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 the Virginia Community College System. His role at the VCCS is to support the colleges' efforts to identify and implement effective technology use in the classroom and online. He also works on policy issues and statewide initiatives involving online learning and use of educational technology. Richard serves on two VCCS Reengineering committees. He is a member of the Innovation and Technology Task Force and co-chairs the Textbook Costs and Digital Learning Resources workgroup. He leads the development of online resources for the VCCS's new Developmental Math curriculum for the Virginia Rethinks Health Science Education project, funded by a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant. He manages the annual Chancellor's Innovation Fund and provides guidance to faculty and staff about the VCCS Intellectual Property policy. Richard lives in Richmond with his wife, son, menagerie of semi-feral cats, and heavily outnumbered dog, Dewey.

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