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

  • JetNet Advanced – Nov. 14

    Date: Nov. 14
    Time: 5 p.m.
    Location: Central Campus

    In this session we will explore different sources for OER and open access material and different ways to incorporate these types of materials in JetNet. We will also explore ways to use these types of materials along with JetNet tools like quizzes, assignments and discussions to increase student engagement in learning outside of the class meeting times.

    Register for this Session
  • JetNet Advanced – Nov. 7

    Date: Nov. 7
    Time: 4:30 p.m.
    Location: Lenawee Campus

    In this session we will explore different sources for OER and open access material and different ways to incorporate these types of materials in JetNet. We will also explore ways to use these types of materials along with JetNet tools like quizzes, assignments and discussions to increase student engagement in learning outside of the class meeting times.

    Register for this Session
  • JetNet Grade Book – Oct. 17

    Date: Oct. 17
    Time: 3 p.m.
    Location: Lenawee Campus

    In this session we will review how to plan an assessment system that makes sense and how to use JetNet Grade Book tools (aggregation method, categories, grade items), set up a grade book according to the plan, as well as different ways to enter grades for students.

    Register for this Session
  • JetNet Basic – Sept. 26

    Date: Sept. 26
    Time: 4:30 p.m.
    Location: Lenawee Campus

    This session will review JetNet basics, how to upload your syllabus to the syllabus archive, add instructor name, contact information and syllabus to the JetNet course, use basic activities and resources, and enter grades in JetNet.

    Register for this Session
  • JetNet Advanced – Oct. 31

    Date: Oct. 31
    Time: 5 p.m.
    Location: Hillsdale Campus

    In this session we will explore different sources for OER and open access material and different ways to incorporate these types of materials in JetNet. We will also explore ways to use these types of materials along with JetNet tools like quizzes, assignments and discussions to increase student engagement in learning outside of the class meeting times.

    Register for this Session
  • Instructional Designer Office Hours

    Sept. 12  •  4-5 p.m. •  Hillsdale Campus

    Sept. 26  •  3:30 – 4:30 p.m. •  Lenawee Campus

    Oct. 10  •  2 – 3 p.m. •  Hillsdale Campus

    Oct. 17  •  2 – 3 p.m. •  Lenawee Campus

    Oct. 31  •  4 – 5 p.m. •  Hillsdale Campus

    Nov. 7 •  3:30 – 4:30 •  Lenawee Campus

    Come by to meet with the Instructional Designer about any topics, issues, or questions you have with JetNet, effective teaching with technology or the meaning of life.

     

  • JetNet Grade Book – Oct. 10

    Date: Oct. 10
    Time: 3 p.m.
    Location: Hillsdale Campus

     

    In this session we will review how to plan an assessment system that makes sense and how to use JetNet Grade Book tools (aggregation method, categories, grade items), set up a grade book according to the plan, as well as different ways to enter grades for students.

    Register for this Session
  • Resources and tools for redesigning your pathway to Calculus – Oct. 27

    Date: Friday, Oct. 27, 2017
    Time: 3 – 4:30 p.m.

    Link: https://utdanacenter.zoom.us/j/713977253


    Rethinking your institution’s pathway to Calculus?
    The Charles A. Dana Center is pleased to offer a Pathway to Calculus Symposium, Preparing Students for Calculus: Current Research and Promising Practices. Hosted by Rebecca Hartzler and Frank Savina, the symposium is a 4-part interactive webinar series that will engage mathematics faculty in real-time conversation about promising practices that help students not only prepare for—but also succeed in—calculus.

    In this symposium, we will dive into selected research articles. In particular, we will look at methods that develop students’ flexible conceptual understanding of functions, scaffolded with key noncognitive constructs such as active learning, collaborative learning, productive persistence, and productive struggle.

    Who is this symposium for?
    This is an open invitation to mathematics faculty from colleges and universities in Mathematics Pathways to Completion (MPC) states. Faculty participants will learn about strategies for rethinking their institutions’ pathways to calculus to better serve STEMfocused students, particularly those from historically underrepresented and underserved student populations.

    Faculty members can sign up for some or all of the webinars. Those who participate in all four sessions will receive a certificate of completion.

  • Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Winter Session – Jan. 5, 8, 9, 12

    Dates: Jan. 5, Jan. 8, Jan. 9, Jan. 12, 2018

    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Location: TBA

    The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is a four-day intensive instructor professional development program designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. It fosters personal growth and reflection about the teaching/learning process, offers highly focused practice and personal teaching applications, and nurtures a proven, safe, and structured environment for participants to examine their teaching skills and receive feedback.

    Participants engage in the following professional development activities during ISW:

    • Present three sample teaching lessons in areas of preference
    • Provide peer feedback, both written and oral, on 12-18 lessons presented by peers
    • Complete related assessments
    • Work in groups and experience cooperative learning dynamics

    Participant learning outcomes include the following:

    • Demonstrate a practical understanding for participatory learning skills, specifically related to multiple intelligence theory
    • Learn and practice how to motivate students to assume a greater sense of responsibility in the learning process
    • Expand and enhance personal knowledge of the teaching and learning process

    For more information about ISW, visit www.iswnetwork.ca.

