Developing Faculty Learning Communities at Two Year Colleges

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ISBN: 9781579228453
Release Date: 2013
Number of pages: 220
Author: Susan Sipple
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Download and read online Developing Faculty Learning Communities at Two Year Colleges in PDF and EPUB This book introduces community college faculty and faculty developers to the use of faculty learning communities (FLCs) as a means for faculty themselves to investigate and surmount student learning problems they encounter in their classrooms, and as an effective and low-cost strategy for faculty developers working with few resources to stimulate innovative teaching that leads to student persistence and improved learning outcomes.

Faculty developers at many two-year colleges still rely solely on the one-day workshop model that, while useful, rarely results in sustained student-centred changes in pedagogy or the curriculum, and may not be practicable for the growing cohort of part-time faculty members.

By linking work in the classroom with scholarship and reflection, FLCs provide participants with a sense of renewed engagement and stimulate collegial exploration of ways to achieve educational excellence. FLCs are usually faculty-instigated and cross-disciplinary, and comprise groups of six to fifteen faculty that work collaboratively through regular meetings over an extended period of time to promote research and an exchange of experiences, foster community, and develop the scholarship of teaching. FLCs alleviate burnout and isolation, promote the development, testing, and peer review of new classroom strategies or technologies, and lead to the reenergising and professionalisation of teachers.

This book introduces the reader to FLCs and to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, offering examples of application in two-year colleges. Individual chapters describe, among others, an FLC set up to support course redesign; an “Adjunct Connectivity FLC” to integrate part-time faculty within a department and collaborate on the curriculum; a cross-disciplinary FLC to promote student self-regulated learning, and improve academic performance and persistence; a critical thinking FLC that sought to define critical thinking in separate disciplines, examine interdisciplinary cross-over of critical thinking, and measure critical thinking more accurately; an FLC that researched the transfer of learning and developed strategies to promote students’ application of their learning across courses and beyond the classroom. Each chapter describes the formation of its FLC, the processes it engaged in, what worked and did not, and the outcomes achieved.


Building Faculty Learning Communities

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ISBN: 9781118216828
Release Date: 2011-10-07
Number of pages: 176
Author: Milton D. Cox
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Download and read online Building Faculty Learning Communities in PDF and EPUB Changing our colleges and universities into learning institutions has become increasingly important at the same time it has become more difficult. Faculty learning communities have proven to be effective for addressing institutional challenges, from preparing the faculty of the future and reinvigorating senior faculty, to implementing new courses, curricula, and campus initiatives on diversity and technology. The results of faculty learning community programs parallel for faculty members the results of student learning communities for students, such as retention, deeper learning, respect for other cultures, and greater civic participation. The chapters in this issue of New Directions for Teaching and Learning describe from a practitioner's perspective the history, development, implementation, and results of faculty learning communities across a wide range of institutions and purposes. Institutions are invited to use this volume to initiate faculty learning communities on their campuses. This is the 97th issue of the quarterly journal New Directions for Teaching and Learning.


Assessing Student Learning in the Community and Two Year College

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ISBN: 9781579229146
Release Date: 2013-12-12
Number of pages: 216
Author: Marilee J. Bresciani Ludvik
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

Download and read online Assessing Student Learning in the Community and Two Year College in PDF and EPUB This is a practical resource for community and two year college professionals engaged at all levels of learning outcomes assessment, in both academic and co-curricular environments. It is designed as a guide both to inform the creation of new assessment efforts and to enhance and strengthen assessment programs already established, or in development. Each chapter addresses a key component of the assessment process, beginning with the creation of a learning-centered culture and the development and articulation of shared outcomes goals and priorities. Subsequent chapters lead the reader through the development of a plan, the selection of assessment methods, and the analysis of results. The book concludes by discussing the communication of results and their use in decision making; integrating the conclusions in program review as well as to inform budgeting; and, finally, evaluating the process for continuous improvement, as well as engaging in reflection. The book is illustrated by examples developed by faculty and student affairs/services professionals at community and two year colleges from across the country. Furthermore, to ensure its relevance and applicability for its targeted readership, each chapter has at least one author who is a community college or two-year college professional. Contributors are drawn from the following colleges: Borough of Manhattan Community College David Phillips Buffalo State College Joy Battison Kimberly Kline Booker Piper Butler County Community College Sunday Faseyitan California State University, Fullerton John Hoffman Genesee Community College Thomas Priester Virginia Taylor Heald College Megan Lawrence Stephanie Romano (now with Education Affiliates) Hobart and William Smith Colleges Stacey Pierce Miami Dade College John Frederick Barbara Rodriguez Northern Illinois University Victoria Livingston Paradise Valley Community College Paul Dale San Diego Mesa College Jill Baker Julianna Barnes San Diego State University Marilee Bresciani San Juan College David Eppich Stark State College Barbara Milliken University of Akron Sandra Coyner Megan Moore Gardner


