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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    • U.S. Is Urged to Curtail Alarming Dropout Rates Among Minority Men
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Mandates 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 Diploma
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      A new report identifies high-impact strategies for community colleges to get more students to the finish line.
    • Undermining Pell Grants / Digital Accessibility for Disabled Students
      09/2014
      Articles 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 Badges in the Classroom to Motivate Learning
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      As 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 Guerrilla Tactics to Improve Teaching
      02/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Most 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 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 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 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 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.
    • Using “Mulligans” to Enhance Student Participation and Reduce Test Anxiety
      08/2014
      Articles and Publications
      According to a National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) report, gamification is “a much newer concept than game-based learning.