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Reports

Surveys

One of the most important things we are doing is learning from our colleagues. To make this a “faculty-led” project, we must be in constant contact with the entire faculty. We plan to engage in regular surveys to learn about the needs of faculty. Once we start offering enrichment opportunities, we’ll also engage in surveys to allow faculty to evaluate our offerings.Survey results will be emailed to faculty, and/or archived here.

Survey results will be emailed to faculty, and/or archived here.

Spring and Summer 2016 Participant Follow Up

This survey was sent on October 17, 2016, and was closed November 8, 2016. The instrument was sent to all faculty who participated in at least one FCTL event during the Spring and Summer 2016 semesters. Out of 163 surveys sent, 45 faculty members chose to participate (response rate = 32%). This survey focused on the long term outcomes that faculty experienced as a result of their participation in FCTL events.

You can see the survey results here.

Fall 2016 FCTL Progress Report

This survey was sent to faculty members (Adjuncts, Counselors, Librarians, Full-Timers, and some Administrators who are teaching in Fall 2016) on September 8 2016, and was closed October 7 2016. 364 people participated for a response rate of 16%. This survey focused on FCTL efforts to reach out to faculty.

You can see the results HERE.

FY16 Archived Survey Reports

Fall 2015 Participant Follow Up

This survey was sent on Feb 1 2016, and was closed March 1, 2016. The instrument was sent to all faculty who participated in at least one FCTL event during the Fall 2015 semester. Out of 94 surveys sent, 35 faculty members chose to participate (response rate = 38%). This survey focused on the long term outcomes that faculty experienced as a result of their participation in FCTL events.

You can see the survey results HERE.

Fall 2015 FCTL Progress Report

This survey was sent to 1931 faculty members (Adjuncts, Counselors, Librarians, Full-Timers, and some Administrators who are teaching in Fall 2015). 474 people participated for a response rate of 25%. This survey focused on FCTL efforts to reach out to faculty.

You can see the results HERE.

FY15 Archived Survey Reports

Spring 2015 participant follow up

Spring 2015 participant follow up – This survey was sent on July 9, 2015, and was closed August 31, 2015. The survey was sent to all faculty who participated in at least one FCTL event during the Spring 2015 semester. Out of 122 surveys sent, 46 faculty members chose to participate (response rate = 38%). This survey focused on the long term outcomes that faculty experienced as a result of their participation in FCTL events.

 

Spring 2015 – FCTL follow up on Fall 2014 participants

Spring 2015 FCTL F14 follow up – This survey was sent on January 27, 2015, and was closed February 6, 2015. The survey was sent to all faculty who participated in at least one FCTL event during the Fall 2014 semester. Out of 95 surveys sent, 19 faculty members chose to participate (response rate = 19%). This survey focused on the long term outcomes that faculty experienced as a result of their participation in FCTL events.

 

Fall 2014 FCTL Survey #2

Fall 2014 – FCTL Survey #2 – “How would you like to participate?” – This survey was sent on Monday, August 18, 2014, and was closed September 2, 2014. Out of 2482 surveys sent, 267 faculty members chose to participate (response rate = 10.8%). This survey focused on preferred topics, times and formats for faculty development opportunities.

While the goal of the FCTL is transparency, the results of three survey questions have been removed from this report. We left in the names of individuals singled out for praise, but we did not wish to identify individuals who were listed as giving poor development experiences. Additionally, for privacy purposes we removed the names and emails of participants who gave their information in response to a call for volunteers.

The report presented here has been edited to remove the following:

  • Text answers to “Describe the WORST faculty development opportunity you have engaged in during the past three years.”
  • Text answers to “In thinking about the poor opportunity above, please explain what made it so disappointing.”
  • Text answers to “If you are interested in any of the above opportunities for helping the Center, please provide your name, campus, department, and email address. This information will not be tied to any of your other answers.”

 

New Faculty Seminar – Quickie Survey

This quickie survey simply existed to help schedule the New Faculty Seminar. With 64 faculty members responding, we had 50 votes for Friday mornings, and 14 votes for Saturday mornings. In response to this survey, we’ve scheduled the New Faculty Seminar on Friday mornings in the Fall 2014 semester. More information will be available as things with this project move forward.

