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Professional Development

Columbus State offers a variety of professional development opportunities for faculty and staff to improve as educators and supporters of student learning. These include peer-led programs, outside experts, classroom and online self-paced learning. Some of these opportunities are coordinated by departments and others are college-wide and guided by faculty committees such as the Faculty Entry Training and Professional Development Committee and Student Success Committee among others. This section lists upcoming events and archives of past events.

Learning Opportunities:

Check back later for more Autumn 2015 events.

Faculty Launch!

Faculty Launch! is the full-time faculty orientation and a limited number of seats will be available for current full-time faculty to participate. All morning and early afternoon topics will be relevant to all faculty. Read more.

Student Success Summit

At the 2015 Success Summit -- "Showcasing Student Success"-- representatives of the dozens of college student success projects will tell the story of their work over the past year or describe new initiatives. There will also be a student panel. More information and registration information will be available at the start of Autumn semester.

Faculty Enrichment Series

This series serves as onboarding for new faculty and continuing professional development for veteran faculty. Autumn 2015 programs will be announced soon and will include a conversation with Distinguished Teachers, classroom assessment, dealing with difficult students, microaggressions and other cultural competence issues.

Cooperative Learning

Look for announcements about in-house workshops based on the cooperative learning training facilitated by the SCALE Institute from Patrick Henry Community College (see below). Workshops may include: base groups, using informal cooperative learning, and fostering critical thinking.


SCALE Workshops on Cooperative Learning

View bite-sized recordings from the SCALE workshop that took place in June 2014. Each focuses on a principle of effective design of cooperative learning.

Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX)

The second annual Faculty Idea Exchange was held on June 19th, 2015. Archived recordings  are posted on the FIX page.

"Cheating Lessons"

View recording of James Lang's talk about the link between the conditions of learning and assessment and propensity for students to cheat.

 Book and Journal List

Education scholar Ken Bain, in his book What the Best College Teachers Do, reports that the best “have at least an intuitive understanding of human learning akin to the ideas…emerging from research in the learning sciences.” In recent years, researchers have translated that science into books of principles and methods educators can apply. A collection of these resources is being assembled in our library that will be the basis for future workshops, LibGuides and our own investigations into “what works.”  You can view a guide to current book titles available for check out and journals accessible via the library. Want to add a title or offer a review? Contact Rich James.