2017 Instructional Design and Innovation

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Instructional Design and Innovation Institute
March 17-18, 2017| San Jose, CA

Overview: The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges is pleased to announce the second annual Instructional Design and Innovation Institute. This institute will focus on strategies to improve student success and build more effective college programs for all faculty as the audience. Discussions will include many exciting and timely topics like cultivating partnerships to create new opportunities for students, improving the collaboration between instruction and student services on our campuses, discovering different strategies in curricular design, integrating instructional technology into the classroom to enhance teaching, and effectively institutionalizing innovative programs to ensure they do not disappear.

The institute is focused on four strands to meet the conference goals:

  • Faculty Professional Development,
  • Campus Culture of Innovation and Leadership,
  • Cultural Competency Across the Curriculum, and
  • Innovations in Teaching and Learning.

In addition, general sessions focus on Guided Pathways, Quantitative Reasoning, and Campus and Community Culture Shift.

Please forward this message to all faculty, particularly faculty chairs, student equity committees, basic skills committees, online education committees, and curriculum committees. Colleges are encouraged support attendance by a team of faculty to return with strategies that your college can use to improve service to our students and communities.

Thank you to our Sponsors



REGISTer today!!

Registration: $375

1 Day Presenter Registration: $110

Eventbrite can take payment by check or credit card.  If you are choosing the check payment option, please select other payment options on the form at the bottom right.

Attendees are responsible for securing their own hotel rooms.  Please see the Hotel tab below for reservation information.


Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Your registration is transferable, please contact the Senate Office in writing at events [at] asccc.org (events[at]asccc[dot]org.)

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

  • Payment is required prior to entering an Academic Senate event.

  • Please remember that the last day to cancel your registration without penalty is always posted at the bottom of each event's webpage, and is listed in each confirmation email. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to events [at] asccc.org (events[at]asccc[dot]org) on or before the posted date. Registration will not be canceled due to non-payment. All cancellations made after the posted cancellation date will be assessed a $175 cancellation fee.

  • Full Refunds will not be granted for cancellations after the posted cancellation deadline.

  • Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the event will be billed the full registration amount for the conference.

  • No shows, unclaimed "TBA" attendees, and cancellations made after the deadline will be billed to you and/or your college for the total cost of registration and room if applicable to the event. As attendees are permitted to register without funds, we have no way of determining cancellation unless specifically told, in writing.

  • It is your responsibility to ensure payment of the registration fee. Submission of your registration signifies agreement with this policy.

  • Unpaid balances owed to the Academic Senate must be paid off before an attendee can register for a future event.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

No, All attendee registrations must match the ticket.  If you would like to transfer your registration, you must cancel the first one, then register the second attendee online.  If a payment transfer needs to be made because payment was made by check, you must contact the Senate Office directly with a written notification at events [at] asccc.org (events[at]asccc[dot]org.)


Hotel & Travel


Instructional Design and Innovation will be taking place at the San Jose Marriot: 301 S. Market St. San Jose California, 95113

You can make hotel reservations online by utilizing the  website link.  


You can make reservations via phone with the numbers below.  Please do not contact the hotel directly as the group reservations must be made through their reservations system.

Reservations Toll Free: 1-877-901-6632
Reservations Local Phone: 408 280 1300

If the online reservation system says that there are not rooms available, it simply means that we don't have the availability within our group block.  However, the hotel should still have availability outside of the room block. Please phone the reservation number below to make your reservations.

Rooms are limited and will sell out.  Please make your hotel reservation early.

Room Rates: $125

Included: Free guest room internet 

Please contact Patti Hughes- Academic Senate Event Planner at 916-445-4753x102 with any questions or concerns. patti [at] asccc.org (patti[at]asccc[dot]org).

Presentation Materials


Click here to download the program.

