Fall into Fun – Fall Course Schedule Posted for Community Connections

Stretch your mind and try something new with the FHTC Community Connections program.  These courses are dedicated to your personal and professional development.

Fall Course Catalog

When you find something that catches your interest please visit our online enrollment site to register at http://flinthills.augusoft.net

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Join me at the Universal Design for Learning Seminar?

Announcing the C2C Spring Forum 2011
Fri, 04/01/2011 – 9:00am
From C2C Website:
Increasingly, institutions are being mandated to design and deliver instruction to accommodate learners with disabilities. This can include developing videos using Closed Captioning; designing Word and PowerPoint presentations to accommodate students with visual impairments; and employing third party American Sign Language (ASL) services that run through Skype.

The C2C Spring Forum will focus entirely on designing and delivering instruction using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) standards and guidelines. (see: http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines)

Location: Park University – Kansas City Date: April 1, 2011

Presentations (to follow)

  • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Executive Presentation/Keynote
  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Working Lunch/Demonstrations
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Concurrent Sessions Break
  • 2:00 – 3:00 Concurrent Sessions

Sounds like a chance to really understand an area needing our attention in online learning.

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Extraordinary Presentation on Education in America

If you work in anyway shape or form with education, I encourage you to view last weeks presention by Dr. Yong Zhao.   It was an incredible presentation viewing our education system  from the perspective of  China and other emerging economies.  Please share this link and presentation with fellow educators and those who manage and initiate education policy and administration.  http://mythos2.emporia.edu/esumedia/joneslecture/zhao.wmv

 Users will need Windows Media player or WM plugin to view the video.  On a Mac, download the Flip for Mac plug-in that works with Quicktime. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/wmcomponents.mspx

Thank you to Emporia State University, the Jones Distinguished Professor lecture series and the students and faculty at the ESU Instructional Design and Technology program for hosting and sharing this presentation.

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The Human Factor: Delivering Training to Multi-Taskers

Mary Arnold - Trainer, Instructional Designer, Writer by Mary Arnold
repost from Learning Solutions Magazine

Don’t look now, but your learners are multi-tasking. Regardless of the age group your class belongs to, the delivery mode of your training, or how carefully you’ve constructed your lesson, in today’s world, it’s rare to gain your learners’ full attention.

Multi-tasking may be a learner’s preference or the result of a demanding job, but either way, it’s a pretty sure bet that learners are switching back and forth between their online coursework and other tasks.

Typically, designers of online training don’t tend to spend much time thinking about the multi-tasking habits of their learners. With the learners out of sight, the fact that a host of other media sources compete for their attention seems like a non-issue. Learners who switch away from an online course for a moment to answer the phone don’t create a classroom management problem the way they would in a live classroom. And, in any event, there’s very little an online learning instructor can do to prevent students from multi-tasking.

Does it really matter?

Multi-tasking is more than a classroom management problem. It’s also a distraction that lengthens the time a learner takes to complete a task, and impedes the learner’s ability to complete the task accurately.

More than that, multi-taskers don’t learn as deeply as their counterparts who work through the lessons without distraction. One study (Foerde, et al., 2006), found multi-taskers were more likely use the part of the brain associated with building habits to learn a new task. Their counterparts, in a single-task version of the experiment, were more likely to use the part of their brain associated with declarative memory, meaning they were more likely to be able to flexibly use the information they learned.

What to do about it

The pragmatic solution to the problem is to break the training into small, shallow sections so that learners can digest them in quick bites. If the bites are small enough, learners may be able get through an individual piece of content before they have the opportunity to switch to something else.

It’s an unsatisfying solution. Although attacking content in small pieces may help boost course completion rates, it’s unlikely (with some exceptions) to be thorough enough to address the learners’ training needs. Content worth teaching generally deserves more exposition, explanation, and analysis than short snippets can offer. Corporate training requires employees to apply information from an online course to situations they face in the course of their jobs. In other words, they need to be able to use the course content flexibly.

Course designers and developers may not be able to influence multi-taskers to turn off their other media for the duration of a course, but they can design courses to require learners to engage in higher-order thinking. As it turns out, the relatively new problem of multi-tasking learners actually may have a relatively well-established solution: write solid course objectives, and match the instruction and the assessment to those objectives.

In addition to alerting the learners to what you expect of them, good course objectives remind you, as a course designer, what learners should be able to do when the course is completed. Bloom’s taxonomy (Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, Evaluation), with an accompanying list of action verbs for each of the levels, can be enormously helpful in identifying which behaviors would indicate a learner’s mastery of the course material. In many cases, those action verbs can suggest activities that would serve as good ways to build interactivity into the course. For example, if you’ve established that learners will need to work with the information at the “Application” level, knowing that learners would ultimately be required to compute, manipulate, or modify something suggests that you build certain kinds of practice into the course.

In a similar fashion, well-constructed course objectives help keep an instructional designer on track when deciding how to assess a learner’s performance. If the objectives state that learners should be able to work with the content at the “Analysis” level, assessment items should support analysis-level understanding of the content.

More than likely, the ubiquity of technology and media choices means that learner multi-tasking is here to stay. As we learn more about the demands this behavior places on the human brain, we’ll likely develop additional techniques to address them. Fortunately, the basics of instructional design provide a good starting line.