A Guide to Faculty Development

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ISBN: 0470600063
Release Date: 2010-02-18
Number of pages: 464
Author: Kay J. Gillespie
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Download and read online A Guide to Faculty Development in PDF and EPUB Since the first edition of A Guide to Faculty Development was published in 2002, the dynamic field of educational and faculty development has undergone many changes. Prepared under the auspices of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD), this thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded edition offers a fundamental resource for faculty developers, as well as for faculty and administrators interested in promoting and sustaining faculty development within their institutions. This essential book offers an introduction to the topic, includes twenty-three chapters by leading experts in the field, and provides the most relevant information on a range of faculty development topics including establishing and sustaining a faculty development program; the key issues of assessment, diversity, and technology; and faculty development across institutional types, career stages, and organizations. "This volume contains the gallant story of the emergence of a movement to sustain the vitality of college and university faculty in difficult times. This practical guide draws on the best minds shaping the field, the most productive experience, and elicits the imagination required to reenvision a dynamic future for learning societies in a global context." —R. Eugene Rice, senior scholar, Association of American Colleges and Universities "Across the country, people in higher education are thinking about how to prepare our graduates for a rapidly changing world while supporting our faculty colleagues who grew up in a very different world. Faculty members, academic administrators, and policymakers alike will learn a great deal from this volume about how to put together a successful faculty development program and create a supportive environment for learning in challenging times." —Judith A. Ramaley, president, Winona State University "This is the book on faculty development in higher education. Everyone involved in faculty development—including provosts, deans, department chairs, faculty, and teaching center staff—will learn from the extensive research and the practical wisdom in the Guide." —Peter Felten, president, The POD Network (2010–2011), and director, Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, Elon University


Linked Courses for General Education and Integrative Learning

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ISBN: 9781579228798
Release Date: 2013-04-30
Number of pages: 288
Author: Margot Soven
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

Download and read online Linked Courses for General Education and Integrative Learning in PDF and EPUB Research indicates that of the pedagogies recognized as “high impact”, learning communities – one approach to which, the linked course, is the subject of this book – lead to an increased level of student engagement in the freshman year that persists through the senior year, and improve retention. This book focuses on the learning community model that is the most flexible to implement in terms of scheduling, teacher collaboration, and design: the linked course. The faculty may teach independently or together, coordinating syllabi and assignments so that the classes complement each other, and often these courses are linked around a particular interdisciplinary theme. Creating a cohort that works together for two paired courses motivates students, while the course structure promotes integrative learning as students make connections between disciplines. This volume covers both “linked courses” in which faculty may work to coordinate syllabi and assignments, but teach most of their courses separately, as well as well as “paired courses” in which two or more courses are team taught in an integrated program in which faculty participate as learners as well as teachers. Part One, Linked Course Pedagogies, includes several case studies of specific linked courses, including a study skills course paired with a worldview course; a community college course that challenges students’ compartmentalized thinking; and a paired course whose outcomes can be directly compared to parallel stand-alone courses Part Two, Linked Course Programs, includes a description of several institutional programs representing a variety of linked course program models. Each chapter includes information about program implementation, staffing logistics and concerns, curriculum development, pedagogical strategies, and faculty development. Part Three, Assessing Linked Courses, highlights the role of assessment in supporting, maintaining, and improving linked course programs by sharing assessment models and describing how faculty and administrators have used particular assessment practices in order to improve their linked course programs.


