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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    • Taking a Look at the Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory
      04/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory, developed by a research group at the University of Bristol in the UK, is a self-assessment tool that helps learners develop an awareness of how they learn and encourages them to take responsibility for their learning.
    • Taking Male Students Seriously
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      As too many male students fail to enroll or succeed in higher education, writes Rocco L. Capraro, the ideas of men's studies point to a path forward.
    • Taking the Lead: Building Sustainable Professional Learning
      09/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      This interactive workshop is designed to support Staff Development Coordinators and leaders as they initiate and sustain professional learning at their colleges. The workshop will provide ideas for crafting cohesive, meaningful, and ongoing professional learning to support student success.
    • Teach the Key Ingredients for Leadership Success
      08/2014
      Articles and Publications
      There’s a major disconnect between what companies look for in their top performers and best leaders, and what students learn in school. Why don’t we better align these skill sets?
    • Teaching and Learning, and Student Success (Flex Thursday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. This is an opportunity primarily for new faculty and those in adjunct positions to learn about the newly created Adjunct Website ( Adjunct Faculty ). This workshop will meet in the computer lab to explore resources available to students and help instructors become more aware of how to link students to the many resources that can increase student success. Such items as the professional development activities & resources data base will be demonstrated along with student services based supports to increased student success.
    • Teaching Effectiveness: The Definitions of Teachers and Students
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      When we talk about teaching effectiveness, it’s usually in the context of evaluation. Student ratings are frequently described as measures of teaching effectiveness, and that makes our understanding of the term important. Researcher Leslie Layne wondered whether students and teachers define the term similarly. If they don’t, Layne writes that understanding the differences “is crucial to faculty and administrators when interpreting student survey results.” (p. 43)
    • Teaching Encounter Provides an Up-Close Look at Learning Something New
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Like so many of the skills we teach, including concrete skills like running a lathe and abstract ones like critical thinking, cannot be learned in theory. It is learned by doing.
    • Teaching International Students
      12/2014
      Articles and Publications
      As international student enrollments have skyrocketed, U.S. universities are just starting to sort out the implications for the classroom. Do professors need to adjust grading expectations for written assignments?
    • Teaching Introductory Courses: What Is the Public Face of Your Field?
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Required introductory courses—that’s how most students meet our disciplines or, as John Zipp says (he’s writing specifically about sociology), they are the “public face” of the field.
    • Teaching Math to People Who Think They Hate It
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Despite my negative feelings about math, I am a huge fan of Steven Strogatz, author, columnist, and Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University.
    • Teaching Practices Inventory Provides Tool to Help You Examine Your Teaching
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Here’s a great resource: the Teaching Practices Inventory. It’s an inventory that lists and scores the extent to which research-based teaching practices are being used. It’s been developed for use in math and science courses, but researchers Carl Wieman and Sarah Gilbert suggest it can be used in engineering and social sciences courses, although they have not tested it there. I suspect it has an even wider application. Most of the items on the inventory are or could be practiced in most disciplines and programs.
    • Teaching, Learning, and Service Resource Guide (Fall 2014 Charette)
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The Teaching, Learning, and Service Resource Guide was drafted to reflect the Fall 2014 Student Success Charette activity discussions.
    • Teaching, Learning, and Service Resource Guide (Spring 2014 Charette)
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The Teaching, Learning, and Service Resource Guide was drafted to reflect the spring 2014 Student Success Charette activity discussions. **The top link is the online (clickable) version of the Resource Guide and the bottom link is the printable version of the Resource Guide (No Clickable Links).**
    • Teaching, Learning, and Service Resource Guide (Summer2014 Charette)
      08/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The Teaching, Learning, and Service Resource Guide was drafted to reflect the Summer 2014 Student Success Charette activity discussions.
    • Technology Provides Foreign-Language Immersion at a Distance
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The method, called "teletandem," is based on a simple idea for students: I teach you my language, you teach me yours.
    • Texting in Class: Extent, Attitudes, Other Interesting Information
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      People text almost everywhere nowadays, and so it shouldn't surprise us that students are doing it in class. In this study of almost 300 marketing majors at two different universities, 98 percent reported that they texted during class. They reported receiving just about as many texts as they sent. Perhaps most troubling in these findings were students’ attitudes about texting.
    • The ABCs of Finding Books, Articles, and DVDs in the Library
      03/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      March 13, 2014. Librarians will guide you through the process of discovering library books, database articles, and DVDs in your interest areas. You'll learn how to create lists of library materials for yourself and for your students, and you'll take away an understanding of a student-centered research process.
    • The Accreditation Conundrum
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Are accrediting bodies toothless jellyfish, or jackbooted thugs?
    • The Balance: Classroom and Personal Strategies to Maximize Teaching Success (Flex Thursday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. The workshop will focus on three different areas: 1. The exchange of ideas for online elements of courses (i.e.: test designs, audio lectures or modules recorded with Camtasia or Jing) as well as the use of media in the classroom (clickers, videos, different apps) 2. An open discussion about general teaching strategies (i.e.: flipped classrooms) and approaches to make the classroom experience more effective and valuable 3. Ways to keep yourself motivated and your energy positive throughout the semester (i.e.: healthy snacks, physical activity, sleep and mental balance)
    • The Blessings and Benefits of Using Guest Lecturers
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Learners of all ages and experience levels are hungry for variety, and seeing a new face in front of the room can liven up the class; but there are also deeper pedagogical reasons for using guest lecturers. Here are a few to consider.
