RISE for Faculty

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Instructors at Bellevue College have an immense responsibility before them. They are tasked with taking students from various backgrounds and levels of experience, and shaping them into critical thinkers and active learners ready to face the world beyond the BC campus. Through their hard work, BC faculty create future professionals and academics, engineers and artists, community leaders and global citizens. Our faculty know that education is more than just books and lectures; it takes creativity and perspiration.

The RISE Learning Institute applauds the immense work BC instructors put into improving the learning experience for their students, and we strive to contribute to that work by being a source of support, funding, ideas, and recognition.

RISE is for faculty.

RISE is Research

The RISE Learning Institute empowers BC faculty and students interested in research.  RISE recognizes that teaching and learning will always be paramount at BC, but we also know that engaging in research can be a powerful teaching method that promotes student success.

RISE works with faculty interested in research in several ways:

A Faculty Learning Community for Integrating Undergraduate Research co-sponsored by Faculty Commons.  Authentic course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) have been shown to fuel student engagement, boost learning, and close equity gaps. They transform students from passive receivers of knowledge to independent learners and creators of knowledge.

Participants of this FLC will:

1)      Learn from and work with colleagues in other departments;

2)     Examine multiple approaches to integrating undergraduate research into courses and explore the scholarship of teaching and learning; and

3)     Support one another as they redesign elements of their existing courses (or plan new courses).

This Faculty Learning Community will take place over Fall and Winter Quarters.  Participants will complete ~60 professional development hours, which may be used as part of BC’s promotion processes, and they will receive a stipend of $400 in Fall Quarter for designing a CURE and another $600 in Winter Quarter for implementing into an existing course.

The FLC will meet for five sessions (Friday, September 27, October 11, October 25, November 8, and November 22, from 2 – 4 p.m.)

The application is CLOSED. For questions contact Jacqueline Miller.

BUGR Group.  The Bellevue UnderGraduate Research Group is a group of 11 faculty from 5 departments.  This group grew out a multidisciplinary team of BC faculty who traveled with RISE staff to an Institute on Initiating and Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs at the University of Central Florida in January 2018. This faculty team drafted an action plan for building an undergraduate research program at BC.  As a product of the action plan, the group developed a successful Lockwood grant, funded in May 2018 by the BC Foundation. RISE, the Library, the Science Division and Social Science Division all matched those funds. With that support, the BUGR Group has redesigned their courses and begun to implement new research-based curriculum.  They will engage over 500 BC students in research this academic year. The following faculty are participating in the BUGR Group.

Lisa Lapointe, Library
Celeste Lonson, Psychology
Madhura Sohani, Psychology
Kathy Hunt, Anthropology
Tony Tessandori, Anthropology
Sonya Doucette, Chemistry
Grady Blacken, Chemistry
Rick Glover, Chemistry
Allison Kang, Biology
Jacqueline Miller, Biology
Cindy Xie, Biology

Curricular Guidance for Course-Based Authentic Research Experiences.  If you’re interested in bringing authentic research experiences into your course, the easiest way to get started is to talk with Jacqueline Miller, our Faculty Lead for Undergraduate Research, to explore options and connect to our faculty community of practice.

ComGen. The Community College Genomics (ComGen) Research Initiative is a community of practice of over 50 faculty members at 22 colleges.  All of these faculty engage students in course-based research, and many of them have created their own authentic research experiences.  The ComGen initiative hosted a free conference for Washington State faculty in the life sciences called “Expanding Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences in Washington Community Colleges” on September 9-11 in Leavenworth, WA. Faculty participants learned about a new research protocol for DNA barcoding, shared best practices and curricula, and networked. Several useful resources may be found on the ComGen curriculum library

Research Proposal Development. We provide substantial assistance to faculty who are submitting research proposals and we can sometimes provide limited financial support.

Research Conference Travel. We also support faculty who wish to travel to present the results of their research. You may request such support with this online application. For more details about our support for research endeavors, please contact Michael Reese.

