Virtual Conference Digital Access

NISOD’s Annual Virtual Conference, which brings the reputation of our annual conference to a virtual platform, is a huge success! Due to popular demand, we are making recorded Virtual Conference sessions available for purchase at a nominal fee. Individuals who registered for our Virtual Conferences can request instructions for accessing the recorded sessions.

“I really enjoyed NISOD’s 2018 virtual conference and took away several great best practices I can apply in my classroom and to myself. I also shared many of the best practices with my colleagues!”

Joyce Wawiye, Professor, Biology, New River Community and Technical College

“The virtual conference was great! I learned a lot from the presenters and the event was very cost-effective.”

Jodi Fudge, Chair, Business and Technology Division, State Fair Community College

“Thank you for a great virtual conference, which was another excellent NISOD experience!”

Erin Fivecoat, Instructional Administrative Assistant and Assistant to the Division Dean, Science, Health, and Nutrition, Portland Community College

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2019 Sessions and Facilitators

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Session 1
Faculty Onboarding: Celebrating Successes and Lessons Learned While Creating a Program From Scratch
In 2016, Calhoun Community College created a three-year faculty onboarding program. Come learn more about the program, the rationale behind it, and the framework used to support new faculty. Hear about our successes and lessons learned and generate ideas for starting your own program or improving an existing one.
Jennie Walts, Director, Faculty Development, Calhoun Community College

Session 2
Increasing Adjunct Faculty Satisfaction and Effectiveness
The topic of adjunct faculty satisfaction and effectiveness is an important area of concern for higher education institutions nationwide, and particularly for community colleges, since they are more dependent on adjunct faculty to deliver academic content. This session focuses on ways colleges can increase the teaching effectiveness and satisfaction of adjunct faculty by providing specific institutional supports and resources.
Melodie Hunnicutt, Adjunct Faculty, Psychology, Midlands Technical College

Session 3
Get Them Involved! The Key to Keeping Your Students Focused
This session involves participants in fun and easy activities that keep you focused and provide classroom-tested examples of ways to keep your students focused in your classes. Activities lend themselves well to music appreciation classes, but can be adapted for any discipline. Use them to make your classes more engaging, enjoyable, and effective.
Allen Webber, Professor, Music, Palm Beach State College

Session 4
Covert Quizzes: Quizzing in Generation Z
Explore what is meant by the term “quiz,” the essential purposes quizzes serve, and a few methods of quizzing that don’t necessarily need to be called a quiz. Technologies such as Kahoot, Plickers, and Poll Everywhere are discussed, along with concrete examples of how and why such technology should be used in the classroom to specifically address Generation Z students.
Nathan Swink, Associate Professor, Behavioral Sciences, Butler Community College

Session 5
Helping Students “Fail Forward”
What is failure? Why do students fail? How can we help students overcome failure? Participants identify and discuss strategies to help students reframe their failures and continue on to achieve academic success.
Barbara LeBranch, Director, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Seminole State College of Florida

Session 6
New Technologies That Help Improve Outcomes in Distance Courses
Discover less-familiar, inexpensive technologies you can use to create interactive and action-oriented activities and presentations for students in distance courses.
Kathrynn Hollis-Buchanan, Associate Professor, Business and Accounting, Kodiak College

Session 7
Looking for Apps to Engage Your Students? Join Us as We Share 50 Tools
Looking for apps to engage students in today’s modern classroom? This session is for you! Join the presenter as he shares 50 tools in 50 minutes that help incorporate technology into your workflow.
Robert McWilliams, Coordinator, Instructional Design, Bishop State Community College

Session 8
Smartphones, Brain Science, and Gamification: Engaging and Retaining Underprepared Learners Through an OER Design
What lessons for building persistence can mobile-friendly online gaming and retail teach higher education? They can help students understand “cognitive load” and how to shift knowledge into long-term memory. Learn how Bossier Parish Community College’s (BPCC) open educational resources (OER) refresher courses, built upon cognitive applications for learning, online engagement, and deep-game structure, help power at-risk students toward completion. You’ll learn cognitive, science-based strategies for teaching underprepared students and get access to BPCC’s free website to take back to your students.
Allison Martin, Director, Institutional Effectiveness Initiatives, Bossier Parish Community College

