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Professional Development Events

Fall 2020 Program

Thursday, August 13th 


Academic Senate Meeting

When: 9:00am - 11:50am

Embed the Library to Your Course Shell

Full Title: Easy Ways to Embed the Library to Your Course Shell

When: 9:00am - 9:50am

Presenter: Erin Duane

Description: The library has resources galore, and something for every discipline, and wants to help you get them in front of your students. You can embed videos, articles, e-books, and more...and even embed a librarian directly into your course shell(s)! This workshop will showcase how easy it is to plug the library into your modules, syllabus, and lectures. And if you need a little extra help with embedding, your librarians are here for you. Give your shells a little extra oomph and help your students access college-level information resources with just a few clicks.

Open Educational Resources for Your Class

Full Title: Making Learning More Affordable - Adopting Open Educational Resources for Your Class

When: 9:00am - 10:50am

Presenter: Delmar Larsen

Description: In the effort to combat the skyrocketing cost of higher education, many instructors across the nation are turning toward open educational resources (OER). According the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, "OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge." This event will showcase some of the many OER options available to instructors. Our featured presenter, Delmar Larsen, a professor of Chemistry at U.C. Davis, is the director of LibreTexts, an online textbook platform. LibreTexts' mission is to unite students, faculty, and scholars in a cooperative effort to develop an easy-to-use online platform for the construction, customization, and dissemination of OER to reduce the burdens of unreasonable textbook costs to our students and society.

Lessons Learned from Remote Teaching

When: 10:30am - 11:50am

Presenters: Terri Pearson-Bloom 

Description: We are inviting faculty to come share their experiences and have a conversation about what they learned from their remote teaching experience.

  • What are some of the new approaches to teaching you tried that went really well?
  • What were some of the approaches that did not go as well as planned…lessons learned?
  • What are some best practices, lessons, or technology you will continue to use in future face to face courses?

Accessibility for Learning

When: 11:00am - 11:50am

Presenters: Zyanya Moreno Valdovinos & Tracy Schneider

Description: This session will illuminate the importance of accessibility as a consideration in course, assignment, and materials design and choice. It will touch on how to make our courses accessible whether online or in person at all times, not just in crisis, as it is an ongoing necessity.

Distinguished Faculty & Tenure Tea

When: 12:00pm - 12:50pm

Mindfulness Practice During Rugged & Hostile Times

Full Title: Getting to the center of the moment: Cultivating a mindfulness practice during rugged and hostile times

When: 1:00pm - 2:20pm

Presenter: Kevin Marks

Description: There is so much to learn from those who push limits, challenge conventional wisdom and are able to excel in moments that are packed with intensity. During this workshop, we will explore how individuals in some of the most stress inducing environments use mindfulness to manage and cope with unpredictable situations. Finally, we will learn how to integrate mindfulness into our courses regardless of the academic discipline.

Universal Design for Learning

When: 1:00pm - 2:50pm

Presenter: Tracy Schneider

Description: This session will cover an introduction to the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and explain why it is important in order to help all students to learn to the best of their ability. The session will also include time to workshop ways to include UDL in your classroom through instruction and assessment design.

Biology Department Meeting

When: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Presenters: Biology Faculty

Description: Biology faculty discuss the spring schedule, Canvas shells, and more!

Fall 2020 Chemistry Meeting

When: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Presenter: Vahid Eskandari

Description: Faculty Discussion for Online Classes, Fall Schedule, SLO Plans, Spring Schedule, etc.

Academic Senate Meeting

When: 1:30pm - 2:50pm

Proctorio Training

When: 2:30pm - 3:20pm

Presenter: Jessica Kuo

Description: This session is intended for all faculty planning to use Proctorio as means for remote proctoring in the coming semester, and wishing to learn about its use. This training session will cover:

  • What is Proctorio and how does it work
  • What can be monitored using Proctorio
  • How to set up Proctorio for your class.
  • How to get students prepared and set up for using Proctorio
  • Potential issues and how to resolve these
  • Other possible issues/downfalls based on personal experience with Proctorio

Keeping Students on the Path

Full Title: Completion and COVID-19: Strategies for Keeping Students on the Path

When: 3:00pm - 4:20pm

Presenter: Michael Wyly

Description: Discussion of best practices for how to keep students "on the path" in our courses and our programs in the age of COVID-19.

Aligning with the OEI Rubric

When: 3:30pm - 4:20pm

Presenter: Erica Beam

Description: The California Virtual Campus - Online Exchange Initiative (CVC OEI) has a detailed rubric for offering courses online in the Exchange. Solano adopted the OEI Rubric as part of our local process for approving courses online. Join us for a thorough review of the OEI Rubric - what it means to align to the rubric and see that in action in a real Canvas course!

