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.  

To register for October 2021 PD Workshops, please click here.

Anyone interested in attending is asked to register.  Sessions may be canceled or relocated.  Those who registered will be notified of any adjustments.  

If you require assistance in registering, please contact us at CAE@stclaircollege.ca

Lunchtime Reflections 

Oct 6 – 12-1pm 
Oct 29 – 12-1pm 

Join fellow faculty during lunchtime to discuss the recent transition back to the classroom. With mid-term season upon us, this is a perfect time to reflect on how the semester is going so far. What were the lessons learned? How can we enhance our teaching practice with what we learned teaching in an online environment? This is a loosely structured session where participants share experiences in an effort to learn from colleagues and foster community. 

 

Blackboard Basics  

Oct 7 – 1-2pm 

 

This workshop will cover the essentials of managing your courses through Blackboard. This workshop is ideal for faculty who have limited experience using Blackboard or need a refresher of the more basic functions of this learning management system. Topics include: 

  • What to include on your Blackboard site 

  • Adding to the Content Page 

  • Posting Announcements 

  • Managing Grade Centre 

  • Creating Groups 

  • Creating Assignments 

 

Office 365 & Microsoft Teams – Functions & Uses  

Oct 14 – 4-5pm 

 

This workshop will cover the basics of Office 365 for your classroom in order to easily share, display, and store documents for students, as well as keeping your teaching resources organized and easily accessible, without risk of losing files. There will be a main focus on using Microsoft Teams to connect with fellow faculty and students. Microsoft Teams is a great option to engage with students in a hybrid/virtual environment during class time, office hours, and lab hours. Learn to use features like screen share, white board, and PowerPoint Live.  

 

Flexible Classroom Training (Room 326) 

Oct 15 – 10-11am 

 

This workshop is designed for those instructors interested in increasing the level of collaborative and cooperative learning in their classes. Room 326 is a flexible classroom, equipped with moveable desks and chairs, individual whiteboards, and three SMART Boards. We’ll help you feel more comfortable with the technology in the room and spend some time playing with the equipment to highlight how you can boost student engagement and improve student learning. **Classroom 326 only accommodates 40 students. 

 

Unravelling the Mystery Behind Program Curriculum Mapping 

Oct 18 – 3:00-4:30pm  

 

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 and offer practical examples to illustrate the process. 

 

 

3-Part Series on Mental Health from Student Services:  


1) Understanding Burnout 

Oct 12 – 2-4pm 

2) Recognizing Emotional Distress in Students 

Oct 21 – 2-4pm 

(Part 3 to come in November) 

 

Student Services has graciously offered to provide faculty with a 3-part series of workshops, focusing on faculty and student mental health. Part 1 on Understanding Burnout will cover the importance of awareness of one's own mental health needs, wellbeing, and creating a wellness routine specific to you. Part 2 on Recognizing Emotional Distress in Students will help faculty recognize signs of distress in adolescents and adults, and learn how to implement effective and appropriate responses, using a trauma-informed approach.  

 

Flipgrid Training 

Oct 28 – 1-1:45pm 

 

 

Does this sound familiar? You go through hours planning a discussion board that you hope will elicit a wealth of ideas, reflections, and productive debate? After painstakingly creating and then monitoring this discussion board, you find students are completing the bare minimum. Whatever needs to be completed for marks, is all that is completed. Or worse, the discussion board is met with silence.

Flipgrid is a free tool that can serve as a fresh take on the discussion board that may have become stale among students and faculty alike. This workshop will consist of a demonstration followed by a sandbox where participants can test-drive the technology. Flipgrid is a great tool to utilize when considering engaging asynchronous activities that you want your students to participate in. It is also beneficial in helping to get to know your students (and students to get to know one another!).

By the end of this session, participants will…

  • Identify how Flipgrid could be used in present and future courses as an asynchronous teaching & learning activity
  • Create a video response as a ‘student’
  • Complete a Flipgrid discussion board that is ready to populate

 

 

 

Writing CLOs & EKS Statements 


Oct 26 – 3-4pm 

 

In this one hour workshop we’ll review the structure for writing Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) and their accompanying Embedded Knowledge and Skills (EKSs). We’ll share typical errors, explain why they are problematic and show you how to correct them. The structure for writing learning outcomes is the same for VLOs, CLOs, EKSs and Lesson Learning Outcomes. Anyone adjusting course outlines, creating new outlines or going through cyclical review will benefit from this workshop. 

 If you require assistance in registering, please contact us at CAE@stclaircollege.ca.


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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