 through Friday, October 24 on the Southern and Dobson Campus.

What is the Fest?

The Fall Tech & Teach fest is a week of activities to support teaching & learning at MCC. The week will consist of sessions, discussions, hands-on demonstrations and other events that address excellence in education pedagogy and technology. All MCCCD faculty and staff welcome. Attend one or attend all, we hope to see you there! Register soon for this festival of learning.

Topics will include:

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Google, Canvas (conferences, collaborations, apps and other best kept secrets), VoiceThread (discussions around media), Nearpod (interactive presentations), Accessibility, Video Production, Outcome-based Learning, Designing for Online Learning, Building Effective Discussions, Kahoot (course polling/gaming) and more! See the Full Fest Guide for a day-to-day listing and description of all sessions and events. Topics are both staff and faculty oriented.

Event Maker Party!

Join us for food, fun and making! Learn how to create web mashables and applications to engage learners in content & activities for your program or course. Quickly remix web content, video, audio, images and pages using free web-based Maker Tools. Also feel free to bring your thoughts and ideas from any of the sessions throughout the week. Fest staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you develop your projects. Register Now.

See the Event Full Calendar:

Fall 2014 Tech & Teach Fest Guide

Sessions will be hosted in the CTL Room AS175, AS Building; Southern & Dobson Campus.

Register Now!

Register through the HRMS (Time & Labor System)

Registration Instructions

Having trouble registering? Call us at (480) 461-7331 and we will register you. Questions? Send us an email at ctl@mesacc.edu.

Fall 2014 Participation Digital Badge

Earn a Badge!

All event attendees will earn a 2014 Fall Fest Digital Badge. Earn and share your sills, accomplishments and professional development with others. Learn more about digital badging.

* We apologize, but C.A.F.E. Funds have been exhausted for this semester.

** Sessions with low enrollment may be canceled up to 24 hours prior to the start time/date.

Blended Course Design Principles Webinar April 28

Blended Course Design Webinar April 28

Webinar: Blended Course Design Principles
Monday, April 28, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. *

Hosted by the MCC Center for Teaching & Learning, Southern & Dobson Campus, AS Building Room 175, Register Now

When executed properly, blended courses provide a high level of engagement from learners and establish measurable learning outcomes with the means for achieving them. How are you ensuring that the blended courses you are designing combine the best components of both online and face-to-face classes? Join us in the MCC CTL for a discussion around blended course design principles and how they align with instructional strategies.

Sponsored by the MCCCD MCLI.
Presented by: Academic Impressions
Dr. Denise Lowe; Instructional Design Team Lead,
Center for Distributed Learning University of Central Florida

*Note: This session is hosted at the MCC Center for Teaching & Learning. You must come to the Center to participate.

Who Should Attend

Instructional designers, faculty, and faculty developers who are at the beginning or intermediate stages of blended course development will benefit from this program. You will leave with key steps to using sound instructional design strategies to design, organize, and assess your courses. Learn more.

MCC Hosted Session

Monday, April 28
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
AS Building, Room 175



About the MCC CTL

The mission of the MCC Center for Teaching & Learning is to lead and inspire the advancement of innovative teaching and learning for student success. Learn more about the CTL staff and programs at ctl.mesacc.edu.

Visit the CTL Calendar for dates for all upcoming sessions.

Mark Your Calendar for MCC’s 5th Annual Camp Innovate

The MCC Center for Teaching & Learning’s 5th Annual Camp Innovate is just a little more than a month away. Please air out your tent and grab your gear to participate in this exciting week of sessions around the campfire of innovative teaching and learning; Monday, May 19 – Thursday, May 22. Stay-tuned as this engaging week develops.

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In-Person APPQMR Session Available at MCC

Join Our Session on April 4

Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to acknowledge the quality of online/hybrid courses. The QM framework (Rubric) is about course design, and making your course navigation and structure intuitive, so that students’ questions will be more focused on the content of your course. Research supports that QM recognized courses improve both student learning outcomes, student success, and retention.