 

Summer 2014 Survey #1

Summer 2014 Survey #1 – This survey was offered to our entire faculty. Out of 2458 surveys sent, 580 faculty members chose to participate. We thank those of you who helped us get to this 23.6% response rate, which we think is astounding for the summer! This survey focuses on some ideas for our first initiatives, and asked faculty members to contribute their ideas for how we could introduce new faculty to our college. See the full survey questions here.

FY17 Evaluations
Project ACC Summer Institute

The Project ACC Summer Institute on Engaged and Active Teaching was a collaborative program led by the current Project ACC Faculty Fellows. This week-long event included interactive plenary and breakout sessions that gave faculty the tools necessary to explore and pilot engaged and interactive teaching strategies in their classroom.

This event took place from June 5th to June 9th.

See the evaluations broken down by day here: June 5th, June 6th, June 7th, June 8th, and June 9th.

Faculty Intellectual Feasts 2016 – 2017

The Great Questions Faculty Feasts are a series of four dinners for ACC faculty focused on the discussion of classic texts and Great Books. The goal of these dinners is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and discussion while engaging faculty with challenging texts meant to open intellectual horizons and reinvigorate faculty teaching. As interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty breeds creativity and new perspectives, we are delighted to see such diverse departmental and discipline representation around our table.

This event took place between October 2016 and May 2017.

See the evaluations here.

FCTL Riverboat Cruise 2017

At this faculty-focused event, we welcomed guest speaker Evelyn Waiwaiole, Director of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). She’s spent time learning from students, administrators, and faculty from across the United States about best practices for success in higher education. At this special event, Faculty were part of the conversation on faculty engagement and student success here at ACC, and they got insight into the national conversation. It was an oppurtunity to earn faculty development credit, share your thoughts about faculty engagement, hear from an expert and enjoy dinner with your colleagues as we cruised Ladybird Lake in search of real Riverbats!

This event took place 4/27/2017.

See the evaluations here.

Computerside Chats May 2017

This session focused on several chapters. The Tips and Strategies chapters covered are Chapter 10 – Ensuring Appropriate Challenge AND Chapter 11 – Promoting Holistic Learning. The Student Engagement Techniques chapters covered are Chapter 16 – Application and Performance AND Chapter 17 – Attitudes and Values. They heard best practices and actual activities you can use to ensure that your classes are challenging your students at the right level, that enable you to design your course with the big picture in mind, to give your students practice applying course material, and to improve how your students view your class and learning in general.

This event took place 5/2/2017 and 5/10/2017.

See the evaluations here.

Computerside Chats April 2017

This session focused on several chapters. The Tips and Strategies chapter covered was Chapter 9 – Building Community. The Student Engagement Techniques chapters covered were Chapter 14 – Synthesis and Creative Thinking AND Chapter 15 – Problem Solving. Participants learned about best practices and actual activities they could use to create strong connections between students, encourage creative thought into their classes, and improve how students attack challenging questions.

This event took place 4/4/2017 and 4/19/2017.

See the evaluations here.

Faculty Connection Series #3 – Learning About Teaching Through Reflection

In this session, faculty discussed ACC’s evaluation process more personally; as an opportunity to reflect on the current semester with an eye toward how to make the next one even better. This interactive session got faculty members thinking about their syllabi, teaching philosophies, and future growth as educators.

This event took place April 28th, 2017 at 8:30 AM

See the evaluations here.

Computerside Chats March 2017

This session focused on several chapters. The Tips and Strategies chapter covered was Chapter 8 – Promoting Active Learning. The Student Engagement Techniques chapters that were covered were Chapter 13 – Analysis and Critical Thinking AND Chapter 19 – Learning and Study Skills. Participants learned about best practices and actual activities they could use to explore active learning techniques, to help their students grow their abilities as critical thinkers, and to improve their study skills and their success as students.

This event took place 3/7/2017 and 3/22/2017

See the evaluations here.

Faculty Connection Series #2 – Helping Your Students Achieve Success

In this session, faculty were exposed to resources from ACC and beyond that support student success. We focused on colleague to colleague sharing of best practices in the classroom, and participants left with new ideas that they can easily implement.

