LOFT

Spring 2017

Making its official debut in April 2016, the LOFT (Learning Opportunities for Transformation) is Mesa’s home for professional learning for all employees.  Located on the 4th floor of the LRC, this fabulous center hosts a variety of professional learning activities throughout each semester.  Additionally, you will find that the LOFT offers multiple quiet and cozy work and meeting spaces.  Whether looking for a comfortable place to grade papers, or meet with colleagues to discuss upcoming projects, the LOFT can accommodate you.Todd Williamson, LOFT spring 17

Our newest LOFT member is Instructional Leaning Technician, Todd Williamson.  He provides direct support in the LOFT for Blackboard, Canvas, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Suite, screen-casting and Video Applications, publisher educational platforms, etc.  Get to know Todd for your “go-to” support and his overall cool, calm and helpful demeanor.

Katie Palacios LOFT spring 2017Katie Palacios is our creative LOFT Instructional Designer.  She is always ready to support staff and faculty in whatever way they need.  Be that through technology, teaching tools, or how to engage students in online learning forums, Katie is available to share information.  She is currently developing Mesa’s YouTube channel in an effort to increase resources and make digital resources available for staff and faculty; increasing their ability to engage and support students in their success.  Additionally, Katie offers a variety of workshops in the LOFT, including:  Lynda.com, Active Learning Circuit Training, and more.  If you are looking for a fun and engaging opportunity to learn and connect with your peers, schedule Katie’s Workshops.

Ms. Eva Parrill our Senior Clerical Assistant is readily Eva Parrill, LOFT Spring 2017available to get you or your function set up in the LOFT.  Eva organizes and schedules the calendar for workshops, professional learning, and events in the LOFT, and also disseminates announcements and reminders for the events as they come up.  Additionally, she supports the Flex process.  If you’re interested in scheduling a meeting, training, or event, please see Eva.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the LOFT, please come on by.  Sometimes, there’s even cake.

You can find upcoming events at this link:

http://www.sdmesa.edu/about-mesa/professional-development/loft.shtml

Mesa College Sends Team to California Acceleration Project Summer Institute

Mesa’s Community of Practice team made its debut at the California Acceleration Project Summer Institute in mid-June. Professors Marie Alfonsi, Mona Alsoraimi, Jason Kalchek, and Wendy Smith will meet twice more to engage with teams from around the state to learn and put to work acceleration pedagogy.

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