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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- U.S. Is Urged to Curtail Alarming Dropout Rates Among Minority Men09/2014Articles and PublicationsMandates from the federal government could help colleges deal with "equity gaps" not only for men of color but also for other disadvantaged groups, a report says.
- Uncluttering the Pathway to the Diploma09/2014Articles and PublicationsA new report identifies high-impact strategies for community colleges to get more students to the finish line.
- Undermining Pell Grants / Digital Accessibility for Disabled Students09/2014Articles and Publications"This Week," Inside Higher Ed's weekly news podcast, this week featured a discussion between the New America Foundation's Stephen Burd, Editor Doug Lederman and the moderator Casey Green about the foundation's new report assessing how successfully (or not) colleges are using their Pell Grant funds to enroll low-income students. And in our other segment, Kyle Shachmut of the National Federation of the Blind's Massachusetts chapter argued for legislation designed to ensure that colleges make digital educational materials accessible to students with disabilities.
- Unlocking the Mystery of Critical Thinking12/2014Articles and PublicationsAccording 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 Congo03/2014Flex/PD - SpringFeb. 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 Assignments03/2015Articles and PublicationsMany 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 Teaching11/2014Articles 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 Badges in the Classroom to Motivate Learning05/2014Articles and PublicationsAs a motivational tool, badges can be added to your college classroom using a fairly streamlined process, and with little or no cost to you at an individual level, or at an institutional level.
- Using CCCConfer for Online Office Hours and Training (Flex Thursday)12/2014Flex/PD - SpringJanuary 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 Learning03/2015Articles and PublicationsNearly 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 Thinking01/2015Articles and PublicationsCould 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)12/2014Flex/PD - SpringJanuary 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 Guerrilla Tactics to Improve Teaching02/2014Articles and PublicationsMost of us are aware of the important benefits that cooperative learning offers for student achievement (Johnson, Johnson, & Smith, 2007). We frequently use, or seek out these strategies to further engage our students in the content and enhance the learning environment. However, when it comes to our growth as teachers, we typically don’t employ.
- Using In-class Tutors in Basic Writing Courses - Fall 2014 Flex05/2014Flex/PD - FallAugust 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)01/2015Flex/PD - SpringJanuary 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 Like10/2014Articles and PublicationsAre 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 Student-Generated Reading Questions to Uncover Knowledge Gaps04/2015Articles and PublicationsEditor’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 Flex08/2014Flex/PD - FallAugust 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 Smartboards in the Davis Center - Fall 2014 Flex05/2014Flex/PD - FallAugust 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.
- Using “Mulligans” to Enhance Student Participation and Reduce Test Anxiety08/2014Articles and PublicationsAccording to a National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) report, gamification is “a much newer concept than game-based learning.