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How do you find an acceptable Variable flex activity? 

You have many choices:

  • Attendance at a professional conference or seminar, or enrolling in a course.
     
  • Local workshops:
    • Optional Flex Days: The workshops scheduled at the beginning of Fall and Spring semesters are listed in the Flex calendars sent out each semester and as links on the Flex Information page. 
       
    • Peer Classroom Observation: The purpose of this activity is to improve your own teaching and earn flex credit through the observation of a colleague. Submit a completed observation form for flex credit (on Forms & Registration page).
        
       
    • Workshops offered throughout the semester: The Workshop Calendar provides an online schedule of on-campus activities and workshops for Fall and Spring semesters.
       
  • Online activities that have been identified by the Professional Development Committee as appropriate for professional development. See list below.
     
    If you discover an online activity that is not on this list but for which you would like to earn flex credit, you must submit it to the PD Committee for PRE-approval (we meet monthly). You will need to indicate which one of the State's Flex Criteria that the proposed activity meets. 

How do you document a Variable Flex activity?

You will need to submit a completed Variable Flex Documentation form plus WRITTEN and/or PHOTOCOPIED documentation (e.g. copy of roster or sign-in sheet from the sponsoring department, copy of registration receipt and conference agenda, transcript, ceu certificate, etc.).

Preapproved Online Activities

@ONE Desktop Training and Seminars
     Webinar     Desktop Seminar flex credit: 1.0 hour each    Classes/Trainings flex credit varies

@ONE provides training for Calfornia Community College faculty and staff to learn about technology that will enhance student learning and success. Its programs are free or at a very low cost. They inlcude online courses, Desktop Seminars, self-paced training, and in-person institutes. The Desktop Seminars are ARCHIVED for later use. Some examples:

  • Online Collaborative Groups
  • Interactive Online Assignments to Engage All Learning Groups
  • Visual Thinking: Put Brainstorming on Steroids with MindMapping

Go to http://www.onefortraining.org to see full list.
Submit a Variable Flex Verification form upon completion.

Basic Skills Initiative Webinar - Course Assessment Basics: Evaluating Your Construction
     Webinar     Flex credit: 2.0 hours

The State Academic Senate presented webinars on select topics in basic skills during the Spring 2011 semester. This particular webinar is archived on CCC Confer and is available for free. Go to the CCC Confer website and search for the webinar of this name, posted on April 28, 2011 at 11:00am. Click on >Archive (in far right column) and log in when prompted. In preparation for the webinar, you should download Chapter 15 from the Basic Skills Handbook.
Submit a Variable Flex Verification form upon completion.

NOTE: In order to use CCC Confer, you must have first downloaded the free software to your computer. If you will be viewing the webinar from your office computer, please contact Campus IT ahead of time to perform the download.

Basic Skills Initiatve Webinar - Effective Practices Common to All Disciplines: Common Building Materials
     Webinar     Flex credit: 2.0 hours

The State Academic Senate presented webinars on select topics in basic skills during the Spring 2011 semester. This particular webinar is archived on CCC Confer and is available for free. Go to the CCC Confer website and search for the webinar of this name, posted on March 24, 2011 at 9:30am. Click on >Archive (in far right column) and log in when prompted. In preparation for the webinar, you should download Chapter 5 from the Basic Skills Handbook.
Submit a Variable Flex Verification form upon completion.

NOTE: In order to use CCC Confer, you must have first downloaded the free software to your computer. If you will be viewing the webinar from your office computer, please contact Campus IT ahead of time to perform the download.

Basic Skills Initiative Webinar - Tracking Student Progress Through Basic Skills: A Discipline Framework
     Webinar     Flex credit: 2 hours

The State Academic Senate presented webinars on select topics in basic skills during the Spring 2011 semester. This particular webinar is archived on CCC Confer and is available for free. Go to the CCC Confer website and search for the webinar of this name that was posted on April 7, 2011 at 11am. Click on >Archive (in far right column) and log in when prompted. In preparation for the webinar, you should download Chapter 12 from the Basic Skills Handbook.
Submit a Variable Flex Verification form upon completion.

NOTE: In order to use CCC Confer, you must have first downloaded the free software to your computer. If you will be viewing the webinar from your office computer, please contact Campus IT ahead of time to perform the download.

The Census: Who We Think We Are
     Online video on-demand     Flex credit: 1.0 hour

This is a module of Annenberg/CPB's seies on Primary Sources. Every 10 years American citizens have gotten a new view of who they are through the census that is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Reformulated racial and ethnic categories reflect both policy priorities and changes in how we think about ourselves, and in how the government allocates resources.

