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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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NISOD Webinars are offered at no cost to individuals at NISOD member colleges. Individuals at non-member colleges can register for $25.00 (credit card payment only). In addition, a limited number of complimentary webinars are offered to non-members and are denoted as such under the webinar description.

Interested in a webinar below but can’t attend the live event? All NISOD webinars are recorded and posted to Webinar Archives (see above) for on-demand viewing after the live event. NISOD members have access to all NISOD webinars, while non-members only have access to complimentary webinars.

Financing the College Experience

This session focuses on various considerations, approaches, and strategies one might consider regarding financing higher education.

Glenn Kent works as a financial advisor with Ameriprise. He earned an associate degree while attending community college in Pennsylvania and continued his path in education, obtaining a PhD in psychology. In addition to financial advising, Glenn teaches at the community and state college levels in Virginia. With advanced education and training in psychology, Glenn appreciates the important role of emotions and behavior in successful financial planning and investing. Glenn is an exercise enthusiast and lives in the city of Roanoke with his wife and three children.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Pacific: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mountain: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Central: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Eastern: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Reboot Your Class by Teaching With Presence and Compassion

As faculty enter the post-Covid teaching arena, there are many strategies available to bring life and engagement to their classes. Contrary to what students think, online courses are not effortless. Online courses require students to have self-management, discipline, and inner motivation. Faculty can help foster these success traits by being present and showing compassion in their classes. Participants leave this webinar with seven ways to show presence and compassion in their online or face-to-face courses.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Participants are able to list seven strategies that can be used to teach with presence and compassion.
  2. Participants learn the benefits for students when faculty teach with presence and compassion.
  3. Participants can ascertain which strategy or strategies they can use, adapt, or modify.

Essie Childers has taught for 33 years, with a focus on mentoring and encouraging students to visualize success to reach their academic and personal goals. For the past 14 years she has developed a strong track record of teaching first-year students through the Learning Frameworks courses, EDUC 1300 courses, and integrated reading and writing courses at Blinn College in Bryan, Texas. In addition, Essie developed the first online EDUC 1300 Learning Frameworks course at Blinn College. Essie is past president of the Texas Community College Teachers Association, comprised of over 6,000 teachers and administrators in Texas, and now serves on the Foundation Board. In August 2020, Essie was selected as a You’re the Tops Honoree for making a difference in the Bryan, College Station community. CASP (College Academic and Support Programs) awarded Essie with a Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions in developmental education. She is a 2018 Distinguished Alumni from Longview Independent School District, May 2018 Cengage Faculty Partner of the Month, a 2017 Carol Dochen Developmental Educator of the year recipient, a 2014 recipient of CRLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award, a 2014 Outstanding Service Award from Blinn Professional Association, 2013 On Course Ambassador of the Year Award, and a volunteer consultant for the American Association for Adjunct Educators. Additionally, Essie serves on the QEP Development Team at Blinn College and is a Senior Fellow of the first Blinn College Future Works Academy.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mountain: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Central: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Eastern: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Art, Imitating Life: Integrating Humanities for Teaching Social Sciences

Undoubtedly, higher education benefits from collaboration across disciplines. This webinar highlights the use of the humanities to enrich social science instruction. Methodologically, using the humanities as a lens for the social sciences allows students to gain a deeper understanding of often complex, nuanced concepts and unfamiliar phenomena in human behavior. Students benefit from the integration of the humanities in the classroom as it lends an additional, richer dimension to learning, similar to that of narrative-style teaching. Such methods may further contribute to positive student outcomes as it enhances learning via the use of multiple-modalities, addresses the variety of learning styles students may have, helps with knowledge retention, holds students’ interest in the classroom, and provides a broader learning context across disciplines (including art, literature, history, theatre, dance, and filmmaking).

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Participants learn the basic ideas underpinning this approach to teaching.
  2. Participants learn how using art to teach social sciences can enhance interest, attention, and retention of critical concepts and theory.
  3. Participants learn how to adopt this approach in their own classrooms.

Rachel L. Austin is a faculty instructor in sociology and psychology at Blue Ridge Community College. She has been a lecturer/instructor at a variety of higher-education institutions, including a state university, private four-year college, several technical colleges, and multiple community colleges throughout central and western North Carolina and the upper Piedmont of South Carolina. Rachel holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a master’s degree in psychology (forensic track) from the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina Upstate, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in sociology and psychology (experimental track), and was the recipient of the C. Wright Mills Award in Sociology. She has been awarded grants for presenting original research, positional works, and pedagogical methods at a variety of conferences across the U.S. and abroad, in both traditional and digital format. Her work has been published in the refereed academic journals Sociological Inquiry and The Journal for Animal Ethics. She is an expert reviewer for Oxford University Press in the areas of social movements and criminology.

