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Spring 2022

January 31, 2022 - February 4, 2022

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  • #62S Teaching Students How to Learn
    8:30am – 10:00am
    Location: UCEN 258 + Zoom ONLY https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/94294003137?pwd=VUVrdkhhdG1oa2M1bENoWDluV0RkZz09
    Passcode: 870014
    Presenter: Dr. Heather Davis, Director of Student Assessment, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
    FLEX Credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Success

    Some students do not know how to learn effectively.  While most have been learning all their life, many students do not know the cognitive science by which they acquire and retain information.  Many do not know under what conditions they learn the best or the most.  You can help!

    Educators will learn how to set students up for academic success using curricular design, lesson planning and classroom management strategies that manage cognitive load and lead to improved memory, deeper understanding, and a more welcoming academic environment for all learners.

    Learning Outcomes:  At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Describe limits to working memory and strategies for avoiding cognitive overload.
    • Articulate the importance of scaffolding for learners and identify at least three scaffolding tools.
    • Discuss the roles of efficacy, culture and climate related to maximizing learning.

     

    #64S Rising Scholars: High Impact Practices for Teaching Justice-Involved Students
    10:00am – 11:30am
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/99361057444
    Presenters: Tara Williams, Chemistry; Garrett Rieck, Faculty Director, Continuing and Adult Education; Mary Bates, Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences
    FLEX Credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Success

    In this session, current Rising Scholars instructors will share their experiences teaching justice-involved (incarcerated) students in both an in-person and correspondence education format.  The session will also highlight strategies for teaching this unique population of students and give faculty a chance to share the impact that this experience has had on them, both personally and professionally.  This session will end with Q&A for those interested in teaching our justice-involved students.

    Learning Outcomes:  By the end of this session, participants will be able to describe the College of the Canyons Rising Scholars program, explore teaching strategies for working with justice-involved students, and learn more about potential teaching opportunities in the program.

     

    #26S How to Be an Active Equity-Minded Practitioner
    10:00am – 11:30am
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/99384666511
    Presenters: Flavio Medina-Martin, Director, Diversity and Inclusion; Katie Coleman, Sociology; Angeli Francois, English; Julie Johnson, History; Hernan Ramirez, Sociology; Preeta Saxena, Senior Research Analyst; Cindy Stephens, Early Childhood Education; Robert Wonser, Sociology
    FLEX Credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    In this session, we will examine the various ways our campus community members can becomes active Equity-Minded Practitioners. We will examine and assess the definition of what it means to be ‘equity-minded’, what it means to be ‘culturally-responsive’ and how these two terms can interact and intersect with one another. We will discuss ways that self-identity, cultural similarities/difference help shape how we view others and how we view ourselves. We will engage in an open workshop discussion in how campus instructional and non-instructional leaders can build community norms for student and the campus community.

    Learning Outcomes:  By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Participants will learn various dimensions of self-identity (race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical attributes, personality, political affiliation, etc.)
    • How does implicit and explicit bias play a role in how we identify with others;
    • This session will outline the myriad of accomplishments that the Equity-Minded Practitioners group has been involved with over the last several years;
    • This session will engage in ways we can improve our understanding of where we each fit in, individually and collectively, while still providing support for our students, each other, and campus community

     

    #67S New Fulltime Faculty Orientation
    12:00pm – 3:00pm
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/94211226595
    Presenters: Julianne Johnson and Robert Wonser, Co-Coordinators of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
    FLEX credit: 3 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    As a new fulltime faculty member, you will encounter many new challenges and interesting opportunities in the coming year. To help you become more acclimated to our campus culture, you are invited to attend a New Faculty Orientation. The orientation is designed to help you feel comfortable in your new position, and provide you with basic information that will assist you as you navigate through your first year. The orientation program provides new faculty with the opportunity to meet other faculty and staff members in various departments on campus, and will help you become acquainted with the college.

    Learning Outcome: By the end of the orientation, participants will have learned about the various departments and services provided on campus and who to contact should they have questions about those departments and services.

     

    #30S Allyship vs. Solidarity: What Does that Mean?
    12:00pm – 1:30pm
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/6124644443?pwd=TnRxdTg2QUQvQ2Fvd1Vrd0x1Wm1PZz09
    Presenter: Cindy Stephens, Early Childhood Education
    FLEX Credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    In this workshop, we will explore together what it means to be an ally and what it means to be in solidarity. We will discover how this impacts the classroom and the greater institution as we work to create supportive environments where all learners can thrive.

    Learning Outcomes:  By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Examine allyship and solidarity.
    • Explore ways to create supportive, inclusive learning environments.

     

     

    #33S Faculty Lecture Abroad: Why & How
    1:00pm – 2:00pm
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/my/honadel
    Presenter: Tim Honadel, Director, International Services and Programs; Brent Riffel, History; Sab Matsumoto, Math
    FLEX Credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    Interested in participating in the International Services and Programs (ISP) Faculty Lecture Abroad Program? Come and find how why ISP is sponsoring such a program and how to get involved.

