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 H

    • Habits of Mind: Tools for Student Success
      03/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      March 28, 2014. "How can we encourage our students to use the habits of mind [having a disposition toward intelligent behavior when confronted with problems that have no obvious solution]that lead to effective learning?" and "How can we tell if they are doing this?".
    • Habits of Mind: Tools for Student Success - Fall 2014 Flex
      08/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 21, 2014. Presented by Leila Stone. "How can we encourage our students to use the habits of mind [having a disposition toward intelligent behavior when confronted with problems that have no obvious solution]that lead to effective learning?" and "How can we tell if they are doing this?".
    • Hands-on Google Apps for Beginners (Tech Wednesday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 14, 2015. This is a small, hands-on workshop for the very beginning-est beginner. Come and join three (3) colleagues and learn how to increase student engagement and collaboration with Google apps. You will learn how to: Get students collaborating on one project from anywhere in the world, Securely get your files from any computer anywhere in the world, Never hear another student say they lost a file and could not turn in the assignment, Do online office hours with 2 clicks.
    • Hands-On Rice Dumpling Workshop & Dim Sum Presentation
      11/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      November 20, 2014. In this workshop series, you’ll hear some stories about dim sums, know its development, and see various kinds of dim sum presentation. A limited number of participants will have hands-on practice on making and cooking and tasting one dish. The first dim sum in this workshop series is steamed sticky rice ball with sweet filling coated with shredded coconut.
    • Hands-On Student Equity Charette
      05/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      This professional development/flex activity invites you to participate in the effort of moving the equity and student success and support institutional plans forward. It will involve action and reporting of where the college is and where we’re headed with the data! It is also a hands on program with ideas that provide steps with students in the classroom and across campus for greater student success and achievement.
    • Have You Tamed the Content Monster in Your Courses?
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      In our role as instructors, most of us deal with the problem of too much content. We often embrace a “content coverage” model in designing our courses, in which we attempt to cover all of the material that we deem important or interesting in the area of our course. The result is a course that increasingly balloons out of control each year as more and more content is added, resulting in a harried instructor and frustrated students.
    • Help Your Students Get Ready for Online Learning - Fall 2015 Flex Wednesday
      08/2015
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 19, 2015. Presented by Kandace Knudson. In this session, learn how the California Community Colleges’ Online Education Initiative’s Student Readiness modules help students understand and prepare for the rigors of online and hybrid courses.
    • Helping Students Memorize: Tips from Cognitive Science
      02/2016
      Articles and Publications
      I was wrapping up a presentation on memory and learning when a colleague asked, “How do we help students learn in courses where there’s a lot of memorization?” He explained that he taught introductory-level human anatomy, and although the course wasn’t all memorization, it did challenge students’ capacity to retain dozens of new terms and concepts.
    • Helping Students Overcome Their Fear of Writing
      04/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Most students in my developmental writing classes claim they “hate” writing. It’s a familiar refrain. But, it is less about “hate” and more about a lack of preparation in the subject area. It is not until they gain this experience and realize for themselves what is wrong and what is right with their own work will their writing improve.
    • Helping You Help Us: A Conversation with Current SCC Students About Foster Care and The Pursuit of Higher Education (Flex Thursday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. This workshop will focus on developing an effective process of communication between SCC faculty, staff, and administrators with SCC students who are current or former foster youth. We will explore ways to identify and understand triggers for youth who have grown up in the foster care system. Attendees will also learn about campus programming that supports current and former foster youth, like Fostering Futures within the EOPS program.
    • High School Articulation: Promoting Student Persistence and Pathways to Success - Spring 2016 Flex
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Presented by Miela Zitelli, CTE Transitions Coordinator, & Gabriel Meehan, Associate Vice President, Instruction. This workshop familiarizes SCC faculty and staff with the guidelines for developing High School Articulation Agreements that provide students the opportunity to earn tuition-free college credit for comparable courses completed in career pathways while still in high school.
    • Hiring and Equity workshop - Summer 2014
      07/2014
      Flex/PD - Summer
      Thursday, July 10, 2014. Presented by Julia Jolly.
    • Hiring and Equity workshops - Spring 2016
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Hiring the Best for Diversity training, Equity Rep training, and combined training at SCC, ARC, CRC, and FLC throughout Spring 2016
    • Hiring the Best for a Diverse Workforce - Fall 2015
      05/2015
      Flex/PD - Fall
      Presented by Julia Jolly. California Education Code now requires that all community college employees on hiring committees be trained to serve. Los Rios Equity Officers have participated in a training by Liebert, Cassidy Whitmore to prepare for these training sessions. This interactive program is the "Hiring the Best" training session.
