New Faculty Learning Community
The ARC New Faculty Learning Community (NFLC) is a two-semester cohort experience designed to support first year, full-time tenure-track faculty at American River College. The goal of this learning community is to support faculty as equitable practitioners as they work with students. This learning community is designed in alignment with the ARC Vision, Mission, and Commitment to Social Justice and Equity, as well as our college strategic plan.
New Faculty Learning Community Goals
The NFLC is designed to develop a community of practitioners who support student success in the following ways:
- Center equity-minded practices, teaching, and student service delivery.
- Contribute to an ongoing dialogue about andragogy, heutagogy, and pedagogy that is evidence-based and learner-centered.
- Employ culturally responsive teaching/student services practices and develop culturally relevant curriculum/practices.
- Engage students with equitable practices that access learners’ prior knowledge.
- Direct students to appropriate academic support and student services to help them succeed.
- Collaborate with peers across disciplines to support disproportionately impacted students and improve outcomes and success rates.
- Develop collaboration among counselors, librarians, and instructional faculty to promote support for students.
- Contribute to the achievement of the college’s strategic goals to improve student outcomes.
NFLC is offered in a hybrid modality and meets on campus and online throughout both fall and spring semesters. In addition, new faculty can expect to spend 2-3 hours per week on reading, preparation, and integration.
ARC Online Teaching Institute
The ARC Online Teaching Institute (OTI) helps to prepare instructors for teaching online through exploration and hands-on demonstrations of effective practices in online instruction; it is offered in both online and hybrid modalities. Through nine sessions, participants explore the characteristics of successful online instructors, the concept of digital competencies and how that may affect how our students learn, principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and accessibility, ways to identify and create exemplary online courses, and much more.
Upon completion of this institute, participants will have created instructional modules that are the basis for the development of an online course, met the criteria for exemplary course design as outlined in the Online Education Initiative Online Course Design Rubric, and demonstrated proficiency in online teaching and learning as outlined in the @ONE Standards for Quality Online Teaching.
The ARC OTI webpage includes the current and future schedules, information from OTI graduates, and links for registration.
For questions and more information, please contact:
- Alice Dieli
- Pamela Bimbi
ARC Accessible Course Creation Academy
The ARC Accessible Course Creation Academy (ACCA) guides participants on creating accessible ADA/Section 508 compliant course content in their own courses. This completely online course contains six learning modules and provides a thorough explanation of accessibility within online, hybrid or web-enhanced courses using Canvas. All faculty and instructional staff are welcome to participate. The ARC Accessible Course Creation Academy web page contains more details and requirements for this course and includes a current schedule for each semester.
FastTrack OEI Rubric Academy
Join your Los Rios colleagues in the FastTrack OEI Rubric Academy. In FastTrack you are provided with personalized support and resources designed to help you align your online courses to the OEI Course Design Rubric. You set the pace; move as slowly or quickly as you like through the process. Receive a stipend for your efforts.
Select a course that you have taught online and that is part of an ADT (Associates Degree for Transfer), General Education Transfer Pattern (CSU or IGETC), or CTE (Career Technical Education) program. Then confirm with your dean that your course will be offered online within the next two semesters.
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