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.

  • 11/12/2017 from 12:00 AM to 7:00 AM on Columbus Campus (Online Class ) - 9 seats left - click to register

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Spring 2017 Book Club -- Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

Make it Stick Book Cover


During the Spring 2017 semester the Faculty Entry, Training, and Professional Development and the Instructional Success Committees will be partnering to host a book club to discuss Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter Brown, Henry Roediger and Mark McDaniel.

Make It Stick draws on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines to offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners. New insights into how memory is encoded, consolidated, and later retrieved have led to a better understanding of how we learn. Many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. More complex and durable learning comes from self-testing, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another. –Make It Stick 2014

We will be meeting on Fridays from 1-2 pm. The location of the meetings will be announced at the beginning of the Spring term. The schedule for the book club meetings is below. You do not need to attend every meeting, so come when you can.


Meeting Schedule

February 9, 2018:  Chapter 1 and 2: Misconceptions in Learning/ To Learn and Retrieve

February 23, 2018:  Chapter 3: Mix up Your Practice

March 2, 2018:  Chapter 4: Embrace Difficulties

March 23, 2018:  Chapter 5: Avoid Illusions of Knowing

April 13, 2018:  Chapter 6: Get Beyond Learning Styles

April 27, 2018:  Chapter 7: Increase Your Abilities

May 4, 2018:  Chapter 8: Make It Stick (Brings the entire book together)



  • 2/9/2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Columbus Campus (TBA ) - 19 seats left - click to register
  • 2/23/2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Columbus Campus (TBA ) - 19 seats left - click to register
  • 3/2/2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Columbus Campus (TBA ) - 19 seats left - click to register
  • 3/23/2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Columbus Campus (TBA ) - 19 seats left - click to register
  • 4/13/2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Columbus Campus (TBA ) - 19 seats left - click to register
  • 4/27/2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Columbus Campus (TBA ) - 19 seats left - click to register
  • 5/4/2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Columbus Campus (TBA ) - 19 seats left - click to register

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