2017 Instructional Design and Innovation

Deadline to Register/Application Deadline: 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 5:00pm

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.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 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.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.


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

Our best efforts by our best people to significantly improve community college completion rates have not produced the scaled improvements in outcomes we had hoped. During this session, we will explore how to build on our 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. This session will use a best-of-breed approach from Dr. Cooper’s work on the AACC Pathways Initiative, Student Support (Re)defined, Completion by Design, the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Beyond Financial Aid, and other RP Group projects.

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

New Faculty Orientnentation

Julie Oliver, Academic Senate President & Biology Professor, Cosumnes River College
Dan Crump, Public Services Librarian, American River College

Many colleges have been fortunate to have a good number of new full-time faculty hires in the last several years. We all know that we have hired the best faculty possible, but they still need to be acclimated. Even if you have been a contingent faculty member at the college, there are still things to discover. Orientations for new faculty can range from a one-day orientation to a program that runs from a quarter/semester to an entire year. Join us as we talk about various models (including the New Faculty Academy at ARC) and share questions and experiences.

Continuing the Conversation: Further Exploration of Guided Pathways

Darla Cooper, Director of Research and Planning, RP Group

In this follow-up session, Dr. Cooper will facilitate an open discussion to allow further processing of what guided pathways are and are not, and what it 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. There will also be an opportunity to explore what guided pathways means specifically at attendees’ individual colleges. Specifically, we would look at the opportunities to capitalize on work already being done and 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, Faculty, English De Anza College
Marc Coronado, Faculty, Women's Studies and English, De Anza College
Jim Nguyen, Academic Senate Vice-President, De Anza College
Alicia De Toro, Faculty, Environmental Studies De Anza College

Incorporating civic engagement activities into our courses empowers our students. When they 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, they 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, another added value is that the self-transformation that happens for some students is 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. We will also discuss how we 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

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 for being a State Academic Senate Exemplary Program Award “Honorable Mention” winner. One of the innovative strategies used in the department incorporates the use of movement and/or props to help students grasp and recall elusive or challenging concepts. Join Julie 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 for California Community Colleges Foundation

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

Kate Stevenson, Director of Developmental Mathematics, CSU Northridge
Ginni May, Education Policy Chair, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
Cheryl Aschenbach, Basic Skills Chair, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

The current policy at the California State University (CSU) 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 recommendations suggesting 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

The Professional Learning Network (PLN) is a project of the Chancellor’s Office-led Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI). This session will cover how the PLN can facilitate the sharing of valuable education resources, promising and effective practices across the California Community Colleges System. Resources include promising/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. Our presenter will discuss how the PLN came about, its content, give a full interactive demonstration of the site and answer any questions from the audience.

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

Donna Greene, Instructional Designer and Sarah Gaete, Nutrition Faculty and “Flipper,” 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 group like this at their campus, the benefits of a Flipped Model of instruction and ways to integrate technology in the classroom to enhance student success.

Contextualized Learning within an Andragogical and Professional Setting

Hanna Kang, Instructor of Psychology, Orange Coast College
Rachel Ridnor, Instructor of Sociology, Orange Coast College
Tara Giblin, Dean of Science and Math, Orange Coast College
Michael Sutliff, Dean of Kinesiology and Athletics, Orange Coast College

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

Hal Huntsman, Professor, City College of San Francisco

Presenting with a panel of community college students.
Pre-statistics can be an important piece of improving success for students in developmental math. And, even though about 1/3 of California community colleges offer pre-statistics courses, they are still relatively new. There are many misconceptions 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 supports they received. Students will also share some about their math fears, how they gained confidence, and some of their resulting accomplishments after pre-statistics.
It is relatively rare to hear directly from students about their experiences in math class, especially after they leave community college. This panel is a great opportunity to hear and support student voices.

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

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/or outcomes. Taking steps to ensure the accessibility of all online resources is a critical component of ensuring that you 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. This will be followed by an introduction to an array of resources intended to assist you in creating an optimal experience, including an introduction to @ONE's newest accessibility course, including 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 Professor, Las Positas College
Marsha Vernoga, Nutrition Faculty, Las Positas College
Marty Nash, English Instructor, Las Positas College
Steve Chiolis, Adjunct Professor, Humanities, Las Positas College

Our 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 it is also meant to be inclusive for Classified Professional Staff and Administrators. Following our brief description of the model, we 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 across colleagues from different disciplines and backgrounds. We will then reflect on our 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, Faculty, De Anza College
Clara Lam, ESL, Faculty, De Anza College
Anthony Santa Ana, Intercultural Studies, Adjunct Faculty, and Program Coordinator,
De Anza College
Monika Thomas, Economics, Professor, De Anza College
Susan Thomas, Psychology, Adjunct Faculty, De Anza College

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. Each presenter will explain how they have changed their courses: infusing diverse perspectives, structuring student interaction, and creating new assignments.

Accelerated Time to Completion, A Path to Quantitative Reasoning

Toni Parsons, Professor Mathematics, San Diego Mesa College
Gina Abbiate, Assistant Math Professor, San Diego Mesa College

This presentation will provide the background and implementation of Mesa’s innovative Beginning and Intermediate Algebra Course (MATH 92). This course was designed with ELM standards, equity issues, student success and contextualized and collaborative learning in mind. 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 our traditional basic skills pathway. Grant monies, reassigned time, professional development, and other support surrounding this course and its students will also be discussed.

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, Professor, Chabot College and Co-Director for Umoja

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 leads to both sustainable programs and closes the achievement gap. This session will be very interactive, participants will learn about Umoja Community Practices through personally experiencing slices of workshops we have used in our 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 we collectively respond to James Baldwin’s prompt, “If I Were Your Teacher....”

Credit for Prior Learning

Jory Hadsel, Executive Director, Online Education Initiative
Barbara Illowsky, Dean of Basic Skills & Open Educational Resources, Online Education Initiative, Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Dolores Davison, Secretary, Academic Senate for California Community College

As more students are arriving to colleges with experience from prior work or military service, colleges are confronting the question of how to appropriately 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 want to begin to look at the question of credit for prior learning.

Integrating Open Educational Resources to Support Student Success

Dianne Bennett, Chemistry Professor, Sacramento City College

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, on-line video lectures before class to create space for more student engaged activities during “lecture” sessions. Free, on-line 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
Julie Bruno, President, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

In the age of fast-paced, knee-jerk, and personal responses to differences of opinion it sometime seems society has lost the will and temper 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 us to model in the hope that our behavior reaches beyond our colleges 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