WVC Faculty Members Present at the CA AS Instructional Design and Innovation Institute


Participants at the Instructional Design and Innovation Institute listen to a presentation. (Photo by DMG)

On 21 January 2016 the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges held the first annual Instructional Design and Innovation Institute in the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, CA. This new institute focuses on strategies that help to improve student success and to build more effective college programs.

The presenters included a small group of WVC faculty members, among them:

Kelly Cooper who teaches in Information Technology department; she and colleagues from other colleges presented an analysis of student learning outcomes (SLOs) and how such data can be used as grassroots advocacy for innovation: “Collaborative Efforts: Approaching a Common Understanding of College Readiness.”

Dulce María Gray who teaches English as well as Gender and Women’s Studies, and Cynthia Reiss who teaches Art History in the WVC Cilker School of Art and Design, presented on the development of Global Citizenship as an institutional initiative driven by the WVC GC Committee: “Institutionalization: What Might a Faculty-led Global Citizenship Initiative Look Like?” Selected slides from their presentation are below.

Gretchen Ehlers who teaches mathematics and is the Director of WVC’s First Year Experience, and Christina Llerena who is a counselor and a faculty member of FYE, presented on growing FYE and maintaining it as a vibrant teaching community: “Collaborative Efforts: First Year Experience at West Valley College–A Growing Collaboration Between Student Services and Instruction.”

Faun Maddux and Rebecca Wong who both teach mathematics presented on using an activity-based math curriculum that aims to keep students productively engaged: “Student Engagement: High Challenge, High Support Math Instruction for Streamlining Paths to Transfer.”

Cynthia Reiss who teaches Art History in the Cilker School of Art and Design; she and colleagues from other colleges led a discussion about the innovations faculty use to make integrity something that is practiced rather than preached: “Institutionalization: Changing the Conversation on Academic Integrity.” She and colleagues from other colleges were part of a panel that discussed “Civic Engagement and Global Citizenship in Higher Education: The Role of the Community College.”


Historic Main Street in Riverside, CA during the annual Riverside Festival of Lights. (Photo by DMG)

There were many other useful presentations, particularly on distance education and teaching online. Following are three slides from different presentations that emphasize major concerns.


Following are the highlights from Drs. Dulce María Gray and Cynthia Reiss’ presentation.


Following are selected slides from the presentation made by Gretchen Ehlers and Christina Llerena:

The First Year Experience program helps students to succeed; it helps to decrease the achievement gap, and it supports the three mandates of the Student Success Act of 2012 (assessment, orientation, educational plan). The FYE program has several goals:

  • Provide students (who typically place at the Basic Skills level) a structured first college year that guides them toward their educational goals.
  • Provide Basic Skills students counseling support to develop an appropriate educational plan.
  • Foster student connections to other students, faculty and support services at the college.


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