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Move your marketing into the 21st Century

social mediaSponsored by Emporia Main Street,  Emporia Marketplace.com  and FHTC Business & Industry Training Center

You want to bring your marketing plan into the 21st century, but you’re not sure where to start. Should you start tweeting? Perhaps make a Facebook page? Text COUPON to 22522? (And what does that even mean??) Or maybe just stick with good old fashioned email?

In this class, you’ll learn about the most popular online marketing venues, how to use them, and which ones will bring you the best results.
When: Tuesday, Thursday 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm; 2 sessions starting February 8, 2011, ending February 10, 2011
Tuition for the Class is $29, but if you mention EmporiaMarketplace.com, we will cover your tuition!

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Upcoming Adobe CS5 (creative suite) Classes (see special offer)

To enroll online visit http://flinthills.augusoft.net
2010 Winter Schedule – Community Connections

Adobe continues to offer amazing and affordable desktop publishing software great for individuals and organizations.  Get your fundamentals training at FHTC.  Don’t forget the special offer at the end of this post.

Adobe Photoshop Fundamentals
Instructor: Michael Bird
Cost: $79
Schedule: Tuesdays, Feb. 8-22, 6:00-9:00 PM
This introductory course will help the beginning photo-editing student learn basic concepts
and the methods used to correct and enhance images. Participants will discover several ways in which Photoshop can be used to make creative, original compositions. Learn from a combination of lecture and interactive, hands-on experience through a series of projects designed to give you insights into the wonderful program that is Adobe Photoshop!

Adobe InDesign Fundamentals
Instructor: Michael Bird
Cost: $79
Schedule: Tuesdays, Mar. 1-15, 6:00-9:00 PM
Learn the ins and outs of the world’s premiere graphic design and desktop publishing software! In this course, you will learn how to make sharp, multi-page documents with InDesign, the way the professionals do it. Learn from a combination of lecture and interactive, hands-on experience through a series of projects designed to give you insights into the wonderful program that is Adobe InDesign!

Adobe Illustrator Fundamentals
Instructor: Michael Bird
Cost: $79
Schedule: Tuesdays, Mar. 29-Apr. 12, 6:00-
9:00 PM
We’ll cover Adobe’s amazing Illustrator application as we teach you to master and unlock the secrets of the application’s intimidating pen tool, 3D effects and more! Learn from a combination of lecture and interactive, hands-on experience through a series of projects designed to give you insights into the wonderful program that is Adobe Illustrator!

SPECIAL DEAL: All Three Adobe CS5 Fundamentals (Plus Dreamweaver!)
Instructor : Michael Bird | Cost : $199 |
Schedule : Tuesdays , Feb . 8 – May 3, 6:00-9:00 PM
Get all of the instruction of the three individual Adobe classes for a special price PLUS receive an extra class in Dreamweaver CS5. Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, the industry-leading web design software, is an outstanding visual HTML editor and superb code editor. Learn from a combination of lecture and interactive, hands-on experience through a series of projects designed to give you insights into the wonderful program that is Adobe  Dreamweaver! Students are best-served with at least a cursory understanding of HTML and web-authoring. Further, this class is only available to those who sign up for
the rest of the complete, twelve-week CS5 Fundamentals class, and at the discounted price, you literally get the class for free!

To enroll in any professional continuing education class at FHTC visit  http://finthills.augusoft.net or call (620) 341-1392

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Upcoming Essential Microsoft training – Great times and price point

To enroll online visit http://flinthills.augusoft.net or call (620) 341-1392

Through the FHTC Community Connections program we invite you and your fellow employees, family, and friends to attend the following courses which could help you with many of your professional and personal work. Courses tailored to working professionals and adults needing additional home office/hobby skills.

Microsoft Word 2007 Fundamentals
Instructor: Julie Cooper
Cost: $89
Schedule: Tues. & Thurs., Jan. 25 & 27, 6:00-9:00 PM
Designed to give proficiency in creating, opening, formatting, saving, and printing a document. Explore how to edit documents and automate tasks. Format text, characters, and paragraphs. Create tables, control page layout and use proofing tools. Prerequisite: Knowledge of Windows, keyboard and mouse.

Microsoft Word 2007 Intermediate
Instructor: Julie Cooper
Cost: $89
Schedule: Tues. & Thurs., Feb. 8 & 10, 6:00-9:00 PM
Explore more advance Word features and functions, such as creating columns and sections, formatting tables, importing table data, applying styles, adding headers and footers, using the drawing canvas, and creating templates. Prerequisite: Word Fundamentals or comparable knowledge.

Microsoft Excel 2007 Fundamentals
Instructor: Julie Cooper
Cost: $89
Schedule: Tues. & Thurs., Feb. 22 & 24, 6:00-9:00 PM
Designed for students with limited Excel experience. During the class students will learn the parts of the Excel Window and how they operate. Gain proficiency with entering and editing data, modifying a worksheet, inserting graphics including pictures,
charts and smart art. Work with basic functions.

Microsoft Excel 2007 Intermediate
Instructor: Julie Cooper
Cost: $89
Schedule: Tuesday &
Thursday, March 8 & 10,
6:00-9:00 PM
Designed for students with a fundamental knowledge of Excel. Learn how to format spreadsheet information. Work with formatting charts and other graphics. Learn to enter
formulas to produce the information you need.

To enroll online visit http://flinthills.augusoft.net or call (620) 341-1392

 

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