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2015 archive

Winter Conference on Teaching and Learning

  • When: Friday, January 30, 2015
  • Where: Rock Creek Campus
  • Theme: The Collaborative Educator: Theories, Models, Skills

2015 Archive
This year’s Anderson Conference features two plenary sessions providing a framework for the importance of collaboration and more than 20 breakout sessions demonstrating methods, techniques, and skills to add to your practice. See program details.

You’ve heard it. You’ve used it. You might like it. You might not. It’s a buzzword. “Collaboration.” In the increasingly networked and interdependent community of PCC, collaboration is essential. We serve on committees, have our students work in groups, and interact around cubicle walls. This conference will highlight what we are doing well, how we can improve our practice, and how collaboration can optimize the time and energy we pour into our work. Specifically, the conference will offer models and methods of collaboration – in both an ideal sense and in real world practices, inside and outside the classroom. Join your colleagues in exploring why to collaborate, how to collaborate, and with whom we are collaborating. The conference will highlight how collaboration benefits you, your students, and your colleagues.

Take a quick peak at a sampling of program sessions:
“Building STEAM: A Visioning Session for Creative Cross-disciplinary Collaboration”

Susan Mann, Communication Studies Instructor Gregg Nelson, Engineering Instructor CeCe Cutsforth, Graphic Design Instructor Ben Hill, MakerSpace Lab Tech

Envision what you, your students and your courses could become if we broke down barriers mentally, physically, and disciplinarily in an open, collaborative innovation space. The most innovative organizations today focus on the collaboration of creative thinkers who come together from diverse areas of the organization to identify, define and analyze opportunities and generate ideas and ways to nurture and grow those opportunities. Come collaborate and cultivate ideas about how, together, we can use MakerSpace and the Maker Movement to build STEAM at PCC.

“Committed to Student Success: Learn to Build Partnerships between Instruction & Student Services”

Presenters David Jacobsen, Faculty Department Chair, Sylvania College Success Skills (DE), Adon Arnett, FT Developmental Education Instructor (Reading and Writing) Sylvania College Success Skills (DE), Ethan Bull, Student Resource Specialist, Sylvania College Success Skills (DE), Jeanette Muehleck, Student Resource Specialist, Sylvania College Success Skills (DE), Kristin Sengdeng, Student Resource Specialist, Sylvania College Success Skills (DE)

Learn how to build collaborative networks with student support services on your campus to promote student success within and beyond your classroom. The presenters will offer a practical model of how collaboration between instructors and student services is an effective way to address vulnerable student population needs. They will share their experience with the model, the characteristics and challenges faced by students, and engage you to develop new and innovative strategies to promote the success of at-risk students.

“Using Book Arts & Journaling for Collaborative Learning Activities”

Angela Batchelor, Art Instructor, Van Wheeler, Composition & Literature Instructor

This session demonstrates ways in which two disciplines can collaborate in a creative learning activity. Angela will share how to incorporate book arts and ‘zines into courses and guide you in the construction of a small book. Van will then facilitate a collaborative writing and collage exercise in this book. Get inspired with numerous practical applications for use in a variety of other subject areas. (See accompanying photo image).

“Every Acrobat Needs a Spotter: Collaboration in a Flipped Classroom”

Amber Martin, Nursing Instructor, Kathy Mauser, Nursing Instructor

Learn how to use collaboration in a flipped classroom. In order to prepare students for the demands of the contemporary workforce, faculty must assist students in developing their thinking abilities and their capacity to work in teams while learning content. Flipping your classroom is a research-based practice that enables students and faculty to apply concepts in real-life situations. Collaborative strategies help to improve the relationship between students and faculty, and challenge the nature of teaching and learning.