    Learning Outcomes:  By the end of this session, participants will:

    • Gain a better understanding of the rationale behind the Faculty Lecture Abroad Program and the logistics of the program;
    • Learn how Faculty Lecture Abroad supports a greater Comprehensive Internationalization initiative.

     

    CANCELED: #34S An Encore Presentation of The Science of Music with Professor Bernardo Feldman
    2:30pm – 5:00pm
    Location: PCOH 107
    Presenter: Bernardo, Feldman, Music; Sab Matsumoto, Math; Ricardo Rosales, Biology; David Michaels, Engineering/Physics
    FLEX credit: 2.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    Please join us for an encore presentation of our most popular Coffee on the Side event, The Science of Music. Join our soon to be emeritus professor, Bernardo Feldman (Music), Saburo Matsumoto (Math), Ricardo Rosales (Biology) and David Michaels (Engineering/Physics) as we reveal the math, physics, anatomy, and more that composes the wonder that is music, with demonstrations and performances.

    Learning Outcomes:  By attending this session, participant.s will be able to better appreciate the complexities music: scales, timbre, harmony, beats, rhythm, melody, anatomy and perception. Participants will experience first-hand the concepts discussed and be exposed to various and contrasting musical excerpts. Educators will be engaged with a variety of disciplines with lessons that can enrich the classroom of many subjects.

     

     

    #35S Building Community in an Online Class
    2:30pm – 4:00pm
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/95794112463
    Presenters: Joy Shoemate, Director, Online Education; Chloe McGinley, Online Education Coordinator; Carol Johnston, Online Education Coordinator
    FLEX credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Success

    Are you ready to take your course engagement to the next level? In this workshop, we’ll explore tried-and-tested strategies and techniques to increase student engagement, build community, and encourage meaningful interaction in your Online or OnlineLIVE class. Workshop participants will leave with resources and templates that can be easily adapted and used in your class this semester!

    Learning Outcome: Participants will be able to us the latest online instruction ideas, trends and best practices in their online classes.

     

  • #27S Diversity, Not Just Celebrated, but Essential for COC’s Growth
    9:00am – 10:00am
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/99384666511
    Presenters: Flavio Medina-Martin, Director, Diversity and Inclusion; Christopher Boltz, Theater; Juan Buriel, English; Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine, Dean, International Affairs and Global Engagement; Peter Hepburn, Head Librarian; Jonathan Ng, Counselor
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    In this session, we will examine the various ways campus community members can engage in celebrating, understanding, and learning the various facets of what diversity was, what it is and how this concept has evolved over the years. We will engage in historical context and how diversity has evolved in the classroom and in the workplace. We will also engage in conversations about unconscious and conscious biases and how they continue to permeate within our day-to-day decision making process.

    Through these discussions, we will also explore ways in which COC can go beyond celebrations and develop an understanding that diversity on campus and in the workplace is essential for COC’s growth. How do we incorporate and enhance this mind-set, into our educational and workspaces? We will also engage in discussion on what COC would feel and look like if we did not acknowledge and celebrate diversity.

    Learning Outcomes:  By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Engage in discussion on the various layers of what diversity is in the classroom and in the workplace;
    • Explain the historical context and how diversity has evolved over the years;
    • Examine the effects of not responding to the campus demands of overall diversity and what message this would send to our students and campus community;
    • Discuss the importance of diversity through a local and global lens and identify ways in which we can better prepare our students for the next chapter of their academic lives.

     

    #31S Creating a Sense of Belonging in the Classroom Environment
    10:00am – 11:30am
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/6124644443?pwd=TnRxdTg2QUQvQ2Fvd1Vrd0x1Wm1PZz09
    Presenter: Cindy Stephens, Early Childhood Education
    FLEX credit – 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Success

    We will explore what it means to belong and the role of faculty in providing learning spaces where learners can thrive.

    Learning Outcomes: By the end of this session, participants will be able to examine how belonging creates an environment for learners to thrive.

     

     

    #36S Am I Doing This Right? Guiding Student Clubs Towards Success Through Mentoring
    10:00am – 10:45am
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/91875470657
    Presenter: Lynn Suh, Student Services Coordinator, Campus Life and Student Engagement
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Success

    It's been a tough two years for our student clubs trying to figure out what it means to be a club during a pandemic.  Now that faculty can receive FLEX credit for mentoring student clubs, this is the perfect opportunity to reframe perspective and help student club officers create a positive club experience through faculty mentorship.

    Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

    • Review mentoring guidelines for faculty FLEX;
    • Recognize necessary forms and steps for mentoring faculty FLEX;
    • Discuss different strategies to mentor student clubs and foresee how to apply strategies.

