Barbara City College
Committee on Teaching and Learning
April 22, 2002
3:00 4:30 p.m.
Present: P. Guenther (Math), M. Lawson (Senate Liaison), G. Lewin (Chair), M. Muraoka (Health Tech.), Pat Chavez-Nunez (ESL/For. Lang.), J. Pike (LSS), C. Solberg (History), J. Ullom (Admin. Liaison)
Excused: Susan Broderick (Acad. Support), J. Millward (English), Jodi Simpson (Sciences/Tech), P. Zwehl-Burke (Fine Arts)
Missing and Missed: D. Kiley (Library)
On Sabbatical: Debbie Mackie (Counseling)
a. FRC Training Thurs 4/25/02 2-5 on How to Construct an Assignment on the Web including components on active learning and student success. The principles of active learning and student success apply to creating assignments in the traditional classroom.
b. Lana Rose sent the committee a handout about the Center for Academic Integrity. Jack Ullom suggested we try it for a year because we dont know what we dont know. There was also a suggestion to preview the members-only part of the CAI website. Gerry Lewin will look into whether we can and report back. Gerry will send a copy of the information which was passed around to each member for their perusal.
c. June 12,13,2002 will be the 2nd annual Symposium on Teacher Recruitment and Preparation. A flyer was passed around.
d. Flyer on the 22nd International Conference on the Evaluation and Assessment of Critical Thinking at SSU was handed out.
e. Pam Guenther reported on the Committee on Online Instruction meeting last week. Margaret Prothero may create templates (ready made responses) for use with Pipeline. Faculty members who do not want to use Pipeline will be able to have an automatic message that says that they dont check their Pipeline e-mail.
II. Jerry Pike reported on Student Success Strategies Notetaking and Test Taking Workshops. A handout was given to members that summarizes standard notetaking techniques, such as the Cornell and mapping methods. Notes should be a trigger for memory not just a collection of facts. A key point is to provide and use information in class in as many sensory/learning modes as possible to make sure students have access to the curriculum. Jerry Pike reported on his Test-Taking Workshop and gave members a handout about that. The website listed in the handout (Felder) is a good place for students to do a learning styles inventory and get instant results. It is important for students to be well prepared with course information, and mentally well prepared to take a test. The are encouraged to view the test as an opportunity to show what they know, not as a torture put on them by the instructor. Previewing the exam prior to answering the any of the questions was emphasized as being important. Using the Cornell notetaking method sets students up for test preparation when they make summary sheets and cover the details section, and answer the questions in the left hand column. They can make mnemonic devices for those items they seem to have difficulty recalling.
III. Jack Ullom and Gerry Lewin reviewed and listed all of the different types of Professional Development and Student Success Projects that have been offered in the recent past at SBCC. Gerry will compile a draft of the lists, and invites members to add to the list.
IV. A new draft of the graphical model of the Faculty Professional Development Plan (updated by Marilyn Spaventa) was handed out. It shows the different functions (Mark Ferrer, Faculty Coordinator of Professional Development, David Wong, Dan Watkins, and Laurie Vasquez horizontally working as a team without a faculty director, reporting to her as dean. The committee noted the suggestion to integrate all parts as one whole was incorporated into the updated model from the one we discussed in the last meeting.
CTL committee input will be requested again in the future when other models are discussed, and members are asked to think about aspects they would like to see in a model of SBCCs professional development. The committee informally voted to ask Mark Ferrer to attend our next meeting to share his model and answer questions as we ran out of time for a thorough discussion.
Next Meeting: Monday, May 13, 2002, at 3:00 4:30 p.m. in LRC 108.