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

Putting the Oh? In OER: Open Educational Resources in the Classroom

Tuesday, April 11th 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Thursday, April 27th 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. D240L (Library Classroom)

The Open Education movement has come a long way since it starts and Open Educational Resources (OERs) have become increasingly streamlined.

During this workshop you will roll up your sleeves and tackle your own curriculum, identifying areas where you are already using OERs, as well as mapping your existing contact needs to available OERs.  Creative Commons licensing will be covered and how you can identify the different licenses or select on for your own content.  Faculty interested in exploring OERs as a supplement or replacement for existing content in their courses as well as Department Chairs are encouraged to attend.

Upon completion of this workshop, you will receive a certificate of completion validating two professional development hours.  Register Soon! Each workshop is a repeat so please select one workshop to attend.

Facilitator: Heath Hayden, Faculty Librarian.

Cultivating Active Readers 

April 4th – May 8th Workshop fully online

Cultivating Active Readers is a workshop meant to help bring students into an active rather than passive mode of reading and comprehension and to engage them in their journey towards self-edification. The workshop is organized in a seminar style, meant to also engage students (you, the educator) in this same modality of active reading.

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 of completion validating fifteen hours of professional development.

Save your seat, register by April 3!

Facilitator: Sara Sutler-Cohen, Ph.D. Dept. of Sociology.

Encouraging Critical Thinking with Study Circles 

Mondays, April 17, 24 and May 1 |   12:30-2:30 p.m. (D104H)

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.

Teaching Strategies for Student Success

Tuesdays, April 11, 25, and May 9 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (D104E)

Do you have students who regularly don’t come to class, don’t complete homework and do other things that are detrimental to their success in your classes? In this 15 hour workshop, you will learn why these behaviors occur and how, through Transformational Learning Theory, Growth Mindset, Scaffolding, Universal Design for Learning and Student Success Outcomes you can reduce these behaviors and improve student success.

This is a hybrid course with 6 hours in person, 9 hours of online activities and an additional 10 hours of assignments.  Such activities include watching videos, discussions with other participants, and writing reflective pieces.  There is a final project of creating an online presentation (using Microsoft Mix) describing the course changes you will make to a course of your choice based on what was learned in the workshop.

Upon completion of at least 85% of the material you are eligible to receive a $400 stipend. All work will be due by May 16 to allow for stipend processing.   Stipends are funded through Faculty Commons.  This workshop fills up quickly, register early!

For more information, please contact Mandie Mauldin Nash, Faculty Commons Interim Director.

Grants 101: Finding funds for your dream project

Tuesday, May 2nd 1:30-3:00 pm and Wednesday, May 17th 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in D104E 

Bellevue College was awarded over $6 million last year, funding a myriad of programs and services across the college like the Basic Food and Employment and Training program, the Center for Career Connections, and the TRiO program. But where did that funding come from, and how can programs pursue new directions using grant money? The Grants Office is offering a Grants 101 workshop to help interested faculty and staff learn about grant opportunities, services the Grants Office offers, and how to develop ideas into solid cases for funding.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Become familiar with the services the Grants Office offers
  • Be able to navigate the internal grant approval process
  • Get practice developing a case for funding
  • Develop a basic understanding of grant management

Take advantage of this opportunity!

No registration neededFor more information, please contact the facilitators, Bonnie Berry, Director of Grant Development, and Brandon Lueken, Grant Development Coordinator.

FACILITATED TEACHING SQUARE: DIVERSITY

The first meeting is on April 18th 2:00-3:00 p.m. All other meetings will be determined by the facilitator and participants.

How do I adjust to differences among my students? How do I ensure that my curriculum addresses diversity? How inclusive is my teaching practice? Do I treat different demographic groups of students differently? During this teaching square, you will implement principles of education equity and social justice in the classroom.  This teaching square will introduce ways to support all of your students by creating an inclusive course climate. Through this non-evaluative opportunities, you will learn theory and activities from a Faculty Commons facilitator and have the opportunity to apply what you learn by observing others and having others provide you with feedback.  Upon completion of all deliverables, participants will receive eight professional development hours and a $150 stipend, funded by Faculty Commons.

