The Staff Resource Center offers professional development through a variety of resources. This database provides a compilation of these resources in multiple types.
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Facilitating Group Communication & Meetings01/2016Flex/PD - SpringPresented by Michael Severson. In the classroom or in meetings we continually engage in group dynamics. The goal of this workshop is to discuss communication strategies to facilitate more successful group assignments and interactions. We will examine strategies to plan agendas, promote group interaction, allow for free flow of ideas, accomplish goals, achieve effective decisions, confront challenges and manage conflicts. We will discuss leadership strategies and members roles to promote more successful group interactions and promote collaboration in a variety of contexts.
Facing Anxiety: Students share how they cope and how campuses can help07/2018Articles and PublicationsAnxiety eclipses depression among college students, and the number who say it’s overwhelming them is on the rise. Campus counseling centers confront many challenges in trying to serve students, not the least of which is that mental health still has a stigma on campuses.
Faculty Mentoring Orientation (English DWAP and LAMP) - Fall 2016 Flex05/2016Flex/PD - FallPresented by Dawna DeMartini and Duane LeonardThis flex activity is a joint orientation for English’s DWAP and ESL’s LAMP, articulating the goals and requirements of the program, followed by a discussion of best practices that promote student success, retention, and equity.
Fall 2014 Flex and Convocation Satisfaction Survey Results09/2014Surveys and Survey ResultsResults from the Fall 2014 Flex and Convocation Satisfaction Survey.
Financial Aid in eServices & Updates - Fall 2016 Flex05/2016Flex/PD - FallPresented by Rukiya Bates. Financial aid is now available in eServices! Students are able to access their 2016-17 financial aid awards and information online via eServices. Learn more about financial aid in eServices and other financial aid changes such as the new rules regarding BOG fee waivers, satisfactory academic progress, course applicability and other financial aid updates.
Finding a Place for Creative Assignments in Your Course02/2015Articles and PublicationsCan you teach students to be creative? Most of us would say no. It’s more like trying to teach for it—encouraging it, promoting it, acknowledging when it happens, and rewarding it. Despite the difficulties associated with teaching creativity, teachers shouldn’t be excused from trying to cultivate its development. Is there a profession where creative thinking isn’t needed? Is there a problem that wouldn’t benefit from a creative solution? The authors of the article referenced below ask the follow-up question relevant to those of us in higher education: “Where will students get the opportunity to learn and practice creative thinking if it is not embedded throughout the curriculum?” (p. 51)
Finding a Student's Calling10/2014Articles and PublicationsIn a sign of the times, a college cuts its pastoral staff from 2 to 1, to move one of the clergy to the career center to provide a different type of guidance to students.
First Exam of the Semester: A Wake-up Call for Students02/2015Articles and PublicationsThis weekend I discovered a “memo to students who are disappointed with their last test grade.” What a great idea! I wasn’t surprised when I found out it was more of Rich Felder’s good work. Students are terribly optimistic about their grades, especially at the beginning of a course. Then comes the first exam, many of us giving it early on in an attempt to dislodge these convictions that success will come easily and with little or no effort. If we return the exams during class, disappointment hangs heavy in the air. In those moments of despair there’s an opportunity to confront students with what they might have done (or not done) that caused (or is at least related to) that disappointing score.
First-generation college students are not succeeding in college, and money isn’t the problem01/2016Articles and PublicationsSocial and cultural factors are working against many students who are the first in their family to pursue higher education. Here at Sacramento City College, we know this is not new. However, now with articulated Student Success and Support and Student Equity Plans, we can now begin to address how and what to do about addressing these needs as we goal set to increase student achievement.
Five Pedagogical Practices to Improve Your Online Course03/2014Articles and PublicationsIn an interview with Online Classroom, Simunich, associate director of online learning at Kent State University, offered techniques to improve an online course.
Five Steps to Improving Online Group Work Assignments06/2015Articles and PublicationsThe skills learned by participating in a group project are applicable to nearly any career that a student is currently interested in or will be interested in at a future date. It is rare in today’s global economy that an individual will work independently on a project. Therefore, it is important that opportunities are provided to students to not only learn content, but to apply that content in a practical, near real-world environment.
