Professional Learning Day Slated for Final Friday in Januaryby Jan Janes on Jan 13, 2017
In keeping with changes incepted by the new administration, the campus-wide meeting is changing its former name. Professional Learning Day replaces Professional Development Day. The agenda is crafted each semester by a committee representing classified, faculty, administration and confidential staff. Following each campus-wide meeting, the committee solicits feedback from all participants to incorporate into future events.
Welcome! The day begins
Dr. Kathleen Rose, Gavilan College Superintendent/President will offer a brief welcome everyone to start the morning session.
Training to ID, approach and refer
Following her welcome, representatives from the Discovery Counseling Center will present a two-hour training: Assisting the Student in Crisis - Staff Threat Assessment Training. The center, located in Morgan Hill, offers mental health and counseling services, including anger management, alcohol and drug abuse prevention programs and counseling in schools.
Randall Ramirez, clinical director with the center said, "The training helps staff learn early identification, engagement and referral skills before behaviors elevate to a higher level." The college has a behavioral intervention team on campus, and the training improves the college community's ability to manage its own risk factors.
Canvas is coming!
Sabrina Lawrence, Distance Education Coordinator, anchors the hour immediately before lunch. She will present the new software management system Gavilan College plans to adopt in the Fall 2017 semester. There will be a focus on the student learning outcome tool that allows faculty to assess and report their SLO results.
"After much consideration including shared governance, Gavilan College has decided to adopt Canvas, the learning management software," said Lawrence. "Our own faculty, especially adjunct who use the tools already at other colleges, prefer Canvas to Moodle."
A consortium of more than 70 faculty, students and support personnel within the statewide Online Education Initiative (OEI) group, unanimously recommended statewide adoption after a stringent evaluation process. The OEI's stated goals are to leverage best practices and technology to increase higher education degree attainment.
Honing the SLOs
After lunch Susan Dodd, faculty liaison with emphasis in SLO/PLO and instructional improvement, will facilitate departmental SLO work at various locations. The content works in tandem with the morning Canvas presentation.The goals, within departments, are to
• Reduce course level SLOs to a maximum of three to four per class where possible
• Select one course from each discipline and apply the new SLO tools from Canvas
• Discuss ways SLO assessment data is meaningfully leveraged to improve instruction
During the afternoon, Lawrence is also available in the library Teaching and Learning Center to offer more information about the tools in Canvas.
Professional Learning Day ends with department meetings in various locations to be announced.