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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:

On Course Workshop

The Faculty Professional Development Committee of Academic Council is sponsoring the return of On Course Workshop  June 8, 9 and 10thTo better accommodatebusy schedules, each workshop will be one day only. The “On Course 1-day Introductory Workshop” will be offered on June 8th and 9th. That workshop is a perquisite for taking “Staying On Course in a Diverse World” which will be offered on Friday, June 10th. If you participated in the On Course Introductory workshop last year you are eligible to take “Diverse World.”

Full-time faculty have first priority for registration. If you participated last year, please hold off registering for a refresher until after the break so we can accommodate first time participants.

On Course 1-day Introductory Workshop, June 8 or June 9th

The 1-day workshop provides a foundation in learner-centered education as well as practical and proven educational strategies that participants can use immediately with their students. At the end of the workshop, participants develop a specific plan to implement one or more strategies learned in the workshop. To extend their learning beyond the workshop, participants receive access to a web source of hundreds of innovative ways the workshop strategies have been employed by other educators across the curriculum (from Advising to Zoology and all educational roles in between).

Registration and full agenda

 Staying On Course In A Diverse World (Pre-req: On Course Introductory Workshop), June 10th

Colleges and universities have more learners than ever before whose diverse perceptions and ways of creating meaning vary, and may differ from those of the educator. The resulting differences create challenges for educators in meeting the needs of all students. In this 1-day workshop, participants have the opportunity to increase their own awareness about concepts related to cultural and learning diversity through discussion and interaction, as well as to identify the conditions and strategies necessary to create relevant and engaging lessons that enable diverse students to learn well together. Participants also learn to use the On Course success principles and learner-centered instructional strategies to strengthen culturally responsive teaching skills. These principles and practices will help honor the cultural perspectives of each learner as s/he moves toward educational success.

Registration and full agenda

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.

Innovations in Teaching & Learning,Franklin University,  June 9-10     Register
Franklin University’s International Institute for Innovative Instruction hosts a conference geared toward encouraging innovative thinking and collaboration in the contemporary landscape of teaching and learning. This year’s conference will provide educators and education-minded innovators from universities and organizations around the world with two days of presentations and conversations geared around thinking big, thinking smart, and thinking new.

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.