Welcome to fall!  Above is the link to all things Kick-Off week!  Also on this page you will find lots of useful information and links.  Your FPD team has been working over the summer to prepare for Kick-Off week and beyond.  We will have a new committee this year and we are planning new ways to support all faculty.  

Faculty Professional Development Coordinators' Final Report 2014-2015

Faculty Professional Development Report 2015 ‎(1)‎.pptx

Faculty reflections on the Tunnel of Intersections is here:



Create active learning environments that engage all students!

Friday May 29  12:45-2:15   SQL 201


Building Community Day

Active Learning through the Quarter

Join us Thursday March 5th 3-5 pm for this interactive workshop.

·      Learn some Active Learning teaching strategies. 

·      Identify how to use these strategies to help reach course objectives.

·      Plan spring classes with Active Learning in mind.

·      Talk with your colleagues!  Share ideas, trade experiences! 


Bring a copy of a spring quarter course syllabus!!!


Where?  Mountlake Terrace Hall Room 219


Brought to you by your EdCC Faculty Professional Development team.

RSVP here:



February How to Use Open Educational Resources Training


SBCTC eLearning again invites you and your faculty to participate inFebruary How to Use Open Educational Resources training that begins on Monday, February 23, 2015.


This two week course is fully online and asynchronous, providing participants with information and experience in adopting and integrating open educational resources (OER) into their pedagogy. In addition to discussing the concept of OER and open licenses, participants will also practice locating and sharing open educational resources.  As this is a fully facilitated training that will produce an official certificateto the participants upon successful completion, participants are expected to spend 10 hours to complete the course. This training is FREEfor anyone in the WA CTC system.


For those who would like more information from a participant perspective, Read messages to the next class from previous participants.


Interested? Head to the training website.


Technical difficulties in registration?  Please contact

Inquiries about the training content or schedules?  Please contact Boyoung Chair at



Join Us in Collaborate

Thursday, February 5th at 2PM


MDecade of Mistakes

“Four Things I Did Wrong as an Online Teacher”






Building Bridges Conference



Save the Date - March 12 and 13, 2015

 4th Annual Prior Learning Assessment Workshop


Friday, November 21, 2014

9:00am – 3:30pm

Clover Park Technical College

McGavick Conference Center


This workshop is intended for campus teams, including:

faculty, assessment leads, institutional researchers, admissions and registration staff, and administrators.


Questions about the agenda?

Contact Jim West, WSAC


Questions about  registration?

Contact Jackie Eppler-Clark, SBCTC



Confirmation, directions, & agenda will be emailed to registrants prior to the event.




Jim West

Associate Director

Academic Affairs and Policy




The Washington Student Achievement Council provides

strategic planning, oversight, and advocacy to support

increased student success and higher levels of

educational attainment in Washington State.

Beyond Boutique . . .


2014 Best Practices Exchange

Achieving Success­­— From Boutique Interventions to Institutional Transformation



You are invited to send a team (up to six people) to the fifth annual statewide Best Practices Exchange.

n  Who: Faculty, staff, and administrators from Instruction, Student Services, Institutional Research, and Basic Education for Adults.  As you build your team, think about how to represent multiple areas on your campus.

n  What: We invite colleges to attend this event as a team to learn about and customize strategies that advance student achievement and success.

n  When: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, 2014.  Box lunches will be provided.

n  Where: McGavick Center (Building 23), Clover Park Technical College

n  How: To register your team, please contact the vice president of instruction (or his/her designee) at your college, who will register up to six team members from your college.


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Rob Johnstone, founder and President of the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement (NCII), will talk to us about how the education community needs to ask different questions as we continue our progress towards improving student outcomes.  He argues we have been too focused on data itself, and he'll teach how to shift the focus of the questions we ask about student learning.