Research Collaborations. We have forged a one-of-a-kind collaboration with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center that has allowed BC faculty to become affiliates of the Hutch. This collaboration has paid off in other ways as well: Fred Hutch staff recently conducted a series of workshops on electron microscopy for BC personnel.

Student Research Presentations. We coordinate BC’s participation in the University of Washington’s Undergraduate Research Symposium, the largest celebration of undergraduate research on the West Coast.

RISE is Innovation

Working with faculty to create, pilot, and scale innovations in teaching and learning is the heart of RISE’s mission.

Project Based Learning Workshops for Winter 2020. We are offering several exciting opportunities in partnership with faculty commons to help faculty learn more about PBL. Register on the Faculty Commons Website.

Read descriptions and register HERE. 

  1. PBL 101: Designing Engaging Projects: January 15 & January 22 @ 1:30 pm –3:00 pm in D104E
  2. Assessment for Project-Based Learning: January 29 & February 5 @ 1:30 pm –3:00 pm in D104E
  3. Student Projects: Fostering Effective Team Dynamics : February 12 & February 19 @ 1:00 pm–2:30 pm in D104E

Project-Based Learning Action Plan. In 2017 and 2018, the RISE Learning Institute sent teams of faculty from across campus to the Institute for Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  These faculty created a draft action plan to advance project-based learning at BC. They are also are working to add more projects to their courses, make their existing projects more impactful, and spread what they have learned about PBL.

Building on this work, RISE partnered with the Faculty Commons to launch our first Faculty Learning Community for PBL in 2018. Participants are learning from their colleagues in different departments, dipping into the scholarship of teaching and learning, and supporting one another as they redesign elements of their existing courses (or plan new courses). Members of the inaugural cohort include:

Seema Bahl, Sociology
Kurt Friedrich, Information Systems & Technology
Vidya Krishnamoorthy, Engineering
Annalisa Lembo, Biology
Nan Ma, English
Lindi Mujugira, Mathematics
Renee Nejo, Digital Media Arts
Sharon Romppanen, Early Learning & Teacher Ed
Fatma Serce, Computer Science
Tony Tessandori, Anthropology

Want to learn more about PBL? You can register for the upcoming Project-Based Learning Summit through the Faculty Commons. If you would like to learn more, connect with faculty engaged in this work, or discuss project options, you can reach out to Miranda Kato, Faculty Lead for Project-Based Learning. Miranda holds office hours in the Faculty Commons every Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:00. RISE also helps BC faculty connect to community and industry partners for project-based learning. If you are interested in working with an external partner in an upcoming course, please contact Michael Reese or Sapan Parekh.

Additional Support for Curricular Innovation.  The RISE Learning Institute may provide logistical assistance and financial support for faculty who are developing grant proposals focused on bringing innovative techniques or projects into the classroom experience. Depending on the purpose and size of the project, RISE may be able to give differing levels of support. To find out more, contact Michael Reese. In addition, RISE offers support to faculty who are seeking to present the results of their curricular innovations, research, or creative endeavors. You may request such support with this online application.

RISE is Service

Student learning can be greatly enhanced when service and community engagement are incorporated into their classrooms. However, the RISE Learning Institute recognizes that faculty may not know how best to do this, or may be wary of altering their already well-designed curricula. Nevertheless, Bellevue College and the RISE Learning Institute want to support those instructors who have interest in bringing their classroom into the community in a meaningful way.

The What and How of Service-Learning. Service-Learning is a high impact teaching methodology that helps students meet their course learning outcomes, build transferable “21st Century skills,” and develop a greater sense of civic responsibility and engagement. Service-learning accomplishes this through the meaningful integration of community-based service with a course curriculum. The service provides opportunities for students to make real what they’re learning in their class, and critical reflection activities or assignments facilitate the extraction of learning that goes beyond the course content. Read more.

RISE provides support to start a class. Through one-on-one meetings, the RISE Learning Institute helps faculty determine the best way or ways to engage the community through their classrooms.  Therefore, if you have interest in adding service-learning or community-engaged learning to your class, or simply want to learn more about them, contact Sapan Parekh to set up a meeting. Additionally, instructors implementing service-learning for the first time may be required to attend a short orientation prior to the start of the quarter.