This event took place March 24th, 2017 at 8:30 AM

See the evaluations here.

Computerside Chats February 2017

This session focused on several chapters. The Tips and Strategies chapter covered was Chapter 7 – Fostering Motivation. The Student Engagement Techniques chapter covered was Chapter 12 – Knowledge, Skills, Recall, and Understanding and Chapter 18 – Self-Awareness as Learners. Best practices and actual activities you can use to help your students feel more motivated, to more deeply learn your classroom material, and to improve their metacognitive skills and their success as students were included in this discussion.

This event took place 2/7/2017 and 2/15/2017

See the evaluations here.

Faculty Connection Series Session One – The Engaging Classroom: How do YOU achieve it?

In this session, faculty learn more about their college, their colleagues, and their students. With a series of interactive group activities and round table discussions, faculty members have the opportunity to explore solutions to teaching challenges. They learn about what research has to say about best practices in teaching, and how to bring those ideas to the classroom in a way that works for each individual’s personal style.

This event took place February 10th, 2017 at 8:30 AM

See the evaluation here

New Faculty Seminar Session Three

In this session, new faculty were introduced to ACC’s evaluation and portfolio process. Resources for learning more about specific departmental and college-wide requirements were provided. The focus included using the evaluation process more personally; as an opportunity to reflect on their current semester with an eye toward how to make the next one even better. This interactive session covered topics for faculty members to think about their syllabi, teaching philosophies, and future growth as educators.

This session took place on 11/18/2016.

See the evaluations here. Due to a scanning issue, the evaluations were rewritten. You can view the original evaluations here.

Computerside Chats December 2016

This session focused on Chapters 7 and 8. Chapter 7 discusses “Graphic Organizers” which challenge students to develop new ways of looking at class material. You’ll be exposed to research about this powerful technique and get easy tips that will encourage your students to re-evaluate the way they interact with your subject. Chapter 8 investigates “Metacognitive Reflection” and will give you ways to get students to assess their own learning. Research repeatedly demonstrates the importance of metacognitive skills in learning, and you’ll get tips that will help your students practice and benefit from an improved understanding of how their brains process information.

This session took place on 12/6/2016 and 12/14/2016.

See the evaluations here.

Computerside Chats November 2016

This session focused on Chapters 5 and 6. Chapter 5 examines “Reading Strategies” and offers faculty suggestions for engaging students as effective readers. If your students come to class unprepared, the tips in this chapter are for you! You’ll get ideas for how to improve the way your students prepare for class. Chapter 6 covers “Writing to Learn” and gives options for techniques that will have students practicing their writing communication. If you’ve been struggling to incorporate this important competency in your classes, or if you just want to be inspired to develop new activities, you’ll get some great ideas from this chapter.

This session took place on 11/1/2016 and 11/16/2016.

See the evaluations here.

Computerside Chats October 2016

This was part 2 of a 4 part online learning workshop for ACC faculty. Chats for Fall 2016 will focus on the book “Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Educational Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success” by Claire Howell Major, Michael S. Harris, and Todd Zakrajsek.

This session focused on Chapters 3 and 4. Chapter 3 covers “Reciprocal Peer Teaching” and encourages instructors to give students the chance to teach each other. Many of the techniques in this chapter can be used by peppering them throughout your already prepared curriculum. Chapter 4 covers “Academic Games” and challenges instructors to creatively incorporate gaming in the classroom. Some of these games require a great deal of in-class time, other require much less or can be accomplished as homework. The authors argue that games in general are a great way to get students to actively engage with material and that faculty can adapt virtually any game into an opportunity for learning.

These events took place on 10/4/2016 and 10/12/2016.

See the evaluations here.

New Faculty Seminar Session Two

In this session, new faculty were exposed to resources from ACC and beyond that support student success. Participants focused on colleague to colleague sharing of best practices in the classroom, and left with new ideas to easily implement.

This event took place on 10/14/16, and was entitled “Helping Your Students Achieve Success.”

See the evaluations here.

Computerside Chats September 2016

This was part 1 of a 4 part online learning workshop for ACC faculty. Chats for Fall 2016 will focus on the book “Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Educational Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success” by Claire Howell Major, Michael S. Harris, and Todd Zakrajsek.

