St. Clair College is committed to supporting faculty in the pursuit of professional development activities, both within and outside of the College, in order to ensure currency of faculty and promote curricular and instructional innovation.

View details for upcoming sessions available at our campuses or online. We are always looking for new, innovative workshop ideas, and other programs to support learning-centered instruction and education excellence. Please contact us if you have any questions or ideas! We would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with you.  

Engaging Students with Games and Technology

Presenters: Cindy Goens, James Lapeer, St. Clair College

Explore using technology in a game-based learning platform that allows the learner to engage in quizzes, polls, and surveys in a way that encourages the students to be active in the classroom. Join us in discovering multiple ways of using technology in the classroom to quiz, poll and survey learners in a fun and interactive way.  We’ll be demonstrating the use of “gamification” in the classroom; Kahoot, Family Feud, and Plickers to name a few. Remember to bring your cell phone or other Wi-Fi enabled device.

Tuesday, May 2, 10:00-12:00 Noon, Room 45H, South Campus

Tuesday, June 6 10:00-12:00 Noon Room 122 A Thames Campus

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Constructing your Teaching Portfolio

Presenters: James Lapeer, Debbie Ferrari, St. Clair College and Natasha Hannon, Niagara College

Have you ever considered creating a Teaching Portfolio? Depending on who you ask, constructing a Teaching Portfolio can be living document yielding practical results or become a time-intensive task with little return on your investment. This introductory session will allow individuals an opportunity to view several samples of Teaching Portfolios; consider the multiple purposes of Teaching Portfolios, and visualize typical sections, components and evidence used. Participants will also have an opportunity to collaborate in small groups and brainstorm potential artifacts they may incorporate within a Portfolio of their own.  

Wednesday, May 10 09:00-10:30 a.m. Room 326  South Campus

Thursday, May 25 09:00-10:30 a.m. Room 326  South Campus

BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE Thursday, May 25 09:00-10:30 a.m.

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Unraveling the Mystery Behind Program Curriculum Mapping

Presenter: Lindi Prendi, St. Clair College

You may have noticed that mapping has become the buzz word of the day in the last few years. Approximately one-third of the programs at the college undergo program mapping for a number of reasons including new program development, curriculum changes, program standard updates and/or cyclical reviews. Mapping is a powerful tool used to ensure high-quality programs and compliance with ministry requirements. This session aims to outline the benefits and challenges related to curriculum mapping.  You are encouraged to bring your laptop for this session.

Thursday, May, 18, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Room 326 South Campus

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ExamView & Prosper

Presenter: Jen Shettell, St. Clair College

ExamView Test Generator is a straight forward program designed to support Faculty with an efficient means of creating course assessments while Prosper is a test/exam analysis program capable of analyzing the results for an individual student or the entire course.  The session will also explore ways these technologies and reports may support your teaching.  In this workshop, you will learn about basic features of each in order to quickly generate question pools, construct multiple versions of a tests or exams with corresponding answer keys, and analyze outcome results of course assessments in a meaningful way. A helpful ExamView and Prosper handout will be provided to assist faculty with navigating the software after the workshop.  Please bring an electronic copy of a test for you to practice with during the workshop.  

Monday, May 29, 10:00-12:00 Noon, Room 122AB Thames Campus

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Lesson Planning in a Snap!

Presenter: Linda Hill, St. Clair College

There simply never seems to be enough time.  In this workshop, you’ll learn a quick tool for organizing and structuring a lesson that includes all the essential components of an effective lesson plan.  The BOPPPS model for lesson planning is used in colleges and universities throughout North America.  Bring a course outline for an upcoming course and we’ll get right to work!

Wednesday, May 24, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Room 326, South Campus

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Essential Employability Skills (EES) in Curriculum

Presenter: Linda Hill, St. Clair College

Essential Employability Skills (EES) are a mandated component of all MTCU program standards.  There are, however, a number of misconceptions about the way in which these skills should be built into our programs.  Join us as we explore the role of EES in program curriculum. In this session, we will answer a number of questions including: How much EES should my course have? How do I record EES on my course outline? How do I link EES to assessments and learning activities? You are encouraged to bring your laptop for this session.

Friday, May 19, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Room 318 South Campus

ONLINE with Blackboard Collaborate Friday, May 19, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

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Integrated Course Planning

Presenter: James Lapeer, St. Clair College

Are you seeing the level of student performance you expect on your assessment activities? If not, perhaps the solution can be found in Integrated Course Development. This presentation/workshop explores Fink’s (2003) concept of Integrated Course Design and presents ideas and tools to ensure assessment is directly connected to learning outcomes and course activities. In this session, participants will explore a process and design template for course construction that ensures integration of outcomes, assessment, and learning activities.

Monday, June 5, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Room 326 South Campus

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Designing Rubrics

Presenter: James Lapeer, St. Clair College

Why use rubrics?  Rubrics ensure that assessments are fair and consistent.  Students can use rubrics to assist their learning through self-assessment. When well designed, rubrics provide reliability and validity to the assessment process.  For professors, rubrics provide a tool to bridge the gap between expectations and performance.  Finally, rubrics provide a manageable, efficient method of evaluation regardless of class size.  Rubrics play are a critical component of any assessment and evaluation method.  In this workshop, participants will explore various types of rubrics, discuss basic principles of rubric design, and construct a rubric template for practical use.

Friday, June 23, 09:30-11:00 a.m. Room 45Q South Campus

ONLINE with Blackboard Collaborate Friday, June 23, 09:30-11:00 a.m.  

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Outlining the Research Process: Getting Started with Initial Steps?

Presenter: Jody Merritt, St. Clair College

This workshop will discuss the various ways participants can get started with research.  We will discuss how to convert problems or gaps within our teaching areas into research projects and research development plans using the research wheel methodology.  Participants will discuss how to construct a research question or hypotheses and select tools to measure outcomes.  Participants are welcome to submit their research design and research progress related to future projects for assistance.

Thursday, May 11, 9:00-10:30 a.m., Room 326 South Campus

ONLINE with Blackboard Collaborate Thursday, May 11, 9:00-10:30 a.m.,

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Writing Outcomes and EKS Statements

Presenter: Corey Pyne, St. Clair College

Join a group of colleagues as we explore the ins and outs of writing well-constructed course outcomes and EKS (Embedded Knowledge and Skills) statements.  In this interactive workshop, we review the fundamental characteristics of outcomes and ideas for “unbundling” outcomes into EKS statements.

Monday, May 15, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Room 326 South Campus

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Faculty may also pursue further academic, professional, or technical education or maintain currency in their fields by participating in conferences, meetings, industry placements, job shadowing or exchanges.  New hires will participate in the Western Region College Educational Development Program, in-house training, during their probationary period.

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