If you want to start a project-based service-learning class in Fall 2020, for which students work in teams to create something (e.g. animation, website, marketing plan, film, database, etc.) for a non-profit or government agency, reach out to Sapan Parekh. RISE can support you in finding partners and finalizing the projects, and thus lessen the time you spend in course preparation.

RISE also recognizes that lots of work can go into creating any innovative class, including a service-learning one. Therefore, we want to make sure that your class has students. One of the ways we do this is to compile of list of innovative courses utilizing high impact practices, and both posting it on the RISE website and sending it out to all students via email. Check out the listing of Winter 2020 courses. If you would like to be listed next quarter, let us know. And for subsequent quarters, send your courses to RISE the week before registration begins.

RISE also hosts Bellevue College’s service-learning and volunteer portal, BC in the Community, free for all students and employees. The portal provides opportunities for faculty to explore RISE’s many community partnerships and become inspired to build collaborations of their own.

Service-Learning Faculty Learning Community (FLC), in partnership with the Faculty Commons. Bellevue College has been tackling service-learning in a big way by offering a year-long FLC to those who want in-depth guidance into how to incorporate service into a course. We wrapped up the third year of offering this learning community, which has helped to foster a growth in quality service-learning courses across campus. Faculty who participate receive professional development credits, a stipend, and the possibility of engaging in a larger way as ambassadors and facilitators for service-learning. There are not plans to offer the 3-quarter FLC in 2020.

However, in Fall 2019, RISE worked with the Sustainability Concentration to offer a one-quarter Climate Justice in Action FLC. Approximately 20 faculty completed the program. There may be another offering in Fall 2020.

Currently, in Spring 2020, RISE is offering the one-quarter Civic Action in the Classroom FLC, focused on equipping faculty to build lessons and activities around civic responsibility and impact into their classes, hopefully timed to be around the November elections and the extended Census. There are plans to offer it again in Summer 2020. The application is currently open, and will also available through the Faculty Commons Summer program. The application will close by July 1, and the schedule will be determined based on participants.

Brown Bag Workshops, in partnership with the Faculty Commons. The RISE Learning Institute provides short workshops about civic engagement, service-learning, reflective pedagogies, partnership development, and more.  Currently, no workshops are being offered.

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Bags to Bedrolls workshop during Earth Week 2018.

Bringing Community into the Classroom. The RISE Learning Institute can help arrange guest speakers from community-based organizations to visit your class. Additionally, RISE can provide some workshops to help connect your content to community issues. For example, RISE has given presentations on housing insecurity, sustainability, the LGBTQ+ communities, and more. One of the most popular workshops involves Bellevue College’s Bags to Bedrolls Project. RISE can talk with your class about housing insecurity and sustainability, and then lead your students through an activity that engages students with the Project. To learn more about bringing a guest speaker or workshop to your class, contact Sapan Parekh.

Service-Learning Library. The RISE Learning Institute has a collection of books devoted to different aspects of service-learning, from creation to assessment. There are also books and other resources about eService-Learning, Team-Based Learning, Community-Based Research, Project-Based Learning, history and philosophy of service and education, civic responsibility and participation, and more. Feel free to check out any of the books by visiting B241.

Additionally, the RISE Library contains many booklets from the National Issues Forum that you are welcome to use to promote deliberative dialogue around challenging issues. They go well with PDF booklets and worksheets found on the Service-Learning SharePoint; just meet with RISE before using any of the materials.

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Bellevue College instructor ready for a catch after meeting with the Pike Place Fish Market as part of the RISE Community Immersion about Salmon.

RISE Community Immersions. These two-day events provide opportunities for BC faculty and staff to deep dive into issues with local significance. All Community Immersions are carefully curated to engage participants in the various sides of the issue and to network them with experts throughout the community. Faculty can earn professional development hours for participating.

The first Community Immersion, about salmon, had ten participants representing eight departments in three academic divisions. Read about the event on BC Today and 425 Business.

