Pre-Approved Activities

How do you find an acceptable variable flex activity?  You have many choices including attendance at a professional conference or seminar, enrolling in a course, or attending a local workshop.

Optional Flex Days: The workshops scheduled at the beginning of Fall and Spring semesters are listed in the Flex calendar sent out each semester. The calendars are also available and as links on the FLEX Guidelines 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: The Professional Development (PD) Committee has identified a number of pre-approved online activities 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 Report 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

Desktop Seminar flex credit: 1.0 hour each

Classes/Trainings flex credit varies

@ONE provides training for California 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 include 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 Mind-Mapping

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The State Academic Senate Webinars

The State Academic Senate presented webinars on select topics in basic skills during the Spring 2011 semester. The webinars are archived on CCC Confer and are available for free. Go to the CCC Confer website and search for the webinars listed below. Click on >Archive (in far right column) and log in when prompted. In preparation for the webinar, you should download the chapters of the Basic Skills Handbook noted with the next to the webinar title.

NOTE: In order to use CCC Confer, you must download 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 – Course Assessment Basics: Evaluating Your Construction

Flex credit: 2.0 hours

Posted April 28, 2001 at 11:00 AM

Download Chapter 15 from the Basic Skills Handbook.

Basic Skills Initiative Webinar – Effective Practices Common to All Disciplines: Common Building Materials

Flex credit: 2.0 hours

Posted March 24, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Download Chapter 5 from the Basic Skills Handbook.

Basic Skills Initiative Webinar – Tracking Student Progress Through Basic Skills: A Discipline Framework

Flex credit: 2 hours

Posted April 7, 2001 at 11:00 AM

Download Chapter 12 from the Basic Skills Handbook.

The Census: Who We Think We Are

Flex credit: 1.0 hour

This is a module of Annenberg/CPB’s series 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.

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From Where I Sit: Students with Disabilities Share Their Experiences

Flex credit: 1.0 hour

A powerful video series of 8 CSU students 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.

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Innovative Educators

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

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NISOD Webinar Series

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 ultimate 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: Motivating & 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

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Username: member
Password: Get password from Staff Development Office (or use NISOD’s online password request form).

Orientation to Serving College Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Flex credit: 1.0 hour

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

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Substance Abuse: Impact on Students & Clients Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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.

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Tomorrow’s College

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?

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Using Primary Resources

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

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