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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    • Want to be happy? Be Grateful
      02/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.
    • War on Multiple Fronts
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The University of Maryland University College needs to change to stay alive. But so far the university can only agree on what it doesn't want to change into.
    • Welcome Home: Veterans on Campus Training
      01/2014
      Flex/PD - Spring
      Monday, Feb. 3, 2014: 1 PM - 5 PM. The Welcome Home training is a program for faculty and staff about the specific readjustment and mental health needs of student veterans.
    • West Sac Campus Orientation - Fall 2014 Flex
      05/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      August 21, 2014. Presented by Janet Lake & Gurpreet Bhatia. Orientation will include important information about the new semester and a refresher on using the smart equipment in the classroom.
    • What Can We Learn from Accidental Learning?
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      “I just stumbled onto this. . .” I heard the phrase a couple of times in presentations during the recent Teaching Professor Technology Conference. Faculty presenters used it to describe their discovery of an aspect of instruction that worked well, such as an assignment detail or activity sequence. Since then I’ve been thinking about accidental learning and the role it plays or might play in the instructional growth of teachers.
    • What Components Make Group Work Successful?
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Thomas Tomcho and Rob Foels decided to explore this question by looking at the research on group learning in the field of psychology, as reported in the journal Teaching of Psychology.
    • What I Learned from Nelson Mandela
      02/2014
      Articles and Publications
      "In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us." Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, shares stories of animals, humans and their interrelatedness, or "ubuntu" -- defined as, "I am, because of you."
    • What Really Happens at Community Colleges? A Tool Taps Data for Answers
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The Completion Arch aims to track students from enrollment in college to entering the work force.
    • What to Expect This November: Demographic Change and California’s Shifting Political Landscape
      10/2014
      Flex/PD - Fall
      October 29, 2014. 3:00pm - 4:00pm. The Sociology Club has invited UC Davis’ Mindy Romero to SCC to talk about the changing demographics of California and how this shift will affect the political landscape. The timing of the presentation serves as a reminder for students to be politically engaged and active in the upcoming election. Please share this event information with students and encourage them to attend. Faculty and staff are also welcome.
    • What Types of Support Do Adjuncts Need?
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      With part-time faculty now the majority of instructors at most higher education institutions, it’s important to provide them with the support they need to succeed. But what kind of support do they find most useful? The answer to this question can help administrators meet adjuncts’ needs and make the best use of limited resources.
    • What We Can Learn from a Bad Day of Teaching
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      In this piece, I will reflect on a bad teaching day and what I learned from it. I will encourage you to take a reflective approach to your own teaching for your students’ benefit and for your professional development.
    • What We Can Learn from Unsuccessful Online Students
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      There are many studies that look at how online students differ from those in face-to-face classes in terms of performance, satisfaction, engagement, and other factors. It is well-known that online course completion rates tend to be lower than those for traditional classes. But relatively little is known about what the unsuccessful online student has to say about his or her own experience and how they would improve online learning. Yet these insights can be vital for distance educators.
    • What You Need to Know About This Week's Release of Student-Loan Default Rates
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The Education Department will release today its annual cohort default rates, describing what percentage of borrowers are defaulting on their student loans. Here's a rundown...
    • What You Need to Know About Yik Yak, an App Causing Trouble on Campuses
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Anonymous posts on the smartphone application are fostering conversations, but the dialogue is not always fit for the classroom.
    • What’s an Empowered Student?
      04/2014
      Articles and Publications
      That was the question, followed by, “Are they students who want to take over the classroom?” “No,” I replied, “it’s about how students approach learning—motivated, confident, and ready to tackle the task.”
    • What’s the Story on Learning Styles?
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      We have this tendency in higher education to throw babies out with bath water. It derives from dualistic thinking. Either something is right or wrong, it’s in or out, up or down. As mature thinkers, we disavow these dichotomous perspectives, but then find their simplicity hard to resist. They make complicated things easy.
    • What’s Your Learning Philosophy?
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Neil Haave, who teaches on the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta, was struck by how few insights the seniors preparing ePortfolios had about themselves as learners and came to the conclusion that they should start writing about how they learn long before the end of their academic careers.
    • When Guns Come to Campus, Security and Culture Can Get Complicated
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The cancellation of a speech by a feminist media critic at Utah State University has revived concerns about safety at institutions in states that allow firearms on campuses.
    • When Higher Education Doesn’t Deliver on Its Promise
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Medical-Assistant Programs: A Case Study
    • When Should We Lecture?
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      There are purists among us who would say that we should never lecture, but I don’t think that’s terribly realistic, and I’m still not ready to totally rule out lectures. As faculty, we bring expertise to learners and having an expert around when you don’t know something can be very helpful. Do most teachers still talk too much? They do. Are lectures fraught with well-established impediments to learning?
    • When Students Transfer, Credits May Not Follow
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      A study’s findings about the paths transfer students took, and how many credits came with them, may help policy makers close gaps in the process.
