Fall 2014 Schedule

November | December Coming SOON


Infusing International Perspectives into Curriculum

Facilitator(s): Antonio Jiménez Jiménez

Date: Thursday, November 20
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Broome Library 1756

This interactive workshop addresses ways of incorporating an international dimension into the curriculum to help prepare globally competent students. It also includes ways for involving faculty in campus internationalization.

November Registration


Building Bridges for Transfer Success: Threshold Concepts and Wicked Problems Featuring Nika Hogan, Pasadena City College and 3CSN 

Date: Friday, December 5
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Malibu Hall 100 

How can community college and university colleagues together re-envision the alignment of our curriculum and pedagogy to foster transfer success through a focus on discipline-specific “threshold concepts” applied to real world complex “wicked problems?” 

Threshold concepts are ideas that disciplinary practitioners see through and think with, the ideas they use to ask questions, to problem-solve, and to create new knowledge.  Often so ingrained as to be invisible to the expert, they are notoriously troublesome for novices, often serving as a barrier to deep learning. Examples might include opportunity cost in economics, social deviance and/ or social construction of reality in sociology, or probability in statistics.

A curriculum focused on approaching complex social problems through the lens of threshold concepts explicitly teaches students how to problem solve from distinct disciplinary perspectives, to explore the affordances and limitations of different disciplinary habits of mind, and to make visible the need for multi-disciplinary approaches to “wicked problems,” urgent challenges such as climate change, homelessness, and sustainability that are difficult to resolve because they are complex, contested, and constantly changing.

As CI and the Ventura County Community College District embark on a new cooperative Title V grant focused on transfer success, join us for this opportunity to build on previous Student Success workshop collaborations to take us to the next level. Sponsored by CSU Katalyst and Giving Students a Compass Grants.

Continental Breakfast will be served beginning at 8:30 am. Information on complementary parking will be sent out to community college and community partner registrants prior to the event.   

December Registration


December - General Education Course Design and Assessment: Signature Assignments, Outcomes, and folioCI

Facilitators: Geoff Buhl and Marie Francois

As you incorporate GE outcomes to your GE courses, turn your favorite assignment into a Signature Assignment that aligns with GE outcomes; learn to assess outcomes achievement using on-line rubrics; discover what assessment report data can tell you about teaching and learning in your classroom.
Can be repeated as needed/desired.