Community Colleges

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ISBN: 9781576077665
Release Date: 2005
Number of pages: 255
Author: David L. Levinson
Publisher: ABC-CLIO

Download and read online Community Colleges in PDF and EPUB The only overview of research on the uniquely American community college system, which is increasingly becoming the site of entry for students seeking a higher education. * Five narrative chapters address the history, evolution, and current issues facing community colleges * Three additional chapters include a chronology; a listing of organizations, associations, and agencies; and an annotated listing of print and nonprint resources


Improving Teaching And Learning In Higher Education A Whole Institution Approach

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ISBN: 9780335224722
Release Date: 2005-08-01
Number of pages: 245
Author: D'Andrea, Vaneeta
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

Download and read online Improving Teaching And Learning In Higher Education A Whole Institution Approach in PDF and EPUB By placing learning at the centre of organizational change, this book challenges many of the current assumptions about management of teaching, supporting students, the separation of research and teaching, the use of information technology and quality systems. It demonstrates how trust can be restored within higher education while advancing the need for change based on principles of equity and academic values for students and teachers alike.


The Community College in a Global Context

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ISBN: 9781118720141
Release Date: 2013-04-17
Number of pages: 144
Author: Tod Treat
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Download and read online The Community College in a Global Context in PDF and EPUB The community college is poised to contribute beyond its own community to across the world. To do so—to advance the work for the betterment of students and communities—it must engage internationally while building capacity. Recognizing the growing importance of educating students in a globalized world, this volume explores the community college in an international context. It addresses global ideals, values, competencies, and understanding in a local context and shows: How individual community colleges have internationalized How models and partnerships can aid progression to comprehensive internationalization How international systems consider adoption and adaptation. The authors point to a crucial vision for the future: Globalization has moved the U.S. community college steadily from international education as an add-on to international education as a choice, and now to international education as a crucial, integrated mission that has drawn increased interest from other nations intent on an educated, skilled citizenry. The community college is no longer about the United States; the community college is for all of us, a world phenomenon. This is the 161st volume of this Jossey-Bass quarterly report series. Essential to presidents, vice presidents, deans, and other leaders in today's open-door institutions, New Directions for Community Colleges provides expert guidance in meeting the challenges of their distinct and expanding educational mission.


Structuring Learning Environments in Teacher Education to Elicit Dispositions as Habits of Mind

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ISBN: 9780761860877
Release Date: 2013-02-14
Number of pages: 242
Author: Erskine S. Dottin
Publisher: University Press of America

Download and read online Structuring Learning Environments in Teacher Education to Elicit Dispositions as Habits of Mind in PDF and EPUB This book focuses on faculty members in a learning community in the College of Education at Florida International University. It discusses their pedagogical efforts to structure learning environments consistent with the philosophical orientation in the college’s conceptual framework to call forth dispositions, or key habits of mind that are consistent with reflective intelligence.


Adaptation Resistance and Access to Instructional Technologies Assessing Future Trends In Education

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ISBN: 9781616928568
Release Date: 2010-09-30
Number of pages: 556
Author: D'Agustino, Steven
Publisher: IGI Global

Download and read online Adaptation Resistance and Access to Instructional Technologies Assessing Future Trends In Education in PDF and EPUB "This book captures the current trends in technology integration from PreK-12 to higher education, focusing on the various constituent groups, namely students, teachers, and communities, in education and the effects of educational technology on learning and empowerment"--Provided by publisher.


Understanding Community Colleges

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ISBN: 9781136312458
Release Date: 2012-09-10
Number of pages: 288
Author: John S. Levin
Publisher: Routledge

Download and read online Understanding Community Colleges in PDF and EPUB Understanding Community Colleges provides a comprehensive review of the community college landscape—management and governance, finance, student demographics and development, teaching and learning, policy, faculty, and workforce development—and bridges the gap between research and practice. This contributed volume brings together highly respected scholars in the field who rely upon substantial theoretical perspectives—critical theory, social theory, institutional theory, and organizational theory—for a rich and expansive analysis of community colleges. The latest text to publish in the Core Concepts in Higher Education series, this exciting new text fills a gap in the higher education literature available for students enrolled in Higher Education and Community College graduate programs. This text provides students with: A review of salient research related to the community college field. Critical theoretical perspectives underlying current policies. An understanding of how theory links to practice, including focused end-of-chapter discussion questions. A fresh examination of emerging issues and insight into contemporary community college practices and policy.