2018 Sessions and Facilitators

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Best Practices for Engaging 21st-Century Learners
This fun and interactive session is designed for educators who want to connect with the next wave of 21st-century students. We examine the struggles our students face moving from an interactive culture to a one-size-fits-all classroom, after which participants learn about best practices for promoting active learning. Because the classroom is always evolving, the remainder of the presentation focuses on predicting the dynamics of the future classroom.

Linda SchmidtChair, Mathematics; Amy MooreProfessor, Mathematics, Spartanburg Community College

Using The Five Languages of Appreciation to Strengthen Student Engagement
“Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Discover secrets for tapping into your students’ motivation in the classroom. Learn how to use The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace in a classroom setting. Session participants leave with concrete strategies and techniques that use the languages of appreciation and motivational theory in and out of the classroom to enhance student engagement and success.

Jeff JohannigmanCoordinator, Faculty Development; Chelsea BiggerstaffCoordinator, Faculty Development, Austin Community College

The Power of Hope
Hope is the belief that tomorrow will be better than today and that you have the power to make it so. Research has concluded that increasing hope in students leads to a 12 percent gain in academic performance. During this session, participants explore how to help students develop the core competencies of hope, goals, agency, and pathways. Best practices for developing hope in others are shared.

Scott GeddisFaculty, Health Professions and Wellness, Phoenix College

New Wine in Old Wine Skins: The Impact of Mobile Devices in the Classroom
Mobile devices can detract from the traditional lecture format, but they also present opportunities for greater student engagement. Participants examine the lessons one instructor, accustomed to the traditional lecture format, acquired as a result of a mobile devices initiative at his college. These lessons include using online tools and apps to assess in-class student learning of course content, collaborative learning to foster student engagement, and empirical observation of best practices.

David ToyeProfessor, History, Northeast State Community College

Get on Up! Increasing Student Movement and Engagement in Class
Do you want to get students more engaged in your lectures? Following a quick review of Multiple Intelligence Theory, participants explore collaborative-learning exercises that increase your classroom’s energy level. Be more student-centered in your approach to teaching. Attend this session to learn easy-to-execute college teaching techniques!

Sean GlassbergDirector, Faculty Development, Horry Georgetown Technical College

Invisible Man: How to Effectively Deal With Mental Health Issues in the Classroom
This session helps identify triggers and healthy de-escalation models that can be used in the classroom. Discussed are students’ psychological well-being and how to effectively deal with crisis in the classroom. Participants gain knowledge that can be used to provide support and aid in removing the stigma of mental illness in the classroom.

Kamara TaylorFaculty Lecturer, Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Michigan Technological University

Using Socratic Teaching: Engaging Adult Students to Think Critically
Traditional methods of teaching are mainly centered on the foundational underpinnings of pedagogical theory. Socratic teaching is the most powerful teaching tactic for fostering critical thinking when teaching adults; student engagement is paramount in andragogy. The focus of this session is on simple progressive methods used to teach adult students how to think instead of what to think, which increases students’ ability to apply subject matter and enhances their overall learning experience.

Preston RichAssociate Professor, Business, Collin College

Engaging Teaching Strategies 101
Have you ever sat through an endless faculty meeting that seemed to have no real purpose? Don’t put your students through the same suffering! Engaging students in the learning process increases their focus, improves their critical-thinking skills, and helps them become invested in their learning. They (and you) will also have a lot more fun. Join this session to build your arsenal of engaging teaching strategies.

Farrell JenabCoordinator, Faculty Development, Johnson County Community College

2017 Sessions and Facilitators

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Using the 4Ds of Appreciative Inquiry to Improve Faculty Communication
Communication between college faculty is a key component in modifying curriculum and maintaining a positive learning culture. Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a problem-solving method based on organizational analysis. This session introduces participants to AI’s four phases: Discover, Dream, Design, and Destiny. Engage in a problem-solving session using the 4D method to enhance your understanding of the process.

