Resources for Faculty Development
NWACC secures this subscription based professional development website for all employees. The iStream's website description provided from their site is:
"Explore iStream…the League's web-based, multimedia portal where faculty, staff, administration, and students find quick solutions for research and reference needs using the latest web 2.0 technology. An iStream subscription provides everyone at your campus access to videos, articles, publications, and learning programs, along with the best of the League's conferences, services, partnerships, and collaborative communities."
Here is the quick and easy way for people to register for their individual access: Go to www.league.org/istream Click on Create Your iStream Account Select your college from the drop-down menu Enter your first/last name, and institutional email address Click Submit A confirmation email will be sent with instructions for logging in and creating your iStream account.
The Teaching Professor
The Teaching Professor newsletter is published by Magna Publications. Information on the newsletter from their website says:
"The Teaching Professor is a lively, informative newsletter with a singular purpose: to provide ideas and insight to educators who are passionate about teaching. With each issue, The Teaching Professor delivers thought-provoking and inspirational articles on a wealth of critical topics. Brief and to the point, it covers such subjects as:
• Student-centered learning • Mentoring new and adjunct faculty • Overcoming student apathy • Energizing and re-inspiring experienced faculty • Integrating new technology • Responding to course evaluations and feedback"
Please contact Kate Burkes, Director of Distance Learning for access information to this newsletter.
20 Minute Commons
The description of this professional development resource from the company follows: "20 Minute Mentor Commons is a collection of targeted faculty development videos, grounded in sound educational theory, that offer solutions to common classroom challenges—in just 20 minutes! Here's how a Group Online Subscription works:
• Your college or university purchases a site license covering your entire campus community.
Please contact Kate Burkes, Director of Distance Learning for access information.
"Online Classroom is the newsletter of choice for those who want to stay abreast of the rapidly evolving world of online teaching. This monthly publication helps you:
• Create and design quality online courses • Stay current with the latest online learning strategies • Manage online courses without becoming overwhelmed • Keep online students engaged and committed • Continuously evolve and improve your online courses"
Please contact Kate Burkes, Director of Distance Learning
NWACC has an institutional membership to this organization. NISOD describes itself this way:
"Since 1978, the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD) has been dedicated to the professional development of faculty, administrators, and staff; and to the continued improvement of teaching and learning, with the ultimate goal of student success.
More than 700 community colleges around the world are NISOD-members, including almost every large community college district, the majority of urban and technical colleges in the United States and Canada, and more than 200 small, rural colleges around the world."
Check this organization's professional development resources out at www.nisod.org.
From their website: "Our work aligns with our mission; to sustain an international community of professionals by sharing expertise and resources to advance faculty, staff, and organizational effectiveness.
With the evolving demands in higher education and limited financial resources we realize the need for lifelong learning and commitment to professional development to ensure success of all stakeholders in higher education. To ensure students are skilled and knowledgeable to pursue careers that will sustain them and their families, we need to ensure the work we do with faculty and staff in our institutions is focused on best-practices that are meaningful, applicable, and accessible to all."
See their website www.ncspod.org for more information and resources.
"The Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD) fosters human development in higher education through faculty, instructional, and organizational development.
POD believes that people have value, as individuals and as members of groups. The development of students is a fundamental purpose of higher education and requires for its success effective advising, teaching, leadership, and management. Central to POD's philosophy is lifelong, holistic, personal, and professional learning, growth, and change for the higher education community.
The Three Purposes of POD are:
The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education is devoted to improving teaching and learning in post-secondary education. Founded in 1975, POD provides its members with personal and academic relationships that are essential for professional growth. POD provides its members with personal and academic relationships that are essential for professional growth."
See www.podnetwork.org for more information and resources.