Academic Professional Development Courses

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Critical Thinking and Cooperative Learning

Pre-req: Cooperative Learning Fundamentals

We want our students to be critical thinkers. Collaborative learning activities can be excellent for fostering skills in reasoning, listening and discussing that we commonly recognize as essential components of critical thinking. In this workshop, you will learn about methods used in science and humanities courses. Then you will collaboratively design critical thinking activities for your class and receive feedback from your peers.

The workshop is designed to last about an hour and 15 minutes with a half hour reserved for those who want to remain for discussion and work on an Action Plan for a CRAFT certificate. The action plan can also be submitted later.

  • 11/18/2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Columbus Campus (WD 415) - 4 seats left - click to register

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Effective Online teaching

This course is required for CSCC faculty teaching at a distance for the first time or who wish to refresh their distance learning teaching skills. This fully online course prepares participants to teach in the web format, using department-approved shells (courses that have been designed by experienced faculty and undergone quality peer review). The course takes approximately 15 hours to complete over the three weeks it is offered. The course is facilitated, but is self-paced, and there are deadlines to keep participants on task.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Explore distance learning pedagogy
  • Review elements of approved course design
  • Examine best practices for online interaction
  • Examine best practices for online assessment
  • Demonstrate understanding of distance learning pedagogy
  • Review distance learning policies and procedures at Columbus State
  • Review distance learning resources available on and off campus

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss pedagogy as it relates to e-learning
  • Apply effective practices to your own teaching online scenarios
  • Create a mentorship plan for first semester teaching online

Course Assignments
Discussion board interaction (three weeks)
Scavenger Hunt Quiz (1)
Mini-projects (2)

Course Facilitator:  Ann Palazzo, M.A.

  • 10/31/2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Columbus Campus (online class) - 0 seats left

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Learning Assessment Techniques

You can probably find a lot of courses these days on how to be a more effective teacher—but not so many on how to assess that effectiveness. To ensure your teaching strategies work the way they should, you need to understand both.

Presented by Elizabeth Barkley, PhD, one of the authors of Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, you’ll learn techniques that will help improve your teaching and your students’ ability to learn more effectively. In Learning Assessment Techniques: How to Integrate New Activities that Gauge What and How Well Students Learn, she’ll provide a framework you can use to better identify goals for your students, along with strategies to help them achieve those goals.

The handouts for this session include a comprehensive list of 50 learning assessment techniques that can be integrated into your teaching processes and allow you to achieve results in a very efficient manner.

Dr. Barkley will go in-depth into three of these—a contemporary issues journal, a digital story project, and a personal learning environment—to provide you with a complete picture of how these activities can be used for any discipline and in any course. You’ll also receive step-by-step instructions on how to structure these activities, a detailed explanation to introduce them to your students, and evaluation rubrics to assess results—all of which can be customized for your particular courses.

The webinar lasts approximately one hour. An additional half hour is reserved for discussion.

This course will be included in future CRAFT certificate sequences for Learning Assessment and Self Assessment.

  • 10/27/2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM on Columbus Campus (WD 242) - 15 seats left - click to register

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Power Blackboarding

Presenter:  Mary Reiter, Distance Learning Lead and Social Sciences Professor

This session is intended for participants with some Blackboard experience. Power Blackboarding is a step beyond the traditional. In this seminar we will cover ways to make your Blackboard more efficient (fewer clicks), faster (even fewer clicks), and prettier (with some very light HTML ). This session will have an interactive structure and participants are invited to share their own tips. We will also demonstrate ways of weaving free online tools and sites to make your Blackboarding even better.

  • 10/28/2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Columbus Campus (CT 108) - 0 seats left

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