P.A.C.E. Newsletter for December 2018

From the P.A.C.E. Director, Kellie Toon

Kellie Toon

Here we are, in the waning days of another semester, and what a semester it has been. With the end of the semester and the holidays in sight, it seems an appropriate time to reflect on the past few months before turning toward a new year.

In August, PACE welcomed everyone to the College’s new faculty and professional development center. We had a fun opening with PACE Day at in-service.  In September, PACE took a multi-campus tour with student panels to introduce Faculty Fellow Rick Patton’s First Year Experience Project, “Putting on the A.R.M.O.R. of College Success.”  On this tour, our students shared their personal first year experiences and how having A.R.M.O.R. might have helped them.  October highlighted the work being done by Global and Diversity Learning Faculty Fellows Oakley Atterson and Chester Needham. In support of their Fellowship work, PACE, in partnership with TnCIS and the International Education Committee, sponsored a talk and a workshop with Dr. William Gaudelli, an international leader in global citizenship education. Gaudelli’s presentation was augmented by our own International and TnCIS students’ voices in a follow-up student panel. On the heels of Dr. Gaudelli’s visit, we kicked off November bringing light to Service Learning Faculty Fellow Cindy Wawrzyniak. In collaboration with the Office of Service Learning and Service Learning Director Drema Bowers, Carole Swayze, Director of Experiential Learning at Middle Tennessee State, came to PSCC to work with faculty on translating service learning principles into practice.

And these were only the PACE highlight events for fall. There were so many other rewarding faculty and professional development opportunities this fall hosted across the college’s many campuses. Having “too many” events to choose from isn’t a bad thing!

Now it is time we turn toward the New Year. On January 11, 2019, in collaboration with Mobile Fellows and in support of Technology Enhanced Learning Faculty Fellow Rachel Glazener, PACE sponsors the first Winter Regional Technology Conference, “Transforming the Culture of Teaching and Learning.” Alan November, the keynote presenter and host for the day, is an international leader in educational technology and has been invited to speak at venues as large as Google. His coming to PSCC is a significant event. To learn more about the event and Mr. November, read Tech Talk in this Newsletter. Registration is required and limited, so don’t hesitate. Take time for yourself, register and claim your spot for this unique opportunity.

I am always amazed at the wonderful things we do together. Excellence truly is collaborative and I thank everyone who has engaged, taken part, and joined the movement!

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Staff Profile: Deanne MichaelsonDeanne Michaelson

Department: BCT

What do you teach? Accounting

How long have you been teaching at PSCC? 

I began teaching at PSCC as an adjunct in 1989. I have been a full-time instructor since fall 1991.

Finish this sentence: Successful students _________

are motivated toward success and have instructors that are interested in assisting them and promoting their achievements.

What are one or two of your best classroom practices?

I like to make a connection with my students as early as possible each semester. In my online courses, I ask my students to respond to a questionnaire providing me an individual profile I can refer to throughout the term. I arrive early to my face-to-face classes to chat with students as they arrive. In my experience, creating a personal connection with students creates a positive learning environment that makes students more likely to complete course assignments and ask for assistance when needed.

Do you have a favorite professional organization, newsletter, or blog that you follow?

I am currently working on my dissertation in the DBA program at Lincoln Memorial University so I only have time to read literature related to my topic!

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

There is a life outside of school and work? LOL! Actually I enjoy playing tennis, exercising, and hanging out with my friends, children and dogs.

If you could have dinner with absolutely anyone, living or not, who would it be?

If I could have dinner with anyone it would be with my father who passed away in 2004. After all of these years, he is still my hero and I have so many questions about his life I never took the time to ask.

Faculty Fellow Project Spotlight: Mobile and Emerging Technology

Image of Faculty Fellow Rachel Glazener
Whether you are tech-savvy, techno-phobic, or a digital native, Faculty Fellow Rachel Glazener is working hard to create a digital space that will serve you in your quest for mobile and emerging technology resources. Check out her latest project!

Rachel teaches Chem1110/1120 General Chemistry and Chem2010/2020 Organic Chemistry in the Natural and Behavioral Sciences department.

