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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 Student Success Committee among others. This section lists upcoming events and archives of past events.

Learning Opportunities:

Annual Faculty Learning Exchange (FIX) June 2016

The Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX) is a Columbus State summer conference that provides a yearly forum where faculty and staff can share and compare best teaching practices. This year’s theme is The Science of Teaching.  We are pleased to announce that Dr. James Lang will be the keynote speaker and plenary session presenter. Read more, register and submit a session proposal.

Small Teaching Book Club

Small Teaching coverKeep the conversation and learning going in these follow-up discussions of chapters related to James Lang’s FIX keynote and plenary talks. (Some brief, additional readings may be recommended.)

(All are Friday 1 to 2pm except 8/4)

Chapter 2 “Predicting”           June 24
Chapter 1 “Retrieving”            July 8 (We will combine chapters 1 and 2 into our discussion.)
Chapter 4 “Connecting”         July 15
Chapter 7 “Motivation”           July 22
Chapter 8 “Mindset”              July 29
TBD                                     Aug 4 (Thursday)

Register for individual chapter meetings here.

Magna Mentor Video Discussion SeriesMentor Commons Screenshot

Throughout the summer we will host a viewing and discussion of several videos from the Magna 20-Minute Mentor library. The first 20 minutes will be reserved for watching the video. Then, depending on the number of participants, we may use an active learning "structure" (reusable method) to start the discussion and demonstrate active learning. If you watch the video ahead of time you can arrive by the end of the screening to join the discussion. (See video access instructions.)

Can't attend in person? 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 there is a screening.

Register separately for each session.

June 29th: How Can I Use Student Feedback to Improve My Teaching? (In-person session postponed but video can be discussed via Yammer)
July 6th: What Key Concepts Improve Student Learning and Memory?
July 13: How Can Objects and Analogies Improve My Teaching?
July 20th: How Can I Get Students to Take Responsibility for Their Own Learning?
July 27th: How Can I Encourage the Growth Mindset with Three Simple Tips?
August 3rd: How Can I Create Meaningful Assignments for My Students?

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. Next event is Faculty Launch in mid August, 2016.


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.