Five Tips for Dealing with Combative Students in the Online Environment01/2015Articles and PublicationsWhether one teaches at the university, secondary, or elementary levels, all teachers encounter combative students. Mary Bart (2012) writes, “Even if you do everything right, there will be students who push your buttons.” However, many teachers struggle with how to handle disciplinary problems with these students. The following are methods that I find effective when dealing with a challenging student either in my online university classrooms or in email interactions with traditional, ground students…
Five Ways to Motivate Unprepared Students in the Flipped Classroom05/2016Articles and PublicationsIn the previous article “Ready to Flip: Three Ways to Hold Students Accountable for Pre-Class Work,” I mentioned that one of the most frequently asked questions about the flipped classroom model is, “How do you encourage students to actually do the pre-class work and come to class prepared?”
Flex Your Voice - Spring 2016 Flex01/2016Flex/PD - SpringPresented by Daniel Paulson. FLEX YOUR VOICE: Vocal Function Concepts, Ideas, and Exercises for the Teacher. This flex activity is to help teachers look after their voices and to prevent the development of voice problems which may limit their effectiveness as teachers. Attendees will learn how the vocal mechanism works, will experience effective posture, respiration and onset techniques, and will discover how to access efficient vocal production to help minimize the risk of damage and fatigue.
FLEX YOUR VOICE: Vocal Function Concepts, Ideas, and Exercises for the Teacher - Fall 2015 Flex05/2015Flex/PD - FallAugust 20, 2015. Presented by Daniel Paulson. This flex activity is to help teachers look after their voices and to prevent the development of voice problems which may limit their effectiveness as teachers.
Food Security and Hunger Solutions in Myanmar: Challenges, Successes, and Visions03/2014Flex/PD - SpringApril 1, 2014: 12-1pm. PAC 124. Ms. Swe Swe Win, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, 2013-14, holds a Masters Degree in Development Economics. In her current position at WFP, she is responsible for project management, design and implementation of the food security programme to deliver hunger solutions to the rural population.
Fostering Habits of Mind in Today’s Students05/2016Flex/PD - SpringPresented by Tara Loschiavo and Holly Piscopo. Those of us who are hard at work on college access, equity, and success efforts have noticed that students’ mindsets relate to their academic success. In this workshop, participants will evaluate strategies and practices that can help those of us who work with students to foster successful habits of mind in today’s students. Facilitators will use research from the book, Fostering Habits of Mind in Today’s Students, ed. Fletcher (2015), to inform the group’s discussion.
Fostering Student Learning through the Use of Debates05/2015Articles and PublicationsOne tactic that helps students feel comfortable enough to speak about controversial topics is through debates that are structured and promote students’ preparedness in defending or opposing a particular stance on a topic.
Four Key Questions about Grading08/2014Articles and PublicationsThere’s an excellent article on grading in a recent issue of Cell Biology Education-Life Sciences Education. It offers a brief history of grading (it hasn’t been around for all that long), and then looks to the literature for answers to four key questions.
Free ‘Clickers’ for All: Using Google Forms to Survey Your Students01/2016Articles and PublicationsAs many educators are, I am interested in exploring methods that provide real-time, formative assessment in the classroom. Being a teacher of such courses as microbiology, microbial genomics, and immunology, which are dense in jargon and abstract concepts, I need to be able to quickly get a snapshot of how well my students are grasping important ideas or concepts. My students also need this information in order to assess their own learning. To this end, I started exploring the use of personal response systems, or “clickers,” as a method for rapid classroom assessment. The overall trend of the SoTL data gathered on this topic indicates that clickers can be used for formative assessment, including in my own field of biology. Awesome!
Fresh Start Workbook05/2017Articles and PublicationsSSSP Fresh Start Workbook: Section I - How We Learn; Section II - Time Management & Coping Strategies; Section III - Campus Resources.