3CSN Brings UC Berkeley’s Faculty Learning Program to California Community Colleges

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 This fall, 3CSN proudly offered our network the opportunity to participate in UC Berkeley’s two-semester Transforming STEM Teaching Faculty Learning Program (FLP).  The project began in Spring of 2019, when community college STEM leaders launched an intensive “train the trainer” course with FLP founders Catherine Halverson and Lynn Tran.

FLP supports faculty in exploring active learning designs that lead to greater student engagement and improvements in students’ conversations and questions, while also helping faculty identify student misconceptions and put this knowledge into immediate action. The goal of the program is to improve student achievement in STEM undergraduate courses. FLP has the following objectives:

  • Deepen faculty’s understanding of how people learn
  • Change teaching behavior to support student learning
  • Engage STEM faculty in habits of reflection
  • Nurture a tradition of continued learning about teaching
  • Build a faculty learning community

Our first 3CSN FLP cohort was launched this summer by two 2-day workshops:

July 25th-26th at El Camino College:

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and August 21st-22nd at American River College:

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Forty participants from nineteen colleges across the state representing over 12 STEM disciplines as well as learning support professionals, eight facilitators (Melissa Harman, Riverside City College, Lilit Haroyan, East Los Angeles College, Lars Kjeseth, El Camino College, Stephanie Meredith, West Los Angeles College, Art Martinez, El Camino College, Gillian Schultz, Foothill College, Erica Seubert, College of the Canyons, and Linda Zarzana, American River College), and Nika Hogan and Kelan Koning from 3CSN, are currently engaged in this intensive professional learning experience, which deepens 3CSN’s central inquiry:  What do we know about the science of how learning works? How can we make sure that our college’s redesign efforts lead to better supported learning?

For more information about FLP, please email us at ask@3csn.org

Here’s a peek at some of our learning and fun at the two-day workshops: 

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