LSC-North Harris Adjunct Center for Excellence
The mission of the Adjunct Center for Excellence is to provide adjunct faculty with information, direction, and support needed to maximize student learning and success. It will be a place to meet, collaborate and connect with the LSC-North Harris community.
- Formal and informal professional development
- Referral to resources
- Technology assistance
- Student conference rooms
- Quiet room for grading and reading
- Computer workstations
- Sound room for creating audio and visual media for instruction
- Copier, printer, fax and related supplies
- Lounge area for relaxation
- Daily-use lockers
- Dining tables, refrigerator, microwave and coffee service
Title V Professional Development Opportunities
Adjunct Boot Camp
Sessions will be offered with topics applicable to the beginning of the semester and open computer labs staffed by technology professionals to assist with online classes, iStar Faculty Center, and uploading Syllabi and Vitae.
Provides development and training to full-time and adjunct faculty on yearly themes chosen and best practices discussed, studied and implemented in the classroom. Faculty Institute is normally offered at the start of Fall and Spring semesters during the first week when faculty return.
The Faculty Mentoring program provides an opportunity to gain new insight into our teaching through a non-evaluative process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection. The two faculty members (mentor and mentee) agree to visit each other’s class over the course of a semester and then meet late in the semester to discuss what they have learned from their observations. By allowing faculty to be “learners” again in a colleague’s class, Faculty Mentoring can open up unique spaces for reflection and conversation about teaching. Follow this link to learn more about Mentoring Program.
The Teaching Squares program provides an opportunity to gain new insight into our teaching through a non-evaluative process of reciprocal classroom observation and self-reflection. The four faculty members agree to visit each other’s classes over the course of a semester and then meet late in the semester to discuss what they have learned from their observations. By allowing faculty to be “learners” again in a colleague’s class, Teaching Squares can open up unique spaces for reflection and conversation about teaching.
Professional Development Online Resources
Features articles on effective teaching strategies for the college classroom, both face-to-face and online. Follow this link to access the Faculty Focus Newsletter.
Faculty Online Teaching Certification
LSC-Online provides Online Teaching Certification Courses as a resource for faculty covering best practices of online teaching. The topics covered in the courses include student engagement, student interaction, student contact, faculty contact, community building, common social media tools, Learning Management System (LMS) tools, online tutoring, online proctoring, design for accessibility, copyright, online resources, SoftChalk, Civitas Learning Illume and Inspire, Cisco WebEx, and open educational resources. Completion of the certification courses is supported system-wide and required before a faculty member teaches an online or hybrid class for the LSCS. Follow this link to access information about Faculty Online Teaching Certification.
Lynda.com for Lone Star College Employees
Lynda.com is an online video library of courses to help you learn software, creative and business skills. Courses for all levels cover technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies and more. Watch and learn from top experts who are passionate about teaching. Lone Star College employees follow this link to access Lynda.com.
To learn how to use this resource, watch this video on How to Use Lynda.com
Faculty Matters Newsletter
A monthly newsletter published once per month by the Faculty and Staff Center. Articles are written by LSC-North Harris faculty. You will find articles on effective teaching strategies for the college classroom, campus resources, and personal growth. Follow this link to access Faculty Matters.
Workshops offered throughout the semester for online classes, iStar Faculty Center, instructional software, using media equipment, and ideas to improve student learning.