Faculty Development Program

This program is designed to provide faculty with the tools and resources for becoming more effective in the classroom. Full-time and adjunct faculty who choose to complete the five core classes and an additional two elective offerings will receive a certificate. FDP elective requirements can be satisfied by attending two of the ‘Special Topics’ sessions or the annual Enhancing Teaching & Learning Conference..

Advanced registration is required for all KCPDC events. Registration is FREE to employees of member institutions. Please contact your campus representative for registration.


Instructional Strategies for Active Learning

Presented by Rich Higgason

Date: Thursday, September 14
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: MCC-BTC, Campus Center 249

Description: As a result of attending this workshop faculty attendees will be able to:

  • Apply and identify a variety of instructional strategies to promote active learning
  • Evaluate course learning outcomes and student learning styles to select optimal strategies
  • Assess opportunities for revising existing coursework
  • Explore how strategies are being applied in today’s classroom
  • Discuss the pedagogical theories underlying active learning

Assessing Program and Course Learning Outcomes

Presented by Sheri Barrett

Date: Wednesday, October 18
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: JCCC, GEB 264

Description: This session will provide faculty with a unifying framework to organize assessment activities at both the Program and Course level of learning outcomes. Learning Outcomes for the workshop:

  1. To provide useful strategies on how to assess learning at the programmatic and course level
  2. To illustrate ways faculty can effectively utilize assessment activities to improve teaching and learning

Effective and Efficient Strategies for Grading Student Work

Presented by Mark Harvey

Date: Thursday, November 9
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: MidAmerica Nazarene University, Campus Center, Fireside Room

Description: This workshop provides an opportunity for participants to explore effective and efficient strategies for grading student work. We will discuss the purposes of grading as well as ways to ensure that grades measure what students know. Various approaches to formative and summative assessment will be introduced. Participants are invited to bring their own devices to engage in practice with applications designed to evaluate students’ understanding and knowledge of content. Additionally, we will investigate how faculty members can ensure student grades are accurate, consistent, meaningful, and supportive of student learning. As a result of attending this workshop faculty attendees will be able to:

  • Learn about various approaches to formative and summative assessment and tools to support their application
  • Discuss the purposes of grading and ways to ensure that grades measure what students know
  • Share strategies from participants’ own experiences
  • Identify professional growth goals for implementing the effective and efficient strategies into one’s own practice

Teaching with Technology

Presented by Clint McDuffie

Date: Wednesday, January 24
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: Baker University (Overland Park), Room 101

Description: In this session we will review current data and literature that highlights best practices for incorporating technology as part of your instructional strategy. By the end of the session you will have mapped out a plan where your choice in technology supports your pedagogy. As part of the planning process we will review available tools and resources as well as collaborate with peers. You should leave this session with:

  • An understanding of the impact technology has on learning
  • A plan on how to compliment learning through best practice applications
  • An activity supported by a Web 2.0 tool
  • An approach where the pedagogy leads the technology

Engagement of Students in Online Learning

Presented by Tom Grady

Date: Tuesday, February 20
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: KCKCC, Lower Jewell Building, Room 2325/2326

Description: Research based instructional strategies that promote student engagement in online classes will be shared. Instructional design guidelines will be used to identify structure and organization that encourage student interaction with the content, with other students and with the instructor. In addition, sample activities and assignments that promote student engagement will be included in the presentation. Following basic instructional design guidelines you will identify components in online courses that promote student engagement. In addition, you will have hands-on time to work on a course to identify one component that can be incorporated into one of your courses to increase student engagement for your students. A sample course will be provided for those who do not currently have access to a course. After participating in this session you should be able to:

  • Identify at least one component that promotes student engagement in an online class.
  • Evaluate an online course for engagement opportunities.
  • Identify course design elements that promote student success.
  • Develop or refine one online activity to increase student interaction in a class.

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