Convocation for Adjunct Faculty

When: 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Hosted By: S/P Esposito-Noy, VP Cooper, VP Diamond, & VP Williams

Description: The S/P and VPs will provide updates on academic affairs, the budget, and more. DE Coordinator Erica Beam will also provide a quick look at the OEI Rubric and a brief explanation of the DE Committee Canvas shell review process.


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Friday, August 14th


When: 9:00am - 11:00am 

Presenters:  Janene Whitesell, Master of Convocation

Celia Esposito-Noy, Superintendent-President 

Shannon Cooper, VP of Student Services

Rob Diamond, VP of Finance & Administration

David Williams, VP of Academic Affairs

LaNae Jaimez, Academic Senate President

Distinguished Faculty Presentations

Keynote Speaker


Keynote Speaker

Title: Resilience: As the Bamboo Bends

Presenter: Dr. Satsuki Ina


COVID-19 has temporarily changed the way we work, live, go to school and spend time together. This talk will discuss the COVID-19 global pandemic as a chronic trauma experience and the ways in which we can build/strengthen our resilience during and after the pandemic.

About Dr. Satsuki Ina Dr. Satsuki Ina

Satsuki Ina was born in the Tule Lake Segregation Center, a WWII American concentration camp. She has served on the faculty of Boston University in Europe, University of Oregon, and is Professor Emeritus, at California State University, Sacramento. She is a psychotherapist in private practice specializing the treatment of collective trauma. She has produced two award-winning documentary films about the WWII Japanese American incarceration –Children of the Camps and From A Silk Cocoon. She is currently co-founder of Tsuru for Solidarity, a grassroots, direct action project of Japanese American social justice advocates working to support communities targeted by racism and unjust incarceration.


Food for Thought

When: 12:00pm - 1:00pm 

Presenters: Ann Hefner-Gravink and Maria Santiago

Description: Bring your favorite recipe to share as we join Ann in her kitchen while Maria provides commentary!


DE Addendum Approval Process

When: 1:00pm - 1:50pm

Presenter: Erica Beam

Description: Join Erica Beam for a presentation via Zoom on the new DE Addendum form and the approval process. Erica will walk you through completing the form, including common accessibility issues and regular and effective contact methods by discipline. There will also be time for questions and answers. DE Addendums must be submitted to the DE Committee by September 1st with the approval of your fellow faculty and your dean.


The Academic Success and Tutoring Center

Full Title: The Academic Success and Tutoring Center: One of SCC's Best Kept "Secrets"

When: 1:00pm - 1:50pm

Presenters: Gema Leon, Nedra Park, and Lauren Taylor-Hill

Description: The staff at the Academic Success and Tutoring Center remain committed to empowering students and supporting learning outside of the classroom even during these most unprecedented times.  Log into our Zoom session to hear the latest on the status of the ASTC and our plans for online tutoring.



Innovative Assessments, Part 1: Breaking Out of the Mold

When: 1:00pm - 1:50pm

Presenter: Katie Berryhill

Description: Part 1 of this session will provide examples of and an opportunity to discuss innovative ways to assess student learning. Attendees will be encouraged to take action on their learning and choose a technique to implement in the first part of a fall course. Part 2 of this session will provide the accountability for this action, as we’ll reconvene on October 13 to share lessons learned from that implementation. In preparation for part 1, think back to a favorite assignment from your student days. What made that assignment memorable and engaging? How did it support your learning in the course, and what transferable skills did it help you develop?



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School and Department Meetings

When: 2:00pm - 4:00pm 

  • Applied Technology and Business
  • Counseling
  • Health Sciences
  • Liberal Arts
  • Librarians
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

NOTE: Faculty will be provided with time to work on DE Addenda, OEI rubrics, etc.


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Tuesday, October 13th


Faculty Professional Learning Communities

Full Title: Faculty Professional Learning Communities

When: 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Presenter: Dr. Maureen Powers

Description: We know relationships are critical for learning, even for faculty. We know many disciplines at smaller colleges have only one or two faculty members. We also know the ranks of adjunct faculty are rising and many rarely, if ever, engage with full time faculty. The reality of teaching in higher education in the 21st Century makes engaging with other professionals challenging. This presentation will define PLCs, highlight the advantages over CoPs, and supply a research-based framework for in person and online PLC work. Participants will engage in meaningful dialogue and begin the important work of launching a PLC. Participants will walk away with a renewed sense of how they fit into the larger community of teaching and learning at the college while learning how PLCs enhance practice and improve student outcomes.