Herbert Jackson, Faculty, Respiratory Therapy Program, Houston Community College

Developing and Deploying an Online Teaching Certification Program
Wake Tech Community College developed a mandatory certification program for all online faculty to increase faculty preparedness. A team of faculty and e-learning support staff developed e-learning standards and a rubric used to evaluate online courses. The presenters provide details about the EPIC Online Teaching Certification, which offers 30 hours of professional development that cover every aspect of online instruction.

Alison Consol, Associate Professor/Program Director, Advertising and Graphic Design/Web Technologies; Cindy Foster, Associate Professor/Program Director, Simulation and Game Development, Wake Tech Community College

21 Ways to Boost an Adjunct
Research on faculty type with regard to impact on student success is ambiguous. However, two things are clear: we rely on adjunct faculty to teach a large number of courses and adjunct faculty do not have equal access to the resources that support teaching excellence. Identify low-cost ways to boost teacher effectiveness and formulate versions of these ideas for their own campuses.

Michele Kelly, Associate Dean, Arts and Sciences, Macomb Community College

Instructor Preparation Academy: A Journey From Industry to Education
Experience the three-year journey through the Instructor Preparation Academy from the perspectives of new, fulltime faculty at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Examine how Boot Camp, Faculty Learning Communities, and Individualized Professional Development plans support and engage faculty in their professional development and career growth.

Cliff Goodacre Jr., Faculty Development Consultant; Stephanie Atkins, Faculty Development Consultant, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Leveling the Playing Field: Adjunct Perspectives for Faculty and Administration
Often decisions affecting adjunct faculty occur without their input. Alternatively, administrators and tenured faculty may not be fully aware of the issues adjuncts face. This session introduces main issues from the perspective of adjunct faculty. Adjuncts, full-time faculty members, and administrators have the opportunity to discuss these important issues directly, increase interaction with each other, and seek mutual understandings.

Bob Ertischek, Founder, Profology

Becoming a Connected Educator: Building Your Own Personal Learning Network
This session provides an overview of various strategies and online resources that help faculty members stay current in their respective teaching disciplines. Social media tools, as well as additional assets, are explored. Participants gain an understanding of what a Personal Learning Network (PLN) is and why it can be beneficial to their teaching and learning. A variety of technologies are identified to help build, modify, and interact with a PLN.

Mark Choman, Professor, Computer Information Systems; Jim McAndrew, Professor, Business Development, Luzerne County Community College

Engaging Adjunct Faculty With Course Assessment
Engaging adjunct faculty with course assessment processes involves many challenges, including scheduling, compensation, and lack of commitment. A faculty retreat that features assessment can deal effectively with these challenges. Discuss general strategies for scheduling, securing compensation, sparking faculty interest, managing a group assessment activity, facilitating assessment rubric revisions, and using the revised assessment rubric.

Thomas Donlan, Assistant Professor/Department Coordinator, Speech Communication; Amanda Gatchet, Assistant Professor, Speech Communication, Montgomery County Community College

GLUE: Enhance Collaboration Among Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty
This session showcases a simple model for including the adjunct voice. The protocol, GLUE, structures a professional learning community for adjuncts and outlines an efficient process where full- and part-time faculty, administrators, and support personnel share visions and ideas on behalf of students. Learn about effective questioning techniques that foster “critical friendship” and how to move from a culture of “drive-by” interactions to a culture of meaningful teamwork!

Stacy Pendergrast, Writing Instructor, NorthWest Arkansas Community College and Oklahoma City Community College

The Virtual Conference supplements NISOD’s offerings of professional development programs and resources, which culminate with NISOD’s Annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence held every Memorial Day weekend in Austin, Texas. NISOD’s annual conference is noted as the premier convening of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff who strive for excellence in leadership, teaching, and learning. For more information about NISOD’s annual conference or to register, visit www.nisod.org/conference.