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Pop-up President’s Office Today

September 30th, 2019

Dr. Robinson will again be setting up a Pop-up President’s Office at several times/places around the campuses, giving you an opportunity to meet, greet and discuss issues important to you. Please feel free to stop by and chat if you have a chance.

Monday, September 30

10 – 11 a.m.

College Hall Student Lounge

Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2019 at 9:23 am



AED Added to Transportation Technologies Building

September 30th, 2019

The Office of Workplace Safety and Health has added a new Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the Transportation Technologies building, bringing the total of new AEDs on the Toledo-area Campus to 10. The AED can be found in the hallway near the lounge. All employees are encouraged to learn more about the Philips AEDs by watching a short video on YouTube.  For more information, contact Lorraine Stiefel at ext. 7712 or lorraine_stiefel@owens.edu.

Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2019 at 9:19 am



Online Teaching Elements and Training

September 25th, 2019

The Office of e-Learning will be offering our Online Teaching Elements training to instructors interested in learning more about current online course teaching practices and design with a focus on best practices for instruction in an online environment. This training is a revised version of the four–week ESQOI / Teaching Online training course. The course will begin October 9 at 8 a.m.

Topics include learning theories, instructional design models, essential components of an online course, online instructional methods, communication, assessment, accessibility and more. Participants will be required to complete several activities and one final project. A certificate of successful completion will be awarded to participants who score 80% or higher on all training activities and the final project.

• Note: This training is considered time intensive with firm deadlines for submitted activities. Participants will be expected to engage in the training with regular activities each week, so please plan your schedule accordingly. Participants can expect to spend 12 hours or more in the training (with an average of 3 hours each week).

• Prerequisite: 80% or better on the Training Evaluation in the Blackboard Learn Instructor Orientation (self-enrollment link for the orientation is located in Blackboard’s Faculty Resources). You must take complete this orientation prior to October 8th, 2019 to be considered eligible to participate in the Online Teaching Elements training.

To enroll in the OTE training, please visit the Faculty Resources in Blackboard, then click on the ‘Workshop Sign-Up’ course menu item.

or

Click this link to access the registration form directly:

https://forms.gle/3FtNuJTfMPLwnia88

If you have any questions about this or other e-Learning training opportunities, please contact:

Amber Sherick

(567)661-7991

amber_sherick@owens.edu

Posted on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 at 10:06 am



Arts Performance Series Welcomes “GRUBS” – September 28

September 24th, 2019

The Music Business Technology Portfolio I class presents the Grande Royale Ükulelists of the Black Swamp – “GRUBS” – at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 28 as the opening act in the Accent on the Arts 2019-20 concert series.

The Grande Royale Ükulelists of the Black Swamp are a quartet who sing and play all kinds of music on all kinds of ukuleles. Admission is free for the performance in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Theatre.

Music Business Technology students design, book, promote and present the Accent on the Arts concert series each academic year. For more information, please visit www.owens.edu/arts.

Posted on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 at 9:15 am



Blackboard Bootcamp Sessions

September 24th, 2019

This one-day boot camp concentrates on four popular trainings requested by instructors. Feel free to attend all four, or select sessions you are most interested in. These training sessions will be condensed and fast-paced, so come prepared to jump right into the material!

Introduction to Blackboard’s Layout: (10 – 10:45 a.m.)

Blackboard Learn is the learning management system (LMS) software we use at Owens. Many students anticipate the use of this software with their college course and the content in the course be presented online. For instructors, it is important to become aware of our LMS, its presentation, and layout for higher education. This training presents the basic components and features of this learning management system, such as Blackboard’s course menu, content and tool areas, as well as a description of the course tools and essential commands.

Course Copy/Export-Import Courses: (11 – 11:30 a.m.)

Instructors who have created courses from a practice shell or may instruct an identical course in the future may wish to use the course copy tool in Blackboard. Participants are be introduced to the steps to using the course copy tool, and complete a course copy.

Participants will also generate an export package file from an existing Blackboard course shell, downloading the file package to a computer or external drive, then import the file package to a new Blackboard course shell.

Grade Center – Organization and Weights: (11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.)

After adding many grade columns to a course, it may be necessary to organize, or reorganize the grade center columns during a grading period. Participants will be able to identify how to access the Full Grade Center, use the Manage command, and Course Organization tool to move grade columns, assign categories, show/hide grade columns, ‘freeze’ columns, and delete grade columns in bulk.

Participants will also use categories to assign grade columns to weights which are added the Weighted Total Column to ways demonstrate course grade weights and categories. (Participants should bring a copy of their syllabus with their course weights, along with the list of assignments for the semester)

Respondus 4.0: Bring Your Own PC Device (1 – 2 p.m.)

Many instructors have pre-existing MS Word document test files and wish to convert them to Blackboard. Respondus 4.0 Campuswide is a software program available to instructors through the Faculty Resources as a download to personal computers. Owens offers Respondus 4.0 Campuswide through each computer’s software center.