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR)
Friday, April 4, 9:00am – 4:00pm

CTL Lab, AS175
AS Building MCC Southern & Dobson Campus (Map)

COURSE#001515, Section #0006, register here
The Quality Matters course at MCC is designed to help you prepare your course for QM certification and is preparatory course for the QM Peer Reviewer Certification. This in-depth session explains each of the QM standards through hands-on activities. Participants will leave with tools and ideas to design your course to meet QM and skills to become a Quality Matters peer reviewer.

Who can attend this session?
Any MCCCD employee interested in using the QM Process at and Rubric to improve their existing course or to guide their design of a new course is welcome to attend.

How do I register for the Quality Matters at MCC course? 
Use the link above or register here (new window will open). Registration is through the HRMS (MCCCD Time & Labor) system. View detailed registration instructions.

March Learning Madness Webinar Edition March 24-28

March Learning Madness – Webinar Edition!

A Week of Learning Webinars

Join the Mesa Community College Center for Teaching & Learning for a week of webinars dedicated to all things teaching & learning.

Session Options

Fostering Open Policies on Your Campus & Beyond

PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR – OER leaders from Tacoma Community College, Maricopa Community College District, and Creative Commons share their strategies for successfully growing open educational policies and practices. Stay for a brief dialog to discuss how MCC can open our campus to OER.

Monday, March 24, 11:00 a.m.  –  12:30 p.m. 
CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175 – Southern & Dobson Campus
Register Now

Ensuring Accessibility in Online Education

LIVE WEBINAR – Colleen Fleming will outline the accessibility requirements for online higher education courses, the accessibility procedures and training that have been implemented at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, and practical ways to ensure that online course content can be used effectively by all students.

Tuesday, March 25, 11:00 a.m.  –  12:00 noon
CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175- Southern & Dobson Campus
Register Now


MCLI 2014 Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference Logo

Call for Proposals: 2014 Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference

Reaching Out: Using Technology to Connect With Our Students

Call for Workshop Proposals

The MCLI 2014 Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference is just a few months away. The conference committee is now accepting proposals for 50-minute interactive presentations or 2-hour hands-on workshops that focus on the intersection between technology and teaching.

Proposals are due on Monday, March 24th, 2014.

Conference Registration

Mark your calendar for Maricopa Community College’s premier learning technology event on May 13, 2014 at South Mountain Community College. The program will include a keynote, track sessions, workshops, and more.

Register and read more about the conference.


MCC CTL Learning Series: Accessing Accessibility at MCC

Accessing Accessibility Learning Series at MCC

MCC CTL Learning Series: Accessing Accessibility at MCC

CTL Learning Series: Accessing Accessibility & Beyond

Explore a series of sessions that focus on creating and maintaining accessible course and program content to benefit all learners. Discover solutions for video captioning, documents and content design that will ensure equal access while maintaining a rich learning environment.

Register Now             Registration Instructions

Captioning with YouTube

Learn how to create captions and transcripts for your video files using the free YouTube web site. In this hands-on session participants will learn how to adjust settings in their YouTube account so uploaded video files are automatically transcribed and captioned. Participants will also learn how to adjust and correct captions within YouTube; and how to download subtitle files onto their own computers.

Monday, February 24, 3:00 p.m.  –  4:30 p.m. 
HRMS Course #002072, Session #0002; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175


Wednesday, February 26, 11:00 a.m.  –  12:30 p.m. 
HRMS Course #002072, Session #0001; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175

Accessing Accessibility Basics

Make your course more accessible with just a few simple best practices. In this session participants will view our online accessibility resource for faculty. Discover ways to make your course user friendly for all your students using universal design techniques. Accessible styles, documents, images, links and more will be discussed in this hands-on session.

Thursday, February 27, 9:00 a.m.  –  11:00 a.m. 
HRMS Course #001798, Session #0006; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175


Friday, February 28, 3:00 p.m.  –  5:00 p.m. 
HRMS Course #001798, Session #0005; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175

Creating Accessible Documents

Never fear, the document doctor is here! Creating or converting existing documents into accessible formats doesn’t have to be stressful. In this session we will explore the built in accessibility features in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat to create or convert documents quickly and easily into accessible formats that everyone can use.

