Given the enthusiastic response to our Curricular Innovation Series, which launched summer 2022, we will be phasing out our Expert Speaker Series spring 2023. Topics we hoped to cover in our Expert Speaker Series will now be included as options in our Curricular Innovation Series. Don't worry - the content below will still be available.
Otis College AVP for DEI Dr. Nick Negrete gives a short presentation and holds a Q + A with faculty and staff.
Our resident College expert, Felice Myers, demystifies the process of grant writing. Additional topics in this session include researching grants, tips for a successful grant proposal, and the reporting process.
On April 2, 2020 the Artists, Community and Teaching (ACT) program in collaboration with the Teaching/Learning Center invited Evelyn Kung, BCBA, Clinical Director at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, to present an online workshop at Otis College for faculty and staff (and ACT students) about teaching students on the Autism Spectrum.
General tips all faculty can employ to benefit all students that would also support college students on the autism spectrum:
Veteran educator Rowel Salvador has over 20 years of experience working with at-risk students within LAUSD. He specializes in inspiring instructors to increase student engagement, improve student achievement and close the achievement gap at low-performing schools. This presentation is derived from the work of Dr. Sharroky Hollie, author of Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning: Classroom Practices for Student Success.
Dr. Nicholas Negrete, Dean of Student Affairs, conducted a Convocation workshop targeted to faculty/instructors/staff fall 2018 at Otis College. This workshop supports faculty/instructors to identify types of distress, know when to "refer" students for support, manage classroom incidents, and how to follow-up after an incident has occurred.
Inevitably, students may face situational difficulties (relationship issues, death of a family, acute stressors, etc.) during their college career that can be addressed with targeted attention through counseling, advising, or other intervention options. Mental health on college campuses is of significant concern, and something many students face while working hard to function at a high level.
Assistant Provost Joanne Mitchell and Faculty Members Emma Kemp and Rachel Roske lead a discussion on how they have navigated the new attendance policy as a means for improving classroom instruction and student outcomes. This is in keeping with the vision of the policy to increase students' agency and responsibility for their own academic performance.
Dr. Darren Grosch, Director of the International Students Program at Mt. San Antonio College, in this workshop focuses on best practices in teaching international students, promoting cultural consciousness, and engaged learning in our classrooms.
Dr. Carol Branch, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs & Title IX Coordinator at Otis College, provides helpful information about accommodations in the classroom in this workshop. What do those letters of notification mean? How do I arrange for an exam proctor? Why do I have to provide accommodations? Find out the answers to these common questions and more.
In this workshop, Natalie Salvador, Fashion Design Lecturer and Teaching/Learning Center Program Coordinator at Otis College, goes in depth in exploring motivation and how it impacts student classroom behavior. She provides helpful best practices for the classroom on how to foster student motivation.
Dr. Julie Spencer, Physician and Director of Otis College Student Health & Wellness Center, conducted a fall 2018 workshop targeted to faculty/instructors/staff at Otis College. In this workshop she discusses the basic neurobiology and developmental stage of the adolescent/young adult brain and how this basic knowledge will help faculty/instructors and staff learn to better communicate with students.
Dr. Rachel Brosamle, Psychologist/Counseling Director at Otis College fall 2018, conducted a Convocation workshop targeted to faculty/instructors/staff at Otis College. This workshop focuses on approaches and language you can use in the classroom to support resilience and student growth.
Dr. JoAnn Staten, Acting Assistant Chair for Liberal Arts and Sciences, conducted a Convocation workshop targeted to faculty/instructors/staff fall 2018 at Otis College. This workshop offers best practices for facilitating discussions on "hot-button" topics in ways that are inclusive and supportive, rather than divisive.
Natalie Arps-Bumbera spoke at a spring 2018 Otis College Academic Assembly meeting in the Forum on how video can enhance course instruction and the different types of video one can create.
Check out Natalie's "TLC: Instructional Video Making Basics" playlist on LyndaCampus to get started making your own instructional videos. Natalie Arps-Bumbera teaches in the Liberal Arts and Sciences department and has extensive experience in video production.
In this video, Randy Lavender (27-year veteran studio Professor, and Bricks + Clicks alumnx, former Provost) discusses how eLearning - going digital with course instruction - can enhance studio instruction. He addresses common concerns and questions in this video.
Spring 2020, TLC staff organized workshops on ways we can shift our course content online and provide opportunities for students to participate remotely.