Recorded Sessions

Faculty Professional Development

Walla Walla Community College │ Title III 


Professional development and training are an integral part of our success at Walla Walla Community College. To help continue that growth and success, Walla Walla Community College was honored to be the recipient of a $2 Million Title III Strengthening Institutions Program Grant in 2010. Professional development is a key component of our Title III Grant that focuses on pedagogy and instructional design principles. On this page you will find a wide variety of professional development sessions that emphazize these principles, centered on student needs and outcomes. These self-paced training sessions are between 45 – 60 minutes each and have been recorded using Tegrity. We encourage you to view these sessions sooner rather than later, as they may contain helpful information to assist you in your courses. Please let us know if you would like additional training or specific topics for us to cover.  

Thank you again for your participation in Title III faculty professional development. For comments or questions please contact:
Dr. Curtis Phillips
Title III Activity Director for Faculty Development



See below for a full description of each session.

Using Wiggio: A Social Networking Tool to Encourage Student Participation and Engagement

This session will demonstrate the use of the social networking tool Wiggio as a means for encouraging student participation in group based assignments. Focus will be on how to set-up a Wiggio account and how to incorporate the various features of the program into your curriculum. Click to view Recorded │ Click to view Resource Guide

Team-based Learning

Team-Based Learning centers on students working in small groups on various content-related tasks during class time. In these small groups, the students must share resources and collaborate in order to complete work while the instructor actively monitors each group’s discussion and provides feedback during the session or at the end. This session shows instructors how to create a strong team-based learning environment and how to easily implement this type of instruction as a regular part of their class routine. Click to view Recorded  – Click to view Resource Guide

Culturally-Responsive Teaching: An exploration in understanding

This session will explore new methods and ideas related to the phenomenon of Culturally Responsive Teaching. Instruction takes the whole student into account and seeks to reach out to them where they are, ideally improving the learning experience for all involved. You will hear firsthand experiences from faculty who piloted Culturally Responsive Teaching. Click to view Recorded 

Your Classroom in the Cloud

Using online file management programs (cloud storage) allow you to streamline your teaching experience while you increase your student’s access to classroom resources. We will go over creating an account and using Dropbox, Dropittome, Videodropper and Google Drive to create a space for you and your students to interact in the cloud. Click to view Recorded  

An Introduction to Culturally-Responsive Pedagogy

This professional development session will give educators an overview of the theory behind Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) as described in the academic literature, and will provide preliminary examples of ways to incorporate CRT methods into the classroom. The goal of these professional development sessions is to build on campus-wide efforts to improve the academic success of diverse students, to narrow achievement gaps in academic performance, and, ultimately, to create a campus-wide culture of diversity. Click to view Recorded 

Piloting Mastery-Based Grading Across the Curriculum

Thinking about trying Mastery Based Grading in your classes? Listen to the experiences of faculty who piloted the technique in diverse number of courses: Sociology, English, Chemistry, and Psychology. This Profession Development session will describe their pilot projects, the ways our students succeeded, and what they would have done differently. We invite you to learn from their experiences with Mastery Based Grading and consider how it might be useful in your curricula. Included is a short instructional guide how to create mastery-based assessments in Canvas. Piloting Mastery-based Grading: Click to view Recorded Creating MBG Assessment in Canvas: Click to view Recorded 

Student Engagement: Prezi Presentations

Student engagement used to mean simply “paying attention” in class, but no more. We now know that we also need to be focusing on cognitive and emotional components that develop the motivation for learning. Now there’s a lively alternative to Power Point, however, and it’s called Prezi. It’s an exciting, web-based, free presentation software. This presentation will show you how to learn to create a dynamic engaging, student-centered presentation using Prezi. Click to view Recorded Click PIU Credit when finished with this session! 

The Flipped Classroom

Let’s imagine a classroom where students walk in the door with a basic knowledge of the day’s topic; a classroom where students are brimming with questions about how to apply the subject at hand; a classroom where the instructor can sense an almost tangible hunger for deeper learning. Only in fiction, right? Think again. The flipped classroom is taking higher education by storm and is creating the kind of classroom that takes learning beyond our wildest imaginings. The flipped classroom inverts traditional teaching methods by delivering instruction online, outside of class, and moving “homework” into the classroom. Click to view Recorded  

Mastery-Based Grading

Mastery-based grading is a system that allows students to resubmit work as often as desired until the student reaches mastery scoring. Made possible by the computer-based testing and reporting system, this process improves student learning outcomes using performance data through formative assessments. Achieving mastery is an essential motivating component for the student and as instructors we want to know that they have mastered a concept, not when they mastered the concept. Click to view Recorded 

