Teaching Technicians http://www.teachingtechnicians.org Teaching Technicians Optics Photonics & Lasers Online Faculty Development Course http://www.teachingtechnicians.org/Event/Details.aspx?EventID=c8354e03-c218-4dfc-b547-1ccfa9ea339b 8/14/2017 12:55:11 PM FUNDAMENTALS OF LIGHT AND LASERS SELF-PACED ONLINE OPTICS AND PHOTONICS FACULTY DEVELOPMENT COURSE WITH OPTIONAL HANDS-ON LABORATORY EXPERIENCE The National Center for Optics and Photonic Education (OP-TEC), is a National Science Foundation (NSF) National Center of Excellence with the mission of promoting photonics education and assisting colleges around the United States in developing and implementing educational programs that support expansion of this critical technology. OP-TEC offers a hybrid, online faculty development course in optics and photonics. This Open Entry/Open Exit course has been developed for faculty whose schedules demand a more flexible course timeline. It is perfect for busy faculty who might have difficulty keeping up with weekly assignments in a "scheduled" course, but who would have a period or periods of time during the semester or school year that would allow them to complete assignments and exams independently and at their own pace. It is also an excellent opportunity for junior faculty, adjunct faculty, and lab technicians who may need to prepare to teach a college level or dual credit introductory photonics, optics, or lasers course. This online course is being offered at no charge to U.S. high school, community college and technical college faculty interested in teaching a basic photonics course. The course will cover OP-TEC's Fundamentals of Light and Lasers, 2nd Ed. (2013) text. Modules Include: Nature and Properties of Light, Optical Handling and Positioning, Light Sources and Laser Safety, Basic Geometrical Optics, Basic Physical Optics, and Principles of Lasers. Supplementary videos and tutorials are available for enrolled instructors. The course is facilitated by instructors experienced in teaching photonics concepts at the college level and will require a high level of independent self-paced instruction. The six modules will be completed online and through email with the instructor. Though this course is self-paced, participants must pass all six End of Module tests by May 31, 2018 to be eligible to attend the Capstone Laboratory Experience or receive a certificate of completion. After successful completion of all six modules by May 31, 2018, participants will be invited to participate in a 3-day Capstone Laboratory Experience at an OP-TEC partner college. The June 2018 capstone will provide participants the opportunity to conduct most of the laboratory experiments included in the course and discuss with experienced instructors best practices for teaching the materials. Capstone dates and travel information will be provided to enrolled faculty in January 2018. Participants who successfully complete the online course and the 3-day hands-on laboratory session will receive a certificate of completion and may apply for CEUs from an OP-TEC partner college. Participants who successfully complete the online portion of the course only, may request a certificate of completion for the online portion. No tuition or materials fees! Participants will be responsible for travel, lodging, and meals for the 3-day lab session in June 2018. Limited capstone travel assistance may become available in the spring term for those with need (applicants who would like to be considered for assistance should note such in the "Comments" field of the online application form). Applications are accepted online. For more information and registration, please visit http://www.op-tec.org/faculty, call 254-751-9000, or email op-tec@op-tec.org. NSF ATE Program Funding Opportunities & Mentor-Connect Orientation http://www.teachingtechnicians.org/Event/Details.aspx?EventID=9fc42fa1-0723-461d-b052-2edec7704976 8/9/2017 4:05:09 PM This free webinar is produced by Mentor-Connect and hosted by Luka Partners and ATE Central. By participating in this free webinar participants will: learn more about NSF ATE Program benefits learn what Mentor-Connect can offer learn how to apply and receive assistance via the 2017-18 Mentor-Connect Mentorship Adapting to the Changing Nature of Work Two Day Workshop Fort Pierce, FL http://www.teachingtechnicians.org/Event/Details.aspx?EventID=6cf0100e-b441-4db4-9850-83057980d87c 8/9/2017 4:14:03 PM Since the industrial revolution, technology has consistently reshaped the workforce but educational systems often struggle to keep pace. Today, with the increasing speed of automation technologies integration, educational systems can no longer lag behind. A recent McKinsey & Company report highlighted automation enabled by technologies as the most disruptive factor to having a well-trained future workforce. High-skilled careers like those developed through the NSF ATE programs will be impacted the most. Now more than ever, it is imperative that focus is placed on staying ahead of the curve in technician training programs across the nation. RCNET will host a two-day workshop designed to bring together a critical mass of academic, technology, and government experts with a mission of embedding automation enabling technologies, such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and batteries, into STEM college programs to address immediate and future (5 years) workforce needs. Hosted on IRSC’s main campus in Ft. Pierce, FL, workshop participants will review best practices in automation technologies across the eight ATE meta-fields, identify curriculum, technology and training gaps, and develop a roadmap to close the gaps. This workshop will also welcome industry, government, and university leaders in automation technologies. The workshop will result in a white paper detailing the state of automation technologies in the technician training programs and will include: 1. A summary of the current best practices across all ATE fields 2. Opportunities to integrate interdisciplinary training 3. Identified funding opportunities 4. A completed gap analysis 5. Identified pathways for curriculum, technology, and training gaps http://gonuke.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/RCNET_Workshop_Flyer_2pg-B.pdf