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 U

    • Understanding Muslim Students on the College Campus: Deconstructing Perceptions and Stereotypes to Preven Radicalism - Fall 2015 Flex
      05/2015
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 20, 2015. Presented by Rashad, Baadqir. This workshop will provide insight into defusing the myths and sterotypes being placed on Muslim students, while creating a vehicle that seeks to better engage in the power of dialogue and cross cultureal understanding.
    • Unionization Pays Off for Community-College Instructors
      06/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Being represented by a union appears to pay big financial dividends for full-time instructors at community colleges, a new study concludes. Depending on the size, location, and public-financing sources of their institution, unionized full-time instructors earn from about 5 to 50 percent more in pay and benefits than do their nonunionized peers at similar community colleges, says a paper summarizing the study’s results.
    • Unlocking the Mystery of Critical Thinking
      12/2014
      Articles and Publications
      According to Paul and Elder’s (2013a) survey findings, most faculty don’t know what critical thinking is or how to teach it. Unless faculty explicitly and intentionally design their courses to build their students’ critical thinking skills and receive training in how to teach them, their students do not improve their skills (Abrami et al., 2008).
    • Update on the Congo
      03/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Feb. 25, 2014. The Friends of the Congo (FOTC) was established in 2004 to work in partnership with Congolese to bring about peaceful and lasting change in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), formerly Zaire.
    • Use Team Charters to Improve Group Assignments
      03/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Many faculty now have students work in teams to complete course-long projects that are designed to accomplish multiple course objectives and that count for a significant part of the course grade. These groups do not always function well, which concerns faculty. If experiences in groups do not develop good teamwork skills, then maybe it’s better not to use groups and have students do assignments individually. Frequently that’s what they prefer anyway.
    • Using Attendance Questions to Build Community, Enhance Teaching
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      “What is one of your pet peeves?” That question is among those I might ask my students at the start of nearly every class session as a way of taking attendance. Asking about pet peeves always elicits a lively, engaged discussion. Faces light up, and everyone wants to share their own personal irritants. This engagement never happens when taking attendance is nothing more than reading names from the roster with an answer of “Here” or “Present.”
    • Using CCCConfer for Online Office Hours and Training (Flex Thursday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 15, 2015. This workshop will be a hands-on workshop to introduce the use of CCCConfer for online office hours tutoring.
    • Using Context to Deepen and Lengthen Learning
      03/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Nearly every teacher has experienced students forgetting something important. This forgetfulness comes in various forms. It might involve not following instructions for an assignment, missing a due date, forgetting important details on a test, or even forgetting to take the test itself. Whatever the memory infraction, there are usually good reasons why students forget. Gratefully, there are a few simple ways teachers can build context to help students achieve deeper and longer lasting learning.
    • Using Fundamental Concepts and Essential Questions to Promote Critical Thinking
      01/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Could your students identify the most important concepts in your discipline? Do they leave your class understanding these most fundamental concepts, including the ability to reason using these concepts to answer essential questions? Do your students become critical thinkers who connect concepts and practices in your course with other courses? With their future professional lives?
    • Using Google Analytics to Improve your SCC Website (Tech Wednesday)
      12/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 14, 2015. SCC’s WordPress site makes it easy to get started using Google Analytics to track how many times your pages are viewed, how much use they’re getting on-campus vs. off-campus, where your traffic is coming from, and even what links users are clicking on your pages. This session will show examples of what the library has learned so far and scratch the surface of a complex and versatile tool that can help improve your web presence.
    • Using Grading Policies to Promote Learning
      08/2015
      Articles and Publications
      I just finished putting together some materials on grading policies for a series of Magna 20-Minute Mentor programs, and I am left with several important take-aways on the powerful role of grading policies. I’m not talking here about the grades themselves, but instead the policies we choose as teachers.
    • Using In-class Tutors in Basic Writing Courses - Fall 2014 Flex
      05/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 21, 2014. Presented by Susan Griffin. This workshop is meant for faculty from the English Department who will be using tutors in their English Writing 51 classes or are considering using tutors in their courses.
    • Using Los Rios Wi-Fi (Tech Wednesday)
      01/2015
      Flex/PD - Spring
      January 14, 2015. Learn how to log in to LRCCD Wi-Fi using a Windows, Android, or Apple device, with troubleshooting.
    • Using Social Media in the Classroom: Why There’s A Lot to Like
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Are your students constantly updating their statuses on Facebook? Uploading selfies to Instagram at inappropriate times? Refreshing their Twitter feed every five seconds? Chances are the answer is “yes,” and if you’re like the majority of teachers, you find it mildly annoying at best, or a serious impediment to learning at worst.
    • Using Social Media to Engage Today’s Students - Fall 2015 Flex
      05/2015
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 20, 2015. Presented by Rick Brewer. This workshop will delve into organizational communications from a newly emerging perspective, that of the "constituency framework" and show how SCC can, as a college, become a more communicative organization - both internally and externally.
    • Using Student-Generated Reading Questions to Uncover Knowledge Gaps
      04/2015
      Articles and Publications
      Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Student-Generated Reading Questions: Diagnosing Student Thinking with Diverse Formative Assessments, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 42 (1), 29-38. The Teaching Professor Blog recently named it to its list of top pedagogical articles.
    • Using Tablets in the Classroom - Fall 2014 Flex
      08/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 21, 2014. Presented by Sandra Camarena. Prof. Camarena and other faculty members share information about the ways tablets have helped make for more effective teaching.
    • Using the Past to Inform the Present
      08/2015
      Articles and Publications
      While the book is solid academic research, it builds on that research to create a practical agenda for large-scale institutional change.
    • Using the Smartboards in the Davis Center - Fall 2014 Flex
      05/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 21, 2014. Presented by Jacek Kozikowski. Several of the classrooms in the Davis Center feature interactive whiteboards ('smartboards'). This workshop will introduce the basics of smartboard use and allow participants a chance to use the features.