As the semester winds down, I want to take this opportunity to share some resources that were developed this year within programs we offered in Faculty Development. Our hope was to collect all resources in one place to facilitate access and navigation and to allow for easy sharing even after the programs end. For each program listed below we created a webpage and, even more importantly, we built a “one-stop-shop” schedule where all information and resources associated to each workshop are posted. As you can tell if you explore these links, we also tried to diversify the formats of the resources to satisfy different learning and engagement preferences.
UDL Faculty Learning Community: schedule
EDI Teaching Series: webpage and schedule
HSI Professional Development Initiative: webpage and schedule
I hope you will take some time, possibly after finals, to check out these resources, because there are a lot of tools, templates, and tips for best practices that you can apply to your courses, even if you ddi not have a chance to complete these programs.
Chiara Ferrari, Ph.D.
Faculty Development Director
I heard about some racist zoom bombing episodes and other racist incidents that have happened recently to Chico State faculty.
I have been tempted, in writing this email, to use the phrase “ needless to say” to introduce a number of paragraphs. “Needless to say” we condemn these attacks, “needless to say” in Faculty Development we promote inclusion and diversity, “needless to say” our university does not tolerate these actions.
But then it occurred to me that it DOES need to be said, clearly, that Faculty Development is a place where we actively promote antiracism.
- It is not enough for Faculty Development to be inclusive: FDEV must ensure that all faculty have a chance to belong.
- It is not enough for Faculty Development to promote diversity of opinions and perspectives: FDEV must provide a safe space for all voices to be heard.
- It is not enough for Faculty Development to condemn these acts: FDEV must dismantle systemic racism, including the one happening in academia at large.
This is the main reason why I so strongly believed in creating the READI hub and centering EDI work in what we offer.
In case you want to access programs that promote these values, I recommend visiting the READI workshops page. We offer series that in various ways and from different perspectives share resources on how to approach these conversations in your classes, but also among your colleagues.
When we first began planning to launch READI, I had not fully envisioned how we could approach EDI work in Faculty Development. Working with equity fellows like Samara Anarbaeva, Lesa Johnson, and Pablo Ochoa Bailey helped me immensely in framing the kind of values the Office of Faculty Development should commit to when embarking in this work. And one thing was clear: there cannot be equity diversity and inclusion unless there is also a commitment to actively pursuing an antiracist agenda.
The A in READI stands for antiracism, and in light of these events, I want to renew my and FDEV’s commitment to offering a space where we not only condemn racism, but we actively fight against it.
Chiara Ferrari, Ph.D.
Faculty Development Director
Sent on behalf of Dr. Gabby Medina Falzone, as a follow-up to her workshop “Decarcerating the Classroom and Supporting Justice-Impacted Students”
Justice-impacted students, i.e. those who are incarcerated, have been incarcerated, and/or who have/had loved ones incarcerated, are often left out of equity education conversations. All across California, a loose coalition for justice-impacted students, faculty, staff, and allies are developing pathways for those who are justice-impacted to graduate from college.
If you want to learn more about the work being done to support incarcerated and formerly incarcerated college students across California, here are some resources
If you want to learn more about how you personally can support justice-impacted students here are some tips and resources:
- Use humanizing language and avoid deficit-based or stigmatizing stereotypes. Check out the UC Berkeley Underground Scholars Language Guide and the workshop slides to learn more.
- Share resources with justice-impacted students in your classes as well as formerly incarcerated potential Chico State students. Here are a few:
- Root and Rebound “My Education, My Freedom” Toolkit (you can download it here)
- The California Community Colleges Rising Scholar Network, which provides supports for justice-impacted students at the community college level.
- Chico State Rebound Scholars which is a new student org for and by Chico State justice Impacted students and allies. Currently we are meeting Fridays at 5:30pm in Ayres Hall (AYRS) 106. Have your students contact Dr. Gabby Medina Falzone (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out when we will meet next semester.
- Support Rebound Scholars’ first event. The organization is happy to welcome Shelley Winner, who with share about her journey from incarceration to professional employment, on April 25 at 6pm in BMU 203 (see flyer)
- Help create a Project Rebound chapter here at Chico State. Currently 14 CSU campuses have a chapter. Chico State is not one of them. Contact Dr. Gabby Medina Falzone email@example.com if you are interested.
Last year, the Office of Faculty Development committed to sponsoring and promoting programs and events that would support the implementation of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the classroom. This commitment was in line with the University’s strategic priorities and was supported by GI2025 student success funding that we were able to roll over from 2019-2020. Some of the best aspects of these efforts included the ability to create collaborations across divisions, the opportunity to challenge ourselves and our pedagogical practices, the possibility to extend these conversations across most disciplines and Colleges, and the chance to give voice to a number of faculty that truly are advocates and activists for the implementation of equity on campus.