     

    #37S Health & Wellness: Learning How to Have Workplace & Personal Balance 
    11:00am – 12:00pm
    Zoom Meeting ID Number: 213 617 0879
    Passcode: 924949
    Presenters: Leora Gabay, Kinesiology and Physical Education; Chad Peters, Athletics Director
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    In this workshop, participants will learn the importance of maintaining workplace and personal balance along with tips on how to improve upon this.

    Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to understand the importance of maintaining workplace and personal balance and know how to use the tools provided to do so.

     

    #63S Alliances at COC
    11:00am – 12:30pm
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/92924485306
    Presenter: Preeta Saxena, Senior Research Analyst
    FLEX credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Success

    This workshop will showcase the various Alliances that COC offers to the campus community.

    Learning Outcomes:  Participants will learn about the Alliances as resources that provide connection and mentoring for students in safe/brave spaces.

     

    CANCELED: #38S Apocalypse Now & Then: Pandemics, Catastrophes & Outdoor Survival Skills
    1:00pm – 3:00pm
    Location:CHCS 211
    Presenter: Erik Altenbernd, History; Brittany Applen, American Sign Language; David Michaels, Engineering and Physics
    FLEX credit: 2 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    Coffee on the Side, the Interdisciplinary Committee's long running collaborative series, returns with three timely talks on the history of pandemics, the possibilities of future catastrophes both natural and manmade, and outdoor survival skills in the event of a zombie apocalypse or temporary societal collapse.

    Learning Outcomes:  The event will contextualize current events related to the ongoing pandemic by assessing three related topics: the effects of pandemics and catastrophes on human societies; assessing the probabilities of future catastrophes; and how to rationally prepare for future catastrophes.

     

     

    #56S My Canyons Registration – A Student’s View
    1:00pm – 2:00pm
    Zoom: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/92324991780
    Presenter: Steve Erwin, Associate Dean, Admissions, Records and Veteran Services
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Access

    This workshop will provide an overview of the My Canyons module as it relates to the student view and experience when registering for classes. This will include student planning, registration, and add authorizations.

    Learning Outcomes:  At the conclusion of this workshops, attendees will have an understanding of the My Canyons student experience when registering for classes.

     

    #39S Unleashing the Potential of Canyons Connects
    2:00pm – 2:50pm
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/2329196784
    Presenters: Justin Hunt, Computer Networking & Electronic Systems; Michelle LaBrie, Psychology; Connie Perez, Counselor; Edith Soto, Astronomy
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Success

    Canyons Connects, powered by Starfish platform, is a student support program intended to improve student retention, engagement, and success. The software connects instructors, students, and many campus services together under one umbrella. Faculty will learn how to submit important feedback to students with the Progress Surveys, prompting Counseling faculty and special populations to intervene with the student. Raising a flag will send a message to a student to contact their instructor and/or seek TLC support depending on the notification the faculty selects. Faculty can connect students to counseling services through Canyons Connects Referrals and send students acknowledgements of their good work by sending a "KUDO” through the system. Previews of the Student Dashboard and “Raise my Hand” feature will also be displayed.

    Learning Outcome: Faculty will learn how to make referrals using Canyons Connects to various campus resources to assist students who are struggling in their classes and provide early intervention.

     

    #40S For Student Allies: Looking at Love, Care, Connection, & Joy
    3:30pm – 5:00pm
    Zoom Link:  https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/99384666511
    Presenter: Esther Villegas-Sandoval, Sociology; Jasmine Ruys, Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Student Services
    FLEX credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    This workshop will explore the role of love/care in academic settings as well as the need for boundaries and the ways in which these connect to joy and satisfaction. The presentation will begin by reviewing the qualities and characteristics of love/care and move on to explore how love/care can be implemented on postsecondary campuses by various “agents of change.” The workshop will move on to explore the different styles of love/care typically displayed by educational professionals – including professors, coaches, paraprofessionals, and more. The presentation will conclude by discussing connection, joy, boundaries, and providing time for a Q&A.

    Learning Outcomes:  By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Understand the need for loving/caring practices in academic settings;
    • Identify and apply loving/caring practices;
    • Understand the need for boundaries and the role they play in facilitating long lasting, satisfying careers.

     

     

  • #41S Canvas Open Lab: New Semester Checklist
    9:00am – 10:00am
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/99628241752
    Presenters: Joy Shoemate, Director, Online Education; Chloe McGinley, Online Education Coordinator; Carol Johnston, Online Education Coordinator  
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    Join the Online Ed Team for this Canvas Open Lab. Get your questions answered and get help setting up your course for the new semester. At the start of this hour, we will go over the New Semester Checklist, which includes tips for importing your content, setting up your zoom meetings or online office hours, editing your assignment dates, validating your course links, and more! Feel free to drop in with your questions, or stay the whole hour to while collaborating with colleagues.

    Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to use the latest online instruction ideas, trends and best practices in their online classes.