The Art of Online Discussion Forums

This session includes best practice for creating interactive online discussion questions, plus key terms, models for writing questions, and structure and moderating a forum. Click to view Recorded 

Putting it All Together

This session is about putting all the pieces together and includes course objectives to outcomes, course mapping, and syllabus design considerations. All three components work together to create each section independently, reducing the actual amount of time needed. Participants will gain an understanding how to link their course objectives to specific outcomes ensuring they meet their course level outcomes. Course mapping gives instructors a 360 view of their entire course highlighting course topics, homework assignments, assessments, activities, grade or point value distribution. This information is used to create an informative syllabus, essential for student success! Click to view: Recorded 

Curriculum Planning

Explains the purpose of curriculum plans and the difference between lesson plans, course mapping, and outcomes. Curriculum planning gives instructors the ability to see their course from a 360⁰ perspective. Topic area covered are Bloom’s Taxonomy, SECTIONS Model, & ASSURE Model—includes what it is, why it matters, and how instructors can incorporate the approach in their teaching. Click to view: Recorded 

How Students Learn

Explains the learning process from the student’s perspective. Topics covered are Behaviorism, Cognitivism, & Constructivism—includes what it is, why it matters, and how instructors can incorporate these approaches in their teaching. Click to view: Recorded 

Have We Met? Assessing Your Student Population

“Have we met?” Assessing your student population—better understand your students, their needs and general characteristics. Uncover vital information and take part in the emergence of diversity responsive teaching. Survey tools in Angel, Zoomerang, and Survey Monkey will be explored (and of course the paper option as well). Time after the session will be dedicated to anyone wishing to have a hands-on experience with the survey tools. Click to view Recorded 

Join the Experiential Learning Movement!

“Ugh…Why do I need to learn this?” Move your students from textbook theoretical scenarios to real world application! Join the Experiential Learning movement. With experiential learning “educators purposefully engage learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills and clarify values” (Association for Experiential Education, 2011, para. 2). Click to view Recorded 

Put the integrity in Tegrity

You will learn the basics of Tegrity—when and why to use Tegrity in your classroom. Click to view Recorded  

I Just Tweeted! Twitter in the Classroom!

“I just tweeted” Twitter in the classroom! Create a learner-centered environment to increase student engagement with course materials and give students a deeper level of understanding on course topics. Click to view Recorded  

Using Technology in Teaching

“Using technology in teaching” Incorporate Blogs and Wikis and move away from surface learning. Provides an excellent way to reach multiple learning styles and creates a body of work students can take with them after they finish your course!Using technology in teaching. Click to view Recorded  

Digital Media and Meaning Making

Teachers help students take the raw material that is what we teach and make meaning out of it. We help them build connections, we encourage them to interpret what they learn and we challenge them to make what we teach have meaning in their own lives. New media affects how we help students make meaning out of our courses. In this session you will learn about theories of meaning-making and transliteracy. Transliteracy, the ability to read, write and interact with diverse digital tools, invites us to teach our students skills that will increase their ability to make meaning out of the complex digital world that surrounds their daily lives. Click to view Recorded 

Clickers in the Classroom

This introductory session will give participants an overview on clickers along with a brief demonstration in the creation of clicker slides with PowerPoint. Participants will have an opportunity to use clickers through a number of polling questions. Use of Turning Technologies’ TurningPoint software in conjunction with audience response cards (clickers) allows individuals to administer real-time assessments, identify and confirm participant understanding, increase participant attentiveness, and gather, rank and report critical information base on course materials. Click to view Recorded 

Meeting MERLOT: “I’ll Toast to That”!

Meeting MERLOT is a professional development workshop designed to give participants an understanding of key features, uses, best practices, and browsing techniques of MERLOT. Participants will create a member profile, learn of MERLOT resources, and examine the MERLOT homepage. “MERLOT is a free, web-based resource and community designed to help you find online teaching and learning materials quickly and easily. It is a continually growing Open Educational Resource (OER) of online teaching tools and support resources that help you enhance your instruction in a wide variety of disciplines. MERLOT is also an active community of people like you, who strive to enrich their teaching and learning experiences with technology,” (MERLOT, 2010, p. 1). Click to view Recorded 

So Sue Me!

Fair Use, the DMCA, TEACH and how to avoid copyright lawsuits. Copyright is something that affects us all, Quill will discuss the latest interpretations of Fair Use, ethical use of digital content and how to avoid copyright lawsuits. Click to view Recorded  

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