    • When to Use Whole Class Feedback
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Whole class feedback … you know, when the teacher returns a set of papers or exams and talks to the entire class about its performance, or the debriefing part of an activity where the teacher comments on how students completed the task. Is it a good way to provide feedback? Do students pay any attention to feedback delivered in this way? When is whole class feedback most effective? Is it better to provide the feedback verbally or post it online? Should students be involved in this discussion of how well the class did or didn’t do?
    • Who Gets to Graduate
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Looking at the graduation gap.
    • Who Gets to Graduate?
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The image of herself as a college student appealed to Vanessa Brewer but it was more than that; it was a chance to rewrite the ending to a family story that went off track 18 years earlier, when Vanessa’s mother became pregnant with Vanessa.
    • Who Needs Algebra? New Approach To College Math Helps More Pass
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Let's start with a little word problem. Sixty percent of the nation's 12.8 million community college students are required to take at least one course in subject X. Eighty percent of that 60 percent never move on past that requirement.
    • Why Aid for College Is Missing the Mark
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      It’s not just that many colleges and universities are bleeding taxpayers. The government’s overall strategy to subsidize higher education is failing at its core task: providing less privileged Americans with a real shot at a college degree. Alarmingly, it is burdening low-income students with risks they cannot bear and steering them into low-quality educations.
    • Why Campuses Can’t Talk About Alcohol When It Comes to Sexual Assault
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      ...while statistics show that alcohol and sex can be a dangerous combination—at least half of students involved in alleged sexual assaults were drinking—campus officials are reluctant to put the two in the same sentence.
    • Why Colleges Don’t Want to Be Judged by Their Graduation Rates
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      The government's calculation of the rates ignores millions of potential graduates, a worrisome prospect as a controversial college-rating system is about to be unveiled.
    • Why Demand Originality from Students in Online Discussion Forums?
      03/2014
      Articles and Publications
      In the online college environment, discussion forums are designed to simulate a professor and his or her students engaged in a traditional classroom discussion. The point is to keep the discussion moving, keep students engaged in the topic for the week, and facilitate learning.
    • Why Don’t We Teach the Telephone Book?
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Grudgingly, I am forced to admit that no real justification for memorizing telephone numbers exists, as tempting as it might be for me to teach this course.
    • Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      "I teach theory and practice of social media at NYU, and am an advocate and activist for the free culture movement, so I’m a pretty unlikely candidate for internet censor, but I have just asked the students in my fall seminar to refrain from using laptops, tablets, and phones in class."
    • Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      You are annoying your boss and colleagues any time you take your phone out during meetings, says new research from USC's Marshall School of Business, and if you work with women and people over forty they're even more perturbed by it than everyone else.
    • With Republican Gains, Adjuncts May Struggle to Keep Foothold on Capitol Hill
      11/2014
      Articles and Publications
      After a year of unprecedented Congressional attention but few real political gains, advocates for part-time instructors face unfriendly political majorities.
    • Wordpress Network - Updated Training Videos
      03/2014
      Flex/PD - Online
      PLEASE COMPLETE (LINKED) ONLINE WORKSHOP EVALUATION FORM. For the new SCC website content editors— The WordPress Training Video page has been re-organized into categories to make it easier to find the videos you are looking for.
    • Work 1 Hour, Walk 5 Minutes
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      Sitting for eight or more hours a day can be deadly.
    • Work Experience Education & Internship Program: Next Step Information
      09/2014
      Articles and Publications
      An internship is a form of experiential learning, which offers you the opportunity to work in an entry-level, workplace-related position that relates to your major – “test the waters; is this what you want to do”. It gives you a chance to gain valuable experience and make professional connections in your field of choice. Internships can be paid or unpaid, and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate your talent.
    • Working With Students With Disabilities
      03/2014
      Flex/PD - Online
      PLEASE COMPLETE (LINKED) ONLINE WORKSHOP EVALUATION FORM. Join Dr. Gwyneth Tracy, Coordinator of Disability Services & Programs for Students as she addresses a variety of issues to consider when working with students with disabilities.
    • Would They Play? Would They Learn? Finding the Sweet Spot between Games and Learning
      10/2014
      Articles and Publications
      What began as a routine summer workshop on incorporating games and game-like elements into instruction turned into the surprise of the summer; two weeks of fun and intense online game play by an engaged and committed cadre of faculty and staff who were working to apply the principles of gaming to their courses and student activities. I had planned to end the workshop with a two-week follow-up online game for participants, but I didn’t seriously think anyone would do it.
    • Write about Teaching & Learning for 9 Weeks Straight
      02/2014
      Articles and Publications
      A couple of the more traditional examples of professional development might include reading a book, sitting in a room full of educators discussing a particular topic, or traveling to a conference. Certainly, those are all ways we can learn to improve our craft.
    • Writing Environments
      05/2014
      Articles and Publications
      When we write, we need periodically to rethink where, how and with whom we do so, suggests Nate Kreuter.