Concurrent Sessions: Participants will also attend sessions that feature colleges who have successfully implemented large scale strategies that resulted in significant improvement in student outcomes in three key areas:

n  Pre-college Transitions

n  Retention and Progression

n  Completion



n  Questions about the event: Darby Kaikkonen (360-704-1019)

n  Questions about registration technology: Lynette Anderson (360-704-4315)


NW eLearning Conference

posted Sep 15, 2014, 6:49 PM by MELODY SCHNEIDER

End-of-year wrap up

posted Jun 17, 2014, 10:00 AM by Lyn Eisenhour

Happy end of the year everyone!  

Below is a summary of the work accomplished and plans made by your Faculty Professional Development Co-Coordinators and FPD Committee.  We want to thank the folks who served on the FPD Committee and to the many faculty who served on panels, presented workshops, and wrote for the Faculty Development Updates this year.  We are better at what we do because of your commitment and willingness to bring your ideas and skills to the table.  We look forward to working with you all next year. 


FPD Year end wrap-up


  • Collected data from faculty on professional development needs and interests.
  • Convened Faculty Professional Development Committee, which met three times each quarter.
  • Developed Google site:
  • Met with key teams on campus involved in Faculty Professional Development.
  • Created 6 FPD Updates
  • Held 4 Faculty to Faculty sessions
  • Coordinated SGID requests
  • Work with Edmonds School District to design and deliver a Blended Classroom workshop for faculty at EdCC and ESD.
  • Created Faculty Learning Community with 5-Star Consortium schools faculty development coordinators.
  • Wrote and submitted Simple Plan
  • Coordinated FPD at Building Community Day
  • Wrote Foundation Grants to support part time faculty inclusion in FPD activities on and off campus. 

Plans for Next Year

  • Facilitate yearlong New Teachers’ Academy
  • Increase support for part-time faculty involvement in FPD
  • Clearly define work of the FPD Committee
  • Maintain an overarching focus on Active Learning
  • Coordinate with College Theme and Community Book Read
  • Continue publishing FPD Updates
  • Continue Faculty-to-Faculty workshops
  •  Design Kick-off Week faculty development.
  • Coordinate with Diversity Council on FPD projects.
  • Work with 5-Star schools on FLC
  • Secure sustainable funding for FPD
  • Identify permanent space for FPD.

Webinar: Creativity in the Science Classroom: Online and Face 2 Face

posted May 21, 2014, 7:51 AM by Lyn Eisenhour

Creativity in the Science Classroom: Online and Face 2 Face    

Lucas Myers, Lower Columbia College

1 2 p.m. PDT (2 p.m. MDT,3 p.m. CDT4 p.m. EDT)

NWeLearn Collaborate Room.

NWeLearn webinar pagelink to appointment (Outlook/.ics format).


The focus of the webinar will be on the technology Lucas uses to create an engaging science/lab based course on campus and online. He will discuss his use of phone and iPad applications in the classroom as well as the virtual lab and various activities he uses in the online environment.  


On another note: Lucas will also be redoing his BIOL 100 course to make students create an online website and blogs throughout the quarter using their own specified area of land and the content for the course. He may be able to add a little bit of this into the presentation as well, since it is an online technology.


About the presenter:

Lucas Myers is a full-time biology instructor at Lower Columbia College.  He is in charge of designing and developing the general (cell) biology course as well as instructing a wide variety of other courses, such as anatomy/physiology, microbiology and survey of biology.  He teaches in a variety of environments, including a completely online cell biology course.


Note: Immediately after this webinar, there will be an IGNIS webinar with 5-10 minute segments on WA SBCTC funded Faculty Learning Communities.  Check the schedule for the topics.

Upcoming Faculty Professional Development Events!

posted May 16, 2014, 10:57 AM by MELODY SCHNEIDER

Faculty to Faculty – Sharing what worked

Faculty Share lessons, strategies and activities that worked! 

Friday May 30th  1-3pm

SNH 304


Edmonds Connections - Driving Student Success with Collaborative Technology

A joint Faculty Professional Development workshop with Edmonds Community College and the Edmonds School District faculty.

Faculty share best practices in blending technology into face to face classes.  

June 3, 3:00-5:00

Boardrooms A & B at ESC

Register!  Seating is limited



4th Annual Making Learning Visible

June 6, 11 - 1 in Brier Hall.


