Friday, June 29, 2012

Faculty Focus: Master Teaching Tips and Resources

Just released! The July issue of Faculty Focus.

Under the Faculty Focus heading, click on current issue as either a PDF file or a Word document.

Links to back issues of Faculty Focus and Educational Media can also be found via the page.


Debbie Crumb

RTC Library / Instructional Librarian

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Association of CTCs: Summer Conference

Note: The Association of CTCs offers training, conferences, and networking opportunities focused on the interests of administrative and exempt staff of community and technical colleges.

The Summer 2012 ASSOCIATION Conference
Clark College, Vancouver, WA
July 19 - 20


Radical Leadership:  A New Era for Today’s Organizations
Craig Zablocki, Internationally renowned speaker

Appreciative Inquiry: The Courage to Listen, The Courage to Lead

Shann Ferch, Professor of Leadership, Chair, Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University; Editor The International Journal of Servant Leadership

Archetypes at Work
Lois Ruskai Melina, Chair of Ethical and Creative Leadership, PhD. Program in Interdisciplinary Studies, Union Institute & University

Fact or Fiction: Anyone Can Find Balance That Works For Them
Lynell James, Senior Managing Director, Human Resources, TIAA-CREF

Plus an Awards Banquet and Celebration of The ASSOCIATION's 30th Anniversary on Thursday night at The Heathman  Hotel.

 FEE:  $260.00 for individuals from member colleges


Educate Inmates; Reduce Recidivism

Ex-Offenders Prepare for Work, and Life, at Community Colleges

The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 25, 2012

An excerpt from the article:

The United States leads the world in the number of people incarcerated. This country has less than 5 percent of the global population but more than 23 percent of its inmates.

Statistics like those propelled Ronald A. Williams, a vice president at the College Board, to start a research project on prison education. "If you are going to maximize the talent in the country, you can't ignore seven million people," he says, referring to the total number in prison and jail, as well as on probation and parole. "The question is how best to approach that population."

Read the full article...
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Alternate Placement Strategies

June 25, 2012

Edward Yacuta felt rushed and nervous when he took a test to determine whether he was ready for college-level English classes at Long Beach City College.

The 18-year-old did poorly on the exam, even though he was getting good grades in an Advanced Placement English class at Long Beach's Robert A. Millikan High School.

Most community colleges would assign students like Yacuta to a remedial class, but he will avoid that fate at Long Beach. The two-year school is trying out a new system this fall that will place students who graduated from the city's high schools in courses based on their grades rather than their scores on the standardized placement tests. Read full article...

Boot Camp for Prof-Tech Instructors

Mike Kelly and his crew of faculty-presenters have been leading Boot Camps for quite a few years now, and I continually hear positive feedback from those who’ve attended these sessions.  Boot Camp is a great foundation for new faculty. Details and registration. Quetions? Contact Jen Irwin

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Assessment Overview Webinar

Noreen Light, Faculty Development Coordinator at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges presented this one-hour webinar on assessment of student learning. Watch the video of the Bb Collaborate session...

I-BEST Lessons Learned

2012 I-BESTReview: Lessons Being Learned from Traditional Programs and New Innovations

Next Steps and Issues for Scaling Up

June 2012

In Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges, Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) pairs workforce training with ABE or ESL so students learn literacy and workplace skills at the same time. Adult literacy and vocational instructors work together to develop and deliver instruction. Colleges provide higher levels of support and student services to address the needs of non-traditional students. Learn more about I-BEST...

Biology TED presentation

Tim Hohn, Horticulture Instructor at Edmonds Community College, recommends this TED presentation on Biology, by Liz Coleman. Tim says, “I found it very compelling and it has informed much of my recent work.”

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

OER: Melonie Rasmussen, Math Faculty and Author

2-minute video of the day!
Watch and listen to Melonie Rasmussen, of Pierce College,  as she talks about her love of teaching math, and why she co-authored a textbook on precalculus...and gives it away to anyone who wants to use it.

Monday, June 18, 2012

ACE Report on Accreditation

From the recently-released American Council on Education (ACE) report, “Assuring Academic Quality in the 21st Century: Self-Regulation in a New Era,”

Voluntary accreditation has served higher education well in this

country for more than a century. But in an era of global competition

and increased demand for public accountability, we must ensure that

accreditation is more than adequately discharging its public responsibilities

and benefitting from the systematic review and attention that

will preserve the best of this historic approach.

Prior Learning, Credentialing and Badges

Take a look at this EDUCAUSE article "7 Things You Should Know About...Badges".

How does the concept of awarding badges fit with other work in the area of assessing and awarding credit for prior learning and the potential shift in emphasis at institutions of higher education toward more outcomes-based credentialing, rather than credit-hours-completed credentialing?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Khan Academy and OCL on Thumb Drive

Wondering how to have a math video for every level of math and 42 fully-developed courses with you (or your students) everywhere you go?

Watch this 43 second video 

The Khan Academy videos and Open Course Library materials are all available offline so you can download them to a Flash Drive.