     

     

    #28S Spoken Word/Poetry Readings-Showcasing Expression of Self
    9:00am – 10:00am
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/99384666511
    Presenters: Flavio Medina-Martin, Director, Diversity and Inclusion; Sherrell Birhm, Student Services Coordinator, CalWORKs; Shannon Doronio, Graphic/Multimedia Design; Angeli Francois, English; Arthur Kayzakian, English; Alene Terzian-Zeitounian, English; Jennifer Thompson, Library
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    Poems, lyrics, songs, images, and a combination of all these forms of expression can be used to exercise the power of voice. It is a way to provide empowerment through the use of voice and expression. Participants will learn how to express moments of joy, sorrow, resistance, activism and empowerment, and social justice to unravel layers of their own identity. The concept of spoken word and poetry readings will be explored and how it can provide a narrative to what our campus community is experiencing.

    Please join us in this exciting FLEX activity as we showcase the various types of expressions on campus so we can better learn and understand the various perspectives that exist, in a safe, campus community setting.

    Learning Outcomes: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Understand how Spoken Word/Poetry Reading can be used to exercise the power of voice;
    • Use various ways in which empowerment can be expressed through the use of poems, lyrics, songs, images and voice;
    • Identify various other social justice topics such as identity, resistance, activism and protest art;
    • Engage in dialogue on ways we as a campus community can address stereotypes and assumptions about each other, while providing an open and safe space for members of our campus community to re-connect with one another.

     

    #354S Nuts and Bolts of Legislative Advocacy
    10:00am – 12:00pm
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/97328112723?pwd=ZUM3TXNObnorWmdJNEVCUElZSW03UT09
    Passcode: 153304
    Presenter: Wendy Brill-Wynkoop, Photography
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Leadership

    A key element of being a strong advocate in education is understanding our state legislative process. This workshop will cover the basic nuts and bolts of the state legislative process as well as provide tips to following and tracking legislation. In addition, we will focus on the basics of how to advocate at the local level and gain confidence in connecting with your representatives.

    Learning Outcomes: At the end of this workshop participants will gain the basic knowledge and skills needed to participate in state level advocacy.

     

    #43S Creating an Inclusive & Affirming Classroom for Trans & Gender Nonbinary Students
    10:00am – 11:00am
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/97347418095
    Presenters: Erin Delaney, English; Rebecca Eikey, Chemistry; and members of the Trans Alliance
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    Learn how to make your class welcoming for our transgender and nonbinary students! We'll consider classroom policies and norms that make the class an affirming space, as well as methods for incorporating relevant, rigorous, academic content about gender and sexual diversity.

    Learning Outcomes: After attending this workshop, participants will be able to apply inclusive practices for transgender and nonbinary students to their teaching.

     

    #44S Black Student Success Workshop
    11:00am – 12:00pm
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/6093745540
    Presenters: Jonathan Ng, Counselor
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Success

    The purpose of this workshop is to provide employees with a potential model to be able to support Black students at a community college through a success program geared towards increasing access, success, engagement, and increasing a sense of belonging.

    Learning Outcomes:  After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Describe support networks needed for Black students to achieve success at COC;
    • Identify ways they can support Black student success.

     

    #46S Counseling During a Pandemic
    1:00pm – 2:30pm
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/95602782567
    Presenters: Garrett Hooper, Counselor; Alisha Kaminsky, Career Counselor; Anh Nguyen, Counselor; Aivee Ortega, Counselor
    FLEX credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Success

    Empower yourself by learning how students can access general counseling services to become successful in their courses and in college overall. From appointments, express drop-in, workshops, and counseling classes, come and get to know who the general counselors are and how you can connect your students to all the services that the Counseling office has to offer.

    Learning Outcomes: By the end of this session, participants will be able to identify COC’s Counselors and understand the counseling services they offer for students.

     

     

    #47S The Canyon Country Campus & the NEW Takeda Science Center!
    1:00pm – 2:00pm
    Location: Takeda Science Center Lobby – Canyon Country Campus 17200 Sierra Highway
    Presenters: Ryan Theule, Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Canyon Country Campus, Institutional Research and Planning, and Grants; Anthony Michaelides, Dean, Campus Services & Operations, Canyon Country Campus
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    The Canyon Country Campus is now in its fifteenth year of operation. With exciting facilities such as the new Takeda Science Center and the soon to be completed Student Services & Learning Resources Center, this presentation will provide an update on the campus, activities, programs, services, and opportunities ahead. The Canyon Country Campus plays a critical role for the District and student success, and this session will provide an opportunity to further brainstorm ideas that support the campus as a laboratory for innovation. This session includes an active walking tour of the Takeda Science Center.

    Learning Outcomes: By the end of this session, participants will learn about the newly opened Takeda Science Center, changes in facilities, instruction and service updates, campus goals and projects, and the similarities and differences between COC's two campuses. Attendees will share ideas, ask questions, and learn how the Canyon Country Campus is impacting student access, engagement, and success.

