Quarterly Workshops

The Faculty Commons offers a variety of interactive workshops every quarter, these are designed to help Bellevue College faculty think creatively about their teaching and make valuable, innovative changes in the classroom. Workshops focus on scholarly research about pedagogy, learning, and teaching and are facilitated by Bellevue College faculty members.

ASSESSMENT, TEACHING, AND LEARNING

Adult Learners in the Online Environment

Fully online  July 3 – August 7  

This workshop engages you in some of the rich challenges and diversity that adult students bring to the online classroom. We will explore contemporary issues in teaching Adults, particularly in a mixed classroom made up of younger and older adults. For this course, we are discussing non-traditionally aged college students. Who they are, why they come (or come back) to college, and how best to reach and teach them.  This workshop meets fully online and is designed to work with the fully online classroom though you should find relevancy for the Hybrid classroom as well.  If you want course materials prior to the start of the program, please email the facilitator at sara.sutlercohen@bellevuecollege.edu

Don’t miss out, register today!

All deliverables as identified by the facilitator must be completed to earn the indicated professional development hours and/or stipend.

Knowing Yourself as a Learner

Fully online  July 3 – August 7 

Knowing yourself as a Learner is a workshop meant to teach you about your own learning style in order to be a more effective teacher. The idea behind the workshop is that we often teach how we learn and that the best way to improve our own teaching is to critically understand and engage with this. To teach to all the learning styles, we ought to know them.

The Workshop is organized in a seminar style, meant to also engage students (you, the educator) in various learning styles each week. During the four-week session, modules focus on a particular topic via discussion board where you are expected to submit Initial Posts and Response Posts each week.

This Workshop meets fully online and is designed to work with the fully online classroom (though you should find relevancy here for Hybrid courses as well).   Upon completion of this workshop, you will earn a certificate validating fifteen hours of professional development.

If you want course materials prior to the start of the program, please email the facilitator at sara.sutlercohen@bellevuecollege.edu

Don’t miss out, Register soon!

All deliverables identified by the facilitator must be completed to earn the indicated professional development hours and/or stipend.

Preparing for the first day of class

Fully online  June 27 – July 28

Preparing for the First Day of class is a workshop meant for new faculty and seasoned faculty. Would you like for students to pick up your enthusiasm, be more likely to commit to your class, and be engaged in your class? In this workshop we will discuss strategies for both new and experienced faculty. This Workshop meets fully online and is designed to work with the face to face, hybrid and online classroom.

Upon completion of all modules, you will earn a certificate of completion validating fifteen hours of professional development and a $100 stipend. Register by June 19th!  Don’t miss out, we only have space for 10 faculty.

All deliverables identified by the facilitator must be completed to earn the indicated professional development hours and/or stipend.

Facilitator: Archana Alwar, A&H Faculty, and Faculty Commons Adjunct Faculty Mentor Lead.

Encouraging Critical Thinking with Study Circles

Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. July 12, 19 and 26 D104E

Are you looking for a fun and innovative way of getting your students to look at your text more deeply?  Do you want an activity that is flexible for you and your students?  Study Circles is a teaching and learning strategy that can be used inBC faculty in a meeting all disciplines to help students analyze and think critically.  Participants of this workshop will leave with a working knowledge of study circles and the tools to implement them in their classes.  Participants will be required to attend all 6 hours of the workshop time and should plan for an additional 2 hours of homework. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will earn eight hours of professional development. Don’t miss out…register soon!

Facilitator: Katie Austin-Miranda, A&H faculty.

Identifying and Challenging Sexism in Higher Ed

Face to Face meetings: Wednesdays, July 12 and August 9 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. (D104E)    Online activities June 26 – August 12

In the Seattle area, women earn 73 cents for every dollar earned by a man – the worst pay gap in the nation. Nationally, Latina and African American women earn 55 cents and 64 cents respectively for every dollar earned by men. City of Seattle (2014)

Picture of a scale symbolizing equality
Picture of a scale symbolizing equality

Join us for an extended hybrid conversation and reflection on sexism and how it affects the outcomes of our students.
During our time together you will learn techniques to:

  • Identify sexism in the classroom
  • Develop an awareness around subconscious sexism
  • Devise strategies to challenge it
  • Build solidarity and support throughout the quarter.  Upon completion of all of the deliverables, as identified by the facilitator, you will receive the stipend and PD hours indicated.  Pizza will be served! 