This session focused on Chapters 1 and 2. Chapter 1 investigates “The Lecture Method” and offers current research on how to best use this time-honored technique. Chapter 2 covers “The Discussion Method” and details how to engage students in conversations that will facilitate learning.

See the evaluations here.

New Faculty Seminar Session One

In this session, new faculty were invited to learn more about their college, their colleagues, and their students. With a series of interactive group activities and round table discussions, faculty members new to ACC were given the opportunity to find key points of contact in the college and develop solutions to early challenges.

This event took place on 9/23/16, and was entitled “Connecting With Your College, Colleagues, and Students.”

See the evaluations here.

Project ACC Info Session

In this session, participants were introduced to the Project Active and Collaborative Communities (Project ACC). Project ACC is designed to increase faculty awareness and implementation of engaged learning practices (for example active and collaborative activities, group projects, class discussions, impromptu reflective writing, internships, and service learning). We will achieve this over a several year period where successive cadres of Faculty Fellows take on leadership roles at the college and support their colleagues in future cadres.

Each group of Faculty Fellows will serve for four semesters to research best practices, apply them in their classrooms, then lead other faculty members at a three-day Project ACC Institute. After hosting an Institute, Fellows will serve as mentors to support Institute Attendees and the next round of Faculty Fellows. Throughout their tenure, Fellows will be sharing what they have learned about engaged teaching techniques that are effective for their specific Area of Study (AoS).

The goal is to promote faculty leadership focused on improving student learning and student success. In addition, materials created for Project ACC Institutes will be added to a repository to allow for a comprehensive faculty orientation program and ongoing faculty development opportunities.

This event took place on 8/26/16. For more information about Project ACC, click here.

See the evaluations here.

What Students Don’t Know That They Don’t Know

In this interactive session, participants gained new knowledge about how cognitive psychologists understand the learning process. Scientists now understand that most people (students AND teachers) have beliefs about learning and memory that are incorrect, and that these beliefs can negatively impact student success.

This event took place on 8/26/16.

See the evaluations here.

Diffusing Tense Situations / Improving Student Interactions

This was a 2 hour workshop developed as a part of the FCTL Departmental Collaborations Project (http://sites.austincc.edu/fctl/departmental-collaborations/). This was the result of the joint efforts of the EMSP department and the FCTL. It was presented on Wednesday, August 24 at  EVC #9109, from 1:00 – 3:00pm. The workshop covered a discussion of best practices for improving student interactions, an exploration of options for modeling professional behavior with students, and practice with scenarios outlining challenging student interactions.

See the evaluations here.

FY16 Evaluations
Assignment Charrette

Assignment Charrettes are generally day-long events that gather faculty to share and improve their assignments. The charrette model has been used successfully across a wide range of disciplines to encourage thoughtful development of materials that align with course level and program level objectives. Here at ACC, we tried a shortened charrette model, which only required 4 hours.

Participants in the assignment charrette worked in facilitated teams to review one assignment from each participant. They had time to present their assignment, get verbal and written feedback from other participants as well as to provide feedback to others. The goal was to have participants bring an assignment they would like to improve, or a new assignment they’d like to develop with the help of their teaching peers. This collaborative event culminated in sharing across teams and then sharing of improved assignments with colleagues across the college.

This event took place on 7/22/16. For more information about this event, please visit http://sites.austincc.edu/fctl/charrette/.

See the evaluations here.

FCTL Riverboat Cruise

At this faculty-focused event, we welcomed Dr. Cynthia Ferrell, Executive Director of the Texas Success Center who has spent time learning from faculty across the state as Texas community colleges work toward pathways redesign. At this special event, faculty were a part of the conversation on guided pathways and student success at ACC, and received insight into the statewide conversation.

Faculty:

  • Learned more about the faculty role in guided pathways
  • Shared teaching wisdom
  • Networked with colleagues
  • Earned faculty development credit (3 hours)
  • Enjoyed dinner & bat watching on the lake

This event took place on 6/6/16. For more information about this event, please visit austincc.edu/FCTLriverboat.

See the evaluations here.

