This webinar demonstrates the urgent need for enhancing excellence in higher education in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants learn how to reach out more effectively to a diverse array of persons and institutions, including students, families, administrators, politicians, businesses, and citizens. Community college educators are highly trained professionals whose expertise enhances the citizen skill base and their understanding of the function and value of democracy in a civil society. It is vital to communicate the urgent need for narrative and funding support to ensure the success of community colleges.
This webinar demonstrates how the free GroupMe app helps engage online students in weekly chat sessions. Students can interact with one another and the instructor through text messaging, a communication format they are comfortable using. The GroupMe app has a polling feature, which can be used to ask students questions about weekly assignments. Using the app, the instructor can post links to a Google Jamboard or a Padlet where students can post written responses to the instructor's questions. Instructors can also post links to Kahoot and Quizizz and encourage students to compete for points by answering multiple-choice questions. Such activities enable students to assess their understanding of course material on a weekly basis and remain engaged in the course.
Now more than ever, students are choosing to take their courses online, often enticed by access, flexibility, and the desire to continue their studies while working and raising families. As institutions and individual faculty members, we can collectively respond to this trend with well-designed courses that are delivered in engaging ways and that leverage evidence-based pedagogies for the virtual learning environment. During this workshop, specific approaches to structuring online courses that align with best practices for quality online teaching are shared. These approaches traverse Learning Management Systems such as Canvas, Blackboard, and D2L. Through hands-on activities, participants are exposed to examples and models that highlight several relevant and engaging delivery methods. The workshop ends with a summary of the next steps via an action plan that details what faculty can specifically do to develop their online courses.
Through four separate workshop modules, participants gain knowledge and skills to build their own HyFlex course using specific learning theories, instructional design models, and assessment frameworks that align with the flexible course modality. This workshop is designed for HyFlex beginners, but will be differentiated to also provide valuable insights to instructors who are already implementing the course modality. The goal of the workshop is to equip participants so they leave confident and satisfied they can effectively and efficiently implement HyFlex within their own courses.
Recent studies have shown that the opportunity gap persists for students of color in community colleges. Increasingly, students of color are making community colleges their first choice in higher education to seek certification, marketable job skills, or a degree; however, they are not completing their education at the same rate as their White counterparts. While any number of factors may contribute to this gap, we cannot rule out implicit bias as a factor. Biases not only have a negative impact on students’ self-esteem, they can reduce students’ will to try, resulting in inequitable outcomes. This webinar paints a picture of what implicit bias looks like in the classroom and provides strategies for reducing biases that inevitably impact students’ success.
Would you like to explore some strategies for fostering inclusiveness in online pedagogy? A growing body of literature highlights the need for faculty-student and student-student interaction in order to create an inclusive atmosphere and to establish a sense of belonging in the classroom. Differences in communication styles often pose some challenges in class participation, collaboration, and interpretation of information in an online environment. Cultural factors have a significant impact on students’ self-learning, group interaction, and communication styles. By creating an inclusive atmosphere, faculty can promote greater self-awareness, deepen intercultural sensitivity, and encourage meaningful interaction and collaboration among diverse groups. An understanding of diverse communication patterns is critical to the academic success of culturally and linguistically diverse student population.
This webinar helps instructors effectively plan their lectures to incorporate teaching practices for adult learners as well as technology that doesn't make the student feel like a child. Using elevated K-12 teaching practices allows community and technical college educators to elicit critical thinking from students and increase student engagement.
Have you ever wished you could change your students’ attitudes toward more positive engagement in their learning? YOU CAN! The secret rests in appreciating that all of us have a profound impact upon the emotional state of the students that we engage with every day. Whether interacting with individuals or groups, the neuroscience is clear: The affective domain powerfully impacts student cognition, persistence, motivation, efficacy, and performance. During this multidimensional, highly-interactive, experiential, and fun workshop, participants explore ways to promote positive, enthusiastic, and engaged collaboration with their students. We also explore how to encourage student learning in a manner that maximizes motivation, a sense of inclusion, and improved equity within the learning environment!
Students come where they are welcome and stay where they feel cared about. Caring Campus is based on decades of research documenting that students who feel cared for and connected to their college are more likely to achieve their educational goals. In over 70 colleges around the country, learn how professional staff are committing to easy, low-cost behaviors that bring the human component to student interactions, improving student success, and increasing job satisfaction.
Have you been scratching your head about how to rekindle students’ excitement about learning and increase their engagement with your course? This workshop not only expands participants' understanding of intrinsic motivation but also invites them to leverage this knowledge to best support their students. Participants walk away with a repertoire of quick, high-impact strategies that they can immediately implement in their college classrooms to activate autonomy, cultivate confidence, and boost belonging.