All deliverables, as identified by the facilitator, must be completed to earn the 12 professional development hours and $150 stipend available for this program.  Register today!

For more information, please contact Ron Holland, English Faculty.

 Facilitated Teaching Squares: Universal Design for Learning (UDL)   Hybrid  June 27 – July 28

Meeting schedule to be determined by square members

In summer quarter, you can join fellow faculty members to observe and learn from one another through a non-evaluative process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection. Faculty’s comments about this activity are “I have known that there isn’t a ‘one right way’ to teach, but by truly being in the mindset of observing the learning process across the spectrum, I was able to actually see that truth. It was humbling to see such diversity in teaching and learning.” Topics will be identified by teaching square members.

Upon completion as defined by the facilitator, you will receive a certificate validating 10 professional development hours and a stipend of $150.

There are only three spots available so please register soon!

Facilitator: Archana Alwar, A&H faculty and Faculty Commons Adjunct Faculty Mentor Lead.

ONLINE TEACHING SQUARES

Fully online  June 27 – August 4

Positive! Supportive! Online! Guided! Non-evaluative!

Review basic online teaching best practices, and then find positive attributes in a colleague’s hybrid or online course that you can apply to your own course. Online Teaching Squares allows adjunct or full-time faculty to gain new perspectives and insights into their teaching through a supportive and completely non-evaluative process. It works through a process of reciprocal online class observation and self-reflection on one’s own online teaching.

Each Online Teaching Square consists of three to four faculty members, preferably from different disciplines, who observe each other’s online course for a quarter and then discuss, through a guided process, what they’ve learned from the observations.

Upon completion of all deliverables, participants will receive 16 professional development hours and a $300 stipend, funded by the Faculty Commons. There are only 12 spots available, so please

There are only 12 spots available, so please register soon!   Facilitator: Ann Minks, Online Pedagogy Lead

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING

Gamification 101

Fully online – June 28 – August 5

Have you wondered why game designers can get players to play their games for hours, learn non-transferable skills, and be excited about getting points or levels that have no meaning in real life? Can we some of their ideas to make classes more engaging? In this fully online course, we’ll go through some of the concepts used in game design and how they can be used when designing courses. For example, we will design three activities that you can use immediately after the workshop. We will work asynchronously for 6 weeks, at a rate of about 2-3 hours a week. All deliverables must be completed as defined by the facilitator to receive $150 stipend and fifteen professional development hours.

Register soon for this interactive and fun workshop!

For additional information, please contact the facilitator, Marcelo Guerra-Hahn, IBIT faculty.

Visual Explanations: Making ideas clear and Accessible with Images

Mondays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. July 17, 24, and 31 in D104E

The old adage says “a picture is worth a thousand words”.  This is especially true on the web where pictures enable viewers to quickly scan and understand information quickly. We are taught to communicate well with words, but not with images. This workshop teaches fundamental principles of visual communication and provides hands-on exercises for integrating images with written course content in the Canvas course management system. This workshop will teach you:

  1. An introduction to visual communication and information design.
  2. Where to locate copyright-free, public domain, and non-commercial images
  3. How to edit images using free online tools and embed them in Canvas, and much more…

Participants should expect to participate in six hours of class time and three hours of time for assignments.

All deliverables identified by the facilitator must be completed to earn ten professional development hours and a $150 stipend. Save your spot, register today!                           

Facilitator: Bruce Wolcott, Communication Studies, and eLearning Faculty.

WELLNESS

BackFit

Date: TBA

A healthy, pain-free back contributes to overall well-being. Learn how to strengthen, stretch, and increase mobility of back supporting muscles. Learn tips and techniques for core activation and proper workplace sitting. We will also learn to use essential tools like bands and foam rollers. Taught by Amy Swanson in Health and Physical Education.

Amy will cover:

  1. Basic back Assessment – Looking at the muscles around the pelvis and low back –CORE activation for back health and glute awareness –Stretches of these low back/glute muscles (and take home strength exercises)
  2. Examining poor sitting/lifting techniques –mid back stretches and strength –desk stretches –easy “work break” circuits to do with co-workers
  3. Neck self-care –stretches and strengthening

 Join us, you’ll be glad you did!

No registration needed, please RSVP to Amy Swanson, BC Health & Physical Education faculty.

 

*For a full list of workshops offered, check out our quarterly schedules here*

Last Updated July 3, 2017