Over the past few years, faculty and students have been through trauma together. Some of us may have experienced several traumatic experiences during the most stressful time of our lives. Some, like me, may have used all their protective factors and resilience stores and finally hit rock bottom, completely exhausted and cynical. This is burnout. When burnout occurs, our stress in the workplace or classroom feels unmanageable. Once at this broken level, we are prone to experiencing a moral injury. This webinar shares essential practices for climbing back up the spiral and finding joy again.
Everybody is doing it: Companies like Google provide professional development around mindfulness for their employees, professional athletes practice mindfulness, and even the military trains soldiers through mindfulness. A growing body of neuroscience and other research suggests that mindfulness also holds an array of benefits for higher education, including individual benefits (such as increased self-regulation, attention, and creativity) and communal benefits (such as the promise of more inclusive environments). When students are emotionally engaged in the classroom, they have a greater sense of belonging because content connects to their personal lives and academic pursuits. During this workshop, participants learn how to incorporate mindfulness into their classrooms to support student engagement and success.
This workshop introduces participants to the concept of trauma and resilience and allows them to explore their own experiences to provide a better sense of relatability. Learning these key principles can enhance wellbeing and is applicable to everyone. The process of learning can never occur without developing meaningful relationships. During the workshop, participants have the opportunity to learn more about themselves and the students they serve by assessing and understanding their own underlying trauma and vulnerabilities with a series of intentional activities and exercises. By evaluating and analyzing our own adverse childhood experiences, we are able to better empathize with those around us. By breaking down the wall between us and the individuals we work with, we can help them overcome barriers that may be standing in the way of them reaching their full potential. Recognizing this allows for better relationships, increased cognition, and enhanced learning transfer. Participants
Escape rooms require players to complete tasks, retrieve clues, and solve puzzles in order to escape a locked room. Digital escape rooms function much like their physical counterparts except they take place entirely online. Because digital escape rooms don’t require any physical equipment, they have become a popular way for instructors to engage their students online. In this webinar, participants engage in a live, digital escape room and learn how to design their own by brainstorming the concept, creating the puzzles, setting up the virtual environment, and testing the game. No matter your skill level, you will leave this webinar with the tools needed to create an engaging digital escape room for your students.
This workshop provides participants with concrete tools for teaching critical-thinking skills while covering required course content. By the end of the workshop, participants are able to create lesson plans that enhance critical-thinking skills based on content from any discipline in the humanities or social sciences. Participants also learn how these skills can be easily and accurately measured.
Are you struggling with students in your online classes staying on task? Do you find that students don't read the syllabus? Are you looking for ways to have better retention and success in the online classroom? If this is you, I get it. I have been teaching online for over a decade. Trying to keep students on task in the online space and trying to make sure that students are progressing through the course on a weekly basis can be difficult. When we add activities and engagement to our online courses, we help students stay motivated, focused, and on task. In this webinar, participants gain strategies and activities to incorporate into the online classroom that get students excited and inspired to learn. These strategies help instructors gain better student retention and outcomes.
Transforming the classroom environment from teacher-centered to learner-centered can be achieved by questioning traditional lecture and homework methods and integrating engaged-learning activities. This completely changes the classroom dynamics and makes students more responsible for their own learning. Student attendance, engagement, participation, and conceptual understanding sharply increase and result in vastly improved student-learning outcomes and student success. Come explore the possibilities offered by the flipped classroom model, engage with other participants, and leave with a variety of interactive engagement activities that can be implemented immediately.
It is estimated that 85 percent of all jobs that will exist in 2030 have yet to be invented. Couple this with a recent survey that states nearly 50 percent of millennials do not believe college is worth it. For those who do enroll, nearly half drop out within their first year of studies and only 10 to 12 percent of students of color will persist to graduation. At the onset of the fourth industrial revolution, how can community college leaders redesign their services to help students find their personalized pathway, create a sense of belonging, and build equitable bridges to social and economic mobility? Participants learn new transformative strategies they might consider for their own institution based upon work conducted at Tallahassee Community College through the Culture of CARE initiative.
How often have you heard from employers that they are looking to hire graduates with the book knowledge and essential soft skills needed to be successful in the workplace? Many employers believe soft skills are just as important, if not more so, than hard skills. As an educator, how can you teach soft skills to college students? During this workshop, participants learn about the necessary soft skills most employers desire. Participants leave with a set of strategies they can use to help their students develop soft skills that are critical for future success.