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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- Wallflowers in the Online Classroom11/2015Articles and PublicationsWhat does it mean to be a wallflower? Such a person might be thought of as shy and might sit apart from others at a party or social gathering, choosing to listen and observe rather than participate. And in the online classroom, a wallflower might be the person who reads course information and discussion boards regularly, but never posts. So how do instructors know if this online wallflower is really engaged in the course?
- Want More Innovation? Get More Diversity11/2015Articles and PublicationsAcademic departments that are more diverse may produce more unorthodox ideas and do more original work, new research shows.
- We Are Not Strangers in this Land: Untold Stories of DREAMERS - Documentary Showing03/2015Flex/PD - SpringDocumentary showing.
- Welcome Home: Veterans on Campus Training01/2014Flex/PD - SpringMonday, 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.
- Welcoming Trans Academics06/2015Articles and PublicationsIn the past few years, transgender people and the discrimination they face have become much more visible through the work of folks like Laverne Cox, Mara Keisling, Janet Mock, Michael Munson and a whole host of everyday people standing up for the rights of trans people to be who they are. Consequently, trans inclusivity has become much more regularly a part of conversations on issues of diversity in academe. However, while we are often supportive of trans people generally, many academic institutions and events need to take concrete steps to put these sentiments into action.
- West Sac Campus Orientation - Fall 2014 Flex05/2014Flex/PD - FallAugust 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.
- West Sacramento Center Faculty Orientation - Fall 2015 Flex05/2015Flex/PD - FallAugust 20, 2015. Presented by Art Pimentel and Gurpreet Bhatia. Orientation will include important information about the new semester and a refresher on using the smart equipment in the classrooms.
- West Sacramento Faculty Orientation (Flex Thursday)12/2014Flex/PD - SpringJanuary 15, 2015. For a smooth transition into off-campus instruction, we invite all instructors, especially first time off-campus instructors, to visit the Center before the semester begins, so that we may meet with you to address any questions you may have.
- What Happened When The Chronicle Sat Down with Steve Jobs Back in 199803/2015Articles and PublicationsHis company on the ropes, the famously cagey founder of Apple gave some hints about his strategy to win a bigger share of the higher-education computer market.
- What People Think About College: a Snapshot of Public Opinion06/2015Articles and PublicationsThe latest public-opinion poll from Gallup and the Lumina Foundation, released here on Thursday, provides some new data points. In general, "the vast majority of Americans value education beyond high school," said Brandon Busteed, executive director of education at Gallup. And they see higher education as connected to getting a good job and having a good life.
- What Students Pay at Community Colleges Now—and How Obama’s Proposal Might Change That01/2015Articles and PublicationsTuition is just one of the expenses students face. Much of the impact of the free-college plan hinges on how it interacts with existing financial aid.
- What the President’s Tax Proposal Would Mean for Higher Education01/2015Articles and PublicationsEarlier this month, the Obama administration unveiled a plan to offer two years of community college tuition-free to students who meet certain criteria through a partnership between the federal government and states. The administration estimated that doing so would cost the federal government $60-billion over 10 years.
- What to Expect This November: Demographic Change and California’s Shifting Political Landscape10/2014Flex/PD - FallOctober 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 We Have and Haven’t Learned04/2015Articles and PublicationsI’ve been asked to give a talk that explores some of the top teaching-learning lessons learned in the past 15 years. It’s a good reflection exercise that also brings up those lessons we haven’t learned or aren’t yet finished learning.
- When the Only Seat Is in Front of a Screen09/2015Articles and PublicationsU of Central Florida is using lecture-capture technology to enroll more students than can fit in its classrooms. But is a live stream a sufficient replacement for a face-to-face lecture?
- Who Has a Stake in Obama’s Free Community-College Plan?01/2015Articles and PublicationsIt’s not just the community colleges themselves. Many other types of institutions have a stake in the proposal.
