Faculty and Staff Present at Conferences

Alamo Colleges Dual Credit Conference

NVC librarian Nancy Kaida shared her special expertise on June 8 at “Reach & Rigor: Taking the Helm of Dual Credit,” the Alamo Colleges District’s first dual credit conference. Nancy collaborated with Palo Alto College librarian Tosca Gonzalves to present “Smooth Sailing with Library Resources.” Nancy and NVC Speech instructor Tim Molina facilitated “From Clickbait to Thinkbait.”

Math instructor Mary Zocchi and Assessment Coordinator Lydia Beaver presented “Knot-l-Cal Bracelet: Tying High School & Higher Ed Together.”

Ellen Manchester and Amanda Matocha presented “GPS: Great, Powerful Strategies,” and Carla Grezler-Gomez presented “Have a Whale of a Time Collaborating with Colleagues with Canvas.”

NVC Librarians Present at APEX Summit

NVC librarians Amanda Gorrell, Nancy Kaida, Linda Reeves, and Rose Rodriguez, along with Library Director Norma Vélez-Vendrell, facilitated several sessions at the 2018 Alamo Colleges District APEX (Adjunct Professional Enrichment eXperience) Summit. The theme of this year’s APEX summit was “Information Literacy: The Unusual Suspects.”

In their session, “Suspicious Sources – Navigating the Publication Cycle,” Amanda and Linda had participants follow how the passage of time affects what information is available about an event, the types of publications reporting on the event, and the credibility of the sources. Through their session, “Unlocking Doors with OER and Creative Commons,” Norma Vélez-Vendrell, Amanda Gorrell, and Rose Rodriguez shared how faculty can use open educational resources for their classes.

Nancy Kaida and Math Advocate Ernest Tolliver shed light on search algorithms in “How to Speak to Search Engines? Algorithmically.” In “Clickbait to Thinkbait,” Nancy Kaida and Mass Communications Instructor Tim Molina showcased a lesson on helping students think critically about sources. Criminal Justice Instructor Ron Rangel elucidated the importance of understanding the many facets of information in his session, “Information Justice.”

This was the fourth year that Alamo Colleges District has put on the APEX Summit, a professional development conference for adjunct faculty.

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