Include Professional Learning Network (PLN) Resources to Satisfy Flex Requirements

Fall
2016
Resolution Number: 
12.01
Contact: 
Category: 
Faculty Development
Status: 
Assigned

Whereas, Many faculty are required to complete a minimum number of professional development or Flex hours each semester;

Whereas, The Professional Learning Network (PLN) is an online professional development repository that provides access to professional development activities offered by vendors like Lynda.com as well as resources that have been developed and reviewed by community college faculty, administrators, and classified staff that cover many of the same topics that are presented during on campus Flex sessions;

Whereas, Allowing the use of professional development resources available through the PLN to meet Flex obligations will enable full- and part-time faculty to choose from a wide array of materials that can be covered whenever it is convenient instead of only having professional development options during designated professional development or Flex days; and

Whereas, The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office’s Guidelines for the Implementation of the Flexible Calendar Program has not been amended or updated since April 2007;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office to re-evaluate activities in the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Flexible Calendar Program[1] to include activities on the Professional Learning Network (PLN);

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to review and update the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Flexible Calendar Program; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge local senates to work through their local process to allow faculty to use professional development activities available through the Professional Learning Network (PLN) to satisfy their required Flex obligation.

MSC

[1] Guidelines for the Implementation of the Flexible Calendar Program http://extranet.cccco.edu/Portals/1/AA/FlexCalendar/Flex_Calendar_Guidelines_04-07.docx.pdf