There are many resources on campus that provide mobile and emerging technologies information for faculty. The initial portion of this project was to collect these resources into one digital space, to simplify where faculty can go and receive up-to-date information/materials on mobile and emerging technologies at Pellissippi. The digital space will begin to branch into helpful information for a variety of disciplines and how to get started using mobile technologies in those disciplines. A large piece of this project was to gather information from faculty to determine what additional information should be included and/or what peaks their interest with mobile and emerging technologies. This was and will be collected through the EDUCAUSE survey from 2017 and 2019. This information will help grow what is included in the digital space and hopefully increase faculty interest in using the technologies we have available here on campus for our students.

Grow Your Skills Completion Card with Tree and directions on how to get to the PACE website.

Rachel has created the resource space for faculty to learn about information and emerging technologies at Pellissippi on the PACE website, and she is encouraging faculty to grow their tech skills by gamifying the learning of these skills. Check out Grow Your Skills Tech Challenge going on right now! There eventually will be a total of 4 levels on the challenge to help faculty get connected on campus, learn about techy tools they have access to, best practices of using these tools in class, and how students interact/connect with these tools. Already techy? Great! There is always a bonus application section in the challenge that will contain applications to help with student engagement and productivity that will hopefully have something new for everyone. Several faculty are already getting APPy on campus and growing their tech skills too! If you need any suggestions of applications/programs that might help you get APPy with your students feel free to reach out for one on one training.

Rachel also is a regular contributor to this newsletter,

In addition, Rachel has organized the January 11th Teaching and Learning conference with work renown educational technologist, Alan November. Read more about the Conference and register soon: http://bit.ly/pscctechconference Space is limited!!

For more information about Rachel’s project, please contact her at 865-539-7308, rlglazener@pstcc.edu

Tech Talk: Alan November

Alan NovemberAlan November will be our keynote speaker and workshop leader at the Teaching and Learning conference on Friday, January 11th. Remember to register soon!

Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.

Audiences enjoy Alan’s humor and wit as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. His areas of expertise include planning across curriculum, staff development, new school design, community building and leadership development. He has delivered keynotes and workshops in all fifty states, across Canada, and throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Central America.

Alan was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Tech and Learning magazine. His writing includes numerous articles and best-selling books. Alan’s most recent book “Who Owns the Learning?” is on the New York Times education best sellers list for 2013. Alan was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.

Each summer Alan leads the Building Learning Communities summer conference with world-class presenters and educators from more than 25 countries.

Check out some of Mr. Novembers Ted Talks and book information:

Dear Instructional DesignerKaren Sorensen

Dear Instructional Designer,

What are some ways I can utilize technology in my classroom?


Techie Teacher wanna be

Dear Techie Teacher wanna be,

It’s important that you don’t just use technology to use technology. Think about your learning outcomes for the course first and then how technology can help your students achieve those outcomes.

It’s also important that any technology that students are required to use be accessible to all of them. One easy way to assess the accessibility of a techie tool is to see if for all of the mouse actions used in a tool, there are keyboard commands available to do the same actions. Feel free to contact me, Royce Jacomen or Disability Services to review a tool’s accessibility if you have any questions.

Office 365 is accessible and available to all students. And it has some great tools to use in your classroom. You could use the Office 365 Teams tool or One Note to enhance collaboration. Not sure how to get started? Come see me, a Mobile Fellow or an Instructional Technology Specialist in ETS to get started. Or check out the Microsoft Educator Community with hundreds of free online trainings. or Lynda.com (available free through the Pellissippi State library. Look for it under the list of databases.)

Another cool way to use technology to enhance your class is by having guest speakers Skype into your classroom. The Microsoft Educator Community Mystery Skype page even has a list of available speakers from around the globe! You can search for appropriate speakers by filtering the list by age level of your students and the subject matter. How cool is that?!

These are just a few ways to get you started. It sounds like you would also be a great candidate for Rachel Glazener’s Grow Your Skills Tech Challenge and the upcoming Teaching and Learning conference. At the conference, you will actually have the opportunity to rework one of your assignments and incorporate more technology.

No matter what route you take, start small and build.


Karen Sorensen, PACE Instructional Designer


If you have a question for the Instructional Designer, please contact her. With your permission, she may publish your question in the P.A.C.E. newsletter.