Wednesday, August 9, 2017

PVCC 2017 Fall Learning Week

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Fall Learning Week at Paradise Valley Community College. Learning Week is a signature college event and part of the PVCC Learning Centered College Program and is organized through the PVCC Center for Employee and Organizational Learning.


Learning Week this year will be held Monday, August 14 - Saturday, August 19, 2017. We are pleased to present the Fall 2017 Learning Week Schedule. All sessions are open to all employees and are free of charge! Please click here to see the schedule and sessions descriptions. And kindly click here for registration.


Creating Sustainable Engagement for Faculty Development Initiatives

Taken from: Rachel C. Plews, EdD, Faculty Focus

As a faculty member working in educational development, there is a question at the forefront of my work—how do we drive and maintain engagement in faculty development initiatives?

In the book The Four Cultures of the Academy (Bergquist, 1992), those in academia who identify with developmental culture can be seen as idealistic and unproductive; they are busy imagining what things should be like as opposed to the more pragmatic colleagues in the collegial and managerial cultures who focus on plans and strategies that are often easier to implement and produce quantifiable impacts. With these competing forces and priorities, it can be easy for initiatives related to faculty development to get left behind or relegated to the compliance box of the checklist of things we simply must have. So how do we move away from this and promote a culture of sustainable engagement for faculty development? Here are five simple points to consider:
  1. Leverage marketing. Get back to the basics of the four Ps of marketing, also known as the “marketing mix” (Kotler, 2011): product, price, place, and promotion. In the context of faculty development, the product, or what we are “offering,” is the service of professional development. Although sometimes there is a financial cost, the most significant price for faculty is time. For place, the development is traditionally done in a face-to-face environment whether on or off campus. With the advancement of digital tools and new technologies, we can offer online solutions in both synchronous and asynchronous formats, including courses, webinars, and virtual environments. Finally, we increase awareness of what is available through promotion. Consider the ways in which you promote your workshops or programs. E-mails are easy to ignore and easy to delete. Consider something new, but make sure the core message is still present. Recently, I promoted a pedagogical working group series using Adobe Spark. Click here to see a sample. Read More...


5 Benefits of Digital Literacy

Taken from: Adobe

When you foster creativity and teach digital skills to all your students in every major, your students learn how to think critically, creatively solve problems, and express their ideas in compelling ways. With these skills, students succeed both in school and in their careers. Here are five things you need to know about digital literacy and the benefits it brings to both your students and your school:
  1. Digital literacy boosts student engagement. When students use powerful content-creation tools like Adobe Creative Cloud for their assignments and projects, they engage more deeply with the content, which helps them better understand information and communicate their knowledge in visually and digitally compelling ways. At the same time, faculty with digital skills can also make their course materials more interesting, which helps with student engagement as well.
  2. Digital literacy improves academic performance. According to Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy, the act of creating requires a higher order of thinking than other activities like remembering, understanding, and applying. When students use Creative Cloud tools to create presentations, infographics, animations, videos, or ePortfolios for their assignments, they understand it more deeply and retain it longer. This enables them to communicate their ideas, discoveries, and arguments in more innovative ways—often exceeding expectations in classes across all disciplines. Read More...


How Good Are Your Discussion Facilitation Skills?

Taken from: Maryellen Weimer, PhD, Faculty Focus

Successfully leading and guiding student discussions requires a range of fairly sophisticated communication skills. At the same time teachers are monitoring what’s being said about the content, they must keep track of the discussion itself. Is it on topic? How many students want to speak? Who’s already spoken and wants to speak again? How many aren’t listening? Is it time to move to a different topic? What’s the thinking behind that student question? How might the discussion be wrapped up?

Most of us are not trained discussion facilitators. We employ strategies discovered largely through trial and error—things that seem to keep discussions on track, moving forward, and engaging students. Unfortunately, many class discussions don’t stimulate thinking or push students to a deeper understanding. Sometimes that’s because students aren’t prepared, aren’t interested in the topic, are reluctant to participate, or think listening to their peers is a waste of time. But sometimes the discussion falls short because it wasn’t facilitated well. Read More...