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 Learning in the Online Environment

Fully online  Sept. 25 – Oct. 9

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

Preparing for the first day of class

Fully online  Oct. 2 – Nov. 6

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 Sept. 22.

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 Mentoring Lead.

Encouraging Critical Thinking with Study Circles

Thursdays, Oct. 5, 12 and 19, 11 a.m.  – 1 p.m. 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.

Managing Online Discussions

Fully Online: Oct. 17 to Nov.14

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 fifteen 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.  

 

All deliverables identified by the facilitator must be completed to earn fifteen professional development hours.

Teaching Squares

Facilitated Teaching Squares: Universal Design for Learning

First Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 28, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

In fall 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 Mentoring Lead.

Online Teaching Squares

Fully online  Sept. 26 – Nov. 19

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

Facilitated Teaching Squares: Diversity

First Meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 26   1:30 – 3:20 p.m. (D104E)

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 these 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 ten professional development hours and a $150 stipend, funded by Faculty Commons.

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

There are only three spots available so please register soon! Facilitator: Archana Alwar, A&H faculty and Faculty Commons Adjunct Mentoring Lead.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING

Gamification 101

Fully online – Oct. 9 – Nov. 17

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 six 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.

                   

WELLNESS AND COMMUNITY BUILDING

Meditation

Mondays, Sept. 25 through Nov. 27, 12:30 – 1 p.m. 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.

You’ll leave the room relaxed and re-energized!

Facilitator: Wei Geiger, A&H, World Languages.   No registration needed.

Lunch is on us! – Faculty Lunch Group

 All lunches will be in (D104H)

These lunches are hosted by Faculty Commons and facilitated by Archana Alwar, Adjunct Faculty Mentoring Lead. These are opportunities to meet other faculty and learn strategies to improve our students’ success. The schedule of topics is:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 26, 12:30 – 1:20 p.m. Theme: Creating a Conducive Classroom Environment
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18, 12:30 – 1:20 p.m. Theme: Using Reflection to Create Self-Regulated Learners
  • Thursday, Nov. 16 10:30 –11:20 a.m. Theme: End of Course Evaluations and Preparing Yourself

 Please RSVP to Aris M. Andrade three days prior the lunch date – let us know of any dietary restrictions.

 

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

Last Updated October 6, 2017