Learning Organizations
  College and University Professional Development

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There are a myriad of resources available to individuals who are involved in establishing a learning college culture in their institution. Here you will find selected resources that are grouped into 2 categories:

Learning Organizations
While there are a large number of organizations involved in teaching and learning, below are some of the more popular sites utilized in both online and face-to-face professional development activities. These organizations offer journal, newspaper and newsletter articles, books, conferences and other events, and special activities and projects.

AACC (American Association of Community Colleges)

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the primary organization for the nation’s two-year degree-granting institutions. It is a non-profit organization located in the National Center for Higher Education in Washington, DC.

AAHE (American Association for Higher Education)

The American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) is a national organization of individuals dedicated to “improving the quality of higher education. Members and projects cut across sectors, disciplines, and campus hierarchies to address collectively the challenges higher education faces. Through their programs and projects, AAHE and its members work to catalyze effective change at the campus, state, and national levels.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education

This site, updated daily, includes summaries of the articles in the issues of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Access to the articles themselves requires a subscription.

HBCU Faculty Development Network

The HBCU Faculty Development Network is derived “from the rich legacy of HBCUs in providing educational opportunities for underrepresented students. The Network is committed to promoting effective teaching and learning through a variety of collaborative activities focusing on faculty enhancement”.

The League for Innovation

The League is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. They host numerous conferences and institutes, develop Web resources, conduct research, produce publications, provide services, and lead projects and initiatives with member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies in their effort to make a positive difference for students and communities.

The League for Innovation’s Higher Education Resources on the Web

The links on this page provide a variety of resources for community and technical college students, faculty and staff.

The National Teaching and Learning Forum (NTLF)

The National Teaching and Learning Forum (NTLF) began as a joint venture with the ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education. The newsletter was subsequently acquired by publishing companies and is now an independent organization under the direction of its founder and executive editor James Rhem. The NTLF continues to provide a “sustained and sustaining conversation about teaching and learning”.

NCSPOD (National Council for Staff, Professional and Organizational Development)

The National Council for Staff, Professional and Organizational Development (NCSPOD) is an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). It strives to “increase institutional vitality by providing professional growth opportunities for members, enabling them to establish, enhance, and/or revitalize staff, program, and organizational development in their organizations”.

NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development)

NISOD is the outreach organization for the Community College Leadership Program, Department of Educational Administration, College of Education, at The University of Texas.

POD (Professional and Organizational Development Network

The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network and its members “lead and support change for the improvement of higher education through faculty, instructional, and organizational development activities”.

The TLT Group

The TLT Group, a non-profit corporation, is the Teaching, Learning and Technology Affiliate of the American Association of Higher Education (AAHE). The TLT Group’s mission is to “motivate and enable institutions and individuals to improve teaching and learning with technology, while helping them cope with continual change”.