Virtual Conference 2017-08-16T23:55:55+00:00

Virtual Conference

Virtual Conference logoIn an effort to increase the availability of outstanding professional education opportunities, NISOD is excited to announce its inaugural virtual conference, being held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. The virtual conference will be a completely online experience during which participants can join in from anywhere they have access to a computer and the internet.

Designed for front-line practitioners, the virtual conference will consist of eight, 50-minute sessions presented by leading experts in professional development for full- and part-time community and technical college faculty members. The hand-picked speakers were chosen not only because of their reputation and expertise in the focus area, but also because they are individuals who will make the virtual conference as empowering, informative, and enlightening as NISOD’s annual conference.

“We understand budgetary and time constraints can sometimes make getting away from the office difficult,” said Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s executive director. “This online event will bring the reputation of our annual conference to a virtual platform, enabling not only great sessions from well-respected presenters, but also networking opportunities we know are a valuable part of the learning process.”

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conclusion of the virtual conference. All sessions will be recorded, giving registered participants who could not attend the live sessions an opportunity to view the archived sessions.

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Registration Deadlines
Registration Type Early Registration (September 27)
Late Registration (After September 27)
Member $99.00 $149.00
Non Member $149.00 $199.00

Preliminary Schedule

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
8:00 – 8:50 a.m. Opening Session
9:00 – 9:50 a.m. Session 1
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. Session 2
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Session 3
11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch/Break
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Session 4
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Session 5
3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Session 6
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Closing Session
4:50 – 5:00 p.m. Wrap Up
All Times Are Central Standard Time

Confirmed Sessions and Facilitators *

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

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

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

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

* Sessions are in no particular order and are subject to change.

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