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FPDi Workshops


Faculty Professional Development Initiative (FPDi)

Updated November 2, 2020


Faculty Professional Development Initiative (FPDi) will offer virtual workshops on Active and Collaborative Learning and Four Tracks for faculty. An asterisk (*) after a topic name below means that new training dates have been added recently.

You can register by signing up on Cornerstone. Watch this 1-minute tutorial video on how to register.

If you have any questions, please contact the Faculty Professional Development team (FPDi) at FPDi@cscc.edu.


  1. Log into Cornerstone.

  2. Sign in with your CSCC username and password.

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  3. In the top menu bar of Cornerstone, hover over “Learning.”

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  4. In the drop-down menu, click “Events Calendar.”

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  5. On the Events Calendar, find the training you want to attend, then click its title. In the Session Details panel that appears, click the "Request" button in the lower-right corner to register for that training.

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Do you have an active and collaborative (ACL) classroom? Do you want to know more about ACL and ways you can use it to transform teaching and learning? In this highly interactive workshop, you'll learn about the College's Faculty Professional DeveloPMent Initiative (FPDi) and the language, pedagogy, and practices of Active and Collaborative Learning (ACL). Working with the FPDi teAM, you’ll share your ideas and experiences about ACL and learn foundational techniques that you can put to work right away in your specific discipline.

All sessions below are live online using Collaborate. You can register by signing up on Cornerstone. Watch this 1-minute tutorial video on how to register. The day before your training, you will receive a Collaborate link and instructions on how to join the session.


Date
Time
Thursday, November 12
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Thursday, November 19
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Are you curious about how to incorporate active and collaborative learning into your classroom? Do you want to learn about specific strategies for using ACL? In this interactive workshop, you will learn about different active and collaborative learning techniques and how to use them in the classroom. You will learn about different ways to structure an ACL classroom experience as well as ways to troubleshoot common roadblocks that can appear along the way.

All sessions below are live online using Collaborate. You can register by signing up on Cornerstone. Watch this 1-minute tutorial video on how to register. The day before your training, you will receive a Collaborate link and instructions on how to join the session.


Date
Time
Thursday, November 5
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday, November 10
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Do you want to learn how you can use Active and Collaborative Learning (ACL) techniques to assess your students' knowledge base and understanding of course concepts? In this interactive workshop, you will learn about specific active and learning strategies and how those can be used to assess your students both in the traditional classroom as well as in the virtual classroom. This workshop will highlight both summative and formative assessments as well as explore the connection that Active and Collaborative Learning has to Alternative Assessment Techniques.

All sessions below are live online using Collaborate. You can register by signing up on Cornerstone. Watch this 1-minute tutorial video on how to register. The day before your training, you will receive a Collaborate link and instructions on how to join the session.


Date
Time
Tuesday, November 17
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Tuesday, December 1
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Are you concerned about your students' writing skills? Do you feel that students lack the fundAMental writing skills to prepare them for communicating in the workplace? This one and half hour interactive workshop will help you to address these concerns by learning how to use active and collaborative learning (ACL) to integrate writing into your curriculum — without taking time away from your course content. This workshop will explore methods, assignments, and grading options that can be used to build students’ writing and reading skills within any discipline-specific course.

All sessions below are live online using Collaborate. You can register by signing up on Cornerstone. Watch this 1-minute tutorial video on how to register. The day before your training, you will receive a Collaborate link and instructions on how to join the session.


Date
Time

“Writing to Learn Using Active and Collaborative Techniques” is a highly interactive workshop that shows how writing can be a tool for learning and developing critical thinking skills. Participants will be introduced to--and have a chance to practice together--exercises and assignments that will help students to think and express their thoughts clearly, evaluate the adequacy of an argument, and use discipline-specific vocabulary and language, all within the context of active and collaborative learning. Participants will also learn how to use “scaffolding” assignments to help students build their high stakes writing assignments like research papers and presentations. Finally, the workshop will show how using writing can help instructors to assess the depth and breadth of student learning, identify and address learning gaps, and provide forums for students to share ideas, feedback, and content.

All sessions below are live online using Collaborate. You can register by signing up on Cornerstone. Watch this 1-minute tutorial video on how to register. The day before your training, you will receive a Collaborate link and instructions on how to join the session.


Date
Time
Friday, November 13
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, November 24
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

What is Critical Thinking and why do we struggle to teach it? The first session presents a brief overview of critical thinking skills and dispositions and addresses some of the problems that get in the way of our efforts to effectively teach critical thinking.

All sessions below are live online using Collaborate. You can register by signing up on Cornerstone. Watch this 1-minute tutorial video on how to register. The day before your training, you will receive a Collaborate link and instructions on how to join the session.