Go to http://www.learner.org/workshops/primarysources/census/introduction.html
Submit a Variable Flex Verification form upon completion.

From Where I Sit: Students with Disabilities Share Their Experiences
     Podcast     Flex credit: 1.0 hour

A powerful video series of 8 CSU student who retell their stories by answering 5 questions:

  • What is your disability?
  • What made you decide to come to college?
  • What is it like for you in the classroom?
  • What do you have to do to keep up with the class?
  • What suggestions can you offer faculty to make classes more accessible?

The series includes faculty discussion and responses. Their comments highlight the need for dialogue and for serious consideration of what is required to support both students and faculty in creating a more accessible and inclusive learning environment.

Go to http://www.calstate.edu/accessibility/resources/videos.shtml
Submit a Variable Flex Verification form upon completion.
 

Innovative Educators
     Webinar     Flex credit: 1.0 hour

Innovative Educators provides both fee and free online trainings on issues related to teaching and providing services in higher education. The link below is to a list of the FREE webinars. Look for phrase "Complimentary Webinar" before registering. Many webinars become on-demand once the webinar date has passed. Some sample topics:

  • Academic Advising: The Future of Student Success
  • Ending Campus Violence: New Approaches to Prevention
  • Using Rubrics in Student Affairs: A Direct Assessment of Learning

Go to: http://www.innovativeeducators.org/Free_Trainings_for_Higher_Educators_s/55.htm
Submit a Variable Flex Verification form upon completion.

NISOD Webinar Series
     Webinar     Flex credit: 1.0 hour each

The National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development is dedicated to the continued improvement of teaching and learning, with the ulimate goal of student success. Our District is a member of NISOD; this gives all employees access to NISOD's publications (such as Innovation Abstracts) and its webinars. Some examples:

  • Adjunct and Engaged: Effective Strategies for Part-time Faculty Success - In webinar archive: Sept. 2011
  • A Change for Good: Using Student Engagement Techniques to Transform Student Success - In webinar archive: Nov 2010
  • Effective Practices in Fully Online Programs - In webinar archive: March 2010
  • Enhancing Instruction & Engagement with Second Life - In webinar archive: Oct 2009
  • Learning Communities - In webinar archives: Nov 2008
  • Service Learning: Taking Education Beyond the Classroom - In webinar archive: Nov 2009
  • Student Success: Motivatsing & Engaging Community College Students - In webinar archive: Dec 2010
  • Student Success Classes: One College's Story from Start to Results - In webinar archive: Apr 2011
  • They Can't Succeed If They Don't Come Back: Effective Practices for Entering Student Success - In webinar archives: March 2010

Go to http://www.nisod.org/webinars/archives/index.html

Username: member
Password: Get password from Staff Development Office (or use NISOD's online password request form).
Submit a Variable Flex Verification form upon completion.

Orientation to Serving College Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
     Webinar     Flex credit: 1.0 hour

PepNet's Online Orientation explains issues relevant to communication and learning in postsecondary education.

Go to http://199.17.224.20/cover.htm 
Submit a Variable Flex Verification form upon completion.

Substance Abuse: Impact on Students & Clients Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
     Webinar     Flex credit: 1.0 hour

This is a series of short lessons from PepNet's Just-in-Time Trainings collection. All must be viewed to earn flex credit.

Go to http://www.pepnet.org/justintime/sa/
Submit a Variable Flex Verification form upon completion.

Tomorrow's College
    
Podcast     Flex credit: 1.0 hour each

In the increasingly competitive 21st century economy, higher education matters more than ever. But what's the right kind of education to get? And why are so many Americans failing to finish college? Three programs from American Radioworks explore how higher education is changing and why it matters. Each program runs approximately 53 minutes and lists related essays.

  • Don't Lecture Me
  • Some College, No Degree
  • Who Needs an English Major?

Go to http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/tomorrows-college/
Submit a Variable Flex Verification form upon completion.

Using Primary Resources
     Webinar     Flex credit: 1.0 hour each

This is a series of online modules from the Library of Congress aimed at training teachers to use primary resources in the classroom. Each module takes about 1 hour.

  • Introduction to the Library of Congress
  • Supporting Inquiry with Primary Sources
  • Copyright and Primary Sources
  • Analyzing Primary Sources: Photographs and Prints
  • Analyzing Primary Sources: Maps
  • Finding Primary Sources

Go to http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/selfdirected/ 
Submit a Variable Flex Verification form upon completion.

 
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