It gives me great please to announce our Faculty Learning Communities for this year!
Social Science Learning Online Group (SSLOG), Bellevue College: Full-time and adjunct social science faculty will explore specific tools and functionalities in Canvas from a disciplinary perspective. They will focus on revising materials in their online courses to be more accessible for learners with a wide variety of learning challenges, finding a balance between maximizing student learning experience and the instructor workload, and “closing the gap” between successful and unsuccessful students.
Incorporating the Learning Community Model into Clark College: Faculty and student affairs staff will work on implementing their action plan created July of 2013 at the Washington Center National Summer Institute on Learning Communities with the intention to create a sustainable system in which learning communities can thrive at Clark. Inspired by the Washington Center’s vision of New Era Learning Communities, this group intends to create more faculty knowledge and awareness of current learning community pedagogy, to provide a faculty access point for potential policy decisions concerning LC’s, and provide professional development opportunities for faculty specific to planning and instructing LC’s. This FLC is open to other faculty in the SBCTC system. Contact FLC Facilitator Ray Korpi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adopting Open Resources for Improved Student Learning, Clark College: Comprised of faculty from across the disciplines, including CTE, Academic Transfer and Basic Education, this FLC will engage five instructors in adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) and restructuring their curricula to incorporate OER into one of their courses. This FLC is open to other faculty in the SBCTC system. Contact FLC Facilitator Lorraine Leedy at email@example.com
Enhancing Student Learning and Development: Exploring Service Learning, Columbia Basin: This FLC will examine multiple examples of discipline relevant service learning assignments/activities, offer a service learning colloquium for staff and faculty and create the following: a CBC service learning resources webpage, development of a faculty/staff guide to service learning capturing key FLC findings and discussions, a faculty/staff survey of service learning knowledge of, and willingness to include activities as part of learning/development), and a student survey of service learning (willingness and interest in participating). This FLC is open to other faculty in the SBCTC system. Contact FLC facilitator Jason Schlegel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Improving Transition to College and Workforce with Technology, Highline: Technology skills are a critical barrier to success in credit classes and the workforce for ABE and ESL students. The goal of this FLC is to improve transitions to credit classes and the workforce through integrating the technology skills into pre-college classes. The FLC will develop a set of class activities, linked to outcomes, which will integrate technology and basic English and Math skills into their instruction. Participants will continue professional development to develop a broader and deeper understanding of how to use technology in teaching. Open to other faculty in the SBCTC system. Contact FLC facilitator Maurea Maya at email@example.com
LGBPTQIA Socially Responsible FLC, Highline: Comprised of faculty and staff from many disciples, our focus is to promote understanding of diversity and equality to include LGBT+ as part of our diversity framework and to create socially responsible leaders to provide an open and welcoming campus to fully support and include LGBT+ identities. Open to other faculty in the SBCTC system.
Reading Apprenticeship Across Disciplines and Programs, Highline: This FLC will focus on the Reading Apprenticeship (RA) framework, a research based approach that guides content experts (instructors and specific staff) in “apprenticing” their students in the critical reading skills of their disciplines. This FLC will train/teach/share the RA framework. As they employ the RA framework, the group will practice inquiry: Which part of the RA framework is the most effective for students? How can we continue to deepen our knowledge of the RA framework? How can we continue to develop and deepen our knowledge about RA in a sustainable way?
The Courage to Teach, Lake Washington: Together, a community of faculty and staff who teach will create a safe place to discuss their experiences as teachers, learn from Parker Palmer’s insights about the inner life of teachers and from one another, and discover how personal development and health impacts teaching and learning. Open to other faculty in the SBCTC system. Contact FLC facilitator Sally Heilstedt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Integrating Cooperative Learning Activities into the Classroom Across the Disciplines, Lower Columbia: Approximately 80 LCC faculty members completed a two-day in-service in September on cooperative learning, bringing in three trainers/faculty members from SCALE, the Southern Center for Active Learning Excellence at Patrick Henry Community College in Virginia, to lead the training. This FLC will build on the energy ignited by exploring further and integrating cooperative learning practices into the classroom, adapting the practices to various disciplines. In addition, the members will provide ongoing, short workshops to the campus community. Open to other faculty in the SBCTC system. Contact FLC facilitator Joan Herman at email@example.com
Beyond Inclusion – Addressing Systemic Bias on Our Campuses by Developing Strategies to Build Cultural Competency Skills, North Seattle: Based on the Framework in Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment: A Developmental Strategy to Liberate Everyone by Leticia Nieto with Margot Boyer, this faculty learning community, formed last year, will continue to work together to develop specific strategies and engage others around our campuses.