Faculty Learning Communities Webinar

posted May 14, 2014, 2:34 PM by Lyn Eisenhour

Join members

of the

SBCTC-Funded 2013-14 FLCs


as they share what they have learned through their work!


Thursday, May 15, 2014

2pm to 3pm


in the IGNIS Webinar Room


Reimagining Relationships Between High School and College Instructors

Tacoma Community College


LGBT+– LGBPTQIA Socially Responsible Faculty

Highline Community College


Transitioning a Face-to-Face Course to a Hybrid Course Using the Quality Matters™ Rubric Standards and Best Practices for Blended Learning

Olympic College


Reading Apprenticeship Across Disciplines and Programs

Highline Community College


No pre-registration required.


To participate, simply log in to the IGNIS webinar room


Jennifer Locke Whetham

Program Administrator, Faculty Development

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

My Blog: The ATL Blog that puts Learning at the Center”

Follow Me on Twitter


Snail Mail: 1300 Quince Street SE, Olympia WA 98504-2495


Free webinar on engaging students in online classes

posted May 14, 2014, 8:26 AM by Lyn Eisenhour

On May 20th from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (Pacific Time) I will be hosting a FREE webinar focusing on how to make connections with and ensure engagement of the students in your online classes.

Topics will include:

·         How to make personal connections

·         How to keep the content presentation interesting and interactive

·         How to best use the built in features of typical learning management systems to your advantage


This session will be interactive and share practical ideas that faculty can incorporate this academic term.


Dr. Cory has over 17 years of experience in higher education, as a teacher and an administrator in student services. She is currently a faculty and program coordinator for CityU’s Master of Education in Adult Learning and Doctor of Education in Leadership programs.

Register Here:





Rebecca C. Cory, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Faculty/Program Coordinator

Division of Doctoral Studies


BCD sessions on teaching & learning

posted May 7, 2014, 3:30 PM by Lyn Eisenhour   [ updated May 7, 2014, 3:30 PM ]

Building Community Day is just two days away! We are excited that this year’s event will feature a very full schedule of sessions that pertain to teaching and learning. Over a dozen sessions have been developed by faculty for faculty and staff. Come talk with your colleagues about teaching and learning.  The full schedule of events can be found here: This includes the 10 sessions sponsored by the Faculty Development Committee as well as even more sessions that relate to your classrooms and your students.


Sessions that may be of particular interest to faculty include:


9:45-10:45 Sessions:

§ Critical Thinking and Exam Writing: The Essentials

§ Students to Teachers

§ Activities which Incorporate the 4 Language Skills for Critical Thinking in any Subject Area

§ Motivational Interviewing

§ Managing Student Groups in Canvas

§ Getting Ready for the Surge

§ Incorporating Sustainability into Teaching

§ Managing Distressed/Disruptive Students in the Classroom

11:00-12:00 Sessions:

§ Using Westlaw Campus: Online Legal Research for the Nonlawyer Educator

§ Helping Underprepared Students Persist in their Transition to College

§ Faculty-to-Faculty: Instruction with Non-Native Speakers

§ How to Help Students who Use Substances

§ Refresh from the Best

§ Exploring Intersections

§ Getting Ready for the Surge

§ Incorporating Contemplative Practices in Teaching

§ Twitter Tips! Make Twitter Work for You   

There are even more sessions than those listed here! For a full list and all of the session descriptions, visit

We know there are a lot of choices this year! Consider strategizing with colleagues in your department or division so that you go to different sessions and compare notes afterward. 

Faculty to Faculty: Working with Struggling Students

posted Apr 21, 2014, 12:46 PM by Lyn Eisenhour

Friday April 25th  
1-3pm  MUK 117
Underprepared, Distracted, Challenged by Life and Language, New to College Environment... Students bring many challenges to the classroom.  What strategies do faculty use to support student success?  How can the new incident reporting system help?  Bring your challenges and ideas to this Faculty to Faculty Share and Discussion.  
Refreshments!  Colleagues sharing ideas!  Great ideas!  

