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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.

CRAFT (College Resources for Advance Faculty Training)

Faculty can complete a series of workshops, and complete an 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. Classes are offered each semester with new certificate options to be added over time. Look for current certificate opportunities related to:

Cooperative Learning Social-Psychological Dimensions of Learning Culturally Responsive Teaching

-Cooperative Learning Fundamentals
-Facilitating Cooperative Base Groups
-Easy to Implement Cooperative Learning
-Cooperative Learning and Critical Thinking

-How to Reduce Stereotype Threat Effects in the Classroom
-Motivation to Learn
-Belonging and The First Generation Student
-Speed Diversity Dialogues
-Understanding Microaggressions In Daily Life
-Microaggressions II
-Being An Ally

Upcoming Learning Opportunities:

Cooperative Learning Fundamentals: Increasing engagement for learning. (Online Class) Register
(This is an online class that you can take at your own pace. It consists of three brief videos and activities that will take about 45 minutes to complete. This workshop is a recommended pre-requisite for all workshops related to "cooperative learning" and "active and collaborative learning" and is a requirement for earning a certificate in that workshop sequence. Register here and you will be enrolled in the course on Blackboard.)

What is meant by "Active," "Collaborative" and "Cooperative" learning. Why are these methods effective? What do we know about our students' experiences with these types of learning activities? In this session, we will explore the "what" and the "why" of active, collaborative and cooperative learning. This session is a pre-requisite workshop for subsequent classes in this track (Base Groups, Easy to Implement Cooperative Learning, and Critical Thinking and Cooperative Learning) and provides a foundation for getting the most out of those workshops.

January 26, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Columbus Campus (TBD TBD)    Register

Belonging and The First Generation Student
To foster student success we have had to learn more about our first generation college students’ backgrounds and challenges that potentially interfere with academic success. This class discusses what we know about first gen students and what we’re doing on campus to support them through the Generation One Trailblazers (GOT) Network - a group of faculty, staff, and administrators joined in encouraging first-generation students to connect with faculty and campus resources. Included in this workshop are practical strategies and activities that you can implement in your class to help first generation students.

February 2, 2017  10:00 AM to 11:30 PM on Columbus Campus (WD 1094) Register
Basic Test Design
One method for assessing whether students meet the learning outcomes is to develop, administer, and analyze results of written tests. This presentation provides basic information on planning and constructing a test. How do we plan for assessment? Are our assessments valid and reliable? What types of questions (true/false, multiple choice, essay, etc.) should we use? Bring a quiz or set of exam questions to refine and for peer and instructor feedback.

February, 3 2017 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Columbus Campus (WD 1094)  Register
Easy-to-implement cooperative learning
(Pre-req: Cooperative Learning Fundamentals)
Informal cooperative learning groups
are small, temporary, ad-hoc groups of students that last from a few minutes to one class period. They can be powerfully effective at facilitating student learning and there are dozens of possibilities for structuring group interaction. Successful informal groups result from well-designed activities, roles and accountability among group members. In this workshop you will experience cooperative exercise, discuss strategies for implementation, and receive a set of group activities that you can modify to fit your needs.

February, 9 2017 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Columbus Campus (WD 1094) Register
How to Reduce Stereotype Threat Effects in the Classroom
Stereotype threat is the concern that one’s performance might be evaluated based on a negative stereotype that belongs to their social group (e.g., Black vs. White, female vs. male, old vs. young, etc.).  Research has shown that stereotype threat effects can impair classroom performance and thwart achievement.  In this workshop we will outline the stereotype threat research and the mechanisms behind it, and will then discuss ways in which we can counter its effects in the classroom. 

February, 10 2017 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM on Columbus Campus (WD 1094) Register
Speed Diversity Dialogue®: A Multicultural Excellence Workshop
Cultural competence, defined by the State of Ohio, is “a continuous learning process that builds knowledge, awareness, skills and capacity to identify, understand, and respect the unique beliefs, values, customs, languages, abilities and traditions of all Ohioans in order to develop policies to promote effective programs and services” (Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services, 2014, pg. 1). Given CSCC’s high level of diversity in the classroom, finding a positive and effective way to increase empathy, understanding and cultural sensitivity skills is crucial. The increased diversity in all categories requires knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes (KSA’s) that will allow effective and sensitive engagement with colleagues and consumers that hold different characteristics (Jones, King, Nelson, Geller, & Bowes-Sperry, 2013). Speed Diversity Dialogue® (SDD) is a diversity training tool that strives to remove barriers from student success and help faculty, staff, and students recognize the benefits of a diverse community so that they may leverage KSA’s from interactions with that community. The SDD exercise is specifically targeted towards increasing awareness of diversity, empathy, social inclusion, value of ethnic and cultural differences, cultural sensitivity and skills in college faculty, staff, and students.

February 10th,  2017 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Columbus Campus (WD 352) Register
Critical Thinking and Cooperative Learning
(Pre-req: Cooperative Learning Fundamentals)
We want our students to be critical thinkers. Collaborative learning activities can be excellent for fostering skills in reasoning, listening and discussing that we commonly recognize as essential components of critical thinking. In this workshop, you will learn about methods used in science and humanities courses. Then you will collaboratively design critical thinking activities for your class and receive feedback from your peers.

February 16th,  2017 from 11:00 PM to 12:30 PM on Columbus Campus (WD 1094)  Register
Understanding Microaggressions In Daily Life: Identification, Interpretation, and Active Change

Microaggressions are “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults to the target person or group (Sue et al., 2007, pg 73).” Microaggressions contribute to a significant number of negative physical, cognitive, and socioemotional outcomes for individuals in non-majority groups. The goal of this workshop is to assist participants in identifying the three types of microaggressions, understanding the impact of those microaggressions on individuals and the broader society, and to explore how power and privilege play a role in recognizing and combating microaggressions. Participants will share and discuss common examples of microaggressions, then learn specific ways to actively address and combat those microaggressions.

February 21, 2017  1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Columbus Campus (WD 1094)  Register
Motivation to Learn
Deep learning is associated with strong intrinsic motivation to learn. Students may not appear to be as intrinsically motivated as we think they need to be. What are the conditions that foster the drive to learn and how might extrinsic or strategic motivations be a bridge to deeper learning?  In this workshop we will discuss the different theories of motivation, and how we can apply those theories in the classroom to enhance learning.

March, 3 2017 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM on Columbus Campus (WD 1094)   Register
Microaggressions II (Pre-req: Understanding Microaggressions In Daily Life)

This workshop will focus on building skills to identify and intervene with classroom and workplace microaggressions. Specifically, the workshop will provide participants with detailed real-life case studies, ask participants to use knowledge gained in the Understanding Microaggressions Workshop to identify the core values and harm in the microaggression, and practice skills to respond ethically and sensitively when overhearing, or being the target of, a microaggression.

March 10, 2017 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM on Columbus Campus (WD 1094)  Register
Being An Ally (Pre-requisite "Microaggressions in daily life" and "Microaggressions II")
This workshop builds on the knowledge & skills gained from Speed Diversity Dialogue, Understanding Microaggressions and Microaggressions II to help us develop the behaviors characteristic of an effective and reflective ally to others. Specific focus will be on identifying resources at CSCC and in our immediate communities, as well as focusing on specific behavioral changes consistent with allyship. We will also explore ideas for future learning about diversity concerns, as well as improving the CSCC working and academic environment for all individuals.

Online class beginning March 10th  Register
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.

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

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.)

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 program.


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.

 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.