    Facilitators: TBD

    Register for this Session

     

  • Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Fall Session – Dec. 1, 8, 9, 15

    Dates: Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 9, Dec. 15

    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Location: North Campus, Room 209

    The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) is a four-day intensive instructor professional development program designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. It fosters personal growth and reflection about the teaching/learning process, offers highly focused practice and personal teaching applications, and nurtures a proven, safe, and structured environment for participants to examine their teaching skills and receive feedback.

    Participants engage in the following professional development activities during ISW:

    • Present three sample teaching lessons in areas of preference
    • Provide peer feedback, both written and oral, on 12-18 lessons presented by peers
    • Complete related assessments
    • Work in groups and experience cooperative learning dynamics

    Participant learning outcomes include the following:

    • Demonstrate a practical understanding for participatory learning skills, specifically related to multiple intelligence theory
    • Learn and practice how to motivate students to assume a greater sense of responsibility in the learning process
    • Expand and enhance personal knowledge of the teaching and learning process

    For more information about ISW, visit www.iswnetwork.ca.

    Facilitators: TBD

    Register for this Session

     

  • Pathway to Calculus Symposium: Course Architecture – Sept. 21

    Date: September 21, 2017   Time:  3 – 4:30 p.m.  Location: Central Campus Sandbox & Online

    Rethinking your institution’s pathway to Calculus?
    The Charles A. Dana Center is pleased to offer a Pathway to Calculus Symposium, Preparing Students for Calculus: Current Research and Promising Practices. Hosted by Rebecca Hartzler and Frank Savina, the symposium is a 4-part interactive webinar series that will engage mathematics faculty in real-time conversation about promising practices that help students not only prepare for—but also succeed in—calculus.

    In this symposium, we will dive into selected research articles. In particular, we will look at methods that develop students’ flexible conceptual understanding of functions, scaffolded with key noncognitive constructs such as active learning, collaborative learning, productive persistence, and productive struggle.

    Who is this symposium for?
    This is an open invitation to mathematics faculty from colleges and universities in Mathematics Pathways to Completion (MPC) states. Faculty participants will learn about strategies for rethinking their institutions’ pathways to calculus to better serve STEM-focused students, particularly those from historically underrepresented and underserved student populations.

    Register for this Session
  • Making Students’ Cell Phones Work for You – Sept. 22

    Date: Sept. 22, 2017
    Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Location: Walker Hall Sandbox

    Learn how to use student’s cell phones and other smart devices to engage students in discussion, promote team building, and assess student’s understanding of information. Participants should bring a smart device (preferred) or laptop.

    2 hour session. Facilitated by Kandice Karll

    Register for this Session

Ongoing Faculty Professional Development

  • Veterans on Campus

    Date: Ongoing   Location: Online

    Learn to support student veterans by building military cultural competency. In this virtual practice environment, you’ll engage in simulated conversations with three virtual student veterans, helping each one resolve a challenge they are facing due to their transition. You’ll practice managing a challenging class discussion about conflicts overseas, and approaching and referring a veteran who is exhibiting signs of post deployment stress. Developed in collaboration with the Student Veterans of America.

    To access the training:

    • Go to: kognito.com/login
    • Create a New Account
    • Use enrollment key: Michiganvets
    • Follow the on-screen instructions
    • Choose your course and click “LAUNCH”

    Note: Once completed, please send certificate of completion to JCAdjunctSupport@jccmi.edu and share 2-3 of your main takeaways from the training to get paid 30 min of PD time and receive certification credit.

  • 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.

  • Never Work Harder Than Your Students – Online Book Club

    Date: Ongoing   Location: Online

    If it ever feels like teaching is just too much hard work, here’s a guide that helps you develop a more fluid way to respond to students and deliver great teaching experiences every time. Using a short set of basic principles and classroom examples that promote reflection, Author Robyn R. Jackson explains how to develop a master teacher mindset.

    Find out where you are on your own journey to becoming a master teacher, which steps you need to take to apply the principles of great teaching to your own practice, and how to advance to the next stage of your professional development. Lots of classroom tips, problem-solving advice, and tools to help you begin practicing the book’s principles in your classroom right away.

    • You can purchase the book and view sample chapters here: goo.gl/nMUBim. Also available at your favorite bookstore.  We may have a limited number of books for borrowing as well.
    • To access the course, visit the JetNet site located at http://jetnet.jccmi.edu/course/view.php?id=36874.
    • When prompted, input the code “never” and you can participate right away.

    Contact JCAdjunctSupport@jccmi.edu with any questions.

  • 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 email JCAdjunctSupport@jccmi.edu 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, authored by Jackson College reading professor, Amelia (Amy) Leighton Gamel, and published in 2015 by Rowman & Littlefield (all rights reserved).
    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: Please email JCAdjunctSupport@jccmi.edu to request to be enrolled in this JetNet-based workshop.