Eliana Kotsias is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She also works as an independent artist and Studio & Gallery Assistant at Starfangled Press in Brevard, North Carolina. Eliana is a graduate of Blue Ridge Community College and holds an Associate's of Fine Arts (Summa cum Laude).

Monday, February 7, 2022

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mountain: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Central: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Eastern: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Using Syllabus Management Technology to Keep Learning on Course

This webinar explores the benefits and impacts a syllabus management system had on Angelina College (AC), including consistency, compliance with mandates, and more. AC needed to implement a new syllabus management system that ensured syllabi and curriculum vitae were publicly available. AC implemented Concourse, a syllabus management system that allowed for a quick transition and satisfies state mandates. AC quickly found several features in Concourse that benefit the entire institution, including an LMS integration and reporting features that help keep documents and departments consistent. Learn how other community and technical colleges can use a syllabus management system to their benefit!

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Participants understand the ways in which technology-driven syllabus management ensures structure and consistency of course information within and across departments.
  2. Participants understand the necessity of organizational tools for reporting and accountability within the syllabus management process.
  3. Participants can evaluate whether a syllabus management platform can work for their institution based on Angelina College's experiences.

Dr. Stacy Pfluger has a doctorate in education from Texas Tech University and a master’s in biology from the University of Notre Dame. She has served in various positions at Angelina College over the past 14 years, including biology instructor, Lead Biology Instructor, Associate Dean of Instruction for Science and Mathematics, and currently as the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs. She works with faculty across campus to ensure effective implementation of the assessment process and assists faculty in making data-driven decisions about their courses and programs. Dr. Pfluger led the institution’s transition to a syllabus management system and continues to support faculty and administrators using that system. Her current focus is on institutional assessment processes, curriculum design, and transfer pathways.

Brian Hopewell, Vice President, Sales and Business Development, Concourse Syllabus

Carrie Wobensmith, Marketing Specialist, Marketing, Concourse Syllabus

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mountain: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Central: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Eastern: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Helping Students Become Extraordinary: Using the CliftonStrengths Assessment to Enhance Engagement and Retention at Community Colleges

In this webinar, which is geared toward all community college professionals who work in instruction, advising, admissions, and student affairs, participants learn how to use the CliftonStrengths Assessment to increase student engagement and retention. This assessment provides an individualized and in-depth analysis of the natural talents of students. The student version of the analysis provides specific actions that students can take to enhance their community college experience and align directly with what they do naturally and best. This includes the types of careers to consider, activities to get involved in, how to approach course assignments, and how to communicate with professors and classmates.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Participants are able to explain the CliftonStrengths framework and its relevance to the community college, the classroom experience, and retention.
  2. Participants learn how to provide personalized learning and support for their students through a strengths-based lens (focusing on what students do best).
  3. Participants are able to design activities to help community college students develop 21st-century skills.

Kismet Loftin-Bell is currently the coordinator of student leadership and honor programs in the department of Student Life and Engagement at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, NC. She teaches political science at two regional community colleges and serves as the lead advisor for the Alpha Mu Rho chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK), is a 2020-2021 PTK Faculty Scholar, and serves as the Social Science Representative on the PTK Honors Program Council. Kismet is also a Gallup-Certified CliftonStrengths Coach.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mountain: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Central: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Eastern: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Using Restorative Practices to Interrupt and Address Microaggressions in the Classroom

Those of us engaged in the work of addressing identity in the classroom by discussing issues related to race, gender, age, ability, religion, class, sexual identity, and culture have, at some point, encountered unconscious bias in the form of microaggressions. Even though the harm may have been unintended, the impact is surely felt. This webinar provides strategies to help educators keep difficult conversations from derailing or shutting down altogether by asking important questions that get at the root of thoughts, explore feelings, weigh the impact of words, and repair harm in the moment.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Participants learn to recognize three forms of microaggressions: microinsults, macroassaults, and microinvalidations.
  2. Participants understand how restorative practices can be used in the classroom to foster connection to prevent microaggressions and repair harm when microaggressions occur.
  3. Participants learn five questions to ask to interrupt and address microaggressions when they occur.