- Who's Tying Money to College Performance, and How? A Report Breaks It Down02/2015Articles and PublicationsOver the past few years, performance-based funding has picked up momentum across the nation. Yet there's little consensus on the best way to carry out the controversial strategy, which rewards or punishes colleges for their graduation or retention rates.
- Who’s Taking MOOCs? Teachers06/2015Articles and PublicationsIn free online courses offered by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, teachers are increasingly the students. A study by the two universities has found that teachers are enrolling in their MOOCs in high numbers.
- Why Can’t Students Just Pay Attention?06/2015Surveys and Survey ResultsWe have all had the experience of having students sitting in our classes, looking directly at us, and knowing, just knowing, that they are not paying the least bit of attention to what we are talking about or what the topic of the day is. In fact, if we don’t see this in our classes (and I believe we all do…it’s just that some of us don’t wish to admit it), all an instructor has to do is review assignments, quizzes, or exams to find evidence that students don’t understand key concepts that were highlighted as “really important” or “critical” to understanding the material.
- Why Open-book Tests Deserve a Place in Your Courses05/2015Articles and PublicationsWith the proliferation of learning management systems (LMS), many instructors now incorporate web-based technologies into their courses. While posting slides and readings online are common practices, the LMS can also be leveraged for testing. Purely online courses typically employ some form of web-based testing tool, but they are also useful for hybrid and face-to-face (F2F) offerings. Some instructors, however, are reluctant to embrace online testing. Their concerns can be wide ranging, but chief among them is cheating.
- Why Policies Fail to Promote Better Learning Decisions09/2015Articles and PublicationsPolicies are necessary. They serve as a warning to students: this is what will happen if you are absent, miss an exam, turn work in late, text or surf the Web during class, and the like. Most institutions recommend teachers spell out consequences in their syllabi. Some schools employ institution-wide policies for certain behaviors like academic dishonesty. If policies are supposed to prevent these unproductive behaviors, why do students still engage in them? Are there reasons why policies don’t work?
- Why Students Don’t Attend Office Hours01/2015Articles and PublicationsHere are some (not all) of the items that ended up being associated with the use of office hours: whether the instructor gave useful feedback during office hours, whether they were held at a convenient time and location, if the course was at the 100 or 400 level, if students perceived the class as small, if the course was required either as general education or as part of a major, and if the student was taking advantage of university-sponsored peer tutoring.
- Why Students Should Be Taking Notes02/2015Articles and PublicationsStudents nowadays can be pretty demanding about wanting the teacher’s PowerPoints, lecture notes, and other written forms of the content presented in class. And a lot of teachers are supplying those, in part trying to be responsive to students but also because many students now lack note-taking skills. If they can’t take good notes, why not help them succeed by supplying them with notes?
- Why We Believe in Our Students, a Timely Reminder12/2014Articles and PublicationsFor most of us, it’s that time of the semester when we are least likely to think positively about students. We’re tired, they’re tired, and there are still the proverbial miles to go. Some students have finally figured out they’re in trouble in the course, but none of their difficulties derive from anything they’ve done (or haven’t done), or so they think. Others remain lost in a thick fog that obscures even very fundamental course content. Passivity is the default mode for what feels like an increasingly large group. If there’s any lull in the action, they settle back, quickly finding their way to places of mental relaxation.
- WordPress Consultation (Tech Wednesday)12/2014Flex/PD - SpringJanuary 14, 2015. Want to do something a little different with your website, need a refresher on WordPress or want to just learn how to use it? Schedule a 30-minutes one-to-one consultation with Jen Schwedler, SCC webmaster.
- WordPress Drop-ins - Fall 2015 Flex05/2015Flex/PD - FallAugust 19, 2015. Presented by Don Button, Presented by Don Button. If you already have an SCC WordPress account and if you would like to drop in and get some quick one-on-one help, this is a perfect workshop for you. If you have documents that you need help uploading, please bring the digital files on a flash drive or cloud storage.
- Working With Students With Disabilities03/2014Flex/PD - OnlinePLEASE 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.