Posted on Friday, March 11, 2016

Preceding next month’s New Horizons conference will be a three-hour workshop entitled A Master Class on Cooperative Learning for Student Success. Dr. Greg Hodges, vice president of Institutional Advancement, Effectiveness and Campus Life at Patrick Henry Community College, will lead this highly interactive 3-hour atelier that’s designed to educate, inspire, and rejuvenate community college educators.

Hodges says PHCC has been instrumental in helping other community colleges across the country develop cooperative learning strategies in their face-to-face classrooms.


Dr. Greg Hodges

“Because of this work, the institution created SCALE, the Southern Center for Active Learning Excellence, which is a stand-alone entity within the Foundation that orchestrates and handles requests for training from other colleges. With eight facilitators, PHCC’s SCALE team has trained faculty from more than 150 community colleges.”

Hodges says the master class provides SCALE with the opportunity to introduce the topic of cooperative learning to the participating faculty.

“Many faculty have simply never had any instruction in classroom pedagogy. They are content field experts yet have little in the way of teaching instruction (or how to teach) in their educational background. This training gives them an initial foray into this very important topic.”

So, just how important is cooperative learning? Hodges says it’s essential for today’s community college instructor. 

“The Chancellor has said on many occasions that America’s community colleges created the American middle class many decades ago and now those same community colleges are being asked to save that middle class. I believe those words are 100% accurate, and I would further add that this means that community college faculty must be the very best teachers in the business. This master class provides the opportunity for all faculty to hone these all important teaching skills. Finally, the classroom observation template of the standardized faculty evaluation form requires demonstration of cooperative learning. Thus, this master class will also assist faculty in meeting the requirements of this evaluation instrument.”

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Shenandoah Room of the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.

The cost to attend the pre-conference is $75 and registration is limited to 50 participants. For additional information, click here.'

Craig Butterworth

A native of Richmond, Craig Butterworth is an award-winning broadcast journalist and communications professional. He has worked as a spokesperson, staff writer and editor for a variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations throughout the Richmond area.

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