Dr. Andrea Dardello has served on the front lines as a community college educator for 28 years, bridging the gap between students' lived experiences and academia. She is a culturally responsive teaching practitioner whose research focuses on teaching through the lens of dignity. Her current work, Teaching with Dignity, is a hybrid professional development course that helps faculty close opportunity gaps by providing strategies that allow students to be seen, heard, valued, and feel safe, thus optimizing learning, retention, and success. Andrea is a contributing author to the book, Defining, Locating, and Addressing Bullying in the WPA Workplace. Her chapter, entitled “Breaking the Silence of Racism and Bullying in Academia: Leaning in to a Hard Truth,” explores storytelling as a vehicle for healing, understanding, and change. She is a widow and proud mother of a 12-year-old son.

Monday, March 7, 2022

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mountain: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Central: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Eastern: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A Guide to Teaching Financial Responsibility

This session provides financial basics every parent or grandparent can share with their kids or grandkids.

Glenn Kent works as a financial advisor with Ameriprise. He earned an associate degree while attending community college in Pennsylvania and continued his path in education, obtaining a PhD in psychology. In addition to financial advising, Glenn teaches at the community and state college levels in Virginia. With advanced education and training in psychology, Glenn appreciates the important role of emotions and behavior in successful financial planning and investing. Glenn is an exercise enthusiast and lives in the city of Roanoke with his wife and three children.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Pacific: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mountain: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Central: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Eastern: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Career and College Promise: Helping Students Be All They Can Be!

This webinar describes the Career and College Promise (CCP) Team and its impact on student success. By offering support before, during, and after enrollment, the CCP team holistically serves each student and develops a symbiotic relationship with local high schools. Nash Community College doubled the number of courses being taken by our CCP population from Spring 2020 to Spring 2021, and our statistics with student success remained stable. This webinar provides best practices for supporting students and partnering with high school and college personnel. Participants learn easy-to-implement strategies that increase enrollment and student retention.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Participants learn specific strategies to increase student success.
  2. Participants learn best practices in regards to supporting students before, during, and after enrollment in CCP Programs.
  3. Participants learn specific strategies for strengthening partnerships with local high schools.

Mindi Collins is the director of Career and College Promise program at Nash Community College.

Monday, April 4, 2022

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mountain: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Central: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Eastern: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Plan for the Future: How an Estate Plan Puts You in Control

This session focuses on strategies you can use to care for the people and things you love and how to leave a lasting and meaningful legacy.

Glenn Kent works as a financial advisor with Ameriprise. He earned an associate degree while attending community college in Pennsylvania and continued his path in education, obtaining a PhD in psychology. In addition to financial advising, Glenn teaches at the community and state college levels in Virginia. With advanced education and training in psychology, Glenn appreciates the important role of emotions and behavior in successful financial planning and investing. Glenn is an exercise enthusiast and lives in the city of Roanoke with his wife and three children.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Pacific: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mountain: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Central: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Eastern: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Positive Impacts of Bridge, Dual Enrollment, and Support Programs for All Students: Foundations for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In the face of the pandemic and a decline in college enrollment numbers, it is now more important than ever to build bridges and create support systems for students. This webinar focuses on identifying the needs of diverse students and explores how to create equitable, inclusive approaches to use in the classroom by addressing access to technology, overall program funding, and tuition support along with employment while enrolled. A learner-centered academic approach benefits all students, but particularly under-resourced, underrepresented, and first-generation student populations.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Participants identify and highlight best practices, polices, and frameworks for strategic, equitably-based approaches to allocating resources and building support programs for student retention/success.
  2. Participants create collaborative, community action plan frameworks to engage diverse stakeholders.
  3. Participants understand how diverse, equitable, and inclusive resources increase the capacity, retention, and bridge-building of learning communities.

Leesa Riviere is a San Francisco Bay Area native with over a decade of experience as a professional researcher and scholar practitioner in the field of education. She greatly enjoys the honor and privilege of serving her community in various capacities, such as supporting students, faculty, staff, families, and learning communities in various leadership and professional roles. She is a first-generation doctoral student in the organizational development and change program with a concentration in media technology and innovation at Fielding Graduate University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in organization and inequalities and a minor in science technology and society from Santa Clara University. She also earned her master’s degrees in educational leadership and human development from Santa Clara University and Fielding Graduate University, respectively. 

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Pacific: 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Mountain: 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Central: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Eastern: 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Fair Warning and Fair Use: Copyright and Plagiarism in the Digital Age

Changes in how education is provided, the easy availability of online resources, and the constant addition of new technologies create a confusing mixture of information on what copyright covers and why it matters to instructors. Digital learning and Open Educational Resources (OER) have increased the need for a clear understanding of what is free from copyright and what constitutes fair use. This webinar introduces instructors to the basics of copyright and how to apply copyright in a variety of classroom instructional settings, such as hybrid, blended, interactive, online, or face-to-face. A list of resources on copyright, digital learning, and copyright-free material is provided.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Participants understand intellectual property, its history and importance, and how to implement good digital practices to protect themselves and their institutions.
  2. Participants are able to recognize copyrighted materials or those requiring attribution and those which are free to use without attribution or permission.
  3. Participants apply the methods they have learned to classroom settings (digital or face-to-face) and guide their students to practice good informational skills.

