Second Annual Virtual Conference2018-09-24T21:53:52+00:00

Second Annual Virtual Conference

Make plans now to attend NISOD’s 2nd Annual Virtual Conference, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT on October 17, 2018. The virtual conference will be a completely online experience during which you can join in from anywhere you have access to a computer and the internet.

The virtual conference will consist of high-quality, handpicked sessions chosen from outstanding presentations made at NISOD’s 2018 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. The hand-picked presenters were chosen not only because of their reputations and areas of expertise, but also because they will make the online conference as empowering, informative, and enlightening as NISOD’s annual face-to-face conference. Plan to join us for a day of learning, sharing, and community building, all from the comfort of your home or office!

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

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“Thank you for a great virtual conference, which was another great NISOD experience!”
Erin Fivecoat, Instructional Administrative Assistant and Assistant to the Dean, Science, Health, and Nutrition, Portland Community College

“The conference was great! I really enjoyed it and I learned a lot from the presenters. The event was very valuable and cost-effective.”
Jodi Fudge, Chair, Business and Technology, State Fair Community College


Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – All Times Are Central Standard Time
   8:00 – 8:50 AM  9:00 – 9:50 AM  10:00 – 10:50 AM  11:00 – 11:50 AM 11:50 AM – 1:00 PM  1:00 – 1:50 PM  2:00 – 2:50 PM  3:00 – 3:50 PM  4:00 – 4:50 PM  4:50 – 5:00 PM
Best Practices for Engaging 21st-Century Learners Session
      BREAK         Wrap Up   
Using The Five Languages of Appreciation to Strengthen Student Engagement   Session
The Power of Hope      Session
New Wine in Old Wine Skins: The Impact of Mobile Devices in the Classroom        Session
Get on Up! Increasing Student Movement and Engagement in Class          Session
Invisible Man: How to Effectively Deal With Mental Health Issues in the Classroom            Session
Using Socratic Teaching: Engaging Adult Students to Think Critically              Session
Engaging Teaching Strategies 101               Session

Confirmed Sessions and Facilitators *

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 Schmidt, Chair, Mathematics; Amy Moore, Professor, 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 Johannigman, Coordinator, Faculty Development; Chelsea Biggerstaff, Coordinator, 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 Geddis, Faculty, 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 Toye, Professor, 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 Glassberg, Director, 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 Taylor, Faculty 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 Rich, Associate 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 Jenab, Coordinator, Faculty Development, Johnson County Community College

* Sessions are subject to change.


Registration Deadlines
Registration Type Early Bird Registration
(September 19)
Regular Registration
(September 20 – October 17)
Member $99 $199
Non-Member $149 $249
Register Today!

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

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