Professional Development Activities & Resources Database

The Staff Resource Center offers professional development through a variety of resources.  For your convenience, this database provides a compilation of these resources in multiple types.

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  • Items starting with F

    • Fall 2014 Flex and Convocation Satisfaction Survey Results
      09/2014
      Surveys and Survey Results
      Results from the Fall 2014 Flex and Convocation Satisfaction Survey.
    • Federal Court Protects an Adjunct’s Complaints About Working Conditions
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      An appeals panel held that the First Amendment gave an adjunct the right to speak out about alleged mistreatment despite having been asked to praise her institution, a...
    • Federal Promise Unveiled
      01/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Federal Promise Unveiled regarding free community college.
    • Feedback Strategies for Online Courses
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      In an interview with Online Classroom, Rosemary Cleveland, professor of education, and Kim Kenward, instructional designer at Grand Valley State University, offered advice on how to manage feedback in the online learning environment.
    • Fewer drop out of high school in Sacramento area
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      High school dropout rates fell significantly last year across the Sacramento region, according to figures released Monday by the California Department of Education.
    • Fight the Good Fight
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Leaders share strategies and programs.
    • Financial Education Project: Financial Literacy Webinar
      10/2014
      Flex/PD - Online
      PLEASE COMPLETE (LINKED) ONLINE WORKSHOP EVALUATION FORM. Financial Literacy Webinar.
    • Finding a Place for Creative Assignments in Your Course
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Can you teach students to be creative? Most of us would say no. It’s more like trying to teach for it—encouraging it, promoting it, acknowledging when it happens, and rewarding it. Despite the difficulties associated with teaching creativity, teachers shouldn’t be excused from trying to cultivate its development. Is there a profession where creative thinking isn’t needed? Is there a problem that wouldn’t benefit from a creative solution? The authors of the article referenced below ask the follow-up question relevant to those of us in higher education: “Where will students get the opportunity to learn and practice creative thinking if it is not embedded throughout the curriculum?” (p. 51)
    • Finding a Student's Calling
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      In a sign of the times, a college cuts its pastoral staff from 2 to 1, to move one of the clergy to the career center to provide a different type of guidance to students.
    • First Exam of the Semester: A Wake-up Call for Students
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      This weekend I discovered a “memo to students who are disappointed with their last test grade.” What a great idea! I wasn’t surprised when I found out it was more of Rich Felder’s good work. Students are terribly optimistic about their grades, especially at the beginning of a course. Then comes the first exam, many of us giving it early on in an attempt to dislodge these convictions that success will come easily and with little or no effort. If we return the exams during class, disappointment hangs heavy in the air. In those moments of despair there’s an opportunity to confront students with what they might have done (or not done) that caused (or is at least related to) that disappointing score.
    • Five Pedagogical Practices to Improve Your Online Course
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      In an interview with Online Classroom, Simunich, associate director of online learning at Kent State University, offered techniques to improve an online course.
    • Five Tips for Dealing with Combative Students in the Online Environment
      01/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Whether one teaches at the university, secondary, or elementary levels, all teachers encounter combative students. Mary Bart (2012) writes, “Even if you do everything right, there will be students who push your buttons.” However, many teachers struggle with how to handle disciplinary problems with these students. The following are methods that I find effective when dealing with a challenging student either in my online university classrooms or in email interactions with traditional, ground students…
    • FLEX YOUR VOICE: Vocal Function Concepts, Ideas, and Exercises for the Teacher - Fall 2015 Flex
      05/2015
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 20, 2015. Presented by Daniel Paulson. This flex activity is to help teachers look after their voices and to prevent the development of voice problems which may limit their effectiveness as teachers.
    • Food Security and Hunger Solutions in Myanmar: Challenges, Successes, and Visions
      03/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      April 1, 2014: 12-1pm. PAC 124. Ms. Swe Swe Win, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, 2013-14, holds a Masters Degree in Development Economics. In her current position at WFP, she is responsible for project management, design and implementation of the food security programme to deliver hunger solutions to the rural population.
    • Foreign-Language Enrollments Drop After Years of Increases
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Enrollments in foreign-language courses at American colleges have declined after nearly 20 years of growth, falling 6.7 percent from the fall of 2009 to the fall of 2013, according to a report released on Wednesday by the Modern Language Association.
    • Forget the Rise in Tuition and Fees, What About Living Expenses?
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The price of room, board, and other basic needs is an "underdiscussed" part of the college-cost equation.
    • Fostering Entrepreneurial Spirit in a City of Immigrants
      12/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Leandro J. Finol will be encouraging students at Miami Dade College to start or expand businesses.
    • Four Crucial Factors in High-Quality Distance Learning Courses
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      “Distance learning is here to stay. Educational institutions should have a vision for what type of distance learning programs they will implement and the standards they will hold to. Institutions will master distance learning, or in some cases, distance learning trends and demands will master the school.”
    • Four Key Questions about Grading
      08/2014
      Articles and Publications
      There’s an excellent article on grading in a recent issue of Cell Biology Education-Life Sciences Education. It offers a brief history of grading (it hasn’t been around for all that long), and then looks to the literature for answers to four key questions.
    • Four Lessons about Learning Discovered on a Chairlift
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Chemistry professor Steven M. Wright has written a one-page essay about helping his niece, Julia, learn how to downhill ski. It was a short, five minute lecture that ended with a repeat of the main point, “keep your ski tips up when you get on the lift.”
    • Four Reasons Going All Digital Can Improve the Quality of Higher Education
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      For 10 years, I served as writing program administrator at the University of California, Irvine, responsible for facilitating required first-year writing courses and for training new graduate students to teach composition.
    • Four Student Misconceptions about Learning
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Stephen Chew points out what most of us know firsthand, students harbor some fairly serious misconceptions that undermine their efforts to learn. He identifies four of them.
    • Free-College Plan Evokes Spirit of Historic Higher Ed Acts
      01/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The president's proposal marks a milestone in the debate over whether college is a private benefit or a public good.
    • From Mbanza Kongo to Hog Hammock: the Gullah Geechee people of the Carolina Lowcountry
      03/2014
      Flex/PD - Online
      PLEASE COMPLETE (LINKED) ONLINE WORKSHOP EVALUATION FORM. Professor Patton will cover some of the results of the workshop, covering the history of African Americans in the Carolina low country from the colonial period to the present, with a multi-media presentation on the Gullah-Geechee people of the Sea Islands.
    • From Rusty to Robust: Overcoming the Challenges to Effective Faculty Development
      04/2014
      Articles and Publications
      New tools, skills, approaches, and media have redefined the way we create meaningful learning experiences, and educators who don’t learn and engage in them will see themselves become increasingly irrelevant.
    • From The Upshot: Community College and the Economy
      01/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Obama’s College Proposal Is Also a Bid to Revive the Economy.
    • Fulbright Program Seeks to Get More Community Colleges Involved in Exchanges
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      When someone mentions the Fulbright Program, it often evokes images of venerable researchers from elite institutions traveling to far-flung corners of the world. But the U.S. State Department is doing more to make sure that faculty members and others from community colleges also benefit from the exchange program, with the goal of getting more international perspectives into community-college campuses and classrooms.