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6 Sep, 2017

Capitalizing on Social Presence in Online Course Design: Five Strategies That Work

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Volume XXXIX, No. 18 | September 7, 2017 Capitalizing on Social Presence in Online Course Design: Five Strategies That Work  How can we create a more effective, efficient online-course experience for students and instructors? One thing we know: social presence matters. Social presence, briefly defined as the connectedness between and among students [...]

30 Aug, 2017

Using Icebreakers to Build Community

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Volume XXXIX, No. 17 | August 31, 2017 Using Icebreakers to Build Community It’s the first day of class, and students nervously find their seats. They may or may not know anyone in the class. Tension of the unknown is palpable. Students are unsure what to expect: What will this course be [...]

3 May, 2017

Teaching Community College Students the Soft Skills Demanded by Employers

By | 2017-06-16T01:11:54+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Innovation Abstracts|Tags: , |1 Comment

Volume XXXIX, No. 16 | May 4, 2017 Teaching Community College Students the Soft Skills Demanded by Employers Many of us in community colleges work with employers and students. Therefore, we seek to understand what employers need in future employees, then we prepare students to fill those roles. This process is relatively straight [...]

19 Apr, 2017

Metacognition and Next-Gen Learning Models: Meeting Student Success Goals Through Information Literacy

By | 2017-06-16T01:12:02+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Categories: Innovation Abstracts|Tags: , |0 Comments

Volume XXXIX, No. 14 | April 20, 2017 Metacognition and Next-Gen Learning Models: Meeting Student Success Goals Through Information Literacy Austin Community College (ACC) recently implemented a required student success course, EDUC 1300, to increase college readiness and student success for first-time-in-college (FTIC) students. The goals for this course include student engagement—which students [...]

12 Apr, 2017

Technology in the Classroom? Instructional Technology Certification Program Increases Engagement

By | 2017-06-16T01:12:14+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Categories: Innovation Abstracts|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Volume XXXIX, No. 13 | April 13, 2017 Technology in the Classroom? Instructional Technology Certification Program Increases Engagement When I began teaching, which was initially in K-12, my school was not rich in resources. More times than not, I had to purchase copies of handouts for my English classes, and occasionally also purchase [...]

11 Mar, 2017

IA Membership Preview 3

By | 2017-06-16T01:12:53+00:00 March 11th, 2017|Categories: Innovation Abstracts|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Volume XXXVIII, No. 2 | January 29, 2016 Just-In-Time for Success: Connecting Underprepared Students to College Resources Community colleges invest heavily in resources to support underprepared students. Examples of these essential resources include: On-campus and online tutoring and writing labs Advising and counseling services Orientation and student success courses and workshops Vendor partnerships [...]

22 Feb, 2017

Interdisciplinary Instruction: An Honors Program Requisite and Informing General Education Courses

By | 2017-06-16T01:13:33+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Innovation Abstracts|Tags: , |0 Comments

Volume XXXIX, No. 6 | February 23, 2017 Interdisciplinary Instruction: An Honors Program Requisite and Informing General Education Courses With the implementation of Common Core-guided curricula in 42 states, the incoming class of college students will be significantly different from students who enrolled as recently as three years ago. These incoming students expect, and [...]

15 Feb, 2017

Building Technology That Works for Teachers, Not the Other Way Around

By | 2017-06-16T01:13:39+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Categories: Innovation Abstracts|Tags: , |0 Comments

Volume XXXIX, No. 5 | February 16, 2017 Building Technology That Works for Teachers, Not the Other Way Around In the early 2000s, my job as an IT professional in higher education was to support the technology needs of the faculty, staff, and administrators on my campus. Time and again, I saw that the [...]

1 Feb, 2017

Navigating a Topsy-Turvy Classroom

By | 2017-06-16T01:13:45+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Categories: Innovation Abstracts|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Volume XXXIX, No. 3 | February 2, 2017 Navigating a Topsy-Turvy Classroom “The only constant is change.” In fact, even that well-known saying was altered from the original: “Change is the only constant in life.” Either way, as educators, it’s safe to say we’re familiar with change. Often, the hardest adjustments—decisions made by campus [...]