Professional Development Offerings

Events for Faculty Spring 2020:

March 9, 2020: Growth Mindset: How can faculty aid students in building a growth mindset? Join the conversation ~ Presented by Cynthia McDermott Open to all faculty *Coffee & Pastries will be served

March 19, 2020:  Student Engagement & Motivation: This day of events presents a diverse faculty panel ("Working Together to Motivate Students and Increase Student Engagement"); techniques and practice in stress management and self-care; as well as demos of new tech tools such as ZipGrade.  Breakfast & Lunch will be provided.

April 13, 2020:  Mind Mapping: Learn how to record and organize information in a way that will help you (and your students) better absorb and comprehend the material. Presented by Tom Kavanaugh.  Coffee & Pastries will be served.

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FLEX Days Spring 2020

January 3, 2020

Guthrie Hall 


Please see the following schedule of events planned for our first Spring 2020 Flex Day on January 3.


8:30 - 10:00 AM  "The Seven Deadly Sins and Student Apathy" presented by Russell Sanders – Guthrie Hall

An honest, yet provocative look into one of the most pressing problems facing teachers today. Trigger Warning: Those who deem challenges to the current academic orthodoxy hate speech need not attend. 


9:00 – 9:50 AM  What’s Newin Canvas?    LRC-136 Training Room

You might be asking yourself, “Did something change in Canvas?” As Canvas continues to grow worldwide, Instructure has been making updates to the LMS every three weeks.  Some changes are intuitive, and some changes might just need a quick demo.  Please join us for an overview of the most recent changes to Canvas, review some third party tools that are integrated into Canvas, and ask questions about any updates that you are noticing        

Software: Canvas and Canvas Integrations from 3rd Party Vendors  

Materials will be distributed via the VC DE Faculty Hub  



10:00 - 11:00 AM  One Drive Training with Grant Jones – Guthrie Hall


10:00 - 10:50 AM  Screencastinga Lesson    LRC-136 Training Room

Do you have a demonstration that you wish you could record for other students to see and review?  Are you trying to increase your online presence in your online and/or hybrid courses?  Screencasting is a great way for you to use your favorite software to record an animated lesson for your students.  Ideas:  Demonstrate a sentence in Word; Explain an excel formula; Explain the purpose of a graph; or Describe a painting from the public domain.      



11:00 - 12:00 PM ACTIVATE Smartphone Safety App – Guthrie Hall


11:00 - 11:50 AM   Five Ways to Spice Up Your Canvas Content  - LRC-136 Training Studio

This session will cover five easy (and free) ways to add pizazz to your Canvas content. We will go over free tools for graphic design, sourcing openly licensed high-quality images, ready-to-use templates, and sprinkle in some html snippets to bring your pages and assignments to life. (This session is intended for novice and advanced Canvas users.)   



12:00  - 1:00 PM  LUNCH in Guthrie Hall 


TENTATIVE: 1:00  - 2:30 PM   Active Shooter: Hands-on training with Chief Justice –  Guthrie Hall


1:30 – 4:30    Spring 2020 CourseBuildingWorkshop  - LRC-136 Training Studio

Are you looking for time to chat with an Instructional Technologist / Designer?  Do you need a cool workspace with great wifi and privacy?  Are you interested in hanging out in our LRC Studio to see what is new in online education or screencasting?  Do you have any last minute questions and/or needs for Monday? The LRC Training Studio will be open for questions, demos, and assistance in creating your Spring 2020 Course Design needs for Online, Partially Online, and Web Enhanced Courses.  Drop by with your computers, questions, and needs.  Computers will also be provided during the workshop.   


DE Sessions January 2020 Schedule Times Location








FLEX Days Fall 2019 

August 13 - 16, 2019

Please click the following links to view documents and presentations from the various sessions.


All College Day Presentation - President's Office 

  1.  All College Day - Part 1 

  2.  All College Day - Part 2 

  3.  All College Day - Part 3 


New Faculty Orientation Agenda

Starfish Early Alert Training 

VCCCD Security Awareness 

OneDrive Tips - Quickstart Guide 

Skype for Business - Dial-in Conferencing 

Skype for Business - Using Your Mobile Device

Skype for Business - Audio Set-up & Making Calls 

Skype for Business - Contacts Presence and IM

Skype for Business - Meetings 

Skype for Business - Sharing & Collaboration 

CA Dreamer Act Legislation (bilingual) 

ETW CA Undocumented Students: What You Need to Know

Dreamers Report - Executive Summary

CourseLeaf Training Materials 



Please click the following links for the schedule and training Flyers:

Fall Flex Schedule*

Dr. Jessica Lavariega Monforti BIO

Courseleaf Training Schedule

Teaching Men of Color Schedule

STATS with Sasha Friedman

New Full-Time Faculty Orientation 

Distance Education - Teaching with Technology Track

UnDocuAlly Training 

All College Day Schedule of Events



* The Flex schedule is subject to change. Please check for updates.