Jul 242014
 

SCALE_Institute copy_strother9th Annual Cooperative Learning Institute at Patrick Henry Community College

The modified quote above is of course from the iconic Paul Newman movie, Cool Hand Luke, and has no connection whatsoever to the institute except that Martinsville, VA was named after Strother Martin, the actor who issued the famous line from the movie. Actually, this isn’t true at all, but I wish it was. Anyway…

Patrick Henry Community College, known for its focus on and expertise in Cooperative Learning, is offering its 9th Cooperative Learning Institute this August.  The Institute will be held over two days from August 14th until August 15th. Breakfast and lunch on both days are included in the cost of the Institute.

Participants can choose from four Cooperative Learning tracks:

  1. Fundamentals of Cooperative Learning for the Community College Classroom – this track is required for all new faculty or those faculty who have not yet completed a two-day Fundamentals section;
  2. Fundamentals of Active Critical Thinking (FACT) – an advanced track with a Fundamentals pre-requisite;
  3. Advanced Student Engagement Techniques (ASET) – an advanced track with a Fundamentals pre-requisite; and
  4. Cooperative Learning for Distance Learning (CL for DL) – an advanced track with a Fundamentals pre-requisite (aka Active Learning in an Online Environment)

The two-day Institute costs $250 per person and  is open to full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and educational administrators of the VCCS who seek to understand the importance of active and cooperative learning, now part of the full-time faculty evaluation process. Faculty from institutions currently active in the Achieving the Dream network of colleges (Danville Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, and Mountain Empire Community College) will have the $250 registration fee waived thanks to a generous grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Registration and payment deadline: August 8 by 5 pm

For more information on the Institute, or to register, please go to PHCC’s Southern Center for Active Learning Excellence website at http://scaleinstitute.com/

Richard Sebastian

Richard SebastianRichard Sebastian is the Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies for Virginia’s Community Colleges. Dr. Sebastian leads system-wide initiatives to identify and promote educational technologies that improve student outcomes and foster deeper engagement in learning. He is currently focused on the issues of open educational resources, effective online and blended learning, emerging educational technologies, and digital citizenship. Richard is the Principal Investigator on the Hewlett-funded Zx23 Project, an initiative to scale the zero-textbook-cost degrees to all 23 of Virginia's community colleges. Dr. Sebastian lives in Richmond, VA with his wife and son. He has a doctorate in education from the University of Virginia. He spends his free time telling stories, taking pictures, singing in a concept cover band with other middle-aged dads, and spending long nights in the cold, cold woods with other true believers to confirm once and for all that Bigfoot exists.

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