    • The Changing California Community Colleges: Open Access-Relevant or Obsolete?
      03/2014
      Flex/PD - Online
      PLEASE COMPLETE (LINKED) ONLINE WORKSHOP EVALUATION FORM. Efforts should be made with regard to those who are historically and currently underrepresented in both their graduation rates from secondary institutions and in their attendance at California higher educational institutions.
    • The Davis Center Student, Faculty, and Staff Community (Flex Thursday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. Who are our students in Davis? Who are our colleagues on the faculty and staff? How can we work more effectively as a campus learning community? We will share some numbers we have about the students, and we’ll ask you to tell us what other numbers or information might be helpful to you. This is a chance to talk about what works in your classrooms, what might work better. How can we reinforce the learning that is happening across the curriculum in the Center (and at other sites)?
    • The Demographic Shift in the Community College and Student Success (Flex Thursday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. A presentation & discussion of the changing demographic shift in community colleges and the need to integrate student success initiative and research based strategies for student success.
    • The Interesting World of Garbage & Managing It: Some Observations from Brazil
      03/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Feb. 25, 2014. Mr. Diógenes Aires de Melo, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow will be joining students & Prof Craig Davis’ International Studies Program Seminar on global environmental issues, with an emphasis on garbage.
    • The Last Class: A Critical Course Component
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Unfortunately, the last day of class is usually saved for final exam review, finishing up projects or dealing with logistical details like date, time, and location of the final or where to pick up graded term papers. The course ends with a whimper instead of a bang.
    • The Latest News from the CCRC
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The latest news from the Community College Research Center
    • The Latest News from the CCRC, October 2014
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Latest news from the Community College Research Center
    • The Lived Experience of Autism in the College Setting (Flex Thursday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. A panel of students on the autism spectrum will discuss their challenges in college and what has contributed to their successes.
    • The Los Rios Colleges Educational Technology Conference 2014
      04/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Thursday and Friday, May 22/23, 2014. Winn Center, Cosumnes River College. Registration is $50 for both days, $30 for one day, and FREE for presenters. With the support of the Sustainability Committee we hope to make this a zero-waste event.
    • The Mounting Problem of Student Debt
      08/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Preventing student loan default takes a solid game plan.
    • The New FAce of College
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      “Just 20 percent of college-goers fit the stereotype of being young, single, full-time students who finish a degree in four years. College students today are more likely to be older, part-time, working, and low-income than they were three decades ago. Many are the first in their families to go to college."
    • The new War on Poverty: Tackling two generations at once
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      A “Two Generation” approach that calls for high quality child care centers that not only require parent involvement, like many Head Start programs, but also offer community college training programs to become certified nursing assistants, for example, or to earn credentials for other stable professions to boost family income.
    • The Online Discussion Board: Opening the Gateway to New Learning
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Faculty should use their imagination to connect current events to course-related material. Questions should be not answered from lists from the textbook or the regurgitation of content from the current unit’s assessment.
    • The Origins of the North-South Korean Conflict and the Demilitarized Zone
      04/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Thursday, April 24, 2014. Noon-1pm. PAC 124. Presented by Mr. Gyuserb Kim, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, 2013-14, Deputy Director, Budget Division, Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, South Korea. Mr. Kim will be focusing on the history of the North-South Korean Conflict and the Demilitarized Zone.
    • The Quest for Student Success—Read a special report on innovation in academe, focused on formulas for student success.
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      This special report on innovation in academe looks at some of the efforts to find a formula for student success.
    • The Relationship between Participation and Discussion
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      How do we use them so that they more effectively promote engagement and learning?
    • The RP Group September 2014 Perspectives
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      This edition features updates on the three California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office initiatives, a new report on skillsbuilders, an interview on strategic planning with a community college president and a new study on learning outcomes after college.
    • The Shrinking Academic Workforce
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      As enrollments dip, so too do the number of college and university employees -- but disproportionately at for-profit institutions.
    • The Slow Climb
      04/2014
      Articles and Publications
      State spending on higher education rises nationally, and 30 states see growth over the year before -- but per-student spending is still well below 2008 level.
    • The Sound of Silence: The Value of Quiet Contemplation in the Classroom
      04/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Silence used for contemplation has a place in discussions, but as educators we need to establish a classroom climate that takes the tension out of silence. So how do we do that?
    • The STEM Enrollment Boom
      04/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Since the recession, undergraduate enrollments have gone up dramatically, but primarily in engineering and biology and not at expense of humanities and social sciences, study finds.