Computerside Chats May 2016

This is part 4 of a 4 part online learning workshop for ACC faculty presented in May. This session focussed on Chapters 7 and 8. Chapter 7 discussed “Graphic Organizers” which challenges students to develop new ways of looking at class materials. Faculty were exposed to research about this powerful technique and got easy tips that encourage students to re-evaluate the way they interact with a subject. Chapter 8 investigated “Metacognitive Reflection” and gave attendees ways to get students to assess their own learning. Research repeatedly demonstrates the importance of metacognitive skills in learning, and attendees received tips that help their students practice and benefit from an improved understanding of how their brains process information.

Dates for these events include  5/5/16 and 5/10/16. For more information about these events, please visit www.austincc.edu/computersidechats

See the evaluations here.

Computerside Chats April 2016

This is part 3 of a 4 part online learning workshop for ACC faculty presented in April. This session focussed on Chapters 5 and 6. Chapter 5 examined “Reading Strategies” and offered faculty suggestions for engaging students as effective readers. Attendees got ideas for how to improve the way their students prepare for class. Chapter 6 covered “Writing to Learn” and gave options for techniques that have students practicing their writing communication.

Dates for these events include  4/5/16 and 4/21/16. For more information about these events, please visit www.austincc.edu/computersidechats

See the evaluations here.

Faculty Connection Series Session Three

In this session, faculty discuss ACC’s evaluation process more personally; as an opportunity to reflect on the current semester with an eye toward how to make the next one even better. This interactive session gets faculty members thinking about their syllabi, teaching philosophies, and future growth as educators.

This event took place on 4/22/2016

See the evaluations here.

Computerside Chats March 2016

This is part 2 of a 4 part online learning workshop for ACC faculty presented in March.  This session focused on Chapters 3 and 4. Chapter 3 covers “Reciprocal Peer Teaching” and encourages instructors to give students the chance to teach each other. Many of the techniques in this chapter can be used by peppering them throughout your already prepared curriculum. Chapter 4 covers “Academic Games” and challenges instructors to creatively incorporate gaming in the classroom. Some of these games require a great deal of in-class time, other require much less or can be accomplished as homework. The authors argue that games in general are a great way to get students to actively engage with material and that faculty can adapt virtually any game into an opportunity for learning.

Dates for these events include  3/1/16 and 3/31/16. For more information about these events, please visit www.austincc.edu/computersidechats

See the evaluations here.

Faculty Connection Series Session Two

In this session, faculty were exposed to resources from ACC and beyond that support student success. We focused on colleague to colleague sharing of best practices in the classroom, and participants left with new ideas that they can easily implement.

This event took place on 3/25/2016

See the evaluations here.

Computerside Chats February 2016

This was part 1 of a 4 part online learning workshop for ACC faculty, presented twice in February 2016. These sessions focussed on Chapters 1 and 2. Chapter 1 investigated “The Lecture Method” and offered current research on how to best use this time-honored technique. Attendees heard some tips for making lecture even more valuable for students. Chapter 2 covered “The Discussion Method” and detailed how to engage students in conversations that will facilitate learning. Faculty got some ideas they could easily keep in their back pocket to introduce discussions in their classes at a moment’s notice.

These events took place on 2/9/16 and 2/18/16. For more information about these events, please visit www.austincc.edu/computersidechats

This evaluation was completed online after both sessions were completed. We had 13 faculty submit evaluations, a response rate of 93%.

See the evaluations here.

Faculty Connection Series Session One

In this session, faculty were invited to learn more about their college, their colleagues, and their students. With a series of interactive group activities and round table discussions, faculty members were given the opportunity to explore solutions to teaching challenges. They learned about what research has to say about best practices in teaching, and how to bring those ideas to the classroom in a way that works for each individual’s personal style.

This event took place on 2/12/16.

See the evaluations here.

What Students Don’t Know That They Don’t Know

In this interactive session, participants heard about research from the area of cognitive psychology that focuses on how we learn.

This event took place on 1/15/16.

See the evaluations here.

Infusing a Global Perspective into Your Classroom

This workshop was a discussion with ACC faculty and UT’s Hemispheres group to determine how we can work together to create a collaborative program between both schools to bring global issues and internationalization into college level classes.

This event took place on 1/15/16.

See the evaluations here.