     

     

    CANCELED:  #48S Emergency Preparedness – Do You Know What to Do?
    2:00pm – 3:00pm
    Location: TBD

    Presenter: Ryan Theule, Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Canyon Country Campus, Institutional Research and Planning, and Grants; Jim Temple, Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Technology and University Center Operations
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    This session provides specialized and tailored information based on our District’s Emergency Operations Plan, including your role during an emergency incident, how to address specific incidents, and aid in recovery of those incidents.  And, in light of the incident at Saugus High School, this training will include information and discussion on how to prepare for an emergency, plus best practices on how to discuss emergency preparedness with your students, some of whom may still be grappling with the recent tragedy. Several members of the Incident Command Team, along with mental health professionals will be on hand to assist and answer questions.

    This session will cover the following topics:

    • Become familiar with the District’s Emergency Operations Plan’s protocols and procedures and understand their roles in responding to specific emergency situations;

    • Be knowledgeable of the ICS command team structure, training and functions;

    • Know how and when to evacuate any space on campus when the need arises;

    • Be able to evaluate different spaces and understand when and how to Shelter-in-Place if that becomes necessary;

    • Know how to respond to specific hazards such as fire, flood, earthquake, hazardous materials, mass casualty, active shooter, pandemic/disease outbreak, and bomb threat/explosion;

    • Understand when and how to contact the Behavioral Intervention Team.

     

    #49S Re-Act: Bridging Gaps Between Faculty & Students
    2:30pm – 4:00pm
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/97175705162?pwd=RTQ1b0YvWllTWlFvQjhoUmFDZUx5Zz09
    Presenters: Teresa Ciardi, Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences; Abby Royster, ASG Officer
    FLEX credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Success

    The virtual tools embraced in 2020 and 2021 have provided opportunities for students and faculty to connect and engage in a virtual format and continue education during the pandemic. However, online learning has posed challenges in the classroom on both sides of the screen, including student retention of material, instruction difficulties, and a change in human interaction.

    In this FLEX Session, faculty and students representing different departments and diverse groups on campus will reflect on their own struggles, as well as listen to and empathize with one another and find common themes that may prove to be insightful as College of the Canyons continues to integrate digital and hybrid learning into course offerings. The panel will be asked a series of open-ended and thought-provoking questions related to their own experiences and challenges in the digital classroom. Participants and audience members (who will be able to watch the panel via zoom) are tasked with seeking alternative perspectives and approaches to grow meaningful connections between and among faculty and students.

    Learning Outcomes:  By the end of this session, students and faculty will reflect on their own struggles, listen, react with empathy to the struggles and challenges on the “other side of the screen”, and discover actions for implementing new strategies that establish and maintain connection in all teaching modalities.

     

     

    #50S Academic Freedom: Getting a Pulse on Faculty Concerns
    4:00pm – 5:00pm
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/98278313626
    Presenters: Kelly Burke, Biology; Tricia George, English; Karyl Kicenski, Communication Studies;         Lauren Rome, Communication Studies; Chris Blakey, Philosophy
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    In this workshop, members of the Committee on Academic Freedom will very briefly note some of the most foundational ideas relating to the importance of academic freedom, and then the floor will be open for discussion and questions. You will have opportunity to ask questions relating to academic freedom, hear how the Committee functions, voice relevant concerns, and listen to your colleagues' ideas.

    Learning Outcomes:  Attendees will gain a better understanding of the importance of academic freedom and how the value of academic freedom relates to their important role as faculty members.

     

  • #51S Rebuilding a Culture of Connection in a Post-Pandemic World
    8:30am – 11:30am
    Location: UCEN 258 + Zoom https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/99289949773 
    Presenter: Dr. Dianne Van Hook, Chancellor
    FLEX credit: 3 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement & Leadership

    As the post-pandemic world has been opening up, little by little, we wonder each day what the what the future will look like as we go forward.  It is a defining moment in time – a time when we have the opportunity to help design what the future will look like.  We know more now than we did in March 2020.  We have learned new things.  Many things on the outside have changed.  What matters to us now is different than it was prior to March 2020.  And, we have a chance to influence and create how we will move forward.  As we do that, we have a better understanding of the role human connection plays in all of our lives.

    In the wake of a tumultuous two years, filled with months of uncertainty, isolation and loneliness, many of us are feeling detached and disconnected.  Our nation is experiencing epic loneliness – with three in five (61%) of adults self-reporting loneliness.  Recent research reveals that loneliness and isolation are associated with a 50% reduced risk of early death and can be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

    Now, after 21 months of varying stages of isolation, we value the experience of human connection more than ever.  Our students, family members, friends, and community members want to meet face-to-face, socialize, brainstorm, and connect with each other again.  This is how we build community, strengthen relationships, coach and mentor, and reinforce our shared purpose and culture. 