The second RISE Community Immersion, in December 2019, focused on the trans community and on gender diversity more broadly. The 15 participants represented nine academic programs and five student services.

Due to COVID-19, the earliest the next Immersion will be offered will be in December 2020.

Transcript Notation for Service-Learning. Students have an opportunity to earn a special notation in their transcripts that officially acknowledges the successful completion of a service-learning course. This notation shows transfer institutions and potential employers that students have undertaken experience-based academic coursework, and have thus developed skills such as teamwork, client-engagement, problem-solving, empathy, and critical thinking. Therefore, the benefits of the notation are plenty, which is why RISE has heard many students express interest in receiving it. To do so, students must take a course that qualifies for the notation.

These classes, by these instructors, met the strict requirements to be eligible for the transcript notation in 2018-2019, and thus provided robust and critical service-learning opportunities for their students:

BIOL& 100 – Survey of Biology – Nancy Lane
BIOL 150 – Marine Biology – Heidi Richter
DMA 231 – 3-D Animation II – Liz Hollerman
ENVS& 100 – Survey of Environmental Science – Rick Glover
ENVS& 100 – Survey of Environmental Science – Nancy Lane
ESL 065/066 – English for Community – Sajonna Sletten
HPM 460 – Community Health Service-Learning – Sapan Parekh
INTER 135 – The Good Life – Susan Cox & Isaiah Hemmen
ISIT 490 – ISIT Capstone I – Pratima Suneel
SOC& 101 – Intro to Sociology – Taylor Dalrymple
SOC& 201 – Social Problems – Susan Cox
SOC 246 – Religion and Our Social World – Susan Cox

For Fall 2019, please review the Transcript Notation for Service-Learning Faculty Guide and submit your course syllabus and supporting documents to Sapan Parekh by the third week of the quarter. NOTE: The processes for course approval have changed; review the Guide for more details.

Service-Learning Resources for Faculty. These resources have been compiled and vetted by RISE for use by faculty in service-learning courses. Additionally, service-learning at BC is facilitated using the new BC in the Community volunteer management portal. If you have not taught a service-learning course or used the portal before, please set up a meeting with RISE before starting. Additionally, if you choose to outreach to any of the agencies listed in the portal for a course, contact RISE first so it can inform the agencies and help facilitate the partnerships.

RISE is Experiential Learning

The RISE Learning Institute supports and promotes a wide variety of high-impact experiential learning opportunities.  Of course, undergraduate research, project-based learning, and service-learning all provide great experiential education for students.  But RISE does not confine itself to these categories: our staff members are happy to work with faculty from all disciplines to brainstorm ways of bringing experiential learning into the classroom—and ways of connecting students to the world beyond BC.  Please feel free to reach out to us.

Making Learning Visible.  We will be holding our quarterly celebration of teaching and learning on Monday, March 16, with a smaller session on Thursday, March 12. This interdisciplinary celebration of student work is a time for students to present their work to an authentic audience of other faculty, students and administrators. It elevates final projects and gives students real world experience presenting their work. If you’re interested in having your students participate, just send a quick note to Sapan Parekh.

Administrative support. Faculty often make a connection with an outside partner or come across an experiential learning curriculum idea, project or space but they need the help to figure out how administratively that can be implemented at BC. RISE can help secure the permissions and administrative support you need to implement an experiential learning project. Check out an example of this type of support and how we helped Life Sciences faculty develop a long-term research plot in partnership with the Washington Department of Agriculture.

Internships. Internships are one of the most impactful forms of experiential education.  The Academic Internship Program, which is part of RISE’s Center for Career Connections, helps students in all majors connect to internships and other experiential learning opportunities.  If you would like the RISE staff to speak to your students about internships related to your field of study, please contact Chiew Jones, Associate Director for Experiential Learning, or Kristen Davey, Program Manager for Internships.

In addition, the Center for Career Connections runs a fantastic job and internship board, CONNECT, and you can let Chiew Jones know if you would like to receive a weekly email of internship opportunities in a particular field.

Last Updated May 8, 2020