New Faculty Seminar Session Three

In this session, new faculty were introduced to ACC’s evaluation and portfolio process. Resources for learning more about specific departmental and college-wide requirements were provided. The focus was on using the evaluation process more personally; as an opportunity to reflect on the current semester with an eye toward how to make the next one even better.

This event took place on 11/20/15, and was entitled “Learning From Your Experiences at ACC.”

See the evaluations here.

New Faculty Seminar Session Two

In this session, new faculty members were exposed to resources from ACC and beyond that support student success. We focused on colleague to colleague sharing of best practices in the classroom, and participants left with new ideas that they can easily implement.

This event took place on 10/9/15, and was entitled “Helping Your Students Achieve Successs.”

See the evaluations here.

New Faculty Seminar Session One

This was our first session of brand new seminar aimed at faculty members who’ve recently joined ACC. In this session, new faculty were invited to learn more about their college, their colleagues, and their students.

This event took place on 9/18/15, and was entitled “Connecting With Your College, Colleagues, and Students.”

See the evaluations here.

FY15 Evaluations
Stammtisch WHAAAT?

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) is working to connect faculty with their colleagues. One of our initiatives is the “ACC Faculty Stammtisch,” which gives faculty the chance to talk about pedagogy and collaborate with other educators from across the college to grow as professionals.

In the Fall of 2015, we’ll have a monthly Faculty Stammtisch at almost every campus. This workshop at General Assembly was an opportunity to see what a Stammtisch is like, and meet some of our faculty ambassadors. Faculty joined us for this chance to come out of their silos, enjoyed snacks and learned from their colleagues in a casual atmosphere.

You can see the evaluations for this event here.

Student Engagement: How do you achieve it? a workshop for Adult Basic Education instructors

This workshop was presented August 11, 2015. FCTL created this workshop and collaborated with ABE facilitators Dawn Closson and Amber Miller to share it with faculty.

Evaluations can be viewed here.

2015 Stammtisch Pilot Evals

Click here to see the evaluations

Faculty Connection Series #3

Learning about Teaching through Reflection

In this session, faculty discussed ACC’s evaluation process more personally; as an opportunity to reflect on the current semester with an eye toward how to make the next one even better. This interactive session encouraged faculty members to think about their syllabi, teaching philosophies, and future growth as educators.

May 8, 2015
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
HBC 201

See the evaluations here.

Dr. James Rhem: Visiting Scholar and Teaching & Learning Expert

For the entire month of April 2015, the FCTL is hosting visiting scholar and teaching and learning expert, Dr. James Rhem. Dr. Rhem is the creator of both The Teaching Professor and The National Teaching and Learning FORUM. He’ll be visiting ACC as part of his year-long residency program to help institutions of higher education focus on the importance of TEACHING.

Learn more about Dr. Rhem and his activities at ACC here.

A Buffet of Fundamental Truths about Learning – A Conversation

This was an opportunity to explore the art of teaching with our visiting scholar, Dr. James Rhem. In this session, Dr. Rhem engaged faculty in a conversation about some fundamental truths about teaching. He provided a menu of possible truths to discuss, and participants selected the final buffet of discussion topics. Dr. Rhem then guided participants through an interactive discussion about what matters most to creating effective teaching experiences.

See evaluations here.

Faculty Connection Series – Session #1

In this session, faculty were invited to learn more about their college, their colleagues, and their students. With a series of interactive group activities and round table discussions, faculty members were given the opportunity to explore solutions to teaching challenges. They learned about what research has to say about best practices in teaching, and how to bring those ideas to the classroom in a way that works for each individual’s personal style.

This event took place on 2/13/15 and was titled “The Engaging Classroom: How do YOU achieve it?”

See the evaluations here.

See the agenda here.

Teaching Dual-Credit Students

This workshop was intended to assist any instructor working with high school students taking ACC courses for college credit. Training focused on myths and perceptions about teaching dual credit students, best practices for managing a modern dual credit classroom, how to problem-solve common challenges in dual credit, and how to leverage the dual credit experiences to improve your instructional success with all ACC students. This class is highly recommended for all instructors working with Early College High School or Early College Start students and is a repeat of the workshop offered at General Assembly 2014. Sponsored by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL).

See the evaluations here.

