Professional Learning Center Now Open

Professional Learning Center photos

The college’s Professional Learning Center is now open for faculty and staff professional development opportunities.

A grand opening event was held Jan. 12 to showcase the room (J-4019), which Chris Harvey, iCampus director, said will provide a dedicated space for professional development or training sessions.

“This could be in the form of a presentation, a hands-on technology training session, or to bring a group together to attend a webinar,” he said.

Harvey, who helped oversee the completion of the center with Kristin Ciesemier, assessment coordinator, said the PLC is the result of an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) action project the college is currently working on.

The AQIP project team that developed the idea includes English and Foreign Languages Department Chair Roxanne Munch; Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Research Ryan Smith; former Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Linda Uzureau; and Ciesemier and Harvey.

In addition, the 2009-2010 Continuous Quality Improvement Network (CQIN) team visited other professional development centers in the area to research what peer institutions were doing. That CQIN team included Smith, Keith Tillman, registrar; Elizabeth Richardson, web designer; and Andrew Lenaghan, librarian.

“The hope is that this will expand professional development offerings and create a culture of professional learning,” Harvey added.

Features of the room include:

  • Laptop PCs
  • Smartboard
  • Interactive pen display
  • Document camera
  • Video camera
  • Podium and wireless microphone

Those interested in scheduling a session in the center should contact Jenni Bennecke in the iCampus Office at jbenneck@jjc.edu or by calling ext. 2408. Harvey added that the group is currently working with I.T. to develop a web-based application that will let users see the room schedule and submit a request to reserve it.

Learn more about JJC’s AQIP process

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