    As we returned to campus and began to resume in-person meetings (donning our face masks), people were over the moon to see each other for the first time in 18 months – and there were new people who had never met their colleagues in person before.  It has been a chance for us to reestablish relationships and rekindle connections in person.  There has been a lot of sharing – a lot of catching up.

    These unprecedented times have certainly taught us that being together matters.  One can have all the Zooms one wants, but when you see someone, look them in the eye and speak to them, it’s something really special.  The bottom line is – there is no substituting the experience of being together and connecting in person.

    Moving forward, how can we tap into the power of human connection? 

    This session will focus on fostering and reaffirming a commitment to our culture of connection.  Join us as we engage and explore the following topics:

    • The Loneliness Epidemic
    • Understanding Why Connection is Essential to Student Success
    • The Benefits and Advantages of a “Connection Culture”
    • Cultivating Connections in the Classroom, on Campus, and Beyond
    • Developing Connection Skills

    As a part of this session, guest speakers will share their experiences – how they were able to build a sense of community and connection with their students and colleagues; what they learned from the pandemic; what worked and what didn’t work; and what they will do as we move towards what is on the horizon ahead.

    I know this exciting workshop will be the perfect time for us to spend time together.  I can’t wait to connect with you!

     

    #52S Launch your Podcast Project This Semester! Media Entertainment Arts (MEA) Department’s “Canyons Radio” Project Based Learning Program is Going LIVE!
    1:00 - 2:30 PM
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/95641497263
    Presenters: Austin Dave, Instructional Laboratory Technician MEA; Noah Lubell, College Assistant;           Jon Amador, MEA
    FLEX credit: 1.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    This workshop is open to all faculty, administrators, and staff interested in a unique opportunity to develop and create original podcast content, in cooperation with the Media Entertainment Arts department's Project-Based Learning initiative. Our MEA department faculty, staff, and student interns will demonstrate and overview our fully-functional podcast studio, complete with multi-camera video and audio for live streaming and/or recording for serial podcast publication. The workshop will explain the roles of the participant in writing and preparation for a podcast, and will detail the simple sign-up and scheduling procedure for getting your podcast project off the ground this semester!

    Learning Outcomes:  By the end of this workshop, participants will have a working knowledge of the "Canyons Radio" Project-Based Learning initiative, from the technology, staff, and production personnel, to the planning, scheduling, and production of their original live- or live-to-tape podcast. Participants will be able to discuss and develop their initial proposals for programming into the MEA production schedule for spring, and work with the project staff to develop a production work plan for their podcast.

     

    #53S Fifty Percent Law & Faculty Obligation Number – Everything You Need to Know!
    1:00pm – 2:00pm
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/7840674124
    Presenters: Sharlene Coleal, Assistant Superintendent/Vice President Business Services;
    Jason Hinkle, Associate Vice President, Business Services
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    We will discuss two State Regulations the District must comply with every year, the Fifty Percent Law and the Faculty Obligation Number (FON), and how it affects COC.

    Learning Outcomes:  By the end of this session, participants will understand the Fifty Percent Law and the Faculty Obligation Number regulations.

     

    Department Retreats
    3:00 – 5:00pm
    Please contact your Department Chair for the location and additional information.
    FLEX credit: 2 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    Department Chairs will set the agenda and format for the retreat. Adjunct faculty who attend and who are scheduled to teach during the winter 2022 or spring 2022 terms are eligible to receive FLEX pay.

    Learning Outcome: Upon completion of the retreat, participants will be able to identify the key issues the department will be addressing during the upcoming academic year.

  • #54S Spring Convocation: Leading from Within
    8:00am – 11:30am
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/5943400232
    Presenters: Omar Torres, Assistant Superintendent/Vice President, Instruction
    FLEX credit – 3.5 hours
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    The Office of Instruction, in concert with the Academic Senate, look forward to welcoming back our faculty and classified professionals to the Spring 2022 Convocation.  The theme for this year’s convocation will focus on Leading from Within, where participants will have an opportunity to learn about the multitude of leadership opportunities available to all faculty and staff, as they continue to lead in this evolving educational landscape and emerging technological world while preparing for the next era in their professional journey.  

    Learning Outcomes: By the end of this session, attendees will acquire additional professional development leadership skills designed to further facilitate classroom instruction in support of student success and completion and prepare for future leadership opportunities as a member of the college community.

     

    #61S Save a Life!  American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Training
    12:30 – 4:30pm                                          
    Location: EPEK 101
    FLEX credit – 4 hours
    Presenter: Chad Peters, Athletics Director
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    *LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS

    This new course combines CPR, AED training and First Aid into one 6-hour course, and teaches workplace responders and anyone who wants to be prepared to respond to emergencies and provide care until advanced medical care arrives. This training meets OSHA Guidelines for First Aid Programs and combines lecture, interactive video demonstrations featuring emergency scenarios that are likely to occur in a variety of environments and hands-on training to teach participants lifesaving skills.

