October 2014

Library Window Display in Recognition of Ally Week

October 27, 2014 • Written by

lbgt-window-display

Ally Week is a national youth-led effort empowering students to be allies against anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) bullying, harassment and name-calling.

It is usually held in September or October, often coinciding with National Coming Out Day on October 11, and October also being LGBT History Month. The event started in October 2005 and has grown since. This year Ally Week took place October 13-17, 2014.

The goal of Ally Week is to diminish stereotypes and exclusion while highlighting that peer support for LGBT students is stronger than the students themselves may have thought existed. People across the country can engage in a national dialogue about how everyone in and out of school can work to become better allies to LGBT youth.

Visit our the Notre Dame Campus Window Display

To increase LGBTT* awareness Library Services set up a window display at Notre Dame Campus where you can find additional information about the LGBTT* initiative at RRC.  As well, the RRC Library has many LGBTT* themed items in its collection. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.

List of Items: http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

Contribute to the Community – College-Wide Learning Outcomes

October 14, 2014 • Written by

Red River College is in the process of renewing the current College-Wide Learning Outcomes (CWLO), which are designed to be incorporated into RRC courses and programs. This six-part blog series highlights hand-selected resources that would be useful in developing these learning outcomes, which are essential skills for success.

This third edition of our CWLO blog series explores Library resources for staff and students on Contribute to the Community.

Contribute to the Community – RRC Library Resources for Students and Staff

collective visioningCollective visioning [e-book] : how groups can work together for a just and sustainable future
 Linda Stout offers advice and real life examples of including socially marginalized members of a community into the collective vision of an organization. Collective Visioning (2011) features a clear, actionable, step-by-step process to set up and create a welcoming space for activist leaders to collaborate for positive change. Stout details ways in which trainers should reach out to different groups, listen to and understand needs and concerns of the group, create a welcoming space for all voices, foster agreements, ensure the visibility of all members. [e-book]

we make changeWe make change : community organizers talk about what they do– and why
Passionate, committed people, working hard to make change they believe is possible, are profiled in We Make Change (2007).  The world of community organizing is explored by using the voices of men and women who are on the front-lines, trying every day to make a difference in their communities.

 

the transition companionThe transition companion : making your community more resilient in uncertain times
The Transition Companion (2011) draws on over three years’ experience of the worldwide Transition movement and gives a new, easily accessible approach to creating change.  It builds on the success of the bestselling The Transition Handbook and is packed with inspirational stories, photos and illustrations.  The Transition Companion picks up the story three years later, drawing from the experience of one of the most fascinating experiments under way in the world today. It tells inspiring tales of communities working for a future where local economies are valued and nurtured, where lower energy use is seen as a benefit, and where enterprise, creativity and the building of resilience have become cornerstones of a new economy. (Transition Network website)

everyone leadsEveryone leads [ebook] : building leadership from the community up
Where is the leadership we need to solve our most pressing community problems? It’s all around us. Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up (2012) will inspire readers to see new leadership possibilities within themselves and their communities. It also offers a set of practices that will help leaders be more effective at bringing diverse people and groups together to solve problems. Many leadership books today focus on how to lead organizations; this book is about how to lead communities. (Everyone Leads website)

progressive community organizingProgressive community organizing : a critical approach for a globalizing world
Progressive Community Organizing (2009) is ideal for both undergraduate and graduate courses focused on community theory and practice, community organizing, community development, and social change and service learning. The second edition presents new case studies, including those of a welfare rights organization and a youth-led LGBTQ organization. There are also new sections on the capabilities approach, queer theory, the Civil Rights movement, and the practices of self-inquiry and non-violent communication. (Google books)

adult civic engagement in adult learningAdult civic engagement in adult learning
Take an in-depth look at adult learning and education for citizenship and civic engagement. Adult Civic Engagement in Adult Learning (2012) presents the foundational connections between the adult education and civic engagement movements. It’s filled with studies on adult learning for participatory or deliberate democratic change and engagement at the local grassroots level. Contributors consider civic engagement in their areas of research and practice and explore the formal and informal ways that citizens come to learn, to deliberate, and to act on the social issues they find important locally and globally. (Publisher’s website)