There are only three spots available so please register soon!

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

FACILITATED TEACHING SQUARE: Theme TBD by participants

Meeting dates and times will be determined by the facilitator and participants.

In spring 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, you will receive a certificate validating 10 professional development hours.

There are only three spots available so please register soon!

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

ONLINE TEACHING SQUARES

Meeting dates and times will be determined by the facilitator and teaching square participants.

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 register soon!   Facilitator: Ann Minks, Online Pedagogy Lead

NON-FACILITATED TEACHING SQUARES

Meeting dates and times will be determined by the participants.

In spring quarter, you can join fellow faculty members to observe and learn from one another in this non-evaluative process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection.  Faculty’s comments about this activity include, “I have known that there isn’t ‘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.”

Upon completion, you will receive a certificate validating 6 professional development hours. For more information, please contact Mandie Mauldin Nash, Faculty Commons Interim Director.

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING

Managing Online Discussions

May 15 to June 12 | fully online workshop via Canvas

Managing Online Discussions is a workshop meant to teach best practices in engaged and dynamic discussions with students in an online environment.  The workshop is organized in a seminar style, meant to also engage students (you, the educator) in what has become a necessary part of teaching online and hybrid courses: The Discussion Board. During the four-week session, modules focus on a particular topic making use of Discussion Boards 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 of completion validating 15 hours of professional development. This workshop fills up quickly. Don’t miss out, register early!

For more information, please contact Sara Sutler-Cohen, Ph.D. Dept. of Sociology.

Visual Explanations

Tuesdays, May 9, 16, and 23   9:30-11:30 in D104H

Pedagogy for a Sustainable Future

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.

Upon participation in the workshop and completion of assignments, participants will be earning nine hours of Professional Development.Save your seat, register by May 8th.

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

SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Reduce, reuse, recycle (Cancelled)

Mondays, April 17, 24 and May 1, 8 | 10:00 a.m.  -12:00 p.m. D104E

 Are you interested in reducing waste?  Do you want to help save our beautiful planet one small step at a time?  Would you like to incorporate sustainable practices into your curriculum?  Register and join us for this exciting workshop!  Together we will discuss the issues and challenges and brainstorm solutions.  You will also receive 12 PD hours for your time and producing an activity you can use in your class next quarter!

For additional information, please contact the facilitator, Katie Austin-Miranda, A&H faculty.

“It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.”

– Sydney Smith

Identifying and Challenging Sexism in Higher Ed

Wednesdays, April 19 and 26 | 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in D104E

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)

What are the historical and current influences that perpetuate such injustices? What role do educational institutions play in it, and how might they be a key role in correcting it? It all begins with awareness!  This workshop meets face to face 8 hours during the quarter and there will be one online activity.

The primary focus will be to:

1.) Develop awareness of male privilege and the impact it has on the gender gap.

2.) Learn about resources that can assist in developing strategies to confront male privilege and sexism in education.

3.) Discover and employ daily actions that can contribute to a more equitable educational setting (such as holding space in conversations).

In-class activities include group discussions, engaging activities, guest speakers, and personal journaling (optional sharing). Online undertakings include watching videos, reading, and having discussions with other participants. All work including workshop survey will be due on April 27th at 4:30 p.m.  Take this workshop, you’ll be earning fifteen hours of professional development!

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

Educational Equity Workshop

Fridays, April 14 through June 9 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. in D103

This workshop is intended for faculty to learn about and implement principles of educational equity and social justice in the classroom and broaden faculty understanding of their own social positions/ identities as they affect behaviors in the classroom and relationships with students.

