Faculty Professional Development Sessions

Jackson College is dedicated to the professional growth and development of its faculty. You will find information here on professional development opportunities and other useful resources for your professional growth.


Scheduled Faculty Professional Development

Ongoing Faculty Professional Development

  • Conducting Virtual Online Class Experiences

    Date: Ongoing  Location: Online

    This workshop is accessible at the JetNet Faculty Lounge.

  • Creating Competencies

    Date: Ongoing  Location: Online

    This workshop is accessible at the JetNet Faculty Forum.

  • Teaching for Seven Week Success (Praxis)

    Date: Ongoing  Location: Online

    This workshop is accessible at the JetNet Faculty Forum.

  • Engage Them! ALD Keynote by Willie Lewis

    Date: Ongoing  Location: Online

    This workshop is accessible at the JetNet Faculty Forum.

  • Active Reading: Teaching Your Students To Be Strategic Readers (aka, “FIRM”)

    Date: Ongoing   Location: Online

    Research suggests that reading levels are one of the key factors for success in higher education, but it is widely known that many students enter college underprepared for the rigors of college-level texts. Even students who are able to read and say the words aloud often have difficulty comprehending, remembering and using the information.

    Faculty from all disciplines will find this workshop beneficial. You will be introduced to ways you can encourage your students to be strategic readers across a variety of texts.

    This module involves the following activities:

    1. Read a chapter from Help! My College Students Can’t Read
    2. Watch a video of Amy demonstrating active reading.
    3. Practice active reading strategies yourself.
    4. Engage in online discussions with others who are also learning and practicing active reading strategies.
    5. Develop an action plan that identifies ways you plan to introduce active reading in your classes.

    IMPORTANT: to request to be enrolled in this JetNet-based workshop.

  • Dr. Rita Pierson: Every Student Needs a Champion

    Date: Ongoing  Location: Online

    This workshop is accessible at the JetNet Faculty Forum.

    It involves watching a TED Talk featuring Dr. Rita F. Pierson, a lifelong educator known for advocating a relationship-based approach to teaching and learning, and reading an article she wrote. Then engage with colleagues about your impressions and takeaways.

  • Icebreaker Ideas for Starting Class

    Date: Ongoing  Location: Online

    This workshop is accessible at the JetNet Faculty Forum. Direct link: https://jetnet.jccmi.edu/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=527438.

    Visit the Faculty Forum to access a link to a webinar titled: “What Do Old Polar Bears and Great Teachers Have in Common? They Know How to Break the Ice!”

    Then respond to guiding discussion questions and connect with colleagues about ways to “break the ice” with students the first day of class.

  • JetNet Advanced: Creating Engaging Content and Activities in JetNet

    Date: Ongoing   Location: Online

    This online training module focuses on how to use tools in Moodle (our JetNet platform) to engage students throughout a course. Instructors who teach online and face-to-face courses will find this workshop useful. This online module assumes a basic understanding and familiarity with Moodle. Participants will watch a video of a webinar titled Creating Engaging Content and Activities, use a planning worksheet handout to conduct a course audit and develop an action plan based on what they learned, and engage with colleagues via the Faculty Forum by sharing main takeaways, action plan details, and other insights or questions they may have about JetNet. Accessible online through JetNet Faculty Forum.

  • JetNet Basic: Moodle 101

    Date: Ongoing   Location: Online

    The goal of this course is to provide faculty with an understanding of the basic functionality of JetNet, JC’s Moodle-based Learning Management System. Upon successful completion, instructors will be able to start developing their own JetNet/Moodle course sites and be ready to incorporate elements of JetNet into traditional face-to-face courses.
    JC faculty can enroll themselves into this course by visiting: http://jetnet.jccmi.edu/enrol/index.php?id=33858.

    Adjunct Faculty: To receive certification credit and 1 hour of professional development pay, please when you finish the course and share three main takeaways you got from participating in it, including if you plan to incorporate any ideas into your instruction. Please also share your impressions of the course in general.

  • Sparking Student Curiosity and Inquiry

    Date: Ongoing   Location: Online

    How do you spark curiosity and inquiry in your students?

    Dr. Ramsey Musallam, a chemistry teacher in California, is known for his curiosity-driven approach to teaching and learning. He has given a couple talks that you can watch via the JetNet Faculty Lounge. From there, you can also react/reflect/respond to a list of guiding questions, or share your main takeaways in freeform.

    You can access the videos and online module at http://jetnet.jccmi.edu/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=465489.