Lisa Hullett is a librarian at Wallace State Community College in Alabama. Her experience in a wide variety of educational settings includes being an elementary school librarian, a university librarian, a history instructor at a community college, and her current position as head librarian at Wallace State Community College. She has presented on copyright and its issues at two seminars and a workshop for her campus.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mountain: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Central: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Eastern: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Developing New, Better, and More Loves

The New York Times columnist and author, David Brooks, has stated, "A key job of a school is to give students new things to love." Although an essential part of education is to develop skills and traits that will lead to a successful career, this is by no means the only purpose of college. Using a cross-disciplinary approach backed by research from humanistic psychology, philosophy, and literature, this webinar explores the importance of reframing education as something beyond career development, and targeting the higher experience in all of us. Applicable to any subject area, this webinar builds on the idea that we learn best from those people with whom we develop a meaningful rapport and trust. Finally, activities and discussions have been curated to help foster a positive, affirmational pedagogy which rekindles the deeper purpose of education: To maximize potential.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Participants can explain the assumptions and methods of cross-disciplinary, humanistic approaches to individual/subjective experience in terms of learning and teaching.
  2. Participants can analyze and implement self-actualization and learned optimism as both concepts and behavioral practices, attitudes, and habits.
  3. Participants can assess human potential and agency to find meaning and purpose, and develop ways to coach and mentor others in maximizing their potential.

Dr. Aaron Lawler is an assistant professor of humanities at Waubonsee Community College, and has had nearly 20 years of experience as an educator. He earned his doctorate from Concordia University, two master's degrees from North Central College and Concordia University, respectively, and a bachelor's degree from North Central College. He serves on two elected boards: The Kaneland District 302 School Board, and the WTTW Channel 11 Community Board. He is a researcher at Chicago's Field Museum, and a lifelong member of the National Geographic Society. He has published two peer-reviewed articles, a young adult novel, and is a classically trained painter. He was recently named Faculty of the Year at Waubonsee Community College, earned the Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction Recognition Award and the NISOD Excellence Award, and was nominated for Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member by the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Pacific: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mountain: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Central: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Eastern: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Plan for Your-Future: Your Social Security Benefits

This session addresses various aspects of the well-known social insurance program consisting of retirement, disability, and survivor benefits.

Glenn Kent works as a financial advisor with Ameriprise. He earned an associate degree while attending community college in Pennsylvania and continued his path in education, obtaining a PhD in psychology. In addition to financial advising, Glenn teaches at the community and state college levels in Virginia. With advanced education and training in psychology, Glenn appreciates the important role of emotions and behavior in successful financial planning and investing. Glenn is an exercise enthusiast and lives in the city of Roanoke with his wife and three children.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Pacific: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mountain: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Central: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Eastern: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Insurance, Insurance, Everywhere

The goal of our discussion is to better understand insurance as a means of protection from financial loss. Indeed, a key aspect of the financial planning process is to not only achieve success with your money, but to recognize that one aspect of this success is considering the risk management side of the financial equation.

Glenn Kent works as a financial advisor with Ameriprise. He earned an associate degree while attending community college in Pennsylvania and continued his path in education, obtaining a PhD in psychology. In addition to financial advising, Glenn teaches at the community and state college levels in Virginia. With advanced education and training in psychology, Glenn appreciates the important role of emotions and behavior in successful financial planning and investing. Glenn is an exercise enthusiast and lives in the city of Roanoke with his wife and three children.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Pacific: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mountain: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Central: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Eastern: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Investing: Getting Started, Keeping it Going, Cashing In

This seminar will outline several key components of smart investing, including how to break planning into manageable steps and how to identify and mitigate risk that can throw off financial and retirement goals.

Glenn Kent works as a financial advisor with Ameriprise. He earned an associate degree while attending community college in Pennsylvania and continued his path in education, obtaining a PhD in psychology. In addition to financial advising, Glenn teaches at the community and state college levels in Virginia. With advanced education and training in psychology, Glenn appreciates the important role of emotions and behavior in successful financial planning and investing. Glenn is an exercise enthusiast and lives in the city of Roanoke with his wife and three children.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Pacific: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mountain: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Central: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Eastern: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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