Stipend $1,000 for all faculty members attending all sessions and upon completion of, and participation in, all portions of the workshop. Stipends are funded by the Office of Equity and Pluralism. Enrollment is limited to 28 participants. All faculty who have not previously taken the Educational Equity Workshop are eligible to take the workshop this quarter. In the event that more than 28 faculty who are eligible to sign up, the faculty who have held tenure for more than 10 years will receive priority.

Don’t miss out. Register today!

Questions about this workshop? Please contact the facilitator, Deepti Karkhanis, EEQ facilitator.

Why Poetry Matters Now – Encouraging faculty and student discourse

Thursday, April 13th 3:00-4:00 p.m. And Friday, April 14th 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Join a reading and discussion group of the poetry of Terrance Hayes. We will initiate a conversation among faculty from different disciplines to discuss ideas for how poetry can be incorporated in classes outside of the Humanities. Faculty will brainstorm and discuss specific ways they can implement poems in their own courses. The conversations generated in this group will not only support innovative teaching but will also foster a better understanding of human relations. This is important given the current social and political climate that faculty, staff, and students face.  Terrance talks about poetry as “a way of discovering what [he] believes/feels about the world around [him]. Though even that answer is slippery since what [he] believes/feels changes.”  Terrance Hayes will be coming to campus during Spring Quarter.  Participate in these discussions and earn two PD hours.  Come to either session or both.  Please RSVP to the facilitators Nan Ma and Fernando Perez, English faculty.

Addressing Domestic Violence through Education

Mondays, May 1, 8, 15, and 22   9:00-10:30 a.m. (D104E)

Are you seeking to integrate social justice principles into your classroom? Would you like to be prepared to support students suffering from domestic abuse? This workshop is designed to equip faculty with the knowledge and resources to integrate social justice principles into their class materials as well as provide direct support to students suffering from domestic abuse.
The following topics will be covered:
1. Defining and identifying domestic violence – challenging the myths surrounding what it looks like and who it impacts

2. The sources and symptoms of domestic violence

3. Addressing and reporting issues – providing advocacy and support for students

Participants should expect to spend 10 hours total on the workshop. Register, take this workshop and earn ten professional development hours.

Facilitator: Christina Sciabarra, Social Science faculty.

WELLNESS AND COMMUNITY BUILDING

Eat Local: Grow your own microgreens

Wednesdays, April 12, 19 and 26 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (D104H)

Would you like to know how to grow a significant portion of fresh greens in your own home, without a greenhouse or artificial lights, for considerably less than you would pay for the same produce in the store? Would you like to learn how to grow foods that are 4 to 30 times more nutritious than any fresh produce you could purchase? And what if you could do this for no more than 10 minutes a day and for less than 25 cents per serving? Improve your health, save money, and learn how to produce food that will meet your individual nutritional needs! Join Karrin Peterson and learn how easy and healthy micro-greens are. The seminar is 5 hours and covers the most recent and fascinating research regarding phytochemicals, how these plant-based wonder-drugs impact your health, and how you can easily and affordably grown these super-foods in your home all year long.

RSVP to Karrin Peterson, English faculty.

Social! For Current and Interested mentors

April 21 12:30-2:30 p.m. | April 28 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (D104H)

Are you interested in becoming a mentor?   Here is an opportunity to get together with mentor leads and learn about the Faculty Commons Tenure Track Mentoring program and the new Adjunct Mentoring Program.  Ask questions and let us know if you want to be involved.  You are welcome to drop by any time during the hours listed.

Food will be provided so come have lunch with us.  Register now!  

Mindfulness Meditation

Mondays, April 3 through June 5   1:00 – 1:30 in D104E

In this session, we will use an ancient Chinese health care regimen that ties together posture, breathing, and focus. This practice can help maintain health, heal bodies, calm minds, and reconnect with our spirit. We will use WuQinXi as an exercise to lead the practice. Facilitator: Wei Geiger, A&H, World Languages.   No registration needed.

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

Last Updated April 17, 2017