    • Hiring the Best for a Diverse Workforce - Fall 2016 Flex
      05/2016
      Flex/PD - Fall
      Presented by Julia Jolly.This two-hour facilitation session explores the hiring process through the Ed Code- mandated lens of diversifying our campus environment to more fully represent the students whom we all serve. The training session is highly interactive, encouraging multiple voices and perspectives. Required if serving on a hiring committee.
    • Hiring the Best for a Diverse Workforce - Summer 2015
      01/2016
      Flex/PD - Summer
      Complete this two hour training in order to serve on division hiring committees per Education Code requirements. Just come and attend. A sign-in sheet will be available at the training; no pre-registration required. Trainings will occur during the semester and throughout summer. You will want to get trained before August 2015.
    • Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Forums
      04/2015
      Flex/PD - Spring
      SCC is preparing to submit a Department of Education Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) grant. SCC has met the Department of Education (DOE) program specific eligibility requirements to apply for the Title V Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions grant. The DOE defines an HSI as an institution of higher education that has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic. As of Fall 2014 SCC Hispanic student enrollment is 28 percent.
    • How 3 Professors Use Trigger Warnings in Their Classrooms
      09/2016
      Articles and Publications
      The words mean different things to different people, and often they're not even called "trigger warnings." Whatever their name, here's what they look like in practice.
    • How Assignment Design Shapes Student Learning
      06/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The design of assignments, that is, the actions required to complete them, shapes the learning that results. We know this, but do we make the most of what we know when we design and select assignments?
    • How Concerned Should We Be About Cell Phones in Class?
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      As faculty, it seems we are very concerned about cell phones in the classroom. Articles about the problem are popping up everywhere in the pedagogical literature, and they often are the “most-read” and “most-commented” articles listed on various websites. Is student use of electronic devices that pressing of a pedagogical problem? I’ve been wondering if our focus on it isn’t becoming excessive.
    • How Do I Make Choices About Who I Am as a Teacher?
      10/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Who are you when you teach? When asked this question, most of us immediately respond by describing our teaching approaches. We might say “I’m more of a facilitator now.” Or we might respond with something like “I am a learner-centered teacher” or “I’m more of a lab teacher than lecturer.” But consider this question in another way: What “teaching presence” or persona underlies what you do as a teacher?
    • How Do We Measure Student Success and Achievement at SCC?
      09/2015
      Flex/PD - Fall
      September 8, 2015. Presented by Marybeth Buechner. “Success”, “Achievement”…there are many, many ways to define those words. We look at student success and achievement measures and so does the State Chancellor’s Office, the accrediting commission, and other external organizations. At this workshop, we’ll talk about the way we measure these at SCC when we are talking about out students: course success, completing a degree or certificate,
    • How Do You Measure a Good Teacher, Anyway?
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      It doesn’t seem like something you can do online.
    • How Does Temperament Affect Online Student Success and Retention
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Do certain personality traits increase students’ chances of success in the online learning environment?
    • How experienced are the teachers at your neighborhood school?
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The experience level of teachers differs vastly across many schools in the Sacramento region, with average teacher experience ranging from two years in a few schools to 25 years in others, according to a Bee review of new state data. What are the implications for students as they enroll into higher education and how can we receive them with open access?
    • How Lots of Community-College Data Fall Through the Cracks
      06/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Coverage of issues regarding community colleges has included a sprinkling of community-college statistics, some of which may be skewed by leaving out certain institutions that are traditionally thought of as community colleges. For instance, take a 2013 study by the American Institutes for Research on the return on investment for associate degrees. The study included 579 community colleges, but it’s missing a huge group: community colleges that offer four-year degrees.
    • How Reviews on ‘Rate My Professors’ Describe Men and Women Differently
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The student-evaluation site Rate My Professors contains a huge stockpile of information about what college students think of their instructors. And thanks to a new tool created by a Northeastern University professor, those millions of reviews can be mined to reveal students’ biases about male and female professors.
    • How Teaching Can Inform Scholarship
      06/2015
      Articles and Publications
      While college and university faculty are paid to teach, we are often hired because of our scholarship. We are evaluated in the hiring process by the strength of our publications and conference presentations. Therefore, it makes sense that most of us in academia allow scholarship to drive our teaching. Yet the need to focus on scholarship also results in a common complaint that teaching interferes with our time for research. I believe that if we creatively reconsider the relationship between teaching and scholarship we can improve both.