    • The Story of Staple Food in China
      10/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      Chinese Staple Food presenter is Sa Wu (Sally) of the Confucius Institute at UC Davis, which was formed in 2012 as a partnership between UC Davis and Jiangnan University (one of China’s top research universities). The mission of the Institute is to draw upon the food and beverage science and technology strengths of both partner institutes to promote an understanding of Chinese food and beverage culture through research and outreach programs at UC Davis. The Institute offers most of its events, workshops, lectures and demonstrations at no cost to participants.
    • The Talk—and Pledges—at the White House Summit on College Opportunity
      12/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The gathering produced more than 600 pledges that focus on enrolling and graduating more low-income students. Now comes the hard part: making good on those commitments.
    • The Trouble with Consistency in Instructional Practices and Policies
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      It seems to me that if we still have to hammer students about deadlines, use points to get them participating, and offer detailed descriptions of civil discourse, students have not learned some very important lessons in other courses.
    • There Are More Important Things Than Saving for College
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      There is no shame in having more children than average. Or of working hard to support them without having money to fund individual college savings accounts. No shame in paying for piano lessons or Boy Scout camp, knowing it will go a lot further developing your children’s gifts now than it will toward the ever-increasing cost of a college education later. No shame in telling them: “You are your ticket to college. Work hard.”
    • Thinking Horizontally and Vertically About Blended Learning
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Blended learning has gone from being an interesting new hybrid of traditional and online courses to being an expected part of American education. When the Sloan Consortium last studied blended learning in 2007, it found “a lot of room for growth” in the market for blended courses. It found “consumer preference for online and blended delivery far exceeds reported experience,” indicating that demand was ahead of supply at that point.
    • This Is An Emergency
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      In an emergency, flawless communication saves lives.
    • Those Magical and Mysterious Learning Moments
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Reinsmith notes that learning moments cannot be forced. “… not even the most outstanding teacher can summon a learning moment. The most we can do is fashion a context for them.”
    • Three Strategies for Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Do you ever wonder whether your students care about your course material? Do you question whether your students appreciate how the information you address in class is relevant to them? Do you feel like there is often a mismatch between your intentions for your class and what your students actually want to learn?
    • Three Ways to Breathe New Life into Your Online Courses
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      This article will discuss the unique needs of the online student and suggest three strategies to meet these needs through effective, innovative online instruction.
    • Threshold Concepts: Portals to New Ways of Thinking
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      “A threshold concept is discipline-specific, focuses on understanding of the subject and … has the ability to transform learners’ views of the content.” (Zepke, p. 98) It’s not the same as a core concept, although that’s a useful place to first put the idea. “A core concept is a conceptual ‘building block’ that progresses understanding of the subject; it has to be understood, but it does not necessarily lead to a qualitative different view of the subject matter.” (Meyer and Land, p. 4)
    • Time-Saving Tips for Managing Your Email Inbox
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      How much time do you waste scrolling through your inbox looking for that certain email that contains essential information you need right away? If you follow Keith Krieger’s advice, the answer is none. Krieger, technical training program director at Johnson County Community College, advocates managing email messages to minimize the number of messages in the inbox.
    • Tips for Handling Student Excuses
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      As a result of the many excuses students come up with when they miss an assignment, teachers must have with a policy for handling these situations, which invariably involves a decision on trust.
    • Tips for Writing Good Multiple-Choice Questions
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Good test questions are clean windows. They don’t obscure the view of what the students does and doesn’t know.
    • Too Many Scholarships, Not Enough Native Students Applying
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      In the modern age of computers, scholarships are everywhere, it seems. FastWeb, the most popular scholarship site, has over 1.5 million entries in its database. Other websites such as Scholarships.com have similar numbers. But it’s hard to give them away, let me tell you. I have been doing it for 42 years, and we never have enough applicants.
    • Tools Beyond the Classroom: How You Can Help Students Succeed in Your Class When Crisis Hits (Flex Thursday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. This workshop will share information on services and resources that will help you as a teacher or staff member identify and provide assistance to students in crisis. It will also address our own personal needs as “helpers,” and discuss strategies that we can use to help--in a safe, appropriate and healthy way.
    • Top 10 Rules for Developing Your First Online Course
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Years of helping faculty pass to the dark side of online education have taught me a few simple rules that I brow beat (in a collegial way) into all new online teachers.
    • Train Your Brain To Let Go Of Habits – 10 Methods For Creating New Neural Pathways
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      When you understand how neural pathways are created in the brain, you get a front row seat for truly comprehending how to let go of habits.
    • Transferability of Postsecondary Credit Following Student Transfer or Coenrollment
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      According to a report recently released by the National Center for Education Statistics, 35% of (first-time/full-time) undergraduates enrolled in at least two colleges over a six year period. 39% of these students did so without transferring any credits from their original institutions.
    • Transforming the First Year Experience in Community College
      10/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      Presented by Tanya Anderson, SCC Outreach Specialist. Sacramento City College is extremely fortunate to have the first-year experience activities that we do. We have activities from before students begin until they are fully immersed into their first semester. This engaging workshop will include what the first year looks like for our students.
    • Tuition and Fees, 1998-99 Through 2014-15
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The College Board has released its annual report on college prices. Browse the charges at more than 3,100 colleges and universities, with historical data to 1998.