Collaborative professional learning for higher ed faculty
Focused Online Collaborative Interactions combine best practices in professional learning with the benefits of video conferencing technology to provide direct collaboration with your fellow attendees and session facilitators. Far from being another passive webinar presentation, these synchronous FOCI sessions are highly interactive. There is no travel required to participate!
Each FOCI series consists of six virtual meetings of scaffolded content that are distributed over time, providing opportunities to implement and reflect on new skills and concepts between sessions.
You’ll work with a cohort of peers in large and small groups to learn together. Facilitators from the Charles A. Dana Center will guide each session and ensure that you have all the tools and support you need to apply your knowledge effectively in the classroom.
Upcoming FOCI Series for Academic Year 2019-2020
Series 1: Deepening Student Understanding
Promoting Effective Student Discourse through Active and Collaborative Learning
Series 2: Empowering students as mathematical learners
Fostering engagement and persistence through psychosocial strategies
Series 3: Strengthening the classroom experience
Creating mathematical tasks that are worthy of collaborative effort
Series 4: Strengthening Students’ Quantitative Reasoning
Designing and Implementing an Effective and Relevant QR Course
Fall 2019 cohorts and registration will be posted soon. Sign up for updates!
...although I came into this professional development opportunity with knowledge of active learning, I was able to increase my knowledge as well as the productivity of my students through new and inventive ways.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is my commitment?
Actively participating in the full series of 6 sessions (12 total hours)
Each session is 2 hours long. During each session we will use authentic situations to explore, struggle with, and make sense of pedagogical and content challenges. Session delivery uses the video and audio features of Zoom. This technology enables us to converse “face-to-face” in real time, in large and small groups, without the expense and hassle of traveling to a central location.
Preparing for each session and trying new ideas in your own classroom after each session
Prior to each session, you are expected to do a limited amount of preparation work, often a short reading, video viewing, document analysis, and/or personal reflection. After each session, you commit to trying a technique or approach we discussed during the session.
Contributing to the large and small group discussions; supporting your peers
Contribute in the large and small group discussions, bringing your own perspectives and prior experiences into the conversations. Collegially engage in conversations and application activities focused on deepening student understanding through effective student discourse and collaboration.
What support will I get from the Dana Center?
You will receive high quality, well-researched, and thoughtful materials for the entire series. All session materials – readings, reflections, handouts, and slide decks - will be provided. You will also have access to recordings of the sessions so that you can review the content on your own.
Support from trained facilitators
Dana Center curriculum and professional learning specialists will lead the sessions. These individuals are available to answer questions and provide support during and between the sessions. They can address content and application questions as well as technology issues (e.g. the video conferencing platform).
Certificate of completion
You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the series that may be submitted with tenure or promotional materials for your department. The topics and number of hours of professional learning you completed will be listed on the certificate.
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