Upcoming Canvas TrainingIntroduction to Canvas Oct. 31-Nov. 21
[State Board of Community and Technical Colleges]
This free, three week, online, asynchronous course is designed for instructors and staff who have never used the Canvas learning management system or who are just getting started. By the end of the course, you will have a basic understanding of the main features of Canvas and you will be ready to begin using Canvas with your classes. This course is good for those planning to teach fully online or for those simply moving a portion of their class activities and lectures online. The time commitment for this course is approximately 20 hours. For those of you who may be new to teaching online and/or are unfamiliar computers, your time investment for the course may be greater. Click this link to register for training.
Reports From Faculty Learning Communities
Institutionalizing Cultural Responsiveness Professional Development:
Allison Green, Allison Lau, Natasha Burrowes
"From 2014-16, we co-coordinated a Faculty and Staff Learning Community on cultural responsiveness at Highline College. Our goal was to create a Canvas-based resource for professional development that could be used by individuals or facilitated groups. Thirty-six faculty and staff participated in the project over the two years.
We have come to the conclusion that, while it might be tempting to try to export the Canvas site wholesale to other campuses, such an approach would not be as effective as a program developed organically at each institution, responding to the specific needs of that institution’s student body, faculty, and staff. Therefore, assembled here are thoughts on how the process we used at Highline might be adapted to other institutions and some documents that might be useful as starting points for discussion." Read the full report
Open Education Resources at Highline
Through funding from SBCTC eLearning, our Faculty Learning Community on Institutionalizing OER has created the following artifact for use at Highline College: Faculty Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER). Please have a look at it, and as always, if you have questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Learning and Teaching Center, in partnership with the Library, has developed a collection of books specificially designed to support the Highline faculty and staff in their professional development as educators. These books are kept in the MIDS room (lower level of Bldg. 9). Any college faculty and staff can suggest titles for the collection by contacting any member of the the LTC staff. A list of available titles, alphabetically by title and by subject, can be found here.
New in the LTC Collection
Reflective Teaching in Higher Education / Paul Ashwin et al. Bloomsbury Academic, 2015
Description: Reflective Teaching in Higher Education offers two levels of support: - practical guidance for day-to-day teaching, covering key issues such as strategies for improving learning, teaching and assessment, curriculum design, relationships, communication, and inclusion; and evidence-informed 'principles' to aid understanding of how theories can effectively inform teaching practices, offering ways to develop a deeper understanding of teaching and learning in higher education.
Case studies, activities, research briefings and annotated key readings are provided throughout. More about the book.
To achieve this, the LTC provides theoretical and practical learning support through programs, workshops, individual consultation, and other professional development activities.
As a result of participating in LTC offerings, faculty and staff will be empowered to consistently:
- align course learning outcomes, learning activities, and learning assessment practices.
- use data and research to make informed strategic learning and teaching choices.
- engage in culturally responsive learning and teaching practices.
- create student-centered, active learning environments.
- help Highline students learn to be successful college students