A Human League: Cultivating an Instructor Persona in the Digital Classroom

A few weeks ago, as I was preparing/researching for the New Faculty Institute, I came across IDEA PAPER 52 titled “Considerations in Online Course Design.”  It’s worth reading for the section labeled “Key differences between the traditional classroom and online teaching,” but what really struck me were the five tips for faculty to design a course to maximize student learning.

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“Making Waves”: National Learning Communities Conference Early Registration

Registration for the 2013 National Learning Communities Conference (NLCC) is now available. Early registration is $335/person and lasts through October 1st. Late registration will be $435/person.

The Conference is November 7-9, 2013 in Corpus Christi, Texas at the Omni Bayfront Hotel. Book your stay by October 11 to receive the conference rate.

“Making Waves” is the theme for this year’s annual conference. Featured speakers are José Antonio Bowen, Dean of the Meadows School at the Southern Methodist University, and our very own Greg Hinckley, Sociology Professor, of Seattle Central Community College.

Follow the NLCC on Facebook for the latest news about the National Learning Communities Conference.

THREE Exciting (Free!) Professional Development Opportunities

if you are looking for clear and concise professional development regarding

  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Adopting Open Textbooks,
  • Planning an Effective Digital Learning Transition (DLT)

Here are three faculty-centered (and free) opportunities offered by reputable institutions!

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Toward a Larger Vision: 2013-14 Faculty Learning Community Grants

Faculty Learning Communities support collaboration, innovation, lifelong learning and, perhaps most importantly, create time and space apart from a hectic work week, allowing faculty time to reflect on their work and incorporate their learning into their classrooms to improve student learning.”

Jane Lister Reis, North Seattle Community College.

One of the things I’ve been thinking about lately, a month or so into this new position, is what constitutes a larger vision of faculty development.  Faculty Learning Communities (FLC’s), support three elements of the vision for faculty development created by community and technical college faculty development leaders:

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Outcomes Assessment: What’s All the Fuss?

Wordle: Assessment as LearningAs all good educators know, continual improvement does not happen without critical examination and reflection: therefore, for this year’s New Faculty Institute, I built in a formative assessment.

One of the responses that most moved me was this comment:

I think the biggest takeaway for me from this institute is realizing that good teaching is valued by the state system.  Maybe that’s weird to say, but this means a lot when it comes to finding ways to grow and develop as a teacher myself, knowing the commitment and support that exists for good practice.

These words warm my heart because I have known, for years, that the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges does indeed value good teaching.

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#NFI: Links to Materials

Participants Discuss Teaching We have now updated the SBCTC page for the New Faculty Institute.

When you visit the site, you can find links to specific handouts, PowerPoint Presentations, Prezi Presentations, and more.

Over the next few days, Jen will be posting more summaries of specific sessions, complete with pictures and links.

She posted the first one, a description of “Creating Connectivity with Canvas,” led by William S. Durden of Clark College, yesterday.  Feel free to comment with your insights and experiences!

Canvas Connect: Highlights from the New Faculty Institute

Professor William S. Durden, of Clark College, leads the faculty in a session on using Canvas to Create Connectivity.

Professor William S. Durden, of Clark College, leads the faculty in a session on using Canvas to Create Connectivity.

One of the stand-out sessions from this year’s New Faculty Institute was the presentation on the new technology of Canvas by WIlliam S. Durden.   Titled “Creating Connectivity with Canvas: Designing Active Learning Environments,” this presentation covered specific Canvas tools that promote Connectivity, Alignment, and “Flipping” the Classroom.

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First Day Jitters: My First Day of The First Day of My First NFI

Keep Calm and Pretend This is on the Lesson PlanYesterday, when I woke up, the first thing I did was check Facebook. Yes, that is what I do most work mornings (instead of doing my Morning Pages, as Julia Cameron suggests in The Artist’s Way. That’s probably why my novel remains unwritten– my creepy lurking into other people’s lives rather than creating them for my characters. Anyhoo . . .)

My many friends were posting pictures of their kids on their first day of school.

I love this day, every year– it always makes me realize, anew, what an enormous enterprise this whole education thing is. Buses. Backpacks. New shoes and shiny scrubbed faces, hair slicked back and neat.

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