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Faculty Learning

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Faculty Academy

Learn about faculty development classes available to all Sauk employees.

Current Faculty Academy course offerings.

Blogs and Newsletters

James L. Lang, Reflections on higher education, literature and more. 
The author of On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching blogs regularly about his experiences as an author and teacher. James M. Lang is a professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA, where he teaches courses in British literature and in creative nonfiction writing.
FaCIT Blog
News about IT, Moodle updates, and online teaching tips and tools
Teaching Tips 4 SVCC
Tips for teaching and learning written by Sauk's FaCIT Director, Dr. Molly Baker
The Rapid eLearning Blog
The Rapid E-Learning Blog shares practical tips and tricks to help you become a rapid elearning pro. It is hosted by Tom Kuhlmann who has over 15 years of hands-on experience in the training industry and currently runs the community at Articulate.
Faculty Focus
Through its free e-newsletter and dedicated website, Faculty Focus publishes articles on effective teaching strategies for the college classroom — both face-to-face and online.
Edutopia Blogs
You'll find practical classroom strategies and tips from real educators, as well as lesson ideas, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice.

Higher Education News

Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 weekly source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.
Inside Higher Education
Inside Higher Ed is the daily online source for news, opinion and jobs for all of higher education.
Education News: Higher Education

Higher Education Organizations and Associations

Illinois Online Network
ION seeks to promote the effective use of networked information technologies, to enhance traditional classroom instruction, and to build the foundation for developing, delivering, and supporting online education throughout the world.
American Association of Community Colleges
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges.
MERLOT is a community of staff, volunteers, and members who work together in various ways to provide users of OER (Open Educational Resource) teaching and learning materials with a wealth of services and functions that can enhance their instructional experience.
EDUCAUSE® is a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education.
The Sloan Consortium
The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is the leading professional online learning society devoted to advancing quality e-Education learning into the mainstream of education through its community. Sloan-C is dedicated to providing access to high quality e-Education to individuals, institutions, professional societies and the corporate community. Originally funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan-C is now a non-profit 501(c)(3), member-sustained organization.

C-BEN: Competency-Based Education Network

A National Consortium for Designing, Developing and Scaling New Models for Student Learning


ILCCO Book Study
Contact Molly Baker for the latest Book and times
Growing Online Learning Conference, 2014
Link takes you to our blog for brief summary of recorded sessions from winter 2014.
Growing Online Learning conference, 2015
Several one-hour webinars are recorded in each of several links.


Faculty Summer Institute
Usually held in late May, Faculty Summer Institute (FSI) is a 3-day conference for higher education instructors and other professionals. Participants come from Illinois state universities, community colleges, private institutions, and out-of-state universities. FSI offers presentations, workshops, and hands-on training involving the latest technological advances in education. Contact FaCIT for more information.
Teaching Professor Conference
A national, 3-4 day conference focusing on college teaching, held in June each year.
Teaching Professor Technology Conference
A national 3-4 day conference focusing on technology integration in the college classroom. It is usually held in October of each year.

Teaching Journals

Teaching Journals Directory

A comprehensive list of disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals from Kennesay Stat University's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.