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.
- Weighing the Evidence of New Instructional Policies, Practices, and Behaviors02/2016Articles and PublicationsDuring a conversation about evidence-based teaching, a faculty member piped up with some enthusiasm and just a bit of pride, “I’m using an evidence-based strategy.” He described a rather unique testing structure and concluded, “There’s a study that found it significantly raised exam scores.” He shared the reference with me afterward and it’s a solid study—not exceptional, but good.
- 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.
- West Sacramento Faculty Orientation - Spring 2016 Flex01/2016Flex/PD - SpringPresented by Art Pimentel & Gurpreet Bhatia. You will find teaching at an off-campus site often presents unique challenges for students as well as staff. 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 questions. Orientation will include important information about the new semester and a refresher on using the smart equipment in the classrooms.
- 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 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.
- Wheelchair Ramps and Extra Time for Learning03/2016Articles and Publications“A wheelchair ramp is an alternate mode of access for the physically disabled so that they may access the same benefits as others. Similarly, being allowed extra time gives the learning-disabled extra time to process what they know. My reading…
- When More Is Less01/2016Articles and PublicationsNew study suggests that when it comes to writing assignments and instruction, quality -- not quantity -- matters most.
- When Students Lead the Discussion03/2016Articles and PublicationsA few years ago, my colleague Brenda Whitney spoke at a workshop about how class discussion can take on many different forms, each with its own style and descriptive moniker. Paraphrasing and borrowing language from her handout, with a few revisions of my own, these discussion styles include…
- 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 Melted My Cheese?01/2016Articles and PublicationsToo many people on campus still think that academic life will eventually return to "normal," if we just sit patiently.
- 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 EQUIP Really Matters02/2016Flex/PD - SpringWhy new U.S. experiment with alternative higher ed models really matters (essay) in the 20th century. Pima Community College, LaGuardia Community College …
- 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?
- 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.
- WordPress Drop-ins - Spring 2016 Flex01/2016Flex/PD - SpringPresented by Dawn Pedersen. Stop by if you already have an SCC WordPress account and get some quick one-on-one help. If you have documents that you need help uploading, please bring the digital files on a flash drive or cloud storage.
- WordPress Workshop Series01/2016Flex/PD - FallThese hour-long workshops can be taken alone or as part of a series, in which each workshop introduces a web concept.
- Workplace Safety01/2016Flex/PD - SpringThe goal of the LRPD Workplace Safety (AKA Workplace Security Awareness) presentation is to provide participants with an awareness of the threats to personal safety as well as facilities and institutional safety that may happen in the workplace. The presentation addresses access controls, information controls, criminal acts and workplace violence provides tools and planning ideas to prevent, prepare and react to threats if they occur.
- Writing Effective SLOs: Tips Gleaned from Our First Six-year Reporting Cycle01/2016Flex/PD - SpringPresented by Gayle Pitman and members of the SLO Assessment Committee. Now that we’re close to completing our first six-year SLO reporting cycle, we’ve learned a lot about the importance of well-crafted SLOs – and what happens when they aren’t. Come learn how to write SLOs that reflect what you want students to learn in your courses, and that are concise, measurable, and mappable. We will also address how SLOs are incorporated into other college processes, and why writing strong SLOs is so important. This will be a hands-on session, so get ready to write and revise sample SLOs!