Date
Time

In the first CT session, we considered the impediments to teaching CT effectively, the evidence-based strategies that enhance CT instruction, and the role of metacognition in supporting good critical thinking habits.

In this session we are going to put some of those principles into practice. This session is more workshop than presentation; every participant should select an assignment or class activity to redesign during the session. Our goal is to redesign one assignment by creating a problem/inquiry-based experience that brings together genuine discipline-specific problems with explicitly taught critical thinking skills.

All sessions below are live online using Collaborate. You can register by signing up on Cornerstone. Watch this 1-minute tutorial video on how to register. The day before your training, you will receive a Collaborate link and instructions on how to join the session.


Date
Time
Wednesday, November 4
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

CT Workshop 3: How to enhance CT disposition in students: The problem of the resistant practitioner.

In parts 1 and 2 of the CT workshops we’ve been looking at enhancing CT through redesigning the structure of our courses to focus on explicitly infusing CT concepts and vocabulary into the class. In part 3 of the series, we’re going to be cracking the toughest nut of all, disposition. Critical thinking skills, like any set of skills, will have little durable influence on intellectual behaviors if the individual is not disposed to using it or is disinclined to persist when issues are complex or emotionally challenging.

In this session we will review the most important CT dispositions, consider why dispositions are as important as skills (maybe more so), learn why it is difficult to get people to adopt them, and consider strategies for enhancing students’ disposition to think critically.

All sessions below are live online using Collaborate. You can register by signing up on Cornerstone. Watch this 1-minute tutorial video on how to register. The day before your training, you will receive a Collaborate link and instructions on how to join the session.


Date
Time
Friday, November 13
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Friday, November 20
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Diversity is the first module of a three-part series surrounding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This module is designed to take an in-depth look at the makeup of the student body, what experiences students face in the classroom, and how diversity can be embedded in curriculum. Diversity is not separation but a look at the individual and an awareness of people from every walk of life and the intersections of people that create varying identities. Understanding who is in the classroom is the first step in broadening conversations, enhancing lessons, and facilitating growth for students, faculty, staff, the college, and surrounding communities. This and subsequent modules will follow the multicultural excellence theory by Sue and Sue (2003) which includes Awareness (mindfulness), Knowledge (learning), Skills (competencies), and Social Action (activism) within the classroom using Active and Collaborative Learning.

All sessions below are live online using Collaborate. You can register by signing up on Cornerstone. Watch this 1-minute tutorial video on how to register. The day before your training, you will receive a Collaborate link and instructions on how to join the session.


Date
Time
Thursday, November 12
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Equity is the second module in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion series. This module will take what has been learned in the Diversity module and add the Equity component. After an understanding of who is in the room a glance into how epistemic resources can be unearthed and shared. When varying cultural norms, values and ways of thought are overlooked in the classroom student success can decrease. In this module self-reflections on possible implicit inequalities and thematic insights that inform teaching practices. This module will discuss how being an active listener can help enhance learning of how a student’s personal reality does not always coincide with their intellectual knowledge. Educators can lessen acculturative stress by learning to become an equitable change agent in students' lives.

All sessions below are live online using Collaborate. You can register by signing up on Cornerstone. Watch this 1-minute tutorial video on how to register. The day before your training, you will receive a Collaborate link and instructions on how to join the session.


Date
Time
Monday, November 23
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Working knowledge of the learning management system, Blackboard, is imperative for faculty in leveraging technology, regardless of the course modality (i.e. blended, in class, web-based). Blackboard Basics covers fundAMental tools that should be used to engage the student, promote active learning, and facilitate interaction and group work. The Bb Grade Center will be discussed as key method of gauging student achievement and promoting transparent instructor-student interaction.

All sessions below are live online using Collaborate. You can register by signing up on Cornerstone. Watch this 1-minute tutorial video on how to register. The day before your training, you will receive a Collaborate link and instructions on how to join the session.


Date
Time

Creating an Active Learning Community at a Distance

This workshop focuses on how to anchor your students in an active learning community when your course is offered at a distance. Strategies for the use of Discussion Boards, the Blackboard Groups Tool, and Collaborate will be presented and best practices will be shared. A working knowledge of Blackboard is recommended for faculty who register for this training session.

All sessions below are live online using Collaborate. You can register by signing up on Cornerstone. Watch this 1-minute tutorial video on how to register. The day before your training, you will receive a Collaborate link and instructions on how to join the session.


Date
Time
Friday, November 6
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Friday, November 20
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

To see a list of all workshops offered by DEIS, go to the Training page.