2014-2015 RCC COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS

The Community of Scholars is an educational experience which allows faculty from various disciplines to meet and learn more about a focused educational topic. The groups consist of approximately 6-10 faculty who meet monthy throughout the academic year. Meeting dates are determined based on the availiabity of the participants. Participating in these groups fulfills flex hours as well as instutional committee service. If interested in joining any of these communities, please email Estrella Romero at estrella.romero@rcc.edu.
 

INFORMATION LITERACY:
MAKING IT REAL & READY IN OUR COURSES FOR OUR STUDENTS

Facilitated by Steve Brewster


 

“Information Skills” – one of RCC’s six General Education Student Outcomes for Academic and Vocational Degree Programs – is described as (1) “demonstrating computer literacy” and (2) “locating, evaluating, and using information effectively.”  This second aspect – commonly known as “information literacy” - will be the focus of this Community of Scholars offering.  Our reading and discussion will help us determine possible steps we might take to insure students in our various courses develop information literacy awareness and abilities. Considerations will include but not be limited to (1) issues related to the “information literacy gap” (a concern recognized nationally – including the use, misuse, abuse of information) especially as we see this among our own students; (2)  the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education; and (3) the dynamics of the developing trend of “embedded librarians” – librarians’ collaborating closely with instructors and students in respective disciplines and  courses to support their “information literacy” requirements and concerns. In this regard we will consider what the RCC Library does currently to foster and facilitate information literacy for students and faculty, and what more the library should do.

 

HABITS OF MIND: EMPOWERING OUR STUDENTS

Facilitated by Estrella Romero

 


 

This Community of Scholars will review the text “Habits of Mind: Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum: Practical and Creative Strategies for Teachersby Costa. The author of the text discusses the trans disciplinary nature of the 16 Habits of Mind--intelligent behaviors that lead to success in school and the larger world--as well as model lessons and suggestions for weaving the habits into daily instruction in language arts, music, physical education, social studies, math, foreign language, and other content areas. Readers will come to understand that, far from an add-on to the curriculum, the habits are an essential element for helping students at all grade levels successfully deal with the challenges they face in school and beyond. Faculty will also be invited to attend the Habits of Mind Conference presented by 3CSN at Fullerton College on 4/17/15. This community will discuss best practices to implement into our classrooms.

 

THE COLLEGE FEAR FACTOR: HOW STUDENTS AND PROFESSORS CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND ONE ANOTHER

Facilitated by Jude Whitton

 


 

This Community of Scholars will review the text: "The College Fear Factor: How Students and Professors Misunderstand One Another.”  The author of this text conducted interviews and observations at various community colleges to see how students and their instructors work together and examines "how students and their instructors misunderstand and ultimately fail one another, despite good intentions...[The book] reveals how the traditional college culture can pose as obstacles to students' success, and suggests strategies for effectively explaining academic expectations. This community will determine best practices to implement into our classrooms.