Solano College OER Introduction

Full Title: Solano College OER Introduction

When: 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Presenter: Atticus Frey

Description: We will be discussing the current state of OER initiatives on campus. Where to find OER resources. How and when to apply ZTC icons to the class catalog. Potentially reforming the SCC OER work-group to help support and promote OER adoption.

 Ensuring Equity Online for Students at Solano

Full Title: Ensuring Equity Online for Students at Solano

When: 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Presenters: Heather Watson-Perez and Erica Beam

Description: With many instructors new to teaching online, and many other instructors working to migrate their courses to online given the pandemic, it is imperative that we consider the equitable implications of distance learning. This will be an introductory session on how to develop equity-minded practices and center the student in building your online course environment

Fundamental Alterations vs. Academic Adjustments  

Full Title: Fundamental Alterations vs. Academic Adjustments: What the Law Says are Reasonable Accommodations

When: 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Presenter: Tracy Schneider

Description: This presentation will go over what the law says are reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and what accommodations fundamentally alter the course/program and therefore are not reasonable, and how we can tell the difference.

The Art of Mental Tinkering

 Full Title: The Art of Mental Tinkering

When: 10:50 AM -10:50 AM

Presenter: Ann Leber, LMFT

Description: COVID has brought a new wave of challenges to college communities. Managing the stress of isolation, teaching remotely, working from home, caring for loved ones and multi-tasking. Managing our stress level is critical to our overall emotional well-being. In this workshop, participants will learn holistic coping strategies such as healthy communication during highly stressful times, relaxation exercises, establishing wellness goals and maintaining a positive perspective.

Techniques for Building Rich Academic Relationships with Students Online  

Full Title: Techniques for Building Rich Academic Relationships with Students Online

When: 10:30 AM – 11:50 AM

Presenter: Dr. Maureen Powers

Description: We know online learning is different than learning in person. We know emergency remote teaching is different from a well-planned and vetted online course. We also know relationships are critical for learning. One of the most challenging aspects of learning online for faculty is building and sustaining academic relationships with students. This workshop will present several research-based techniques faculty can use to engage students and build rich academic relationships online.

The Science and Application of Gratitude and Well-Being

Full Title: The Science and Application of Gratitude and Well-Being

When: 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Presenter: LaNae Jaimez

Description: Scientific studies on gratitude and well-being will be reviewed. Ideas for using gratitude to prevent burnout and increase wellness will be discusses. The session will end with suggestions for introducing gratitude into our classrooms and the lives of our students.

Student Conduct: The Nuts and Bolts

Full Title: Student Conduct: The Nuts and Bolts

When: 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM

Presenter: Shannon Cooper

Description:This workshop will describe the student discipline process. Practice scenarios will be included.

Humanizing the Online Classroom

Full Title: Humanizing the Online Classroom

When: 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM

Presenter: Erin Duane

Description: Looking for ways to make the online classroom experience a little more... "in-person-y"? This session will review some of the tips and tools presented in an @ONE Continuing Education Course titled "Humanizing Online Teaching & Learning" that the presenter recently completed. We know that an instructor's presence is pivotal for students' perception of community and connectedness in the classroom, which can lead to learning success .... but how can that presence be conveyed and optimized in the online classroom environment? While this session is no replacement for the full @ONE course, an overview of the core concepts and the presenter's favorite humanizing methods will be covered.

Equity Workshop: What does it mean to be equity minded?

Full Title: Equity Workshop: What does it mean to be equity minded?

When: 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM

Presenters: Shanan Danley and Lisa Neeley

Description: In our efforts to address equity gaps at Solano College there is good work to celebrate, but still a lot of work to be done.  This workshop provides a practical framework for discussion of topics associated with the definition of equity and what it means to approach our collective work with an equity mindset.  Participants will explore the distinction between equity and equality, a working definition of racism and privilege grounded in the historical context of power structures, and what concrete steps we can each take to move the needle forward.

Promoting equity is a fluid process, so our aim is to honor and share the good work being done on campus while also building a shared commitment to greater accountability on behalf of our students.  At the conclusion of the workshop we'll present resources for additional information and study, inviting participants to share resources we can all utilize going forward.

We look forward to seeing you! 