    • How Teaching Online Made Me a Better Face-to-Face Instructor
      08/2014
      Articles and Publications
      There are pros and cons to online courses, just like F2F courses, but for me, transitioning many of my courses online made me think in a different way about teaching and learning.
    • How to Communicate the Value of Your Faculty Development Center
      12/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Consider this hypothetical situation: The vice president of academic affairs has just sent you a cryptic email asking you to define the impact of your faculty development center. Could you do so? What would you say? How would you measure the impact?
    • How to Deal with Incivility in the Online Classroom
      12/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Incivility in the online classroom can take many forms. Angela Stone Schmidt, director of graduate programs in the School of Nursing and associate dean College of Nursing & Health Professions at Arkansas State University—Jonesboro, uses Morrisette’s definition: “interfering with a cooperative learning atmosphere.” So in addition to inappropriate, rude, offensive, or bullying behaviors, Schmidt considers behaviors such as academic dishonesty, over-participation or domination and under-participation to be forms of incivility. In an interview with Online Classroom, she offered the following advice on how to reduce incivility with a proactive stance and how to address it when it does occur.
    • How To Diversity Your Life
      08/2014
      Articles and Publications
      9 Ways To Diversify Your Life. And with the greatest invention since the wheel, the Internet, it’s easier to do it now than ever before.
    • How to Drop a Student Online Workshop
      08/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      This workshop is primarily for new faculty and staff, and anybody interested, needing to learn how to drop students online.
    • How to Evaluate Web Resources
      06/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The future of written communication is surely set not in stone, but in the glowing ether of cyberspace. Yet as long as humans continue to rely on the written word for the exchange of information, wisdom, and insight, effective and compelling writing will demand sources that are credible, authoritative, and accurate.
    • How to Get Your Students to Come to Class Prepared
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Imagine a world where students came to class prepared. Class time would be so much more productive and enjoyable for teachers and students alike. We would have informed class discussions and focus on students applying, analyzing, and evaluating the material under our expert guidance.
    • How to Help Students Improve Their Note-Taking Skills
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Students love it when teachers provide class notes—the more complete the set, the better. Students want the teacher’s notes online because it’s convenient, they’re readable, well organized, and relieve the student of having to expend much effort during class. A lot of students need the teacher’s notes because they aren’t very good note-takers themselves. They practice stenography rather than note-taking, trying to get down the teacher’s words exactly. That way, even if they don’t understand, they can memorize what the teacher said and find it on the test. But that’s not learning.
    • How to Improve Group Work: Perspectives from Students
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Many college courses today incorporate some form of group assignment, such as a project, presentation, or a collaborative paper or report. However, instructors are frequently met with resistance from students who don’t like working in groups and don’t want their grade to be affected by peers who may not pull their weight.
    • How to Make Videos and Caption Them (Tech Wednesday)
      01/2015
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 14, 2015. Do you need to make videos for your class? Come to this workshop and get all the info you need to make short, accessible videos and caption them with as little effort as possible.
    • How to Plan and Manage a Bus Field Trip with Students - Fall 2016
      05/2016
      Flex/PD - Fall
      Presented by Lynne Giovannetti.You may be thinking of hosting a bus field trip with students? How to buy tickets, How to arrange for the bus, How to find places to go, How to count heads, Who pays what, games, security, ect.
    • How to start talking about gender diversity with kids of all ages
      11/2015
      Articles and Publications
      With Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox gracing magazine covers, Miley Cyrus proclaiming 'Gender is Over' on her shirt and the appearance of trans characters on Glee!, parents can no longer assume their children are unaware of transgender lives or issues surrounding gender diversity. This is unequivocally a good thing: all kids can benefit from a better understanding of the beautiful diversity of humanity
    • How to Use SOCRATES (Flex Thursday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. Learn how to create courses and programs in SOCRATES. This will be a hands-on workshop suitable for both beginners and advanced users. You can work on actual curriculum proposals or just practice with TEMP proposals.
    • How, and Why, You Should Have Students Assess Themselves
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      Gauging their own progress by the end of the course may help them evaluate your teaching more accurately.
    • Human Science
      01/2016
      Articles and Publications
      New paper argues for a bigger focus on the social factors that can make or break interdisciplinary teams in the social, national and computational sciences.