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Wayfinding Online: Navigating the Virtual Landscape Together

This intentional online professional learning series continues to provide a community that supports student engagement and completion, offers opportunities to dialogue, and engages participants in productive struggle necessary to redefine, strengthen, and reinvest in our professional identities. Our open door policy creates conditions for heightened engagement and deeper knowledge-building across roles.

Responding to Immediate Need, Staying True to Our Values

When practitioners apply knowledge in community, they grow their support network alongside skills and generate opportunities for reflection, feedback, and revision– the key ingredients for innovation and transformation.

Due to our large network of educators’ collective skills, we were able to build a robust program just days after the announcement was made that California Community Colleges would go online. We called upon former BSILI participants, 3CSN coordinators, FLC participants, past 3CSN participants, and our colleagues from our numerous CoPs to facilitate sessions, provide ideas, and support us online.

We first focused on what practitioners needed most: Canvas and Zoom basics, CTE & Noncredit online, Ted-Ed lessons, Screencast-O-Matic, and special community hours for librarians, students, tutoring and SI professionals, classified professionals, and mindfulness for educators. We also found that community college professionals needed a space to simply come together to discuss, share, and be in community, so we offered thought partner sessions and a brown bag lunch series.

Finding Our Way Together

Being responsive to the field is part of 3CSN’s iterative design model. Through our survey data, observations of sessions, and participant feedback, we saw the need participants had for more time and more resources to work and practice new knowledge in an online community with each other; this became our “Learn & Practice” sessions and our 4-part “Design Labs.”

The Learn and Practice Sessions contain all the capacity-building elements of the 60-minute sessions in addition to opportunities for participants to apply new concepts or skills: rapid-prototype an activity, try out an online tool, peer review a grading approach, or workshop a meeting agenda.

Session topics include: Breakout Rooms and Polls, ePortfolios, Ungrading, Accessibility, Student-Centered Design, Syllabus, and Rubrics. We continue to offer these sessions as well as Text Talk, a now bi-weekly session that is based on Reading Apprenticeship, and Mindfulness for Educators.

Image description: an infographic of the top Wayfinding Online Sessions from March 18 through September 18, 2020. Zoom 101: 921 participants. Zoom 102: 810 participants. Classified Professionals Hour: 620 participants. Canvas 102: 545 participants. Equity in Action: 421 participants.

Image description: An infographic of Wayfinding Online March 18 through September 18 2020 at a glance: 7560+ participants. 657 sessions. 100+ colleges.