Monday, March 17, 3:00 p.m.  –  4:30 p.m. 
HRMS Course #002074, Session #0001; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175


Tuesday, March 18, 9:00 a.m.  –  10:30 a.m. 
HRMS Course #002074, Session #0002; CTL Lab AS Building, Room 175

Register Now

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Registration Instructions

Questions? Concerns? Suggestions?
Contact Us!

(480) 461-7331

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See all of our upcoming learning events and activities.



Apply Now – 2014-2015 LEARNING GRANTS

14 Years Supporting Quality Learning

Academic year 2014-2015 will be the fourteenth year of the Learning Grants program that supports projects designed to:

  • enhance student learning
  • promote student success
  • further innovation in teaching and learning

Learning grants are flexible and intended to support ideas and projects at the appropriate stage of development. Qualifying proposals will range from formative ideas that explore learning concepts to fully tested models ready to be adopted and disseminated.

Grant Deadline Information:

2014-2015 Application Submission:

JANUARY 16, 2014 through MARCH 7, 2014

Application Deadline:

4:30 p.m., Friday, March 7, 2014

Award Status Notification: April, 2014

Who Can Apply For Learning Grants?

All faculty, residential, adjunct, and one-year-only (OYO), administrators, and staff are eligible to apply.

Grant Preparation & Information Session: 

Prior to submitting your grant proposal, you are required to discuss your project idea with your Vice President of Academic Affairs. You may also want to discuss your idea with your faculty development coordinator and department/division chair.

A grant information session will be held at Mesa Community College on Tuesday,February 4, 2:00 p.m. – 4:o0 p.m. in the Center for Teaching & Learning. Informal Q&A in CTL Lobby from 2:00 p.m. followed by a formal presentation at 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the CTL Conference Room (AS-170). Don’t miss out!

Details and application procedures may be accessed at: http://mcli.maricopa.edu/learning-grants

For additional information, contact:
Dr. Rob Morales, Instructional Designer
Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction
Email: rob.morales@domail.maricopa.edu
Telephone: 480-731-8302
Innovation of the Year Nominations

Call for Nominations: Innovation of the Year Awards 13-14

2013-2014 Innovation of the Year Awards



Call for Nominations

Answer the Call for Innovations for the 2013-2014 Innovation of the Year Awards Program! The Maricopa Community Colleges and the League for Innovation in the Community College co-sponsor the annual Innovation of the Year (IOTY) Awards to recognize an employee or teams of employees who have designed and implemented a significant innovation that has had a positive impact on the education of students. One innovation is selected from each College and the District Office. From those winning innovations, a District-wide innovation will be selected to receive the Dr. Paul M. Pair Innovation of the Year Award, which includes $2,000 to be used to further the winning innovation. 

All employees are invited to nominate innovative projects and programs that you have worked on over the past year. To get started, review the Innovation of the Year Program information and criterion on the website, http://mcli.maricopa.edu/innovate. Note: If you have previously submitted an innovation that may not have been selected to receive the Dr. Paul M. Pair Innovation of the Year Award, you are welcomed to resubmit.  Then complete NEW online Innovation of the Year Nomination Formmcli.maricopa.edu/innovate/apply to put in your submission.

Online nominations are due Friday, March 7, 2014.

The Process: A winning innovation team selected from each College and District Office will make a presentation to the Innovation of the Year Final Selection Committee on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the District Office. A review committee will identify the one innovation that will receive the 2013-2014 Maricopa Community Colleges Innovation of the Year and that will be the recipient of the Dr. Paul M. Pair Award.

The Celebration: All selected innovations will be celebrated at the Innovation of the Year Awards Program Reception that will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at the Rio Salado College Conference Center.

Visit the Innovation of the Year Awards Program website at mcli.maricopa.edu/innovate for more detailed program information.

 If you have questions, please contact:

Don Jensen-Bobadilla, 480-731-8296 or don.jensen-bobadilla@domail.maricopa.edu