Upcoming Canvas Training

Introduction 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:
Highline's Story

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
Hara Brook, Deborah Moore

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 refhelp@highline.edu.

Our Story and Process:
Audience: This guide was initially created for the OER Faculty Learning Community (FLC) and other faculty and staff at Highline College; however, we hope that it will be useful to anyone interested in OER. It’s our hope that it will encourage other faculty on our campus and beyond to explore and adopt OER in their courses. Our process: Our FLC met three times each quarter. At first, we started by reading more about OER and having conversations about related topics such as OER vs. open access, faculty vs. campus ownership, copyright, print options, etc. Then we moved to show-and-tell type sessions where FLC members shared where they’d been searching, what they found, tips and cautions, etc. Throughout all of this, our two FLC coordinators, who are librarians, started putting resources we found in this Library Guide so we would have everything in one place. We also kept notes on our research, which was used to create the OER Heroes section of this Library Guide.  We wanted to keep the Library Guide simple, so we organized it to include information for those first exploring OER (OER Explained), and then separate pages on finding OER (OER Content) and locating reviews (OER Reviews). The OER Heroes page tells our FLC’s personal stories with OER, and the Lessons Learned page is self-evident.  Our colleagues in the FLC are also a valuable resource, so contact someone listed on the Hero’s page or ask us to connect you to someone familiar with OER in your discipline.

LTC Book Collection

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.

The LTC Mission: Teaching each other how to teach our students...

The purpose of the Learning and Teaching Center is to support a culture of self-directed and collaborative professional development, assisting faculty and staff engagement in meaningful learning practices. The LTC is especially committed in furthering the college's strategic initiatives of excellence in teaching and learning. The LTC is also dedicated to enhancing a college climate that values diversity and global perspectives.
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