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Committee Name: Professional Development Policy Committee
Meeting Date: 2/2/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Wendy Ayers
  • Cynthia Deutsch
  • Jason Ferguson
  • Rebecca Honeycutt
  • Sarah Jarrett
  • Linda Mallory
  • Muriel Mickles
  • Alison Moore
  • Emily PudlinerWendy Ayers
  • Cynthia Deutsch
  • Jason Ferguson
  • Rebecca Honeycutt
  • Sarah Jarrett
  • Linda Mallory
  • Muriel Mickles
  • Alison Moore
  • Emily Pudliner
  • Lorna Nelson (conflict – student conferences)
  • Taz Daughtrey
  • Michael Fein
  • Lisa Hodges
  • Layia Perry
Spring Convocation 2021 – Feedback on Sessions
  • Mickles, Moore, Mallory, Honeycutt, and Jarrett commented on the success of the event.  Mickles noted that the sessions were very well done and praised Moore for her hard work.  Moore, Mallory, and Honeycutt enjoyed the format of the event (i.e., three days of sessions with Thursday and Friday available for planning).  Mallory also commented on the benefits of hosting the event via Zoom.  The online format made it easier to attend nonconsecutive sessions and avoided down-town while waiting on campus.  Jarrett added that the online format allows for the event to be recorded making it available for those unable to attend and for additional viewing.  Jarrett suggested that for future convocations, it would be beneficial to maintain the Zoom component even when the event returns to an in-person format.  Jarrett also noted that the event provided a good mix of technical training (e.g., Team training) as well as classroom-related training.
     
  • Moore discussed the potential for follow-up sessions.  A follow-up session on Zoom Anxiety will be held mid-semester.
     
  • Moore also highlighted the Microsoft training scheduled for February 03, 2021 at 1:00PM.  The workshop is hosted by Microsoft at no-cost to the college.
Jarrett welcomed members
 
Approval of Minutes from December 01, 2020
  • Mallory moved to approve; Mickles seconded.  Minutes from December 01, 2020 were approved as written. 
Review of Magna Commons Mentor Videos
  • Moore has been in contact with the organization, Magna Publications, and in an email to the PD Policy Committee, shared her log-in information to the Magna Commons site.  A college-wide subscription to the service would cost approximately $2,700.00 (per Moore’s 01/25/2021 email on the topic).
     
  • Honeycutt commented that she believes CVCC had a subscription to Magna Commons (or a similar service) 5-8 years ago, and due to a lack of use/interest the PD Policy Committee did not renew the subscription.  Ayers agreed that CVCC had a similar service in the past which was discontinued.  Honeycutt also added that CVCC has Hoonuit, which is available through MyCVCC.  Honeycutt provided that it may be beneficial to see if this service is being used before paying for a second, similar service.  It may be more productive to identify and highlight beneficial trainings from Hoonuit versus paying for a similar service.
     
  • Jarrett commented that the Magna Commons training was not very applicable to staff and focused heavily on faculty and the development of classes.  Jarrett also added that the PD Policy Committee could send out a Professional Development Video of the Week.
    • Mallory noted that people may be overwhelmed and ignore the emails overtime.  Honeycutt offered that the videos could be posted in CANVAS on the PD page.  Moore also noted that videos could be shared via the biweekly Sway newsletter.
       
  • Mallory added that Zoom trainings are also available through Zoom itself, and recommended the “Best Practices in Zoom” training.
     
  • The PD Policy Committee decided against subscribing to Magna Commons and to continue utilizing existing resources like Hoonuit. 
Other Topics and Ideas to Consider for PD Offerings Budget Update
  • Per Moore, the budget is doing fine.  The individuals who took fall classes have been paid, and a few individuals have taken advantage of requesting professional memberships.  Very few individuals have asked for conference money.
 Other Topics for Discussion
  • Mallory noted that 6-7 years ago, CVCC had a common book which was read by students and faculty across departments.  The book was Factory Man:  How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local, and Helped Save an American Town, and author, Beth Macy spoke at CVCC.  Mallory suggested a similar cross-department read of Jacob Goldstein’s Money:  The True Story of a Made-Up Thing, which discusses the origin of money and ends with cryptocurrency.  Mallory noted that the book covers all disciplines (e.g., history, science, math, sociology, and economics).
  • Moore will include the information for Goldstein’s book in the next Sway newsletter, and will also inquire about interest in participating in a common, cross-department read.
Emily Pudliner
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