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 O

    • Obama and Biden Promote $550-Million in New Job-Training Funds
      04/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Community colleges will be able to compete for the grant money, to help prepare workers for in-demand positions.
    • Obama Presses for Free Community College and Tax Reform
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The president emphasized both ideas in a State of the Union address that focused on jobs and the economy.
    • Obama Proposes Free Community College for Millions of Students
      01/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The plan carries an unspecified price tag, but the federal government would pay about three-fourths of the costs.
    • Obama Proposes Incentives for Student Success
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The president seeks funds to reward states and colleges, raise the maximum Pell Grant, and expand an income-based student-loan repayment option.
    • Obama Puts Focus on Job Growth and Training Programs
      02/2014
      Articles and Publications
      His State of the Union address touted other education initiatives of his administration but avoided the criticism of college costs prominent in previous speeches.
    • Obama Says Students Should ‘Get the Best Skills Possible,’ Quickly and Cheaply
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Middle-class college students should have more opportunities to "get the best skills possible," as quickly and cheaply as possible, and making community-college tuition free would help achieve that goal, President Obama said on Friday during an address at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis.
    • Office Fitness and Workplace Exercise – October Workshops
      10/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      October 14 & 16, 2014. Presented by Brody Choy. Take 30 minutes from your workday to learn some fun, simple, and quick stretches and exercises that can be done alone or with coworkers, either at your desk or elsewhere on campus and just about anywhere.
    • Office Fitness and Workplace Exercises - Summer 2014
      06/2014
      Flex/PD - Summer
      Thursday, June 12, 2014. 10:00am-10:30am and 10:30am-11:00am. Presented by Brody Choy in City Cafe #2.
    • Office Hours Alternative Resonates with Students
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Faculty regularly face the problem of getting the students most in need of help to come to the office for help. Not only do a small number of students take advantage of office hours, typically those who show up are not those who most need to be there.
    • Office Hours Redux
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      In the final post of 2014, I shared some comments about blog “conversations,” wondering what else we might do to take our exchanges to the next level. The comments made in response to a post are typically shared across a period of time. If you’re one of the first to comment, do you return later to read what other folks had to say? I’m doubtful that many us of have that sort of time.
    • Oh, the Humanities! Disciplines Survived, Even Thrived, Despite Recession
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      For humanities departments that are still struggling with the lingering effects of the 2008 recession, it appears no news is the best news.
    • On the Ground: Nonviolent Popular Resistance in the village of Nabi Saleh, Palestine
      10/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      October 23, 2014. 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Bassem Tamimi has been arrested by Israeli authorities over a dozen times, at one point spending more than three years in administrative detention without trial. The European Union has described him as a "human rights defender" and Amnesty International designated him a “prisoner of conscience.” He was arrested in October 2012 for urging Palestinians to boycott the “occupation and its products” in a flash-mob demonstration at an Israeli-owned West Bank supermarket. In 1993, he lost consciousness for eight days after an interrogation session. Join us for this rare opportunity to meet grassroots popular resistance leader Bassem Tamimi.
    • One Message at Meeting of Community-College Trustees: Pay Attention to Demographics
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      With the Hispanic and Asian populations growing faster than the U.S. population as a whole, the colleges must be prepared for change.
    • One Piece of the Whole, Teacher Evaluation as a part of a Comprehensive System for Teaching and Learning
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      As we embark on widespread teacher evaluation reforms, it is crucial for schools, teachers, and students that new policies not substitute new problems for familiar ones, but that we instead use this moment of transformation to get teacher evaluation right.
    • Online Discussion Questions That Work
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Most online faculty know that discussion is one of the biggest advantages of online education. The increased think-time afforded by the asynchronous environment, coupled with the absence of public speaking fears, produces far deeper discussion than is usually found in face-to-face courses.
    • Online Ed Skepticism and Self-Sufficiency: Survey of Faculty Views on Technology
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Oct. 29, 2014 -- Inside Higher Ed's 2014 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology examined the views of faculty members and academic technology administrators on online education and a range of other technology-related issues.
    • Online Student Retention Requires a Collaborative Approach
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      The following section provides a sample model in which three areas of student services work together to support online faculty members in identifying at-risk students and using analytics to detect potential risks and address issues so as to avoid attrition.
    • Online Writing Tutoring Using Los Rios Gmail (Tech Wednesday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 14, 2015. The SCC Writing Center offered an online tutoring pilot program to students during the Fall 2014 semester. This program aimed at broadening the tutoring services offered by the Writing Center to better serve distance education students. The purpose of this workshop is to inform SCC faculty and staff about how online writing tutoring works and what students need to do to participate. Presenters will also demonstrate how students can prepare their Los Rios Gmail accounts for online tutoring and use of Google Video Chat and Drive to communicate with Writing Center tutors. The successes and troubleshooting involved with this pilot program will also be discussed.
    • Our Ongoing Quest to Improve Student Learning: High Standards and Realistic Expectations
      02/2015
      Articles and Publications
      “Teaching is such a challenge! Just when one thinks improvements are happening, the goal post of perfection moves further away. A bit like getting better headlights on one’s car: now you can see as far as the next corner, but the final destination remains out of sight!” Thanks to Nigel Armstrong, whom I met during a professional development day at Niagara University, for this insight.
    • Our Weekly Conversation about Teaching and Learning
      12/2014
      Articles and Publications
      In this the final post for 2014, I wanted to say thanks to those of you who take time to add comments after the posts. I don’t respond because I’ve had my say. However, I do read every comment and often wish I could gather a group of you together for coffee (maybe something stronger, it is the holiday season) and continue the conversation. We are still struggling with finding time and venues that expedite conversations about teaching and learning. The most pressing teaching issues of the moment tend to occupy our attention—test questions we need to write, reaction papers to record, the technology needed for a class activity tomorrow, or that routinely absent student who wants an extension. When we do encounter each other, we talk about these daily details but not about issues that merit deeper discussions.
    • Out of Trouble, but Criminal Records Keep Men Out of Work
      03/2015
      Articles and Publications
      companies in central New Jersey hiring people to repair copper phone lines. So in January 2013 he trained at a local community college as a heating and air-conditioning specialist. After graduating in December 2013...
    • Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome: Advice for New Faculty
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Last week, an imposter took over my classroom. Come to find out, that imposter was me. On paper it sounded straightforward: teach others the same material I just finished learning myself. I could do that, I told myself confidently. Then on the first day of class I met The Imposter.
    • Overview of the Governor's 2015-16 Budget Proposal
      01/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Overview of the Governor’s 2015-16 Budget Proposal and Implications for Community Colleges and Los Rios