New Faculty Seminar – Session #3

In this session, new faculty were introduced to ACC’s evaluation and portfolio process. Resources for learning more about specific departmental and college-wide requirements were provided. The focus was on using the evaluation process more personally; as an opportunity to reflect on the current semester with an eye toward how to make the next one even better. This interactive session got faculty members thinking about their syllabi, teaching philosophies, and future growth as educators.

This event took place on 11/21/14 and was titled “Learning From Your Experiences at ACC.”

See the evaluations here.

See the agenda here.

New Faculty Seminar – Session #2

In this session, new faculty members were exposed to resources from ACC and beyond that support student success. We focused on colleague to colleague sharing of best practices in the classroom, and participants left with new ideas that they can easily implement.

This event took place on 10/24/14, and was entitled “Helping Your Students Achieve Successs.”

See the evaluations here.

See the agenda here.

New Faculty Seminar – Session #1

This was our first session of brand new seminar aimed at faculty members who’ve recently joined ACC. In this session, new faculty were invited to learn more about their college, their colleagues, and their students.

This event took place on 9/26/14, and was entitled “Connecting With Your College, Colleagues, and Students.”

See the evaluations here.

See the agenda here.

Rhem Riverboat Cruise

On April 24, 2015, the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) invited ACC faculty members to celebrate our visiting faculty expert, Dr. James Rhem. At this faculty-focused event, faculty members were given time to talk with Dr. Rhem to hear his thoughts on teaching from his visits with faculty across the country. Dr. Rhem also led faculty in a conversation about the challenges of teaching. A scavenger hunt event where colleagues shared teaching tips and an evening of connecting with colleagues were rounded out by a yummy dinner while we cruised Ladybird Lake in search of real Riverbats.

Evaluations were conducted online after the event, and were completed by 50% of the participants.

See evaluations from this event here.

Faculty Connection Series – Session #2

Helping Your Students Achieve Success
In this session, faculty were exposed to resources from ACC and beyond that support student success. We focused on colleague to colleague sharing of best practices in the classroom, and participants left with new ideas that they can easily implement.

April 10, 2015
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
HBC 201

See the evaluations here.

Improving Affordability of Textbooks for ACC Students: A Discussion Forum for Faculty and Staff

Students have long been concerned with the rapidly increasing costs of their textbooks. Currently, many students must pay almost as much for their texts as they do to attend ACC, and this issue seriously impacts the affordability of a community college education.

See the evaluations here.

What Students Don’t Know That They Don’t Know

In this interactive session, participants heard about research from the area of cognitive psychology that focuses on how we learn. Scientists now understand that most people (students AND teachers) have beliefs about learning and memory that are incorrect, and that these beliefs can negatively impact student success. Attendees were encouraged to join the conversation and develop strategies for learning and teaching that are based in the science of thinking and memory. The hope was that they would leave with ideas that you can share with your students to empower them to study smarter.

Missi Patterson has been a professor of psychology at ACC since 1999 and loves to help students learn about how the brain works. She is currently serving as the Assistant Dean of Faculty Development, leading the creation and operation of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL). She’s a passionate believer in the idea that faculty can enrich their teaching simply by taking the time to collaborate with and learn from their colleagues.

See the evaluations here.

Working with Diversity – A hands on workshop

Working with diverse populations can be challenging, this hands-on workshop will help you understand and identify the effects of stereotyping and labeling in our interactions with others. Led by Glynis Christine, an instructor of sociology, psychology and human development at ACC.

See the evaluations for October 17, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm here.
See the evaluations for October 17, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm here.
See the evaluations for October 31, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm here.
See the evaluations for October 31, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm here.

Sociology Incubator #1

FCTL is partnering with the Sociology Department and the goal is to learn more about how to provide discipline-specific faculty development opportunities at department meetings by departmental request.

See the first session’s evaluations here.

Teaching Dual-Credit Students 2014

This event was a collaboration with the ECHS department and aimed to give ACC instructors who teach in High School programs the opportunity to learn from each other and from members of the ECHS and ECS departments. It took place on 8/22/14 as a part of the afternoon workshops of General Assembly.

See the evaluations here.

See the evaluations from the Brown Bag session on October 31 here.

Annual Reports

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