Plan Your Professional Development for 15-16!

ATLC listserv
If you are not already subscribed to the Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Community (ATLC) listserv, sign up here!  This listserv is the primary method the office of Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (ATL) disseminates information about events of interest to faculty and staff in our Washington State CTC system, including our Fall and Winter retreats, the new 15-16 Systems Biology Workshop Series, state-wide conversations about issues of importance such as “Standing in the Gap” and “English 101 as ‘Next Space,’” and our Bridge to College English (BCTE) Course Refinement and Development Meetings.

SBCTC Professional Learning Calendar
This google calendar is regularly updated with all of the professional learning opportunities offered by our agency, including the annual Best Practices event, eLearning’s popular Open Educational Resources (OER) training and Introduction to Canvas for Faculty, and other trainings such as Bootcamps for Professional Technical Instructors.

ATL Blog
If you follow Jen Whetham’s Blog, you can find out how to join a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on hybrid instruction and read meditations on hot topics like Standardized Testing by Bill Moore.  Jen also posts opportunities that fund faculty travel and participation in national projects—like this invitation to participate in an assignment charrette in New Orleans.  Sometimes Jen will even ask for help when she is preparing for an event!

Spring ATL Conference
Save the Dates: May 4-6, 2016
Our annual spring conference brings together educators to broaden their understanding of teaching, relate effective learning practices, and exchange insights, methods, and strategies that promote and support student learning.  This year the keynote is the leading authority on communities of practice, social learning theorists and consultants Etienne and Bev Wegner-Trayner.

FLC Grants
Read about the FY 15-16 FLC grant recipients here!  A faculty learning community (FLC) is a group of educators (faculty, administrators, professional staff) who collaboratively design and then implement a structured, intensive, year-long professional learning experience for its members. Together, the community builds a curriculum of study that engages complex problems and focuses around the members’ individual and collective teaching and learning.  To support system-wide professional learning related to instruction and innovation, the Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (ATL) and eLearning and Open Education departments of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) invites faculty, staff, and administrators to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to fund Faculty Learning Communities.  Applications for FY 16-17 will be available in March 2016.

As usual, Jen welcomes your questions, comments, and suggestions!  Contact her at jwhetham@sbctc.edu

Register Now for the 15-16 Systems Biology Workshop Series!

Purpose
As the world changes, so must our classrooms. Now more than ever, our students require authentic learning experiences that connect the content of their science courses to real world problems— not only to foster skills that allow them to enter the rapidly evolving workforce, but to participate in their communities as effective citizens. Faculty need time, space, structure, and community to “refresh” their learning in ways that invigorate their disciplinary knowledge and expertise—while leveraging precious workshop time to produce new materials to use in their classrooms.

Overview of Workshop Series
Working with scientists and educators at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), we have designed a three phase workshop series focused around two big data sets—one health and one environment. Working with ISB scientists and colleagues from across the CTC system, faculty will collaboratively design, develop, test, and refine new materials to use in their classrooms.

Primary Faculty Learning Outcome
To increase faculty content knowledge and pedagogical strategies for integration of computational thinking (e.g., access to, integration of, and analysis of big data) into undergraduate biology experiences.

Phase I: Learning and Initial Design
Workshop Date: October 16th, 2015

Phase II: Materials Development
Workshop Date: January 29th, 2016

Phrase III: Reflection and Refinement
Workshop Date: April 22nd, 2016

Who Should Attend?
The ideal team will consist of 3 to 5 faculty members who teach the diversity of undergraduate biology courses offered by Washington State CTCs. Depending on institutional potentials for collaboration, Chemistry and Statistics faculty, as well as other STEM faculty, may benefit.

Cost
College sends one faculty member to attend the series of three workshops— $450 flat fee.
College sends more than one faculty member to attend the series of three workshops— $390 per faculty member.

Questions About Content: Dana Riley Black or Jennifer Whetham
Questions About Registration: Jackie Eppler-Clark