Rebecca Nelson and I also participated in the third Middle Leadership Academy cohort last year, and I think I speak for both of us when I say that we learned a great deal of information and practices that we are committed to bringing to faculty development, including a number of resources about faculty’s role in this work.
This year we are excited to sponsor a second Teaching Racial & Social Justice (TRSJ) Series and I want to take this opportunity to invite you to our first workshop, Confronting the Traditional Learning Space: Anchoring Your course in an Antiracist, Inclusive, and Culturally Sustaining Framework, which will be held on Wednesday, October 13th from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Zoom. This workshop will explore and unpack an evaluation tool that is grounded in the Anti-Racist Quality Learning and Teaching (AR-QLT) framework, developed by Dr. Daniel Soodjinda and used as a guide by a faculty learning community at CSU Stanislaus. The AR-QLT framework contains a set of 11 Antiracist, Inclusive, and Culturally Sustaining objectives, and faculty can use the AR-QLT instrument to assess their courses, learn where there are equity gaps, and take the steps necessary to meaningfully support their diverse classrooms.
Our next workshop, Throwing Out the Syllabus: Responding to Crisis in Real Time will be offered on October 27th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Zoom and will be led by Dr. Claudia Sofía Garriga-López.
We hope that you will join us for these important conversations.
A flurry of national stories has highlighted the topic of recording classroom discussions. Earlier this year at Orange Coast College a student was suspended for recording his professor’s views about President Trump and then publishing them. At the recent Conservative Political Action Conference a workshop encouraged students to do that exact thing. Have you had a student record you? Without your knowledge? How would you know?
These are all complicated questions, so I did some reading and research.
- FindLaw has an excellent article on the legal dynamics at work in these situations. California is a “two-party consent” state when it comes to recording. While this is typically in reference to wiretaps, they argue the same principles apply in the classroom.
- Student Judicial Affairs provided some guidance: “Unlike other campuses we do not have a campus policy on classroom recording except: 1) Title 5 governing student conduct does state, in part, the “Grounds for Student Discipline include “unauthorized recording, dissemination, or publication of academic presentations (including handwritten notes) for commercial purpose.” 2) ARC has a specific policy on “Audio Recording Lectures” which states that students are eligible for audio-recording accommodations if their disability impairs access to classroom lectures. (see ARC for the process for requests).”
My strong recommendation is that if this if you are concerned about this you should create an explicit policy for the syllabus. Students often have legitimate reasons for wanting to record class, and their peers may have good reasons for not wanting a discussion recorded. Having a policy requiring consultation prior to recording is consistent with the law and gives you an opportunity to consider the interests of all your students.
Finally, a few reminders.
Join us for an open forum on Community Based Scholarship hosted by Faculty Development and Civic Engagement. Selvester’s 100 3/10 1-3pm.
Faculty Development is searching for the next director!
We held a popular workshop on Dossier Prep for Lecturers earlier this semester. Find the video archive and handouts here.
Dr. Sara Cooper has provided additional Book in Common Material. Check out this section of the CELT page for regular synopsis updates, discussion questions, and other resources.
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Multiple choice tests don’t get a lot of respect. But in addition to helping overworked instructors save time, they can, when done well, also be effective measurements both of basic understanding and precise discrimination. Too often, though, they are simply a measure of how well students take tests. Here’s an article from Faculty Focus on “7 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Multiple Choice Questions.” (Note: This is not an endorsement of the webinar promoted in the article.)
Other suggestions for writing good multiple choice questions include these from McKeachie’s Teaching Tips (available in MLIB 458 if you want to read more):
- “The item as a whole should present a problem of significance in the subject-matter field” (78).
- “Emphasizing in the multiple-choice test introduction that the students should choose the best answer may help prevent lengthy discussion with the student who can dream up a remote instance in which the correct alternative might be wrong” (81).
Even the discussions that follow that persistent student’s defense of her answer, though, are instructive, and should be used to refine future versions of the test. (Another argument for reviewing tests in class.) My colleagues and I also often swap tests before administering them to weed out items that are unclear or exploitable by the test-savvy. This also allows us to show off our cleverness to each other.
Really good multiple choice questions are hard to write, but developing a bank of them for a course you teach frequently can be a good investment of your time.
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Using Video to Enhance Learning and Teaching: A Hands-On Workshop.
Wednesday, October 22, 12:00-1:30 PM
MLIB 002 TLP Training Lab
Description: The current generation coming through Chico State are visual learners, used to turning to YouTube videos and Video Blogs for entertainment, personal edification, and self-expression. Come and hear how one faculty member has successfully incorporated video introductions as well as video assignments into her class, then start learning how to use our free tools to enhance your own courses with video.
*Authored by Dr. Katherine McCarthy.