In this session, participants will view how to convert and code an existing Word or Text test document to Respondus 4.0, install Respondus 4.0, link and use Respondus 4.0 to connect to instructor’s Blackboard courses, create and edit a test, preview Respondus test files, as well as publish and retrieve exams, tests, and pools from Blackboard.

Submit the registration form below to reserve your seat for a session, or choose all four!

Findlay-area Campus Bootcamp Session Registration form – EC163 – September 24 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) – https://forms.gle/w3gLfxnbCUNcUTs86

Toledo-area Campus Bootcamp Session Registration form – LB130 – September 26 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) – https://forms.gle/UApzhHyS29Fa4cXL6

Posted on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 at 9:09 am



Suicide Prevention and Awareness Events

September 24th, 2019

The Office of Counseling Services has scheduled a series of Suicide Prevention and Awareness events titled “Question, Persuade and Refer” at various locations on the Toledo-area Campus in September. All are welcome.

The program teaches community members how to question someone about suicide, persuade them to get help and refer them for the right kind of help that they need. The program includes practical tips and debunks some of the myths surrounding the epidemic of suicide.

  • Friday, September 27 – 8:30-9:30 a.m., Veterans Hall 102

For more information, contact the Office of Counseling Services at ext. 2107.

Posted on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 at 9:08 am



A High Percentage of Owens Students Report Mental Health Struggles

September 24th, 2019

KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE COLLEGE FROM INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH: Last fall, 722 Owens students participated in The Healthy Minds Study, a national survey of mental health and related issues in college student populations. Our students report high levels of depression and anxiety. The good news is that many students are seeking help and that there are excellent resources on campus for them.

Things you can do to help:

  1. Highlight campus resources in class, on the syllabus or on BlackBoard. These can be found on the 2nd page of the Distressed Persons Guide for Toledo and DLC and the Distressed Persons Guide for Findlay.
  2. Invite representatives from various campus resource offices go give presentations in class.
  3. If a student appears to be struggling, ask them if everything is OK and then let them know about campus resources.

For additional information about the Healthy Minds Study, visit: https://intranet.owens.edu/ir/surveys.html.

For additional resources for students, faculty and staff, visit: https://www.owens.edu/counseling/.

Posted on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 at 9:06 am



Green Dot Sessions

September 20th, 2019

The Green Dot violence prevention program is a culture-shifting, paradigm changing initiative that involves the entire College campus.

Please join us as we discuss how we are incorporating Green Dot strategies at Owens to maintain a safe campus community for our students.

You are invited to attend one of the following sessions:

September 26: 12 p.m.

October 16: 8:30 a.m.

November 1: 3 p.m.

December 17: 10 a.m.

All sessions will be held in College Hall 169.

To view the invitation, please click: Green Dot Invite

Posted on Friday, September 20th, 2019 at 3:14 pm



Wood County Community Health Center Offering Free Visits in September

September 20th, 2019

Faculty and staff, please share the following information with those who may benefit from this program offered through the Wood County Health Department:

Anyone who has not visited Wood County Community Health Center yet in 2019 can come for a free health care visit on Tuesdays in September.

Wood County Community Health Center will host “Free Health Care Tuesdays” starting Sept. 10. Walk-in patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled if necessary based on demand. New patients or existing patients who have not been seen in 2019 are welcome.

Bring a list of your top health concerns and talk to a primary care provider to come up with a plan to address them. Nurse practitioner Sally Royston will see patients one-on-one to help get everyone back on track. Lab work, Pap tests and other specialized services are not included in this visit.

People of all ages are welcome. There will be no charge for the visit. Please use this as an opportunity to tour our facility and meet our providers.

The mission of Wood County Community Health Center is to provide quality health services to improve the well-being of individuals and families. We welcome all patients regardless of income level or insurance coverage. We offer a sliding fee benefit based on household size and income. No one is refused service because of inability to pay. We can help you sign up for Medicaid and Marketplace insurance.

woodcountyhealth.org

http://woodcountyhealth.org/wellnesscenter/

(419) 354-9049

1840 E Gypsy Lane Rd.

Bowling Green, OH 43402

Posted on Friday, September 20th, 2019 at 9:27 am



Drone Drop Tickets Available for the Alumni Golf Classic

September 11th, 2019

The 17th Annual Owens Community College Alumni Association Golf Classic fundraiser for student scholarships will take place Monday, September 16 at Belmont Country Club; along with a Drone Golf Ball Drop raffle.  At 12:30 p.m., a drone will drop a load of numbered golf balls onto the practice green, and the owner of the ball closest to the pin or in the hole will win a $1,000 grand prize.  Runner up prizes will be awarded as well.  For more information and to purchase raffle tickets, visit https://www.owens.edu/alumni/classic/.

Posted on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at 9:14 am