    *A one-half hour lunch break will be taken – please bring a sack lunch and beverage.

    Topics to be covered at this training session:

    • First Aid: Participants learn to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies, such as burns, cuts and scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck and back injuries, and heat and cold emergencies.
    • CPR Adult: Participants learn how to perform CPR and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults.
    • CPR Child and Infant: Participants learn how to prevent, recognize and respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies in infants and children under 12.
    • AED: Participants learn how to use automatic external defibrillators.

    Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this training, participants will be certified in American Red Cross First Aid, AED, and CPR.

     

    #55S Canvas Open Lab: New Semester Checklist
    1:00pm – 2:00pm
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/99386513079
    Presenters: Joy Shoemate, Director, Online Education; Chloe McGinley, Online Education Coordinator; Carol Johnston, Online Education Coordinator
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    Join the Online Education Team for this Canvas Open Lab. Get your questions answered and get help setting up your course for the new semester. At the start of this hour, we will go over the New Semester Checklist, which includes tips for importing your content, setting up your zoom meetings or online office hours, editing your assignment dates, validating your course links, and more! Feel free to drop in with your questions, or stay the whole hour to collaborate with colleagues.

    Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to us the latest online instruction ideas, trends and best practices in their online classes.

     

    #32S Rosa Parks: Who She Was & How She Helped Build Human Connections
    1:00pm – 2:00pm
    Zoom Link: https://canyonsonline.zoom.us/j/99384666511
    Presenter: Flavio Medina-Martin, Director, Diversity and Inclusion; Angeli Francois, English; Michael Felix, History; Brent Riffel, History
    FLEX credit: 1 hour
    Strategic Goal: Engagement

    Did you know that February 4th is observed as Rosa Parks Day? At this FLEX activity, we will honor and explore the life and accomplishments of Ms. Parks, known as the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,” by engaging in a discussion about who she was, how she impacted the nation, and how she was able to use her courage, grit, and resilience to “shake” the world’s view of African Americans. In this session, we will outline the various ways in which her actions and philanthropic work have helped build connections.

    We will engage in a campus dialogue about her life growing up on a farm and how she utilized her surroundings and life experiences to later join the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NCAAP). The start of her legacy began in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama. This courageous and brave move played a pivotal role in launching the Montgomery Bus Boycott. We will discuss the various ways in which this historical decision influenced the Supreme Court’s direction on segregation. Described by National Geographic's writer, Kitson Jazynka, as “A quiet exemplification of courage, dignity, and determination, Rosa Parks is a symbol to all Americans to remain free.”

    Learning Outcomes: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Understand the significance of February 4th and why it has been declared Rosa Parks Day in California and observed by the United States;
    • Reflect on the life and legacy of Rosa Parks and how her actions remain significant to this day;
    • Understand her involvement and contributions to the NAACP and how her influence helped to shape the direction of the civil rights movement;
    • Identify ways we can continue to celebrate the accomplishments and influences of Ms. Parks.
  • There are many opportunities to do so throughout the year.  The list of activities below describes the variety of options you have.

    Attend on-campus Professional Development workshops
    Workshops and other training opportunities are offered during fall and spring FLEX weeks and throughout the year.  Please be sure to sign the sign-in sheet at each session you attend in order to receive FLEX credit.

    Do an Independent FLEX Project
    An independent project proposal form must be submitted to the Professional Development office and approved prior to beginning the project, and by the submission deadline of the first Monday after spring break.  To receive FLEX credit, a final project report must be submitted by June 30, 2022. The proposal form is available at https://login.visionresourcecenter.cccco.edu/login .

     

    Conduct Fulltime and Adjunct Faculty Evaluations
    3 hours for the evaluator
    2 hours for the evaluatee
    Please email Sarah Dettman at sarah.dettman@canyons.edu with the name of the faculty that you evaluated and the date the evaluation was completed.

     

    Attend Conferences Outside of Scheduled Work Hours
    Please complete a FLEX application form online at https://login.visionresourcecenter.cccco.edu/login .
    Applications must be submitted within 21 days of the conference.


    Sign up for Individual Computer Tutoring
    FLEX credit - 3 hours max per year
    Scheduled tutoring sessions in your own work area, on your own computer are available. To schedule an appointment, please send an email to Leslie Carr at leslie.carr@canyons.edu . Please be sure to indicate the program or software in which you would like to receive tutoring.


    Sign up for Individual Web Page Tutoring
    FLEX credit – 2 hours max per year
    Staff members from Computer Support Services will be available by appointment for tutoring sessions throughout the year. They are available to assist individuals on specific topics related to web page development. When requesting a tutoring session, please indicate your desired topic. To make an appointment, please send an email to Leslie Carr at leslie.carr@canyons.edu .

