Showing posts with label Technology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Technology. Show all posts

Friday, September 25, 2015

A Case for Expanding Online Learning
Rio Salado Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs Shannon McCarty recently published this feature for to address how online educational models can help traditional, two-year colleges increase their capacity and ability to serve a greater number of students.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Intermittent Internet Issues

The Maricopa Community Colleges are currently experiencing intermittent Internet issues. This may affect your ability to connect to our Maricopa network. Technical teams are working to resolve.

Please be patient as you may have issues using email, directories, SIS and other student interfaces. While we do not expect this outage to affect RioLearn, please plan accordingly.

We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Helpdesk Application Maintenance Thursday, July 9

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The Rio Salado Technology Helpdesk application will be offline for regular maintenance on Thursday, July 9, from 6-8 a.m. 

We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Rio Noyce Scholar Fulfills Dream of Teaching

“As a Noyce scholar I have been given a tremendous opportunity to pursue my dream to be a secondary math teacher. I have received enormous support in this rigorous program, which is preparing me well for a teaching career,” said Robert Upham.

Upham is one of 28 students who have completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program.

“Being a Noyce scholar has given me access to conferences and training seminars from master teachers from across the country. These opportunities have exposed me to the methods, ideas and strategies to become an effective teacher in a STEM field.”

Upham will begin his career as a math teacher this fall at a San Tan Valley middle school.

There are fifteen more openings for qualified Noyce scholars, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.
Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete. 

For more details, visit or call 480-517-8066.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Grant Helps STEM Pros Recareer as Teachers

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Fifteen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals have a chance at recareering as secondary classroom teachers through Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program. Qualified candidates will benefit from a generous $16.5K stipend provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Rio Salado’s fast-track teacher education program.

The next deadline to apply is July 24, 2015. 

Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program is ideal for Valley STEM professionals who’ve been thinking about making the transition to teaching. The stipend funds are part of a $1.2 million NSF grant awarded to Rio Salado in 2011 as a way of encouraging STEM professionals to bring their industry experience to the classroom, combat the shortage of qualified STEM teachers and help Arizona teens prepare for high-need STEM careers.

It was a natural decision for Phoenix resident Katy Westersund to enter the program. “I started to think about my prior career as an environmental engineer, and about what I can do now,” said Westersund, a full-time mom who also volunteers at her children's school.

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“I attended Rio’s Post Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Orientation,” said Westersund. “The instructor put up a slide with three questions: Do you like math and science? Are you needing to recareer? Do you want to help others learn? And I said, yes, that’s me.”

“I decided to pursue a career as a secondary math teacher because I loved my career as an environmental engineer, said Westersund. “I think I saw that as a mother I could advocate for my children, to give them the best opportunity and to love math and science. By me becoming a secondary math teacher, I can be an advocate for a classroom of students.”

Westersund completed a student teaching assignment at Tempe Union High School in November and received her teacher certification in January. She plans to teach honors algebra and financial algebra at Horizon Community of Learning Charter School in Phoenix. Westersund is one of 28 Rio Salado students who has already completed the program.

Qualified applicants will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12. They will be provided mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support.
The 15-month post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient. 

“Students are supported throughout the program with their coursework by a success coach and a mentor during the first year of teaching to assist with classroom management and other first-year teacher challenges,” said Noyce Scholars Program Manager Karen Nave.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM career-- and a passion for teaching. The application process includes a subject knowledge exam, a teaching seminar and screening interview. Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete.

Classes for the next cohort begin the first week of September. For more details, visit or call 480-517-8066.

Pictured above: Rio Salado Teacher Ed staff accompany Noyce Scholars at February 2014 National Title I Conference for Educators Conference in San Diego.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

SIS Unavailable March 7-9

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The Maricopa Community Colleges Student Information System (SIS) will not be available from 3 a.m., Saturday, March 7 to 7 a.m., Monday, March 9 as IT teams perform a quarterly upgrade.

This will affect all student self-service options including adding/dropping classes, resetting passwords and more-- so please plan accordingly.

Other support systems such as email, Canvas, and RioLearn will be available for use.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Thank you.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Microsoft Office 365 Data Sync Issues

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On January 27, 2015, MCCCD IT Communications sent a notification concerning issues that prevent students from downloading Microsoft Office 365. The issues have not been resolved but the IT team is working on a solution.

The IT team is busily working on activities associated with this weekend's SIS (CS9) upgrade. As such, there is no estimated time on when students can resume downloading this software.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  

Please visit for the latest updates.

Monday, January 5, 2015

For the Love of Teaching Math

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Congratulations to Lindsey Buckles, who will earn her teaching certificate from Rio Salado and begin teaching at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School later this month.

Buckles is one of several Rio Salado Noyce Scholars who is taking advantage of a generous $16,500 stipend from the National Science Foundation to transition from a STEM career to teaching.

Check out this great story by Prescott Valley Tribune Reporter Sue Tone to learn more about Buckles journey into teaching, and then visit for more details about Rio Salado's Noyce Scholars program.

Application deadline is Feb. 3, 2015.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ASU NanoFab RET App Deadline June 2

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The ASU NanoFab participates in the NNIN sponsored Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program that is available to grade school teachers and community college faculty from the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

The RET participants work with ASU faculty on research projects over the summer, and then take what they learn and adapt it for use in their own classroom setting. Later in the year, our RET faculty attend the NNIN Professional Development Workshop at a chosen NNIN site, where they have the opportunity to present the instructional materials developed from their experience at ASU NanoFab. Click here for details about the ASU NNIN RET program.