March 17-18, 2017
San Jose

Friday, March 17

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Check-In 

General Session One 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
John Stanskas, Vice President, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

Reimagining our Model to Focus on Student Completion: The Guided Pathways Approach

Darla Cooper, Director of Research and Planning, RP Group

The best efforts by our best people to significantly improve community college completion rates have not produced the scaled improvements in outcomes we had hoped for. This session will explore how to build on past efforts and evolve our thinking about how students are recruited to, enter, and progress through our colleges with an eye towards students completing their goals at markedly higher rates. The session will use a best-of-breed approach from Dr. Cooper’s work on the American Association of Community Colleges’ Pathways Initiative, Student Support (Re)defined, Completion by Design, the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Beyond Financial Aid, and other Research and Planning Group projects.

Breakout Session One 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

New Faculty Orientation

Dan Crump, Library Science, American River College
Julie Oliver, Local Academic Senate President, Cosumnes River College
Facilitator: John Stanskas, ASCCC Vice President

Many colleges have been fortunate to have a significant number of new full-time faculty hires in the last several years. All institutions hope and believe that they have hired the best faculty possible, but these new additions still need to be acclimated to the local college environment. Even if the faculty member has previously served as part-time faculty at the college, he or she will still have things to learn and discover. Orientations for new faculty can range from a one-day event to a program that runs from a quarter or semester to an entire year. Join us to discuss various models, including the New Faculty Academy at American River College, and to share questions and comments regarding orientation programs for new faculty.

Continuing the Conversation: Further Exploration of Guided Pathways

Darla Cooper, Director of Research and Planning, RP Group
Facilitator: Ginni May, ASCCC North Representative

In this follow-up session, Dr. Cooper will facilitate an open discussion of what guided pathways are and are not and what they could mean to California community college students and their success. Attendees will explore what excites them about guided pathways and what concerns they may have. The session will also provide an opportunity to explore what guided pathways means at individual colleges. Participants will consider opportunities to capitalize on work already being done, bring disparate initiatives and programs together, and examine the different challenges colleges may face in moving toward guided pathways.

Civic Engagement as a Component of Discipline Instruction

Karen Chow, English De Anza College
Marc Coronado, Women's Studies and English, De Anza College
Alicia De Toro, Environmental Studies De Anza College
Jim Nguyen, Local Academic Senate Vice-President, De Anza College
Facilitator: Julie Adams, ASCCC Executive Director

Incorporating civic engagement activities into college courses empowers students. When students apply the skills and knowledge they learn towards informing others and getting them to care about a social justice issue, they experience the impact of using their voice. Because most civic engagement projects and activities are collaborative, students also develop more skills in working with others and developing compassion and understanding for people whom they may or may not share common identities or experiences with. Finally, students may experience a self-transformation profound enough to alter the course of their educational and career goals. The presenters will share specific civic engagement activities they have incorporated into the courses they teach, which span the disciplines of English, Women's Studies, Political Science, and Environmental Studies. They will also discuss how they have created campus-wide civic engagement activities where courses from different disciplines come together.

Beyond Words: Making Concepts Real Through Movement

Julie Land, DSPS, El Camino College
Facilitator: Cheryl Aschenbach, ASCCC North Representative

The Educational Development Department for students with disabilities, which is part of the El Camino College Special Resource Center, was recently recognized by the Board of Governors as a Board of Governors Exemplary Program Award “Honorable Mention” winner. One of the innovative strategies used in the department incorporates the use of movement and props to help students grasp and recall elusive or challenging concepts. Join us to learn more about this innovative strategy, to apply it to examples in math and language arts, and to consider ways in which you might incorporate movement to help students in your own discipline improve their learning and their retention.

General Session Two 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.



Ginni May, President, Academic Senate Foundation for California Community Colleges

Quantitative Reasoning Instruction –Serving Students with Innovation and Inter-Segmental Collaboration

Kate Stevenson, Director of Developmental Mathematics, CSU Northridge
Ginni May, Educational Policies Committee Chair, ASCCC
Cheryl Aschenbach, Basic Skills Committee Chair, ASCCC

The current California State University policy regarding quantitative reasoning requirements relies on the phrase “intermediate algebra" as shorthand for full college preparation through high school and defines baccalaureate-level quantitative reasoning as the math that builds on this level. The Academic Senate for the California State University has adopted the Quantitative Reasoning Task Force Report and its recommendations, which suggest changes to this fundamental system that will have profound implications for both high school students and students in the California Community College System.

