Academic Professional Development Courses

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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.

  • 5/12/2019 from 12:00 AM to 7:00 AM on Columbus Campus (Online Class) - 13 seats left - click to register
  • 6/16/2019 from 12:00 AM to 7:00 AM on Columbus Campus (Online Class) - 18 seats left - click to register

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Spring 2019 Book Club -- The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life


The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life (10th Anniversary Edition) by Parker J. Palmer

Each session of this book club will address different chapters in the book.  The sessions will move sequentially through the book starting with chapter 1.  The goal is to have sessions build on each other and to carry discussions over from week to week.


Book Description:

"This book is for teachers who have good days and bad — and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves. It is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts, because they love learners, learning, and the teaching life." — Parker J. Palmer [from the Introduction]

For many years, Parker Palmer has worked on behalf of teachers and others who choose their vocations for reasons of the heart but may lose heart because of the troubled, sometimes toxic systems in which they work. Hundreds of thousands of readers have benefited from his approach in THE COURAGE TO TEACH, which takes teachers on an inner journey toward reconnecting with themselves, their students, their colleagues, and their vocations, and reclaiming their passion for one of the most challenging and important of human endeavors.

This book builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique but is rooted in the identity and integrity of the teacher. Good teaching takes myriad forms but good teachers share one trait: they are authentically present in the classroom, in community with their students and their subject. They possess "a capacity for connectedness" and are able to weave a complex web of connections between themselves, their subjects, and their students, helping their students weave a world for themselves. The connections made by good teachers are held not in their methods but in their hearts — the place where intellect, emotion, spirit, and will converge in the human self — supported by the community that emerges among us when we choose to live authentic lives.


We will provide copies of this book to the first 10 partipants registered for the first session.   For ACFs and TTFs, your professional development money can be used to purchase a copy of the book.  Please contact Liz Hammond for more details on how to do this. 


The Courage to Teach

  • 4/26/2019 from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM on Columbus Campus (CT 108) - 13 seats left - click to register
  • 5/3/2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Columbus Campus (CT 108) - 16 seats left - click to register

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