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

    • Facilitating Group Communication & Meetings
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Presented by Michael Severson. In the classroom or in meetings we continually engage in group dynamics. The goal of this workshop is to discuss communication strategies to facilitate more successful group assignments and interactions. We will examine strategies to plan agendas, promote group interaction, allow for free flow of ideas, accomplish goals, achieve effective decisions, confront challenges and manage conflicts. We will discuss leadership strategies and members roles to promote more successful group interactions and promote collaboration in a variety of contexts.
    • Faculty Diversity Internship Program 2015-2016 (Deadline 8/7/15)
      07/2015
      Articles and Publications
      You will find the posting on the Los Rios Jobs website under “Adjunct Faculty” as Faculty Diversity Internship Program (FDIP) Pool. We invite those of you who are interested in receiving community college faculty training and participating in an unpaid faculty internship to complete and submit the following online by Friday, August 7, 2015, midnight: Los Rios Faculty Application, Resume/Curriculum Vitae, Letter of Interest (one page only), Unofficial copies of college transcripts.
    • Faculty Mentoring Orientation (English DWAP and LAMP) - Fall 2016 Flex
      05/2016
      Flex/PD - Fall
      Presented by Dawna DeMartini and Duane LeonardThis flex activity is a joint orientation for English’s DWAP and ESL’s LAMP, articulating the goals and requirements of the program, followed by a discussion of best practices that promote student success, retention, and equity.
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • Financial Aid Changes
      05/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Effective April 11, 2016, financial aid will be in eServices! Students will be able to access their 2016-17 financial aid awards and information online via eServices.
    • Financial Aid in eServices & Updates - Fall 2016 Flex
      05/2016
      Flex/PD - Fall
      Presented by Rukiya Bates.Financial aid is now available in eServices! Students are able to access their 2016-17 financial aid awards and information online via eServices. Learn more about financial aid in eServices and other financial aid changes such as the new rules regarding BOG fee waivers, satisfactory academic progress, course applicability and other financial aid updates.
    • 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.
    • First Impressions: Activities for the First Day of Class
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      The old expression that you never have a second chance to make a first impression is certainly true in the classroom. Early in my career, I tried several first-day-of-class strategies, ranging from briefly introducing the course and dismissing students early to spending the entire time reviewing policies and procedures, but I began to feel that I was missing an important opportunity.
    • First-generation college students are not succeeding in college, and money isn’t the problem
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      Social and cultural factors are working against many students who are the first in their family to pursue higher education. Here at Sacramento City College, we know this is not new. However, now with articulated Student Success and Support and Student Equity Plans, we can now begin to address how and what to do about addressing these needs as we goal set to increase student achievement.
    • Five New Year’s Resolutions for College Faculty
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      One of the perks of an academic career is the year-end break in December. It gives us some predictable downtime (or at least a bit of time within our control) when we can reflect on what went well during the past year and how we can “up our game” in the year ahead. In the spirit of the season, here are five resolutions to consider for the new year that should bring you and your students greater satisfaction with teaching and learning.
    • 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 Steps to Improving Online Group Work Assignments
      06/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The skills learned by participating in a group project are applicable to nearly any career that a student is currently interested in or will be interested in at a future date. It is rare in today’s global economy that an individual will work independently on a project. Therefore, it is important that opportunities are provided to students to not only learn content, but to apply that content in a practical, near real-world environment.
    • 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…
    • Five Ways to Motivate Unprepared Students in the Flipped Classroom
      05/2016
      Articles and Publications
      In the previous article “Ready to Flip: Three Ways to Hold Students Accountable for Pre-Class Work,” I mentioned that one of the most frequently asked questions about the flipped classroom model is, “How do you encourage students to actually do the pre-class work and come to class prepared?”
    • Flex Your Voice - Spring 2016 Flex
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Presented by Daniel Paulson. FLEX YOUR VOICE: Vocal Function Concepts, Ideas, and Exercises for the Teacher. 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. Attendees will learn how the vocal mechanism works, will experience effective posture, respiration and onset techniques, and will discover how to access efficient vocal production to help minimize the risk of damage and fatigue.
    • 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.
    • Flipped Classroom Survey Highlights Benefits and Challenges
      08/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Perhaps no other word has been as popular in higher education during the past few years as the term “flipped.” As a result, there is no shortage of ideas and opinions about flipped learning environments.
    • Flipping Feedback: Screencasting Feedback on Student Essays
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      Last semester I was faced with a larger-than-usual senior composition class for English majors—which of course also meant a larger-than-usual feedback load. With a new baby at home, I was more than a little concerned about finding the time to…
    • 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.
    • Fostering Habits of Mind in Today’s Students
      05/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Presented by Tara Loschiavo and Holly Piscopo. Those of us who are hard at work on college access, equity, and success efforts have noticed that students’ mindsets relate to their academic success. In this workshop, participants will evaluate strategies and practices that can help those of us who work with students to foster successful habits of mind in today’s students. Facilitators will use research from the book, Fostering Habits of Mind in Today’s Students, ed. Fletcher (2015), to inform the group’s discussion.
    • Fostering Student Learning through the Use of Debates
      05/2015
      Articles and Publications
      One tactic that helps students feel comfortable enough to speak about controversial topics is through debates that are structured and promote students’ preparedness in defending or opposing a particular stance on a topic.
    • 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 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 ‘Clickers’ for All: Using Google Forms to Survey Your Students
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      As many educators are, I am interested in exploring methods that provide real-time, formative assessment in the classroom. Being a teacher of such courses as microbiology, microbial genomics, and immunology, which are dense in jargon and abstract concepts, I need to be able to quickly get a snapshot of how well my students are grasping important ideas or concepts. My students also need this information in order to assess their own learning. To this end, I started exploring the use of personal response systems, or “clickers,” as a method for rapid classroom assessment. The overall trend of the SoTL data gathered on this topic indicates that clickers can be used for formative assessment, including in my own field of biology. Awesome!
    • From F2F to Online: Getting It Right
      09/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Successfully transferring a face-to-face course to the online learning environment requires careful preparations that take into account differences between these two modalities.
    • 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.
    • Fulbright Seeks a More Diverse Pool of Scholars and Students
      02/2016
      Articles and Publications
      State Department officials, study-abroad experts, and Fulbright alumni agree: The best way to diversify is through mentoring and word of mouth.