FLC’s at the ATL: Presentations by our Faculty Learning Communities!

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Are you attending the Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Conference?  Consider attending at least one of these great sessions featuring our 2013-14 Faculty Learning Communities!   

“Using Mindfulness Practices to Enhance Teaching and Learning”
Thursday, May 1, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Ash Room

Mindfulness practices are skills that help us to develop present moment awareness. They can be very effective in both reducing the stress that is an obstacle to effective teaching and learning, and increasing focus and concentration. Members of the Mindfulness Faculty Learning Community at Olympic College will share strategies faculty can use for developing or enhancing their own personal mindfulness practice for use in stress reduction. They will also provide an overview of research on using mindfulness in the classroom to enhance student learning, as well as examples of how they have used mindfulness practices in their own classes.

“Creating a Successful Faculty Learning Community: the New Application Process”
Thursday, May 1, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Hemlock Room

This interactive session will guide faculty in planning and developing successful faculty learning communities on their campuses. In addition to viewing the new application materials and receiving an overview of the revised application process for the $5000 grants available from SBCTC, participants will also learn the 11 characteristics of successful FLCs in the CTC system. After brainstorming potential FLC topics and “shareables,” participants will collaboratively draft FLC goals and measurable outcomes.

“Building Cultural Competency Skills: Strategies to Address Systemic Bias in the Classroom”
Thursday, May 1, 3:30 to 5 p.m.,  Discovery E

Using the framework from the book “Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment: A Development Strategy to Liberate Everyone” by Leticia Nieto et al, members of the Seattle Community Colleges “Beyond Inclusion” Faculty Learning Community will share specific strategies developed and resources shared from our work together. Our focus is on improved cultural competency, building a supportive community, and increasing successful outcomes of diverse students. We will share how this work has assisted the development of our own skills as instructors and the skills of our students in addressing the impact of systemic bias.

“Ignite Session: Enlightenment from the Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Faculty Learning Communities”
Thursday, May 1, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Hemlock Room

  • Columbia Basin: Enhancing Student Learning and Development: Exploring Service Learning
  • Highline: LGBPTQIA Socially Responsible Staff and Faculty Learning Community
  • Highline: Reading Apprenticeship Across Disciplines and Programs
  • Lower Columbia: Integrating Cooperative Learning Activities into the Classroom Across the Disciplines
  • Spokane Falls: Universal Design
  • Pierce: Interdisciplinary Collaborations between Professional/ Technical Programs
  • Tacoma: Reimagining Relationships between High School and College Instructors

“Faculty and Open Educational Resources: Moving from Target to Agent”
Friday, May 2, 8:15 to 9:15 a.m., Oak Room

This hands-on session explores an approach to creating and implementing Open Educational Resources that places faculty at the center of the process, rather than as simply an “end user.” You will become familiar with how to collaborate with colleagues in creating content, how to embed opportunities for commentary and feedback directly into the textbook, and how to enhance the student experience through the use of rich media. Attendees will be shown how to manipulate content using online tools through the three important stages of developing an open textbook: organization, beautification, and distribution, including integration with the Canvas LMS.

“Ignite Session: Enlightenment from the eLearning Faculty Learning Communities”
Friday, May 2, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Discovery E.

  • Bellevue College: Social Science Learning Online Group
  • Clark College: Adopting Open Resources for Improved Student Learning
  • Highline: Improving Transition to College and Workforce with Technology
  • Olympic: Engaging and Accessible: Achieving Quality Matters™ Standards in Online Teaching
  • Olympic: Transitioning a Face-to-Face Course to Hybrid Using the Quality Matters™ Rubric Standards and Best Practices for Blended Learning

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