Using Mindfulness Practices to Enhance Teaching and Learning, Olympic: Mindfulness practices help to develop present moment awareness and are effective in reducing stress and increasing focus and concentration. Members of this FLC will examine and experience ways to bring mindfulness practices into the classroom and work environment with a goal of reducing the stress that may be an obstacle to effective teaching and learning. Open to other faculty in the SBCTC system. Contact FLC facilitator Laurie Adamnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Engaging and Accessible: Achieving Quality Matters Standards in Online Teaching, Olympic: This group will examine ways to optimize student engagement and assure accessibility for all online students. We will explore various technologies and engage in some creative problem-solving in order to develop course material that is mindful of accessibility issues, yet still engaging and interactive. Open to other faculty in the SBCTC system. Contact FLC facilitator Jessica Thompson at email@example.com
Transitioning a Face-to-Face course to a Hybrid Course using the Quality Matters™ Rubric Standards and Best Practices for Blended Learning: This multi-discipline faculty group will be completing the basic Applying the Quality Matters Rubric course(APPQMR) , the special Quality Matters course “Designing Your Blended Course”, and researching best practices for hybrid/flipped course designs. They will then each take a Face-to-Face class and convert it to hybrid delivery applying the QM Rubric and best practices. Open to other faculty in the SBCTC system. Contact FLC facilitator Kathy Bright at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interdisciplinary Collaborations between Professional & Technical Programs, Pierce: We hope to create curricular activities that bring together the faculty, students and resources from different professional and technical programs in order to enhance student learning in each participating program; to create interdisciplinary teams to develop a long-term working relationships in order to implement and evolve these curricular activities; and to develop relationships between programs that expands access to high-value technology and resources across programs. Open to other faculty in the SBCTC system. Contact FLC facilitator K Basset at KBassett@pierce.ctc.edu
Exploring Platforms for Collaborative Creation of Open Textbooks, South Puget Sound: The first goal of this FLC will be to make an in-depth exploration of a number of collaborative tools that may perform this function. We’ll determine whether Content Management Systems (CMSs) such as Drupal, Ning, Huddle, and Wikispaces are appropriate for the creation of an open textbook. After a suitable platform is chosen, the next goal will be to develop best practices around the development of CoPs, and to provide training to faculty who wish to develop and participate in CoPs focused on creation of a textbook in their area of expertise. The final goal of this FLC will be to document our experience for development of such CoPs so that other colleges may replicate it. Open to other faculty in the SBCTC system. Contact FLC facilitator Rick McKinnon at email@example.com
Universal Design for Learning Facultye Learning Community Two: Issues of Diversity, Spokane Falls: Building off work from a previous FLC (a collaborative look at UDL basics), this second UDL FLC will focus on diversity and how it affects students’ needs in the classroom. We will examine how issues of identity other than ability (race, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteranhood, PTSD) create specific learning needs that faculty should be aware of when designing classes. Open to other faculty in the SBCTC system. Contact FLC facilitator Barbara Simmonn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reimagining Relationships between High School and College Instructors, Students, Teaching and Learning, Tacoma: This FLC will explore pressing problems and innovative systemic changes that seek to bridge the divide between high school and college teaching and learning without “blaming” one group or another. Our FLC will be effective if, at the end of the year, we can offer concrete, data-driven proposals for trying new models of teaching/learning/assessment that values collaboration among high school and college colleagues. Open to other faculty in the SBCTC system. Contact FLC facilitator Mary Fox at email@example.com
If you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jennifer Whetham, Program Administrator for Faculty Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our wonderful faculty for creating these vital and transformative professional learning experiences!