Faculty Development Sessions at Building Community Day

posted Apr 21, 2014, 10:23 AM by Lyn Eisenhour

There will be 10 Faculty Development Committee-sponsored sessions at Building Community Day on May 9.

9:45-10:45 Sessions:
  • Critical Thinking and Exam Writing: The Essentials: Multiple choice test item writing can be improved through the use of critical thinking questions. Instead of writing questions where there is an easily determined right or wrong answer, critical thinking testing of interpretative material allows students to apply information clearly and rationally, using judgment based on the learned material. This lecture will cover the essential principles in constructing critical thinking multiple choice exam questions. Participants will be given the opportunity to build critical thinking questions from traditional fact-based questions.
  • Students to Teachers: Adult students bring adult lives with them into the classroom. Understanding the ways adult students interact with content and teaching styles and what they need in an adult learning environment can help instructors design effective curriculum. In this session, students at EdCC will talk about their experiences as students and the connections between their lives and learning.
  • Activities which Incorporate the 4 Language Skills for Critical Thinking in any Subject Area: This workshop will focus on student-led activities which utilize the Four Skills (Writing, Reading, Listening, and Speaking) to optimize language acquisition and critical thinking in any subject area. Participants will engage in activities which put the teacher in the roll of facilitator as students use all four language skills to think critically about course content. Activities include a debate, a scored discussion, and an article presentation/discussion.
  • Motivational Interviewing: This workshop will focus on student-led activities which utilize the Four Skills (Writing, Reading, Listening, and Speaking) to optimize language acquisition and critical thinking in any subject area. Participants will engage in activities which put the teacher in the roll of facilitator as students use all four language skills to think critically about course content. Activities include a debate, a scored discussion, and an article presentation/discussion.
  • Managing Student Groups in Canvas: We will develop a quick basic overview of groups, do a simple group creation walk-through, and address common pitfalls, tips and tricks from faculty, and time for questions.
11:00-12:00 Sessions:
  • Using Westlaw Campus: Online Legal Research for the Nonlawyer Educator: Did you know that as an employee of Edmonds Community College you have access to the primary online legal research database in the United States? Prized by lawyers for its comprehensive collection, Westlaw is a valuable tool for educators in all areas, not just law. This session will introduce you to the basics of using the Westlaw Campus database, and empower you to expand your curriculum and educational research in the legal realm.
  • Helping Underprepared Students Persist in their Transition to College: This session is half research, half discussion. I will share research on nonacademic factors that influence whether students persist through that first 15 college-level credits. Then we will discuss solutions--for the classroom and for student services--to help students from the high risk groups transition.
  • Faculty-to-Faculty: Instruction with Non-Native Speakers: Part One: Facilitated Conversation
    **Sharing successes--What are you doing/What have you tried in the classroom that supports/has supported NNS successfully in the classroom?
    **Addressing questions/concerns--What have been some challenges or concerns about working with NNS in the classroom?
    Part Two: Libguide Overview (a freshly launched resource to support instruction with Non-Native Speakers)
  • How to Help Students who Use Substances: Troubled students reach out to us for support and direction, but many of us wonder, "How do I help?" This workshop introduces the core communication skills and spirit of Motivational Interviewing, or MI. MI has a rich range of applications, and because compassion and respect form the spirit of MI, it is likely a good approach for educators and mentors who want to help troubled students.
  • Refresh from the Best: This session is a chance for faculty to review notes from past professional development events--conferences, workshops, etc.--and bring their favorite ideas to share with others. During the workshop, if participants come with others from their departments, they will break into department groups to share insights before reporting back to the group as a whole. Refreshing ideas that will encourage all faculty will also be shared. *Before May 9, an email to all faculty will invite them to skim through old conference and professional development notes to find their favorite "Ah ha" insights and ideas. They will also be encouraged to recruit others from their department to attend this session in order to share best practices in their field.   

Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Conference April 30 - May 2

posted Apr 15, 2014, 8:41 AM by Lyn Eisenhour

Conference information can be found here. Early registration deadline is April 15.

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