For Counselors: Best Practices for Counseling During COVID

Full Title: For Counselors: Best Practices for Counseling During COVID

When: 1:00 PM – 2:50 PM

Presenters: Amy Dauffenbach and Kimberly Coulter

Description: We will share some ways to streamline the counseling appointment while making a personal connection in this remote environment. Come prepared to share tips you have learned as well. We'll also discuss ways to promote a healthy work/life balance.

Tips & Tricks to Teaching Remotely

Full Title: Tips & Tricks to Teaching Remotely

When: 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM

Presenter: Jessica Kuo

Description: Are you suffering from Canvas fatigue? Unfortunately, I do not have a cure. What I do have to offer is nearly a decade of experience of obsessively writing computer automations and finding alternative shortcuts or methods to get more done in less time. Yes, all with zero background in computer science. It's possible!

In this workshop, we will discuss some tips and tricks to working more efficiently with Canvas as well as ways to improve your Canvas design. These include:

  • How to speed up import and export of Canvas shells.
  • How to use the Canvas HTML Editor to improve your work efficiency.
  • How to quickly create quiz questions containing images.
  • ….and more!

Although I have (too) many ideas on what I can cover, if there is anything in particular you wish to be discussed in this workshop, please let me know by completing this survey: 

Innovative Assessments, Part 2

Full Title: Innovative Assessments, Part 2: Putting Your Tests to the Test

When: 2:00 PM – 3:20 PM

Presenter: Katie Berryhill

Description: What techniques can you use to assess student learning that are engaging for students? We will hear from faculty who attended part 1 of this session in August and who experimented with innovative assessments early in the semester, as they share best practices gleaned from their experience. You do not need to have participated in part 1 to attend part 2, as it will be an opportunity to learn about a variety of methods that you can put into practice yourself.

Zoom/Exam Workshop: What are the best Zoom and Online Exam Policies?

 Full Title: Zoom/Exam Workshop: What are the best Zoom and Online Exam Policies?

When: 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Presenter: Josh Scott and VP David Williams

Description: Many of us have realized the extent to which the digital divide has created a real equity issue at Solano College, but many faculty are also concerned that our transition to online instruction and support has negatively impacted academic rigor and an ability to maintain academic integrity in this classroom. Please join us as we discuss Zoom and exam-related issues in order to identify best practices.  We will especially focus on some of the following polices/issues, and then consider the rationale for each policy, concerns related to each policy, and possible solutions that honor the concerns and perspectives of faculty while prioritizing the student experience and their success.

·       Requiring zoom cameras be on for a synchronous class session

·       Requiring students to attend synchronous class sessions

·       Requiring exams be taken synchronously or within a narrow time frame so that students can’t cheat/look at each other’s answers

·       Using Turnitin, Proctorio, or other programs to ensure academic integrity

 At the conclusion of the meeting, we will create a draft of best practices and policy recommendations that we will then bring to the Student Equity and Success Council and the Academic Senate.

Title IX

Full Title: Title IX

When: 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM

Presenter: Chor Thao

Description: New Regulations & Title IX

Humanizing and Equitizing Your Syllabus

 Full Title: Humanizing and Equitizing Your Syllabus: Best Practices in Creating an Approachable Course Document

When: 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Presenter: T4E Faculty

Description: T4E Faculty will lead a discussion of best practices for humanizing and equitizing your syllabus to demonstrate your commitment to an equitable and student-centered classroom. Areas of discussion and focus will be: Establishing & Building Community, Equitable Policies & Procedures, Authentic Tasks & Grades. Focus on the following:

  • Establishing & Building Community: Introducing yourself as instructor, learning about your students through an interactive syllabus, crafting equity focused language re: expectations for class engagement
  • Equitable Policies & Procedures: class engagement, calendar /scheduling, avoiding “don’ts” and leaning into “do’s”
  • Authentic tasks and grades: Grades, assessment, etc.

Solano Community College and Hypothesis Workshop

Full Title: Solano Community College and Hypothesis Workshop

When: 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM

Presenter: Eryn Barker

Description: Eryn will discuss how collaborative annotation with Hypothesis can be used to make student reading visible, active, and social. She will also demonstrate how teachers are using annotation-powered reading to empower student writing, helping students develop these foundational academic skills. In addition to sharing pedagogical best practices for collaborative annotation, Eryn will demonstrate how Hypothesis can be used with course readings in learning management systems like Instructure Canvas and integrated with the LMS gradebook. After presenting, Eryn will lead participants in a discussion about how Hypothesis collaborative annotation can be used in their specific disciplines and with their specific teaching and learning objectives. Participants can expect to come away from this session with a clear idea about how they can start incorporating collaborative annotation into their courses to improve student success.

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