A Program with a Purpose

The Professional Development program at Foothill is a top college priority. We are facing so many new challenges with technology, accreditation, Generation Z students, returning veterans and more, that we believe it is important to provide new "tools" and resources to support faculty and staff to effectively support student learning.

The program includes funds for conference travel and participation, a robust calendar of workshops and events, and numerous online training opportunities - all designed to support the continuous development of knowledge and skills for the Foothill campus community. Our programs are open to all FHDA district employees.

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Upcoming Events

Canvas Workshops in December

Attend in-person workshops to learn how to get certified to use Canvas and how to migrate your courses from Etudes to Canvas.

Canvas Certification
Friday, December 8
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Room 6402
Canvas Migration
Wednesday, December 6
1:00 - 3:00 pm
Room 6402

Online Teaching Certification - Winter 2018

January 29 - March 11

In a community of online teachers, we will explore the key component of an accessible, effective online course. Lessons will include informative modules, relevant discussions, helpful exercises, peer-to-peer critique and the creation of a final project.

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Winter 2018 Professional Development Day

Friday, January 26
Workshop 1: Getting started with Service Learning
Toyon Room: 9 am to 1 pm

This workshop will introduce you to all you need to know to integrate Community Service Learning as part of your course. We will start with the conceptual level of how to integrate the work deeply into your course objectives, and then go to ideas about assignments, and the nuts and bolts of developing partnerships that will work for your class.

Workshop 2: Using your own videos to encourage student engagement
Room Hearthside Lounge: 11 am to 1 pm

Come and hear your fellow staff and faculty members discuss how they create and use their own videos to humanize the online experience and encourage students to become active participants at Foothill and in their online courses. Panelists will share how they create their videos, what technology they use, how hard or easy it was, and how students responded to the videos. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the workshop and to sign up for a mini-course in Canvas where they will learn how to create a video and have an opportunity to create their own video. Upon successful completion of the optional mini-course, they will receive one additional hour of PGA and a badge that they can share on their social media sites.

MakerSpace Tours

Drop in and experience the KCI Underground MakerSpace, where you and your students can explore the process of Making. Regardless of the subject, there are many circular connections students and teachers can make using the MakerSpace. The KCI Underground MakerSpace is open to staff, faculty, students, and community members and we hope to build a community of makers at Foothill.

Peer-to-peer Faculty Exhange

What is the Exchange?
Faculty will participate in groups of three. Within each triad, each participant will:
  • Observe the other two members in the classroom
  • Meet to have a guided conversation about course design, equity efforts, learning goals, assessments and teaching strategies.
  • Write a 4-page reflection on what they gained from the experience

Upon completion of the program, all participants will receive a certificate of completion, and full time faculty will be eligible to earn one unit of PGA.

How do you sign up?
Send your NAME, E-MAIL, and DISCIPLINE via e-mail to Ben Stefonik (stefonikbenjamin@fhda.edu).

More Workshops

On Campus Workshops - Detailed information about upcoming on-campus workshops
Professional Development calendar - Browse and sign up for more events and workshops

Ongoing Events

Reflective Writing Challenge: 7 x 9 x 25

The Reflective Writing Challenge for 2017 is over. Make sure to read all of the great posts!

Read the blogs

CCC Confer

Interested in learning CCC Confer? It is offered online in both live and recorded formats. Choose what is convenient for you.

Schedule or Request a Professional Development Event

If you know about any professional development opportunities that you want us to schedule and promote please fill out the Proposal for PD Event Form.
Last Updated January 22, 2018
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