Breakout Session Two 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Professional Learning Network
Andrea Chatwood, Project Manager, The Professional Learning Network
Facilitator: Julie Adams, ASCCC Executive Director

The Professional Learning Network (PLN) is a project of the Chancellor’s Office-led Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI). This session will explain how the PLN can facilitate the sharing of valuable education resources including promising and effective practices, rubrics, methodologies, and presentations. Users can access free online professional development trainings through Lynda.com, Skillsoft, and Grovo. Saved resources, certificates of completion, and user’s professional development plans can be saved on the MyPD page for easy reference. The presenter will discuss how the PLN came about and its content and will give a full interactive demonstration of the site and answer questions from attendees.

Flipping the Classroom through Faculty Inquiry Groups

Donna Greene, Associate Professor and Instructional Designer, College of the Desert
Sarah Gaete, RDN, Adjunct Faculty, Health Sciences Division, College of the Desert
Facilitator: Ginni May, ASCCC North Representative

Instructional designer Donna Greene and nutrition faculty member Sarah Gaete will share how College of the Desert faculty were able to create a faculty inquiry group around flipping the classroom. The group’s goal is to enhance student engagement and success by employing more technology in the classroom. Donna will share how the idea was conceived and implemented. Sarah will share her successes in implementing a flipped model. Participants will learn how to begin a similar group at their own campuses, the benefits of a flipped model of instruction, and ways to integrate technology in the classroom to enhance student success.

Innovation in Your Developmental Math Sequence: Students' Perspectives on Pre-Statistics

Hal Huntsman, Mathematics, City College of San Francisco
A panel of community college students.
Facilitator: Cheryl Aschenbach, ASCCC North Representative

Pre-statistics can be an important piece of improving success for students in developmental math. Even though about 1/3 of California community colleges offer pre-statistics courses, these classes are still relatively new. Many misconceptions persist about the courses, the level of rigor, and the students who take them. This student panel is an opportunity to hear directly from former pre-stats students about the kinds of activities they did in the courses, the level of challenge the courses provide, and the support the students received. Students will also share their math fears, how they gained confidence, and some of their resulting accomplishments after pre-statistics.

Breakout Session Three 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Online Equity and Ensuring Access

Michelle Pilati, Training and Outreach Coordinator, Professional Learning Network
Anna Stirling, Project Director, @ONE Educational Project Coordinator
Facilitator: Julie Adams, ASCCC Executive Director

In the online realm, whether a website delivering information or a course being taught as distance education, accessibility challenges often contribute to an inequitable experience and uneven outcomes. Taking steps to ensure the accessibility of all online resources is a critical component of ensuring that colleges are not inadvertently creating disadvantages for some populations. This session will begin by demonstrating the importance of an accessible experience and how compliant content benefits everyone. The presenters will also provide an introduction to an array of resources intended to assist faculty in creating an optimal online experience, including an introduction to @ONE's newest accessibility course, creating accessible content pages in Canvas, checking PDF, Word, and PPT files for accessibility, and captioning video.

Working Together, Community Building on Campus

Howard Blumenfeld, Mathematics, Las Positas College
Marsha Vernoga, Nutrition, Las Positas College
Marty Nash, English, Las Positas College
Steve Chiolis, Humanities, Las Positas College
Facilitator: Ginni May, ASCCC North Representative

This presentation will begin with a description of the "Working Together" model for community building and institutional effectiveness. This model is not only intended for faculty but is also meant to be inclusive for classified professional staff and administrators. Following a brief description of the model, presenters will engage participants in a themed activity involving the sharing of individual anecdotes, multimedia content, and small group conversations centered around developing authentic and meaningful dialogue with colleagues from different disciplines and backgrounds. Presenters will then reflect on the discussion and explain next steps of how to implement the "Working Together" model at the participants' educational institution.