    Engage in Individual SLO Training
    FLEX credit - 3 hours max per year
     Members of the SLO committee are available to meet with you by appointment in order to meet your individual training needs regarding Student Learning Outcomes and Student Learning Outcomes assessment. To set up an appointment, please contact Cindy Stephens at cindy.stephens@canyons.edu and include the topic you would like to learn more about as well as your availability. Learning outcomes will vary by session. To receive FLEX credit, please report your training time via email to Sarah Dettman at sarah.dettman@canyons.edu .

     

    Take the Canvas Self-Paced Online Course
    FLEX credit - 4 hours
    This online, self-paced training provides an overview of Canvas, including layout and settings, how to build, organize and edit content, effective online communication tools, and Canvas assessment tools.

    For more information, please visit https://www.canyons.edu/academics/onlineeducation/facultysupport/workshops.php .

     

    Participate in the Professional Development Mentor Program
    FLEX credit - 8 hours semester/16 hours max per year

    The purpose of the Professional Development Mentor Program is to provide opportunities for employees who have a desire to develop and enhance their career development opportunities, to be paired with a mentor who will guide, advise and motivate them to continue to improve their skills and knowledge and grow with the College.  

    The Professional Development Mentor Program is open to all full-time and adjunct faculty, classified and confidential staff and administrators.  Applications are accepted prior to the start of the fall semester.  Please contact Leslie Carr at leslie.carr@canyons.edu for the application and additional information.

     

    Participate in the Mentor Program for Faculty Teaching with Canvas
    FLEX credit - 8 hours sem/16 hours max per year
    The Mentor Program for Faculty Teaching with Canvas is designed to provide additional support to instructors during the first semester or two of online teaching. The program will pair new online instructors with instructors who are experienced with online teaching in order to provide feedback on course design and offer ongoing encouragement and advice. Mentors will earn 8 hours of FLEX credit per semester, with a maximum of 16 hours per academic year. New online instructors can request a mentor by contacting Joy Shoemate at joy.shoemate@canyons.edu.   If you are an experienced online instructor and would like to become a mentor, please contact Joy Shoemate at the email above.

     

    Participate in the Alliances Mentor Program
    FLEX credit - varied

    • Mentors may set individual hours of availability for students to meet with the mentor outside of Alliance meetings.
    • FLEX hours for mentoring may include:
      • Alliance meetings
      • Alliance events
      • Mentor support meetings (i.e., Alliance Leads Check-in)
      • Mentor-student meetings    
    • FLEX hours are also available for faculty who attend alliance meetings.

    Please complete an Alliance Mentoring Proposal online at out https://www.canyons.edu/_resources/documents/administration/pd/AllianceMentoringProposalForm.pdf 

     

    Participate in IRB Training (Institutional Review Board Training)
    FLEX credit – 6 hours basic/3 hours refresher for IRB board members.
    FLEX credit – 2 hours basic/1 hour refresher for faculty submitting requests to the IRB.

    The Santa Clarita Community College District Institutional Review Board is charged with protecting the rights and welfare of human research subjects for projects in which the District is engaged. Guided by the principles of The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research, the SCCCD IRB reviews all human research protocols in accordance with federal regulations, State laws, and local and District policies. The SCCCD IRB is comprised of members from various disciplines in the social/behavioral sciences, biological/physical sciences, nursing, institutional research office, and community/lay members (as needed) to assure a comprehensive review process. Through a collaborative partnership, the SCCCD IRB assists investigators in the protection of human subjects.

    Please contact Dr. Daylene Meuschke at daylene.meuschke@canyons.edu for additional information.

     

    Attend Non-COC Provider Training
    Faculty and staff can earn FLEX credit for attending training provided by entities outside of the Professional Development program.  Please complete a FLEX application form online at https://login.visionresourcecenter.cccco.edu/login .

     

    Collaborate on a Project
    FLEX credit is given for faculty who collaborate with another on-campus department or individual on a project or initiative.  Please complete a FLEX application form online at https://login.visionresourcecenter.cccco.edu/login .

     

    Engage in Outreach
    FLEX credit is given for faculty who engage in outreach activities on behalf of the Santa Clarita Community College District. Please complete a FLEX application form online at https://login.visionresourcecenter.cccco.edu/login .

     

    Propose a Workshop
    Faculty and staff are invited to propose a workshop to be presented as part of the Professional Development program offerings.  If you would be interested in proposing a workshop, please complete the online proposal form at https://login.visionresourcecenter.cccco.edu/login .

     

    College of the Canyons is committed to providing the highest quality Professional Development program possible.  Over seven hundred training opportunities are available to faculty and staff annually on a variety of relevant topics.  Every employee is encouraged to complete a personal Professional Development plan each year and engage in training that addresses the needs identified in that plan.

    If you desire training on a topic that is not currently listed in the FLEX booklet or Professional Development program offerings, please contact Leslie Carr in the Professional Development office at leslie.carr@canyons.edu or at 661.362.3100.  Every effort will be made to make the training available to you.