Scholarly Publication in a Changing Academic Landscape Models for Success

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ISBN: 9781137410764
Release Date: 2014-06-23
Number of pages: 150
Author: Lynée Lewis Gaillet
Publisher: Springer

Download and read online Scholarly Publication in a Changing Academic Landscape Models for Success in PDF and EPUB More publication by contingent faculty, Guglielmo and Gaillet contend, enriches and deepens both the scholarly conversation and individual faculty's work as teacher-scholars. They provide a guide for scholars off the tenure track, addressing the publication process step by step and showing its compatibility with teaching-focused scholarship.


The powerful potential of learning communities

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ISBN: UOM:39015063091808
Release Date: 1999
Number of pages: 163
Author: Oscar T. Lenning
Publisher: Jossey-Bass

Download and read online The powerful potential of learning communities in PDF and EPUB Offers an in-depth discussion of several approaches to student learning communities, introduces the concept of virtual learning communities, and gives specific suggestions for creating purposeful and powerful learning communities that can promote and optimize student learning.


Service Learning Essentials

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ISBN: 9781118944011
Release Date: 2014-10-08
Number of pages: 352
Author: Barbara Jacoby
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Download and read online Service Learning Essentials in PDF and EPUB Service-Learning Essentials is the resource you need to help you develop high-quality service-learning experiences for college students. Written by one of the field's leading experts and sponsored by Campus Compact, the book is the definitive work on this high-impact educational practice. Service-learning has been identified by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as having been widely tested and shown to be beneficial to college students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Organized in an accessible question-and-answer format, the book responds clearly and completely to the most common questions and concerns about service-learning. Each chapter addresses issues related to individual practice as well as to the collective work of starting and developing a service-learning center or program, with examples drawn from a variety of disciplines, situations, and institutional types. The questions range from basic to advanced and the answers cover both the fundamentals and complexities of service-learning. Topics include: Determining what service-learning opportunities institutions should offer How to engage students in critical reflection in academic courses and in cocurricular experiences Best practices for developing and sustaining mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships Integrating service-learning into the curriculum in all disciplines and at all levels, as well as various areas of student life outside the classroom Assessing service-learning programs and outcomes The dilemmas of service-learning in the context of power and privilege The future of service-learning in online and rapidly globalizing environments Service-learning has virtually limitless potential to enable colleges and universities to meet their goals for student learning while making unique contributions to addressing unmet local, national, and global needs. However, in order to realize these benefits, service-learning must be thoughtfully designed and carefully implemented. This easy-to-use volume contains everything faculty, leaders, and staff members need to know about service-learning to enhance communities, improve higher education institutions, and educate the next generation of citizens, scholars, and leaders.


Adjunct Faculty Voices

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ISBN: 9781620363744
Release Date: 2017-10-31
Number of pages: 160
Author: Roy Fuller
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

Download and read online Adjunct Faculty Voices in PDF and EPUB As the debate regarding the increasing use of adjunct faculty in higher education continues to swirl, the voices of adjunct faculty themselves are rarely heard. Stories abound regarding the poor working conditions in which most adjunct faculty labor, yet many of those that employ adjunct faculty are unaware of how the conditions impact an adjunct's ability to teach effectively. Adjunct Faculty Voices gives a voice to this growing population. It shares the experiences and clear benefits adjuncts gain from having access to professional development opportunities. In spite of a shortage of resources, there are institutions offering development programs that target the pressing needs of this population. The first part of the book features the voices of adjunct faculty who tell their stories of finding professional development and creating or connecting with communities of colleagues for mutual support. These adjunct voices represent a range of disciplinary perspectives, career stages, and institutional types. In the second section, the authors draw upon a benchmarking study of adjunct faculty developing programs, examine specific challenges and highlight successful practices. Institutions can support adjunct faculty through teaching academies and faculty learning communities; mentor programs; conference support; and adjunct faculty liaison positions. Topics discussed include: • Best professional development practices that support and benefit adjunct faculty • Faculty social isolation and community-building opportunities • An overview of changes affecting the academic workforce • An outline of issues and working conditions • Current demographics and types of adjunct faculty • Survey results from adjunct faculty developers • Adjunct faculty narratives featuring their professional development and community experiences Teaching and Learning centers across the country are responding to the growing adjunct cohort in innovative and efficient ways. Administrators, deans, department chairs, and adjunct faculty will all benefit by hearing the voices of adjuncts as they express the challenges faced by adjunct faculty and the types of professional development opportunities which are most beneficial.