 

chamge philanthropicChange philanthropy : candid stories of foundations maximizing results through social justice
Social justice philanthropy provides direct services to alleviate suffering and works to transform the systems and institutions that cause that suffering. Written in an engaging, easy-to-read style, Change Philanthropy (2009) offers an insider’s view what works and what doesn’t work when developing grant making strategies in support of social change. (Amazon.com)

everything under the sunEverything under the sun : toward a brighter future on a small blue planet
Everything under the Sun (2012) includes telling facts and stats, the latest scientific findings, and examples of the positive actions people are taking today toward protecting what we have. Underpinning it all is the recognition that Earth gives us everything we require to live, under a sun that provides the energy to produce food, transport, and all of our modern conveniences. (David Suzuki Foundation website)

 

experimental educationExperiential education : making the most of learning outside the classroom
Topics covered in Experiential Education (2010) include forms and issues in experiential learning, community-based learning and research, learning abroad, demystifying experiential learning in the performing arts, work-based learning, and empowering reflective ethical engagement in field settings. (Amazon.com)

Think Critically – College-Wide Learning Outcomes

October 2, 2014 • Written by

College-Wide Learning Outcomes: Essential Skills for Success

Red River College is in the process of renewing the current College-Wide Learning Outcomes (CWLO), which are designed to be incorporated into RRC courses and programs. This six-part blog series highlights hand-selected resources that would be useful in developing these learning outcomes, which are essential skills for success.

According to AAC&U’s 2013 employer survey, 93% of employers agree that a candidate’s “demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems” is more important than their undergraduate major. Likewise, more than three in four employers say they want colleges to place more emphasis on helping students develop critical thinking skills. 

This second edition of our CWLO blog series explores Library resources for staff and students on Critical Thinking.

Critical Thinking – RRC Library Resources for Staff

Teaching for critical thinking

E-BOOK: Teaching for critical thinking: tools and techniques to help students question their assumptions / Stephen D. Brookfield.

 

TEACHING FOR CRITICAL THINKING outlines critical thinking as a “learning process that focuses on uncovering and checking assumptions, exploring alternative perspectives, and taking informed actions as a result. Written to address the broad range of disciplines, this book fosters a shared understanding of critical thinking and helps various constituencies adapt general principles to specific disciplinary contexts.” (Source: MyiLibrary product detail)

 

 

 

Infusing critical thinking into community college education

STREAMING VIDEO: Infusing critical thinking into community college education.

 

INFUSING CRITICAL THINKING INTO COMMUNITY COLLEGE EDUCATION: Faculty development leaders from five community colleges discuss their strategies for making critical thinking central to instruction.

 

Critical thinking - unfinished business

BOOK: Critical thinking: unfinished business / Christine M. McMahon, editor. (Series: New directions for community colleges; 130)

 

“Studies show that, with the exception of a few best-practice examples, critical thinking–both in our highly selective universities and out community colleges–is neither being effectively taught nor even correctly understood. Even many faculty who are teaching it are not succeeding… [CRITICAL THINKING: UNFINISHED BUSINESS] presents blueprints for such plans, methods for assessing critical thinking programs, and best practices from colleges that have begun to implement them.” (Source: Back cover)

Critical Thinking – RRC Library Resources for Students

Critical thinking and problem solving video

STREAMING VIDEO: Critical thinking and problem-solving / produced by Cambridge Educational.

 

CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM-SOLVING: This ten-minute video defines critical thinking and examines it’s role in the process of problem-solving. Part of the series Academic Success: Smart Tips for Serious Students

Also available on DVD.

 

Adult learners companion

BOOK: The adult learner’s companion: a guide for the adult college student / Deborah Davis.

 

ADULT LEARNER’S COMPANION is a concise manual to help the adult college student succeed. Includes tips for college and career success, stress management, time management, study skills, and more. Chapter 6 is devoted to critical thinking and problem-solving.

 

 

 

 

Keys to success

BOOK: Keys to success : building analytical, creative, and practical skills / Carol Carter, Joyce Bishop, Sarah Lyman Kravits.

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS is designed to help students build their intelligence with an integrated focus on critical, creative and practical thinking skills. Appeals to every age and stage of student.

EXPLORE FURTHER:

RRC Student Success Skills: What is critical thinking?