2016 National Summer Institute on Learning Communities!

Send a campus team that includes faculty, student affairs professionals, and administrators to

“…the best boot camp for learning communities in the country…”

This institute is designed to help two- and four-year institutions:

  • Explore the potential for learning communities on their campus
  • Start a new learning community (LC) program
  • Expand an existing LC program

Find out more details and access an application!

Institute Dates: July 11th to July 15th, 2016
Location: The Evergreen State College
Cost: $1,350 per person
Team size: 5-10 people
Application Deadline: 1st review of applications begins January 16, 2016.

Systems Biology Workshop Series 15-16: Register Now!

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) is pleased to continue our partnership with the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) and further our mutual commitment to the new biology, to our students, and to our faculty.

Overview of Workshop Series
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.

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.

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

The 2014 Kingsborough Autumn Institute on Learning Communities

kingboroughKingsborough Community College offers a two day series of active, collaborative, workshops on the “nuts and bolts” of designing and building learning communities and LC programs.  The autumn workshops will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 18 and 19, on our campus in Brooklyn, NY.

The workshops are appropriate for individuals new to learning communities as well as those who seek to reflect on and strengthen their practices.  We have been joined in the past by teams from across the nation, from two year and four year colleges. I’ve attached more detailed information to this email.

If you would like to send a team from your school we welcome you.

If you know of colleagues elsewhere who might be interested, please feel free to share the attached, or to direct them to Ms. Stephanie Akunvabey, Associate Director of Academic Affairs (stephanie.akunvabey@kbcc.cuny.edu; 718.368.6634).

Apply for a SBCTC Faculty Learning Community (FLC) Grant

FLC Graphic2014-15 Faculty Learning Community Grants

To support system-wide professional learning related to instruction, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) offices of Assessment, Teaching, and Learning (ATL) and eLearning invite faculty, staff, and administrators to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to fund Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) for the academic year of 2014-2015.

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