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Professional Development

Columbus State offers a variety of professional development opportunities for faculty and staff to improve as educators and supporters of student learning. These include peer-led programs, outside experts, classroom and online self-paced learning. Some of these opportunities are coordinated by departments and others are college-wide and guided by faculty committees such as the Faculty Entry Training and Professional Development Committee and Instructional Success Committee among others. This section lists upcoming events and archives of past events.

Learning Opportunities:

Columbus State faculty can get recharged for the upcoming academic year through a series of workshops starting August 24th. Choose from the following:

Wednesday, August 24th
Blackboard Fundamentals: Covers the policies, processes and support services and some of the basic features.
Blackboard Grade Center: Ready to comply with new requirement to maintain an online gradebook? Learn about using the grade center
Starfish: Our early alert system is making a difference for student success. Learn about how to use it fully and effectively
Proctor U: Come hear why Proctor U is the top pick for online proctoring by hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide, and see how your students can achieve success through Proctor U.
Seven Things to Know About Effective Online Teaching: You will get a preview of the key principles of effective online teaching that can be explored in a three-week “Effective Online Teaching” course. You will also hear stories and testimony from Columbus State faculty on their experiences teaching online.

Thursday, August 25th
Starting this fall, faculty can take workshops that contribute toward earning a completion certificate. One certificate is in Cooperative Learning and all workshops in the sequence will be offered this day.
Cooperative Learning Fundamentals: What it is, why it is important and where we stand. A pre-req for the others.
Easy to Implement Cooperative Learning: Adaptable activities for brief cooperative classroom learning.
Facilitating Cooperative Base Groups: Cooperative strategies for developing student responsibility and accountability
Cooperative Learning and Critical Thinking: Using cooperative learning to foster deep, careful and critical thinking.

Friday, August 25th
A Conversation with Distinguished Teachers: Hear from our recent Distinguished Teachers and join the conversation about the rewards and challenges of teaching.

CRAFT (College Resources for Advance Faculty Training)

Faculty can complete a series of workshops, and complete and implementation project, to earn a completion certificate that serves as documentation for the tenure and promotion portfolio, teaching awards and advancement, and continuous improvement of teaching. More complete details will be published at the start of Autumn semester. Look for certificate opportunities related to: Cooperative Learning, Culturally Responsive Teaching and Social-Psychological Dimensions of Learning. Read More.

Magna Mentor Video Series

Mentor Commons Screenshot

Magna 20-Minute Mentor is an on-demand digital library of targeted faculty development that offers solutions to common classroom challenges — in just 20 minutes! ( See video access instructions.) Perfect for:

•    Self-directed learning
•    Prompts for department discussions
•    Mentoring and development

Stay tuned for a new series for Autumn 2016 semester

 Watch the video on your own then join the virtual discussion in the "Teaching: Art, Craft and Science" group on Yammer. (Learn more about Yammer.) A link to the video and discussion will be added on the Monday of each week of the semester.

 Faculty Launch! / Winter Warm-up

Faculty Launch! and Winter Warm-Up are the full-time faculty orientations and a limited number of seats are available for current full-time faculty to participate as a professional development. Morning and early afternoon topics will be relevant to all faculty. Read more about the programs and find related materials


SCALE Workshops on Cooperative Learning

View bite-sized recordings from the SCALE workshop that took place in June 2014. Each focuses on a principle of effective design of cooperative learning.

Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX)

The second annual Faculty Idea Exchange was held on June 19th, 2015. Archived recordings  are posted on the FIX page.

"Cheating Lessons"

View recording of James Lang's talk about the link between the conditions of learning and assessment and propensity for students to cheat.

Student Success Summit

At the 2015 Success Summit -- "Showcasing Student Success"-- representatives of the dozens of college student success projects shared the story of their work over the previous year or described new initiatives. Archives coming soon. 

 Book and Journal List

Education scholar Ken Bain, in his book What the Best College Teachers Do, reports that the best “have at least an intuitive understanding of human learning akin to the ideas…emerging from research in the learning sciences.” In recent years, researchers have translated that science into books of principles and methods educators can apply. A collection of these resources is being assembled in our library that will be the basis for future workshops, LibGuides and our own investigations into “what works.”  You can view a guide to current book titles available for check out and journals accessible via the library. Want to add a title or offer a review? Contact Rich James.