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:

Faculty Development Workshops. For Fall 2020, RISE is launching a series of Faculty Workshops for a Time of COVID-19.  These workshops focus on tools and techniques to help you bring high-impact practices into remote teaching.

BUGR Group.  That’s right: it’s pronounced “booger.” And its motto is “learning that sticks.” The Bellevue UnderGraduate Research Group is a group of 15 faculty from 8 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 in 2018. This faculty team drafted an action plan for building an undergraduate research program at BC. The group later developed a successful Lockwood grant, funded by the BC Foundation. RISE, the Library, Science Division, and Social Science Division also provided support. With that support, the members of the BUGR Group have redesigned their courses to include authentic research projects.

In 2019-20, 722 BC students participated in course-based undergraduate research. You can learn more in our annual report. The following faculty participate in the BUGR Group.

Lisa Lapointe, Library
Celeste Lonson, Psychology
Madhura Sohani, Psychology
Madeline Gorges, Psychology
Jacqueline Miller, Molecular Bio
Kathy Hunt, Anthropology
Grady Blacken, Chemistry

Sonya Doucette, Chemistry
Seema Jejurika, Enviro Science
Nancy Lane, Enviro Science
Christina Sciabarra, Political Science
Jason Fuller, Biology
Raji Sundar, Biology
Allison Kang, Biology
Cindy Xie, Biology

Support for Course-Based 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)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 research experiences.Several useful resources may be found in the ComGen curriculum library

Research Collaborations. We are currently working with the Institute for Systems Biology on an effort to bring computational biology approaches into 100-level courses. In previous years, we forged a collaboration with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center that allowed BC faculty to become affiliates of the Hutch.

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 Fall 2020, RISE is launching a series of Faculty Workshops for a Time of COVID-19. These workshops focus on tools and techniques to help you bring project-based learning into remote teaching. These workshops offer a $75 stipend.  They are limited to the first 20 participants, so register early.

PD Day 2020. In 2017, 2018, and 2019, the RISE Learning Institute sent teams of faculty from across campus to the Institute for Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  These BC faculty who have attended thoroughly enjoyed the Institute, which helped them add more projects to their courses and make their existing projects more impactful. This year, instead of bringing BC faculty to the Institute, we’re bringing the Institute to BC. A combination of BC faculty and faculty affiliated with the Center for Project-Based Learning will present a wide range of workshops related to PBL at Faculty PD Day on October 20.

Provost’s Award for Equity and Innovation. Our signature program for supporting faculty innovators, the Provost’s Award, offers up to $25,000 for teams of faculty who want to bring a high-impact practice into a course (or sequence of courses) that reaches at least 300 BC students per year. Information about the criteria and process appear here, and the accomplishments of previous winners appear in our annual report.

1:1 Support for Faculty 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. If you are interested in working with an external partner in an upcoming course, please contact Michael Reese or Sapan Parekh.

RISE is Service

Due to COVID-19, the RISE Learning Institute is encouraging instructors to offer remote learning opportunities that still allow students to connect with their communities. Despite online learning and social distancing, our communities still need support, and there are plenty of ways for your students to engage with the world around them as a part of your classes.

Student learning can be greatly enhanced when community engagement and civic education 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.

Community-Engaged & Civic Education (CECE). The Service-Learning program through RISE has undergone a shift. Community-Engaged & Civic Education (CECE) enables faculty whose courses do not fit the traditional mold of service-learning to still find support, guidance, and recognition through the RISE Learning Institute. This is a really exciting change for RISE. Please visit the CECE site to learn more.

The What and How of Service-Learning. Service-Learning, as well as other forms of Community-Engaged & Civic Education, 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, community-engaged learning, or civic education to your class, or simply want to learn more about them, contact Sapan Parekh to set up a meeting. Additionally, instructors implementing CECE for the first time may be required to attend a short orientation prior to the start of the quarter.

For a quick way to make sure you have everything you need for your course, visit our quick Faculty CECE Checklist.

If you want to start a project-based service-learning class, 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 this or 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.

Professional Development for Faculty

Through the year-long Service-Learning Faculty Learning Community (FLC), faculty participants received in-depth guidance into how to incorporate service into a course. These Service-Learning Fellows learned about theory before diving into redesigning their courses. After offering this FLC for three years, RISE started offering other professional development opportunities, such as the 4-session Climate Justice in Action FLC, co-facilitated with the Sustainability Concentration in Fall 2019.

In Spring and Summer 2020, RISE offered two cohorts of its 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.

In Winter 2021, RISE will offer two new professional development opportunities. The RISE Community Engagement Fellows program will create a community of learning for a mix of Bellevue College faculty and community partners. This program is currently not open for applications.

The Reflection Micro-Workshops are providing six half-hour lessons on different attributes of reflective practices in April 2021. Registration is currently open. The micro-workshop topics and dates are:

  • Bringing out Depth through Reflection  |  Monday, April 12, 3:00pm-3:30pm
  • Creating Connections using the 8Cs  |  Thursday, April 15, 3:00pm-3:30pm
  • Unleashing the Power of Reflective Journals  |  Monday, April 19, 3:00pm-3:30pm
  • Reflecting Beyond Writing  |  Thursday, April 22, 3:00pm-3:30pm
  • Planning Your Quarter Using Reflection Mapping  |  Monday, April 26, 3:00pm-3:30pm
  • Assessing Reflection  |  Thursday, April 29, 3:00pm-3:30pm

In Winter 2021, RISE also conducted the workshop Community-Engaged Teaching at a Time of COVID. There are no planned offerings of this workshop for the Spring.

Review the Winter offerings page to see what faculty workshops RISE is offering this quarter, and visit the calendar to learn about all RISE events, including for career exploration.

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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 CECE and 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 2021.

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 Winter 2021, please review the Transcript Notation for Service-Learning Instructor 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. Courses that did not traditionally qualify for the Notation may now be eligible.

CECE and Service-Learning Resources for Faculty. These resources have been compiled and vetted by RISE for use by faculty in CECE and service-learning courses. Additionally, direct volunteer 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.  Every quarter, RISE organizes a public showcase of student learning. 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. Making Learning Visible is typically the last Monday of the quarter. Given the remote nature of Winter 2021, RISE will provide a remote Making Learning Visible. If you’re interested in learning more and/or 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 Kimberly Martin, 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 March 1, 2021