Cultivating International Content in Curriculum

Anne Argyriou, Reading, De Anza College
Clara Lam, ESL, De Anza College
Anthony Santa Ana, Intercultural Studies, and Program Coordinator, De Anza College
Monika Thomas, Economics, De Anza College
Susan Thomas, Psychology, De Anza College
Facilitator: Dolores Davison, ASCCC Secretary

Five De Anza faculty and staff members from different disciplines have re-designed their curriculum to incorporate international content while participating in the Stanford Global Studies Program EPIC Fellowship. Presenters will explain how they have changed their courses by infusing diverse perspectives, structuring student interaction, and creating new assignments.

Accelerated Time to Completion, A Path to Quantitative Reasoning

Toni Parsons, Mathematics, San Diego Mesa College
Gina Abbiate, Mathematics, San Diego Mesa College
Facilitator: Cheryl Aschenbach, ASCCC North Representative

This presentation will provide the background and implementation of Mesa’s innovative beginning and intermediate algebra course (MATH 92). This course was designed with awareness of ELM standards, equity issues, student success, and contextualized and collaborative learning. Presenters will provide data on student success and retention through this course as well as in sequential courses and how the success in this course has also benefitted the traditional basic skills pathway. The session will also examine grant funding, reassigned time, professional development, and other support surrounding this course and its students.

Saturday, March 18

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

Breakout Session Four 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Equity, Love, and Liberation

Tom DeWit, English, Chabot College and Co-Director for Umoja
Facilitator: John Stanskas, ASCCC Vice President

The Umoja Community has provided professional development to several thousand faculty, staff, and students over the last decade. In this workshop, participants will experience Umoja’s holistic culturally relevant professional development approach that both leads to sustainable programs and closes the achievement gap. This session will be very interactive, and participants will learn about Umoja Community Practices by personally experiencing slices of workshops used in Summer Learning Institutes. Some examples include Being Intentional and Deliberate, Everybody’s Business, Live Learning, Ethic of Love, Porch Talk, and Language as Power. Participants will also interact with Umoja students as they collectively respond to James Baldwin’s prompt, “If I Were Your Teacher....”

Credit for Prior Learning

Dolores Davison, Secretary, Academic Senate for California Community College
Jory Hadsel, Executive Director, Online Education Initiative
Barbara Illowsky, Chief Academic Affairs Officer, Online Education Initiative

As more students are arriving at colleges with experience from prior work or military service, institutions are confronting the question of how to award college credit that is appropriate and accurately reflects the prior experience. The Online Education Initiative and the ASCCC, in conjunction with a work group from the Chancellor’s Office, are exploring models whereby students can receive credit without compromising the overall integrity of a program. This breakout will update attendees about these efforts, along with a discussion of how colleges may begin to look at the question of credit for prior learning.

Integrating Open Educational Resources to Support Student Success

Dianne Bennett, Chemistry, Sacramento City College
Facilitator: Cheryl Aschenbach, ASCCC North Representative

Open access textbooks are the evolution of the traditional hard copy text and can be an efficient and effective platform for students to access all course materials. Students can take notes while watching pre-recorded, online video lectures before class to create space for more student engaged activities during classroom sessions. Free, online practice quizzes can help students self-assess their mastery of the basic course knowledge needed for understanding and applying the more complex course concepts.

General Session Three 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Civility, Support, and Resources for All

Sylvia Dorsey-Robinson, CSSO, West Hills College Lemoore, President, CCCCSSAA
Adrienne Foster, Area C Representative, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
Cynthia Rico, Dean of Student Support, San Diego School of Continuing Education

In the age of fast-paced, knee-jerk, and personal responses to differences of opinion, society sometimes seems to have lost the will and temperament to engage in respectful and civil discourse. California’s community colleges should be refuges for all students where we create space that allows civil engagement of different perspectives and thoughtful dialog to thrive. Respectful discourse and supportive engagement are worthy principles for all members of the college community to model in the hope that such behavior reaches beyond our institutions and into our communities. This general session is designed to provide an opportunity to share strategies to affirm and restore civil discourse in society.

Closing Remarks
John Stanskas, Vice President, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges