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NISOD schedules a series of year-round, high-quality, and thought-provoking webinars. Led by community and technical college leaders and other experts in the field, NISOD webinars enable faculty members to conveniently learn about best practices and cutting-edge research related to effective teaching. Each webinar, a free benefit for NISOD-member colleges, includes timely, learning-focused, and action-oriented objectives that will help faculty members improve their teaching techniques for online, hybrid, blended, and face-to-face courses. The combination of powerful expertise and interactive technology promises to bring new life to professional development on campuses around the world.

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Three Student Engagement Strategies for Our New World: Lessons From Community College Leaders and a Behavioral Scientist

Effective communication over different channels is now necessary to engage students who will remain distanced from their classrooms in the fall. In this webinar, leaders from CUNY Hostos Community College and Triton College share how they are collaborating with behavioral scientists from Persistence Plus to keep connected with students and provide holistic support amidst remote instruction, the pandemic, and the social justice movement.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Distinguish how and when student communication can lead with care rather than information. 
  2. Identify opportunities to leverage two-way communication platforms to learn about students’ mindsets and challenges. 
  3. Apply behavioral science strategies within communications to motivate student response and action.

Dr. Christine Mangino is the provost and vice president for academic affairs at CUNY Hostos Community College in the South Bronx, NY. Like many community college leaders, Dr. Mangino was the first in her family to attend college, earning her associate's degree from Nassau Community College, her bachelor's and master's degrees from Hofstra, and her doctorate in instructional leadership from St. John's University. Beginning in August 2020, Dr. Mangino will serve as the President of Queensborough Community College.

Kevin Li is the dean of arts of sciences at Triton College in River Grove, IL. Kevin has a background in economics and psychology and has served as an administrator at community colleges for more than 20 years. His expertise includes developmental education, holistic placement, and guided pathways, as well as assessment and evaluation. Kevin currently manages multiple federal grants, including Title III and V, and his work has been honored with multiple national recognitions.

Dr. Ross O'Hara is a behavioral researcher at Persistence Plus, where he applies his expertise in behavioral science to develop scalable interventions that improve college student retention. Dr. O'Hara earned his Ph.D. in social psychology from Dartmouth College in 2011. He regularly contributes to Psychology Today, where he writes a monthly blog called Nudging Ahead. His research has been published in peer-reviewed outlets such as AERA Open, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Serena Fahnbulleh Crain is the senior manager of partner success at Persistence Plus. She works with colleges and organizations to support student success and persistence. In her previous roles within college admissions and enrollment, she worked with students from underrepresented groups as they transitioned into higher education. She holds an M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

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Bridging the Gap: F2F to Online Teaching Skills

Many instructors skilled at teaching face-to-face classes are hesitant to teach or develop an online class because they feel it's so different from in-person instruction. Others worry that their specific subject area can't be taught online. With guidance and encouragement, these same instructors can become excellent online facilitators by realizing how specific face-to-face practices and skill sets easily translate to the virtual classroom.
Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn to create meaningful discussion board interactions and provide relevant and timely announcements.
  • Gain strategies for crafting supportive feedback when grading.
  • Realize the range of opportunities and creativity online teaching has to offer.

Marla Cartwright has served as an adjunct faculty member, full-time faculty member, Assistant Department Chair, Department Chair, and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning over the past 25 years. She has presented on the topic of online education at the Tennessee Board of Regents Conference as well as at the Online Learning Consortium. Currently, Cartwright serves as the Director of Academic Engagement and Innovation at Columbia State Community College, where her duties include media services, the tutoring center, faculty professional development, TNeCampus courses, and Columbia State online course development. Her research interests include online teaching, faculty development, folklore, and popular culture.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

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The Community College Baccalaureate and Its Role in the Higher Education System

This webinar focuses on the role of the Community College Baccalaureate (CCB) in helping community colleges fulfill their mission of providing student pathways toward economic mobility. Students voice why they chose the CCB degree to create an understanding of why this higher education evolution is one of the most democratizing strategies in several decades. The collegewide impact of the CCB degree, and particularly the role faculty play in the development, implementation, teaching, evaluation, and mentoring of their adult students are explored. Participants gain a better understanding of the CCB within the broader context of a national movement that impacts and creates opportunities for students to achieve the American dream for themselves and their families.

Angela Kersenbrock is currently the president of the Community College Baccalaureate Association.  An accomplished educator with experience at the associates, bachelor, master’s and doctoral levels, she recently retired after 34 years at Seminole State College in Orlando, Florida. There, she was a tenured faculty member, department chair, dean and the associate vice president of the School of Business, Health and Public Safety.  

Angela holds a doctorate degree in Higher Education and Public Policy and has a master’s degree in nursing. She has been involved with workforce education programs, having developed almost 30 different degrees and certificates, as well as several baccalaureate programs, including business and information management, nursing, health sciences, and information systems.  She has also led partnerships between multiple stakeholders to gain regional approval for baccalaureate degrees at Seminole State.  In her current role, Angela is focused on leading the CCBA in its mission of developing workforce baccalaureates that result in family-sustaining careers.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

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Shared Governance: Stronger Together

Shared governance is a stakeholder-driven system founded on principles of openness, transparency, and inclusiveness. It requires partners to take ownership and contribute to accountability-based decisions. This session walks through the steps taken by Madison College to create and foster a successful shared governance experience.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn five best practices in forming a collaborative, collegewide shared governance system that engages all stakeholders, is effective, and produces successful outcomes.
  • Take home examples of successful shared governance policies, plans, and directives.

Dr. Mark Thomas has been the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Administrative Services at Madison College since 2014, having previously worked in public and nonprofit sectors in Chicago and southwestern Michigan for more than 20 years. He has lectured on administration at the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Illinois-Chicago. He currently serves on the board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dane County, and the Wisconsin Investment Series Cooperative. In 2017, Vice President Thomas received the Outstanding Chief Business Officer of the Year Award.

Ann Camillo serves as the manager of the shared governance system at Madison College. Ms. Camillo holds a BS in Retail Management from UW-Madison and an MS in Adult Education from UW-Platteville. During her career at Madison College, she has served as faculty, administrator, and staff. In the spirit of “we are all in this together,” Ms. Camillo helps shared governance members improve student success by sharing different perspectives and fostering new ways of thinking.

Dr. Penny Johnson is a full-time Instructor at Madison College, a faculty advisor, faculty mentor, curriculum coordinator, and Director of the Education program. She has been at Madison College for 14 years. Dr. Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree from UW-Milwaukee, and her master’s degree and doctorate from UW-Madison. She started her teaching career at Carroll University, serving as an assistant professor for six years. She believes in taking a collaborative approach to managing, decision making, and learning. Dr. Johnson is the 2018 recipient of the Terry S. Webb Shared Governance Leadership Award.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

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Guided Pathways: A First Look at Student Experiences and the Role of Faculty

Across the country, colleges are redesigning guided pathways. How are students experiencing this change? This webinar discusses a national report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement that takes a first look at how students are experiencing this transformational reform. Participants also learn how faculty are changing the guided pathways framework at Wallace State Community College.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review data from the Center for Community College Student Engagement that depicts how students are experiencing the guided pathways reform effort.
  • Explore how full-time and part-time faculty engage in the guided pathways reform effort.
  • Become familiar with how one college is engaging faculty in the guided pathways reform effort.

A 30-year veteran educator, Kathy Buckelew has taught students at the middle school, high school, and community college levels. She has been a faculty member at Wallace State Community College – Hanceville for 16 years. She chaired the PULSE (Pathways United for Learning, Service, and Excellence) Team, which developed a campus-wide, Pathways-focused learning community initiative. Currently, she serves as Department Chairperson of English and Humanities at Wallace State. She has been named Wallace State’s Outstanding Academic Faculty Member, was nominated for the Chancellor’s Award, and received a NISOD Award. She was recently nominated for the AACC Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction Award. Kathy earned a doctorate from The University of Alabama in higher education administration, an educational specialist degree in secondary English language arts from UA, a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Alabama, and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of North Alabama.

Linda L. García is the Executive Director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement (the Center) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT). Prior to this role, she served as the Assistant Director of College Relations at the Center. Previously, Linda was Vice President of Community College Relations at the Roueche Graduate Center at National American University, and she has worked at Lone Star College, Maricopa Community Colleges, and The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. Linda’s experience includes student development, instructional support, grant writing, and teaching. She serves as a coach for the American Association of Community Colleges Pathways 2.0 and Texas Pathways Project. Linda earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a concentration in broadcast and a doctorate in higher education administration with a specialization in community college leadership from The University of Texas at Austin. Her Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree is from The University of Texas at Brownsville.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

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The Scope of Colleges

This webinar explores why and how faculty must align and connect course objectives, course learning outcomes, and program learning outcomes with syllabi, class lessons, and assessment plans. The facilitator explains curriculum mapping and how it affects student success. Participants learn to identify the disconnect between instructor, student, and employers, and how to connect course objectives to employers’ demands.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Clearly identify and solve problems associated with learning outcomes.
  • Properly restructure program curriculum mapping. 
  • Help students successfully transition from the college classroom to the workforce.

Kenneth Williams Sr. is an author, assistant professor, and Department Chair of Carpentry at Delgado Community College. He is a NISOD Excellence Award recipient and three-time presenter at the International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence. Williams is also a Master NCCER Instructor, OSHA Outreach Trainer, Green Build Reviewer, and has 35 years of experience working in construction. Williams attended Xavier University at New Orleans and Holy Cross College, where he studied music. He is dedicated to researching innovative strategies that help improve students’ careers and has made it his mission to help skilled carpenters get licensed.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

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