The Professional Development webpage was created to help college reading and learning assistance professionals find links to resources, contacts, and professional development opportunities in one central location. The College Reading and Learning Association wants to "share the best for student success," so please check out the links to find answers to questions and opportunities to enhance your professional development. All resources shown here are free.
On-demand resources are available for busy professionals. Check out the following links!
2 Minute Takeaways from Innovative Educators
A collection of free videos showcasing Higher Education experts who answer critical questions in 2 minutes or less is available at http://www.weeklyinnovations.org/video
Online Tutoring Implementation and Training Guide from GoBoard
This free guide was created with the help of universities and colleges that participated in a pilot project year to refine GoBoard.com. It provides practical advice on how to make online tutoring successful in your learning center and is available at http://www.goboard.com/itg
Learning Resources from Cengage Learning
A gallery of on-demand webinars on key issues and teaching strategies in reading, writing, math, and student success can be accessed by joining the Cengage Learning Developmental Studies Community for free at: http://cengagesites.com/academic/?site=5408&SecID=5720
7 Things You Should Know About……Learning Initiative Series from Educause
Looking for concise information on emerging learning technologies and practices?
Check out this site for descriptions of what they are, how they work, where they are going, and why they matter to teaching and learning. http://www.educause.edu/ELI7Things
Merlot Pedagogy Portal A collection of free resources organized by five themes: Learners and Learning, Course Instructional Design, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Challenges, and Assessment. http://pedagogy.merlot.org/index.html
Council for Learning Assistance & Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA)
Essential Professional Readings
Access and Success
school through college. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education.
ASHE Higher Education Report, 35(6). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
R. (2010). Student success in community colleges: A practical guide to developmental education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Journal of Developmental Education, 32(3), 14-23.
Monograph Series. Olympia, WA: The Evergreen State College, Washington Center for Improving the Quality of Undergraduate Education, in cooperation with the American Association of Community Colleges.
Learning Center Management
Program Assessment and Evaluation
Journal of Developmental Education, 25(2), 2-4, 6, 8.
Tutoring and Mentoring
Applying research for best practices, policy implications, and student achievement.
Research in the Community College, 16(1), 6-12.
Williamsville, NY: Cambridge Stratford.
achievement and retention. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Assistance Review, 12(2), 33-45.
know about how to tutor. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
Professional Association Liaison Organizations
AERA – American Education Research Organization, Division D (Measurement and Research Methodology)
Other Useful Links
Listservs are email groups to which you may subscribe in order to be included on e-discussions based on areas of interest or expertise. There are a variety of listservs, some of which are below.
LRNASST-L is managed by the University of Florida and links professionals from around the world by email. This is an excellent place to pose questions to colleagues, post job opportunities, and network. (www.teachingcenter.ufl.edu/lrnasst.html)
First-Year Experience (FYE)
The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience (FYE) and Students in Transition manages a number of listservs by areas of interest such as the First-Year Experience (FYE), First-Year Assessment (FYA), Graduate Year Experience (GRAD), Sophomore Year (SOPH), Senior Year Experience (SYE), and Transfer Year Experience (TYE). (www.sc.edu/fye/listservs/listinfo.html)
Supplemental Instruction (SI)
The International Center for Supplemental Instruction (SI) from the University of Missouri at Kansas City hosts a listserv specifically for SI programs around the world. (www.umkc.edu/asm/si/sinet/shtml)
The Wcenter listserv, although not affiliated with the International Writing Centers Association, is used by numerous writing center professionals who ask for advice and post research queries and writing center-related announcements to the writing center community.
To subscribe to WCENTER, contact Elizabeth Bowen firstname.lastname@example.org . To view the archives, you can go to http://lyris.ttu.edu/read/?forum=wcenter. If you would like to post a message to the list, simply address your email accordingly: email@example.com.
Professional Development DirectorJon Mladic
Dean of Library and Learning Services
6000 East State Street, 4th Floor
Rockford, IL 61108