The NNIN RET program consists of:
  • A seven week non-residential summer internship on the ASU campus
  • A stipend of $5,300
  • Travel support to attend the annual RET Workshop
  • Classroom materials support up to $1,000
  • Professional Development Credits

To qualify for the program applicants must be:
  • US. Citizens or permanent residents.
  • Teacher Applicants: Must teach in grades 6-12
  • Must teach science or technology
  • Must have a minimum of two years teaching experience

Community College Applicants:
  • Must be currently teaching at a two-year post-secondary institution
  • Must have taught for at least two years at a two-year institution
  • Must teach science or engineering

Interested in applying to the ASU NNIN RET Program?

Then please download the ASU RET Application Form and e-mail a completed copy to before June 2, 2014. Include “RET Application” in the subject heading of the e-mail.

Written by Jeanne Ratliff  Community and Industry Program Development Liaison at Rio Salado College

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Rio Salado Adaptive Learning Experiment

Campus Technology Magazine writer John K. Waters explores the Renaissance taking place in adaptive learning at higher learning institutions funded by a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant program in an article called The Great Adaptive Learning Experiment.

Included is an interview with Julie Stiak, associate dean of instruction and community development at Rio Salado College.

Rio Salado College is one of the 14 schools chosen by the Foundation to develop adaptive learning courses. Rio's first pilot program launched in January with two online writing courses that are being developed in collaboration with Pearson.

What is adaptive learning? In a nutshell, it’s a high-tech way of collecting and processing data that will help instructors determine what students know, how they learn and how to customize coursework that meets their unique needs.

Learn more in the April issue of CT Magazine.

Friday, February 24, 2012

KJZZ and Rio Salado to Host AZ SciTech Forum

Imagine a medical treatment uniquely designed for your body. Science fiction or fact? Valley residents will have a chance to examine the potential of Personalized Medicine during an ARIZONA SCITECH forum presented by KJZZ and Rio Salado College from 7-9 p.m., March 8 at the Conference Center @ Rio.

The conversation will focus on the latest developments in custom treatments, followed by an examination of how this new medical model can affect your wellness and the Valley’s health and science-related industries.  

KJZZ’s Associate General Manager of News and Editorial Strategy, Mark Moran, will serve as the forum moderator. Joining Moran will be a panel of experts including TGen Clinical Professor Dr. Michael Demeure, TGen Researcher Dr. Darin Taverna, and Barry Broome, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

Attendees can help focus the dialogue by sending comments and questions in advance to KJZZ Public Insight Journalist, Nick Blumberg, at (480) 774-8231 or
Space is limited; please contact Claire Kerrigan at (480) 774-8444 or for reservations. The Conference Center @ Rio is located at 2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281. Parking is available in the adjacent garage to the west and in the east side parking lot. Desserts and coffee will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This forum is one of 200-plus ARIZONA SCITECH events held in Arizona during February and March. In-kind production support is made possible in part by the Arizona Science Center.

KJZZ is a listener-supported public radio station that is licensed to the Maricopa Community Colleges District. It is as a community service of Rio Salado Colleges Division of Public Service, which also includes KBAQ 89.5, Sun Sounds of Arizona and MCTV. KJZZ features a mix of local and NPR news, entertainment, jazz
and blues—serving more than 306,000 weekly listeners. For more information, visit

Rio Salado College is one of ten Maricopa Community Colleges and the largest online public community college in the nation, serving nearly 70,000 students annually with more than 43,000 online. Founded in 1978, Rio Salado offers degree and certificate programs and general education courses. The college also provides support for dual enrollment, military and incarcerated students, and is the largest provider of adult basic education in Arizona.


Annette Flores, KJZZ Public Relations Coordinator
(480) 774-8459


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Sun Sounds Broadcasts Available on iPad, iPod and iPhone

Sun Sounds of Arizona's broadcast, along with those of several other US and Canadian radio reading services, is now available on Apple mobile devices, thanks to the iBlink Radio application developed by Serotek Corporation. iBlink Radio, touted as the first app for visually impaired people, makes it easy to find current streaming and archived print information read aloud.

To download the free iBlink Radio app, go to iTunes, or click the App Store on an Apple mobile device and search for iBlink Radio. Once installed, the iBlink Radio app offers an alphabetical listing of reading services. Look for "Arizona, Tempe, Sun Sounds" or "Arizona, Tucson, Sun Sounds" and tap the name to listen to the stream.

"We are constantly exploring new ways to offer information access," said Bill Pasco, director of Sun Sounds of Arizona, "and certainly technology is opening doors at an amazing pace. We are excited to be able to reach a mobile, technology-savvy audience with apps like Serotek's iBlink Radio."

Sun Sounds of Arizona is an information access service primarily designed for and directed to an audience who cannot see, hold or understand print due to a disability. Throughout the United States, Sun Sounds reaches members via, FM radio, TV cable, online streaming and podcasting at, as well as a telephone access system called Sun Dial II.

For more information about the iBlink Radio app or other ways to access information from Sun Sounds of Arizona, log on to or call Sun Sounds at 480-774-8300.

Sun Sounds of Arizona, established in 1979, is a radio reading and information access service for people who cannot read conventional print due to a disability. A community service of Rio Salado College, Sun Sounds, with the help of 500 volunteers across the state, provides information access free of charge, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using radio, designated cable systems, telephone and the internet.